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White Nationalist Group Identity Evropa Rebrands Following Private Chat Leaks, Launches 'American Identity Movement'

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 12:53
Just over a year after assuming control of the college-focused white nationalist organization Identity Evropa (IE), leader Patrick Casey said on Twitter that the organization “has been retired.” The announcement comes just days after the nonprofit media organization Unicorn Riot released the group’s Discord server chat logs.

Florida legislators announce bill to ensure structurally sound schools for all students in the state

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 03/12/2019 - 09:19
Florida state Rep. Anna Eskamani and Florida state Sen. Janet Cruz today announced legislation that would create uniform requirements to ensure that all Florida students can receive an education in school buildings that are structurally sound.

Yellow Vests Canada Members' Reaction To Ethiopian Airline Tragedy Is As Bad As You Would Think

Sometimes there are no words to describe just how horrible the membership and supporters of the reactionary Yellow Vest movement in Canada truly are.

On Sunday, an Ethiopian Air flight crashed six minutes after taking off killing all 157 on board. Among those killed were 18 Canadians and included the following:

Individuals from 30 countries died in the tragedy including a number of United Nations staff members and aid workers who were to attend an environmental summit in Nairobi, Kenya.
The reaction of most thinking, feeling, humans would be varied. There would be some "but for the grace of God" reactions. Others might think about loved ones and how they would react if faced with the worst news imaginable. Some might also wonder about the safety of the class of Boeing 737s that were involved in this and another recent crash. But I think that, almost universally, decent people from all sides of the political spectrum would feel deep sympathy for the victims and their families.
This in not the case of the Yellow Vesters who have taken the opportunity to spread conspiracy theories and celebrate the deaths of other human being while hoping for more:
1. Ethiopian flight truthers. And if they aren’t truthers, they’re celebrating the loss of UN employees.

Just like with the Halifax house fire, these horrid people will take any tragedy and make it about them.

THREAD#YellowVestsCanada #cdnpoli #EthiopianAirlinesCrash pic.twitter.com/Ig3uNX6LDv— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) March 11, 2019
2. No shame. #YellowVestsCanada #cdnpoli #EthiopianAirlinesCrash pic.twitter.com/XDplznfXzt— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) March 11, 20193. Do these people have any humanity left? #YellowVestsCanada #cdnpoli #EthiopianAirlinesCrash pic.twitter.com/R0UGGL961W— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) March 11, 20194. Note one commenter says they hope a plane flies into a UN building.#YellowVestsCanada #cdnpoli #EthiopianAirlinesCrash pic.twitter.com/2Kos6rayjO— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) March 11, 2019
I've been involved in some form of anti-racism activism for more than 20 years now and have run the blog for almost 11 and a half years. It really is rare to shock me any longer. Still, the callous and thoughtless hatred of the Yellow Vest Canada reactionaries has me shaking my head.
ARC echoes the sentiments of the good people behind Yellow Vests Canada Exposed:
5. Our sincerest condolences to all affected by the losses. We’ve read the stories of the people on board, and we grieve with you. #EthiopianAirlinesCrash— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) March 12, 2019

SPLC statement on President Trump’s plan to slash Medicaid spending

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 14:51
President Trump today proposed a $4.7 trillion budget that calls for increased spending on defense and for barriers along the Mexico border, but for greatly reduced spending on Medicaid.

The Wrong Stuff: Peinovich Co-Host Fired From EMT Job After Racist Comments Fall Under Scrutiny

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 14:18
Alex McNabb, co-host of the hate podcast “The Daily Shoah,” was fired from his job as an emergency medical technician (EMT) on Sunday, according to WSLS, a Roanoke, Virginia-based NBC affiliate.

PRESS RELEASE… Worldwide day of action calling for mass protests: #WorldAgainstRacism 16 – 23 March!

Stand Up To Racism - Mon, 03/11/2019 - 13:02

Today marks a global day of action where anti racist organisations, trade unions, and major artists are calling for support for #WorldAgainstRacism mass demonstrations, 16 to 23 March.

Major demonstrations are planned in London, Glasgow and Cardiff; in New York, Washington DC and Florida; in Brazil; across Europe including Hungary, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Catalonia, Ireland, France, Belgium and Greece; and in Canada and Australia. … Read the rest

Students For Western Civilization Head Attending Identity Evropa Event

Any time I write an article in which Students For Western Civilization is the focus or even mentioned obliquely their members and/or supporters are quick to suggest that they have been horribly maligned:

The problem with this is that while they don't want to be called racists, they have no problem associating with overt racists:


Last year the good people at Unicorn Riot released leaked Discord chats which featured some prominent Canadian extremists. First and foremost among these individuals was Gabriel Sohier Chaput posting as "Zeiger". Until he was identified, Gabriel Sohier Chaput was a significant figure on the far-right as a propagandist for the neo-Nazi website "The Daily Stormer" (DS). In that role he was second only to Andrew Anglin who founded the website. He has since gone into hiding and there is currently a warrant for his arrest. In the above discussion with use "Albo-HAMMERBRO" Sohier Chaput discusses the friendly relationship with Students For Western Civilization.

In another discussion, Sohier Chaput and Athan Zafirov (posting as "Date") discuss working with Students For Western Civilization. Zafirov was another key figure on the far-right based in Montreal who headed Alt-Right Montreal which was the Generation Identity Canada/ID Canada affiliate in the city. He was also active in organizing a Canadian presence in Charlottesville:


In his September 15, 2016 discussion with Sohier Chaput, Zafirov asks if he has been, "in touch with [their] man" in Toronto:


One might regard referring to Students For Western Civilization as Students For White Civilization as a bit of a Freudian slip, but it isn't as if the SFWC hasn't provided ample reason for this description:


And of course one can't talk about the SFWC without mentioning their links to Faith Goldy:




Now, once again thanks to Unicorn Riot, there is yet another association that ARC would like to make readers aware of:


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Weekend Read: Why is racism still America’s biggest problem?

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 09:23
It rained on marchers from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, and it rained on them again last weekend as they commemorated the day when police beat civil rights marchers so badly that the date became known the nation over as Bloody Sunday.

ACT for America Tries To Distance Themselves From One of Their 'Most Influential Activists'

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 03/08/2019 - 09:01
An ACT for America chapter leader made national headlines last week for a display at the West Virginia Capitol that appeared to equate Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

SPLC joins civil rights groups in friend-of-the-court brief urging Supreme Court to uphold fair, non-partisan redistricting principles

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 15:26
The U.S. Supreme Court this month will hear oral arguments in two cases that will test the court’s readiness to tackle the issue of partisan gerrymandering. 

Sovereign Citizen Threatens Police With 'Pig-Shaped' Bomb

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 14:58
A sovereign citizen, 42-year-old Dennis Duane Vann, threatened the lives of police officers in Maplewood, Minnesota, on Feb. 20 with a pig-shaped explosive device painted with the words “Fuck the Police,” according to police and local news reports.

Gab's Payment Processor Run by Felon

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 13:32
The CEO of a company providing online payment processing services for Gab.com pleaded guilty in 2007 to obtaining property by deception, passing bad checks and possessing false identification before later changing his middle and last names, records obtained by Hatewatch reveal.

Keeping children out of Florida’s adult criminal justice system would have positive economic impact, study says

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 03/07/2019 - 08:06
If all children in Florida’s adult criminal justice system were returned to the juvenile justice system, the added economic value would outweigh the costs, according to a study that was released today.

SPLC statement on Florida Senate bill that would fund private school vouchers with public school money

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 11:05
The Florida Senate Education Committee today endorsed a proposal from Gov. Ron DeSantis that would take more taxpayer money away from public schools and give it to unregulated private schools.

As National Socialist Movement Falls Into Disarray, League of the South, Neo-Nazi Billy Roper Seek To Pick off Members

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 09:29
After a black civil rights advocate took over the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM), Kynan Dutton had enough.

Help fund the 16 March Demo

Stand Up To Racism - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 08:52

The day the world marches against racism & the rise of the far right.

On Saturday 16 March, cities across the world from Warsaw to Washington DC will march together against racism & the rise of the international far right.

In London, Glasgow and Cardiff, we will be marching from the Embassy district of London to show solidarity will the millions resisting the far-right across the world, to Downing Street to deliver the message to Theresa May that we want an end to the hostile environment, Justice for Grenfell and that we stand together against hatred & division. … Read the rest

Bernier Continues To Make Bad Choices?

Or he is reaching out to his natural base?

Time will tell.

In any case, remember this?


Yeah, this looked bad, especially considering it seems that Bernier (or at least his handlers) knew exactly what kind of people the Proud Boys were.

At least his judgement couldn't be worse, right?

Well, funny story....

pic.twitter.com/7rUKp6yaUe— (((57ing54ot))) (@alexhundert) March 5, 2019
Hey look, its @MaximeBernier campaigning with a #nazi.#cdnpoli #ppc #whitesupremacy #election2019 pic.twitter.com/oKiFm4ZqPm— (((57ing54ot))) (@alexhundert) March 5, 2019


Sigh....

Oh hey, it's @MaximeBernier smiling and glad-handing with a skinhead. https://t.co/jNNmKsVQW4

Alex Brisson, neo-Nazi. #cdnpoli

That shirt? https://t.co/5PczzoCXV0 

Final pic, with another skinhead Tom Samson. pic.twitter.com/n8WPTDns2x— Alheli Picazo (@a_picazo) March 5, 2019

His Likes are fun, too.

Subtle! pic.twitter.com/4B9NMIsBCb— Alheli Picazo (@a_picazo) March 6, 2019

Note: All original organizational pages were changed to 'unofficial' once EDAs started to formalize and such. pic.twitter.com/Yi8RybLZHu— Alheli Picazo (@a_picazo) March 6, 2019

GEE, I WONDER LIKE WHAT pic.twitter.com/FlVZ8op2rS— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) March 5, 2019


The past week there has been a great deal of political discussion regarding the judgement of party leaders.

Consider this to in the effort to further that discussion.

SPLC Action Fund statement on divisive Georgia bill that would protect Confederate monuments

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 07:08
The Georgia Senate passed a bill today that would require anyone who vandalizes a monument to pay for the damages.

Trump Cites Hate Group at Conservative Political Action Conference

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 13:10
At this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 2, President Donald Trump cited a study by anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) claiming that “illegal aliens are incarcerated at three times the rate of legal residents.”

Goldy Goes To CPAC.... And Is Very Disappointed

As I've been battling the worst man cold in the history of man colds (really, it actually might be the most virulent cold since history began and that is TOTALLY not an exaggeration), I've been sticking close to home medicating myself with port and Netflix documentaries; cold medication might be more efficacious but not as much fun. However I decided to pull myself from the sofa, wrap a knitted afghan around myself, and head into the office to make a rare foray into American politics.

This weekend the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, is being held in Maryland just a bit downriver from Washington D.C. CPAC has, in addition to attracting a who's who of whom might be regarded as mainstream conservative politicians and activists, has increasingly attracted those from the fringes of the movement including ethnic nationalists, identitarians, and alt-righters in addition to regular bunch of conspiracy nutbars and general grifters.

Case in point:


It really is amazing how these folks are drawn to each other. Here Goldy is with fellow CPAC attendee Jacob Wohl (no doubt at some hipster coffee shop), freshly banned from Twitter because he's blisteringly stupid. Wohl, a Trump sycophant who makes R.M. Renfield appear dignified by comparison, is known for among other things being banned from trading in futures for life as a result of massive fraud and attempting (badly) to frame Robert Mueller for sexual assault. He is at CPAC promoting yet another conspiracy theory concerning Rep. Ilhan Omar along with fellow grifter Laura Loomer:


Ostensibly Goldy is attending CPAC as a "journalist" working for the anti-immigration, white nationalist org VDare, however as readers know she is also very much a partisan:


However it seems that things at CPAC aren't going quite as well as Goldy would like. In fact I can't help thinking about this scene in "The Simpsons" when reading her Twitter feed:











It appears that CPAC, while still super racists, isn't quite racist enough:



Goldy runs through a number of complaints about her time at CPAC, though those complaints really do come down mainly to her not thinking the organizers are anti-immigration enough. Her tweets retweets tell the story of increasing frustration about how there wasn't enough focus on her pet issue:

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