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Protest Gary McHale’s Anti-Native “Anti-Racism” rally in Caledonia, Sunday, March 21 at 1pm.

March 21st is the International Day for the Elimination of Racism — a day that grew out of anti-colonial resistance to South African apartheid. Increasingly, it is also becoming a day which neo-nazi groups are trying to co-opt by claiming it as “World Wide White Pride Day” http://www.stormfront.org/forum/showthread.php?p=1749334

Now Gary McHale, the noted anti-Native activist who has made a career for himself by stirring up tensions between people in Caledonia and Six Nations is getting in on the action. On March 21 he and his followers are organizing a so-called “Anti-Racist Rally” in Caledonia, claiming that white people in the town are the victims of ongoing “racism” at the hands of people from Six Nations and the provincial government. http://voiceofcanada.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/join-merlyn-kinrades-anti-racism-rally-in-caledonia-on-march-2110/

McHale’s followers are planning to gather for a “rally” outside the Lion’s Hall in Caledonia and then according to one of the organizers, they are considering trying to march onto the Six Nations controlled former Douglas Creek Estates in order to have a “potluck” – a move calculated to raise tensions and produce further conflict in the area. http://caledoniawakeupcall.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/plenty-of-reasons-to-rally/

As far as we know, Gary McHale has no formal connection with neo-Nazis, but his constant attempts to portray white people as ever present victims of “land claim terrorism,” his painting of activists from Six Nations as ‘violence prone thugs’, and his misrepresentation of the colonial reality that indigenous people face every day in Canada, lays the groundwork for openly racist groups and individuals to spread a message of hatred and fear in white communities surrounding Six Nations. There is documented video evidence that prominent Canadian neo-Nazi Paul Fromm has attended McHale’s rallies in the past, as have members of the neo-nazi Northern Alliance group http://6nsolidarity.wordpress.com/the-far-right/.

The CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group took the initiative to organize against McHale and his followers when he organized the “Caledonia Militia” group for the purpose of carrying out citizens’ arrests of Six Nations people defending their land rights last summer. https://3903fnswg.wordpress.com/2009/06/21/a-call-for-a-peaceful-protest-against-the-formation-of-an-anti-native-“militia”-in-caledonia/ Now that he is again organizing a public rally, we call on all anti-racist activists and supporters of indigenous struggles to stand in solidarity with Six Nations and show that Gary McHale does not speak for all non-natives, and that his political program and political activities are most certainly not “anti-racist”.

Please join us in gathering outside of the Caledonia Lions Hall at 100 Haddington St, Caledonia starting at 1pm.

The CUPE 3903 FNSWG.

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March 22, 2010 Posted by | far right, FNSWG Events, protests | 1 Comment

A call for a peaceful protest against the formation of an anti-native “militia” in Caledonia

A call for a peaceful protest against the formation of an anti-native
“militia” in Caledonia – Tuesday, June 23rd at 6pm Outside the Lion’s
Club in Cayuga, Ontario.

Dear Friends,

As you may have heard in the mainstream media already, things are
escalating again in Caledonia. Doug Fleming (an associate of
anti-native sovereignty activist Gary McHale) has announced that he is
now forming a “militia” to directly confront “native lawlessness” in
Caledonia. According to Fleming, the militia would patrol areas in
Caledonia by car and by foot wearing uniforms and communicating with
radio equipment. If alerted to an instance of “native lawlessness” the
militia would then use “reasonable force” to effect a citizen’s arrest
and would hold the native person until such time as the OPP arrived to
take the “prisoner” to jail.

Needless to say, this represents a major escalation in regard to the
conflict at Six Nations. In addition to the OPP having already laid
over 120 charges against Six Nations activists, the formation of this
militia — with a primary target of removing “illegal” native “smoke
shacks” near Caledonia — points directly to the increasing of the
possibility of violent conflict between natives and non-natives.
Fleming has called for a public meeting for founding of the militia to
happen on June 23, at 7 p.m., at the Lion’s Hall in Cayuga. The
announcement of the formation of the militia has received widespread
publicity in the mainstream media. (Links to the coverage can be found
below).

Although Gary McHale and his supporters have avoided making public
racist comments towards natives, there is no doubt that the formation
of the militia will draw explicitly racist individuals who have long
wanted to physically confront native protesters into activity.
Neo-Nazi groups have long participated in McHale’s various protests
since at least the fall of 2006, and there is every likelihood that
they will be drawn to this meeting if they are not already involved in
organizing it.

Put simply, this meeting cannot be allowed to happen unopposed. As
non-natives who have long supported indigenous struggles in general
and the Six Nations struggle in particular, we are issuing a call for
all who are opposed to escalation and violence inherent in Flemming’s
call for a “Caledonia Militia” to peacefully protest the holding of
this meeting.

Transportation to the protest will be organized by activists in
Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph. Please contact
3903fnswg@gmail.com for more information, to endorse the protest, or
to reserve a space on the buses. Buses will be leaving from Toronto at
4:30pm sharp (from the north-east corner of the Dufferin Mall parking lot) and should return by 10pm that night at the latest. You
must contact us over email to reserve a space on the bus. Please
reserve a spot immediately so we can get a sense of how many people
require transport. There is a suggested donation to help cover the
cost of transport is $10 although no-one will be turned away for lack
of funds.

In solidarity,

The CUPE 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group.

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Sources on the formation of the “Caledonia militia”

http://www.marchforfreedom.com/smf/index.php?topic=466.0 This is a discussion board run by Gary McHale where the event was first announced.

http://www.westernstandard.blogs.com/shotgun/2009/06/caledonia-militia-looking-for-a-few-good-men.html This right-wing magazine ran a story on the issue. The comments section is quite informative.

http://voiceofcanada.wordpress.com This is the website of Mark Vandermas an associate of McHale’s.

http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/652121 This is a Toronto Star article on the issue. If you look at the comments, you’ll see that almost 90 of the 100 are strongly in support of the forming of the militia.

http://caledoniawakeupcall.wordpress.com/2009/06/17/caledonia-militia-draws-criticism-from-cowards/ This is another blog by the McHale supporter in Caledonia.

http://www.stormfront.org/forum/showthread.php?t=604501 This is the world’s most popular English-language neo-Nazi website. Here is a discussion thread that is discussing McHale’s various activities and protests in Caledonia and provides some information about neo-Nazi participation in them.

http://www.caledoniawakeupcall.com/election/ElectionResults.pdf And in case you thought that McHale was simply an irrelevant right-wing agitator, here is a link to the federal election results from last year when he ran as an independent candidate in Haldimand Norfolk. As the results indicate, he polled 10% of the riding’s votes, nearly getting 5000 votes (neck and neck with the NDP, and double the Green party votes). He won most of the polls in the non-native communities near to Six Nations, indicating that he has a significant base of anti-native support there.

June 21, 2009 Posted by | far right, protests, six nations | 2 Comments