A coalition of far left, socialist, Communist, LGBTQ and pro-critical race theory activists plan to join forces at the Oct. 12 Anchorage Assembly meeting to counter the hundreds of residents who have turned out over multiple nights to testify against a proposed citywide mask mandate.
A Facebook notice for leftist protest claims that recent testimony at the Assembly meetings has been hateful and that “Anchorage is in crisis” due to hospitals being overwhelmed.
The post goes after conservative Mayor Dave Bronson for refusing to impose a mask mandate.
Instead, Bronson has opted to stand up additional treatment centers and increase testing and vaccination options for residents who choose them. Since July 1st, his administration reports that it has administered 101,042 tests, given 6,262 vaccines, and stood up two monoclonal antibody sites that includes a COVID-19 treatment center at the former Golden Lion Hotel.
That doesn’t cut it for the leftist coalition, which includes The Party for Socialism and Liberation Anchorage, Black Lives Matter Alaska, Alaska Poor People’s Campaign, S’Up Alaska, Alaska Coalition of BIPOC Educators, The Alaska Center, CannaCo and Sol de Medianoche.
“Not only has the administration refused to act, the administration is actively working to undermine any public health care measures,” the Facebook notice asserts.
There have been no reports of physical violence or property damage during the recent meetings.
The group claims that those who have given public testimony before the Assembly are “a mob” that seeks to intimidate Assembly members. In particular the activists are offended by the fact that certain testifiers have drawn comparisons between mask mandates and the way Jews were singled out and persecuted in Nazi Germany.
“In the last few days, members of this hate mob have compared masks mandates to the Holocaust,” the notice states. It adds that public testimony included “homophobic slurs toward an assembly member,” and that one man brought a concealed carry gun to the meeting.
So far, several hundred people have stood in line to testify on the proposed mandate. The vast majority are opposed. While meetings have been marked by cheers, clapping, patriotic songs and some heated testimony, there have been no reports of physical violence or property damage. A very small number of people have been arrested for disorderly conduct, and one man was found to be carrying a concealed handgun after he was arrested by police.
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The overwhelming majority, however, have simply stood in line, waiting for their chance to speak. This include surgeons, nurses, concerned parents, grandparents, young school age children, blue collar workers, small business owners and many, many others. They come from all walks of life and include members of minority groups and various ethnic and racial backgrounds.
The leftist coalition, however, stereotypes the testifiers a “racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and reactionary mob.”
“Enough is enough! It is time for Anchorage to step up and fight back!” the protest rally notice states. “Join us on October 12, 4:30 PM at the Loussac Library to demand that the administration and supporters of these acts of hate respect democracy and serve all of Anchorage.”
The Assembly is scheduled to hold its eighth public hearing on the proposed mask mandate Oct. 12, starting at 5 p.m.
- Click here to read the mask mandate ordinance.
- Click here to email or call Anchorage Assembly members.
- To contact Mayor Dave Bronson, call (907) 343-7100 or email Dave.firstname.lastname@example.org
- There is no sign-up list for in-person testimony. It is on a first come basis. Click here for more information.
- Click here to watch the hearing live on the Assembly’s YouTube channel.