More than 100 rebuke hate in Chatham
Lorna Cherot Littleway reports for the Columbia Paper about the more than 100 people who attended a counter-protest in Chatham a few days after three racists unfurled a "White Lives Matter" banner in front of the village gazebo. On Jan. 14, three masked individuals held a banner for the organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as a hate group. On Jan. 19, over a hundred people rebuked the trio, holding signs reading “Chatham Says No To Hate,” “Hate Has No Home Here,” and “Stop Racism Speak Up” at the same location. “We must say loud and clear white supremacists and neo Nazis don’t have a place here,” said Sam Hodge, chair of Columbia County Democrats, who urged people to attend the event. Locally, stickers for the racist group have been spotted recently in Hudson and Valatie, and most recently in North Greenbush. Village Trustee and Police Commissioner Peter Minahan said, “I have no idea why they picked our village. We would love to know the answer to that.” Read more about this story in the Columbia Paper.