The Parks Board Minuteman Woman

Mayor Mark Funkhouser wanted to root out “elitism and community divisiveness” when he appointed a new slate of board members for the city’s parks department this week. But tapping Northland activist Frances Semler sparked an immediate rift with the Latino community. Semler, a quiet woman with a librarian’s fashion sense, is a member of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps – an anti-illegal-immigration group that pushes citizen patrols of the Southern border, pickets construction sites that supposedly employ undocumented workers and uses military language to describe an “invasion” of immigrants.

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