A left-wing activist group is planning to protest a planned speech by Fox News contributor and conservative commentator Tomi Lahren.
Lahren is scheduled to speak on May 17 at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, Pennsylvania. It is one of many appearances Lahren is making on a nationwide speaking tour. Protesters call Lahren an “alt-right provocateur,” and say the city of Glenside is not interested in “giving a platform to divisive speakers.”
The group protesting the Lahren speech calls themselves the Local Emergency Action & Response Network (LEARN), and while they do not directly identify themselves as an ANTIFA group, their tactics and causes are definitely ANTIFA-like. The group is planning a protest and pressuring the Keswick Theater to cancel the speech, a common tactic to force venues hosting conservatives speakers to suppress free speech.
LEARN also rallies against President Trump, linking him to the KKK and white supremacist groups. They have participated in Black Lives Matter protests and recruit followers to be politically active. The group’s identity makeover is an attempt to avoid the negative connections to the ANTIFA movement, while accomplishing the same goals.
Claiming that “Hate Has No Home Here,” LEARN is circulating a flyer in print and on social media asking supporters to pressure the Keswick Theater to cancel the event. They claim they will hold a “peaceful” protest outside of the venue if Lahren is allowed to speak.
Here is the flyer the group circulated.
Lahren has not commented on the planned protest.