Amarillo Area Democratic Headquarters
1306 W. 8th Ave.
Amarillo, TX 79101
Fax: (806) 379-9279
August 4, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jim Perkins, 356-9082
Re: Ku Klux Klan Rally
“While there is no excuse for the intolerance represented by the Ku Klux Klan, we Democrats support the right of all people to assemble peaceably in public and be heard,” Abel Bosquez, chair of the Potter County Democratic Party said today.
“When we heard of the Klan’s rally, we encouraged all our supporters to support the NAACP’s planned rally Saturday at Martin Luther King Park, away from the site of the Klan demonstration,” added Randall County Chair Jim Otto. “This is consistent with the Texas Democratic Party’s call to protect our core principles of equality and equal protection for all.”
Jim Perkins, president of the Potter-Randall Democratic Club, commented “We are very disturbed by the reports of a group that is apparently planning to confront the Klan with a noisy protest at the same site. Not only is that an affront to free speech, but it unnecessarily risks a violent confrontation.”
“We urge all citizens to simply stay away from the Klan rally. We hope all Amarillo will support the NAACP’s efforts to promote racial justice, and meet us at Martin Luther King Park at 3 p.m. on Saturday,” Bosquez concluded.