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After Judge’s Ruling, Charlottesville May Be Stuck With Statues of Confederate Generals Lee, Jackson

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 12:25
A judge has ruled that a civil rights-era law forbidding the removal of “war memorials” applies to Confederate statues that became flashpoints during a deadly Virginia gathering of white nationalists and neo-Nazis.

Extremists Purge Hateful Messages After Christchurch Massacre

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 07:21
A network of far-right extremists is self-censoring, and in at least one instance mass-deleting, content from several key online communities following the devastating terror attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Lawsuit challenges massive overuse of solitary in Florida prisons

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 05/08/2019 - 07:47
Admire Harvard has spent nearly 10 years locked up in solitary confinement in the Florida prison system.  

SPLC Action Fund: Demand transparency, accountability in Louisiana schools

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 14:28
The Louisiana House Education Committee today voted unanimously in favor of House Bill 160, which would require school districts in the state to collect data on school climate and school discipline.

SPLC Action Fund: SB 108 puts bail bond industry before low-income Louisianans

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 13:53
The Louisiana House Insurance Committee today voted in favor of Senate Bill 108, which would absolve bail bond companies from having to refund as much as $6 million overcharged to approximately 50,000 New Orleans families after the commissioner of insurance found that the companies systematically overcharged people for the last 14 years.

Federal judge orders reforms to prevent suicides in Alabama prisons

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 13:19
Nearly two years after a federal judge deemed mental health care for Alabama’s prisoners “horrendously inadequate,” the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is again the subject of a scathing court order in the SPLC’s long-running Eighth Amendment case against the department.

Internet companies must act to combat white nationalist movement

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 10:24
The list of terrorists linked to a globalized white nationalist movement keeps getting longer and longer. And it will keep growing.

SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature passes unnecessary bill that would preserve vestige of shameful Jim Crow-era voting restrictions

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 06:59
The Florida Legislature on Friday passed Senate Bill 7066, a piece of legislation that is not only unnecessary but that actually contradicts the will of voters who last year approved Amendment 4, a measure that restored voting rights to people with past felony convictions who have served their sentences.

Far Right Rallies and Counter-Rallies: Montreal and Toronto

I'll be updating this as more information comes out.

Two rallies are ongoing. In Montreal members of La Meute (unofficially, of course) and other hate groups are rallying in support of the illiberal policies of the current Quebec government targeting religious minorities. In Toronto Pegida Canada is trying to march.

In Montreal Jon Milton is one of the journalists covering the event. He reports police in that city as having aggressively attacked counter-protesters as members of the far-right cheered them on:

Today is the "vague bleu" in Montreal, maybe the largest far right demonstration in Quebec in a long time. It's a demo in favour of the prov. gov't's ban on hijabs for public sector workers.

A few hundred people are assembled for a counter demo. Will post updates through the day— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
In the meantime, some context on the "vague bleu" organizers by @MontrealAntifa https://t.co/SO8dMX2VRA— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
The counter demo is moving. Chanting "tout le monde deteste les racistes," or "everybody hates racists" pic.twitter.com/UAlTxzhHdq— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
Some far right activists are already at their meetup point, an hour early. Under heavy police protection, both local and provincial police. pic.twitter.com/99ET8tO8qr— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
This cop just pointed a rubber bullet gun at my face, and threatened to shoot the people taking photos of him pic.twitter.com/g4WSnkHMt2— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
So the counter demo got close to the far right, amd the police immediately tear gassed the counter demo. Will check my video later but it all happened very fast— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
Just got chased through an alley by cops on bikes, they charged straight into a crowd of people. Also almost got hit by a riot van. Shit is chaos— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
Having been to multiple counter demonstrations as a journalist, I've never seen a police violence like this. As soon as anti-racist protesters got within shouting distance of the far right, police immediately and brutally attacked the counter protest, to cheers from the far right— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
Despite being brutally dispersed, the counter demonstration is regrouping at the original meetup point. Few hundred people here again. Not sure what's going to happen, lots of cops around.— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
The counter demonstration is right at the far right. No police dispersal happening yet.

Seeing decent III% militia presence on the far right side, including Robert Proulx, the guy in the first photo pic.twitter.com/s48FZJCT96— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
*sorry, they're calling themselves the "groupe de secruité patriotique" now, not the III%— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019
Occasionally straddlers from the far right demo accidentally walk into the counter demo, very confused. In most cases, anti-racists are just talking with them and explaining their opposition to the far right. One known far right dude who was provoking anti-racists got chased out— Jon Milton (@514jon) May 4, 2019

In Toronto I've been following some of the live videos posted by far right members on social media. Some in the crowd (and those posting in the comments section) are encouraging the far-right protesters to attack the counter-protesters. Given the police presence separating the two sides, that might be a tall order. Groups present include members of hate groups including Canadian Combat Coalition, Northern Guard, Nouns of Odin, and members of Travis Patron's Nationalist Party of Canada:

Also present are Rick Boswisk and Derek Storie fresh of their interviews
with Paul Fromm and Max Bernier; more on this in a later article.
Suffice it to say they aren't having the best of times right now:


After about an hour the Pegida and co. supporters tried to march.

They didn't get too far.


Justin Long's videos suggest the fascist supporters are having a lousy day again:


Yep, a very lousy day....


.... which includes at least one Yellow Jacket arrest:


Journalist Kosalan Kathir covered the event from the start:

Security is tight. A second cordon of police officers are to the side. 80 counter protesters compared to 30 far right protesters— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Police have complete blocked off the cross walk to prevent counter protesters from occupying both sides of the road #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/ursl5EHFG7— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Police are in here in force today including Mounted Police and I've noticed that much more police officers are carrying teasers today #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Another strange twist. A Russian parade sporting the flags of the USSR and the flag of the Russian Federation has taken the attention for a moment #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/HhnPKwMGFF— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
It might be a protest but some are still in #StarWarsDay mood #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli #MayThe4thBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/FdPBF80PWa— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Not much has happened besides tense words being thrown around but far right protesters may be prepping to march. Police have moved this Police Bus to the same side of the street. #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/XlKrkzPQdO— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Far right protesters got do a hand of an Antifacist sign and smashed it. Tense exchange continues #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/jkXOhA7JWQ— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Police have moved up. Words of a march has intensified #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/Q70N2FTOlz— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Tensions high. Threats being thrown around openly March has begun aggressive and suddenly #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/BlMb6CegjB— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
The individual decked out in camo isnsporting a III% (3 precenters) patch, a violent milita group #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/M6qEoRyUsl— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Arguments and tensions continue #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/HJQAExIqMP— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Much of the Far right protesters have been allowed out one at  a time. A few have sat down refusing to leave, while others a few with helmets and vests have moved back to the original site of the protest #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli pic.twitter.com/BrdmI5RTJX— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019

Readers won't be surprised that unemployed drifters Boswick and Storie are among the remaining petulant children who are engaging in the equivalent of holding their breath until they get their way. Video edited for length because holy HELL are they whiny!



Update more are heading to Queens Park. This is the say that won't end #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019
Counter protesters have also dispersed. Things have come to an end. #onpoli #cndpoli #torpoli— Kosalan Kathir (@kokopuff16) May 4, 2019


Anti-LGBT Hate Group Leader Steven Anderson Banned From the Netherlands and the Schengen Zone

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 14:33
The Netherlands banned Steven Anderson, pastor of Arizona anti-LGBT hate group Faithful Word Baptist Church, from the country, bringing the number of nations that bar Anderson from entry to 31.

SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature’s criminal justice reform bill is a baby step at best

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 13:27
The Florida Legislature today approved House Bill 7125 as the long-discussed criminal justice reform legislation that will be sent for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign into law.

Two Members of Rise Above Movement Plead Guilty in Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' Rioting Case

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 13:17
The leader of the antisemitic and racist Rise Above Movement and a fellow member of the group pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of conspiracy to riot.

SPLC Action Fund: Florida immigration enforcement bill dangerous, unnecessary and unconstitutional

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 08:25
The Florida Legislature this week passed Senate Bill 168, which would ban so-called “sanctuary cities.”

Weekend Read: Extremist attacks on houses of worship

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 05/03/2019 - 08:09
Last weekend was marked by another horrifying attack on a congregation. Worshippers at a synagogue in Poway, California, were celebrating the last day of Passover when a gunman, apparently influenced by online white supremacist propaganda, opened fire.

SPLC: Facebook and Instagram ban far-right and extremist figures, but still have more work to do against hateful content

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 14:13
Facebook and Instagram announced today that they have banned several far-right, antisemitic and extremist figures and organizations for being “dangerous,” a sign that they are more aggressively enforcing their hate speech policies under pressure from civil rights organizations, including the SPLC.

Teaching Tolerance report examines the rise of hate in schools

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 10:01
While disturbing incidents of hate and bias in schools are regularly reported in the news media, the incidents are just a fraction of what educators are encountering in schools across the country, a new study by the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance project finds.

Hate at School

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 05/02/2019 - 08:56
Something ugly is happening in America’s schools. And, it’s not going away.

Tim Keizer Arrested For Uttering Threats

So remember that article where we discussed a man who is clearly suffering from mental illness who wrote that he was going to arrest and, he hoped, injure the prime minister? And remember how others encouraged his delusions?

Well, it went just about as well as you would think:


In further news that shouldn't surprise anyone, Boswick, Storie, Kevin Johnston, and others familiar to readers were also there to video the encounter. Subsequent videos posted by Boswick show their group of Yellow Vest clad conspiracy theorists descend on a police station and threaten the arrest of the arresting police officers.

There will be more on Boswick and Storie in an upcoming article. 

Hate at School

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 05/01/2019 - 13:08
Something ugly is happening in America’s schools. And, it’s not going away.

Pat and Jay Rollin' Part: 2 Like the Hunger Games But Not

Pat King and Jay Riedel have been touring the country under their “Rollin With Pat & Jay” banner, hosting “town halls” in various towns in western Canada and, currently, Ontario. YVCE have largely ignored them, save for one tweetstorm of their Drayton Valley, AB town hall where a number of ridiculous claims were made:

THREAD

I noticed this today, and realized we’ve been neglecting Pat King and Jay Riedel, and their “town halls” across SK and AB (so far.) /1#YellowVestsCanada #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/BwwtLBW1dd— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) March 31, 2019


We figured they weren’t entirely worth spending much more time on. That is, until one of our Twitter followers started contacting Ontario legions, requesting they review their bookings. Legions in Arnprior, Finch, and Cornwall were canceled, and the good folks behind this campaign began receiving a barrage of messages on their social media accounts from the kids(oh we’ll get to that). So, in true YVCE fashion, we said “fuck these guys” and got busy.

CBC interviewed King and Riedel Harry and Lloyd about the cancellations, during which Riedel live streamed the entire interaction. We’ve provided a more journalistic debunking of some of the claims made in their live feed(link), however we figured we aren’t done.

Firstly, King claims that the mainstream media has failed to report on what a success the United We Roll Yellow Vest Convoy to Ottawa was. The media did report on it, extremely favourably given the circumstances (such as Northern Guard, Canadian Combat Coalition, and white nationalist symbolism being present) but I would hardly call 200 people on Parliament Hill a “success.” Beaver Tails on the Rideau have longer lineups. We were there; we know.


Secondly, Pat uses Christy, his new girlfriend that he met on the convoy who has kids of color, as a defense against being racist. Imagine in 2019 still using people of colour in your life as a defense against racism. Except they’re sharing Islamophobic and anti-Muslim memes on their Facebook, which is a more specific racism towards middle eastern, south Asian and black people.




Whether Pat is or isn’t racist is irrelevant for this point, but I find it really disgusting that he’s propping up the children of a woman that he’s only been dating for a short period of time as evidence that he isn’t racist.

In the video Pat and Jay pass a man asking for money. He claims to be a homeless veteran. Pat hugged the man and they gave him some money. Now obviously there is nothing wrong with an interaction like this, however I take issue with the fact that it was live streamed to make Harry and Lloyd look like good guys. This is exploitation, pure and simple and given Pat’s propping up of his girlfriend’s children that seems to be par for the course.

Another thing worth mentioning is the dynamic between Harry and Lloyd and their followers. Many of their followers refer to Pat and Jay as dad, and themselves as kids, which is a little weird, and almost cult-like.






Here are just a few examples but they do this all the time and it’s really creepy.

Harry and LLoyd have claimed that they are trying to create a healthy dialogue and want people to have conversations with them yet are known for blocking people that criticize them. They also want people to show up at their events for discussion, but I have to ask, what difference does that make where the conversation is had if the criticism is valid? Being in a room full of people that are hostile towards dissension is meant to intimidate, but I think the biggest reason for this is that it’s a lot harder to fact check someone in real time.



They attempted to advertise their town hall in a Facebook group called What’s Up Arnprior?, and after receiving a ton of backlash they deleted the post. Sure sounds like they’re interested in a dialog. One of the likely reasons the thread was deleted is that they were caught blatantly lying. It was mentioned that they were a part of the yellow vest movement which they denied.





If they’re so proud, why the lie? Also, why would it be a problem if they were in the yellow vest movement, if YVC aren’t racist?
One of the funniest things that Pat says in their town halls, is that the UN will turn Canada into something like the hunger games.
https://www.facebook.com/RollinWithPatandJay/videos/2354296651516854/
Around 2:34:00

Harry and Lloyd insist that they’re touring the country to spread the truth and they do their research yet when we research them it’s blatantly obvious that they don’t understand what the truth is. I truly believe Pat King is one of the biggest bullshitters in the yellow vests movement, which is a really high bar, but I stand by that assessment.

If you want a take down of their town halls (specifically Arnprior) that's is better than anything we could write, check out this opinion column from Inside Ottawa Valley. https://tinyurl.com/yyq7c6m7

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