According to the Worcester Public Library’s website and library staff, tomorrow’s North East White Pride meeting there has been postponed to an undetermined date. The meeting was to have been held at the same time as “Black Culture Movie Night” across the hall.
Update: The library says one of the organizers called to cancel the event; another organizer, when phoned this afternoon, thought it was still happening. There are various stories going around via e-mail about city officials being involved in the cancellation. The most credible rumor I’ve heard is of officials convincing one of the organizers that holding this opposite a Black Culture event was a public safety problem.
Update, 8:42pm: The T&G’s inimitable Jackie Reis has the story:
[Head Librarian Mark J. Contois] conferred with the city manager’s office and the Police Department, who recommended asking one of the groups to reschedule. The Black Culture Movie Night — which planned to view the movie “Souls of Black Girls” — had been scheduled first, so Mr. Contois asked the white power group to postpone its meeting.
The event co-organizer quoted in the article is Russ James; notably, people talking with the library today were told that the organizer cancelling the event was a woman, presumably co-organizer Vicky Perry, who did not return phone calls today.
Mr. James, in the Telegram:
“We would never, ever have problems” with blacks, he said. “It’s Jews, homosexuals and radical feminists who are causing the problems.”
Update 9:21pm: Local anti-racists are hearing that NEWP is planning to be at the library tomorrow despite the postponement. The anti-racists will be meeting at 6pm at either the Turtle Boy or in the library. That also happens to be the start time of the film, The Souls of Black Girls.
(NEWP likes to play word games about whether they are white supremacists, or white nationalists, or assholes, or what. For our purposes lowercase-n “nazis” is clear enough.)