Proposed by commissioner Randy Leonard, the controversial stance was ostensibly in response to a widely and wildly publicized plan by the Tualatin Valley Skins to leaflet the southwest's Gabriel Park area with anti-Semitic literature after a rally at the park on January 8. Partnered with the city's resolution was a "unity rally" at the Multnomah Center--more than a mile away from Gabriel Park--held concurrently with the skinhead gathering.
For some activists, however, the official city response was inadequate, and an "ad-hoc coalition" of activist groups organized an alternate rally at Gabriel Park, with the intention of meeting the skinhead presence face-to-face. At its peak, the Gabriel Park protest numbered around 300, featuring local residents and representatives from groups like Jobs With Justice, Pacific Green Party, and the curiously named Victims Of Child Abuse By Churches Against War. The protesters marched around the park, chanting slogans like, "No more Nazis, no more Klan, throw that garbage in the can."
But after all the planning and posturing, the skinheads were a total no-show. Shortly after their failed event, a skinhead leader inexplicably blamed their website for the lack of turnout and told the Oregonian a separate rally would happen the following week.