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Anti-fascism urged at farmers’ market advisory committee meeting

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After speaking, Bloomington activist Joe Varga flips off a member of the audience who had interrupted a person speaking, and who later expressed views critical of ANTIFA, while defending the free speech rights of the owners of Schooner Creek Farm. Varga sarcastically introduced himself saying, “I speak as an ultraviolent member of ANTIFA,” and then read a statement saying how hate groups spread their message, and how extremists use that information to justify domestic terrorist acts, and to commit hate crimes against a spectrum of minority groups. Varga said he supports free speech, but that speech has outcomes, and hate groups must be held accountable for their actions. Varga urged the community to take action to stop fascism, which he said is not an opinion but a set of actions, and asked that Bloomington community not provide a platform for it. Members of the Bloomington community packed the City of Bloomington Council Chambers, during a two hour meeting, to make and listen to public comments on recent allegations against the owners of Schooner Creek Farm, which reportedly has ties to a hate group, Monday, June 17, 2019. Many speakers at the meeting expressed outrage, and/or want the market to take action against the vendor. No decision was made during the meeting. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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