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SPLC lawsuit: ICE raid at Tennessee slaughterhouse violated workers’ constitutional rights

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 13:50
On a quiet, chilly morning in April 2018, Alma drove through the verdant Tennessee hillsides to the ramshackle slaughterhouse where she had been working on the kill floor for more than two years.

Following SPLC complaint, Louisiana bail bond companies ordered to repay millions in excess fees to New Orleans residents

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 13:36
The Louisiana Department of Insurance this week ordered most New Orleans-based bail bond companies, along with their insurance underwriters, to repay nearly $6 million in illegal profits they took from as many as 50,000 low-income residents and their families.

Another big turnout of support on Care4Calais / Stand Up To Racism convoy: Sat 9 February

Stand Up To Racism - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 09:27

Mark Dunk reports from the latest convoy to Calais with Care4Calais

That we had almost 100 volunteers from Stand Up To Racism groups working in Calais.  This meant we were able to do distributions at every refugee settlement in Calais, plus the large site at Dunkerque.   … Read the rest

Feds: Coast Guard Lieutenant Has Neo-Nazi Ties, Had Hit List of Targets

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 15:09
An active duty U.S. Coast Guard officer stationed at the service’s Washington, D.C., headquarters sought to follow in the footsteps of a far-right European terrorist, a federal prosecutor said, and had a hit list of Democratic politicians and cable news hosts he wanted to kill.

Civil rights groups sue New Orleans for map of surveillance camera locations

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 02/20/2019 - 09:56
Representing a Louisiana public defender, the SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana today filed suit against the City of New Orleans over its refusal to provide a map of the city’s 400 real-time surveillance cameras. Though the cameras themselves are publicly visible, the City of New Orleans has refused to comply with a public records request for a map of their locations.

Antigovernment Militia Leader Organizing Nationwide Protests This Weekend

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:56
The head of one of the nation’s most well-known antigovernment militias, the Three Percent Security Force (IIISF), is taking a lead role in organizing far-right rallies in all 50 U.S. state capitals this Saturday, Feb. 23.

Hate groups reach record high

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:13
The number of hate groups operating across America rose to a record high – 1,020 – in 2018 as President Trump continued to fan the flames of white resentment over immigration and the country’s changing demographics.

New hate map helps users explore landscape of hate

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 08:47
The Southern Poverty Law Center has introduced an updated, interactive hate map equipped with new features to help people better understand the hate groups operating in their state and across the country.

More Extremists Associated With Yellow Vests Convoy to Ottawa: Christopher Hayes

Well it seems the efforts of Yellow Jackets Canada Exposed and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (and perhaps to some small extent my own) have resulted in a statement regarding David Selvers from someone who looks to be an organizer for the convoy:


Well that's just lovely, however his Facebook post last night sort of belies that claim:


In the meantime, Selvers has taken to complaining about how he's the victim of a smear campaign for.... you know.... posting exactly what he himself wrote on his blog:




If you would like to be reminded about who Dave Selvers is and what he has written, feel free to click on the following links:

Not that Selvers isn't without his champions:

Deon R. Doiron has responded to Tweets by ARC, Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network that both support Selvers and the convoy:



Then there's this:

And in further news that will surprise almost no one, Doiron is a supporter of Bernier's PPC and claims to be a "founding member":


Shocked! I'm shocked!

Well, not so shocked actually.
Getting back to the Convoy to Ottawa event, while it is nice that Jason Corbeil claims that Selvers is just a "bad apple" and not indicative of the beliefs of the others involved, it takes very little to find more examples of "bad apples" like Selvers.
With that, let me reacquaint readers with someone who hasn't appeared on the blog for a while, Christopher Hayes:
 Christopher Hayes first came to ARC's attention when, as someone linked to the Soldiers of Odin through his own support and through his brother who was a chapter leader in Saskatchewan, he was arrested for making threats against the Prime Minister. Hayes was eventually convicted and spent roughly a year on probation. 
He was also active in his support of the III% militia:

In addition to his anti-government (and anti-vaccination, btw) stance, Hayes was also virulently Islamophobic:

 During this time he was drawn to and became a member of the WCAI (Worldwide Coalition Against Islam), soon becoming the Saskatchewan "captain":
Here his is promoting both the WCAI and their protest outside a Red Deer high school where members of the the WCAI harassed school administration and students:
He also spoke at WCAI events in Calgary, including the ill fated MEGA Patriot Rally that turned out to be considerably less than mega:
In short, Christopher Hayes appears to be kind of person, an extremist member and supporter of several hate groups, that Jason Corbeil says is decidedly NOT welcome in their convoy.
And yet....

Yeah, Christopher Hayes is one of the participants in the Ottawa convoy:Read more »

Racist Yellow Vest Supporter David Selvers and Millennium Crane Rentals Fined $70,000 In Workplace Death Incident

I have the best readers. This article is due to one who continued to dig into a figure who appeared in yesterday's blog post.

On Sunday, ARC published a story in which a Yellow Vests supporter David Selvers was profiled:


The Canadian Anti-Hate Network wrote about him and his racist blog (an example of one article is included above) in a great deal of detail as well as his connection to the Yellow Vest convoy traveling to Ottawa:

NEW: Sault Ste. Marie Yellow Vests organizer Dave Selvers calls immigration minister @HonAhmedHussen an “ugly n***** . . . responsible for flooding Canada with useless n***** muslim terrorists.” #YellowVestsCanada convoy to arrive there imminently #cdnpoli https://t.co/ZOV2VN8i8l pic.twitter.com/gZ0r1OTnb0— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 17, 2019
It turns out he's even more interesting than I had thought.

Selvers is also the owner and president of Millennium Crane Rentals:



Millennium Crane Rentals was also the subject of a "feel good" publicity article this past December in the local Sault Ste. Marie newspaper:
Thank you to David Selvers, President Millenium Crane Rentals for sharing his pictures with Superior Media. The following photo gallery speaks for itself. In honour of the season, Algoma Steel Inc. is pleased to announce they have partnered with Millennium Crane Rentals to resurrect the Christmas Star. The Star was crafted back in the 1980’s by members of Algoma’s Central Trades group. Measuring 29-feet across, the steel framed star was wired with lights and hoisted high in the sky to shine bright over the Steelworks, bestowing goodwill and best wishes to the residents of Sault Ste. Marie.
UPDATE 2: Selvers also testified in the Elliot Lake mall disaster inquiry back in 2013.

On Monday, February 18, Selvers posted the following on Facebook in support of the Yellow Vest convoy which had arrive in Sault Ste. Marie:


However as a result of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network article, he's received some blow back:


The Selvers blog post references the June 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in North Kennsington which resulted in the death of 72 people. It was not a terrorist attack, but which appears to be as a result of government negligence. Given his pronounced Islamophobia it isn't a surprise that he jumped to this conclusion and I suspect it is likely that he still believes it, especially based on the following reply:


Wait.... what?


"I'm the farthest thing from a racist..."

Uhm.... does he know what the word "racist" means?

It doesn't take long to find examples of not only racism, but also incredibly sexist, homophobic, and violent rhetoric on his personal blog, a few examples of which I include below.

A word of warning though. I've been been running the blog for more than 11 years now and this among the worst I've read in years:

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Major Media White Washes Yellow Vests Movement and Convoy to Ottawa: Ignores Racism, Antisemitism, Islamophobia, Homophobia, and Misogyny Endemic to Reactionary Movement

On Tuesday last week, "The National" on CBC uncritically profiled the Yellow Vests movement and provided a forum for overt hate groups such as the former Nouns of Odin now going by the name the Clann. There was little to no mention of the racism rife within the movement and no mention of the violent threats directed towards political figures on the left (or at least those the reactionaries consider to be on the left). As bad as this coverage was, news papers including the "Calgary Herald" and "Toronto Star" provided even worse coverage.

Story: Yesterday CBC The National aired a segment misrepresenting the Yellow Vests Canada movement and it makes no mention of the extent of hate & death threats which characterize the Canada movement. Factcheck: https://t.co/BtB9L6k7m8 #cdnpoli h/t @VestsCanada @ARCCollective— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 14, 2019
Reporting on hate movements and hate groups that misrepresent themselves is difficult. It requires deep research/observation of less public-facing spaces, and/or building on the investigative work of orgs (happy to help) like @VestsCanada @ARCCollective. That didn't happen here.— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 14, 2019

While we have concerns about how The National reported on the Yellow Vests Canada mvmt convoy, both the Calgary Herald and Star have published stories with zero reference to the overt racism & death threats which have come to characterize Yellow Vests Canada. Do better. #cdnpoli— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 14, 2019

Visit the Yellow Vests Canada Facebook page. It's self-evident their main concern isn't oil and gas, but Muslims, Trudeau, leftists and conspiracies. For the overt racism, death threats, and conspiracy theories about how the Fort Mac fire was done by Muslims, see @VestsCanada.— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 14, 2019FYI @TorontoStar @calgaryherald @CBCTheNational @goldsbie @JesseBrown @CANADALAND.

Here are the articles in question: https://t.co/17Lus3A7HKhttps://t.co/aD0Lm7TL0u

Also see: https://t.co/7pMgfj1wibhttps://t.co/BtB9L6k7m8— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 14, 2019Several outlets have reported on the Yellow Vests Canada convoy without making reference to the overt racism and death threats which have come to characterize the movement. In response, we sent a press release with the facts to every newsroom in Canada. We hope it helps. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/z0RKK1EVla— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 15, 2019I rarely ascribe intentions to bad reporting. Few news orgs set-out to mislead the public. But a CBC radio report just described a convoy of trucks heading to Ottawa as a movement "with one simple message..Pipelines". Not 1 mention of #YellowVestsCanada or anti-immigrant activism— Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) February 15, 2019
It was so bad, even Faith Goldy was angry, though I somehow suspect she was angry for different reasons:





The articles however provided cover for right-wing politicians to be able to support the event since they could now claim, citing these news sources, that the Yellow Vest sponsored convoy to Ottawa is solely about oil pipe lines despite what they themselves know to be true:
Jason Kenney and Doug Ford just endorsed the far-right, anti-immigrant United We Roll/Yellow Vests Convoy https://t.co/dCgOijoUr0 #cdnpoli #abpoli #onpoli— North99 (@wearenorth99) February 17, 2019



ARC and especially Yellow Vests Canada Exposed and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network have been exposing the racism and violent rhetoric behind the reactionary Yellow Vests movement in Canada for more than two months. We've done what the major media hasn't done; critically examine the ideology underlying this movement and bring to light the people behind it. Those include people like this guy:



Dave Selvers is the organizer for the Yellow Vest Convoy in Sault Ste. Marie:




In a "Sault This Week" article from early January, members of the local Yellow Vest group which included Selvers stated:George Brown, an active member of the Yellow Vests wants to make clear that he and fellow Yellow Vests are not against immigration. It just needs to be “done legally and fulfil needs for Canadians”, to help Canada’s homeless and destitute, Canada’s veterans and first nations, Brown said. Yellow Vesters are not against helping those who must flee their countries because of violence and corruption, he added. “Those in the middle east both Christian and Muslim need to be looked after”.Given his association with the paranoid M103 protests though, one might pause to question Selvers' own (as well as the movement in general) commitment to protecting refugees and supporting immigration:



In fact the Canadian Anti-Hate Network has reported that this Yellow Vest Convoy supporter and local organizer has a long history of posting racist, Islamophobic, and misogynistic comments on social media:
NEW: Sault Ste. Marie Yellow Vests organizer Dave Selvers calls immigration minister @HonAhmedHussen an “ugly n***** . . . responsible for flooding Canada with useless n***** muslim terrorists.” #YellowVestsCanada convoy to arrive there imminently #cdnpoli https://t.co/ZOV2VN8i8l pic.twitter.com/gZ0r1OTnb0— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) February 17, 2019
My own dive into his Facebook profile found a gun-obsessed, conspiracy-minded individual who revels in his hatred of Muslims and "non-white" Canadians and who has called for the execution of Canadian politicians:Read more »

ID Canada Facebook Page Deleted Resulting in Much Crying and Gnashing of Teeth

The big event this weekend is of course the reactionary Yellow Vests convoy to Ottawa which Yellow Vests Canada Exposed and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network have been doing a fantastic job of covering. I'll probably be addressing the event some time later this weekend as well sourcing their very through work. In the meantime, there's been some significant news on the ID Canada front.

Again if you aren't following either, you really should be.

ID Canada of course is the identitarian (read: white nationalist) group that was originally called Generation Identity Canada before rebranding. In a recent article I discussed the very cozy relationship that ID Canada had with some current and past personalities associated with Ezra Levant's Rebel Media. I also very briefly mentioned a Generation Identity Canada Facebook page that had been removed by Facebook some years ago before I had an opportunity to see it for myself.

Well, looks like history has repeated itself, but in a more significant way:


Not only was the Facebook group permanently banned, but so were the leaders' own profiles.

Of course, they are now erroneously crying "censorship!" despite not actually being censored because being banned for violating the terms and services of your user agreement (or a private company not wishing to be associated with your rather noxious brand) isn't actually censorship. At all.


And while they were a bit smug about the efforts of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network's efforts to combat their flyering campaigns, they now are whining about being picked on:


Funny. I thought tears were salty. Turns out they can be quite sweet.

In a move that won't surprise anyone, white nationalist Faith Goldy also tweeted about the banning in support of her fellow travelers:




The video in which she promotes the hate group, alludes to the banning of the group on Facebook as part of a Trudeau conspiracy, advocates the government taking over a private company for the benefit of the far-right, and attacks the Canadian Anti-Hate Network as "the enemy" which says a lot about the good work the Canadian Anti-Hate Network is doing:



On that note, if anyone would like to donate to the Canadian Anti-Hate Network and piss off white nationalist Faith Goldy even more, please click on this link.

Now the removal of ID Canada and their leadership for Facebook might not seem like a big deal, but it is one less avenue they now have to promote themselves and their toxic views. De-platforming works. Ask Laura Loomer or Milo Yiannopoulos for example.... I mean if you can find them between they occasional desperate publicity stunt to get peoples' attention because they have few other avenues to do so.


Sure.

"Hundreds."

SPLC statement on Supreme Court’s denial of Trump administration’s request to immediately enforce asylum ban

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:38
The U.S. Supreme Court today denied the Trump administration’s request to immediately enforce a new policy of denying asylum to migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border between ports of entry.

Black Civil Rights Advocate Takes Control of Neo-Nazi Hate Group the National Socialist Movement

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 11:44
The antisemitic and neo-Nazi group the National Socialist Movement (NSM) is now under the control of a black civil rights advocate from California who once dissolved a notorious Ku Klux Klan chapter in Mississippi.

Weekend Read: No one cares if you miscarry. No one cares if you ever go home.

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:13
Tylenol for the pain. Diapers for the blood. Towels for underwear.

Here's New Mexico Militia Leader Johnny Horton Jr.'s Bizarre Arrest Record

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:55
Self-proclaimed New Mexico militia leader Johnny Horton Jr. sure can spin a heck of a tale.

Trump’s emergency declaration a threat to rule of law

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:41
President Trump has just declared a national emergency so that he can divert federal funds to pay for his border wall in order to satisfy the Ann Coulters of the world and his nativist base.

SPLC sues Trump administration for policy forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:12
The SPLC sued the Trump administration today over a new policy that forces asylum seekers to return to Mexico and wait there while their cases are being considered.

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