Major cities across the country are bracing for a wave of far right rallies in the coming days.
The largest scheduled rally is the “March on Google,” which will take place in nine major US cities Saturday. The aim is to protest the firing of Google employee James Damore over a controversial memo he wrote about the company’s diversity policies. Damore has said he doesn’t support the “alt-right,” and will “likely not” participate.
The website for the “March on Google” said the event “condemns and disavows violence, hatred, and bigotry and all groups that espouse it such as White Nationalists, KKK, Antifa, and NeoNazis.”
“Is this an “Alt-Right” event? The answer is no. This is an event for First Amendment supporters from across the country, from all backgrounds, ethnicity, and walks of life. We will not tolerate any incendiary actions, messages, remarks, or gestures that go against the respectful, ‘open basket’ spirit of the event,” the site states.
The “March on Google” rallies are scheduled to take place at these Google locations around the country:
- Venice Beach
- Mountain View
- New York
- Washington, D.C.
The Los Angeles-area event was set to take place near Google’s Venice Beach offices at 340 Main St. The event’s website says the protesters will meet at 350 Main St. and are expected to demonstrate from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
It was unclear how many people were expected to attend.
Some alt-right organizations are scheduled to lead more localized demonstrations.
- Boston is preparing for a rally from alt-right group Boston Free Speech on Saturday. The city mayor has said the city won’t tolerate racism, bigotry, and violence.
- San Francisco is preparing for two rallies August 26 and August 27. Mayor Edwin Lee said the city can’t condone a rally that incites hate. “I ask that when they chant of hate, San Francisco chants of love. When they talk of despair, San Francisco talks about hope.”