Beware of neo-Nazi group

All fair-minded people beware: A white supremacist group is publicizing its plans locally to hold a meeting in Potter County in mid-February.

Fliers taped to light poles along Main Street in downtown Lock Haven announced a “Feb. 18th NSM-PA Meeting.”

NSM stands for National Socialist Movement, an organization based in Detroit, Mich., that is considered to be one of if not the largest neo-Nazi group in America.

The fliers have since been torn down — but not before a local citizen got a photo of one and sent that photo to us.

We’re not displaying that flier, nor making this a page one story, so not to play into their publicity-seeking hands.

NSM just held a rally in Harrisburg last November, right before the election.

The organization is notable, says the Southern Poverty Law Center, for its violent anti-Jewish rhetoric, its racist views and its policy allowing members of other racist groups to join NSM while remaining members of other groups. Until 2007, NSM members protested in full Nazi uniforms, now traded in for black “Battle Dress Uniforms.”

The organization’s creed is, “All non-White immigration must be prevented. We demand that all non-Whites currently residing in America be required to leave the nation forthwith and return to their land of origin: Peacefully or by force.”

NSM has gained attention nationally from the recent election. It calls itself “America’s Premier White Civil Rights Organization.”

The fliers tell people to contact “Daniel” and list two email addresses.

NSM’s web site lists a Feb. 18 meeting in Ulysses in neighboring Potter County “open to all white Nationalists” and calls the meeting the “Feast of Vali.”

A check with area law enforcement did not reveal any requests for permits for a local rally or march by NSM. Our intent here is to make people aware of the NSM, some of its beliefs and its attempt to recruit locally. And to express our adamant opposition to any group that would put one race of humans over another. Remaining silent … ignoring these fliers in our downtown … would sanction their actions, though we’re grateful the fliers seemed to have been torn down as quickly as they were put up.