Report-Back: Opposing September 14th Far-Right Trump/“Patriots” Rally in North Georgia

Update 12/1/2019: We have also discovered that Doles September 14th rally was attended by a convicted child molester, Archie Lee Atwell.

On September 14, white power organizer Chester Doles held an ostensibly pro-Trump “American Patriots” rally in the small city of Dahlonega, north Georgia. Doles’ rally, organized and promoted with other white supremacists, attracted somewhere between three dozen and fifty participants. An anti-racist counter-protest on the other side of the downtown square attracted three times that many.

Anti-racist protest, Dahlonega, 9/14/2019

Over six hundred police from 36 different agencies swamped the area, with multiple cops for every person in the protests. During the rally, Doles blamed “antifa” for driving down numbers for his event. 

Mass presence from police and corrections officers, September 14th

A report from the September 14 counter-protest on the IdaVox anti-racist news site provides a good overview of the day. Here, we discuss Dole’s organizing efforts and how they were resisted, beyond just the day of the rally.

Chester Doles’ group – containing several Klansmen and white nationalists – marches in on 9/14
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Permit Applications for the Nazi-organized “Salute to President Trump” Rally, September 14th in Dahlonega GA

Update 9/4/2019: We have also received a receipt for a pavilion rental later in the day. See here.

We are publishing the permit applications for the “Salute to President Trump” rally, scheduled to take place on September 14th in Dahlonega, a small city in north Georgia. For an overview of the Dahlonega “Trump” rally and Chester Doles – the neo-Nazi / “fourth-generation Klansman” organizing it – see our article here. The ShieldWall Network, a white supremacist organization, is calling for its members in Georgia and surrounding states to attend Chester Doles’ “Trump” rally.

Chester Doles (center) with his wife Teresa (left) and white supremacist John Michael Estes, shared online by Estes January 2016.

There are two permit applications for the September 14th rally. The first was made by Chester Doles on August 1st but withdrawn on August 9th. On the same day that Doles withdrew his permit application, a new application for the same location and time was made by Dahlonega resident Dustin Penner. Chester Doles states that with the new permit application, Doles is no longer “involved […] in any legal capacity” with the September 14 rally. However, Doles’ own social media activity shows that he remains the lead organizer for the upcoming rally. At the time of writing, Doles has organized a “security detail” which is preparing for violence. Doles is also trying to get attendees to bring vehicles, referring to them as good “crowd control” – an apparent reference to vehicular assault.

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