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Anti-Racist group heading to Leith

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Not in our state!
A North Dakota anti-racism group is banding together in hopes of sending a message to the white supremacists looking to take over a small southwestern town.

"North Dakota is not a place where they are welcome," says James McMullen Wendt, a longtime North Dakota resident and member of anti-racist group, UnityND.

McMullen-Wendt was upset when he heard the plans Craig Cobb had when it came to the future of Leith.

"We just can't sit back and let this happen. People want to take over the town," says McMullen-Wendt.

Cobb bought more than a dozen lots in the small town of Leith hoping to turn it into a white supremacist community, take over the city government and fly nazi flags.

"That hate is not what most North Dakotan's are in favor of," says McMullen-Wendt.

Wendt says Cobb's not the only supremacist that now owns land in Leith. Cobb gave property to a member of the KKK and Jeffrey Schoep, a neo nazi who stated on his website, he now owns the old meat packing building. Schoep is planning a visit on Sunday.

Wendt says unityND is planning a grass roots protest in Leith on Sunday hoping to lock arms with hundreds of people and members of the community to let the outsiders know their beliefs are not welcome.

"Our goal is to let people of Leith know that we are here to stand strong with them and fight," says McMullen-Wendt.

The group is inviting anyone that wants to join in on the protest to meet at the U.S. Bank parking lot in downtown Fargo  on Sunday, at 8:45. They will load up vans and head to Bismarck where they will get on a bus and head to Leith.

For more information on other bus pick-ups to Leith, go to unitynd.com.

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