On August 30 Voice of the People USA held a rally in Shenandoah, PA taking advantage of the heat created by an undocumented Mexican immigrant’s death by beating. While many abhor this type of act Voice of the People USA decided to exploit it by having a rally in this polarized town. Even though VOPUSA claims they don’t condone the beating death I believe their holding a rally in a town where this happened and giving a microphone to a person who has spent the better part of the last few weeks trying to paint the dead man as a terrible person, essentially condoning his death by beating, speaks volumes. To this woman making Luis Ramirez out to be a person who deserved to die has not only been a mission, but has since become a way to get a good chuckle. Apparently to VOPUSA justifying the death of Luis Ramirez is a way to “bring this issue to the forefront.”
VOPUSA can say whatever it wants about their “true intentions”, but the truth is when you bring an anti-“illegal” immigrant rally into a town that has some obvious racial issues you’re just promoting this behavior. Their rally was both inappropriate and irresponsible.
Here’s a video from the local news station WFMZ – TV 69 showing a little from both rallies. Make note of the signs and also note that they failed to show the skinheads at the rally.
In this video VOPUSA’s founder claims:
This is about bringing a community together in the face of adversity.
What? Holding an anti-illegal immigration rally in a town where man was beaten to death because he was Hispanic? How much of a diverse community do you believe will attend when there are signs that read “third world immigrants make third world nations?” That sign is anti-immigrant, not anti-“illegal” immigrant, and speaks against many in this suffering community.
In their guestbook (which I encourage you to visit). VOPUSA members proclaim:
Shenandoah is rocking!!!!! You are probably the BEST crowd I’ve ever seen at a protest!!! Thanks for having us and showing your support .. 600 strong in the crowd!!!! Even with the the traitor’s presence, we had a successful, meaningful rally. God bless every single one of you!
Every-one – and I mean EVERY-ONE (excepting the traitors waving the Mexican flag) – made me so proud. Every-one was splendid!
First off there were not 600 people there. I’ll give you 300, but not 600. I think this group’s math is as faulty as their anti-migrant logic and tactics.
And in being “proud” of those at the rally I guess this includes the skinheads (who were also at the Harrisburg rally) I saw them holding up their “third world immigrants make third world nations” signs. Bravo for your love of white supremacists. I can see in the VOPUSA guestbook that you enjoy their company. I’m sure they’re very proud of you for working so hard to justify the beating death of a Mexican man. VOPUSA denies they draw white supremacists to their rallies. Are they kidding? It’s one thing to say you don’t support white supremacy and another to flat out deny what’s been documented over and over again. Do you think we don’t know what a white supremacists looks like? Do you think that a man holding a sign with the web address for Storm Front is not a white supremacist? Sorry, but it’s time to take off your “we don’t see any white supremacists” glasses and get a reality check. And it’s worth mentioning that their Hazleton rally featured a Hispanic citizen being told to get out of the country.
The white supremacist site Storm Front was promoting the rally as being in support of the “whites” who beat Luis to death, but apparently cut. Apparently someone must have asked them to portray the event differently.
This comment comes straight from the VOPUSA Guestbook in case you’re unclear about white supremacist activity there.
OK – I am assuming every-one has head about Obama’s brother George, and his Grammy and her pet chickens. If not – I’ll forward pics, and stories. Let’s just say that if Onegro is installed in the White House (paint is BLAQUE, M’chelle) – then we’ll all end up like George, or Grammy.
I was proud, as were many others, of the fact that the town’s mayor, Thomas O’Neill, was at the unity festival and not the hate rally being held five minutes away. Bravo mayor for not cowering to the hate mongers who feel that demonizing fellow human beings is a great way to create communities. Thanks for seeing through the insanity that somehow makes these people feel that their work is worthy of God.
Yes, I’m sure God is proud of a group that seeks to turn away people who are looking to survive in a world that’s becoming more top heavy every day. Thankfully there was a group meeting in a church as the same time this anti-migrants rally was occurring. I believe that’s where God was on Saturday – not in some dirt field named after a drunk and filled with white supremacists and folks duped into believing that there cause is simply about the “law”.
The church event was truly a diverse crowd while the rally at Babe Ruth Memorial field was an event for white folks. While I blend in real nice with the white folk I found more comfort with the diversity at the Kahillat Isreal Non-Denominational Christian Church. Here there were people from many nationalities coming together to say “it’s ok to be different” and that people from all walks of life can be a community. We heard the mayor and others speak about coming together. Musicians also graced us with positive songs and there was food as well.
At the church I felt welcomed and at home while at the anti-migrant rally I felt disgusted. Not only by the stale cigarette filled air, but also because of the ‘cause’ the people where there to follow. The unity rally at the church was meant to bring people together while the anti-migrant, or pro-America as they like to call it, rally is meant to separate.
Details on the groups that came together for the Unity Rally can be found here. Thanks to those that provided a positive message and wonderful song. That is what brining a community together is all about. It’s not about bringing more hatred into a town that’s already suffering from what hate has done to a family in their community.
If Voice of the People USA wanted to help this community they should have held an anti-underage drinking event since the teens that beat Luis Ramirez to death were drunk at the time. I hope one day VOPUSA will wake up and see the hatred they stir. Maybe this will help them identify the white supremacists in the guestbook and at their rallies.