Barrett Gets Permission to Speak at Philly Meeting

Philadelphia Mayor James Young says he will allow a white supremacist to speak at a board of aldermen meeting.

Richard Barrett, the head of the Nationalist Movement, a white supremacist group based in Learner, Miss., requested to speak at the October meeting. Young said he has been put on the agenda.

But now Barrett says he will not show up for the appearance. Barrett says he had been barred by the previous administration from speaking before the board.

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  • by Bubba Location: Forest on Aug 28, 2009 at 06:17 AM
    Barrett showed up to speak, in opposition to Young, at the board meeting, but was banned. He delivered his speech anyhow, in town, just not at city hall. Then, he demanded that the ban be lifted and threatened to sue. Young backed down. Repeat, Young backed down to Barrett. Then, Barrett declared victory for breaking the ban and, yes, he won. Here's more on the story: Shows me that Young not only took a hit from Barrett but will from voters, next go-around. Or, better yet, "Barrett for Mayor!"
  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    So let me get this straight: The guy sought permission to speak, the mayor approved it and now he's not coming? It would seem Mr. Barrett was merely seeking attention. He won.
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