started this petition to
UPDATE: The Tour is Moving to Batavia. Community Leaders in Batavia are are asking you to sign their petition, linked here:
Thanks to all of you who signed, called, wrote and spoke out, and to the bands that spoke out, on July 18th, Scott Donaldson, the owner of the Main Street Armory, decided to cancel the ReAwaken America Tour. We appreciate Mr. Donaldson’s decision.
We, the undersigned, are residents of Western New York. We are signing this petition to oppose the use
of the Main Street Armory as a venue for the “Reawaken America” Tour. We urge Scott Donaldson, the owner of
the venue, to cancel the event. We
commit to engaging in business and peaceful practices to prevent this event
from being hosted in Monroe County, New York.
We have taken this position for the following reasons:
1. On Saturday, May 14, 2022 a young, white man
shot thirteen people and killed ten of them in Buffalo, New York. Following his actions, information was
disclosed to the public that he had written a racist “manifesto,” stating his
intent to kill Black people. He had also considered shooting and killing
Black residents of Monroe County.
2. This man espoused paranoid racist conspiracy
theories such as the “White (or Great) Replacement Theory
which have been promoted by numerous media and social media outlets. The “Great Replacement Theory” claims that
members of minority groups will replace white people, and that steps must be
taken to prevent that from happening.
The theory is frequently linked with violent demonstrations.
3. Michael Flynn, one of the main featured speakers
of the event, is one of the promoters of violence to preserve the power of
those he supports. His
speeches and communications are also laced with veiled and not-so-veiled
messages of hatred and division against Jews and Muslims. 
4. Other speakers on this tour have espoused
hate-filled theories during the tour.
5. A Coalition of Christian Leaders has condemned
the tour, noting it promotes violence.
6. This tour is scheduled for August 12 and 13, the
anniversary of the Charlottesville demonstration and violence initiated by
white supremacist groups. Mr. Flynn is
aligned with these groups.
7. The “Reawaken America” tour is likely to draw
white supremacists and other members of hate groups from around the northeast
to our community.
8. Even the name, “Reawaken,” has been used in hate
messaging, such as by the Nazis.
9. We, the undersigned, condemn the event, the use
of the Main Street Armory for the event, and your agreement to host the
event. Even if you had not been aware of
the type of
event you had agreed to host, you have been
made aware of its nature through phone calls and emails by members of the
public since May 16, 2022. We urge our community to boycott events at the Main Street Armory unless and until this event is canceled.
replacement theory” and “White replacement theory" posit the existence of
a plot to change America's racial composition by methodically enacting policies
that reduce white Americans' political power.
The conspiracies encompass strains of anti-Semitism as well as racism
and anti-immigrant sentiment.