According to a post made on the “Say My Name Alaska Movement” Facebook group, a national “White Lives Matter March” was announced on Telegram earlier in the week.
One location listed for the event is 5th Avenue between Peggy’s Diner (1675 E. 5th Ave, Anchorage, Alaska 99501. The event is scheduled to be held at 1pm April 11, 2021.
I have confirmed that the original announcement was also pinned by Telegram user/group “WLM Anchorage, Alaska,” which has 32 members.
A voice recording, made on April 7, 2021 and posted to the purported Anchorage-based Telegram user/group, says it isn’t clear how many people, if any, would show up to the event — but discussed potentially passing out flyers ahead of Sunday.
A second recording titled “Some Points to Consider Regarding 411,” was also shared to Telegram by “WLM Anchorage, Alaska.”
The recording says others should be educating themselves “on the statistics of black on white crime,” and offers advice on making signs and posters for the event as well as tips on how to protect one’s anonymity if planning to demonstrate.
Other White Lives Matter events appear to be scheduled for the same day in Toronto, Canada and other locations throughout the United States, including Trump Tower in New York City.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, White Lives Matter is a racist response to the civil rights movement Black Lives Matter, and “considered to be a neo-Nazi group that is growing into a movement as more and more white supremacist groups take up its slogans and tactics.”
White Lives Matter (WLM) describes itself as “dedicated to promotion of the white race and taking positive action as a united voice against issues facing our race,” in the words of its website.
It’s not clear if this is an event anyone will show up to in Anchorage.
Earlier this year, the Dimond Center Mall was closed as a precautionary measure after a flyer was circulated on social media claiming a Boogaloo sponsored event would be held at the mall. The event did not happen and no related events were reportedly held in Alaska.
A White Lives Matter poster for the April 11 event encourages mask wearing and social distancing.