Tacony Ku Klux Klan Rally Shouted-Down by Community Members

A white supremacist  waits for his fellow activist to join him for rally.  Photo by Joshua Albert

A white supremacist waits for his fellow activist to join him for rally. Photo by Joshua Albert

By Kenneth Lipp, with reporting by Joshua Albert

An unpublicized rally held yesterday at the Tacony Public Library in Northeast Philadelphia in support of a local Ku Klux Klansman was met upon arrival by a group of counter-protesters and members of the Tacony and Mayfair communities. Activists from Philly ANTIFA and the One People’s Project were joined by dozens of local residents on Torresdale Avenue at 1 PM, where the Confederate Knights of the KKK, a white-supremacist group headquartered near Baltimore, had obtained a permit to demonstrate against what they see as discrimination against a member who lives in the neighborhood . Less than 10 Klan supporters gathered on the front steps of the library, separated from protesters by a line of Philadelphia Police Strike Force and Civil Affairs officers, and though speaking with a bullhorn, were largely drowned-out by the crowd’s disapproval.

Richard Preston, Imperial Wizard of the Confederate White Knights of the KKK. Photo by Joshua Albert

Richard Preston, Imperial Wizard of the Confederate White Knights of the KKK. Photo by Joshua Albert

Members of the neighborhood watch and take pictures of the rally. Photo by Joshua Albert

Members of the neighborhood watch and take pictures of the rally. Photo by Joshua Albert

The planned 2 hour rally was cut short and the Klan members were escorted to their vehicles by police at 2 PM, after which a a small segment of counter-protesters marched several blocks to a home which flew the Fascist flag of Mussolini. Organizers said it was the home of a Neo-Nazi named “Bryan. ” Protesters chanted  in front of the home for several minutes before police arrived. There was no incident between authorities and demonstrators, and all departed not long after an occupant of the house spoke to police briefly through the cracked door before disappearing again into the home.

KKK members escorted from library. Photo by Joshua Albert

KKK members escorted from library. Photo by Joshua Albert

Tacony residents chant outside of the home of a reputed Neo-Nazi. Photo by Joshua Albert

Tacony residents chant outside of the home of a reputed Neo-Nazi. Photo by Joshua Albert

 The One People’s Project, the organization that discovered the planned protest and organized the response, has posted a detailed summary as well as a video of yesterday afternoon.

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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