PRESS RELEASE: Anti racists outnumber rump of fascist supporters of jailed Nazi Robinson

Stand Up To Racism - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 08:35
Some 250 Stand Up To Racism and other anti-fascist groups took to the streets today in opposition to fascist supporters of jailed ‘Tommy Robinson’ (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) at Oxford Circus. A rump of 100, apparently including followers of fascist fake ‘Yellow Vest’ James Goddard, and other supporters of Robinson gathered outside the BBC, despite the official march by the far right being cancelled. … Read the rest

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.

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.

Counter protest this Sat, 24 August: Oppose fascist friends of ‘Tommy Robinson’, 12 noon, Oxford Circus

Stand Up To Racism - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:37
Wednesday 21 August
Anti racists will oppose fascist friends of jailed Robinson:
London counter protest back on this Saturday, 24 August
On Saturday 3 August, Stand Up To Racism opposed fascist friends of Robinson on a united demonstration alongside other anti fascist organisations, and together outnumbered the far right 800 to 300 in a humiliating defeat for jailed Robinson and his racist, far right and fascist supporters
Stand Up To Racism’s counter demonstration opposing fascist supporters of jailed fascist ‘Tommy Robinson’ (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) for Saturday 24 August is now back on. … Read the rest

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.

Letter declaring opposition to racist populism of Johnson &Trump: 24 July 2019

Stand Up To Racism - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 05:48

Published Wednesday 24 July, 2019

Donald Trump’s racist attack on four black congresswomen highlighted a central plank of “Trumpism”—to normalise a level of racism previously deemed unacceptable.

It seems ludicrous that Trump claimed, “I don’t have a racist bone in my body”. … Read the rest

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).

PRESS RELEASE: Anti racists speak out as supporters of fascist Robinson cancel planned march in disarray

Stand Up To Racism - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 05:57

A march by supporters of jailed fascist ‘Tommy Robinson’ (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) planned for this Saturday, 24 August, has been cancelled. Since Robinson was sent to Belmarsh prison, Saturday would have seen the second demonstration by his far right and fascist supporters this month, following events on 3 August when around 800 anti fascist protesters united to outnumber just 300 of them. 

Stand Up To Racism had called another counter protest for this Saturday, in opposition to all forms of racism, Islamophobia and Antisemitism, which is now called off as a result of Robinson’s supporters’ cancelled mobilisation.  … Read the rest

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.

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.

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.

Brother Says He Reported White Nationalist State Department Official to the FBI

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 15:52
The brother of white nationalist U.S. State Department Official Matthew Q. Gebert reported him to the FBI in July over concerns about his radicalization, he told Hatewatch.

Boris Johnson is not my PM! Support the anti-racist fighting fund

Stand Up To Racism - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 09:51
We’re almost halfway to our target – can you help us reach £2000?

With Boris Johnson as Prime Minster, an ally of Donald Trump in the Whitehouse we need to build antiracist resistance more than ever

We stand firmly with the four congresswomen attacked by Trump, and for all those who are suffering the fallout of the policies of Trump and the Tories, from refugees, to migrants, to the citizens affected by the Windrush scandal. … Read the rest

SPLC joins brief opposing Kansas law targeting immigrants

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 13:24
The SPLC and 29 worker and immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a court decision stating that a Kansas identity theft law cannot be used to turn local law enforcement into immigration agents.

Two Years After Charlottesville

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 07:12
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Far Right Infighting Part ∞: Ron Banerjee vs. Goldy Supporters

So one of the bigger stories in the world of Canadian far-right personalities was that Faith Goldy willingly gave up on Twitter to spend more time in thoughtful contemplation. However this might be more meaningful if (a) I was convinced she will stay off Twitter and (b) didn't have nearly half a dozen other social media avenues through which she can continue to be an awful human being:

Goldy has become polarizing even for members of the far right. There are those out there who venerate her as a sort of virgin "Madonna of the Rocks" figure and those who came to loathe her for"selling out by trying to appeal to "the ethnics" during her Toronto mayoral campaign; her alleged relationship with Richard Spencer might have answered the virgin part.

I'm here all week folks! Try the veal and make sure you tip your server!

In any case, we have an instance now where people have taken a firm side on the argument.

Despite his recent humiliation and groveling apology, Rob Banerjee still has to Ron Banerjee. He's still active in anti-Muslim protests and his Hindu nationalism has perhaps become even more overt of late.

He also continues to style himself as Canada's #1 Trump fan and defender:

When Faith Goldy was critical of Indian and Chinese immigrants in some of her last Twitter posts, well, Banerjee went on the attack using Trump as a hustification. This resulted in an extended argument by a few others but especially one Ryan Walker who I've seen posting on numerous extremist Facebook groups

Now this thread was quite mild compared to what came later as Walker posted this on Banerjee's wall:

Yep, 220 comments.

I'm not about to re-post ALL of them, however the ones I will post are instructive. To summarize Banerjee continues to troll, write about the superiority of Hindus and Hindu culture, attack Muslims, and claim that women find him desirable. Ryan Walker and his supporters continue to state that non-Europeans need to "go home", quote white supremacists such as William Pierce, echo Trump's language ("go back where you come from" and "shithole countries"), hint at a violent "purge" of non-European Canadians as being imminent, and then threaten to find and harm Banerjee who bravely provides them with an obviously false address claiming that he's not afraid of them.

It really is quite the show:

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Weekend Read: Neo-Nazi leader must pay more than $14 million in damages

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sat, 08/10/2019 - 10:31
A federal judge has ruled in an SPLC lawsuit that neo-Nazi leader Andrew Anglin must pay more than $14 million in damages for using his website to launch an antisemitic campaign of terror against a Jewish woman and her family.

White Nationalist State Department Official Surfaces in Photographs

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 11:19
Hatewatch has obtained images of Matthew Q. Gebert, a State Department official who is involved in the white nationalist movement.