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Saturday, July 8 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Resisting the Rise of the Right: Lessons from the Midwest Network to Stop the Klan

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In the early to late 1990s, socialists and activists formed the Midwest Network to Stop the Klan, which organized protests in several small Midwestern cities that Ku Klux Klan organizations had targeted in the attempt to recruit and build their forces. Against moderates who urged people to “ignore them and they’ll go away,” the Midwest Network focused on the necessity of building up the largest numbers to confront the Klan wherever they tried to publicly mobilize. The Network built anti-Klan protests in Dubuque, Iowa, Janesville, Wisconsin, Freeport, Illinois, Cicero, Illinois, and elsewhere. In Dubuque and Janesville, these protests contributed to local efforts that resulted in the Klan being driven from these cities. This period is rich in lessons, and this presentation will draw them out for today’s activists.

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Leonard Klein

Leonard Klein is a long-time socialist and contributor to Socialist Worker.

Saturday July 8, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ballroom B