Saturday, June 13
Confederate Memorial of the Wind
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WE ARE ASKING ALL PROTESTERS TO WEAR A MASK
AND MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE.
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Tracie and I were already planning a protest of the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ “Memorial of the Wind” in Orange, Texas when some young people from the city contacted us yesterday asking how they could help.
Initially, we had planned to stand up by ourselves. But after our call yesterday, we’ve decided to publicize the event and try to get as many people out as we can.
Thanks to our Martin Luther King Day 2020 GoFundMe, we also have enough money to raise another billboard across the street from the memorial which stands on MLK Dr. in eye’s view of I-10 — the eastern gateway to Texas.
We plan to have a new billboard up in time for the June 13 protest and Juneteenth (June 19).
The protest is focused on the newly erected Confederate memorial but we welcome Black Lives Matter and George Floyd justice protesters as well. Please join us. Any and all are welcome. We just ask that you wear a mask and social distance.
Not long after our MLK Day protest (January 20) but before the pandemic brought life in the U.S. to a halt, Granvel Block, one of the chief organizers of the memorial, appeared in my father-in-law’s church at Sunday services. He claimed that he wanted to change churches and that he was attending different services in his search for a new place to worship. Reverend Branch (Randy, Tracie’s dad) gave him the benefit of the doubt and welcomed him. But we all know what’s going on.
Like a pedophile testing the waters, Granvel was clearly gauging whether Randy would be a pressure point that he could use to make us stop protesting their insidious racist iconography.
We believe that Granvel was the author of an anonymous defamatory letter sent to Tracie’s then 97-year-old grandmother (you can read it here; be advised that it contains sexually graphic content). It gives you a sense of just how sick and cowardly Granvel and his partner Hank Van Slyke are.
I’ve only spoken to Granvel once by phone when he threatened to “kick my ass.”
BRING IT ON, GRANVEL! BRING IT ON, HANK!
Across our nation, Confederate memorials are being removed. Your days are numbered.