Late last week Carlos Acosta, the former long-time leader of the old Latino Coalition in McHenry County, Illinois, brought to the attention of the community to that a notorious anti-immigrant group called Main Street Patriots, an amalgam of old Tea Party types, Minutemen style anti-immigrant activists, the new alt-right a/k/a Fascists Light, and Trumpistas was planning so-called Spirit of American Rallies targeting immigrants and refugees all across the country. The only Illinois rally was scheduled this Saturday, March 4, on the Square in Woodstock at Noon.
On their Facebook Events page local organizers claim, “We’ll be gathered to support our country and President Trump. This is an event to support one another; the community; our veterans; and our president. Instead of hate, we are bringing together peace.” Their claims to not promoting hate are belied by the identities of local leaders and the featured speaker, former far right Congressman and current radio raver Joe Wash (not to be confused with the Joe Walsh of The Eagles.) Walsh you may remember is best known for his love, kindness, unicorn quotes including:
That the Mexican border should be “secured with moats and alligators.”
After shootings of Dallas police officers last summer, “This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out Black Lives Matter punks. Real America is coming after you.”
And before the last election when everyone assumed that Trump would lose, “On November 8th, I’m voting for Trump. On November 9th, if Trump loses, I’m grabbing my musket. You in?”
Just as bad, and maybe worse, are the local actors involved. Teresa Kopec is listed as host of the event. He personal Facebook time lines reveals a cafeteria of right-wing lunacies, cheering for the most fascist Trump initiatives, and even allegations that former President George H.W. Bush ran a ring of pedophiliacs. Can’t make this shit up, folks.
Better know, or at least more notorious are Everet Everetson, the former leader of the anti-immigrant vigilante Minutemen Midwest and his wife Dianne who was a local Tea Party leader, former County Board Member and currently a Republican candidate for the McHenry County College Board of Trustees where she hopes to smash programs to aid immigrants and compel the College to cooperate with Homeland Security and ICE agents in snatching undocumented students, something almost all public Illinois colleges and universities have said they will refuse to do.
Organizers promise other speakers who are sure to be just as hair raising as this lineup of mopes and miscreants.
|The right wing rally will center on the Woodstock Square Gazeebo. Counter-rally participants will peacefullt march around the Square's perimeter and will hopefully far out number those the hear their message of hate.|