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Virginia Judge Hands Down Life Sentence, Plus 419 Years, in Case of James Alex Fields Jr., Calls Attack An Act of 'Terror'

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 13:06
Judge Richard Moore imposed a sentence of 419 years plus life on James Alex Fields Jr., convicted of murder after the racist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.

Author of 'Emanuel Nine' church massacre book to speak at Civil Rights Memorial Center

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 09:10
As the prosecution made its closing argument, photos of the nine people that Dylann Roof had shot to death in a Charleston, South Carolina, church appeared on the screen in bloody, gruesome detail. 

SPLC: Holiday recognizing early Ku Klux Klan leader an insult to Tennessee residents

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 13:12
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has proclaimed Saturday as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in his state, honoring a Confederate general who became the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, a terrorist organization that targets African Americans.

Record of Suspect in Anti-LGBTQ Beating Reveals Previous Hate, Criminal Activity

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 09:42
Julian Austin Calfy, a suspect in the beating of a gay man, served five years of a 16-year sentence for terroristic threatening and criminal possession of explosive material, Hatewatch has learned.

Weekend Read: Jim Crow’s fingerprints are on Florida’s new voting law

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 07:14
Voting is not a privilege but a right that is essential for a healthy, well-functioning democracy.

Islamophobe and Racist Eric Brazau's History of Violence

This might be a bit dated, but ARC just received some information that makes it relevant again.

Back in July 2014, Eric Brazau entered a crowded subway car along with fellow bigot Ron Banerjee. His intention was to "debate" (read: harass and harangue) individuals on the car about the dangers of Islam and Muslims while Banerjee, acting as if he didn't know Brazau, took a video of the exchange:


Not long after, Brazau was arrested:


Cut to January 2015 when he was convicted of mischief, causing a disturbance, and breaching probation. He was sentenced to 9 months in jail but was released pending an appeal:


At the time of his conviction, Christine Blatchford wrote an opinion column for the "National Post" in which she seemed to mock the sentence and overly sensitive Torontonians. One part stands out for me:Astonishingly in a province where those convicted of more serious offences regularly receive suspended sentences or house arrest, Mr. Brazau was denied bail and has been in custody since his arrest that day, July 29, or for five months and nine days.Yeah, about that....
Brazau did appeal his sentence which was perhaps not surprisingly rejected. ARC received a link to a copy of that appeal where we learned that Eric Brazau has a criminal history that includes assaults, uttering threats, and use of a weapon that goes back more than 30 years:


So, maybe a long criminal history and a history of failing to comply with the conditions of his probation has something to do with the reason he was held in custody prior to his trial?

Just throwing that out there.

Suffice it to say ARC will be updating our "History of Violence" article very soon.

Manuel Duran, journalist who reported on ICE, freed from detention

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 14:18
Manuel Duran, an investigative journalist who was detained after reporting on the collusion between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement in Memphis, Tennessee, was released today from ICE detention and will be reunited with his fiancée.

Yellow Vest Guelph Ontario Admin Calls for Weapon Use at Rally

The admin and organizer for the yellow vests in Guelph Ontario recently posted that he will be organizing a rally, and pressured his members to bring weapons.




Let's take a little look into the social media posting history of Danny Donovan.



 As you can see, he posts the usual Islamophobic garbage. He also posts anti-LGTBQ material as well.


Threats like this need to be taken very seriously. Yellow vest rallies in Hamilton have been attended by people carrying weapons. In particular an attendee swung a telescopic baton at counter protestors.
Not surprisingly #yellowvestscanada members are defending this. However this person is not being truthful regarding the laws. Owning a baton like this is legal, however concealed carry and using it on someone is absolutely not. @HamiltonPolice @CBCNews @antihateca @CBCHamilton pic.twitter.com/DygztPJARN— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) January 14, 2019







SPLC statement on White House social media summit

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 18:31
The Trump administration’s social media summit today is a gathering of groups and individuals who have no business at the White House.

SPLC urges HUD to drop plan that would cut housing assistance for ‘mixed-status’ immigrant families

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 07/09/2019 - 09:08
The SPLC urged the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today to withdraw a proposal that would eliminate housing assistance for low-income families that include both documented and undocumented immigrants. 

Detained Journalist Manuel Duran’s Case Ordered Reopened

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 07/09/2019 - 07:54
The Board of Immigration Appeals has ordered detained journalist Manuel Duran’s case reopened, paving the way for an asylum claim and possible release after over 15 months in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

Suspected Active Military Member of Northern Guard

As a result of Yellow Vest Canada Exposed's efforts to bring attention to a far right concert hosted by one former and one (maybe) current member of the white nationalist Northern Guard, the mainstream press has taken an interest. For example Mack Lamoureux of Vice News Canada published a story on July 2 detailing the effort as well as the connection to a Canadian Combat Coalition rally occurring at the same time.

We've covered similar events such as this. Last year a group of Proud Boys, Northern Guard, Nouns of Odin, and other extremists planned on going to Hamilton ostensibly to support businesses in the community but was really an effort at self-promotion as well as to antagonize anti-fascists so they could be ambushed and assaulted.

These far right groups also seem to be military fetishists in how they both glorify the armed forces and attempt to emulate them with the ridiculous quasi-military gear which allows them to "play" soldier without actually ever having to put themselves in harms way; the III%ers are the most notorious, but they certainly aren't alone:


Now as bad as it is when they are playing soldier, a greater concern are those who are in the military who have been radicalized by right-wing extremism:


I will continue to write about this danger to our country until action is taken. My latest in @TheCJN https://t.co/IYVtLVVwFM  @antihateca @ARCCollective #cdnpoli @CanadianArmy @HarjitSajjan— BernieFarber (@BernieFarber) June 27, 2019


ARC has documented a few such instances in the past:

There's of course more.
And now we have another person to add to this list:Read more »

SPLC urges Supreme Court to preserve workplace protections for LGBTQ people

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:23
Soon after Y.B. took the night shift as a forklift operator, her boss started harassing her because she is a lesbian.

SPLC: Hate groups have long adopted symbols of U.S. history to promote white supremacy

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:07
As America prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July this week, the display of some of the nation’s earliest regalia has rekindled a debate about racist symbolism.

SPLC sues Florida officials to keep citizens from losing right to vote again

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 07/02/2019 - 08:31
After completing her prison sentence and probation time, Rosemary McCoy had her voting rights restored and cast a ballot in the Jacksonville, Florida, runoff city council election earlier this year.

SPLC Action Fund: Congress should adopt NO HATE Act to neutralize growing threat from white supremacists

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 09:42
Members of Congress recently introduced new legislation that would improve reporting on hate crimes and expand assistance and resources to hate crime victims.

SPLC: Sentencing of James Alex Fields Jr., who killed Heather Heyer at ‘Unite the Right,’ will not heal victims or their families

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 11:37
James Alex Fields Jr., who was sentenced to life in prison today for murdering a woman who was protesting a white supremacist rally two years ago, is a remorseless killer and a domestic terrorist.

Florida Man Arrested for Racist Threats Once Attacked an African American Police Officer

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 10:06
A long string of felony charges and a tip-off from the Department of Homeland Security led to the arrest of a Florida man for racist and antisemitic threats posted to Gab and Bitchute.

Charlottesville Federal Court Sentences James Alex Fields to Life in Prison for 'Unite the Right' Killing

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 05:57
A neo-Nazi sympathizer from Ohio received two consecutive and 27 concurrent life sentences in federal prison for killing a counterprotester and injuring others in the aftermath of 2017’s racist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

SPLC: Supreme Court decision not to stop politicians from rigging voting maps hurts our democracy

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 06/27/2019 - 13:25
The Supreme Court decided today that federal courts have no role in regulating state legislatures’ gross abuses of power when drawing political lines.

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