YWN Sentencing Update: St. Germaine gets 1 year House Arrest, Sears out on Bail

After James Sears was led away in handcuffs last week, the sentencing of LeRoy St. Germaine to one year house arrest for promoting hatred against women and Jews is anti-climactic at best. While he received the maximum one year penalty (6 months/count), he avoided jail time because, according to Justice Blouin, his Indigenous heritage and poor health (heart and lung problems) needed to be taken into account. He added that "although Mr. St. Germaine was aware of the content of Your Ward News as edited by Sears, there is no evidence he created any of it.” St. Germaine also expressed regret about the direction the paper took after Sears came on board. Previously it went after "dirty politicians" and St. Germaine said he would like that to become the focus once again. 

While I appreciate the validity of some of the mitigating factors in this case, I don't believe justice was served in deciding St. Germaine should avoid jail time altogether. His lack of respect for Your Ward News' victims is striking. When offered the option of a sentencing circle, he declined because he did not want to apologize. Outside of court today, when asked what he would say to his victims, he stated they should "suck it up and get over it." 

Leroy St. Germaine has just walked out of the College Park Courthouse. Germaine tells @CityNews he doesn’t believe any of the articles posted on Your Ward News included hate speech. He also plans to appeal his conviction.— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 29, 2019  
Then, of course, likening Sears to Christ and saying the paper will be back blows any assertion of St. Germaine's regret or desire to distance himself from Sears out of the water: 

And while St. Germaine evidently didn't write any of the hateful material that's in violation of S319(2) of the criminal code, as publisher, he had the final say in whether to print those words and images. I believe that responsibility should carry more weight in Justice Blouin's courtroom. 

As St. Germaine begins organizing his appeal, Sears' is already underway and he is out on a mere $500 bail. His bail conditions include taking Your Ward News offline, refraining from contacting any of his victims, and, the most challenging for Sears, not making any public statements. His new lawyer, criminal defence attorney Ian McCuaig, will have quite the challenge in convincing the court that Sears' conviction and sentence was arbitrary, politically motivated, and "too harsh." 

EDIT 1: Ian McCuaig acted as St. Germaine's attorney for the initial trial and sentencing. Obviously Sears liked the work he did enough to retain him for the appeal. It is unknown whether McCuaig will continue to act for St. Germaine as well. A preliminary investigation did not show McCuaig having any obvious racist or far right sympathies. However, more digging will be done to confirm.

At the time of writing, it is unknown whether Sears and St. Germaine's appeals will be heard together or when the appeals will begin. However, it is clear that for their victims, closure is still months away.

You can read the full background of this sentencing circus below:

Far Right Infighting Part ∞ + 1: Alberta Northern Guard Split

This is late in coming not because ARC wasn't following it practically in real time but because we wanted to see where it was going. We do however have to thank the folks with Edmonton Against Fascism for covering this from the start and keeping us up to date.

Oh, let's not get ahead of ourselves. We'll get to Kyle Sizler in just a moment.

A few months ago there was a changing of the guard in the Alberta Northern.... er.... Guard.

This past spring Jeremy Clark appears to have left his position as head of the Alberta Northern Guard which allowed Kyle Puchalski taking over:

Prior to this he had been in a leadership position in Calgary were he and his fellow boneheads I mean Northern Guard members as well as Calgary Soldiers of Odin members participated in a few patrols of the city which, if we're being really honest, amounted to preening and strutting in areas of well lit and relative low crime while another member took pictures of them:

The guy sporting the Northern Guard emblazoned leather vest and the yellow hoodie is fashion icon Kyle Silzer seen here in one of his more contemplative moments:

Silzer also became a member of the Northern Guard around spring time. He referred to the hate group as his "new family" and was welcomed with open arms by Puchalski:

Awww! They even included heart emojis!

So when it was time for the new provincial head of the NG to appoint individuals to leadership positions, Silzer was one of the first who was picked:

Yeah.... you ALL already know where this is going:




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Weekend Read: ICE’s deliberate cruelty

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 09:37
Five days after taking office, President Trump signed “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” – an executive order calling for the hiring of thousands of new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and the use of state and local police to enforce immigration law.

Your Ward News Sentencing Update: One Down. One to Go.

As the sentencing hearing for Your Ward News editor, James Sears, and publisher, LeRoy St. Germaine, resumed this afternoon, I started taking bets with friends about whether it would drag on longer. It was clear after my last post that Paul Fromm, if no one else, maintained his enthusiasm and I felt like this case was not done yet.

My personal bet was that St. Germaine would be sentenced today and that the Sears grandstanding circus would continue.

I was completely wrong.

BREAKING NEWS James Sears of Your Ward News sentenced to one year in prison for hate. Stay tuned.— BernieFarber (@BernieFarber) August 22, 2019
In deciding that Sears could not reopen the case, Justice Blouin not only put an end to Sears' shenanigans, but also cleared his lawyer, Dean Embry, of any wrongdoing. He clearly stated that "Mr. Embry approached the case tactically and professionally. This was not incompetence or worse. This was a lawyer doing his job. It just didn't work."

In sentencing, Blouin did not mince words. He stated that “any position communicated that essentially denies that an entire half of the world's population are human beings is so outrageously reprehensible that the word ‘hate’ is starkly inadequate." He went on to explicitly make the important link between online/printed hate and extremist violence when he added, "Mr. Sears...promoted hate to a vast audience in an era where online exposure to this material inexorably leads to extremism and the potential for mass casualties."

In his Reasons for Sentence, which can be read in its entirety at the end of this piece, he concluded:

Looking at the appropriate sentence through the lens of fundamental principle of sentencing in s 718.1 (that is the gravity of the offence and the degree of responsibility of the offender), my view is that both counts should attract an 18-month jail term. Obviously, as indicated above, the procedural maximum sentence I am permitted to impose is one of six months on each count (consecutive). Accordingly, Mr. Sears will be incarcerated for one year." 
This declaration caused emotional responses from some of the fash who, according to sources, were out in force to support Sears and St. Germaine. Thanks to some great reporting from Adrian Ghobrial, we've been able to piece together some of the aftermath. First, a woman started ugly crying saying "that's not right" and ran from the room.

A woman in a blue dress, who’s obviously a James Sears supporter ran out of the courtroom crying.— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019
This woman, apparently, wasn't Sears' wife. Said wife brought their young son up to say goodbye and collected Sears' personal effects, except for one important item he decided to keep with him.

Before being led away in handcuffs, James Sears gave all his belongings to a woman he identified as his wife, who was holding James Sears son in her arms. He gave her all his belongings but repeatedly tells her that he wants to hold onto his “crucifix”— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019
From what I understand, he opted not to hug his family before being put in cuffs. As he was led away, he simply said "see you guys."

While I imagine this was a relief for many of those in attendance, I am somewhat disappointed that we will now never see the "impressive list" of expert witnesses Sears and Fromm were working on. The ironic thing is, since Sears fired his lawyer and created all this extra work for his friends and the court, he may now have to do a lot of extra work himself while he attempts to navigate the process for requesting an appeal, and possibly bail pending said appeal, which seems fitting, really.

There was one small victory for Sears, however. The Crown had requested that as part of his probation he be prohibited from writing or publishing anything for three years. Blouin agreed with Embry's assertion that that was too broad, saying that he was entitled to his free speech rights and that he was free to publish anything he wants, "even if unpopular and objectionable, as long as his words do not offend the Criminal Code." It will be interesting to see what, if anything, Sears feels inclined to publish in the future.

In the matter of LeRoy St. Germaine, Blouin indicated that since the sentencing circle option did not work out, he would need more time to prepare to for his sentencing. Court will resume August 29th for St. Germaine.

One down. One to go.


You can read the background from this sentencing circus at the following links:

James Sears, Editor of Racist, Antisemitic, and Misogynistic Rag "Your Ward News" Sentenced To One Year

More information will posted in another article but in the meantime here are a few reactions:

James Sears, who was convicted of two counts of willfully promoting through his publication, Your Ward News has had his application to have his case reopened denied by Justice Richard Blouin. @CityNews— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019

Justice Blouin says he sees no reason why Sears should serve “any less than 18 months.”— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019

For clarity, the judge said he believed that James Sears deserved 18 months but because the prosecution proceeded with a “summary conviction” James Sears will serve two consecutive six month sentences. So 12-months in jail.— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019

A woman in a blue dress, who’s obviously a James Sears supporter ran out of the courtroom crying.— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019

BREAKING: James Sears, editor of the hateful #YourWardNews publication has been sentenced to 12 months in jail after a being convicted of willful promotion of hate against Jews and women.

Statement forthcoming.— CIJA (@CIJAinfo) August 22, 2019

One year in jail for James Sears for promoting hate against women and Jews. #onpoli #cdnpoli #yourwardnews— Lisa Kinsella (@lisakinsella) August 22, 2019

#BREAKING: Your Ward News editor James Sears sentenced to 1 year for promoting hate— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) August 22, 2019

More information to come.

KrisAnne Hall Addresses League of the South Chapter

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 05:37
KrisAnne Hall, a self-described “constitutional attorney” who thinks states have the right to secede, recently addressed a neo-Confederate hate group whose goal is to create what the Civil War did not: a separate Southern nation.

Meet A PPC Candidate: People on Social Assistance Should Be Denied Voting Rights

So for a change of pace here's a story that isn't connected to a nihilistic racist death cult.... so far as I know at least.

PressProgress picked up ARC's story on the scuffle between white nationalist Derek Harrison who shoved the nearly 70 year old anti-Muslim conspiracy promoter Tarek Fatah who then proceeded to swat Harrison with his cane. It was an incident where no one came across looking good but I have to say that if you're a man in his later 30s or early 40s and you shove a septuagenarian in almost any context, you're really the asshole.

Derek doesn't seem to feel the same way as he responds to the PressProgress story by accusing Fatah of being a communist and suggesting he go back to his "shit hole country":

I included my own editorializing.
The incident occurred at the PPC meeting where Bernier unveiled his immigration platform such that it is. Harrison himself has become a rather big booster for the PPC and might even be credited with finding them a candidate.
With that in mind, meet Kelly Day:

Day claims to be a former leftist who "walked away" from the ideology. She has also been boosted by the likes of Ezra Levant's "Rebel Media":

Perhaps her most high profile engagement was performing in the UK for football hooligan Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, a man convicted of multiple crimes including numerous assaults, using a false passport (he was trying to enter the United States where he was banned for drug offenses), and mortgage fraud; he's currently serving time after being convicted for breach of the peace and contempt of court. He also has a history with the BNP:
But hey, he hates Muslims so Ezra and company are happy to overlook these character flaws. Here Harrison introduces a video in which Day performing what appears to be the song "Hallelujah" for Yaxley-Lennon but with the lyrics significantly changed:

Leonard Cohen would not approve.

She has also promoted the views of self-styled counter-terrorism Tom Quiggin whose expertise and credentials have been called into question; his primary claim to being an expert on the subject is that he appeared before a parliamentary committee along other "experts" on Islamic extremism as (ironically) Tarek Fatah:

Did you do 30 seconds of background for your @nationalpost story? These are 2 guys in a basement reading Breitbart.— Stephanie Carvin (@StephanieCarvin) August 23, 2016

So of course, Kelly Day is a perfect PPC candidate!

Accepted AND vetted, eh?

Soooo, are the folks in the PPC aware that she agrees people on social assistance shouldn't be allowed to vote?

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Maryland teacher incorporates hard lessons about slavery into public school curriculum

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 09:59
At a workshop for teachers about educating children on American slavery, one instructor grew angry and insisted that Thomas Jefferson – who fathered biracial children with an enslaved woman on one of his plantations – was an advocate for racial equality.

Patrik Mathews: Once Again, Sometimes Life Comes At You Hard

And in  the case of Patrik Mathews, very hard.

ATTN: Swat teams are now in Beausejour. In this video you can hear his commanding officer call him to come out of the house. He was seen leaving the house in cuffs. If we have anymore information we will update it here. #mbpoli #wpgpoli #cdnpoli— Peg City Don’t Play (@FF1_ywg) August 20, 2019
UPDATE: People claiming to know Mathews (went through basic training or worked with him) occurring on Reddit.

Yes, the FRC and ADF Are Hate Groups. Here’s Why!

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:03
I was in love, about to be married, and never could have imagined that my life would soon be intertwined with an unimaginable amount of hate from strangers who wanted to tear apart everything I held dear.

SPLC, allies sue ICE for ignoring medical, mental health and disability needs of detained immigrants

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:22
Faour Abdallah Fraihat, who ran a successful construction business for years in California, is currently in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Meet Cpl Patrik Mathews, Winnipeg Recruiter For Violent Hate Group The Base

Ryan Thorpe has published the name of the individual responsible for the posters found in Winnipeg recruiting people to join The Base, a secretive and violent hate group with links to Atomwaffen Division:

The man who is recruiting in Winnipeg for a neo-Nazi paramilitary group holds a leadership position in the Canadian Army Reserve and is a trained explosives expert.— Ryan Thorpe (@rk_thorpe) August 19, 2019This is like finding a member of ISIS in the Canadian Armed Forces. In fact, it's the second time in two years that a member of a neo-Nazi death cult has been found in the reserves.

Time for the CAF to take this seriously.— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) August 19, 2019
The individual discussed in the story has shut down his Facebook profile.... but he wasn't fast enough:

Meet Cpl. Patrik Mathews, working out of the Minto and McGregor armouries in Winnipeg:
Mathews is a trained combat engineer, which makes him an explosives expert, and is an active member of the army reserve. Combat engineers are responsible for conducting a number of construction and demolition tasks under battle conditions. As a master corporal, he is considered to be in a leadership position and oversees and instructs privates who work under him.UPDATE: I'm guessing Patrik has had better days.

Military, RCMP investigating Winnipeg neo-Nazi army reserves leader— Winnipeg Free Press (@WinnipegNews) August 20, 2019

Before he shut it down ARC was able to do a bit of a deep dive into his Facebook profile finding a few interesting things.

For example, seems Mathews is a supporter of Donald Trump and Bernier's PPC:

He is also a fan of Fireforce Ventures, an online store glorifying the apartheid state of Rhodesia profiled by Ricochet which had active CF members engaged in racist banter (and which one Keean Bexte, now a "Rebel Media" personality was involved with):

We also found something that turned out to be rather ironic.

Two days ago we mentioned that Mathews had a number of Twitter accounts and discussed one of those accounts, The Sober Philosopher, in some detail. A second account, PunishedPhilosopher, was used also used to harass antifascists:

He also made similar threats of violence:

However it is this one that jumped out for me:

It jumped out because it seems that Mathews didn't always feel this way:

First, she could (and hopefully has) done better.

Second, I wonder if Mathews told other members of The Base that he was at one time romantically involved with a woman of colour?

I end this by noting that hate groups like Atomwaffen, The Base, and others like them like to believe they act in a cloak of anonymity. That they can plan, encourage, and (in some cases) commit acts of violence without being concerned about the consequences feeling they are untouchable while trying to create a climate of fear for those they deem as the enemy.

The anonymity of at least this member lasted a little over two weeks, and while we are still looking for the person putting up The Base posters in Saskatchewan who is also rumored to be a CF employee, that person should probably be very, very, worried right about now.

For anyone else considering joining groups like this, this should give you some pause for thought.

Letter in today’s Toronto Star. Please ask your local federal candidate what their Party proposes to do. @HarjitSajjan @CanadianArmy @antihateca @ARCCollective— BernieFarber (@BernieFarber) August 19, 2019

"Winnipeg Free Press" Journalist Uncovers Identity of Winnipeg Recruiter For Violent Hate Group

It has been hard to keep up with all the information coming out about the far-right in Canada and internationally, especially those related to the more underground and violent movements that have come into existence during the past few years. The tragedy in El Paso and the arrest of a man in Las Vegas who appears to have been planning a similar attack has made the danger posed by the far right much more clear.

The Las Vegas suspect, whose plans look to have been known of and perhaps assisted by the international members of the Atomwaffen-affiliated Feuerkrieg Division, also had a connection to a Barrie, ON man who was profiled on the blog. And earlier this month ARC and other groups became aware of another violent, and perhaps more dangerous, group in Canada:

The screen shot comes from the now deleted Gab profile for The Base, a secretive hate group that has been recruiting members in the United States, engaging in survivalist and combat training, and preparing to attack targets with the goal of helping to create conditions for a societal collapse from which their members and like minded individuals will emerge to create their vision of a whites only society. Those considered undesirable -- racial minorities, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ -- as well as white who don't subscribe to the racist ideology and are thus deemed traitors, would be eliminated.
As journalists Mack Lamoureux and Ben Makuch noted in a Vice story published Friday morning The Base is also now active in Canada:
Been monitoring The Base (neo-Nazi extremists): evidence shows it's recruiting across the US and Canada and already undertaking live-fire paramilitary camps. One set of images shows them shooting a target with the Star of David. w @MackLamoureux for @VICE— Ben Makuch (@BMakuch) August 16, 2019
Those of us who keep an eye on hate groups were already aware that groups like The Base could be active in Canada and we had seen some indications of some level of paramilitary activity. It wasn't until the posters started showing up that it was confirmed however:

These posters started showing up in Winnipeg and Saskatchewan earlier this month. Myself and groups such as Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, FF1, and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (among many others) have been trying to figure out who might be responsible. On Friday Ryan Thorpe of "The Winnipeg Free Press" published a story detailing how he was able to gain access to the group and learn the identity of the Winnipeg recruiter:
Homegrown hate on the front of Saturday's @WinnipegNews #wfp— Winnipeg Free Press (@WinnipegNews) August 17, 2019
Online, he goes by the names Dave Arctorum and "coincidence detector" (a reference to a Google Chrome extension used by anti-Semites to identify Jewish-sounding names in news articles). He said his real first name was Patrick and that he was 26 years old. He said he grew up in the countryside and at some point lived in Winnipeg, but now resides in Beausejour. He later said his father owned land near Lundar.....Recently, he’s begun putting up flyers that attempt to intimidate and threaten local anti-fascist activists. He claimed to have joined the military out of high school, training as a combat engineer, but indicated he plans to leave the military soon because he feels he can no longer "serve the ZOG."....During his years in the military, he said he tried to turn other soldiers onto neo-Nazism and felt he had made progress with two individuals. Patrick also revealed that in addition to his social-media accounts, which promote his political views, he set up multiple other accounts to spread misinformation among local anti-fascist activists. At one point in the conversation, which lasted roughly an hour-and-a-half, he said in a well-ordered society such activists would be dragged out of their homes and "strung up." He also discussed plans to find the addresses and phone numbers of these people and post them publicly....."At this point it is the system that is fomenting armed (white nationalist) revolution, not us. We tried the peaceful route. The system closed it off at every turn. Now the system shall reap what it has sown. I’ll leave it at that," he wrote. "At this point it is the system that is fomenting armed (white nationalist) revolution, not us. We tried the peaceful route. The system closed it off at every turn. Now the system shall reap what it has sown. I’ll leave it at that," he wrote.While we don't know Patrick's Patrik's last name, ARC and others did learn at least a few of Patrik's online identities including this one:

Patrick, the neo-Nazi terrorist group member, says "social media will be a wonderful record for figuring out what surviving whites get the rope." The first three accounts Patrick followed on Twitter are us, @ARCCollective and @ebalgord. For context: rope = murder by hanging.— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) August 17, 2019Read more »

SPLC Responds to FRC and ADF’s Attack Op-Ed

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 13:10
On August 17, 2019, a former Family Research Council (FRC) staff member, who currently works at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) — two organizations designated as hate groups by the SPLC — attacked the SPLC in a USA Today OpEd for its hate group designations.

Patrick Kuhn of Kelliher, Saskatchewan Arrested

So remember this past spring when Patrick Kuhn of Kelliher, Saskatchewan made the news for flying a Nazi flag (and the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy) outside the home he was living in? And remember how he was just described as someone as a kid who didn't grow up which minimized the damage he caused and infantalized him? Oh, and you remember that the police didn't investigate him, but DID investigate the FNMI man who took down the flag himself?

Well, funny story....

He's a keeper alright....

Weekend Read: Slavery shaped America’s pathology on race and whiteness

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 04:43
Four hundred years ago this month, the White Lion, a warship commanded by English privateers, docked at Point Comfort in the colony of Virginia.

Everyone else is talking about Talya Davidson, so I figured we should, too

On August 12th, 28-year-old Toronto resident, Talya Davidson, was videotaped hurling racist insults and spitting on a man in Nathan Phillips Square while holding a sign supporting CPC leader, Andrew Scheer. She was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of assault and 3 counts of assaulting a police officer.

The video, taken by her victim, Farhan Rana, quickly went viral and many people condemned the behaviour, including Scheer himself.

However, people quickly realized something wasn't right. When they dug into her history, it became clear she did not have the type of social media footprint one would expect of an overt racist. Davidson, who is originally from South Africa, seems to have an affinity for Latin American cultures. She claims to have studied at both the University of Guelph and UBC, worked as a journalist in Guadalajara, and has an interesting blog of stories based on her life and travels. She recently participated in a literary event hosted by Carolyn Bennet, and has a YouTube channel of her efforts to learn the guitar.

As eagerly reported by The Post Millennial, (more on them later), Davidson declares her political interests as being substantially left of centre on her couchsurfing profile.

Judging by Davidson's accomplishments, she is smart and driven. At the age of 25, she opened a Venezuelan restaurant called El Arepazo with her then boyfriend, Luis Vega, in Kensington Market. It did quite well for a while and even won a Now Magazine award in 2017.

Vega, however, was a bit of a hothead and got into the news for his own viral video of assaulting a graffiti artist outside his restaurant in 2015. Apparently he was attempting to make a citizen's arrest.

In addition to assault, he also decided to badmouth his suppliers online, and at one point used Talya's Now Magazine account to do so. This comment garnered a response claiming that Vega is homophobic and that anyone who is LGBTQ, or considers themselves an ally, should boycott El Arepazo. Davidson did not appreciate all of this and asked Now to remove Vega's comment.

The most controversial post I found of hers was another Now comment where she compares the hijab to a bra. My first take on it was admittedly not favourable, but upon reflection I can see that while it is awkward, it wasn't intended to cause harm.

So, how does a bright, driven, left-leaning person who is concerned with her social media footprint end up hurling racist insults and writing stuff like this on Facebook? 

As expected by many, Davidson was ordered by the court to have a psychiatric evaluation at CAMH, and for the moment, that is the extent of the answers the public has about the case.

Certain media outlets -- mainstream and otherwise -- and racist extremists jumped on this story between the video going viral and Davidson's transfer to CAMH. What follows are but a few screenshots of an avalanche of stomach-churning Tweets from people who were determined to mould the story to their liking.

First up is Paul Fromm. Before much was known about Davidson beyond the viral video, Fromm claimed that, despite all evidence to the contrary, there was no hate, no crime, and most certainly no hate crime here. It was just "bad manners," and, of course, it is really our diverse society that's at fault.

But once people started digging in, things got really out of hand, starting with supposedly mainstream publications, like The National Post, that ran a headline quoting Michelle Rempel saying the attack was staged.

The article does condemn Davidson's actions, but the headline fans the conspiracy theory flames that this was a hoax. Others went much farther, including The Post Millennial who blamed the mainstream press for falling for an elaborate trick.

Ezra Levant jumped on the hoax bandwagon too, because of course he did. This is apparently what passes for "telling the other side of the story."

And then there is Faith Goldy's fan club, I.D. Canada. Apparently, we need to "wake up."

The articles, Tweets and posts promoting the hoax narrative were unrelenting. They were nauseating to read because they added another layer of insult to Rana's experience by claiming he was either to blame, or in on the conspiracy with Davidson.

The racist attack Rana experienced was very real, and I cannot imagine how seeing Tweets like Bexte's made him feel. Davidson will be back in court on September 12th. Here's hoping the discussion around this case will become more productive and compassionate soon.

Marc Lemire Out in Hamilton

Former neo-Nazi hate group leader Marc Lemire is no longer working for Hamilton by mutual agreement. We provided evidence to investigators that he continued to host hate materials on his now-defunct blog after the story broke.— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) August 16, 2019
Marc Lemire will not return to work for the city following investigation: sources. #HamOnt— CBC Hamilton (@CBCHamilton) August 16, 2019
Sources say Lemire won’t be coming back, but for lots of us questions remain about how a known Neo-nazi got hired and may have been deliberately hidden at the City for years. It’s possible that other employees should face discipline. #CanLab #HamOnt #OnLab— Sarah Molyneaux (@Sarah_Molyneaux) August 16, 2019

Right to the end, Lemire continued to deny his long-time involvement with the Heritage Front, involvement that ranged from simple membership early on, work on the hate group's website and later hosting it and numerous other hate sites, and finally the leadership of the hate group. This is all outlined in "Marc Lemire: A Summary of Information" that includes links to article written about Lemire's involvement in organized hate.

While the removal of Lemire is positive, there are still a lot of questions regarding his employment and why he appears to have been protected by Hamilton government officials. We also still have questions about his access to sensitive information and whether that information could have been shared with his fellow travelers.

Marjorie Taylor Greene: How an Outspoken MAGA Fan Built a Following in a World of Extremists

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 08:05
Originally a MAGA supporter but now an emerging MAGA star, Marjorie Taylor Greene has deftly leveraged social media and confrontations in public to increase her visibility. Now she’s entering politics as a GOP candidate for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

SPLC publishes Opportunity Costs: Unequal Justice in Alabama’s Community Corrections Programs

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 13:16
A new investigative report published today by the Southern Poverty Law Center reveals serious flaws in Alabama’s community corrections programs, an otherwise promising system for diverting people from the state’s prisons.