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New hate map helps users explore landscape of hate

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 08:47
The Southern Poverty Law Center has introduced an updated, interactive hate map equipped with new features to help people better understand the hate groups operating in their state and across the country.

The So-Called ‘Migrant Crisis’ Analysed

Institute of Race Relations News - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 06:51

Seán Binder and Meena Aramish Masood, humanitarian volunteers on the Greek island of Lesvos, are initiators of this wide-ranging panel discussion which will be chaired by the LSE Human Rights Group.

  • Thursday February 28th, 6.30-8pm
  • Institute of Race Relations, 2-6 Leeke Street, Kings Cross Road, London WC1X 9HS

Register for the event here

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Southall Memorial Walk: Black, Anti-Racist and Working Class History

Institute of Race Relations News - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 06:35
A free and unique historical walk in one of the UK’s vibrant multicultural towns, exploring its political and cultural landmarks as well as its life changing events.
  •  Saturday 23 March, 11am – 2pm
  • 112 The Green, Southall, UB2 4BQ

The special walk is part of a series of events organised by Southall Resists 40, consisting of local community organisations to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of school teacher Blair Peach in April 1979.

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Southall resists 40 

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For further information, please contact southallresists40@gmail.com

Southall, April 1979: How to fight the fascists and win (then and now)

Institute of Race Relations News - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 06:35

University of London, Birkbeck College holds event to discuss how to combat fascism, with a focus on the events that took place in Southall in 1979 and 1981. 

  • Sunday 28 April, 1pm-5:30pm
  • Room B36, Birkbeck, University of London, Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7JL

This is one of a series of events to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Southall protests. Speakers include Suresh Grover, Sita Balani, Gurminder K Bhambra and David Renton.

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The event is free but please register here

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Southall resists 40 

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For further information, please contact southallresists40@gmail.com

More Extremists Associated With Yellow Vests Convoy to Ottawa: Christopher Hayes

Well it seems the efforts of Yellow Jackets Canada Exposed and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (and perhaps to some small extent my own) have resulted in a statement regarding David Selvers from someone who looks to be an organizer for the convoy:


Well that's just lovely, however his Facebook post last night sort of belies that claim:


In the meantime, Selvers has taken to complaining about how he's the victim of a smear campaign for.... you know.... posting exactly what he himself wrote on his blog:




If you would like to be reminded about who Dave Selvers is and what he has written, feel free to click on the following links:

Not that Selvers isn't without his champions:

Deon R. Doiron has responded to Tweets by ARC, Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network that both support Selvers and the convoy:



Then there's this:

And in further news that will surprise almost no one, Doiron is a supporter of Bernier's PPC and claims to be a "founding member":


Shocked! I'm shocked!

Well, not so shocked actually.
Getting back to the Convoy to Ottawa event, while it is nice that Jason Corbeil claims that Selvers is just a "bad apple" and not indicative of the beliefs of the others involved, it takes very little to find more examples of "bad apples" like Selvers.
With that, let me reacquaint readers with someone who hasn't appeared on the blog for a while, Christopher Hayes:
 Christopher Hayes first came to ARC's attention when, as someone linked to the Soldiers of Odin through his own support and through his brother who was a chapter leader in Saskatchewan, he was arrested for making threats against the Prime Minister. Hayes was eventually convicted and spent roughly a year on probation. 
He was also active in his support of the III% militia:

In addition to his anti-government (and anti-vaccination, btw) stance, Hayes was also virulently Islamophobic:

 During this time he was drawn to and became a member of the WCAI (Worldwide Coalition Against Islam), soon becoming the Saskatchewan "captain":
Here his is promoting both the WCAI and their protest outside a Red Deer high school where members of the the WCAI harassed school administration and students:
He also spoke at WCAI events in Calgary, including the ill fated MEGA Patriot Rally that turned out to be considerably less than mega:
In short, Christopher Hayes appears to be kind of person, an extremist member and supporter of several hate groups, that Jason Corbeil says is decidedly NOT welcome in their convoy.
And yet....

Yeah, Christopher Hayes is one of the participants in the Ottawa convoy:Read more »

Southall Resists 40: history speaking to the now

Institute of Race Relations News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 07:27

A Southall resident describes the community activities in Southall Resists 40, remembering the death of anti-fascist Blair Peach in 1979 and the historic opposition to racism and fascism in Southall.

23 April is mainly seen as England’s national St George’s Day. But, that day also stands out as a moment in British history when nationalist sentiment was supplemented with state racism and police brutality of the deadliest kind. Tuesday 23 April 2019 will mark forty years since the murder of teacher and anti-racist activist, Blair Peach. Peach’s death in 1979 was a consequence of a ruthless display of police violence against Southall’s predominantly South Asian community, with whom Peach was protesting in solidarity against the National Front’s unwanted and provocative presence in the town. It is with a commitment to honouring this salient milestone in British anti-racism, as well as remembering Southall’s wider history of grassroots anti-racist resilience, that Southall Resists 40 (SR40) was formed.

SR40 is a coordinating group comprised of local residents, organisations, activists and artists. Underpinning the project is the collective view that remembering the aggressive policing of Southall’s black and Asian community, and of the wider contingent of anti-fascist protesters, in April 1979 is imperative, not least because Peach’s murder remains ‘unfinished business’ – no police officer was held to account for it. SR40 also represents a collective effort to relate the pivotal moment of 1979 to Southall’s broader history of racist violence and anti-racist resistance, which includes the racially-motivated murder of Gurdip S. Chaggar in 1976, and the community’s successful efforts to defend the town from fascist intruders in 1981. The project also recognises the significance of Southall’s anti-racist history for ongoing struggles against state racism and far-right fascism. That is, SR40 remembers not for the sake of remembering, but rather to draw inspiration from the past for the anti-racist challenges facing us today.

SR40 in practice

In practical terms, SR40 serves as a hub for various projects to work together, support one another and use creativity as a political tool for learning about past anti-racist struggles to mobilise in the present. Some initiatives already underway include the Southall Rising Arts Project, to make the monumental events of 1976, 1979 and 1981 a point of sustained classroom discussion — decolonising the curriculum in action. The project has involved community members working with local primary and secondary schools throughout the year, with students learning about the struggles of Southall’s black and Asian working-class community through art and creative writing. Some of the artwork is, appropriately, on display at the Southall Town Hall. Complementing this, the history walks initiative traces the gradual development of Southall into a proud symbol of multicultural conviviality, while also covering sites like the Dominion Centre, where racist violence and community fightbacks underpinning that development took place.

SR40 events

Upcoming events that will recall Southall’s past anti-racist struggles, while also organising for the present, include ‘An Evening of Culture and Resistance’ on Friday 12 April 2019, which will involve poetry, music and film; a plaque ceremony and vigil in honour of Blair Peach and Gurdip S. Chaggar on Tuesday 23 April 2019; a procession on Saturday 27 April 2019; and a symposium on fighting fascism on the following day at Birkbeck, University of London. Each initiative is special in its own way and makes a unique contribution to the collective endeavour of acknowledging not only Southall’s anti-racist past, but also how it speaks to the now.

Hopefully, the momentum generated from these grassroots projects can be built upon beyond April 2019. The community victory that put paid to the far Right ever stepping foot in the town again, is a proud legacy to remember in radical history, but SR40 suggests how that tradition can be carried forward beyond Southall too.

Blair Peach memorial march following his death on 28th April 1979. Protesters look towards to spot where Blair Peach was killed.

Upcoming Southall Resists 40 events:

23 March: Southall history and memorial walk  (11am, starting from Dominion Centre, Southall)

12 April: An evening of culture and resistance (6.30pm, at Tudor Rose Club, Southall)

23 April: Screening of Southall on Trial, plaque ceremony and vigil (4pm, Southall Town Hall)

27 April: ‘Southall remembers, Southall united’ procession (2pm, starting from Dominion Centre)

28 April: Conference on How to fight fascists and win, (1-5.30pm, Birkbeck, University of London)

4 June: Conference on ‘State Racism and the far Right’ (6.30pm, Dominion centre, Southall)

 

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For further information, please contact southallresists40@gmail.com

 

Racist Yellow Vest Supporter David Selvers and Millennium Crane Rentals Fined $70,000 In Workplace Death Incident

I have the best readers. This article is due to one who continued to dig into a figure who appeared in yesterday's blog post.

On Sunday, ARC published a story in which a Yellow Vests supporter David Selvers was profiled:


The Canadian Anti-Hate Network wrote about him and his racist blog (an example of one article is included above) in a great deal of detail as well as his connection to the Yellow Vest convoy traveling to Ottawa:

NEW: Sault Ste. Marie Yellow Vests organizer Dave Selvers calls immigration minister @HonAhmedHussen an “ugly n***** . . . responsible for flooding Canada with useless n***** muslim terrorists.” #YellowVestsCanada convoy to arrive there imminently #cdnpoli https://t.co/ZOV2VN8i8l pic.twitter.com/gZ0r1OTnb0— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 17, 2019
It turns out he's even more interesting than I had thought.

Selvers is also the owner and president of Millennium Crane Rentals:



Millennium Crane Rentals was also the subject of a "feel good" publicity article this past December in the local Sault Ste. Marie newspaper:
Thank you to David Selvers, President Millenium Crane Rentals for sharing his pictures with Superior Media. The following photo gallery speaks for itself. In honour of the season, Algoma Steel Inc. is pleased to announce they have partnered with Millennium Crane Rentals to resurrect the Christmas Star. The Star was crafted back in the 1980’s by members of Algoma’s Central Trades group. Measuring 29-feet across, the steel framed star was wired with lights and hoisted high in the sky to shine bright over the Steelworks, bestowing goodwill and best wishes to the residents of Sault Ste. Marie.
UPDATE 2: Selvers also testified in the Elliot Lake mall disaster inquiry back in 2013.

On Monday, February 18, Selvers posted the following on Facebook in support of the Yellow Vest convoy which had arrive in Sault Ste. Marie:


However as a result of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network article, he's received some blow back:


The Selvers blog post references the June 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in North Kennsington which resulted in the death of 72 people. It was not a terrorist attack, but which appears to be as a result of government negligence. Given his pronounced Islamophobia it isn't a surprise that he jumped to this conclusion and I suspect it is likely that he still believes it, especially based on the following reply:


Wait.... what?


"I'm the farthest thing from a racist..."

Uhm.... does he know what the word "racist" means?

It doesn't take long to find examples of not only racism, but also incredibly sexist, homophobic, and violent rhetoric on his personal blog, a few examples of which I include below.

A word of warning though. I've been been running the blog for more than 11 years now and this among the worst I've read in years:

Read more »

Major Media White Washes Yellow Vests Movement and Convoy to Ottawa: Ignores Racism, Antisemitism, Islamophobia, Homophobia, and Misogyny Endemic to Reactionary Movement

On Tuesday last week, "The National" on CBC uncritically profiled the Yellow Vests movement and provided a forum for overt hate groups such as the former Nouns of Odin now going by the name the Clann. There was little to no mention of the racism rife within the movement and no mention of the violent threats directed towards political figures on the left (or at least those the reactionaries consider to be on the left). As bad as this coverage was, news papers including the "Calgary Herald" and "Toronto Star" provided even worse coverage.

Story: Yesterday CBC The National aired a segment misrepresenting the Yellow Vests Canada movement and it makes no mention of the extent of hate & death threats which characterize the Canada movement. Factcheck: https://t.co/BtB9L6k7m8 #cdnpoli h/t @VestsCanada @ARCCollective— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 14, 2019
Reporting on hate movements and hate groups that misrepresent themselves is difficult. It requires deep research/observation of less public-facing spaces, and/or building on the investigative work of orgs (happy to help) like @VestsCanada @ARCCollective. That didn't happen here.— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 14, 2019

While we have concerns about how The National reported on the Yellow Vests Canada mvmt convoy, both the Calgary Herald and Star have published stories with zero reference to the overt racism & death threats which have come to characterize Yellow Vests Canada. Do better. #cdnpoli— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 14, 2019

Visit the Yellow Vests Canada Facebook page. It's self-evident their main concern isn't oil and gas, but Muslims, Trudeau, leftists and conspiracies. For the overt racism, death threats, and conspiracy theories about how the Fort Mac fire was done by Muslims, see @VestsCanada.— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 14, 2019FYI @TorontoStar @calgaryherald @CBCTheNational @goldsbie @JesseBrown @CANADALAND.

Here are the articles in question: https://t.co/17Lus3A7HKhttps://t.co/aD0Lm7TL0u

Also see: https://t.co/7pMgfj1wibhttps://t.co/BtB9L6k7m8— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 14, 2019Several outlets have reported on the Yellow Vests Canada convoy without making reference to the overt racism and death threats which have come to characterize the movement. In response, we sent a press release with the facts to every newsroom in Canada. We hope it helps. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/z0RKK1EVla— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 15, 2019I rarely ascribe intentions to bad reporting. Few news orgs set-out to mislead the public. But a CBC radio report just described a convoy of trucks heading to Ottawa as a movement "with one simple message..Pipelines". Not 1 mention of #YellowVestsCanada or anti-immigrant activism— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) February 15, 2019
It was so bad, even Faith Goldy was angry, though I somehow suspect she was angry for different reasons:





The articles however provided cover for right-wing politicians to be able to support the event since they could now claim, citing these news sources, that the Yellow Vest sponsored convoy to Ottawa is solely about oil pipe lines despite what they themselves know to be true:
Jason Kenney and Doug Ford just endorsed the far-right, anti-immigrant United We Roll/Yellow Vests Convoy https://t.co/dCgOijoUr0 #cdnpoli #abpoli #onpoli— North99 (@wearenorth99) February 17, 2019



ARC and especially Yellow Vests Canada Exposed and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network have been exposing the racism and violent rhetoric behind the reactionary Yellow Vests movement in Canada for more than two months. We've done what the major media hasn't done; critically examine the ideology underlying this movement and bring to light the people behind it. Those include people like this guy:



Dave Selvers is the organizer for the Yellow Vest Convoy in Sault Ste. Marie:




In a "Sault This Week" article from early January, members of the local Yellow Vest group which included Selvers stated:George Brown, an active member of the Yellow Vests wants to make clear that he and fellow Yellow Vests are not against immigration. It just needs to be “done legally and fulfil needs for Canadians”, to help Canada’s homeless and destitute, Canada’s veterans and first nations, Brown said. Yellow Vesters are not against helping those who must flee their countries because of violence and corruption, he added. “Those in the middle east both Christian and Muslim need to be looked after”.Given his association with the paranoid M103 protests though, one might pause to question Selvers' own (as well as the movement in general) commitment to protecting refugees and supporting immigration:



In fact the Canadian Anti-Hate Network has reported that this Yellow Vest Convoy supporter and local organizer has a long history of posting racist, Islamophobic, and misogynistic comments on social media:
NEW: Sault Ste. Marie Yellow Vests organizer Dave Selvers calls immigration minister @HonAhmedHussen an “ugly n***** . . . responsible for flooding Canada with useless n***** muslim terrorists.” #YellowVestsCanada convoy to arrive there imminently #cdnpoli https://t.co/ZOV2VN8i8l pic.twitter.com/gZ0r1OTnb0— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 17, 2019
My own dive into his Facebook profile found a gun-obsessed, conspiracy-minded individual who revels in his hatred of Muslims and "non-white" Canadians and who has called for the execution of Canadian politicians:Read more »

ID Canada Facebook Page Deleted Resulting in Much Crying and Gnashing of Teeth

The big event this weekend is of course the reactionary Yellow Vests convoy to Ottawa which Yellow Vests Canada Exposed and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network have been doing a fantastic job of covering. I'll probably be addressing the event some time later this weekend as well sourcing their very through work. In the meantime, there's been some significant news on the ID Canada front.

Again if you aren't following either, you really should be.

ID Canada of course is the identitarian (read: white nationalist) group that was originally called Generation Identity Canada before rebranding. In a recent article I discussed the very cozy relationship that ID Canada had with some current and past personalities associated with Ezra Levant's Rebel Media. I also very briefly mentioned a Generation Identity Canada Facebook page that had been removed by Facebook some years ago before I had an opportunity to see it for myself.

Well, looks like history has repeated itself, but in a more significant way:


Not only was the Facebook group permanently banned, but so were the leaders' own profiles.

Of course, they are now erroneously crying "censorship!" despite not actually being censored because being banned for violating the terms and services of your user agreement (or a private company not wishing to be associated with your rather noxious brand) isn't actually censorship. At all.


And while they were a bit smug about the efforts of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network's efforts to combat their flyering campaigns, they now are whining about being picked on:


Funny. I thought tears were salty. Turns out they can be quite sweet.

In a move that won't surprise anyone, white nationalist Faith Goldy also tweeted about the banning in support of her fellow travelers:




The video in which she promotes the hate group, alludes to the banning of the group on Facebook as part of a Trudeau conspiracy, advocates the government taking over a private company for the benefit of the far-right, and attacks the Canadian Anti-Hate Network as "the enemy" which says a lot about the good work the Canadian Anti-Hate Network is doing:



On that note, if anyone would like to donate to the Canadian Anti-Hate Network and piss off white nationalist Faith Goldy even more, please click on this link.

Now the removal of ID Canada and their leadership for Facebook might not seem like a big deal, but it is one less avenue they now have to promote themselves and their toxic views. De-platforming works. Ask Laura Loomer or Milo Yiannopoulos for example.... I mean if you can find them between they occasional desperate publicity stunt to get peoples' attention because they have few other avenues to do so.


Sure.

"Hundreds."

SPLC statement on Supreme Court’s denial of Trump administration’s request to immediately enforce asylum ban

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:38
The U.S. Supreme Court today denied the Trump administration’s request to immediately enforce a new policy of denying asylum to migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border between ports of entry.

Black Civil Rights Advocate Takes Control of Neo-Nazi Hate Group the National Socialist Movement

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 11:44
The antisemitic and neo-Nazi group the National Socialist Movement (NSM) is now under the control of a black civil rights advocate from California who once dissolved a notorious Ku Klux Klan chapter in Mississippi.

Weekend Read: No one cares if you miscarry. No one cares if you ever go home.

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:13
Tylenol for the pain. Diapers for the blood. Towels for underwear.

Here's New Mexico Militia Leader Johnny Horton Jr.'s Bizarre Arrest Record

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:55
Self-proclaimed New Mexico militia leader Johnny Horton Jr. sure can spin a heck of a tale.

Trump’s emergency declaration a threat to rule of law

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:41
President Trump has just declared a national emergency so that he can divert federal funds to pay for his border wall in order to satisfy the Ann Coulters of the world and his nativist base.

SPLC sues Trump administration for policy forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:12
The SPLC sued the Trump administration today over a new policy that forces asylum seekers to return to Mexico and wait there while their cases are being considered.

TRANSPORT TO UN ANTI-RACISM Day DEMOS, Saturday 16 March, LONDON, CARDIFF & GLASGOW

Stand Up To Racism - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:17

Transport is running from across Britain to the United Against Racism and Fascism protests in London, Glasgow and Cardiff on Saturday 16 March to mark UN anti-racism day. We’ll being adding more transport as its comes online.

Sheffield here

Manchester here

Nottingham here

Chesterfield here

Harlow here

Portsmouth here

Southampton here

Cambridge here

Oxford here  

Swansea (to Cardiff) here … Read the rest

'No Way' Gab Has 800,000 Users, Web Host Says

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:51
Gab, the floundering social media network that serves as an organizing hub for white supremacists, is inflating its number of users in federal securities filings relied on by investors and regulators, a software engineer for Gab’s web hosting company Sibyl System Ltd. tells Hatewatch.

More Threats From Yellow Vesters. More History of Criminal Conduct

So, remember that time when it was reported that a reactionary Yellow Vest Supporter had been arrested for pointing a gun at a police officer and then was found to have an arsenal of weapons, some of which were illegal?

Well.... not so funny story. Seems another guy who supports the reactionary Yellow Vesters had a very similar history and is currently making threats online:

EXCLUSIVE: Yellow Vests Canada supporter threatens to kill law enforcement, claims to have cache of weapons. Gregory McNeil of Kamloops, BC was charged in 2010 after drawing a gun on RCMP officers. h/t @VestsCanada https://t.co/7pMgfj1wib pic.twitter.com/GSQPNKixVh— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 12, 2019
We co-wrote this article with @antihateca . A yellow vest supporter threatened to kill law enforcement. He also claims he and his friends have gun caches. @rcmpgrcpolice @CBCNews @vicecanada @CANADALAND @HuffPostCanada @TorontoStar @globalnews @ARCCollective @wearenorth99 https://t.co/N1iTqYG7F7— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 12, 2019


Yep, another one, though he hasn't been arrested recently as far as I know.

More confirmation that this is a feature of the reactionary Yellow Vest protest movement and not a bug.

And as readers of this blog as well as those who follow Yellow Vests Canada Exposed and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (and if you don't, you should) know, this is only the tip of the iceberg:

You can witness online radicalization in real time on this #YellowVestsCanada thread. @facebook is being used to radicalize. #cdnpoli@OmarMosleh @MineerBrett @DACrosbie @ryanjespersen @CdnPress @simonplittle @JessMarinDavis @keithbaldrey @SiobhanFTB https://t.co/iI9TibJ7po pic.twitter.com/ykcSgZROGA— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 13, 2019


allows this to continue. pic.twitter.com/AMUamJczR4— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 13, 2019

Visions of Chaos: Weighing the Violent Legacy of Iron March

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:40
Brandon Russell, the 22-year-old founder of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, posted a PDF of an obscure textbook about paramilitary tactics to Iron March on the morning of May 17, 2017, and then his account on that website went dark.

SPLC responds to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s prison construction plan

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:19
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced today that her administration will seek bids for building three regional prisons for men, at an estimated cost of nearly $1 billion – part of a larger effort to address the state’s dangerous and overcrowded prison system

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