“Every single person in Massachusetts deserves to live a life free from fear, discrimination, and hatred. … The diversity of our community is a source of strength.” — Gov. Maura Healey, announcing the program on Monday
Massachusetts now ranks among the top three states for incidents of white supremacist propaganda over the last five years. Despite becoming a hotbed for organizing, Massachusetts has not yet seen the number of hate crimes increase significantly.
“The messages in these materials have no place in New Bedford, and I stand with all those in our City in categorically condemning the attempt to enlist support for them. The City promptly brought this incident to the attention of the FBI and remains in communication with the Bureau.” — New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell
The neo-Nazi group is based mostly in Greater Boston. But in recent months, it has expanded its presence in the South Coast — targeting library events known as “Drag Queen Story Hour,” in which drag artists read books to children.