KKK rally to be held in Lancaster County

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A Maryland-based chapter of the Ku Klux Klan says it plans to hold a cross lighting in Lancaster County, but .the police chief of Quarryville, Pa., says it won't be in his town.

A chapter of the Ku Klux Klan is planning to hold a rally in Lancaster County on Saturday.

The East Coast Knight of the True Invisible Empire, from Rising Sun, Md., posted the event on its website and on the forum Stormfront.

Calls to the "hotline" listed on the post were not immediately returned.

The event, to be held at an undisclosed location in Quarryville, was to include a cross lighting.

"This is gonna be one of the biggest cross lightings in a long time. ... This is a family-oriented event, so bring your families," an organizer wrote.

The Quarryville police department was made aware of the post several weeks ago, Chief Kenneth Work told LancasterOnline.

"At this point, we have no concrete information that any group is coming, certainly not to Quarryville Borough," he told the site on Monday.

A representative for the KKK group told LancasterOnline that between 100 and 200 people are expected to attend the invitation-only event. He declined to provide the location of the home.

A counter-rally is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. at the courthouse on King Street, according to a post by Rabbi Jack P. Paskoff on The Other Church Facebook page.

"We will be gathering with people of good will, of all faiths, races, and beliefs, at a Day of Unity titled 'Rise! Embrace, Envision, Empower,' " the post stated.

The counter-rally will include members of the clergy, civic leaders, youth and performing artists.

"This event is a call to the Lancaster community to stand for a whole and just multiracial community,” Paskoff posted.

The KKK has been active in recruiting in Pennsylvania.

"Neighborhood Watch" leaflets have been distributed in some parts of the state.

In August, the National Socialist Movement of Pennsylvania, a whites-only political organization, met in Potter County.

“Our goal is to turn Pennsylvania into a stronghold of white supremacy,” National Socialist Movement of Pennsylvania leader Steve Bowers told The Era at the time.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there has been an increase in hate groups energized by the recent presidential campaign. The center tallied about 40 hate groups currently operating in Pennsylvania, the same number as the year before. 

A separate post on Stormfront encouraged members of the forum to register to vote.

"Some of this war will be fought in the political arena. We have to start putting our people in office that have our people's best interest in mind and not the ones that will take our people's hard earned money and give it to ones who don't deserve it or appreciate it," organizers wrote. "We most put a end to these career politicians!"

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