Lansing activists joined the National Day of Action Against Racism and FascismÂ yesterday, August 2, 2010, by protesting and picketing in front of the State Capitol Building. Â The approximately 50 area activists were joined by 2 gun-toting men who claimed to be 2nd Amendment Rights advocates who “happened” to be in the area. Â The two men carried handguns openly on their belts and also at one point flashed a shotgun in the back of their nearby pickup truck. Â Protesters refused to be intimidated and continued with the protest.
The protest was organized by the NorthStar Center and the Xicano Development Center in Lansing. Â The group expressed opposition to the Arizona’s SB 1070, the anti-immigrant law that has spurred nationwideÂ controversy. Â Everyone at the protest — with the possible exception of the pistol packers — opposed copycat legislation that has been introduced in the Michigan legislature. Â In the video below, Melissa Hornaday of the NorthStar Center makes a statement regarding the National Day of Action and the local protest. (I also made a statement on behalf of the Peace Education Center.) Â Pictures of the event from the Peace Education Center can be viewed here.