This time of year we like to hear "Santa Claus is coming to town." Such is happening on December 25, but it looks like Salem also is going to be visited by the Proud Boys, who are much more naughty than nice.
And not just once, but up to five times.
The Southern Poverty Law Center calls the Proud Boys a hate group. Here's a report on the upcoming visits to Salem of the Proud Boys, courtesy of an alert shared today by a local activist who goes by Concerned Citizen.
I've boldfaced parts of the message to highlight the dates of the five Proud Boys-related events in Salem over the next few weeks. Hopefully the Salem Police Department will do a better job of enforcing the laws that have been broken by the Proud Boys previous times they've come to town.
You are receiving this public safety alert because you are a member of the media, lawmaker, faith leader, Salem-area community leader, civil rights organization, or a concerned citizen.
Yesterday Joey Gibson, founder of the alt-right Vancouver-based extremist group, announced that he will be hosting an event at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on Monday, December 21st (See here and here). The protest will take place during the emergency legislative session. Joey Gibson's events are frequently attended by members of the Proud Boys hate group, as well as members of other alt-right militias and violent white supremacists from various backgrounds. Oregon Women for Trump leader (and current Oregon DOJ employee) Janira Brannigan has also created a Facebook event listing for a simultaneous protest.
Reminder - Four other alt-right protests/events are scheduled to take place in Salem in the coming days, as mentioned in a previous alert from us earlier this week.
The first one is scheduled to take place tomorrow, on December 19th at the Oregon State Capitol, and is organized collectively by the Proud Boys, Oregon Women for Trump, Blexit, and Awakening Ministries. Two versions of flyers have been circulated on social media - one by Magen Marie Stevens (seen here), and the other by Awakening Ministries (seen here).
Magen Marie Stevens was on the Lars Larson show this week, stating that the event would be canceled out of 'Antifa-related safety concerns.' None of the other event organizers have announced a cancelation and a comment on the Awakening Ministries Facebook indicates that the event may be getting moved to another location. We are hopeful that the event is indeed canceled, but we don't want to rely solely on the lie-riddled Magen Marie Stevens interview on the Lars Larson Show.
Magen Marie Stevens was recently ordered by a Marion County judge to refrain from attending events pending trial, and is supposed to be wearing a GPS ankle tracking monitor. She has appeared at events with her face obscured in the past, so hopefully, the GPS ankle-monitor data is being tracked to ensure that she doesn't attend any upcoming protests/rallies/events.
A ‘Trump Rally/Open Oregon’ event is scheduled for tomorrow at 1PM [Saturday, Dec. 19], so even if the 'Stop the Scrooge' event is indeed canceled, there will still be alt-right activity in Salem. According to the Facebook event listing, there is no specific location, however, a previous event organized by the same people took place at the Capitol last Saturday. It was not heavily attended, but that is likely due to the fact that many people that attend similar events were in DC for the Proud Boys rally. Saturday’s event has more interest compared to last Saturday’s event, and with everyone back from DC, there could be many violent members of alt-right hate groups such as the Proud Boys in attendance.
On January 1st, another march and protest organized by Oregon Women for Trump will take place, starting at 1 PM. According to the Facebook event listing, the event has significant interest, and similar to the protest and march that occurred on November 27th which was heavily attended by armed Proud Boys and their supporters, the group will start at the Oregon State Capitol and march to the Governor’s mansion and back.
One of the event’s organizers, Oregon DOJ employee Janira Brannigan, was seen on a live stream while in DC last weekend conspiring with members of hate groups that have committed violent acts in Salem in recent months, including violent white supremacists Vincent Burroughs and Jeremy Roberts. The group indicated that they no longer ‘back the blue’ and in the case of Jeremy Roberts, feel that the group should ‘annihilate’ the police back in Salem if/when they are confronted. At the last City Council meeting, multiple citizens and Councilors demanded that the City, including City Manager Steve Powers and Salem PD, take every step to prevent the march from occurring.
Lastly, a pro-Trump ‘All day flash mob cruise downtown’ is scheduled for January 2, 2021 in Salem. The event has significant interest according to the listing on Facebook and states that it will literally be taking place all day according to the listing. The last time that a large Trump caravan came to Salem, on Labor Day, numerous violent acts occurred, some resulting in arrests and some not. The event does not provide a lot of details, but it is something that absolutely warrants an alert from the city, as do all of the other events included in this e-mail, given the violent history (and other crimes committed) in Salem by several alt-right attendees.
Below are links to public resources regarding ongoing Proud Boys and other hate group activity in Salem:
Statement from Salem Methodist clergy: https://opendoorchurches.org/2020/10/response-to-the-proud-boys-in-bush-pasture-park/
Statement from Salem City Councilor Vanessa Nordyke (one of many): https://youtu.be/fmksGhZtLgU
Statement from Salem City Councilor Jackie Leung (one of many): https://youtu.be/vLG9GQoa-QE
Statement from Salem City Councilor Tom Anderson (one of many): https://youtu.be/hECMSeLy7yM
Statement from Salem City Councilor Chris Hoy (one of many): https://www.facebook.com/1182806571837751/posts/3445792115539174/?d=n
Previous alert from Willamette University: https://willamette.edu/news/today/past-issues/2020/11/13/rally-notification.html
This cartoon wasn't part of the Concerned Citizen message, but I found it on Google Images and wanted to share it.