Tea party group plans Memorial Day observance to counter Churchill visit

Tea Party group GJResult has planned a Memorial Day observance to counter a planned speaking engagement in Grand Junction by fired University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill.

GJResult’s Tim Fenwick said the public is invited to a ceremony at 5 p.m. Monday at the veterans section of the Orchard Mesa Cemetery.

Churchill will be speaking at 6 p.m. at Sherwood Park in Grand Junction, according to the group Confluence Media Collective.

Fenwick said members of the Republican party, the Western Slope Conservative Alliance and members of GJResult will speak at the Orchard Mesa event.

Fenwick said GJResult members don’t agree with Churchill’s message or the timing for his Grand Junction visit but agree that he is allowed to speak according to First Amendment rights of freedom of speech.

Confluence Media Collective has said the timing of Churchill’s visit on Memorial Day is the day Churchill was available to speak and does not represent any further motives by the group. The topic of Churchill’s speech is not known, members of the Confluence Media Collective have said.

Members of GJResult think Churchill’s speaking engagement is intended to spread dissension.

“There is a reason for him being here, it is not to give a speech, it is to test our will, it is to provoke a confrontation. He is here to cause unrest, controversy and hate,” Fenwick said in an email.



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