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Patriot Front stickers found on Hudson's north side

Aug 25, 2021 5:30 am

Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media a sticker promoting the white supremacist group Patriot Front has been found in Hudson, on the corner of N. 4th and State streets, near the Columbia County Office Building at 401 State. Amongst white nationalist groups, Patriot Front is one of the most active disseminating flyers and stickers in the U.S. in 2019 and 2020, with more than 3,500 incidents, according to the Southern Poverty LawCenter. In 2020, Patriot Front dropped a banner reading, “The United States is no longer of America. Now we are on our own,” over a Black Lives Matter billboard in Houston, Texas. The Hudson sticker was found by Rick Werwaiss, who was on his way to a meeting. He reported his discovery to Hate Watch Report, an online portal with news about hate or extremist groups and their activities. Werwaiss said the sticker looked new. “I took the picture of it. I took a picture of the intersection and then I peeled it off, quite honestly,” he said. This is the second Patriot Front sticker found in the city, Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said. Another sticker was found in early August near the Hudson Dog Park. No one has been arrested or charged. The county office building has security, Moore said, but he did not disclose any details. “I don’t feel like this is a real thing,” Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson said. “I think this is something somebody is doing for attention.” Similar stickers were found recently in Germantown, Chatham, and Philmont. Patriot Front maintains an active presence online and uses social media to promote racism, anti-Semitism. and intolerance. Note: Johnson is an active WGXC volunteer on-air programmer. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.