On Sunday 4/7, propaganda from American Vanguard was found on Madison’s near east side, the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood specifically.
The literature that the neo-fascist group, or their supporter(s), inserted in to childrens’ little free libraries in the neighborhood, is xenophobic, anti-semitic, racist, ignorant and, quite honestly, frightening.
The group, American Vanguard, is the same one that Alex Fields Jr joined, who killed Heather Heyer in Charlottesville at the “Unite The Right” rally on August 12, 2017, and should not be taken lightly.
The fact that they consciously chose to target childrens’ free libraries is indicative of their intention to spread hateful ideas to the masses, no matter how unethical the means.
The community has responded by calling a “Solidarity Cookout,” scheduled for tomorrow, Monday April 8, from 6pm – 8pm at the Tenney park shelter, or near it if it is reserved. This is a chance to show the right wing our opposition, and to silence them with merely our numbers and camaraderie. So far, community members will be bringing supplies to make tacos (pork and veggie options). If you are able, consider bringing some food or drinks, chairs or blankets, and if anyone has a portable speaker to listen to music, that would be awesome!