FARGO-A "pro-white" activist here now says he has a specific date and place in mind for a rally to advance "pro-white" issues.
Peter Tefft, 30, of Fargo, is considering the evening of Saturday, Oct. 14, for the rally he hopes to hold in the public square between the Fargo Public Library and the Civic Center downtown.
He said Friday he expects a crowd of around 200 to 300 people.
Tefft attended the "Unite the Right" rally that got out of hand last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.
Last Saturday, a driver with alleged Nazi sympathies drove into a crowd of counter-protesters.
Heather Heyer was struck and killed, and 19 others were injured.
President Donald Trump insisted there was blame "on both sides"-with a crowd of counter-protesters and throngs of white nationalists objecting to the proposed removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in a park there.
Tefft said he doesn't identify with Nazis, white supremacists or the "alt-right" movement, but that he's interested in advancing causes that benefit whites.
"We want to show people we're not anti-anything, we're just pro-white," he said.
Deputy Fargo Police Chief Joe Anderson said Tefft hasn't contacted the department about the event, as far as he knows.
Tefft said he plans to do so next week.
Anyone wishing to hold a special event in Fargo that requires a street closing must fill out a permit request and submit it to Fargo Police no later than 45 days prior to the event.
According to the permit application, the city requires certain events to obtain insurance prior to approval, including those using city streets where large numbers of participants are expected.
Tefft said there's concern about violence for anyone who hosts a large event, but that it can be managed.
He said the groups he's working with to plan the event have a method of vetting people for "the type of character" they wish to have represented at the event.
"We have message boards not accessible to the public that we'll use to organize it," Tefft said.
From those, participants will get a verification message they can show to gain access to a gated area at the event.
Tefft hopes to invite comedian Sam Hyde to be the event's keynote speaker. Hyde also attended the rally in Charlottesville.
Hyde had a show last year called "Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace" on the cable network Adult Swim. It was not renewed over claims it promoted racism and sexism.
Tefft said the focus of the rally in Fargo will likely be the opioid addiction crisis, which he says has killed a disproportionate number of white people.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, opioid overdoses killed more than 33,000 people in 2015. The Kaiser Family Foundation said of those deaths in the U.S., 82 percent were people described as white, non-Hispanic.