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Weekend Read: The painful persistence of corporal punishment

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 06:15
Across the country, numerous public institutions are legally responsible for children every day.

Served by Peterborough Police, Peace Bond Sought Against Kevin Goudreau

Kevin "No Show" Goudreau may finally be facing the consequences years of making online threats. Today he was served by Peterborough Police with a summons to appear this morning for a peace bond hearing in Ottawa on June 25th.

The peace bond is reference to these posts in which he threatened yours truly and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (CAHN) as well as journalists and occurred in the aftermath of the Christchurch murders that Goudreau references directly:

Goudreau later denied making the threats and claimed he was going to sue those who collected the screen shots:

CAHN, or will, be releasing the following in response to the news:

A neo-Nazi counselled people to murder us but we won't be intimidated. We're bringing a court application in Ottawa to hold Peterborough neo-Nazi Kevin Goudreau accountable for his threats. In the wake of the tragic events in Christchurch where a terrorist murdered 51 Muslim men, women, and children, Peterborough neo-Nazi Kevin Goudreau posted online that we were in a state of Racial Holy War and counselled readers to attack "priority targets" such as the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), human rights commissions, reporters with the CBC, VICE, and the National Post, and those of us here at the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. Goudreau suggested people shoot victims twice in the brain "because some people survive a bullet to the head". We believe in the rule of law and reported Goudreau counselling murder immediately to the Peterborough Police Service as we've done at least 4-times for his online threats over the past 10-years. Bravo to all of you who did the same. As in the previous cases, however, the criminal justice system failed and police announced that after consultation with prosecutors, no charges would be laid. But we won't be intimidated. We've brought a court application to have a 'peace bond' (link to https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/victims-victimes/factsheets-fiches/peace-paix.html) issued against Kevin Goudreau under the Criminal Code that would require him to obey conditions for the next year such as stopping his online threats and incitement to violence and surrendering any firearms or other weapons he may have. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that anti-racism advocates have used this self-help remedy to deal with threats of violence from those involved in the white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements in Canada. Here at CAHN, we're standing up because it's more important than ever to continue the fight against the politics of hate.
The threats made by Goudreau are really just the more recent of a very, very, long list of online threats going back more than a decade and which ARC has dutifully documented. That list includes but isn't limited to the following:

As per his posts on the far-right social media platform of choice these days (he has been booted from Facebook) Gab as well as his own blog, it would seem that "No Show" Goudreau hasn't grasped the seriousness of the situation that he is in:

I mean.... Goudreau does know he's posted videos too, right? And that ARC and others have saved them?

In any case ARC will provide more information when we learn more.

Judge orders ‘conversion therapy’ provider to permanently cease operations once again

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 07:09
A New Jersey state judge this week ordered the dissolution of an organization known as the Jewish Institute for Global Awareness (JIFGA) – which facilitated fraudulent gay-to-straight “conversion therapy” – after its directors violated an injunction entered four years ago requiring its predecessor to permanently cease all operations.

The Far-Right Continues To Eat Itself: Milo Yiannopoulos Attacks Lauren Southern

Sometimes one reads a story and walks away hoping that everyone involved crashes and burns:

I hadn't planned on talking about Lauren Southern, who had just released another in a line of dubious propaganda films, since among other things  I didn't think her "retirement" was a real; I was sure she would pop up again like a bad rash when she decided she needed affirmation from her particular army of incel alt-righters. I'm still not convinced that she's gone for good, but the timing is especially interesting in light of a story posted by alt-right (or at least alt-right adjacent) personality Milo Yiannopoulos to his blog:

Readers may remember the name Caolan Robertson as he was featured in a controversy regarding his time with Ezra Levant's "Rebel Media" where he was once employed. In fact the Yiannopoulos post discusses this incident at some length. The article discusses how Robertson and his partner George Llewelyn-John are lying grifters who stole from the likes of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon and who spend their ill-gotten money lavishly on themselves.... which I think is a rather rich accusation since Yiannopoulos is a grifter who spends money lavishly on himself. However the parts dealing with Lauren Southern are what I find to be especially interesting considering that Yiannopoulos and Southern, who worked with Robertson and Llewelyn-John on both the propaganda film released in May of this year as well as a strategically edited (ie. lying) ambush of a human rights lawyer representing refugees in Greece, at one time were thick as thieves:

That relationship seemed to be at the very least on shaky ground when plans were being made for an Australian tour which ultimately collapsed:

Given his desire to be the center of attention and to undermine those who he believes are challenging his status as well as the rather obvious professional (if one can call what these people do as a profession) jealousy one might be inclined to take Yiannopoulos' bitterness with a grain of salt.

Still, there's certainly enough here to indicate just how awful everyone involved in this really are:

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New report examines weaponization of immigration court system

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 14:25
The U.S. immigration court system has failed to fulfill the legal promise of fair and impartial case-by-case review, according to a new report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Innovation Law Lab.

SPLC Action Fund: Alabama joins other states with civil asset forfeiture reporting law, but does not go far enough to protect property owners

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 13:02
Across the country, police are using a tool called civil asset forfeiture to seize millions of dollars in cash and property they claim have been involved in criminal activity.

Accusations in a Mirror: How the Radical Right Blames Rising Political Violence on the Left

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 10:02
In early April, Congress held its first hearing on white nationalism since the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. What was supposed to be an opportunity to address the rising threat of far-right extremism was, at certain points, upended by conservatives who insisted the real threat came from the left.

SPLC Report: Corporal punishment in school disproportionately affects black students, students with disabilities

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 07:53
Corporal punishment in school may seem like a practice that has long since disappeared from U.S. public schools, but every school day there are students who are punished by being struck by an educator – proof that corporal punishment remains a painful reality in thousands of public schools.

SPLC Report: Corporal punishment in school disproportionately affects black students, students with disabilities

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 07:53
Corporal punishment in school may seem like a practice that has long since disappeared from U.S. public schools, but every school day there are students who are punished by being struck by an educator – proof that corporal punishment remains a painful reality in thousands of public schools.

SPLC Report: Corporal punishment in school disproportionately affects black students, students with disabilities

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 07:53
Corporal punishment in school may seem like a practice that has long since disappeared from U.S. public schools, but every school day there are students who are punished by being struck by an educator – proof that corporal punishment remains a painful reality in thousands of public schools.

SPLC Action Fund: Louisiana criminal justice reform bills a good start, but more work remains

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 12:27
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed two bills into law this week that will improve transparency in police activities and save taxpayer money by eliminating lengthy sentences that are not warranted.

Weekend Read: The Changing Demographics of Mass Incarceration

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 11:46
After decades of constructing a system of mass incarceration, it appears that our nation is beginning to turn the tide.

In The PPC, QAnon Conspiracy Theories and Bigotry Appear To Be A Feature, Not A Bug

A few days ago I read an article written by the amazing Caroline Orr concerning the "weaponization" hate propaganda targeting especially Muslims under the guise of a "conservative news" source:

By hiding behind the facade of a "news network," this Facebook page managed to stay active for 3 years and amassed a following of 200,000+ people — all while peddling virulent anti-Muslim hate speech and disinformation.

My latest for @NatObserver:https://t.co/TBeMdwC0fl— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) June 3, 2019

While none of this is a surprise to readers of ARC, it does highlight the concern of the growing polarization that exists in Canada and elsewhere as well as the tribalism that is resulting in the impossibility of finding common ground.

There is a temptation to cry out, "a pox on both their houses" however if one is to be honest one would have to recognize that this is a growing tendency on the right. In the past mainstream conservatives might have called out the conspiracy nutbars as William F. Buckley did the Birchers more than 50 years ago. Now it seems that too many are seeing the mob as a means to win political power.

Take for example the People's Party of Canada:

It seems that the founder and leader of the PPC has decided that promoting a QAnon conspiracy proponent is good politics:

That's @MaximeBernier, leader of a Canadian political party, sharing a video by a QAnon conspiracy theorist, in which she claims that white supremacist murderers were leftists & that Muslims are thinking up ways to destroy Canadian culture, then endorses @MaximeBernier. *perfect* https://t.co/WUdbRibGtw— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) June 7, 2019

from February https://t.co/afhzdZYmwk— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) June 6, 2019In the video that Maxime Bernier shared, 'Amazing Polly' also attacks @Your_AMPAC, saying that "their whole gig is to sit around all day dreaming of ways to undermine Canadian culture"; and thinking "how can we poke holes in Canadian culture" pic.twitter.com/r5mN7TaLZX— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) June 7, 2019'Amazing Polly' liked and pinned a comment from a fan who says that we should blame Jack Layton for the Quebec Mosque shooting pic.twitter.com/5uSnP5auxh— Michael Bueckert (@mbueckert) June 7, 2019
Here are a few of the more.... shall we say interesting Tweets made by Ms. Polly during the past 24 hours:

She also seems to think that this is perfectly okay and that the arrest of the ass clown proves Canada is a totalitarian state:

Not surprisingly, her support for free speech only goes as far as the speech she personally finds acceptable:

Yep, this is the person whom Max Bernier thinks is a "must watch."
And of course there's more.
Recently, this story about a PPC regional coordinator in BC has been making the rounds:

A former People's Party of Canada organizer claims he accidentally received a racist email from a party exec. The PPC claims it’s a forgery. It's a bizarre twist in an ongoing party feud. FULL STORY: https://t.co/Fb9xh86PV8 #cdnpoli #bcpoli— Ricochet (@ricochet_en) June 1, 2019
When the story from Ricochet came out concerning an email accidentally sent to a former member, now critic, that the executive was attempting to bar people of colour, it was hard not to believe it for reasons that I will explain soon. For a lot of people it didn't quite pass the smell test. Sure enough, evidence came out indicating that the message was fraudulent:

Important update on this story: https://t.co/mCFMfL7vAJ— Ricochet (@ricochet_en) June 2, 2019

On person suggested to me that the email may have been a plant by the PPC who immediately attacked Ricochet for their report to prove the "fake news" narrative when negative stories have been published about them, however there isn't any evidence for this speculation.

Still, one doesn't need emails to see how the PPC is copying up to the far-right:

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Louisiana law will increase transparency in public school discipline and policing

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 13:25
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill today that will help ensure schools are transparent in their student disciplinary practices and school policing programs.

SPLC sues Trump administration for detaining immigrants who cannot afford bail

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 12:25
The SPLC and its allies sued the Trump administration today for holding people in Georgia immigration prisons just because they do not have enough money to pay for bail.

SPLC statement on YouTube’s decision to remove hateful content

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:58
YouTube announced plans today to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service by removing thousands of videos and channels that advocate neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies.

SPLC helps gay Honduran man win asylum

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 11:11
Juan Carlos Herrera-Zapata knew he was gay from the time he was a little boy.

Louisiana bills would increase transparency in law enforcement and public schools

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 07:32
The Louisiana Legislature this week passed legislation that will help ensure schools are complying with federal anti-discrimination laws, and, in a separate bill focused on law enforcement agencies, create a task force that will improve collection and reporting of data on basic law enforcement activities.

SPLC to Congress: Myth of ‘white genocide’ driving white nationalist terror attacks

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 12:42
The SPLC’s Lecia Brooks testified today before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (Committee on Oversight and Reform) about the need for federal action to confront the deadly white nationalist movement. Brooks delivered the following oral remarks to the subcommittee chaired by U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, in addition to written testimony.

SPLC sues Arizona groups for harassing churches that help immigrants

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 07:15
As the immigrants stepped off a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bus to receive assistance from a local Arizona church, a woman stood on church property and began shouting “fuera” (“get out” in Spanish) and “criminals” at them.