Report Pegida/YVC Members Boswick & Storie's GoFundMe

In light of PEGIDA Canada's Jenny Hill's failed attempt to crowdfund for her $11,000 judgment, we thought it prudent to bring to the public's attention another PEGIDA related GoFundMe that deserves similar attention and action.

Yellow Vests Canada members, PEGIDA supporters, general hatemongers, and self-professed "Domestic War Reporters" Rick Boswick and Derek Storie also have a GoFundMe campaign to fund their "Facts vs. Feelings" podcast. (Note: we are unclear how they reconcile this name with the fact that they are driven entirely by their emotional response to people who are different from them, such as women who don't want to be pregnant, LGBTQA+ folk, and Muslims.) At least Boswick has moved on from being the VP of the Canadian Combat Coalition.

Special thanks to the National Observer for covering this from a more mainstream angle. We were happy to work closely with them on the piece. You can read it here.

I asked about Kevin Johnston's GoFundMe, which he set up after losing a $2.5M defamation suit (GoFundMe took it down). Did you know Canada's alt-right frequently use crowdfunding to raise $$ to spread hate? Many pose as journalists

My latest @NatObserver:— Fatima Syed (@fatimabsyed) May 16, 2019
Let's break down some recent episodes of Facts vs. Feelings where they give a platform to hate groups, Islamophobes, and neo-Nazis.

1) In support of Toronto PEGIDA rally, where Storie set off smoke bombs and helped Canadian Nationalist Party member Andre Chiasson, Proud Boy Tim Kelly, Wolves of Odin, Soldiers of Odin, Northern Guard, and Canadian Combat Coalition burn a Quran. 

2) In support of anti-Muslim hate group the World Coalition Against Islam. Also in this video is footage from Islamophobe Kevin J. Johnston who still faces hate crime charges.

3) An interview with noted neo-nazi and white supremacist Paul Fromm. The discussion centered on what they feel is the "persecution" of James Sears, of the racist, anti-Semitic and misogynist Your Ward News, and his hate crime charges. It should be noted that Hamilton law enforcement is also investigating Fromm as a result of his distribution, and agreement with, the Christchurch shooter's manifesto.

4) The pair use footage from alt-right white nationalist Lauren Southern.

5) They were interviewed by white nationalist Faith Goldy.

6) They support known Islamophobe Sandra Solomon.

7) They harassed people, Westboro style, in Ottawa during Winterpride.

The pair recently appeared on a Facebook live with Winnipeg Alternative Media/Todd MacDougall, an "alternative" news Facebook page run by a Proud Boy that claims to be libertarian but is really just an alt-right, super budget version of what Boswick and Storie do. Now that's saying something.

Anyway, they appeared on MacDougall's "show," and confirmed they are unemployed drifters, after complaining that ARC has called them... unemployed drifters. Aren't these the same people who complain about how refugees aren't contributing to our economy?

They also admitted to exploiting their indigenous heritage to deny the claims that they're Nazis. (You can still hate Muslims and be indigenous.)

More to come on WAM and MacDougall at a later date.

Boswick and their friend Cory Scott are now potentially facing charges for uttering threats, due to this video, where they threatened an anti-racist activist and journalist with violence.

They also stalked and harassed this individual outside of the Brampton courthouse:

#YellowVestsCanada / PEGIDA members (& assoc w other hate grps) Boswick and Storie stalked and harassed @kbmetcalf as he was leaving the Brampton courthouse, due to his lawsuit against Islamophobe Kevin J. Johnston, separate from his hate crime charges. /1#cdnmedia #cdnpoli— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) May 11, 2019
GoFundMe needs to remove this campaign, and stop allowing hate groups to crowd source on their platform. Please report this campaign to GoFundMe, citing the information provided.

Please report this campaign for violating their terms of service.

Mysterious Neo-Nazi Advocated Terrorism for Six Years Before Disappearance

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 09:51
“Alexander Slavros,” a pseudonymous Eastern European essayist and founder of the neo-fascist forum Iron March, no longer appears online under that alias – but his ideology, rooted in thoughts of violence, racial conquest and fascist purity, is spreading.

Mysterious Neo-Nazi Advocated Terrorism for Six Years Before Disappearance

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 09:51
“Alexander Slavros,” a pseudonymous Eastern European essayist and founder of the neo-fascist forum Iron March, no longer appears online under that alias – but his ideology, rooted in thoughts of violence, racial conquest and fascist purity, is spreading.

Setting the record straight: Real talk about immigration courts

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 05/15/2019 - 09:47
The Trump administration’s recent “fact sheet” on U.S. immigration proceedings excludes critical information about the immigration system and only serves to spread misinformation and distrust of immigrants and asylum seekers.

Edson, AB Hate Crime Suspect Identified; Linked to Blood & Honour in Alberta

Earlier this week someone drove a stolen vehicle into a provincial building/court house scrawled antisemitic vandalism on the walls in Edson, Alberta. Police said at the time the case would be investigated as a hate crime.

At the time I was trying to remember if I knew anyone in Edson who could have been a suspect but I drew blank.... as it turns out mostly because I'm growing older and my memory sucks these days because it turns out that it WAS someone who I was aware of and who has made an appearance on the blog:
The man accused of driving a stolen vehicle through the Edson courthouse on Saturday and vandalizing the property with anti-Semitic slurs is a part-time rapper who appears to hold a dark fascination with Hitler. Kelvin Zawadiuk, who lives in Edson, is a part-time musician who performs under the moniker La Haine, French for The Hatred. "He's very clearly, a fairly traditional neo-Nazi," according to Barbara Perry, a criminologist specializing in hate crime at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.Kelvin Zawadiuk was associated with Blood & Honour when the group was especially active in Alberta. Back in 2011, three members of the hate group were charged with committing a series of assaults in Edmonton as they were engaged in flyering. One of those individuals, James Brooks, was also the "star" of a film being directed and produced by Zawadiuk:
Brooks plays the lead role in a forthcoming low-budget film, Blue Eyed Devil, directed by Edson-based filmmaker kelvin Zawadiuk, about a violent neo-Nazi. "James is a really intelligent guy, really charismatic," Zawadiuk said. "He has a real screen presence and he was perfect for this, a skinhead character. It's an ode to the 1970s and 1980s exploitation movies, a character study, a man descending into madness. It's just meant to terrify you."But Zawadiuk wasn't just interested in the far-right for "artistic" reasons. He also very much shared the ideology of Brooks and the other members of Blood & Honour and was supportive of Robert Reitmeir when the latter was accused (and later convicted along with Tyler Sturrup) of murder:

Despite supporting two members of WEB that had broken with the then Aryan Guard, Zawadiuk also appears to have been close to Aryan Guard founder/leader (later rebranded as Blood & Honour) Kyle McKee and other members of the group:

Finally, Zawadiuk was invited to B&H events in Calgary as recently as 2015, though it isn't certain if he attended:

Now while Blood & Honour in Alberta seems to have declined since McKee and his partner Chelsea moved to New Brunswick to become one of the go-to tattooists for the Northern Guard, the hate group is still a going in the country even as they attempt to remain under ground.

SPLC launches voting rights legal team, testifies before U.S. House panel in Alabama

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 15:16
Ever since state and local law enforcement officers attacked peaceful civil rights marchers with billy clubs and tear gas on “Bloody Sunday” in 1965, Alabama has been at the epicenter of the fight for voting rights.

Following SPLC lawsuit, judge grants New Orleans students the chance to walk on graduation day

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:50
A state court in Louisiana issued an injunction today that allowed six high school seniors to participate in graduation ceremonies at their New Orleans charter school after they were banned from doing so following a minor senior prank last month.

Anti-LGBTQ Hate Groups Co-Sponsor United Nations Event

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:06
The United Nations will serve as the venue for anti-LGBTQ hate groups when it hosts the “It Takes a Family” event Wednesday.

Florida governor signs disastrous private school voucher bill

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 14:07
By signing S.B. 7070 into law yesterday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis set his state on the path to further decimate its public schools through an unprecedented expansion of private school vouchers.

SPLC Action Fund: Alabama House Bill 380 would limit paroles, increase prison overcrowding

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 11:38
The Alabama House of Representatives this week passed House Bill 380 (HB 380), which would give the governor more control over the state parole board and set minimum sentences that incarcerated people must serve before they can be released on parole.

SPLC argues in court against “turnback” policy that blocks immigrants from seeking asylum

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 10:27
After three MS-13 gang members threatened Dinora and her 17-year-old daughter with death, they kidnapped them from their home in Honduras and repeatedly raped them. 

Weekend Read: Brown v. Board of Education and modern-day segregation

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 08:38
Friday marks the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the unanimous ruling that outlawed racial segregation in public schools as a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

After Judge’s Ruling, Charlottesville May Be Stuck With Statues of Confederate Generals Lee, Jackson

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 12:25
A judge has ruled that a civil rights-era law forbidding the removal of “war memorials” applies to Confederate statues that became flashpoints during a deadly Virginia gathering of white nationalists and neo-Nazis.

Extremists Purge Hateful Messages After Christchurch Massacre

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 07:21
A network of far-right extremists is self-censoring, and in at least one instance mass-deleting, content from several key online communities following the devastating terror attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Lawsuit challenges massive overuse of solitary in Florida prisons

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 07:47
Admire Harvard has spent nearly 10 years locked up in solitary confinement in the Florida prison system.  

SPLC Action Fund: Demand transparency, accountability in Louisiana schools

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 14:28
The Louisiana House Education Committee today voted unanimously in favor of House Bill 160, which would require school districts in the state to collect data on school climate and school discipline.

SPLC Action Fund: SB 108 puts bail bond industry before low-income Louisianans

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 13:53
The Louisiana House Insurance Committee today voted in favor of Senate Bill 108, which would absolve bail bond companies from having to refund as much as $6 million overcharged to approximately 50,000 New Orleans families after the commissioner of insurance found that the companies systematically overcharged people for the last 14 years.

Federal judge orders reforms to prevent suicides in Alabama prisons

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 13:19
Nearly two years after a federal judge deemed mental health care for Alabama’s prisoners “horrendously inadequate,” the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is again the subject of a scathing court order in the SPLC’s long-running Eighth Amendment case against the department.

Internet companies must act to combat white nationalist movement

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 10:24
The list of terrorists linked to a globalized white nationalist movement keeps getting longer and longer. And it will keep growing.

SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature passes unnecessary bill that would preserve vestige of shameful Jim Crow-era voting restrictions

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 06:59
The Florida Legislature on Friday passed Senate Bill 7066, a piece of legislation that is not only unnecessary but that actually contradicts the will of voters who last year approved Amendment 4, a measure that restored voting rights to people with past felony convictions who have served their sentences.