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Guest worker sexually harassed at gunpoint, cheated out of pay, and forced to live in dilapidated trailer

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 10:52
After another week of backbreaking, 12-hour days of raking pine straw and suckering tobacco in the hot sun, Esperanza awoke one night to the sound of Carlos, her boss, banging on the outside door of the dilapidated trailer she called home.

SPLC lawsuit: ICE illegally denying parole to asylum seekers in Southeast

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/30/2019 - 10:30
The SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed suit today against the Trump administration for categorically denying release to hundreds of people who are languishing in immigration prisons after lawfully seeking asylum in the United States.

Delay of Harriet Tubman $20 bill undergirded by racism, misogyny

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 14:38
Throughout my life, Harriet Tubman symbolized strength, courage, and determination.

Who Is To Blame For Forest Fires? Apparently Muslims, Left-Wing Politicians, Environmentalists, and "Lazers"

It began in Constantinople -- well, to be fair it actually began somewhere along the silk road in Central Asia -- in 1347. By the time the Black Death had run its course between 1/3 and 1/2 of Europeans who contracted bubonic plague were dead. While some kingdoms, duchies, and principalities were hit hard than others, locations as far as Iceland and Greenland were decimated.

We know that the plague was caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis contained in the guts of fleas and carried by Black Rats combined with poor understanding about hygiene as the cause now, but at the time other supernatural and superstitious causes were invoked. The plague was thought of as a scourge sent by God to punish the wicked for their evil. Conversely Satan was invoked as the cause when men and women of unimpeachable repute were struck down. People believed that the disease was caused by cold and wet climates, that it could be prevented by opening northward windows, the pestilence was the result of an unusual alignment of the planets, and that one could remain safe with the right combination of herbs and spices stuffed into the beak of a mask that made it's wearer look like a crow:

 
Many others however looked to scapegoats. One group included wizened old women accused of being witches. Another group was the old stand-by scapegoat of Medieval Europe:
Jewish people were made scapegoats and accused of causing the plague by poisoning wells, food and streams. They were often tortured into confessions, which only fueled the persecutions. Europe saw the mass execution of Jewish men, women and children, with Jews rounded up in town squares. The burning of Jews quickly spread throughout the Low Countries, Spain, France and Germanic areas. A chronicler, Michael de Leone, said that “the Jews deserved to be swallowed up in the flames” for causing the plague with poison. In Barcelona, Jews were killed for the sin of being Jews, not because they were suspected of poisoning. Basel burned their Jewish inhabitants on an island in the Rhine. In Strasbourg, approximately 2,000 Jews were burned in local cemetery on St. Valentine’s Day in an attempt to stop the pestilence. The Jews who agreed to be baptized were saved and some young children were pulled from the fire and baptized against the will of their parents. After the burnings, both the councils of Basel and Strasbourg made an oath that Jews would not be allowed to enter the cities for hundreds of years.


There were those who spoke out against this and suggested more natural causes even if they didn't comprehend how (an understanding of microbiology would be centuries in the future) but these voices in the darkness were invariably ignored, ridiculed, or suffered similar fates to those women and Jews who were burned.

Thankfully, we now live in a much more enlightened time when such superstitious and paranoid claptrap could never result in the scapegoating of an entire ethnic group, culture, or religion again. We're all just too clever.

Right?


Notorious Islamophobe Sandra Solomon who has been written about a number of times on the blog already is referring to the forest fires in Northern Alberta. ARC has also discussed the phenomenon of much of the membership of groups such as the III% militia and Yellow Vests accusing Muslims of starting the fires. They claim that these fires, "never happened before 'those people' came" despite the very long historical record of fires that often occur naturally. Rather than accept the possibility the fire is the result of a (a) lightning strike (b) careless, but not necessarily malicious human activities (such as tossing away a still hot cigarette butt, driving an ATV through dry tinder, failing to put out a camp fire, etc) they now seem to automatically view every fire as suspicious.

Now it is true that fires have started earlier and have become more intense as northern boreal forests have become increasingly dry as a result of less snow fall in winters and less rain in the spring. In fact this was predicted by climate scientists as a result of human triggered climate change.

But rather than being convinced by the actual evidence, the members of the far-right ARC has been monitoring consider this proof of a leftist and environmentalist conspiracy to destroy the oil industry, impose new regulations to combat "fake" global warming and open up northern Canada to become a sub-Arctic caliphate. They believe that the current federal Liberals and former Alberta NDP government are working with environmentalists and Jihadists to start fires and that the "real Canadian" need to rise up to stop it:





The same thing is being said on other social media sites ARC monitors, including Yellow Vests Canada, a group with over 100,000 members and a movement that people like Max Bernier and Andrew Scheer are courting:


The thread is long, and one could justifiably perhaps accuse me of giving this hate group undue coverage, but I think in this case it is relevant:

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EU Elections: Robinson defeated but far right remain a major threat – now stop Trump and racist Farage

Stand Up To Racism - Mon, 05/27/2019 - 11:02

Last night’s European election results saw alarming advances across Europe for parties using scapegoating and racism to grow. But it also showed that where fascists are exposed and challenged, they can be driven back and defeated.

All the headlines in Britain are centring on Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party’s heading the polls with 31.69 percent of the vote, winning 29 seats. … Read the rest

Anti-racist campaigners claim victory over Tommy Robinson & far-right UKIP, warn of Farage’s return to mainstream politics

Stand Up To Racism - Sun, 05/26/2019 - 14:39
Robinson Milkshaked!


Anti-fascists in the North West claimed victory today after reports from the count in the region indicate former EDL leader Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) has failed to win an MEP seat in the region, a year after he returned to prominence with a series of violent far-right demonstrations

As the count took place, demonstrators outside the count expressed their opposition to Robinson’s attempt to spread hatred the North West. … Read the rest

Congratulations to anti-racists in the North West for the campaign against Tommy Robinson

Stand Up To Racism - Sun, 05/26/2019 - 13:25

Well done to all Stand Up To racism activists and allies in the North West for the hard work that’s been put in over the past few weeks.

Half a million leaflets have been distributed, countless street meetings, protests, gigs and the odd milkshake. … Read the rest

European elections: live updates from acroSs EuroPe and the UK regions

Stand Up To Racism - Sun, 05/26/2019 - 07:13

15:11 (BST)

Manchester SUTR election night We Stand Together rally

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2073863709389222/?ti=icl

Join us for a multicultural rally outside the Election Count – next to Manchester Convention Centre.

7pm – 8pm Sunday 26 May.

We Stand Together Rally – A region united against racism and fascism. … Read the rest

stand up to racism public forum: Fighting the rise of the far right & Mobilising against Trump’s state visit

Stand Up To Racism - Sun, 05/26/2019 - 04:19

In this May’s European elections the far right is hoping to make major breakthroughs.

We are seeing the biggest surge of support for the racist and fascist right since the 1930s.

In Britain politics is currently dominated by the Brexit debate. … Read the rest

Weekend Read: Waging a New War on Poverty

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sat, 05/25/2019 - 09:32
The movement for racial justice in America is inextricably linked to the fight for economic justice.

SPLC sues Alabama school board for unfairly blocking two high school seniors from their graduation

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 10:40
Two black Alabama high school seniors were unfairly suspended and barred from their graduation ceremony following an incident involving law enforcement, students and parents, according to two separate complaints the SPLC filed this week.

Teaching Tolerance magazine explores social justice educators’ use of social media

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 07:22
José Vilson co-founded the EduColor collective the same year that George Zimmerman – who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin – was acquitted of murder, and #BlackLivesMatter was born.

The Hypocrisy of Faith Goldy

During the past few weeks south of the border a number of state governments controlled by Republicans have passed and signed into law increasingly regressive restrictions on reproductive rights in a rather transparent effort to challenge and ultimately overturn the right of women to choose to end a pregnancy. All of these anti-abortion bills have been terrible, however the worst is probably that which was passed in Alabama as it doesn't even consider rape and/or incest as a mitigating factor.

None of these laws are currently enforceable by the way.
The Alabama legislation is so bad that even the likes of Pat Robertson thinks it is extreme. Others on the right have also come out in tepid opposition:

That Ann Coulter's mini-me Tomi Lahren came out in opposition to the Alabama abortion ban isn't entirely surprising since reproductive choice is one of the very, very, few instances where she holds a moderate position. This post did give at least one individual frequently featured on the blog an opportunity to trumpet her own ideological and religious purity however:




I believe the folks on the right call this "virtue signaling":
But then something rather interesting occurred in the thread someone called Goldy out:

The events of Charlottesville have been discussed on this blog and elsewhere paying some attention to Goldy's participation in the event:

Ultimately Goldy was fired from "The Rebel" when even Ezra Levant decided her biased reporting (too biased even for "The Rebel" which is really saying something) and her participation on a neo-Nazi podcast was a bridge too far. In fact it seems that Levant had implied that Goldy had engaged in what would be incredibly unethical behavior with one of the subjects of her "reporting':

The women posting on Twitter as "Liberal, Not Lefty" appears to be a friend of Megan Bobonick. This is significant since Bobonick claims to be engaged to alt-right toad Richard Spencer:

Rather than extinguish this particular fire, Bobonick threw gasoline on the flames:

Now, I truly don't give a damn about Goldy's or anyone else's sex life (still, Richard Spencer?!? Ew!). What I do care about is the puritanical, holier than though hypocrisy of people like Goldy who rail against what they claim to be sexual deviance and the need for some sort of state regulation (i.e. restrictions on abortion and contraception, legal rights for LGBTQ, etc)....
Here is Faith Goldy at a conference speaking about the 'Evils Of Sex Education'

also included are a bunch of tweets with Richard Spencer's girlfriend confirming Faith Goldy fucked him in Charlottesville behind her fiancés back.

The world sucks, folks. Savor this. pic.twitter.com/vRUziNv5Fu— HeyIt'sVadim (@vadimnewquist) May 17, 2019
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Boswick's and Storie's Tête a Têtes With Max Bernier and Paul Fromm

Because I've decided, at least for the next few weeks or perhaps months, to limit the amount of research and writing I've been doing (trying to create a bit of a balance between real world work, anti-racist activism, and a social life) there will be a few articles that are a bit dated but which are still of relevance.

Such as this article.

Over the past number of months we've been paying a bit more attention to unemployed drifters Rick Boswick and Derek Storie who instead of doing something productive with their time instead pretend to be journalists. Of course as we've seen their understanding of journalism means accepting every crack pot conspiracy theory they read, posting drunken rants on Facebook, and threatening actual journalists:


I feel that I need to stress that Boswick and Storie published this video exactly as it has been posted. I have not edited it at all. They think this video makes them appear good.

They've also taken on the cause of a mentally ill man arrested when he arrived an an event featuring the Prime Minister with plans on making a citizens arrest and having threatened to harm Trudeau online:


Now Boswick and Storie have interviewed the usual miscreants associated with the fringe right in the country including Faith Goldy (who is currently trending because of some accusations concerning just how Faith-full she has been) and Kevin "the Poodle" Johnston lately paying special attention to his recent legal problems:


However, they did recently get an interview on May 3 with someone who at one time had some mainstream credibility:

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Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 14:00
Since he began campaigning, President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as “criminals.” He has called them “rapists,” drug dealers, “animals” and “bad hombres” who “infest our country.”

White Shadow: David Duke's Lasting Influence on American White Supremacy

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 09:36
For a failed perennial candidate, David Duke is casting a long political shadow.

18-19 MAY: Weekend of opposition to Tommy Robinson & UKIP

Stand Up To Racism - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:11

FIND ACTIONS IN YOUR AREA:

Greater Manchester
Merseyside
Carlisle
South West (Bristol)
Across the country

You can also visit the pages of your local group by following links in the left sidebar of the SUTR Website

And please give whatever you can to the Stop Tommy Robinson & UKIP on 23 May Crowdfund to help us reach as many people as possible. … Read the rest

SPLC: Congress should dismiss President Trump’s dubious ‘merit-based’ immigration plan in favor of real reform

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 14:27
President Trump made a speech in The White House Rose Garden today about a plan to move U.S. immigration toward a “merit-based system” that would prioritize high-skilled workers over those with family members who are already in the country.

Weekend Read: Our “irredeemably dysfunctional” immigration courts

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:16
On January 1, 1892, Ellis Island opened as an immigration inspection station. More than 40 percent of people currently living in the United States are among, or are descendants of, the 12 million immigrants who passed through its doors.

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