The groups benefitting from a planned “creative protest” of Steve Bannon’s upcoming speech at the Citadel Republican Society’s Patriot Dinner have been announced.
Rev. Jeremy Rutledge previously told the City Paper that various members of the community were interested in re-creating the successful efforts of activists in Wunsiedel, Germany in 2014. There, activists set up walk-a-thon signs along the path of a neo-Nazi march and got businesses and residents to sponsor the 250 demonstrators. For every 10 meters marched, 10 euros were donated to a charity that helped people escape extremist groups. 10,000 euros were eventually raised.
The Associated Press reported that South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton will introduce Bannon at the dinner. Templeton previously called Bannon, former chief strategist for President Donald Trump, the “voice of the rest of us.”
Friday’s planned protest is dubbed “Charleston Parks the Hate.” It will partner with nonprofit C.H.A.N.G.E.
Ten percent of donated funds will go towards the Tennessee-based nonprofit’s hateXchange arm. The rest will be split among Charleston-area charities, the Human Rights Watch and Life After Hate.
The Human Rights Watch is a New York City-based nonprofit that “scrupulously investigate[s] abuses, expose[s] the facts widely, and pressure[s] those with power to respect rights and secure justice,” according to its website. It shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize with multiple groups for helping to form the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. The group does not accept money from the government in order to remain independent.
Life After Hate is a Chicago-based group founded by former members of the “American violent far-right extremist movement,” according to its website.
A donation website for Charleston Parks the Hate had already collected $1,405 of its $10,000 goal by Monday afternoon.
This protest is not affiliated with a “rally” planned by a number of other groups outside of the dinner on Friday. [content-1] [content-3]