Hours Away from "White Unity Rally" in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

March 2, 2012 Updated Mar 2, 2012 at 10:44 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - As of Friday, we are just hours away from a controversial rally in Duluth protesting the Unfair Campaign designed to end racism.

Members of a national group called the "Supreme White Alliance" will gather at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Duluth Civil Center, but they won't be the only ones rallying in the city.

Organizers say what's being called the "Party at the Bridge," is an alternative to the civic center rally.

Leaders at the bridge have two main messages, stay away from the Supreme White Alliance rally at City Hall and do something to celebrate diversity, taking a stand against racism and hate.

Members of the Supreme White Alliance decided to come from around the nation to Duluth to protest the "Unfair Campaign" and host a "White Unity Rally".

A spokesman of the group said they believe the campaign promotes reverse discrimination and unfairly targets white people.

The "Party at the Bridge" is just one of the events focusing on spreading a different message while the 'White Unity Rally" is going on.

"We are very interested in our community and bringing the community together. We've had some difficult conversations about race lately, which are wonderful because we need to get to a place where everybody feels that they are respected and that's there's equity for everybody in our community," said Joie Acherson Lee, one of the organizers of the "Party at the Bridge."

The bridge is being used as backdrop and is meant to be a symbol of unity.

The gathering at the bridge is just one of the events planned to steer crowds away from the Supreme White Alliance rally.

There be a counter-protest at City Hall.

Members of the Anishinaabe community plan to gather at 8:30 a.m. in silent solidarity at the site of the sacred staff, which was put there during the Occupy Duluth movement.

That group is expected to be joined by others.

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