SPLC publishes Opportunity Costs: Unequal Justice in Alabama’s Community Corrections Programs

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 13:16
A new investigative report published today by the Southern Poverty Law Center reveals serious flaws in Alabama’s community corrections programs, an otherwise promising system for diverting people from the state’s prisons.

Brother Says He Reported White Nationalist State Department Official to the FBI

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 15:52
The brother of white nationalist U.S. State Department Official Matthew Q. Gebert reported him to the FBI in July over concerns about his radicalization, he told Hatewatch.

SPLC joins brief opposing Kansas law targeting immigrants

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 13:24
The SPLC and 29 worker and immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a court decision stating that a Kansas identity theft law cannot be used to turn local law enforcement into immigration agents.

Two Years After Charlottesville

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 07:12
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Far Right Infighting Part ∞: Ron Banerjee vs. Goldy Supporters

So one of the bigger stories in the world of Canadian far-right personalities was that Faith Goldy willingly gave up on Twitter to spend more time in thoughtful contemplation. However this might be more meaningful if (a) I was convinced she will stay off Twitter and (b) didn't have nearly half a dozen other social media avenues through which she can continue to be an awful human being:

Goldy has become polarizing even for members of the far right. There are those out there who venerate her as a sort of virgin "Madonna of the Rocks" figure and those who came to loathe her for"selling out by trying to appeal to "the ethnics" during her Toronto mayoral campaign; her alleged relationship with Richard Spencer might have answered the virgin part.

I'm here all week folks! Try the veal and make sure you tip your server!

In any case, we have an instance now where people have taken a firm side on the argument.

Despite his recent humiliation and groveling apology, Rob Banerjee still has to Ron Banerjee. He's still active in anti-Muslim protests and his Hindu nationalism has perhaps become even more overt of late.

He also continues to style himself as Canada's #1 Trump fan and defender:

When Faith Goldy was critical of Indian and Chinese immigrants in some of her last Twitter posts, well, Banerjee went on the attack using Trump as a hustification. This resulted in an extended argument by a few others but especially one Ryan Walker who I've seen posting on numerous extremist Facebook groups

Now this thread was quite mild compared to what came later as Walker posted this on Banerjee's wall:

Yep, 220 comments.

I'm not about to re-post ALL of them, however the ones I will post are instructive. To summarize Banerjee continues to troll, write about the superiority of Hindus and Hindu culture, attack Muslims, and claim that women find him desirable. Ryan Walker and his supporters continue to state that non-Europeans need to "go home", quote white supremacists such as William Pierce, echo Trump's language ("go back where you come from" and "shithole countries"), hint at a violent "purge" of non-European Canadians as being imminent, and then threaten to find and harm Banerjee who bravely provides them with an obviously false address claiming that he's not afraid of them.

It really is quite the show:

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Weekend Read: Neo-Nazi leader must pay more than $14 million in damages

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sat, 08/10/2019 - 10:31
A federal judge has ruled in an SPLC lawsuit that neo-Nazi leader Andrew Anglin must pay more than $14 million in damages for using his website to launch an antisemitic campaign of terror against a Jewish woman and her family.

White Nationalist State Department Official Surfaces in Photographs

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 11:19
Hatewatch has obtained images of Matthew Q. Gebert, a State Department official who is involved in the white nationalist movement.

Judge: Neo-Nazi must pay more than $14 million to Jewish woman targeted by harassment campaign

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 08/08/2019 - 14:58
A federal judge adopted a recommendation that the publisher of a major neo-Nazi website must pay more than $14 million in damages to a Jewish woman targeted for a relentless barrage of antisemitic threats and messages by the neo-Nazi and his followers.

SPLC statement on Mississippi immigration raids

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 08/08/2019 - 06:57
Southern Poverty Law Center Attorney Julia Solórzano, with the SPLC’s Immigrant Justice Project, issued the following statement on today's workplace raids in Mississippi:

U.S. State Department Official Involved in White Nationalist Movement, Hatewatch Determines

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 08/06/2019 - 07:16
A U.S. State Department official oversaw the Washington, D.C.-area chapter of a white nationalist organization, hosted white nationalists at his home and published white nationalist propaganda online, Hatewatch has determined.

U.S. State Department Official Involved in White Nationalist Movement, Hatewatch Determines

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 08/06/2019 - 07:16
A U.S. State Department official oversaw the Washington, D.C.-area chapter of a white nationalist organization, hosted white nationalists at his home and published white nationalist propaganda online, Hatewatch has determined.

El Paso Massacre Galvanizes Accelerationists

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 12:22
The domestic terror incident this past weekend in El Paso has energized the growing “accelerationist” bloc of the white power movement, which argues violence is the only way to achieve its goal of creating a white, non-Jewish ethnostate.

New Civil Rights Memorial to be installed on 54th anniversary of Voting Rights Act

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 08:54
Jimmie Lee Jackson was beaten and shot by Alabama state troopers during a peaceful voting rights march on Feb. 18, 1965.

Hate is Alive in America—El Paso Shooting

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 08:44
A manifesto from shooter promotes white nationalist talking points as white nationalists mock those killed in the shooting

Hate is Alive in America—El Paso Shooting

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 08/05/2019 - 08:44
A manifesto from shooter promotes white nationalist talking points as white nationalists mock those killed in the shooting

John Carpay, Christine Blatchford, and Paul Fromm Walk Into An Award Banquet....

.... and this isn't the set-up for a joke, though one might suggest the subjects are a bit of a joke in their own right.

Back in November I wrote an article in which it was noted that Ezra Levant provided press credentials to a man involved in a number of hate groups, who had just gotten off house arrest after being convicted of assaulting a former girlfriend, and who would in the new year make news for harassing members of an Edmonton-area mosque:

Also at this event was John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, ostensibly a grassroots organization promoting freedom of speech but which seems to be yet another AstroTurf group promoting a right-wing agenda.

Last year Mr. Carpay, a close associate of now Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, faced criticism for comparing the rainbow flag used by the LGBTQ community and supporters to the Soviet and Nazi flags not once...

NEWLY DISCOVERED: Here’s a video of @jkenney's personal friend, John Carpay, comparing the Swastika to the rainbow flag on April 21, 2017. Turns out Carpay was lying when he said he “unintentionally” made the comparison earlier this month. (1/2) #yyc #ableg #cdnpoli— Kyle Morrow (@kylemmorrow) November 26, 2018

.... but at least twice:

BREAKING: Jason Kenney's friend and donor John Carpay just compared the pride flag to the swastika and the hammer/sickle. Will @jkenney return this bigot's campaign contribution? And—revoke his UCP membership immediately? (Video credit: @mbueckert) #yyc #ableg #abpoli— Kyle Morrow (@kylemmorrow) November 11, 2018

And while Kenney did comment on the issue, he didn't boot Carpay from the UCP as had been demanded:

I acknowledge that John Carpay apologized for his offensive remarks. But this tendency to trivialize the unique meaning of Nazi and Soviet terror must stop. Genocidal totalitarianism has no relationship to political disagreements in our liberal democracy.— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) November 12, 2018

Kenney's alt-right Rebel Media contingent also came to Carpay's defence:

Cut to June 2019. Carpay's Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms was having their second annual banquet and "free speech" award ceremony. Who was the first recipient of the George Jonas Freedom Award you ask?

Of COURSE it would be Mark Steyn!

In any case, true to form the second annual recipient of the award was the equally noxious Christie Blatchford (her article about Rehtaeh Parsons alone should inform readers about the lack of human decency that she has). The award was given to her in the middle of June though ARC didn't learn about it until this Sunday when Paul Fromm posted this photograph to his Facebook profile:

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White Nationalists Praise El Paso Attack and Mock the Dead

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sun, 08/04/2019 - 13:01
White nationalists, who have employed terroristic rhetoric with increased enthusiasm in recent months, expressed solidarity with the man who police say killed at least 20 people in El Paso, Texas on Saturday.

Your Ward News Sentencing Update: Make it stop already!

The victims are tired. The journalists are tired. The judge and crown attorneys are no doubt tired. I'm tired of writing about it, and heck, I think even the racists are tired. But the sentencing hearing for Your Ward News' editor James Sears, and publisher, LeRoy St. Germaine, has been delayed, yet again, while Sears is busy "absorbing all this."

I wish I was joking.

It's hard to believe that they were convicted of promoting hatred against Jews and women back in  January and have managed to drag out sentencing through April, May, and July.

Sears with supporters on April 26th (that's Gus Stefanis on the left).
Now we're into August. On the first of the month, Sears and St. Germaine were in court with every sort of excuse and delay tactic at the ready. For St. Germaine, who is Metis, the sticking point is the offer of a sentencing circle where he would have the opportunity to engage in a mediated dialogue with his victims. Justice Blouin believes that a discussion in a "controlled, thoughtful arena" would be beneficial, however, St. Germaine doesn't want to do it if he has to apologize up front.

Again, I wish I was joking.

Sears, who is now self-represented and is trying to have his case reopened, was supposed to have his affidavit and list of potential expert witnesses ready for Justice Blouin, but of course he had neither. Instead, this man who loves to hype his intelligence and wit complained that academics were very difficult to reach over the summer months and that he is not a lawyer. He (surprise!) needs more time.

Justice Blouin, who is retiring at the end of August, admits he has never dealt with an application to re-open a case, which he said is an unusual procedure. It is certainly not made any easier given Sears' decision to self-represent. In an effort to avoid another failed court appearance, Blouin gave Sears deadlines in advance to ensure all documentation is complete and submitted beforehand. He has until August 8th to submit an affidavit and obtain one from his former lawyer, Dean Embry. Sears then has until the 15th to produce a list of witnesses complete with their qualifications and what he feels they could add to the case. Court will resume on August 22nd for both Sears and St. Germaine.

Those who have been at the forefront of this case are not pleased. Lisa Kinsella said on Twitter that while she recognizes that the Judge is trying to ensure that the sentences, once they are finally handed out, cannot be contested, these delays are hurting the victims:
Extremely disappointing outcome today. The judge is clearly trying to make sure the convictions are appeal-proof but enough is enough. #TimesUp
— Lisa Kinsella (@lisakinsella) August 1, 2019
They were convicted of promoting hatred against Jews and women in January. Sentencing was supposed to occur in March. Then July. Then today. Now, maybe, August 22nd. We deserve justice. #TimesUp— Lisa Kinsella (@lisakinsella) August 1, 2019
For Sears at least, publishing hateful rhetoric in Your Ward News is not new behaviour. In 2009, footage of Sears taken for a documentary film about his alter-ego, Dimitri the Lover, has him admitting to "banging [his] patients" and shows him harassing and groping women in downtown Toronto.

He claims that his paper acts as a "safety valve" for angry men, but in reality, it encourages more of the same hatred and objectification we have seen from Sears for decades. The victims in the Sears/St. Germaine case deserve justice, and they deserve it at more than the glacial pace we have seen so far in this sentencing hearing. It is well past time that they face the consequences of their actions, and I hope that August 22nd will bring some much needed closure and relief.

El Paso Shooting Suspect May Have Authored Manifesto Containing White Nationalist Talking Points

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sat, 08/03/2019 - 15:04
The suspect in a shooting that left 20 people dead at an El Paso Walmart may have posted and liked anti-immigrant leaning remarks on what appears to be his Twitter account.