02 Jan 2017 SUPPORT THREATENED JEWISH COMMUNITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS IN MONTANA WITH A “PROJECT LEMONADE” PLEDGE
Contact: Kenneth Stern, Executive Director
January 2, 2017. Brooklyn, New York. The Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation today issued a call to support the Jewish and human rights communities in Whitefish, Montana.
A neo-Nazi website recently threatened Jews in Whitefish, posting their personal information online, and asking fellow white supremacists to “Take Action” and “Hit Them Up.”
Local and statewide human rights groups came to the defense of the targeted Jews, and were then targeted too.
Now the neo-Nazis say they are going to march in Whitefish, “heavily armed” this month.
In an op ed posted on the Foundation website today, a counter-strategy was announced.
Used in other communities against similar threats, “Project Lemonade” is a way to help the local community and give a disincentive for the white supremacists’ plans.
People make pledges tied to how many minutes the march will last (with a maximum donation set). The Montana Human Rights Network will record the pledges, and if the march occurs, then distribute the donations received for things the white supremacists would abhor, such as increased security for the Jewish community, new programs on human rights and hatred, and community and police training on how best to handle a hate incident.
The Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation is delighted to make the initial pledge of $10 per minute of the white supremacist march, with a maximum of $2500.