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Keep racism out of the elections: We are organising to stop the far right and fascist ‘Tommy Robinson’ – join the campaign!

Stand Up To Racism - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 01:30
#RacismOutOfElections #DontVoteNazi  
 The Euro Elections are set to take place in just two and a half weeks, on Thursday 23 May.

This marks a critical juncture for the anti racist movement, with a number of dangerous far right candidates, including fascist ‘Tommy Robinson’, standing in the hope that they can exploit the political crisis and polarisation to win the legitimacy of a seat. We have to pull out all the stops to make sure they are not able to do so. … Read the rest

Far Right Rallies and Counter-Rallies: Montreal and Toronto

I'll be updating this as more information comes out.

Two rallies are ongoing. In Montreal members of La Meute (unofficially, of course) and other hate groups are rallying in support of the illiberal policies of the current Quebec government targeting religious minorities. In Toronto Pegida Canada is trying to march.

In Montreal Jon Milton is one of the journalists covering the event. He reports police in that city as having aggressively attacked counter-protesters as members of the far-right cheered them on:

Today is the "vague bleu" in Montreal, maybe the largest far right demonstration in Quebec in a long time. It's a demo in favour of the prov. gov't's ban on hijabs for public sector workers.

A few hundred people are assembled for a counter demo. Will post updates through the day— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
In the meantime, some context on the "vague bleu" organizers by @MontrealAntifa https://t.co/SO8dMX2VRA— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
The counter demo is moving. Chanting "tout le monde deteste les racistes," or "everybody hates racists" pic.twitter.com/UAlTxzhHdq— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
Some far right activists are already at their meetup point, an hour early. Under heavy police protection, both local and provincial police. pic.twitter.com/99ET8tO8qr— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
This cop just pointed a rubber bullet gun at my face, and threatened to shoot the people taking photos of him pic.twitter.com/g4WSnkHMt2— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
So the counter demo got close to the far right, amd the police immediately tear gassed the counter demo. Will check my video later but it all happened very fast— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
Just got chased through an alley by cops on bikes, they charged straight into a crowd of people. Also almost got hit by a riot van. Shit is chaos— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
Having been to multiple counter demonstrations as a journalist, I've never seen a police violence like this. As soon as anti-racist protesters got within shouting distance of the far right, police immediately and brutally attacked the counter protest, to cheers from the far right— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
Despite being brutally dispersed, the counter demonstration is regrouping at the original meetup point. Few hundred people here again. Not sure what's going to happen, lots of cops around.— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
The counter demonstration is right at the far right. No police dispersal happening yet.

Seeing decent III% militia presence on the far right side, including Robert Proulx, the guy in the first photo pic.twitter.com/s48FZJCT96— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
*sorry, they're calling themselves the "groupe de secruité patriotique" now, not the III%— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
Occasionally straddlers from the far right demo accidentally walk into the counter demo, very confused. In most cases, anti-racists are just talking with them and explaining their opposition to the far right. One known far right dude who was provoking anti-racists got chased out— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019

In Toronto I've been following some of the live videos posted by far right members on social media. Some in the crowd (and those posting in the comments section) are encouraging the far-right protesters to attack the counter-protesters. Given the police presence separating the two sides, that might be a tall order. Groups present include members of hate groups including Canadian Combat Coalition, Northern Guard, Nouns of Odin, and members of Travis Patron's Nationalist Party of Canada:

Also present are Rick Boswisk and Derek Storie fresh of their interviews
with Paul Fromm and Max Bernier; more on this in a later article.
Suffice it to say they aren't having the best of times right now:


After about an hour the Pegida and co. supporters tried to march.

They didn't get too far.


Justin Long's videos suggest the fascist supporters are having a lousy day again:


Yep, a very lousy day....


.... which includes at least one Yellow Jacket arrest:


Journalist Kosalan Kathir covered the event from the start:

Security is tight. A second cordon of police officers are to the side. 80 counter protesters compared to 30 far right protesters— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Police have complete blocked off the cross walk to prevent counter protesters from occupying both sides of the road #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/ursl5EHFG7— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Police are in here in force today including Mounted Police and I've noticed that much more police officers are carrying teasers today #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Another strange twist. A Russian parade sporting the flags of the USSR and the flag of the Russian Federation has taken the attention for a moment #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/HhnPKwMGFF— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
It might be a protest but some are still in #StarWarsDay mood #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli #MayThe4thBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/FdPBF80PWa— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Not much has happened besides tense words being thrown around but far right protesters may be prepping to march. Police have moved this Police Bus to the same side of the street. #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/XlKrkzPQdO— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Far right protesters got do a hand of an Antifacist sign and smashed it. Tense exchange continues #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/jkXOhA7JWQ— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Police have moved up. Words of a march has intensified #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/Q70N2FTOlz— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Tensions high. Threats being thrown around openly March has begun aggressive and suddenly #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/BlMb6CegjB— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
The individual decked out in camo isnsporting a III% (3 precenters) patch, a violent milita group #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/M6qEoRyUsl— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Arguments and tensions continue #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/HJQAExIqMP— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Much of the Far right protesters have been allowed out one at  a time. A few have sat down refusing to leave, while others a few with helmets and vests have moved back to the original site of the protest #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/BrdmI5RTJX— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019

Readers won't be surprised that unemployed drifters Boswick and Storie are among the remaining petulant children who are engaging in the equivalent of holding their breath until they get their way. Video edited for length because holy HELL are they whiny!



Update more are heading to Queens Park. This is the say that won't end #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Counter protesters have also dispersed. Things have come to an end. #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019


Anti-LGBT Hate Group Leader Steven Anderson Banned From the Netherlands and the Schengen Zone

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 14:33
The Netherlands banned Steven Anderson, pastor of Arizona anti-LGBT hate group Faithful Word Baptist Church, from the country, bringing the number of nations that bar Anderson from entry to 31.

SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature’s criminal justice reform bill is a baby step at best

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 13:27
The Florida Legislature today approved House Bill 7125 as the long-discussed criminal justice reform legislation that will be sent for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign into law.

Two Members of Rise Above Movement Plead Guilty in Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' Rioting Case

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 13:17
The leader of the antisemitic and racist Rise Above Movement and a fellow member of the group pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of conspiracy to riot.

SPLC Action Fund: Florida immigration enforcement bill dangerous, unnecessary and unconstitutional

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 08:25
The Florida Legislature this week passed Senate Bill 168, which would ban so-called “sanctuary cities.”

Weekend Read: Extremist attacks on houses of worship

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 08:09
Last weekend was marked by another horrifying attack on a congregation. Worshippers at a synagogue in Poway, California, were celebrating the last day of Passover when a gunman, apparently influenced by online white supremacist propaganda, opened fire.

SPLC: Facebook and Instagram ban far-right and extremist figures, but still have more work to do against hateful content

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 14:13
Facebook and Instagram announced today that they have banned several far-right, antisemitic and extremist figures and organizations for being “dangerous,” a sign that they are more aggressively enforcing their hate speech policies under pressure from civil rights organizations, including the SPLC.

Teaching Tolerance report examines the rise of hate in schools

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 10:01
While disturbing incidents of hate and bias in schools are regularly reported in the news media, the incidents are just a fraction of what educators are encountering in schools across the country, a new study by the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance project finds.

Hate at School

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 08:56
Something ugly is happening in America’s schools. And, it’s not going away.

Tim Keizer Arrested For Uttering Threats

So remember that article where we discussed a man who is clearly suffering from mental illness who wrote that he was going to arrest and, he hoped, injure the prime minister? And remember how others encouraged his delusions?

Well, it went just about as well as you would think:


In further news that shouldn't surprise anyone, Boswick, Storie, Kevin Johnston, and others familiar to readers were also there to video the encounter. Subsequent videos posted by Boswick show their group of Yellow Vest clad conspiracy theorists descend on a police station and threaten the arrest of the arresting police officers.

There will be more on Boswick and Storie in an upcoming article. 

Hate at School

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 13:08
Something ugly is happening in America’s schools. And, it’s not going away.

Pat and Jay Rollin' Part: 2 Like the Hunger Games But Not

Pat King and Jay Riedel have been touring the country under their “Rollin With Pat & Jay” banner, hosting “town halls” in various towns in western Canada and, currently, Ontario. YVCE have largely ignored them, save for one tweetstorm of their Drayton Valley, AB town hall where a number of ridiculous claims were made:

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I noticed this today, and realized we’ve been neglecting Pat King and Jay Riedel, and their “town halls” across SK and AB (so far.) /1#YellowVestsCanada #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/BwwtLBW1dd— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) March 31, 2019


We figured they weren’t entirely worth spending much more time on. That is, until one of our Twitter followers started contacting Ontario legions, requesting they review their bookings. Legions in Arnprior, Finch, and Cornwall were canceled, and the good folks behind this campaign began receiving a barrage of messages on their social media accounts from the kids(oh we’ll get to that). So, in true YVCE fashion, we said “fuck these guys” and got busy.

CBC interviewed King and Riedel Harry and Lloyd about the cancellations, during which Riedel live streamed the entire interaction. We’ve provided a more journalistic debunking of some of the claims made in their live feed(link), however we figured we aren’t done.

Firstly, King claims that the mainstream media has failed to report on what a success the United We Roll Yellow Vest Convoy to Ottawa was. The media did report on it, extremely favourably given the circumstances (such as Northern Guard, Canadian Combat Coalition, and white nationalist symbolism being present) but I would hardly call 200 people on Parliament Hill a “success.” Beaver Tails on the Rideau have longer lineups. We were there; we know.


Secondly, Pat uses Christy, his new girlfriend that he met on the convoy who has kids of color, as a defense against being racist. Imagine in 2019 still using people of colour in your life as a defense against racism. Except they’re sharing Islamophobic and anti-Muslim memes on their Facebook, which is a more specific racism towards middle eastern, south Asian and black people.




Whether Pat is or isn’t racist is irrelevant for this point, but I find it really disgusting that he’s propping up the children of a woman that he’s only been dating for a short period of time as evidence that he isn’t racist.

In the video Pat and Jay pass a man asking for money. He claims to be a homeless veteran. Pat hugged the man and they gave him some money. Now obviously there is nothing wrong with an interaction like this, however I take issue with the fact that it was live streamed to make Harry and Lloyd look like good guys. This is exploitation, pure and simple and given Pat’s propping up of his girlfriend’s children that seems to be par for the course.

Another thing worth mentioning is the dynamic between Harry and Lloyd and their followers. Many of their followers refer to Pat and Jay as dad, and themselves as kids, which is a little weird, and almost cult-like.






Here are just a few examples but they do this all the time and it’s really creepy.

Harry and LLoyd have claimed that they are trying to create a healthy dialogue and want people to have conversations with them yet are known for blocking people that criticize them. They also want people to show up at their events for discussion, but I have to ask, what difference does that make where the conversation is had if the criticism is valid? Being in a room full of people that are hostile towards dissension is meant to intimidate, but I think the biggest reason for this is that it’s a lot harder to fact check someone in real time.



They attempted to advertise their town hall in a Facebook group called What’s Up Arnprior?, and after receiving a ton of backlash they deleted the post. Sure sounds like they’re interested in a dialog. One of the likely reasons the thread was deleted is that they were caught blatantly lying. It was mentioned that they were a part of the yellow vest movement which they denied.





If they’re so proud, why the lie? Also, why would it be a problem if they were in the yellow vest movement, if YVC aren’t racist?
One of the funniest things that Pat says in their town halls, is that the UN will turn Canada into something like the hunger games.
https://www.facebook.com/RollinWithPatandJay/videos/2354296651516854/
Around 2:34:00

Harry and Lloyd insist that they’re touring the country to spread the truth and they do their research yet when we research them it’s blatantly obvious that they don’t understand what the truth is. I truly believe Pat King is one of the biggest bullshitters in the yellow vests movement, which is a really high bar, but I stand by that assessment.

If you want a take down of their town halls (specifically Arnprior) that's is better than anything we could write, check out this opinion column from Inside Ottawa Valley. https://tinyurl.com/yyq7c6m7

Prolific Alt-Right Propagandist's Identity Confirmed

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 12:44
Thanks to the anonymity of the internet, a man can become a major player in the white supremacist “alt-right” movement without ever revealing his face to his audience. And that’s just what Joseph Jordan did.

Court certifies class action in lawsuit on behalf of children detained by Trump administration

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 10:07
A federal court certified as a class action an SPLC lawsuit challenging the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) policies and practices regarding the release of unaccompanied minors and the reunification of immigrant families – a ruling with the potential to help end the prolonged detention of immigrant children across the United States.

Rollin with Pat & Jay Part 1: Debunked

ARC is pleased to let our readers know that the good folks at Yellow Vests Canada Exposed have joined the blog to write about the reactionary Yellow Vests movement in Canada. 

After participating in the United We Roll/Yellow Vest Convoy to Ottawa, Alberta resident Pat King and Saskatchewan resident Jay Riedel decided to embark on a tour they’ve called Rollin’ With Pat & Jay. Traveling across the country, they claim to “educate” Canadians on various issues they find important, however these “town halls” also include UN conspiracies, anti-refugee sentiments, and far-right ideas.

Riedel was the organizer of the Estevan Yellow Vests, although it’s unclear if he is currently. Both are members of the main Yellow Vests Canada page on Facebook. Much of the content shared on their personal and Rollin’ feeds is similar to what is found on various YVC pages and groups.

They’re currently traveling through Ontario, and have been met with some resistance. A largely community based effort was made to notify the legions (and other venues) at which they had planned their town halls. Yellow Vests Canada Exposed has tracked this activity, but has not made any active attempts to stop these town halls from going ahead as planned.
Both legions where the duo had planned to appear - Finch and Cornwall - canceled their reservation. King had previously stated this was due to the fact that they had not paid for the space, and he and Riedel both advised that when you pay for the legion’s space, you are entitled to “say whatever you want.”

Here’s Pat King and Jay Riedel claiming that if they pay for the legion, they’re entitled to talk about whatever they want, and that the reason Arnprior’s legion canceled was because they didn’t pay.

Disgusting.

/1#yellowvestscanada #cdnpoli #onpoli

cc: @RoyalCdnLegion pic.twitter.com/HCJs3937yd— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) April 22, 2019

On April 25, 2019 King and Riedel spoke with Robyn Miller of CBC Ottawa for a lengthy interview, which they live streamed themselves to Facebook prior to the piece being published. (Source: https://bit.ly/2UWJOFg) Numerous false and misleading claims were made to the CBC while King and Riedel remained largely unchallenged. We feel it’s important to provide accurate information, and context.

Note: The intent of this piece is to challenge just some of the false claims made during the interview, which was live streamed by King and Riedel, and not to debunk or discredit the article published by the CBC.

King claimed that the accusations of xenophobia and racism are “false accusations,” claiming the truth is “absolutely the contrary” and citing his girlfriend, who has African-Canadian children. Both are adamant that this is not true.

However, multiple posts illustrating xenophobic views have been documented from both of their personal social media pages, as well as their Rollin’ With Pat and Jay Facebook page.

Claim #1 - Racism and xenophobia are “false accusations





Claim #2 - Our ancestors were vetted, while present day immigrants and refugees were no/open borders

King advised CBC that the ancestors of Canadians were vetted and that currently, immigrants and refugees are not.

The historical reality is that immigration was largely unrestricted (except for Chinese people who had to pay the head tax and South Asian people who were barred from landing due to “continuous journey” regulations) until 1919, when the amended Immigration Act imposed restrictions or exclusions on more groups, mostly those involved in the first World War.
Meanwhile, the current process to vet immigrants and refugees is extensive, based on merit, and well-documented. When an individual presents at the border, they are entered into the legal process to apply for official refugee status, which involves vetting. If they are found to not meet the criteria, that individual is deported. Our immigration system even impresses people like Donald Trump, who stated that the US should have a system more like Canada’s immigration  process.

At the end of their live feed, the CBC producer advised them that some of their information is incorrect and suggested they speak with individuals responsible for ensuring appropriate vetting of newcomers. King and Riedel responded enthusiastically.

Claim #3 - Drama over King’s girlfriend’s job loss

When a social media user located in Arnprior saw King and Riedel were coming to their town to host an event, they reached out to the various legions they were planning on appearing at. YVCE amplified this message on Twitter, and King and Riedel’s followers soon started to send this individual messages demanding they cease their activity. Including one from Christy Marie Scheff, King’s girlfriend, who he states he met “because of the convoy” to CBC. The recipient confirmed that after the message was sent, Scheff blocked them from further contact.


YVCE shared this message, along with screenshots from Scheff’s Facebook profile. These posts included inflammatory and bigoted remarks about Muslims, and UN conspiracy theories.

Pat King’s girlfriend is threatening people who try and have venues cancel their dumb town halls.

Thought these clowns were defenders of free expression? pic.twitter.com/0LXcM7224C— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) April 22, 2019







An email was sent to Scheff’s employer by another social media user, advising them of the content their employee had posted online, and demanding action on their part. Scheff was fired, as confirmed in Facebook messages between the individual and the employer, however the cause was not specifically confirmed.


During the interview with CBC, King claims he spoke to person who sent the emails, as he had their telephone number and email address. We confirmed with the individual who sent the email that while he has received some calls from strange numbers lately, he did not speak with King, or Riedel. King also claimed that the Ontario Provincial Police is investigating the matter, yet the individual has not been contacted by authorities.

Scheff was allegedly advised her employment was terminated due to “attendance issues,” as told by King to the CBC producer after the interview had concluded.

Claim #4 - “All are welcome”

Both Riedel and King tell CBC that all are welcome to their events. In Pembroke, they identified who they believed to be a “troll” - an individual no one knew, who they claim was on their phone the entire time.

The comments directed toward this person in the live feed comments were not welcoming, and a few were outright threatening, with one referencing a taser (King and Riedel showed a stun baton in a previous live feed, claiming “if anyone starts any trouble, this is what you’re going to see.” source: https://bit.ly/2Pypbce timestamp: 2 min, 15 sec)

It is clear that anyone who may disagree with them may be subject to real-time online harassment, and have their photo shown to their followers. These are intimidation and harassment tactics, and not indicative of a healthy and open dialogue. Note: followers of King and Riedel refer to themselves often as “the kids,” and in turn, to King and Riedel as “dad/s.”



Claim #5 - Radicals are “vetted and kicked out”

In the interview with CBC both King and Riedel claim that radicals are “vetted and kicked out.” They aren’t clear if they are referring to Yellow Vests Canada or their own following, but both are demonstrably false, as heavily documented by YVCE. Riedel himself has made radical posts on social media.

The pair’s own views are radical. In addition to an average of 3 live feeds a day, lasting from an hour or more in length, they also either stream these town halls on Facebook live, or upload them to their YouTube channel. YVCE has previously tweeted the content of a town hall, filmed in Drayton Valley, AB. The event goes into detail about their experience with United We Roll, but also delves into far-right ideologies and conspiracy theories, as well as whitewashing problematic associations:

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I noticed this today, and realized we’ve been neglecting Pat King and Jay Riedel, and their “town halls” across SK and AB (so far.) /1#YellowVestsCanada #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/BwwtLBW1dd— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) March 31, 2019

One of the more troubling claims of recent town halls is their propagation of the Rothschild global banking conspiracy, referring to them as an “ethnic group” that controls the World Bank, and claiming they are direct descendants of Hitler:

This is like south park.
Pat: Do you know who owns the federal reserve?
audience: China? nuh-uh. India? nope. The UN? nope. OK who? Hang on I forget I have to check my copy of The Protocols..
That's right, the Rothchilds, who are direct descendants of Adolph Hitler @VestsCanada pic.twitter.com/PNyoOsItp2— Will Banks (@willybrotten) April 24, 2019
At the Drayton Valley town hall King told the crowd that there is a “flooding of refugees,” which will “abuse and destabilize our banking system,” advising that this is “intentional by the UN, to bankrupt Canada” and to impose Agendas 21 and 23, and a “one world government.” King went on to state that “there is a bigger, darker entity trying to overthrow the world.”
They have hinted that this entity is the spooky RoThScHiLdS family. It's 2019 and the Rothschilds still get blamed for everything, from funding Hitler, to the creation of Israel, to controlling the weather.

The Rothschilds family were a real familybut have been the victim of anti-semitic propaganda for quite some time. The Rothschilds did not benefit from the second world war, like most Jews, they had their assets seized by the Nazis. When did the first rumor start of the evil Rothschilds? In Nazi Germany where a movie called "Die Rothschilds Aktien auf Waterloo" talked about how Nathan Rothschilds had manipulated the market.
He didn't, but that is the story the Nazis told their supporters.


The Rothschilds don't own the Bank of Canada, the Canadian government does. In fact, because the government owned the bank and it could only lend to the federal government. This changed in the Basel Committee solution.

These are things that are well documented but Pat and Jay do not know the history of their own country, and would rather get information from people like Glenn Beck. Glenn Beck, who lies for money.

The Rothschilds opened their own banks and they do business pretty openly. You can do a simple search to find them online.

These people don't deserve any level of serious consideration

The Role of Social Media in Radicalizing People Who Are Mentally Ill

Anecdotal evidence suggests that despite Maxime Bernier's claim to reject the extremists who have been attracted to his new right-wing party, the PPC in fact has been courting those very same people.




Bernier with Georges Massaad
Certainly there are the dog whistles regarding multiculturalism, immigration, and identity politics that Bernier is happy to repeat online and on the stump. There is also some evidence that indicates that some PPC riding associations know that at least some of their supporters hold extremist views and that those members are simply asked to keep those views concealed:


A recent article in the Canadian edition of the Huffington Post goes even further claiming that the PPC is actively courting votes from extremists groups including one mentioned frequently on this blog:The Canadian Combat Coalition, also known as C3, is a self-described group of "patriots concerned with Canada's future." It has downplayed suggestions it endorses "any racist or hate ideologies," despite Islamophobic and anti-immigrant messages dominating its online community and having members who are known to show up at anti-Islam rallies. "Let's take their votes, but no publicized cross endorsement of any kind," reads a message sent in February by national co-ordinator Caleb Voskamp in a Facebook group chat for PPC executives and organizers.On the one hand courting the likes of the Canadian Combat Coalition seems rather futile given the actual membership consists mainly of a very small group of people (mainly in Ontario) who would have difficulty packing an elevator. My guess is that the CCC is simply representative of a number of extremists groups -- Proud Boys, Nouns of Odin, Northern Guard, etc -- whom the PPC may be actively trying to get support from, though even if this is the case the number of actual votes the PPC would receive from actual members, even if every member voted for a PPC candidate, would be minuscule.
More likely, the PPC is appealing to the people who, while not necessarily members of these groups, are active online as supporters. Those numbers, though still relatively small when compared to the rest of the potential electorate, are considerably larger than the core membership. These individuals are present on the social media sites of these hate groups and have become radicalized by the rhetoric of online extremism.
I present this individual as a potentially typical example of such a supporter, however I do so with a significant caveat that will become apparent later on in the article:Read more »

Shooting at Poway Synagogue Underscores Link Between Internet Radicalization and Violence

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sun, 04/28/2019 - 07:58
A shooting in a California synagogue in which police say a 19-year-old man killed one and injured three others underscores a link between online radicalization of white supremacists and terroristic violence.

SPLC statement on antisemitic shooting at Congregation Chabad in California

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sat, 04/27/2019 - 15:18
Today we saw another horrific act of antisemitic hate at Congregation Chabad in Poway, California, six months to the day after the deadly shooting that killed 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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