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New report examines weaponization of immigration court system

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 14:25
The U.S. immigration court system has failed to fulfill the legal promise of fair and impartial case-by-case review, according to a new report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Innovation Law Lab.

SPLC Action Fund: Alabama joins other states with civil asset forfeiture reporting law, but does not go far enough to protect property owners

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 13:02
Across the country, police are using a tool called civil asset forfeiture to seize millions of dollars in cash and property they claim have been involved in criminal activity.

Accusations in a Mirror: How the Radical Right Blames Rising Political Violence on the Left

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 10:02
In early April, Congress held its first hearing on white nationalism since the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. What was supposed to be an opportunity to address the rising threat of far-right extremism was, at certain points, upended by conservatives who insisted the real threat came from the left.

SPLC Report: Corporal punishment in school disproportionately affects black students, students with disabilities

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 07:53
Corporal punishment in school may seem like a practice that has long since disappeared from U.S. public schools, but every school day there are students who are punished by being struck by an educator – proof that corporal punishment remains a painful reality in thousands of public schools.

SPLC Report: Corporal punishment in school disproportionately affects black students, students with disabilities

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 07:53
Corporal punishment in school may seem like a practice that has long since disappeared from U.S. public schools, but every school day there are students who are punished by being struck by an educator – proof that corporal punishment remains a painful reality in thousands of public schools.

SPLC Report: Corporal punishment in school disproportionately affects black students, students with disabilities

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 07:53
Corporal punishment in school may seem like a practice that has long since disappeared from U.S. public schools, but every school day there are students who are punished by being struck by an educator – proof that corporal punishment remains a painful reality in thousands of public schools.

SPLC Action Fund: Louisiana criminal justice reform bills a good start, but more work remains

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 12:27
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed two bills into law this week that will improve transparency in police activities and save taxpayer money by eliminating lengthy sentences that are not warranted.

Weekend Read: The Changing Demographics of Mass Incarceration

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 11:46
After decades of constructing a system of mass incarceration, it appears that our nation is beginning to turn the tide.

In The PPC, QAnon Conspiracy Theories and Bigotry Appear To Be A Feature, Not A Bug

A few days ago I read an article written by the amazing Caroline Orr concerning the "weaponization" hate propaganda targeting especially Muslims under the guise of a "conservative news" source:

By hiding behind the facade of a "news network," this Facebook page managed to stay active for 3 years and amassed a following of 200,000+ people — all while peddling virulent anti-Muslim hate speech and disinformation.

My latest for @NatObserver:https://t.co/TBeMdwC0fl— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) June 3, 2019

While none of this is a surprise to readers of ARC, it does highlight the concern of the growing polarization that exists in Canada and elsewhere as well as the tribalism that is resulting in the impossibility of finding common ground.

There is a temptation to cry out, "a pox on both their houses" however if one is to be honest one would have to recognize that this is a growing tendency on the right. In the past mainstream conservatives might have called out the conspiracy nutbars as William F. Buckley did the Birchers more than 50 years ago. Now it seems that too many are seeing the mob as a means to win political power.

Take for example the People's Party of Canada:


It seems that the founder and leader of the PPC has decided that promoting a QAnon conspiracy proponent is good politics:



That's @MaximeBernier, leader of a Canadian political party, sharing a video by a QAnon conspiracy theorist, in which she claims that white supremacist murderers were leftists & that Muslims are thinking up ways to destroy Canadian culture, then endorses @MaximeBernier. *perfect* https://t.co/WUdbRibGtw— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) June 7, 2019

from February https://t.co/afhzdZYmwk— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) June 6, 2019In the video that Maxime Bernier shared, 'Amazing Polly' also attacks @Your_AMPAC, saying that "their whole gig is to sit around all day dreaming of ways to undermine Canadian culture"; and thinking "how can we poke holes in Canadian culture" pic.twitter.com/r5mN7TaLZX— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) June 7, 2019'Amazing Polly' liked and pinned a comment from a fan who says that we should blame Jack Layton for the Quebec Mosque shooting pic.twitter.com/5uSnP5auxh— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) June 7, 2019
Here are a few of the more.... shall we say interesting Tweets made by Ms. Polly during the past 24 hours:



She also seems to think that this is perfectly okay and that the arrest of the ass clown proves Canada is a totalitarian state:



Not surprisingly, her support for free speech only goes as far as the speech she personally finds acceptable:

Yep, this is the person whom Max Bernier thinks is a "must watch."
And of course there's more.
Recently, this story about a PPC regional coordinator in BC has been making the rounds:

A former People's Party of Canada organizer claims he accidentally received a racist email from a party exec. The PPC claims it’s a forgery. It's a bizarre twist in an ongoing party feud. FULL STORY: https://t.co/Fb9xh86PV8 #cdnpoli #bcpoli— Ricochet (@ricochet_en) June 1, 2019
When the story from Ricochet came out concerning an email accidentally sent to a former member, now critic, that the executive was attempting to bar people of colour, it was hard not to believe it for reasons that I will explain soon. For a lot of people it didn't quite pass the smell test. Sure enough, evidence came out indicating that the message was fraudulent:

Important update on this story: https://t.co/mCFMfL7vAJ— Ricochet (@ricochet_en) June 2, 2019

On person suggested to me that the email may have been a plant by the PPC who immediately attacked Ricochet for their report to prove the "fake news" narrative when negative stories have been published about them, however there isn't any evidence for this speculation.

Still, one doesn't need emails to see how the PPC is copying up to the far-right:




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Louisiana law will increase transparency in public school discipline and policing

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 13:25
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill today that will help ensure schools are transparent in their student disciplinary practices and school policing programs.

SPLC sues Trump administration for detaining immigrants who cannot afford bail

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:25
The SPLC and its allies sued the Trump administration today for holding people in Georgia immigration prisons just because they do not have enough money to pay for bail.

SPLC statement on YouTube’s decision to remove hateful content

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:58
YouTube announced plans today to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service by removing thousands of videos and channels that advocate neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies.

SPLC helps gay Honduran man win asylum

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 11:11
Juan Carlos Herrera-Zapata knew he was gay from the time he was a little boy.

Louisiana bills would increase transparency in law enforcement and public schools

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 07:32
The Louisiana Legislature this week passed legislation that will help ensure schools are complying with federal anti-discrimination laws, and, in a separate bill focused on law enforcement agencies, create a task force that will improve collection and reporting of data on basic law enforcement activities.

SPLC to Congress: Myth of ‘white genocide’ driving white nationalist terror attacks

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 12:42
The SPLC’s Lecia Brooks testified today before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (Committee on Oversight and Reform) about the need for federal action to confront the deadly white nationalist movement. Brooks delivered the following oral remarks to the subcommittee chaired by U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, in addition to written testimony.

SPLC sues Arizona groups for harassing churches that help immigrants

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 07:15
As the immigrants stepped off a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bus to receive assistance from a local Arizona church, a woman stood on church property and began shouting “fuera” (“get out” in Spanish) and “criminals” at them.

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