CHICAGO — Flyers for the neo-nazi American Identity Movement were found along the route of Chicago’s South Side Irish Pride on St. Patrick’s Day.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Ald. Matt O’Shea, whose 19th Ward is on the far southwest side, had found out about the flyers through social media.
The Southern Poverty Law Center said on a March 12 blog post that American Identity Movement is the new name for Identity Evropa, a fast-growing far-right group that became infamous after the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally. They classify the group as a white nationalist group.
From the Sun-Times:
“The racist and anti-Semitic positions espoused by this organization do not reflect the values and character of our community,” O’Shea said in a letter emailed to constituents. “We must forcefully speak out against this hatred and counter it with our own message of unity.”
O’Shea said he contacted a list of city agencies about the stickers — including Chicago Police, the Department of Streets and Sanitation and the Commission on Human Relations.
“When I contacted all departments, no one was aware of this,” O’Shea told the Sun-Times.
The group actually confirmed to the Sun-Times that the stickers were theirs.
The newspaper pointed out that the ward is part of the same congressional district where Holocaust denier Art Jones ran against Dan Lipinski. Jones had his strongest showing in the area, getting 40% of the vote in parts of the Mount Greenwood area.
The alderman is encouraging local residents to pick up a “Hate Has No Home in the 19th Ward” sign from the ward office, the Sun-Times reported.
The Chicago Tribune reported that police are investigating.by