Wednesday, September 30, 2009

More Than Hiatus

Greetings Fellow Radishal Individuals!

Everyone has been very busy fighting for our personal causes, and The Radish house is now well into our past.

Our push towards agitating and education for a world free of all forms of oppression is still alive and well, however.

This month's First Friday Art Walk will feature a small group of Homeschool children, passing around their pro-homeschooling petition that, when full, they will be sending straight to the white-house. Look for them on the square, and support the next generation of radical, outspoken activists!

Many of us are travelling cross-country at the moment, while others are active at home, and as the word passes from one to another, fires and passions ignite to keep up the work towards making the world a better place for everyone.

A good many Radishals do not at this time have adequate internet to be able to keep the blog regularly updated, so our updates to this blog are very few and far between.

The Radish is dead
Long live The Radish!

Due to news that The Radish is commonly thought of as "that cult that meets downtown", it has been decided that the name we use must be changed, to avoid that very incorrect labeling.

But a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet.

Let it be known that while the name "Radish" may fall by the wayside, we will keep this blog open as a clearinghouse for activist and community information in the southwest Missouri area.

Many of us have joined up with other local community organizations in order to keep the vision alive, and we encourage everyone to do the same.

Get active, stay active, and let's keep moving forward!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Urgent Community Freedom Opinion Poll

The Springfield News-Leader is hosting a survey today, in regards to the happenings at Sunday's Springfield Gay Pride fest.

The wording of the survey makes it sound rather ambiguous, especially if one reads the article in the opinion section first.

While many may think they are asking if Springfield needs a gay pride festival, Christians on the streets praying for others, or neo-nazis, the actual meaning of the poll is to ask if Springfield needs to encourage and allow free speech, and peaceful protests.

There will likely be a good many people in our area who misinterpret the meaning of the poll and say that we do not need gay pride festivals or hate groups, but we need to make it clear that freedom of speech in our town is a vital and important right, and that we must retain all of our rights of expression in our town, and everywhere.

Anyone can vote in the poll, regardless of where you live, so go and vote yes on the poll. If you vote to maintain freedom away from were you live, you will be more likely to retain those freedoms at home as well.

You can vote multiple times if you use all of the browsers installed on your computer seperately to load the page and vote. Each different browser form the same computer counts as an additional vote. If you ave multiple computers, use them too. By voting multiple times, you are ensuring that you are preventing those who misunderstood the question from having a negative impact on our community, and their own freedoms.

Vote yes to freedom of expression and freedom of speech! You will find the poll midway down the page in the center column, slightly to the right.

The original article about the Pride fest is here

Yours in Solidarity,
-Another Radishal Individual

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Urgent Call To Stand Against Hate

Come one come all to stand in solidarity against hate, and support your neighbors!

This Sunday, the National Socialist Movement's Springfield unit is arranging to protest the 2009 Gay Pride Fest.

The gay pride fest is a small festival for GLBT individuals, their families, and their friends to mingle freely without fear of discrimination, once a year. Loaded with costumes, friendship, acceptance, and neat crafts and products, I myself have participated as a face painter, and found it to be a safe and joyous place to take my children.

This isn't about what you personally feel about homosexuality, this is about what you think about hate and violence against innocent people and children.

"National Socialist Party" is the newest fasionable name for neo-nazis, skinheads, hammerskins, white supremacists, and other hate groups.

The man who murdered others recently at the Holocaust Museum In Washington D.C. was affiliated with groups like the one in our town.

These types of groups generally do not seem to think that the brutal and senseless murder of "lesser beings" such as GLBT individuals, Jews, Native Americans, Pagans, Mexicans, Muslims, African Americans, or anyone else different from themselves is wrong. They think of it as a purification, a cleansing; some sort of positive force that makes communities "safer" for "true Americans". They mean, of course, only people and families of direct white european descent.

In Germany, they came first for the Communists, I remained silent because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn't protest because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then... they came for me... And by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.*

There will be a strong yet discreet police force in place at the Pride day festivities, so individual safety at the event itself will be secure.

Do you want to keep our streets safe for all of the peopple in our diverse community, or do you want to sit idle and wait for them to come for your family once they've run out of other groups to victimize?

The NSM in the midwest are trying to make themselves look good by not getting caught breaking any laws, and adopting a street for litter cleanup, but they're still here, meeting regularly in our public libraries and spreading the toxic cancer of their malcontent troughout our community.

Here's what they say about their plans; "The Springfield Unit will be there along with other white nationalist and members of the community to let homosexuals know that they are not welcome in our town and we will not tolerate their "celebration"."
Erase the hate, silence the violence, and let peace blossom in the streets.

That's tomorrow, June 14th, from 1-9pm on Blane Street and Commercial next to the Glo Center. The address for MapQuest to the Springfield 2009 Gay Pride Fest is 518 E. Commercial Street, or click here for a Google map. The Nazis have not revealed the time they plan to come and form their wall of hatred against our GLBT neighbors, likely to prevent precisely what we are planning, but we will be there, en masse, all day long, and form a wall of loving acceptance for all of the members of our community in order to block the anger and intimidation they intend to aim at our neigbors.

To quote their own words; "Many complain about the NSM, but few are more active" They think they can do whatever they like, and fill our connunity with hate, making our streets dangerous for our children, and that we will not do anything to protect the safety of our homes and families except for saying a few pretty words.

Let's prove them wrong!

Let's get active and show them that Springfield is capable of enough comunity solidarity to drive out their hate!

Bring love and rainbows.

*"First they came…" is a poem attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller about the inactivity of Germans following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

Don't Let it Happen Here.