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March 30, 2019 Hate Rally: Video of Racist Groups Prove They Were the Aggressors

On March 30, the second day of what Joey Deluca claimed would be a 72 hour "patriot rally" in Edmonton occurred. Much like the previous day, the hate groups which included the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam (WCAI), Canadian Combat Coalition (CCC), Northern Guard, Soldiers of Odin (SoO), and a smattering of Yellow Vesters were outnumbered by 100s of counter-protesters. Unlike the previous day, the hate groups headed to Churchill Square to reorganize and headed back to the Legislature. Most of the counter-protesters had left by that point but the 40+ members of the various hate groups were still met by more than a dozen counter-protesters who learned that they were returning. In the end the hate groups spent a short time at the Legislature before leaving once again.
Things became tense though when members of the Northern Guard, SoO, and others affiliated with these hate groups were met by anti-fascists as they walked down the road. The resulting confrontation resulted in one counter-protester being assaulted and a member of the SoO being taken into custody though more were involved in the assault.
Since then, the narrative being told by the hate groups which has been disseminated on social media is that it was the hate groups who were the victims claiming that the person who was assaulted had attacked a woman with the flag pole being carried by the SoO member who was ultimately taken into custody. 
Actual video evidence however proves that they were the aggressors, the woman in question was not assaulted by the victim of the attacks by the hate groups, and that there was a premeditated plan to attack counter-protesters:
It took some time, but we finally got our hands on a compilation of clips that illustrates the assault that took place on March 30th, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta.

It's slightly more than half an hour long, so brace yourself or break it up as you see fit!https://t.co/3uneXNhhAj— EdmontonAgainstFascism (@EdmontonAgainst) April 10, 2019
 
None of this is surprising since it has become standard for these hate groups to assault people with some degree of impunity then claim to be the victim. During the first rally on Saturday when the WCAI, SoO, Northern Guard, and others were outnumbered by 100s, no one was harmed despite the tired claim that "antifa" attack "patriots" when they are outnumbered. It was only when the members of the hate groups were in greater number than the counter-protesters that people were attacked.
The fact that hate groups are on the streets in numbers and carrying out premeditated attacks should be national news - and there's video proof. @alexboutilier @IreneGentle @MackLamoureux @CBCTheNational @RalphGoodale @cafreeland @kinsellawarren @JesseBrown @OmarMosleh— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) April 10, 2019

White Supremacist Chris Cantwell Takes Hiatus to Avoid 'Another Crying Nazi Moment'

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 13:22
Christopher Cantwell, a prolific white supremacist radio host, put his broadcasting work on hiatus, citing “serious personal problems” as the reason behind his decision in a post on his website.

Vicious Facebook Posts and the Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:26
About three-and-a-half years ago, a man named Patrick Carlineo joined a brand-new Facebook group called “No Syrian refugees for NY.”

Cuban men thrown into Louisiana prisons despite legal asylum requests

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 08:56
Suicide. Self-harm. Medical neglect. Isolated in segregation. Quarantined and left without legal counsel.

Goldy Drone Teaches Scouts to Shoot Guns

ARC would like you to meet Darik Horn. Here he is getting settled in at a Canadian Anti-Hate Network event in Newmarket, Ontario this week:


Darik has a lot going for him compared to many of his colleagues. For one thing, he's book smart. Or should I say, computer smart. According to his LinkedIn profile, he has a Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo with a Minor in Information Systems, Business, Economics and Human Resources from Wilfrid Laurier University. His recent work history is a bit patchy, but he spent 4 years at Navtech, now NAVBLUE, a company that specializes in aviation operations software. He's also been with BrightBlock, and appears to be the brains behind DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke), a very well respected open-source project that securely wipes hard drives.

 
Darik tries to be a helpful guy both online and off, and he looks out for his friends, like Paul Fromm

 
Despite giving this advice in October 2018,  Fromm has yet to fix the problem. It's quite possible he doesn't understand it as you can't teach an old dog new tricks and all that.
Last year, Darik was quite taken with Faith Goldy, who was just banned from Facebook and Instagram. During her mayoral election campaign, he followed her around and was very concerned that she was barred from debates:

He also canvassed with her, and is pictured here with other campaign volunteers outside Queen's Park:

Needless to say, he felt she'd make a top-notch mayor who would do away with pesky bike lanes, stop making pro-lifers feel like second class citizens, and other such lovely things:
 
Since the end of Goldy's mayoral campaign, he's jumped on Team Bernier with a vengeance. He spent significant time volunteering for Robert Geurts, the PPC candidate in the recent York-Simcoe by-election. Again, he focused on being, above all else, helpful, and insanely law-abiding. He volunteered to carpool PPC supporters to a rally, and was very concerned about someone removing campaign signs. He followed them, but refused to jaywalk: 
 
Most recently, he was concerned about the MAGA hat dude at the PEGIDA rally in Toronto in late March, which he evidently attended. You can read a bit about the rally here, and PEGIDA's recent legal troubles here.

With such a helpful attitude, and concern for others, I suppose it's not a complete surprise that he would want to help children as well. His LinkedIn profile shows he's been a Colony Leader with Scouts Canada, Shining Waters Council, South Lake Simcoe, for over three-and-a-half years: 


This past Christmas, he marched in the Newmarket Santa Claus Parade with his Scout group:

Note that this Tweet was liked by Scouts Canada, Battlefields Council, which is a Scouts collective for Hamilton and other towns in Niagara Region, and the City of Newmarket.
Just last week, it appears he took a Cubs group to a woodworking workshop:

Oh yeah, and because he's so helpful, he also organized an event at the Aurora Gun Club on November 7th, 2018, for the older boys, and volunteered to do more of the same:

Wait, what was that last thing? Yeah, he was really, really, really interested in teaching boys to shoot:
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SPLC launches digital initiative to promote honest discussion of Confederate history

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 14:22
The SPLC launched a digital initiative this month that seeks to correct the false narratives of the “Lost Cause” mythology, which idolizes people who fought against the United States in order to preserve slavery.

Judge temporarily blocks Trump administration from forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 19:08
A federal judge today ordered the Trump administration to immediately stop forcing asylum seekers to return to Mexico and wait there for their hearings in immigration court.

Alabama city holds 'Amnesty Week,' part of SPLC settlement of federal lawsuit over private probation scheme

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:38
The city of Gardendale, Alabama, today began a week in which it will allow people who are facing municipal offenses to clear their cases, without being arrested.

Alabama city holds “Amnesty Week,” part of SPLC settlement of federal lawsuit over private probation scheme

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:38
The city of Gardendale, Alabama, today began a week in which it will allow people who are facing municipal offenses to clear their cases, without being arrested.

White Professors of African Studies Targeted With Death Threats

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 19:44
Ten professors, who are white or presumed to be white, have received death threats from a black nationalist organization that accuses them of “desecrating the tombs of Gods and Goddesses.”

Twitter locked me out of my account for reporting on extremists

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 13:30
Twitter temporarily suspended my account this week after I posted a tweet that opposed far-right extremism.

Pegida Canada Hit With $11,000 Judgement

I have to admit I haven't paid a great deal to Pegida Canada of late; they had an event a couple of weeks ago that will be discussed peripherally in a future article, but other than that they haven't really been much of a concern considering their low numbers at events they have planned and the fact they are consistently overwhelmed by counter-protesters. As such I didn't know they had been sued until today as a result of an incident in 2017.

Evidently, it went poorly for Pegida:


So far the only information I've had time to find is from sources provided by Pegida Canada sympathetic to their plight including the post above and a rambling, angry, video by Mary Forrest (I might add it later but it is super late and I have to be up early for work). Not surprisingly Pegida Canada is looking to Go Fund Me to get them out of this jam:


If I might ask a favor of ARC's readers, it would be to let Go Fund Me know that a hate group is attempting to raise money on their platform after being hit with an $11,000 judgement for libeling a person based on his religion?

More later.

SPLC Report: End solitary confinement in Florida

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 14:11
Solitary confinement is a wasteful and destructive practice that does not improve public safety, and harms the mental health of those subjected to it.

SPLC files claims against Trump administration on behalf of parents and children who suffered harm from family separation policy

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 12:17
Facing gang violence and extortion in Guatemala, J.V.S. and his 5-year-old daughter fled their home to seek refuge in the U.S.

SPLC seeks release of detained journalist whose work challenged ICE, a year after he was arrested

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 07:02
Memphis journalist Manuel Duran filed a habeas petition yesterday, seeking his immediate release from detention. 

The Media Enablers, Q1 2019 Edition

The discussion -- and by "discussion" I mean valid and harsh criticism -- of the Canadian media's treatment of white supremacist events, ideas and personalities has been heating up in the first few months of 2019. It is astonishing that in an era where we have access to more information on racist extremism than ever before we are experiencing such a deluge of ignorance and racist enabling from the mainstream press. In an effort to create a long-term record of the problem, and to call out those who think racism is either an unimportant or acceptable position, ARC is launching a new series to highlight some of the worst media blunders.

Let's get into the first quarter events and reports that make up the first entries on our Wall of Shame:

UNITED WE ROLL aka YELLOW VESTS CANADA CONVOY, February 2019

The renaming of the convoy from Yellow Vests to United We Roll was an effort on the part of the far-right organisers to keep the focus on their opposition to Bill C-48 (the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act) and Bill C-69 (an Act to bring the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act into effect). Many in the media, including reporters at The Calgary Herald, The Toronto Star, and the CBC's The National bought into the idea that UWR was simply a pro-pipeline movement and nothing more. ARC already covered this mess in depth here. Even a cursory look at Convoy members' social media shows it's filled with assassination fantasies, extremist members, and over-the-top racism. At the protest in Ottawa, where Andrew Scheer spoke, Yellow Vests Canada Exposed reported seeing members of C3, Northern Guard, and possibly Proud Boys on scene. Faith Goldy delivered a speech, and yet it was still just about pipelines to many in the media. As Nosferatu asked at the time:If I, Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network find this with our limited resources, then why won't the major media do more than a cursory and shallow examination of this racist movement?Research for this piece brought up many more exasperating articles, however, this one from the North Bay Nugget goes above and beyond in the worst possible ways. It is mostly unchecked quotes from Convoy participants, including these anti-immigrant and Islamophobic gems from Pat King, who was seen mocking Indigenous protesters in Ottawa:

Then the writer uses Snopes in a feeble effort to counter antisemitism and global banking conspiracies, but ends up somehow legitimizing them instead: 

The Convey is full of positive people and will make Canada great again:

And finally, no hiding the anti-globalist, anti-migrant agenda in this piece:

Lest anyone think it unfair that I'm picking on a small-town journalist, consider this: newspapers like the North Bay Nugget set the tone and voice for their communities in more intimate and direct ways than the CBC national news. They both dictate and reflect back the views and beliefs of their readers in ways that can have immediate influence over tensions between residents. A newspaper of any size has a responsibility to its readership and community to report racist extremism accurately and show residents that racism is not welcome. Local papers, like Sault Online and Soo Today have done a good job reporting on Dave Selvers, so we know it can be done. 

PEGIDA PROTEST, TORONTO, March 23rd

A couple of weeks ago, approximately 25-30 PEGIDA members and supporters were met by about 250 anti-racists in downtown Toronto. It was an impressive sight!

3:37pm. The police escort PEGIDA in the other direction, but are quickly cut off. Antifa + Allies have now flanked PEGIDA, with only police +bikes as a barrier. They stand still for some time. pic.twitter.com/s5pKYr4sJp— du(ali)ty (@alijaveed_) March 23, 2019
PEGIDA's views are well-known and this protest should not have caused any confusion or sympathetic misrepresentation in the press. It really, really, really should not have, but it did anyway. First up is Sue-Ann Levy from The Toronto Sun with her piece "Anti-hate rally? Could have fooled me." She paints the anti-racists as hysterical, screaming, unwelcoming professional protesters who were provoked by Mayor John Tory to counter-protest. Meanwhile, the poor marginalized PEGIDA members were slandered and misunderstood:


While many in Toronto are, unfortunately, used to Sue-Ann Levy's...er...perspective on things, it was nonetheless surprising that after intense criticism from this piece she would double down and accuse certain municipal politicians of being "anti-white supremacy," as if that was a bad thing:

It was perhaps only a matter of time before a Sun columnist complained about politicians being "anti-white supremacy." https://t.co/OYLEc6EoSc pic.twitter.com/3j8UKf6HoR— Jonathan Goldsbie (@goldsbie) April 1, 2019
It's sad and frustrating that The Toronto Sun is supporting a white supremacist sympathizer when, despite all its problems in the past, it used to support Bill Dunphy who was determined and unrelenting in exposing The Heritage Front and Grant Bristow in the '90s. It feels like this publication is following  dangerously close to Rebel Media's path into the arms of the so-called alt-right.

A dishonourable mention for poor PEGIDA coverage goes to CityTV's Pam Seatle who put her own unpleasant experience of the event as the lead and then posted this Tweet, which was later deleted (source, Twitter user @Liam_Tosh):


It took a week, but CityTV finally apologized, stating this coverage did not live up to their editorial standards and they are committed to doing better. Time will tell if this is indeed the case.


CAYLAN FORD INTERVIEW ON GLOBAL NEWS RADIO'S DANIELLE SMITH SHOW, March 30th

Last but certainly not least on this quarter's list is Danielle Smith's dumpster fire of an interview with former UCP candidate, Caylan Ford. She resigned after PressProgress published verified screenshots from a Facebook Messenger conversation where she expressed classic white supremacist views about population replacement and special treatment for Islamic terrorists:


She opted to step down, supposedly for the good of the party, and then shared her story on Smith's radio show. Danielle Smith herself has deep roots in Alberta politics and was the Leader of the Wild Rose Party from 2009-2014 and Leader of the Official Opposition from 2012-2014. I can't help but wonder if, beyond her own probable racism, seeing a young female candidate ruined by leaked private messages created a sympathetic blind-spot for Smith that greatly impacted her ability to do her job as a radio host.

When seeking out this interview, I was expecting a 5-10 minute piece and was surprised to find that  Smith devotes nearly 40 minutes to Ford! She frames Ford as a good person who has been stalked and defamed by the UCP member who leaked the messages and then gives her nearly a third of the air time to go into great detail about this supposed victimization. While ARC certainly does not excuse or condone the behaviour Ford claims she was subjected to, it also should not be used to deflect and re-frame her exceptionally problematic statements.

It was completely irresponsible that at no point during their 40-minute interview did Smith directly challenge Ford's racism and white supremacist sympathies. On the contrary, they agreed about the "demographic problem" Canada supposedly faces, and Smith allowed Ford's explanation as someone who has studied Mandarin and practices "Chinese Buddhism" as proof that she cannot possibly be racist. If she honestly thinks Buddhists can't be racist by default, we'd be happy to introduce her to the works of Brian Ruhe, which should change her mind in a hurry.

The interview continues in this fashion until, near the end, they both cry together as Ford recounts the numerous letters of support she's received from people in her riding of Calgary Mountainview. At the end she states that critics of her interview were warned that it would be controversial and that they were welcome to not listen. Calling on critics not to listen, and thereby blaming them for their objections, in no way excuses her from giving a racist an opportunity to gain sympathy, redeem herself, and tell "her side" unopposed. Enabling white supremacy is still a problem regardless of who listens.


A FINAL WORD...

While there is no excuse for lazy journalism, or worse, for allowing personal prejudices to get in the way of responsible reporting, I want to recognize the role newsroom downsizing plays in the general mess we are seeing this year. When good journalists are let go to boost profits, or saddled with such a heavy workload that they cut corners, we need to call out the corporations that are responsible for these changes. Reporters need the resources and support to do their job properly or we all suffer the consequences. As consumers of the media, it is up to us to demand quality over quantity and responsible reporting over reactionary clickbait. I wish this was the only cause of our media problems, because time and money would be far easier to solve than their ever-increasing flirtations with white supremacy. No doubt I will be back in three months with another instalment.


DOJ: Conditions in Alabama prisons likely unconstitutional

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 13:55
The Alabama prison system is already fighting a years-long SPLC lawsuit over the neglect of prisoners with medical and mental health needs. Now, the U.S. Justice Department is threatening to sue the state because its prisons are beset by “rampant violence,” “unchecked extortion,” and “severe and widespread sexual abuse.”

WCF Verona: Where the 'Wind of Change' Marked a Sea Change in Hate Group's Strategy

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 10:17
Anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families (WCF) used its annual gathering to signal a strategy shift for gaining support for its anti-LGBTQ and anti pro-choice policies.

Karen Baynes-Dunning named interim president and CEO

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 14:48
We’re proud to announce that the Southern Poverty Law Center’s board of directors has voted unanimously to name Karen Baynes-Dunning as our interim president and CEO.

White Supremacist Symbol Found Spray-Painted at the Site of Fire, Civil Rights Center Says

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 12:52
Someone painted a white supremacist symbol at the scene where fire ravaged a building tied to the civil rights movement, according to a statement from the Highlander Research and Education Center.

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