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Traditionalist Worker Party Holds Pike County Conference For "White Working Families"

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) --The Traditionalist Worker Party, in correlation with the Nationalist Socialist Movement and Nationalist Front Movement announced via their Facebook page that they plan to hold a conference for "white working families."  The controversial event is going viral among Pike Countians and has sparked a passionate response on social media and even on the floor of the state senate.

The political organization cites Pikeville's predominantly "European heritage" and support of President Trump in the primaries as a reason to hold the event. 

"Due to the loss of mining jobs and the shutdown of other industries, Pike County has steadily lost population for the last two and a half decades. Many people, who have had their families living in the region for hundreds of years, are being forced out of their community due to the joys of globalism and the capitalist system," reads a post on the Facebook page.

Events will also be held at the Jenny Wiley State Park in neighboring Floyd County. 

"The purpose of the event is two-fold; first of all, we will be having a dinner, speeches, live music, and training seminars at nearby Jenny Wiley State Park. Given that the venue is a State Park, they cannot shut down the event, giving us a great and beautiful place to hold a time for fellowship.
The training seminars will be on everything from NS philosophy, to how to march for public events, to activism techniques and how to engage both online and IRL to advance our ideals," reads the post.

The event is being met with criticism by Pikeville residents and an invitation by one pastor to hold a debate at his church.  A counter-rally has been organized by unhappy citizens of Pike County.

Despite the disclaimer of the event being for  "white working families," administrators on the group insist that everyone is welcome. The event will be held on April 29. 

"The executed contract for this event was for a family reunion, and the parks department was not notified of the intent of this meeting until late last evening (Feb. 7). As a public event, a different contract will be required. The new contract will include safety and other provisions, and the group will have to reapply under the correct process. As a public agency, the Kentucky State Parks cannot discriminate against individuals or groups under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. However, we will continue to monitor the situation and any threats to our guests, and we will take appropriate actions as necessary," said Gil Lawson, the Public Information Officer for Kentucky State Parks.

A counter rally is being organized to protest the "Traditional Worker's Party" Rally. The "Rally For Equality" will also be held April 29 in Pikeville City Park.

Senator Ray Jones II of Pikeville announced that he plans to file joint resolution condemning the event.

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