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Large rally counters small Proud Boys march in Saratoga

Aug 14, 2023 12:49 am

Patrick Tine reports in the Times Union that on Aug. 12 over 100 people rallied in Saratoga to reject the anti-democratic and racist messaging of the Proud Boys, who rallied in there in much smaller numbers a week before. Saratoga Peace Alliance, Veterans For Peace, and Saratoga-Warren-Washington Progressive Action sponsored the event Aug. 12. Speaking at the event Mayor Ron Kim directed a remark at Public Safety Commissioner James Montagnino, saying, "Ask every City Council member what their position is (on the Proud Boys gathering in the city).... There is one councilman who has the ability to disavow them and we have not heard a word." Montagnino said, "I’m shocked to hear that.... This is beyond incomprehensible. I've been working with our police department since I heard about the Proud Boys march and want to prosecute them for code violations." The march Aug. 12 for democracy had a permit; the Proud Boys marched on Aug. 5 quickly in masks without a permit. Lauren Gomes Atwood, attended the Aug. 12 rally with her two children and serves on the committee for Saratoga Pride, and said, "After working and living in D.C. for almost a decade, it's nice to see there's an open community here that welcomes others.... It was what actually made me feel comfortable settling in this area." Read more about this story in the Times Union.

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