Wanted: Tolerance, Understanding, Collaboration, Progress
By Tim J. Clark
Updated Nov 19, 2019
For the Record. In May 2019, Brown County community members were alleged to be “white supremacists” which they have denied. Laura Lane, Bloomington Herald-Times, in her August 3, 2019 article – Commentary: Don’t forget the First Amendment, stated the following:3
- “The Herald-Times has published multiple articles on the farmers’ market developments. We have done our own research. We have reviewed court documents, emails, videos and recordings that so many claim is proof that the owners of Schooner Creek Farm are white supremacists. Direct evidence, it isn’t there.” … “ When a news organization publishes a false statement that damages a person’s reputation, that’s libel. I make sure, just about every day, to not libel anyone. Not just because I could be sued, but because it’s important that the information we report be accurate. We cannot and do not print accusations that can’t backed up with tangible stand-up-in-court proof.”
- A Facebook comment regarding the recent actions and the behavior of the protestors: “Bloomington Farmers Market Purple Thought Police – As a politically correct aware liberal, I am saddened and disgusted by the uniformed protesters harassing the “bad” people at Schooner Farms. The market has been one of my very favorite things about summer in Bloomington, but I stayed away and didn’t go once this year. The protesters are committing a grave cognitive error in harassing these people – the protesters believe they are “Right”. It’s necessary to point out injustices of course, but this has turned into a meaningless joke. This is where PC flips over into Lord of the Flies, and the purple shirts have become the very thing they’re protesting against. This is the first time I’ve personally witnessed the beginning of Orwell’s Thought Police, and it is freaking scary …”
This post includes background information and context on the issues. Information provided also includes Facebook comments on Brown County Matters and other sites, dissemination of the allegations from local media and links to video of meetings held by the Farmers Market Advisory Committee and Bloomington Parks Commission.
E Pluribus Unum – Latin for “Out of many, one” was adopted as a national motto in 1776 and is now found on the Great Seal of the United States and on United States currency.
- “The fundamental cause of the trouble is failure of people to understand that what is best for the whole country is identical with what in the long run is best for everybody.” – W. Edwards Deming
- What is the world’s most underdeveloped nation? “With the storehouse of skills and knowledge contained in its millions of unemployed, and with the even more appalling underuse, misuse, and abuse of skills and knowledge in the army of employed people in all ranks in all industries, the United States may be today the most underdeveloped nation in the world.” W. Edwards Deming
Comment: It is often said that “perception is the reality.” Perceptions are derived from facts, observations, and opinions. On facts, I tried to identify the direct source to include footnotes. On perceptions, protestors, activists, and media can use terms in allegations and articles that are inflammatory and not footnoted to explain how they arrived at their conclusion. On this topic, terms include neo-nazi, nazism, nazi brethren, fascism, fascist, white nationalist, white supremacy, racism, violence, hate, alt-right, et.al.
Terms and Definitions, Misc
- White supremacy or white supremacism is the racist belief that white people are superior to people of other races and therefore should be dominant over them. The term is also typically used to describe a political ideology. In academic usage, the term “white supremacy” can also refer to a political or socio-economic system, in which white people enjoy a structural advantage (privilege) over other ethnic groups, on both a collective and individual level. (Wikipedia)
- White privilege. “In the case of white privilege, there are a number of variables which, together, better explain differences in group outcomes. Moreover, there is a bevy of countervailing evidence that calls its validity into question. This is not to suggest that racial discrimination cannot or does not play a role in differential outcomes. Nor is it to suggest that privileges do not exist in some form or another. Where you live and who your parents are can be privileges. But to posit white privilege as the only or a predominant explanation for differences in group outcomes is, based on the empirical evidence, incorrect and irresponsible.” Reference: Why White Privilege Is Wrong—Part 1 – Quillette
Some Legal Options:
- Facebook defamation judgment may set precedent, Indiana lawyers say
- Indiana Defamation Laws and Standards
- Indiana Intimidation and Harassment Laws at a Glance
- American Civil Liberties Union – Get Legal Help
- Oberlin College could have paid $1 million instead of $25 million to settle defamation suit by The College Fix (Student Reported). Employees of Oberlin College directly involved in disseminating and supporting false allegations.
- First Amendment: Time, Place and Manner Restrictions regarding Protests
- Unlike Oberlin College, in the case of the Bloomington Farmers’ Market and Indiana University (IU), legal faculty provided objective, helpful, and legal based comments.
- However, other individuals employed by IU to include those in teaching roles, exhibited behavior on social media and at public meetings that would likely not have been tolerated if it occurred on IU property or used IU resources such as computers, copiers, etc. The Indiana Daily Student (IDS) reported on the situation and disseminated allegations.
- IU won’t fire professor for tweets provost called ‘racist, sexist and homophobic‘ by Arika Herron and Michael Reschke, Indianapolis Star and The Herald-Times
- Nov 25, 2019. MY FRIEND PROF. ERIC RASMUSEN by Tim Bayly |
- Response by Professor Eric Rasmusen
- National Trends on the Topic: A broader discussion from opposing perspectives on the topics of Nationalism, Culture, Racism
- Aug 8, 2019. The Atlantic. Trump’s White Identity Politics Appeals to Two Different Groups By David A. Graham
- White identity is an in-group attitude. There isn’t necessarily a strong relationship between feeling favorable toward one’s own racial group and strongly disliking members of other racial groups. Many white identifiers aren’t especially racially prejudiced in the classical sense.
- Prejudice and Bigotry. The definition of bigotry is prejudice and the state of being intolerant.” Prejudice is a word often used to refer to a preconceived, usually unfavorable, evaluation of another person based on that person’s political affiliation, sex, gender, beliefs, values, religion, race/ethnicity, language, nationality ….
A bigot is a person who is prejudiced, or intolerant of those who are different.”
- I’m a Black Feminist. I Think Call-Out Culture Is Toxic. NYT, By There are better ways of doing social justice work.
- Former President: Barack Obama takes on ‘woke’ call-out culture: ‘That’s not activism’
- Nationalism (patriotism) vs Globalism (TED Talk). The Olympics are an example; Survey of 89K people in 60 countries – 85% of respondents are very proud or quite proud of their countries. Pride correlates to life satisfaction. Transcript.
- In contrast: American comedian George Carlin on the topic of pride in ethnicity remarked: “I could never understand national pride, I could never understand ethnic pride. Because to me, pride should be reserved for something you achieve or attain on your own, not something that happens by accident of birth.”
Tolerance of a position IS NOT ACCEPTANCE of that position or acceptance in a belief that any situation cannot be improved! On the Paradox of Tolerance – “Karl Popper’s Paradox of Tolerance has gotten a lot of attention lately. … Maybe we’d like to tolerate intolerant views, but isn’t that risky?”
- Karl Popper: I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise.
- Prager University. A liberal explaining why tolerance is a conservative value
Protests Groups – Facebook Pages
- No Space for Hate
- Purple Shirt Brigade
- Hoosier Anti Racist Movement (HARM).
- Btown Antifa
- Southern Indiana Autonomous Defense Collective/Btown Antifa are no longer affiliated in any way with Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement.
- May/June 2017. Mother Jones – Inside the Underground Ant-Racist Movement ….
- The seed for HARM was planted in People’s Park, a tangle of trees and footpaths in downtown Bloomington, Indiana …
One page synopsis: Bloomington Farmers’ Market – Summary of Issues
Sept 12, 2019 (update). My blog post that summarizes the story since May and suggests a way ahead. ” Part 1 Discord in the community – better strategies needed?
- Facebook Post of the article Bloomington, IN What’s Going On?
July 31, 2019. Indianapolis, IN FOX59. Controversial Bloomington farmers’ market vendor denies white supremacy accusations
- “The vendor at the center of the farmers’ market controversy in Bloomington denies all ties to white supremacy.”
- “As an Identitarian and an American, I am disgusted at the level of lies, misinformation, falsehoods, and intimidation by those who do not know me or my family,” said Dye. Identitarian is widely defined as a far-right group that campaigns against immigration. Dye defined it as, “a way of viewing the world that emphasizes the importance of identity.”
A long-time Brown County community member, with a successful small business and young family – who has no criminal record or been accused of a crime, has recently acknowledged that she was a member of Identity Evropa (IE). IE has been disbanded and a former IE leader created a new group called American Identity Movement (AIM) in March 2019 (Wikipedia).
- “Identity Evropa describes itself as “a generation of awakened Europeans who have discovered that we are part of the great peoples, history, and civilization that flowed from the European continent.” (1) Ref: Newsweek. “Unite the Right Organizer disavowed by Family After Charlottesville Violence.”
- Identify Evropa and AIM are identified as a white supremacist organization by the Anti-Defamation League and is designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. (Wikipedia).
The community member and her husband met with 21-year-old Nolan Brewer. Brewer was sentenced on Monday, May 20, 2019 … ” to three years in prison for spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti and lighting fires outside a Carmel synagogue on July 28, 2018, that was described as an act of vandalism. (1)
- U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said 21-year-old Nolan Brewer of Eminence was sentenced Monday evening for conspiring to violate the civil rights of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla. Minkler announced Tuesday that Brewer pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime.
- Nazi flags and iron crosses were found spray-painted July 28 on a brick shed outside the synagogue in Carmel, just north of Indianapolis.(1). May 22, 2019, The Indiana Lawyer. “Carmel synagogue vandal who espoused Nazism gets 3 years for hate crime.” May 21, 2019. Indy Star, Indianapolis. Indiana man sentenced to federal prison for vandalism at Carmel synagogue
- Aug 24, 2018. Arrest made in church vandalism cases in Brown, Bartholomew counties “Police in Brown and Bartholomew counties have made an arrest in the vandalism of four area churches from last summer. … The break in the case came last week during an investigation into vandalism at a synagogue in Carmel.”
FBI Interview. The current controversy evolved from an FBI transcript of an interview of Nolan Brewer. During his FBI interview on August 15, 2018, Brewer stated he met a couple named Sarah and Douglas (after he committed the crime) at a family restaurant in Martinsville. He stated he met them through Identity Evropa and he identified Sarah as Volkmom in a Discord server (chat room).
- FBI Interview Nolan Brewer Aug 15, 2018 pages 42-58
- The text messages obtained from Discord by Unicorn Riot included 435 messages. The discussions involved a variety of topics to include families, education, culture, politics, race, finance.
- Information on how to access the texts is provided below – See DISCORD
- Unicorn Riot Text Messages Volkmom with my Summary and Comments 20190617-1
- In his interview, Brewer stated the couple had no knowledge of his crime and did not associate them with any act of violence. His statement included the following:
- He stated that “they were extremely nice.”
- He also stated that Identity Evropa instructed members not to attend the Unite the Right 2 rally held on August 12, 2018.
- When asked about the violent tendencies of Identity Evropa members that he knew about, he stated that “there ‘s always a couple of poisoned skittles to ruin the bowl …” and further remarked “my wife and I are trying to stick away from those now … “
- He also stated his opinion on Identity Evropa’s (IE) belief system:
- “It’s just to be proud that you’re European. it’s, it’s an identitarian movement, it’s nothing political.”
- “It’s just your European, be proud of who you are, take care of your family.”
- After being shown a crime scene photo which included NAZI symbols, Brewer remarked that “IE would not consider that acceptable” and his membership would be revoked (p.55)
May 27, 2019. Patrick Casey (Former IE leader), Statement on Nolan and Kiyomi Brewer (Twitter): Mrs. Brewer joined Identity Evropa in early August 2018 – after the crime (vandalism at a Carmel synagogue that occurred in July 2018). (Mr. Brewer was never a member; his claims to the contrary presumably stem from the incorrect assumption that his wife’s approved application conferred to him as well).
Volkmom has also published videos on Youtube on the topics that include herbs, the medicinal benefit of herbs, gardening, recipes, and nutrition.
- In Episode 1 – Yarrow (herb), at the 2:10 mark, in addition to the benefits of Yarrow, Volkmom defined Alt-right as “essentially being rooted in what is natural and biological.” She expressed pride in “my people, my folk, my blood, my ancestors” and expressed her belief that “race is sacred.”
- Note: The definitions in the online dictionaries for Alternative- Right (alt-right) generally describe individuals with extreme and violent views. Wikipedia describes it as “a loosely connected far-right, white nationalist movement. The term is ill-defined, having been used in different ways by various groups and individuals.”
- Pride in ethnicity is common throughout the world. Ethnicity defined as: of or relating to large groups of people classed according to common racial, national, tribal, religious, linguistic, or cultural origin or background (Merriam-webster).
- Another term used in many of the videos is hail (not heil). Hail defined as
- I found the videos of high quality and informative on the various herbs, recipes, nutrition, and respective healing attributes.
Local media has reported Sarah Dye and Douglas Mackey were the individuals referenced in the FBI Interview. They are owners of Schooner Creek Farm.
Sara Dye is no longer on the board of the Nashville Farmers Market (a non-profit organization) and is also not allowed to be a vendor reportedly due to safety concerns.
- The Nashville Farmer’s Market is a nonprofit that is located on the parking lot of the privately-owned Brown County Inn. A private entity is not required to provide the same first amendment protections that are required to be supported by the City of Bloomington’s Farmer’s Market. The Nashville Farmer’s Market is responsible for providing a safe environment for everyone.
- Sarah Dye – Facebook post – on her removal from the market
- June 12, 2019. Herald-Times Bloomington, In. White supremacist allegations follow market farmers By Kurt Christian The Herald-Times. Includes statement from the President of the NSM Board.
There is a petition to deny their participation in the Bloomington Famers Market – which is associated with the city government. The Parks and Recreation Department issued the following statement in a response to a petition :
- “To our knowledge, this vendor has not shared these views at Market and has treated customers with respect,” said Marcia Veldman, program/facility coordinator for Bloomington’s Parks and Recreation Department, in an email response to Ang.
- “The City is constitutionally prohibited from discriminating against someone because of their belief system, no matter how abhorrent those views may be. The City may only intercede if an individual’s actions violate the safety and human rights of others.”
Identity Evropa and American Identity Movement (AIM)
Identity Evropa’s founder, Nathan Damigo was convicted of a misdemeanor and charged with a $100.00 penalty for his actions at a rally in Charlottesville, VA where one person was killed and 19 were hurt.
- Wikipedia, Unite the Right Rally Aug 11-12, 2017 – Charlottesville, VA
- Steve Cortes, CNN political analyst, and columnist RealClear Politics, – The Charlottesville Lie. Did President Trump call neo-Nazis “very fine people” during a famous press conference following the Charlottesville riots of August 2017? The major media reported that he did. But what if their reporting is wrong? Worse, what if their reporting is wrong and they know it’s wrong? A straight exploration of the facts should reveal the truth.
- Identify Evropa was among the groups that filed a lawsuit against the city of Charlottesville for failure to allow them to engage “in political speech and expressive activities.” The lawsuit was dropped in Feb 2019.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) (1) has reported that Identity Evropa (IE) leader Patrick Casey said on Twitter that the organization “has been retired.” “Casey says he is now launching a new organization, the America Identity Movement (AIM).
- March 12, 2019. Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). White Nationalist Group Identity Evropa Rebrands Following Private Chat Leaks, Launches ‘American Identity Movement’
- On the evening of March 8th, 2019, Patrick Casey announced the formation of a new, nationalist organization. Our organization, American Identity Movement, is indeed a new non-profit institution engaged in peaceful activism and networking under the sole ownership of President Casey. Mr. Casey has retired from all activity unrelated to American Identity Movement.
- AIM Website:
- American Identity Movement is a non-profit activist and fraternal organization founded on March 8, 2019, by Patrick Casey.
- Our worldview is best summarized by our five principles: nationalism, identitarianism, protectionism, non-interventionism, and populism. AIM’s efforts are twofold: activism and fraternity.
- AIM prohibits the advocacy of or participation in supremacy, violence, or illegal activity. We reject extremism of any stripe. Allegations to the contrary originate from left-wing individuals and organizations intent on mischaracterizing anyone who dares speak out against globalism.
(1) The credibility of the SPLC has been questioned by many sources. Another non-profit involved in this area is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
- John Stossel: The Southern Poverty Law Center is a money-grabbing slander machine
- Washington Post The Southern Poverty Law Center has lost all credibility, By
The FBI- Hate Crime Unit is the source of hate crime information. “Hate crimes are the highest priority of the FBI’s Civil Rights program due to the devastating impact they have on families and communities. The Bureau investigates hundreds of these cases every year and works to detect and deter further incidents through law enforcement training, public outreach, and partnerships with community groups.”
Given probable cause, the FBI does have access to digital and phone records and the appropriate technology, software, and resources to assess the respective situation to include the development of an overall threat assessment which I assume they share with local law enforcement.
Facebook Group – Brown County Matters (BCM) – Timeline
Matters that “matter” to the citizens of Brown County
The Brown County Democrat has not published a story on this topic.
- WFHB – Volunteered Powered / Community Radio has chosen to publish the allegations as has the Herald-Times Online (HTO, the Indiana Daily Student (IDS) and WFIU/WTIU.
Admins agreed to delete a post that was a personal attack on a non-government official in the county who then responded and denied the allegations. We were then accused of siding with the person being attacked and supporting what is considered to be an extremist position. The attack was then re-posted, the allegations were again denied, and the post deleted. The individual informed me that he was opting out of the site and was then removed, he re-joined, re-posted on the same topic and this post was deleted. … Matters is not the site to go on record of disagreeing with someone in the community that (if true) may have an opposing view regardless of how offensive.
Anders Jorgensen to Brown County Matters Who’s taking the posts down? What is your justification for doing so? This is a relevant discussion that *matters* to Brown County. People should be able to look for themselves and decide what they are…
Nashville Farmers Market
June 1, 2019. Patricia Krahnke shared link – Brown County Democratic Party. . . ICYMI Petition to remove suspected white supremacists from Nashville farmers market leadership until they can be cleared of association with Identity Evropa.
- June 1, 2019, To the Nashville Indiana Farmers Market Board_ Letter Thomas Westgard
- Thomas Westgard Facebook Post of his letter (no longer available)
- ICYMI – In case you missed it.
June 2, 2019 10:23 a.m. Tim.J.Clark to Brown County Matters Excellent article that Sherrie Mitchell shared previously that distinguishes the difference between tolerance, acceptance, and understanding. Tolerance is a virtue that is a basis for First Amendment protections. Just because you have tolerance for a situation does not mean you accept it. Dialogue can lead to understanding and a higher probability of positive change. Ref: Feb 25, 2014. Psychology Today, by Jefferson M Fish Ph.D. Tolerance, Acceptance, Understanding
- “The aim of the U.S. system of government is to enable “We the People” through the Bill of Rights to work together towards a more perfect Union (and county). Actions motivated by love lead to actions that produce results where we all win or at least are not any worse off in the long-term.”
June 3, at 10:40 AM Paul Navarro to Brown County Matters Our Constitution guarantees “innocent until proven guilty”. In my personal opinion, one person’s ideas do not constitute a hate group. While constructive ideas and concerns are always welcome and encouraged on this page, it is our policy not to allow personal defamation of individual members on this Facebook page. Members who find it necessary to indulge in this can use their own Facebook pages to do so.
June 4, 2019, at 2:26 PM. Kevin Fleming to Brown County Matters .. …Martin Luther King when he said only acts of love can drive out hate. “A Prominent American Hate Group Just Collapsed Because of an Affair”…
June 13, 2019. Kyle Birkemeier shared a link . “see.. i didnt make this up as ive been accused and its an actually community issue, effecting our town and its image beyond our borders. Is bc matters going to eat crow and admit this is an issue worth discussing or stick to their threats of law suits and accusations that were a pack of wild dogs out to get these innocent neonazis? like i said when i first posted this info, its valid and this story is going to be bigger. Responsible members of our community are concerned actually concerned about neo nazis organizing here. And it should be discussed.” Ref: White supremacist allegations follow market farmers
Bloomington Farmers Market
Local Media – Other References
May 14, “2018.” Initial incident at the Bloomington Farmers Market. IDS, Blotter: Fight at Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market by Cameron Drummond. “Police said a group of four to five people, including Cast, started harassing a vendor at the market. … Police arrested 30-year-old Joseph A. Cast for disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, robbery, theft and battery as a result of the incident. ”
June 3, 2019. WFHB Volunteered Powered / Community Radio, South Central Indiana. Petitions Allege White Supremacist Ties to Farmer’s Market Vendor.
The petition submitted by Abby Ang (1) alleges the individuals are connected to the White supremacist movement, Identity Evropa, and encourages both the Bloomington Farmer’s Market and the Nashville Farmer’s Market to ban them.
- It’s been known for a long time in our community that the owners of Schooner Creek Farm are members of Identity Evropa…. “One of the owners … has posted on Discord”
- Activity Allegations. Emily of State on Twitter.
- Extracts from court documents obtained via Buzzfeed of the FBI interview with Nolan Brewer with comments from Emily of State.
- Source of the Court Documents: BuzzFeed, Inc. — an American Internet media company based in New York City,
- Buzzfeed published a story that they later corrected – Buzzfeed Blames Ben Shapiro for Synagogue Attack, Rabbi Responds … BuzzFeed News is under fire for publishing an outrageous article that claimed conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro – along with FOX News and Breitbart – radicalized a white nationalist who pleaded guilty to defacing a synagogue in Carmel, Indiana with Nazi symbolism.
(1) “Abby Ang, a Ph.D. student in the Department of English. A native of Rhode Island and first-generation Chinese American, Ang co-founded the IU English Grad Solidarity Coalition. The coalition is the first in the department to advocate for the needs of underrepresented students, including students of color, international students and the LGBTQ+ community, and the promotion of solidarity in and across the department.” (Reference Jan 15, 2018, IU Bloomington faculty, staff and students recognized for commitment to service and leadership.
- Abby Ang 洪雅苾 – Facebook Page
- Comments in context of the petition: ” That said, if you want to donate some money to me so I can keep fighting nazis and eat and pay bills (or just lend me some money and I can pay you back later), let me know.” – Abby Ang
- Abby Ang reference to a comment: ” … I’ve been hesitant to share this because I don’t want to freak anyone out. But I think it’s important to recognize that they are organized and that they are close by.” … “Just as we cannot vote our way out of this burgeoning non-white nightmare, we also cannot reason our way out of this by “activism”. Instead, blood-drenched civil war on an unimaginable scale is the only way out.” Source: National Vanguard
- July 2019 — NoSpaceforHate-Report — Volkmom, Identity Evropa/American Identity Movement, and the Safety of Our Community — A Report from No Space For Hate (NSFH):
- July 14, 2019. Abby Ang: ” IT’S OUT! Featuring yours truly and Joe Varga“
- July 17, 2019. Daily Beast. In public they sell organic vegetables. In private they join white supremacist groups. Now activists are pushing back. By Kelly Weill.
- NSFH Website
March 6, 2019. Neo-Nazi Hipsters Identity Evropa Exposed In Discord Chat Leak Unicorn Riot is releasing more than 770,000 messages from chat servers associated with Identity Evropa. This is the first report in a series about this large US-based neo-Nazi organization.
- DISCORD. The Discord chat server used to coordinate Identity Evropa’s activities is called ‘Nice Respectable People Group’.
- Browse and search the chats for yourself here. To review the texts, Select User Search, Enter “Volkmom”. — Results in 435 total messages
March 8, 2019. Daily Beast, ‘Whiter Every Election Cycle’: How Identity Evropa, a Far-Right Hate Group, Joined the GOP …. According to leaked chat logs, the white-supremacist group has actively reinvented itself as a ‘respectable’ group in order to entice Republicans by Kelly Weill
Fascism: A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, a capitalist economy subject to stringent governmental controls, violent suppression of the opposition, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism. … A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government. American Heritage Dictionary
- Sarah Dye, aka Volkmom, Fascist at Schooner Creek Farms from Nashville, Indiana
June 12, 2019. Indiana Daily Student (IDS), Letter alleges white supremacists sell at farmers’ market. By Ellen Hine. Some claim local farmers Sarah Dye and Douglas Mackey are members of the hate group Identity Evropa. Schooner Creek Farm has been a vendor at the Bloomington Farmers Market for over nine (9) years. Extracts:
- “To our knowledge, this vendor has not shared these views at Market and has treated customers with respect,” said Marcia Veldman, program/facility coordinator for Bloomington’s Parks and Recreation Department, in an email response to Ang. “The City is constitutionally prohibited from discriminating against someone because of their belief system, no matter how abhorrent those views may be. The City may only intercede if an individual’s actions violate the safety and human rights of others.”
- In response to this article: June 24, 2019. National Vanguard, Indiana: Pro-White Farmers Threatened, Persecuted by Jewish-Funded Leftists by
June 12, 2019. HTO, Bloomington, In. White supremacist allegations follow market farmers By Kurt Christian The Herald-Times. The owners of Schooner Creek Farm are facing renewed allegations of white supremacist beliefs a week after being forced out of the Nashville farmers market. A petition outlining why the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market should also cut ties is gaining traction.
- Bloomington resident Abby Ang sent a letter to the city’s market advisory council June 4 alleging that Nashville-based Schooner Creek Farm owners Sarah Dye and Doug Mackey are members of a neo-Nazi and white supremacist hate group.
- Nashville Farmers Market – – Comments from President Kara Hammes:
- The board received materials supporting the allegations and heard “unpleasant rumors” this past spring, Hammes said. But the board didn’t feel it had enough evidence until the members reviewed copies of social media posts, FBI depositions, online conversations and a white supremacist YouTube video posted under the name Volkmom with “what we could all clearly identify as her (Dye’s) voice.”
- Laura Lane – Bloomington Herald-Times, article “Commentary: Don’t forget the First Amendment”, states: “The Herald-Times has published multiple articles on the farmers’ market developments. We have done our own research. We have reviewed court documents, emails, videos and recordings that so many claim is proof that the owners of Schooner Creek Farm are white supremacists. Direct evidence, it isn’t there.” … “
June 17, 2019, The Bloomingtonian, Jeremy Hogan. Anti-fascism urged at farmers’ market advisory committee meeting
Sep 6, 2019. Indep Voter – Blog Post – Tim J. Clark Part 1 Discord in the community – better strategies needed?
- The controversy over personal beliefs and professional conduct involving the Farmers Markets in Nashville and Bloomington, Indiana escalated to the point that resulted in regional, state and national attention. The issues are unlikely to be resolved any time soon by applying current methods that include demonizing the opposition until they admit the error of their ways. An attacking (suboptimal) approach typically results in making a situation even worse.
Sep 7, 2019. Bloomington – Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) – Sep 7, 2019 March Against White Supremacy. Abby Ang – NSFH Sep 7, 2019, Speech White Supremacy
- Sep 7, 2019. WFIU/WTIU Bloomington Anti-White Supremacy March Touches On Local, National Issues By Emma Atkinson. Facebook Post of the article
- The event was sponsored by the Bloomington chapter of Young Democratic Socialists of America, an “anti-capitalist organization.”
- Tang also referenced this summer’s Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market’s struggles with an Identitarian vendor. ….“We are here because there are Nazis at the farmers’ market,” Tang said. Tang is a senior at Indiana University (languages: Chinese, English, Spanish).
- Sep 8. IDS News. March Against White Supremacy takes place Saturday down Kirkwood Avenue, B-Line Trail. By Lydia Gerike Facebook Post.
- They were protesting a variety of issues related to white supremacy, from alleged white nationalists at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market to national raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
- The march was organized by Young Democratic Socialists of America Bloomington with support and speakers from other Bloomington activist chapters including UndocuHoosiers, No Space for Hate and Black Lives Matter. Community members and students also joined in.
- Some anti-fascist, or antifa, protesters were dressed in black clothing, and pink bandanas covered their faces instead of the usual black masks.
Sep 10, 2019. Herald-Times. Letter: Taking action is true test By Mike Bakunin
Sep 11, 2019. Herald-Times. Letter: The real victims of the farmers’ market By Sheryl Price
Sep 11, 2019. Herald-Times. Letter Farmers Market By William Ballew
Sep 12, 2019. Herald-Times, Letter: Time for some surrender By Fritz Lieber
- (Identified as a Professor in the Education Department at Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN) at RateMyProfessor.com)
Sep 13, 2019. American Greatness. Orwell Down on the Farm By S.T. Karnick. A year-long harassment campaign against the owners of Schooner Creek Farm in Indiana is the Left’s updated “Two-Minutes Hate.” The threats have stopped for the moment. But how long can the truce last?
- The attacks on Dye and her family are reminiscent of the idea of “thoughtcrime” in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In Orwell’s totalitarian dystopia, thoughtcrime, crimethink, and wrongthink are the holding of political thoughts—ideas about freedom—that could undermine the authority of the regime.
- “I really do hope that some of these people in the ‘No Space for Hate’ group can stop hating so much and incorporate themselves back into the market,” Dye added.
Sep 13, 2019 20190913 Facebook Post – Sarah Dye – Legal Action Update. Thank you all for your support of Schooner Creek Farm. Thanks to the 43,000+ views on the Red Ice TV interview, we have received enough donations to finally retain a local attorney and pursue legal action.
- With that said, I encourage anyone who has screenshots of defamation, threats of violence, slander, etc. — to send them our way. If you wish to do so anonymously you can easily do so by using WeTransfer with the email recipient being firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In addition, you may also anonymously post screenshots to Flickr, as well as Imgur, but make sure to tag it with #schoonercreekfarm
- We are also still accepting donations for our legal fund. Donations can be made at our website at: https://schoonercreekfarm.org/donate
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Sep 13, 2019. Hearald-Times. Letter: Affirm value of all people By Tom Frohman . Progress will not come from marginalizing one market vendor or the countless Americans still infected by white supremacy. As the Bloomington United mission statement says, we need to affirm the value of all human beings. I hope the rally on Tuesday, Aug. 27, called out the hate activity at our market and invited dialogue with those who may not think like us.
Sep 14, 2019. Herald-Times. Letter: About American Identity Movement By Jared Stancombe in the Herald Times. Posted at No Space for Hate. Online comments on the Letter to include the following: “As an “analyst” you should provide specific facts with your generalizations. What do you know that we don’t know?”
- To the editor: I am a former Homeland Security analyst, where I performed threat assessments on foreign terrorist organizations. I believe that the American Identity Movement is a greater threat to our national security and to the public safety of those in Bloomington. The American Identity Movement has had several members who have committed mass shootings and domestic terror attacks. They also inspire mass shootings abroad. I support Abby Ang and all the hard work she is doing to bring our community together against a murderous ideology and the people who carry them into our community. This is not a matter of a difference of opinion or “seeing the other side.” The other side knows only violence with genocide as the end goal. The more they are silenced, the safer we will be. Do we really want to empower people who want mass shootings? Because that is exactly what the American Identity Movement and its members such as Sarah Dye want. They believe every mass shooting committed by their members is a victory. Their hate will invite tragedy, bloodshed and immense loss of life. Jared Stancombe,
Sep 21, 2019. WFIU/WTIU. Demonstrators Protest, Refuse To Move From Front Of Schooner Creek Farm’s Market Stand By Tyler Lake and Emma Atkinson.
There were a total of 11 protesters per a Facebook post from one of the leaders
- Demonstrators gathered at the Bloomington farmers’ market on Saturday to protest the presence of vendor Schooner Creek Farm,
- The activists stood in front of the Schooner Creek stall wearing shirts emblazoned with the phrase “justice is what love looks like in public,” a quote by professor and philosopher Cornel West on the front and “Boycott Schooner Creek Farms – Defund white supremacy” on the back.
- Facebook Comments: Bloomington IN: What’s Going On (Over 12,000 members).
- 160 comments before the admin turned off commenting.
- According to current market rules, if a person is interrupting the market and refuses to leave, staff will call the Bloomington Police Department.
- Protester and local reverend Forrest Gilmore says the group was asked to move and refused.
- “We were asked to stop, yes,” he says. “We were not informed of any rules that we were violating, but we were asked to stop, and we politely said no.”
- Market Coordinator Marcia Veldman says, despite the rules, she made the decision to not involve the police on Saturday.
Sep 25, 2019. Indep Voters. Update: Sep 24, 2019 Bloomington Farmers Market Discord By Tim J. Clark. My comments on the WFIU/WTIU article “Officials: We Changed Demonstration Rules Because Of Farmers’ Market Protest”
Sep 26, 2019. WFIU/WTIU News. Protesters Expected At Meeting Of Conservative Group At Ellettsville Library By Emma Atkinson
Sep 26, 2019. The Herald-times. Dye’s speech protested at Ellettsville library By Emily Ernsberger and Kurt Christian
- I attended the meeting that was sponsored by the Grass Roots Conservatives. First time I attended one of their meetings. In addition to Sarah Dye’s presentation that reinforced the importance of the Constitution and first amendment rights, the agenda included the pledge of allegiance, singing the national anthem and an opening and closing prayer.
- Sarah Dye provided a summary of events and the unfortunate situations her family has had to experience through the process. Her van was vandalized during the meeting (spattered with fake blood that washed off).
- She is not being allowed to participate in the Winter Market – which is run by a private non-profit. No reason was given.
- Protesters attempted to intimidate attendees by taking pictures of individuals and calling attendees Nazis. For those that were new to the drama, this gave them a good idea of the behaviors of the protesters.
- It appears the protesters continue to escalate their attacks on anyone that does not subscribe to their point of view. It was reported that five police officers and two library security personnel were present. They were needed to manage the situation.
Sep 26, 2019. WTIU/WFIU News Sarah Dye Speaks At Grassroots Conservatives Meeting Amid Protesters By Joe Hren
Sep 27, 2019 IDS News. Schooner Creek Farm owner Sarah Dye criticizes farmers market protests Thursday By LYDIA GERIKE Clip – Presentation Length 1:57
Sep 28, 2019 . Market Activities
- Bloomingtonian. “Purple Shirt Brigade” protests SCF at farmers market”
- Members of the “Purple Shirt Brigade” stage a protest against Schooner Creek Farm during the Farmer’s Market, Saturday, September 28, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana.
- A group of protesters wearing t-shirts, and holding blank purple signs, picketed while walking in a tight circle, but spread out after the police asked them to do so. Sarah Dye, who owns and works at SCF has admitted she’s a member of the American Identify Movement, and has self-identified as an identitarian. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists AIM as a white nationalist group.
- Schooner Creek Farm’s presence at the market has been the subject of protests since at least June of 2018 when a scuffle occurred near the coffee stands after protesters arrived at the Schooner Creek booth. Protests began again in June of 2019, and continued all summer. Protesters, including the group, No Space for Hate, have been demanding the city stop SCF from being a vendor in the market, but the city, citing the First Amendment, says it cannot remove the business since the market takes place on public property.
- An alternative market began in the parking lot of the Eastside Bloomingfoods, after masked anti-fascist protesters were in the market one weekend, and a militia group the next, and the market was shut down for two weeks in July. When the market reopened, protests continued.
- Recently SCF was denied a permit for the winter market. (VSideo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
- Sep 28, 2019. Schooner Creek Farm – Facebook posts and comments regarding the protestors
Sep 29, 2019. IDS. Purple Shirt Brigade protests Schooner Creek Farm for second time at Saturday market by By Lydia Gerike
- A group of protesters wore purple and waved makeshift purple fans Saturday afternoon at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market to encourage shoppers to boycott Schooner Creek Farm.
- A market official said clothing with messages are not banned from the market, including the shirts the Purple Shirt Brigade wore. The signs, however, toed the line for city leaders and Market Ambassadors who quickly became involved.
- My comments to the article:
- Regarding the allegations referenced in the article of “white supremacy,” a few follow-up questions for the reporter: What criteria do protesters apply to determine that someone is a “white supremacist”? What evidence (proof) do protesters have that support their judgment?
- On reference to the American Identity Movement (AIM) – AIM has a website that includes the statement: “AIM prohibits the advocacy of or participation in supremacy, violence, or illegal activity. We reject extremism of any stripe.” Why was this not mentioned in the article? How would you prove or disprove this claim?
- What is the difference between a protest message printed on a sign vs a T-shirt? Did market officials get advice from the city’s legal counsel on this issue?
Sep 29, 2019. Indep Voter. Part 2 – Discord in the community – better strategies needed? By Tim J. Clark Facebook Post at Bloomington IN – What’s going on?
- Sep 30, 2019. Unicorn Riot: Identity Evropa, Rebranded: Six Months Later by Chris Schiano
- I read through the information presented in the links – messages, emails, and links in the emails. On the email (July 27, 2019) comment from the police captain that AIM was a “neo‐nazi type group” – the information that would support his assessment was not mentioned.Actions contrary to what AIM publically posts on their website is open to challenge. AIM was created in March 2019. I listed a few questions for the supporters of AIM in my post e.g., What is meant by “mass immigration,” the effects of the “scourge of globalism” and “America’s historical demographics?”
Sep 28, 2019. HTO. Commentary Fear remains at Farmers’ Market. This is a guest editorial submission by Guy Loftman. The Herald-Times has a paywall but you can read comments.
Oct 5, 2019. Schooner Creek Farm was not at the market.
Oct 6, 2019. Herald-Times. Sometimes, journalism is a dirty job, By “H-T Columnist”. Discussed the attendance at the Market by the t-shirt protestors and the 3-percenters. The Herald-Times has a paywall but you can read comments.
- I felt dirty last Saturday morning. … At the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, I watched as people in boycott shirts shuffled around the Schooner Creek Farm stand. A couple of Three Percenters talked at the periphery. A photographer and a videographer toiled away, their forefingers muscular from years of work. Other watchers watched the watchers. I watched, too, judging them all. … I felt dirty because I was one of them, just there for the show. … At least someone paid me to watch, I assuaged myself. It didn’t work.
- In the end, nothing happened. Protesters of one kind or another shuffled and shuffled, waiting for something to happen. Watchers watched, waiting for something to happen. Some people on the right have suggested we’re biased because we haven’t covered the Boycott Schooner Creek T-shirts. But people wearing matching shirts and standing around is not a story. Nor is it a story they’re being watched by Three-Percenters. … I still felt dirty, so I returned home, to my apartment at the newspaper. … There I showered.
Oct 8, 2019. Bloomington Farmers’ Market – What’s Next? By Tim J. Clark. Submitted as a guest column to the Herald Times who have chosen not to publish.
- The controversy at the market will likely continue to escalate and raises a few questions: Is it possible to extend the rules against protest signs to include the other ways a protest message can be conveyed? Is allowing the market to be a place for community protests – especially against vendors with a perspective and an association that someone may not like, a good thing? What are the conditions that will lead the city to disband the BFM?
Oct 8, 2019. A Better Way to Deal with the Bloomington Farmers Market Controversy By Tim J. Clark. “What’s new?” is the introduction of quality management principles and a systems approach. The U.S. system of government was designed to be continually improved supported by leadership at the local level of government.
Oct 16, 2019. “Robert Hall addressed the MCPL board meeting for 5 minutes on October 16, starting at 33:20 minutes. He complained about how the library staff violated the library’s Principles and Behavior Rules by not removing the protesters from the library at the Ellettsville branch premises on September 26 at a meeting of the Grassroots Conservatives with speaker Sarah Dye of Schooner Creek Farm. Margaret Menge spoke for 7 minutes, starting at 38:00 minutes, to the board about how this experience affected her. 47:34 minutes”
- Ongoing Efforts to Address Market Issues Involve Mediation from OSU’s Bridge Initiative
- While working to ensure both public safety and a welcoming and inclusive environment at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, Mayor John Hamilton is simultaneously working to engage our community more generally on concerns about racism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of discrimination.
Oct 17, 2019. Herald Times, City enlists mediator to issue report on farmers’ market unrest By Kurt Christian. There is a paywall but comments can be reviewed. Comments are typically less emotional.
- Link to the complete article City enlists mediator to issue report on farmers’ market unrest
- Johnson said his presence in Bloomington has been intentionally covert because a large-scale public discussion on the matter could collapse into discord. He said his work needs to remain coherent. … That policy won’t cut the general public out of his process, though.
- Monroe said people interested in sharing their thoughts who may want to meet with Johnson should visit moritzlaw.osu.edu/dividedcommunityproject and click on the Bloomington banner to send a request.
Oct 18, 2019. WFIU/WTIU. Bloomington Mayor Brings In Outside Help To Mediate Farmer’s Market Issue By ADAM PINSKER
- Oct 18, 2019. Facebook post at Bloomington, IN – What’s Going On? (13k members)
- Saturday’s (Nov 2, 2019) circus at the Market sponsored by the “Purple Shirt Brigade” with support from No Space for Hate and witnessed by the city’s attorney was interesting.
- Is the intent of the city’s policies and actions regarding protests to create and support the conditions that will provide the mayor with an excuse to permanently close the market?
Facebook Post of the article – Bloomington IN – What’s going on? (13k members).
- On the comments, I did not see any opinions on the content of the post, e.g., that the Mayor’s policies on protests could lead to a shut down of the market. Anyone and any group can show up wearing any sign or costume calling for a boycott of anything – the city, a vendor, a vendor that has expressed a view someone may not agree with ….
- Steven Peterson Bloomington Farmers Market Purple Thought Police – As a politically correct aware liberal, I am saddened and disgusted by the uniformed protesters harassing the “bad” people at Schooner Farms. The market has been one of my very favorite things about summer in Bloomington, but I stayed away and didn’t go once this year. The protesters are committing a grave cognitive error in harassing these people – the protesters believe they are “Right”. It’s necessary to point out injustices of course, but this has turned into a meaningless joke. This is where PC flips over into Lord of the Flies, and the purple shirts have become the very thing they’re protesting against. This is the first time I’ve personally witnessed the beginning of Orwell’s Thought Police, and it is freaking scary …
Nov 6. 2019. The John B. Wells Program, Episode 1218 – Sarah Dye In this edition we are joined by first-time guest Sarah Dye, an organic farmer in southern Indiana. She and her husband own and run Schooner Creek Farm and are being harassed, and their livelihood jeopardized, at the Bloomington Community Farmer’s Market in Bloomington, Indiana by Antifa activists and thugs. They are being labeled as racist and white supremacists by these degenerates with no proof of these allegations. Tonight, we hear her side of the story.
- Five members of the Purple Shirt Brigade were arrested during the Bloomington Community Farmers Market for holding signs during a protest against Schooner Creek Farm, Saturday, November 9, 2019 in Bloomington, Ind. The signs are a violation of market policy.
- Charges were disorderly conduct, and trespassing.
- Police wrote citations, but told protester Lesamarie Hacker that they were being arrested, just not booked, or taken to jail, but told they cannot return to the market space for 24 hours, and if they return next week to do something similar they will be arrested for criminal trespass and booked.
Nov 9, 2019. Indiana Daily Student (IDS) Purple Shirt Brigade protesters removed from Bloomington farmers market Saturday By Lydia Gerike
- Five protesters with the Purple Shirt Brigade were escorted out of the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market and issued trespass and disorderly conduct citations by police Saturday morning after holding signs and refusing to leave.
- Rules prevent people from holding signs at the market outside of designated areas, but protesters have been finding other ways to make statements, such as wearing purple clothing and reserving spaces to sing songs with lyrics changed to address the situation.
- Bonds, Forrest Gilmore, Lesamarie Hacker, Ashley Pirani and Tom Westgard were all issued citations. Gilmore, who is the executive director of Shalom Community Center, said he was participating in the protest as a private citizen.
Nov 11, 2019. DailyBeast Cops Bust Unicorn Protesting White Supremacy at Indiana Farmer’s Market by Kelly Weill
- Bloomington officials ruled this summer that Schooner Creek Farm was not breaking any rules, and that Dye and her husband had a First Amendment right to their beliefs.
- Disseminates the “allegations” and association with Nolan Brewer. Reporter claims that the terms identitarian and white supremacy are synonymous but offer no evidence that this opinion is valid for this situation.
- In her Aug 3, 2019 article in the Bloomington Herald-Times titled “Commentary: Don’t forget the First Amendment”, Laura Lane reported that there “is no proof that the owners of Schooner Creek Farm are white supremacists. Direct evidence, it isn’t there.
Nov 13, 2019. Herald-Times Prosecutor considering charges after incident at farmers’ market – The Herald-Times, 11_13_2019
- Herald-Times Online (HTO) Facebook Post of the Information: The Lead-in: In August, the owner of Schooner Creek Farm confirmed to the H-T that she authored leaked posts under the name “Volkmom.” Five protesters were issued citations Saturday while protesting the vendor’s continued presence at the city market.
- HTO response to a previous article:
The Herald-Times Please note the date of the opinion column you are quoting. On Aug. 3, our reporting staff was still trying to confirm that Sarah Dye was “Volkmom,” which was the final link in the chain that she was the “Sarah” who made the comments that were leaked. The link was confirmed by Dye herself at the market on Saturday, Aug. 17, as part of our ongoing coverage that began in June. Hope this helps, and thanks for reading.
- HTO response to a previous article:
Nov 13, 2019, Newsweek, UNICORN ARRESTED FOR PROTESTING WHITE SUPREMACY IN ONGOING FARMERS MARKET DRAMA BY
Nov 15, 2019. WTIU/WFIU. The Winter Farmers’ Market Moving To Switchyard Park Pavilion This Year By Bente Bouthier Facebook post and comments on the article
- “Schooner Creek Farms will not be selling at the winter market.”
- Tim J. Clark Questions for the reporter: Why did you mention that Schooner Creek Farms (SCF) will not be selling at the winter market? Why was SCF denied the opportunity to participate? What policy was applied in making the decision to exclude SCF? … Does a private organization operating on city owned property have to comply with the First Amendment?
Nov 19, 2019. B Square Beacon. Uncertain future for Bloomington farmers market, still no decision on charges against protestors by
- Informal information shared by some vendors at Monday’s meeting suggest sales have been down by around 30 percent.
- Transitioning the market to a private 501(c)(3) has been suggested as a way to exclude Schooner Creek.
- Deputy prosecutor for Monroe County, Jeff Kehr, told The Beacon late Friday that no charging decisions had been made—his office was waiting until they had all the information needed to make those decisions. As of the end of the day Monday, there was no further word.
- Others rose to speak to suggest adding language about safety and the expulsion of hate groups. The reference to hate groups drew to the podium a Bloomington resident, who gave Margaret as her first name to The Beacon after she spoke. Margaret started by saying that finding ways to lower prices would help make the market more accessible and inclusive.
Nov 19, 2019. Schooner Creek Farm Owner Hasn’t Applied For 2020 Bloomington Farmers’ Market By Adam Pinsker
- Interesting “headline” ….
- A controversial vendor at the Bloomington run farmers’ market has not yet applied for a permit for the 2020 market. … Chair of the Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee Bruce McCallister says prospective vendors have until March to apply.
Nov 20, 2019. WTIU/WFIU. Ask The Mayor: Bloomington’s Hamilton On Farmers’ Market Mediation, Switchyard Park By Joe Hren Facebook Post and comments of the article
- Hren: The city asked for the services of a mediator from Ohio State University on the Farmers’ Market situation, how do you expect this to help?
- Hamilton: It can be confusing, I have to make sure I treat all of the patrons of the market evenly, we have a rule in the market you can’t do political activity in the market proper and we’ve had to enforce that. And we enforce that to anybody no matter what their persuasion is.
Nov 20, 2019. Herald-TImes. Winter market to open Dec. 7 in Switchyard Park Pavilion By Carol Kugler
- Unlike the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, the winter market is a nonprofit group and not associated with the city, even though it will now be housed in a building owned by the city. With the problems the community market has faced, winter market officials have said that Schooner Creek Farms will not be a vendor.
Nov 21, 2019. Bloomington Winter Farmers Market – List of Vendors 2019/2020
- Schooner Creek Farm is not allowed to participate.
Bloomington Winter Farmers Market – Two (2) year Agreement (Dec 7, 2019 thru March 28, 2020 and Dec 5, 2020 thru March 27, 2020.)
- The private vendor – Center for Sustainable Living CSL) – Bloomington Winter Farmers Market can refuse to allow a vendor to participate in the market because of personal beliefs. Unlike the city government, they do not have to respect the first amendment rights of individuals – they can discriminate.
- The definition of bigotry is prejudice and the state of being intolerant. A bigot is a person who is prejudiced, or intolerant of those who are different. QUESTION: Does the Center for Sustainable Living (CSL) consider bigotry to be sustainable?
- As of Nov 27, 2019, the city has not published any rules regarding protestors at Switchyard Park.
- GuideStar – Center for Sustainable Living – Non-profit status and reports
Dec 1, 2019. Herald-Times, Farmers’ market’s future course to be decided soon By Emily Ernsberger. Farmers’ market’s future course to be decided soon _ Local _ hoosiertimes.com
- At a Nov. 18 meeting of the Farmers’ Market Advisory Council, market coordinator Marcia Veldman said that while they understand the urgency of the situation, the parks department and the advisory council are unsure of the next steps for the market — which the city could either keep public or turn over to a private group.
- The next advisory council meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in City Hall, two weeks earlier than it would normally be, in order to discuss plans for the 2020 market season.
Dec 5, 2019. Herald-Times. Instant Message: Dec. 5, 2019 Question: What do you think the city of Bloomington should do about the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market?
Dec 6, 2019. Frontpage Mag. Why I ‘Liked’ Schooner Creek Farm. I was invited to hate. I declined. By Danusha V. Goska
- So, yes, if I lived in Bloomington today, I would buy Schooner Creek Farm produce, and I’d do so for several reasons. One, I am intelligent enough to differentiate between a ripe tomato and the grower’s opinions, …Two, I believe that interactions within a diverse community, including economic interactions, keep a community healthy and more tolerant … Three, I’d shop at Schooner Creek Farms because I don’t think that Dye’s thought crimes condemn her to not being able to make a living.
- Facebook Post of the article at Bloomington, IN What’s going on?
Dec 7. 2019. Farmers’ Market 2020: Considering Our Options
- Video of the Meeting – CATS (Community Access Television Services)
- No Space for Hate – Discussion on the meeting and exchange of posts with panelist Steve Sanders – Associate Professor – IU Maurer School of Law who quit responding after repeated insults.
- Media coverage of the meeting:
- Dec 7, 2019. WFIU/WTIU. Bloomington Farmers’ Market Tensions Prompt First Amendment Panel, Community Q&A By jeanie Lindsay
- Dec 8, 2019. B Square beacon. Decision on Bloomington farmers market future to be made in January: “The First Amendment has not changed since July.” By Dave AskinsDec 9, 2019.
- Dec 8, 2019. Herald-Times. Farmers’ market panel stresses First Amendment, limits to privatization
Dec 9, 2019. Community conversation focused on Bloomington Farmers’ Market By Ernest Rollins The Herald Times
- The event was hosted by The Purple Shirt Brigade and No Space for Hate Bloomington at Bloomington City Hall.
Dec 9, 2019. Herald-TImes. Advisory council takes no stance on farmers’ market’s management By Ernest Rollins
- Whether the city of Bloomington should remain in the farmers’ market business is a lingering conundrum after a turbulent 2019 season. … Marcia Veldman, coordinator for the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, said the Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners plans to make that decision at a Jan. 9 meeting.
Dec 10, 2019/ WTIU/WFIU. Farmers’ Market Advisory Council Discusses Market’s Future By Mitch Legan
- The Bloomington Farmers’ Market Advisory Council voted unanimously to approve an edited draft of the 2020 Farm Vendor Handbook at Monday night’s meeting.
Dec 11, 2019. Bloomingtonian. String of vandalism incidents continue overnight By Jeremy Hogan
- In a seemingly coordinated attack overnight, vandals smashed windows, placed nails on driveways, and left a bloodlike substance at the entrances to homes and in mailboxes, including that of the Bloomingtonian’s sole employee, Jeremy Hogan
- Attacks included those on owners and customers of Schooner Creek Farm.
Dec 11, 2019. IDS. Schooner Creek Farm, Eric Rasmusen, others hit by overnight vandalism By Lydia Gerike.
- Three homes, two cars and a business were vandalized sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in acts that included fake blood, rusty nails and smashed car windows. … At this time, it is unknown who committed these acts or if they are all connected.
Dec 15, 2019. Vendors respond to city’s handling of 2019 farmers’ market By Ernest Rollins and Emily Ernsberger
- Results of the survey, obtained through a public records request by The Herald-Times, show that only 16 vendors — around 11% — of the 140 farm and prepared food vendors who can sell at the market responded.
- This and other feedback gathered will be used to help officials decide whether the city should remain in the farmers’ market business or potentially pass it on to some private entity.
- My comment on the article: “Insight on the proposed new rules governing protests was provided by Rashall Brackney, chief of police in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the panel discussion called “Farmers’ Market 2020: Considering Our Options.” She stated that in Charlottesville, they require protestors to obtain permits that provide the opportunity to discuss and communicate the rules (time, place, manner) and expectations as to what can and cannot be done regarding protests. This information is also communicated to the public so the public is not surprised if/when the city takes action against a protestor or counter-protestor.”
Dec 30, 2019. Limestone Post Magazine. Bloomington 2019: ‘The Year of the Farmers’ Market Controversy’ by
- The article reinforces ignorance and naivete. Contributors repeat the “white supremacist” and “white nationalism” allegations — despite HTO – Laura Lane reinforcing no direct evidence that the owners of Schooner Creek Farm are white supremacists and it is libel to state otherwise.” (Ref: Aug 3, 2019. Commentary: Don’t forget the First Amendment).
- Steve Sanders Associate Professor – IU Maurer School of Law, has reinforced that “affiliations linkages to groups can be ambiguous and that it is irresponsible to use them to imply the worst possible meaning in the absence of proof of exactly what someone believes or seeks to accomplish. “
Dec 30, 2010. Bridge Initiative Report – Bloomington Indiana. The Divided Community Project is housed at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
- Regarding the Farmers market and interviews, individuals “were equally adamant in the belief that the Market was not the venue to resolve this conflict, nor should its future be held hostage to the outcome. In recent weeks, there has been much activity to work towards this resolution. “
Dec 31, 2019. Herald-Times. Bridge Initiative recommends local task force on race issues A conflict consultation and mediation group has suggested the city of Bloomington form a task force to handle race-related issues.
Jan 5, 2019. Herald-Times
Commentary: There is hope for the future of the market
- Bloomington cannot kick out Schooner Creek Farms even though Sarah Dye has told The Herald-Times her family identifies as Identitarian.
- That’s the new branding for old-fashioned white supremacy, nationalism and anti-Semitism. She admitted to us she’s Volkmom from online chatrooms specializing in hatred of non-whites and Jews. These are the people who marched in Charlottesville and chanted “Jews will not replace us.”
- Schooner Creek Farms boasted its most profitable year ever, as racists came out from the hideouts and closets to support fellow white supremacists. … The rest of the vendors reported losses of 20% to 30% year over year.
- Schooner Creek Farm. We all know who you are despite your protestations. And hate has always lost in the long run. It’s like acid — it ultimately feeds on and eats itself. As Martin Luther King noted, the arc of history is long but it always bends toward justice. White ethno states and anti-Semitism have nothing to do with justice.
- Guest column: Coalition members share requests for farmers’ market. By Abby Ang and No Space for Hate, Purply Shirt Brigade.
- Readers’ comments to the column provide an opposing position
Jan 6, 2019. 90 market vendors sign letter asking city to maintain market control By Emily Ernsberger
- Though they may disagree on what the specifics of what the future might hold, at least 90 Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market vendors agree on one thing: the market should remain public.
- Schooner Creek Farms’ vendors were not offered a chance to sign onto the letter. The writers said they believed that even though signers would agree the city should keep control of the market, many do not support white supremacy, and would have refused to sign it if Dye or Mackey had.
Jan 7, 2019. WTIU/WFIU. Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton: City-Run Market Should Continue By Sara Wittmeyer
- Regarding protests: “The city administration can regulate conduct and can place non-content-based restrictions on speech (such as “time, place and manner” restrictions). We have done both in connection with the market, and will continue to do so, to sustain a vibrant, successful market, protect public safety, and support a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, while respecting the civil rights of all our residents and visitors. Thus wehave rules prohibiting political signs or demonstrations in the vending area — regardlessof the content of those signs or demonstrations — and encourage them instead in“Information Alley” or other public spaces around the market. The administration investigates and responds as warranted to actions or conduct by any vendor or patron of the market that violate applicable laws or rules or standards of conduct.” Ref Board_of_Park_Commissioners-20200109-Packet (1)
Jan 8, 2019. Herald-Times. Mayor recommends market remain public ahead of parks board vote By Emily Ernsberger
- The vote comes after a season full of contention when vendors Sarah Dye and Doug Mackey, owners of Schooner Creek Farm, were found to have ties to a white nationalist organization.
- In his statement, Hamilton denounced racism and the presence of white supremacist ideology at the market.
Jan 9, 2019. Bloomington Parks Commission – Video of the meeting on CATS – Commercial Access Television Services
- Mayors letter to the Park Commission Board_of_Park_Commissioners-20200109-Packet (1)
Jan 9, 2019 WISHTV – Indianapolis. Bloomington farmers’ market to go on but change after white nationalism flak by Dan Klein
- The point of controversy last year was a vendor called Schooner Creek Farm which had alleged ties to white nationalism.
- The city believes it cannot limit vendors because of their beliefs. So they are writing rules to limit signs and protests to designated areas.
- As for the owner of Schooner Creek Farm, “she’s not a white supremacist, she’s an identitarian. She admits to that.” … That’s the belief which opposes multiculturalism.
- The park board’s discussion on rules of behavior was tabled until its next meeting on January 28. … Board members made clear Thursday night they are just giving the market a one-year extension and will be revisiting the idea of a city-sponsored market again next year.
Jan 10, 2019. WTIU/WFIU. Bloomington Parks Board Votes Unanimously To Continue Running Farmers’ Market By Mitch Legan.
- The City of Bloomington will continue to run the Community Farmers’ Market through 2020. The Board of Park Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday evening to retain control of the market. … The vote eases tensions for many vendors who rely on the market to make ends meet. Earlier this week, over 90 market vendors sent a letter to city officials asking them to keep the market city-run.
- Those against retaining the market said continuing to run it would provide Dye a platform for her “identitarian” ideology.
- After some deliberation and consideration of time constraints, the board moved to table its final vote on the market rules of behavior until its next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m.
Jan 10, 2019. Herald-Times. Farmers’ market to remain public in 2020 By Emily Ernsberger
- Despite a contentious season last year, the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market will continue to be operated by the city in 2020.
- The vote followed the recommendation of the parks department staff, Mayor John Hamilton and the majority of vendors at the market, after a season in which a vendor was found to be a member of a white nationalist organization. Activists urged the city to remove the vendor from the market, though such removal based solely on beliefs would violate the First Amendment. One solution proposed throughout the season was to make the market private.
- But that idea was rejected by city parks board members Les Coyne, Kathleen Mills and Lisa Simmons Thatcher, who all expressed that while the presence of white supremacy at the market has been unsettling, the city should continue to operate the 45-year-old market and make it as welcoming of a place as possible.
- Dye is a self-described Identitarian and has aligned herself with the American Identity Movement’s mission to “staunchly defend the preservation of America’s historical demographics in the face of mass immigration, and are opposed to the demonization of and discrimination against America’s white majority.”
- The Anti-Defamation League has labeled the American Identity Movement, formerly known as Identity Evropa, a hate group, saying it is one of the largest groups within the alt-right segment of the white supremacist movement. Dye has said she does not support white supremacy.
JAN 10, 2019. IDS. Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market won’t privatize in 2020 By Lydia Gerike
- Park commissioner Lisa Thatcher read from a prepared statement at the meeting and said the public’s focus shifted throughout the course of the market’s season. While some people initially asked for solutions such as the removal of Schooner Creek Farm, she said removing protesters and maintaining public control of the market seemed to become bigger concerns as the months wore on.
- “Making the market private doesn’t solve a problem — it creates several new ones, ones that would not be managed by the experienced people and the considerable resources available through the parks department,” park commissioner Kathleen Mills read from her statement.
Jan 10, 2019. WFHB Public Radio – Bloomington. What the Farmer’s Market Part II , By Kade Young (News Director), Sydney Foreman (Assistant News Director)
- Jan 8, 2019. Facebook Post – Schooner Creek Farm – unedited interview of Sarah Dye – 48 minutes. Very little (less than 2 minutes) was used in the broadcast.
Jan 15, 2019. Herald-Times. Prosecutor’s office not filing charges against farmers’ market protesters By H-T Report.
- “My office has evaluated the specific facts and circu
- mstances surrounding these citations, and we have decided that it is appropriate to decline prosecution in this instance,” Monroe County Prosecutor Erika Oliphant said in a news release.
Jan 15, 2019. WFIU /WTIU Ask The Mayor: Bloomington’s Hamilton On First Amendment Rights … By Joe Hren
- Hren: Farmers’ Market will remain city controlled for at least a year. Some new market rules are being worked on and we’ll learn more at the next meeting. But some of the pushback I’m hearing especially from the No Space For Hate group is that the city claims First Amendment rights for keeping alleged white-supremacist vendors, but yet quelling any protests or rallies at the market. Can you address that?
- Hamilton: Yeah, thanks for asking that, I think it’s important people understand when we do a restriction on the market which says you can’t walk with signs in the market, that applies to a right-wing group or a left-wing group. It applies to a white supremacist or to an anti-white supremacist. In our core vending area, we protect from anybody protesting. We encourage and support that type of protest around the market. So we have to be content neutral.
- There’s also a rule against us controlling your thoughts or speech, so we can’t stop a vendor who believes a certain thing from believing that certain thing.
Jan 22, 2019. WTIU/WFIU. Market Protestor Files Tort Claim Against City Of Bloomington By Sara Wittmeyer
- The woman who was arrested this summer for protesting at the Bloomington Farmers’ Market has filed a Tort Claim Notice against the City of Bloomington claiming she was among other things, wrongfully arrested.