Kudos to the Juneau Empire and Melanie Plenda for the informative article in the April 7 paper about the recent distribution of hate mail in Juneau and other Alaska communities by the National Alliance. I also appreciate the swift reaction by Juneau residents to make it clear that this community will not tolerate this kind of ugly, hateful, racist, neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic propaganda. It is sickening to think of hate groups like this targeting Alaska for recruitment of new members.
Hatemongers do more than pamphleteer
Barbara Belknap had a good idea: Flood the National Alliance headquarters in Virginia with postcards saying "stay out of our town." Another way to hurt groups like this is for citizens in every town where they spread this despicable propaganda to send donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the Anti-Defamation League, or other groups who keep tabs on these violent hate groups and fight them wherever and however they can.
So I am writing out my check to the Southern Poverty Law Center to help them fight groups like this in court, and provide their "Teaching Tolerance" materials to more schools. I hope my neighbors in Juneau will join me by sending a donation to: Southern Poverty Law Center, P.O. Box 548, Montgomery, AL 36177-9621. You can find out more at www.tolerance.org.
Let's answer each pamphlet carrying the message of hate with a dollar for tolerance and truth.