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Laguna Beach II: SOS Shows Their True Colors

by Leslie Sunday, Jul. 31, 2005 at 5:55 AM
lradford@radiojustice.net

On Saturday in Laguna Beach, twenty-five Save Our State and neo-Nazis raised a display of U.S. and neo-Nazi flags while protesting day laborers. Fifty counter-protestors responded.

Laguna Beach, CA, July 30, 2005--Fifty or more angry counter-protestors stood up to twenty-five Save Our State members and neo-Nazis today to thwart harassment of day laborers at the Laguna Beach Day Labor Center. To the stunned amazement of the counter-protestors, Save Our State members showed their true colors when the neo-Nazis raised a Confederate flag and several large Hitler youth flags, with German swastikas on a horizontal red and white striped background, amidst a field of U.S. and California flags in the parking lot across from the center.

In spite of repeated denials of collaboration with neo-Nazis, the Ventura and Orange County Save Our State group has received support from several hate groups including the National Vanguard, VDARE, and Stormfront members. They have also solicited support from Glenn Spencer's American Patrol, which published notice of the Laguna Beach event. Spencer is most infamous for a one-man firefight against an imagined invasion of Mexicans in his backyard, and in the process shooting a neighbor's garage.

S.O.S. has repeatedly denied associating with or soliciting the aid of the neo-Nazis, who have appeared with regularity at S.O.S. protests. As of this writing, a request from an SOS member to the group's leader to explain the neo-Nazi demonstration has gone unanswered.

Save Our State organized the protest at the Day Labor Center to oppose the hiring of day laborers by city residents two weeks after some members of SOS attended an unofficial rally at the Laguna Beach Arts Festival. There they protested the event's contribution through rental space sale to city coffers, which in turn pays out ,000 to the group that operates the Center. That protest's organizer, known as OCAngel, has publicly disassociated herself from S.O.S. after neo-Nazis stood with S.O.S. there.

Like previous day labor center events in Fallbrook, Victorville, and Alhambra, police allowed the protestors and counter-protestors to mingle. At about 1:30 p.m., S.O.S. took the east side of Laguna Canyon Road, leaving the counter-protestors, now joined by some of the day laborers, to ensure free passage into the Center. The small police presence tried to take a bullhorn from one protestor and interfered in the speech of several others, but none of the counter-protestors were arrested. The Orange County Register reports the arrest of one protestor for carrying a knife.

It was at about 2:00 p.m. that S.O.S. members and neo-Nazis on the north side of the parking lot raised the offensive and perhaps apocalyptic flag display. The counter-protestors responded by marching south to the crosswalk and to the east side of the street, where they confronted S.O.S. and the neo-Nazis. The police, even after calling in additional cars, refused to assure the safety of the S.O.S. protestors under the Nazi banners and ordered them to leave.

As I walked out, a Spanish-speaking laborer leaned across the fence and shouted out, "Thank you." I grinned at him and responded, "De nada." After all, it was at this small counter-protest that the Nazis were defeated and Save Our State exposed.

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The Array Leslie Sunday, Jul. 31, 2005 at 6:22 AM
way to go Chop Chop Sunday, Jul. 31, 2005 at 7:07 AM
Sorry, that was weak little bo peep Sunday, Jul. 31, 2005 at 9:00 AM
Sound like your pals indy-regulars Sunday, Jul. 31, 2005 at 5:22 PM
Are these flasg legitimate? Fredric L. Rice Sunday, Jul. 31, 2005 at 8:14 PM
It's real Chop Chop Sunday, Jul. 31, 2005 at 8:26 PM
Nice try assholes Caught LYING Again Sunday, Jul. 31, 2005 at 9:15 PM
SOS... Chop Chop Sunday, Jul. 31, 2005 at 9:33 PM
Joe Turner framed by Nazi and Amerikkan flags observer Sunday, Jul. 31, 2005 at 10:23 PM
For the record Chop Chop Sunday, Jul. 31, 2005 at 11:11 PM
Re: Nazi Flags The White Rose Monday, Aug. 01, 2005 at 12:05 AM
Sure they are legitimate Ce Coatl Monday, Aug. 01, 2005 at 1:55 AM
True colors through and through RD Skeels Monday, Aug. 01, 2005 at 1:59 AM
SOS at Laguana Beach Leslie Monday, Aug. 01, 2005 at 7:18 AM
re SOS at Laguana Beach Leslie Monday, Aug. 01, 2005 at 7:31 AM
LESLIE THE BIG LIAR Ronald Monday, Aug. 01, 2005 at 5:35 PM
Joseph Turner "Diaries" Black Rooster Monday, Aug. 01, 2005 at 8:01 PM
Mexican slavery and neoliberal economics national socialist & international socialist Monday, Aug. 01, 2005 at 11:18 PM
NS and IS 1Planet1People Tuesday, Aug. 02, 2005 at 12:06 AM
luna moth is looking at the big picture Hex Tuesday, Aug. 02, 2005 at 1:22 AM
Aztecs? The Quaker Tuesday, Aug. 02, 2005 at 10:00 PM
ahh... Johnny Tuesday, Aug. 02, 2005 at 10:03 PM
Quakers = Racists The Quaker Tuesday, Aug. 02, 2005 at 10:27 PM
No sense Johnny Tuesday, Aug. 02, 2005 at 10:36 PM
DONT CALL DON SILVA Lets All Get Along Tuesday, Aug. 02, 2005 at 11:51 PM
the logic of the ultraleft mike almeida Wednesday, Aug. 03, 2005 at 12:45 AM
smash neo-nazis mike almeida Wednesday, Aug. 03, 2005 at 12:51 AM
SOS welcomes racists? nope. mike almeida Wednesday, Aug. 03, 2005 at 1:49 AM
SOS and SS Honestly Wednesday, Aug. 03, 2005 at 1:56 AM
Mr./Mrs./Ms. Honestly mike almeida Wednesday, Aug. 03, 2005 at 3:29 AM
Nazi Pictures Anti-Racist Wednesday, Aug. 03, 2005 at 4:02 AM
Nazi Pictures Anti-Racist Wednesday, Aug. 03, 2005 at 4:04 AM
Correction Anti-racist Wednesday, Aug. 03, 2005 at 4:08 AM
tsk tsk mike almeida Wednesday, Aug. 03, 2005 at 11:03 AM
Steps are being taken to distance ourselves Hex Wednesday, Aug. 03, 2005 at 12:07 PM
mike almeida Anti-Racist Wednesday, Aug. 03, 2005 at 2:59 PM
pic of neo-Nazi "Konkwista88" of STORMFRONT with SOS SOS=NAZIS Thursday, Aug. 04, 2005 at 12:22 AM
Get your eyes checked Border Raven Monday, Aug. 22, 2005 at 2:58 PM
It proves that Joe Turner and his motley band of self-hating Latino sell-outs at SOS are w TheTruth Monday, Aug. 22, 2005 at 3:05 PM
Public sidewalk Border Raven Monday, Aug. 22, 2005 at 3:08 PM
BorderRaven=BIRDBRAIN!!! SOS=NAZIS Friday, Aug. 26, 2005 at 9:44 AM
TO SOS=NAZIS If you are so smart Daisychain Friday, Aug. 26, 2005 at 3:49 PM
Public Sideway? What about the SOS SOS=NAZIS Friday, Aug. 26, 2005 at 4:00 PM
I can deal with the Nazi flags NazihereNazithere Friday, Aug. 26, 2005 at 4:02 PM
sosandnazis fromWIllamatsos Friday, Aug. 26, 2005 at 4:08 PM
Advocate AyatollahGondola Friday, Aug. 26, 2005 at 7:23 PM
racism must be countered at all times Sheepdog Friday, Aug. 26, 2005 at 7:46 PM
the monkey has no clothes Hex Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005 at 6:11 AM
Naked Monkey AyatollahGondola Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005 at 7:18 PM
the road of bad intentions is paved with hell Hex anon w/ encryption Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005 at 8:26 AM
So what? AyatollahGondola Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005 at 10:02 AM
"if I'm unwelcome" Hex Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005 at 7:31 PM
Guilt by association AyatollahGondola Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 at 9:34 AM
what you've failed to do Hex Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 at 5:19 PM
his mean father Sheepdog Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 at 6:38 PM
well, maybe not so pure... Sheepdog Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 at 6:57 PM
Ayatollah Gondola x Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 at 8:57 PM
It's about guilt by association AyatollahGondola Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005 at 6:44 AM
SOS/NAZI devil "AyatollahGondola" IDENTIFIED.... SOS=NAZIS Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005 at 11:27 AM
To DaisyChain: Thanx 4 the info!!!! SOS=NAZIS Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005 at 11:30 AM
Nazi,please!!!! SOS=NAZIS Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005 at 12:30 PM
Identified AyatollahGondola Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005 at 3:00 PM
SOS/NAZI fascist LUCA ZANNA identified [PICS] SOS=NAZIS Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005 at 10:29 AM
SOS/NAZI hag JUNE HENSLEY identified SOS=NAZIS Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005 at 12:34 PM
sos = nazi is such a coward yawn Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005 at 6:27 PM
sos = nazi is such a coward yawn Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005 at 6:27 PM
Ha Ha...... SOS=NAZIS Thursday, Sep. 01, 2005 at 12:26 PM
More goon hypocrisy Don Silva Thursday, Sep. 01, 2005 at 5:54 PM
He is not a Nazi not A Nazi Notanazi Thursday, Sep. 01, 2005 at 6:26 PM
are you implying that my name is Joe Turner?? nota Thursday, Sep. 01, 2005 at 6:27 PM
Hey SOS=NAZI's I am calling your bluff Don Silva Thursday, Sep. 01, 2005 at 7:42 PM
So...... SOS=NAZIS Friday, Sep. 02, 2005 at 11:13 AM
Spooky Indymedia fucks! American conservative Monday, Sep. 05, 2005 at 10:58 AM
American conservative x Monday, Sep. 05, 2005 at 5:50 PM
photo Ayatollahgondola Monday, Sep. 05, 2005 at 6:52 PM
Your are SUCH a jacktard Don Silva Monday, Sep. 05, 2005 at 7:35 PM
Davi EL Chivo Tuesday, Sep. 06, 2005 at 5:12 AM
El Chivo AyatollahGondola Tuesday, Sep. 06, 2005 at 9:21 AM
signage Don Silva Tuesday, Sep. 06, 2005 at 7:56 PM
JUST BRING IT.... SOS=NAZIS Wednesday, Sep. 07, 2005 at 9:43 AM

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