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SPLC statement on judge’s ruling against Alabama law that forced cities to preserve Confederate monuments

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 13:23
Striking a blow to the defenders of the “Lost Cause,” a judge has struck down an Alabama law that prevented the removal of Confederate symbols from public land.  

SPLC sues Trump administration again over second approval of Kentucky Medicaid waiver scheme

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:40
The SPLC this week sued the Trump administration again for approving Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver plan a second time.

Crusader without Violence: A Q&A on the Martin Luther King Jr. biography ahead of its time

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:19
In 1960, Alabama’s state board of education ordered the firing of Dr. Lawrence D. Reddick from his post as chair of the history department at Alabama State University (then Alabama State College).

Ronny Cameron and Richard Spencer: The Thrill Is Gone

ARC hasn't published much about Ronny Cameron in some time, mainly because there hasn't been much to write about. Oh, he's still the same jackass he's always been, but he hasn't exactly been doing much. He's still putting out the occasional videos which rehash the same tired racist tropes he's been talking about for the better part of a year as well continuing to claim the title of the most important alt-right figure in Canada which, even if true, has about as much distinction as me claiming to be the mayor of the cardboard box town I created when I was six; the two other citizens of Awesomeville eventually voted me out of office due to a scandal involving an ice cream sunday bar at a sleepover.

In short Ronny, always profoundly derivative already, is really boring.

The one "big" announcement he made occurred last month when he was proud to post that he was co-hosting a podcast with the spiritual founder of the alt-right, Richard Spencer:


I made sure to include a post featuring your buddy Robert, Meir. ;)
That Spencer would deign to co-host a podcast with someone as insignificant as Cameron says far more about the decline of Spencer's fortunes than it does Cameron's significance, but it was obvious that Ronny thought this was his big break.... or something. He was so pleased to be Renfield to Spencer's Dracula that he willingly allowed himself to be completely emasculated and humiliated in his defence of Spencer:


It.... went down hill from there.

Still, later in the video Ronny said that the name calling didn't bother him because he had thick skin. On the eve of the new year crowed about the joy of being Ronny Cameron, super influencer for the alt-right!


Well that is just lovely! He is just so darn optimistic about 2019 it is almost adorable!

Yeah. If you're a long time reader, you already know where this is going:


Now Ronny wasn't entirely clear about what resulted in what is his most recent public meltdown, but at least one person commenting had an idea:


Well no, Cameron isn't Jewish, but it did soon become clear who his anger was directed towards.


It probably didn't help his mood that the person who humiliated him on the podcast chimed in as well:


I offer the remainder of the posts without commentary:








Yep. Thick skin indeed.

Ronny?

Baby?

This is dedicated to you.



New Deputy National Security Adviser Was Longtime Board Member of Anti-Muslim Hate Group

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 01/14/2019 - 10:23
Charles M. Kupperman, the newly appointed deputy national security adviser, previously served on the board of directors for the anti-Muslim hate group Center for Security Policy (CSP).

Yellow Vest Reactionaries Still Posting Their Murder Fantasies To Main Group

First, it looks perhaps like Mr. Malenfant has some explaining to do:

The Yellow Vest reactionaries are being called out for the threats to murder Trudeau (as well as members of his cabinet, Liberal MPs, NDP MPS, journalists, etc), however as noted in a recent article they continue to deny the existence of these threats even when it is easy to search for them.
Sometimes the denial of reality is damn near surreal:

First, "racism does not exist in Canada."

This is something that someone actually wrote, presumably with a straight face.
Second, nobody wants the Prime Minister dead. So all the posts demanding his execution for treason (treason as defined by this crowd as "we don't like you or agree with legitimate legislation your government has passed as well as blaming you for things out of your control and any crazy conspiracy we can think of"), lynching him, and assassinating him are all metaphorical.
Right....
Let's put that claim to the test, shall we? The last part of Austin Guy's missive is to post, "simple bullet proof statements":

I did a quick search to see what sort of "bullet proof statements" could be found on the Yellow Vests Canada group page. Here is a small sample:






 I'm not sure that the bullets these cranks are writing about are metaphorical.

Guest Article: Schism in Edmonton Reactionary Yellow Vest Protest

I admit that I haven't been following the various reactionary Yellow Vest protests in every community where they are occurring unless something jumps out at me (like the participation of former Aryan Guard member and supporter Tom Trenerry and Dara Graham respectively). So on January 5 when the Yellow Vesters arrived at Churchill Square and the Edmonton Legislature for their weekly whine, I didn't pay all that much attention other than to note that their numbers had declined.

Seems I missed something rather significant as the individuals counter protesting observed and have kindly shared with ARC. Seems that Ryan Dean is continuing to be a glorious dumpster fire:
On January 5th, there were two rallies planned for Edmonton. The first was at the Legislature and the second was at Sir Winston Churchill Square. A few days before, we became aware that Ryan Dean (Odin's Heathens/Canadian Infidels/III%/PATRIOT PRIDE CANADA WIDE) was planning a counter-protest for the Churchill Square event because of an apparent issue with Stephen Garvey and the National Citizens Alliance (NCA).We sent a small fraction of our group to scope out the Legislature rally because we had decided to focus our organizing on counter-protesting the Churchill Square rally. Some stayed a safe distance back while another group of us tried to get a bit closer to hear more clearly what was being said and to get a sense of the size of the crowd. We were immediately confronted by someone from the rally who greeted us with homophobia, misogyny, and a question about a permit. When the cops came, he claimed we were invading his space.We didn't make it much further before being met with a police line and a line of Nouns of Odin [NOTE: "Nouns of Odin" is a term I'm definitely using this in the future!]. There was probably a dozen or so rally attendees who stopped paying attention to the speeches and focused their attention on us. Three yellow vests approached us from behind, holding up anti-UN and pro-pipeline signs. When the cops told them they needed to approach the rally from the other side, the approaching yellow vests became annoyed.We stuck around for a few more minutes before deciding to leave and organize for the Churchill Square event. The Nouns of Odin/Canadian Infidels quickly declared this a victory over Antifa.
Upon arriving at Churchill Square, we were surprised at how few people were there. Stephen Garvey, someone in a yellow vest, and a handful of cops.A few more yellow vests and even more cops showed up, but the event seemed to be running very late.

Our numbers were greater and the decision was made to block the Square's Happy Wall. Garvey and Friends had changed the message on the wall to read "Broke No Jobs". While this is a fair point, it was being said insincerely by fascists for the sake of whipping their yellow vest fodder into a frenzy. The message on the wall was changed to "No Hate".
We also decided to take a different approach for this counter-protest. Someone made bingo cards containing predicted talking points and conspiracy theories. Instead of trying to drown out Stephen Garvey and the liberal cast of people he invited to speak, we let them talk so that we could hear their points in order to mark our bingo cards. We made noise too, of course, but it was much less constant than past counter-protests. Garvey engaged in some theatrics. He produced a plunger and suggested that everyone needs to become a plumber in 2019 because Canada has become a clogged toilet. He repeated the same points many times and we eventually yelled at him to wrap it up and move along because we still had some unmarked spots on our cards. A man was invited to the podium to speak. He spoke to the counter-protest and told us the communists were not going to protect LGBTQ rights. He also bragged about how many of his fellow United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters members (Local 488) he was able to bring out for the yellow vest side. He then said that the movement had become contaminated and that he could no longer take part. The man speaking then walked off with the Nouns of Odin. 
This, it turns out, was the counter-protest orchestrated by Ryan Dean. Reading the notifications on the event page reveals the problems Dean has with Garvey: 1) Garvey thinks Canada should accept more Syrian refugees; 2) Garvey has an interest in the Muslim Brotherhood which was somehow shown by him inviting a Muslim Student Association to an anti-Islam rally; and 3) the NCA has ties to a neo-Nazi. This is especially interesting since the Soldiers of Odin was founded by a neo-Nazi and the now defunct/renamed Edmonton branch has close ties to C3 in Edmonton, who Dean has called cop callers and snitches.In a post on PATRIOT PRIDE CANADA WIDE, we can see that Dean also has a problem with Garvey being a politician.
Those who have followed the trajectory of the Soldiers of Odin in Edmonton know that they are now called the Wolves of Odin/Canadian Infidels due to the founder of the Soldiers of Odin giving them the choice of politics or the Soldiers of Odin. While Tyson Hunt, the head of the Edmonton chapter, said he was choosing Soldiers of Odin over politics, other Canadian branches believed too much damage had already been done. In an interview with Vice, Hunt claimed he was happy to leave the Soldiers of Odin because he started to question that group's racism. I can't say for certain what we witnessed when the yellow vests splintered at Churchill Square, but it seems to be two neo-Nazis fighting over who will get to use the yellow vest protestors as resources to bolster their numbers.A reminder that "Huck Greg" (or "Greg Huck") is one of Ryan Dean's (convicted on domestic assault charges) more recent pseudonyms:

None of this is entirely surprising as racists are often also misanthropes in general who can't even stand each other.
We'll see where all this leads to. If past is prologue, it will probably result in further fracturing amongst the already fractured groups which will further result in more (but smaller) groups that, in turn, will also fracture.
And these people believe they are leaders of men.

For Someone Who Claims He Doesn't Support Nazis, Travis Patron Sure Does Associate With A Lot Of Nazis

In the follow-up article to an earlier article posted to ARC regarding a planned event by Travis Patron and the Canadian Nationalist "Party", it was noted that the event had been cancelled and Patron made a not-so-subtle threat directed at myself and other anti-racist activists. Now for someone who claims to be a supporter of free speech and bristles at "being silenced" it might seem a bit hypocritical that he would look forward to "permanently silencing" me and other like me. That however presumes that Patron (and other like him) actually care about freedom expression other than as a means for his own ends.

We've seen this song and dance before:


When posting the screen shot of the threat though, I initially failed to notice one of the individuals who had commented:


Tyler Chilcott is this fella:


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Reactionary Yellow Vest Protesters Feeling Heat

It has been a while since ARC has discussed the seemingly marginally employed transient Steven Myatt, and I don't plan on going into a lot of detail. He's now living in Calgary and has unsurprisingly hooked up with local extremists, including the reactionary Yellow Vest protesters. Yesterday he posted the following urgent declaration:


Scared? Well, perhaps but not exactly in the way that he might want to believe.

The Yellow Vesters have been the subject of numerous stories in the media of late focusing on the racism of much of the membership as well as the calls to violence:


Here are a few of the more tepid examples:








I could post a lot more, but I really think readers should (if they haven't already) check out Yellow Vests Canada Exposed which has been doing an incredible job of cataloging the ugliness from the various Yellow Vests Facebook groups that have sprung up in the country:

Great article by @Jamloops - the #YellowVestsCanada Have Shot Their Credibility - https://t.co/UV2geuTGou #cdnpoli— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) January 12, 2019


They certainly have the bad guys spooked:


In any case getting back to Myatt, the reaction was as one would have expected:

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SPLC releases online tool that tracks rising number of hate group flyers and banners

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 08:33
Emboldened by President Trump’s rhetoric, white supremacist groups have increased their distribution of flyers and banners in public spaces across the country, spreading racist and antisemitic propaganda and seeking to recruit new members.

Guest Article From Ottawa: “Yellow Vests” Ottawa Falling Apart Over Truck Convoy Police Talks

The Yellow Vest protests have so far attracted only a handful of people in Ottawa every Saturday and might very well be the most poorly attended in all Canada if we go by a participant-to-population ratio. As such it wouldn’t deserve too much attention, but the fact that Ottawa is set to be the goal destination of the much-anticipated truck convoy in support of the oil and gas industry made the local yellow vest organizers feel particularly important and led them to take on local logistical work. This includes opening negotiations with the police, which has turned out to be an incredible mess. Before going into this, here is a little context about the Ottawa organizers. A handful of people can be singled out as organizers, and unsurprisingly they mostly hail from the same small group of people who were involved in anti-immigration and anti-Muslim rallies over the last year. Notably, most people who were regulars at these rallies have been absent lately, including individuals who were associated to the Proud Boys, Northern Guard, Soldiers of Odin and the Christian Heritage Party. The following people have mostly taken up the slack. The camera team made up of Rick Boswick and Derek Storie were seemingly the first to jump on the yellow vest bandwagon, envisioning potential for making their anti-immigration movement more mainstream. It has been Boswick’s strategy to latch on to any movement that seems to be getting attention; for example he tried to start a “Free Tommy Ottawa” group and held a couple small rallies in support of Tommy Robinson last summer before that thing fizzled out. He latched on to the UN migration pact when that became trendy on the far-right, and now he’s wearing a yellow and can’t contain his excitement about the upcoming (?) truck convoy. His new buddy Derek Storie is also a camera guy, who accompanied him last fall when they both stayed at Kevin Johnston’s place in Mississauga to help in his mayoral campaign. 
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Weekend Read: Ask Laura

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 12:41
President Trump took to the airwaves this week to denounce people he called “illegal aliens,” thousands of whom he said were “charged or convicted of assaults, sex crimes, and violent killings.”

Weekend Read: While Pres. Trump fearmongers, Mollie Tibbetts' family opens their home to undocumented teen

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 12:41
President Trump took to the airwaves this week to denounce people he called “illegal aliens,” thousands of whom he said were “charged or convicted of assaults, sex crimes, and violent killings.”

A Problem of Epik Proportions

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 10:18
Quietly, a small domain registrar called Epik is cornering the market on websites where hate speech is thriving.

SPLC launches campaign with NAACP, other organizations to remove Confederate symbols across Georgia

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 01/10/2019 - 09:56
The SPLC joined other advocacy organizations and elected officials today in demanding change to a Georgia state law that prohibits local communities from removing Confederate monuments.

Update on White Nationalist Travis Patron's Planned Toronto Event

Yesterday ARC published a story on Travis Patron's plan to hold an event to promote the Canadian Nationalist Party:


In the article I highlighted some of Patron's and his supporters' extremist views on a variety of subjects including plans to create a paramilitary organization.

Travis appears not to have cared for the article:

Can't help noticing the not-so-subtle threat there Travis. Best not
make promised that you won't be keeping.

Welllll..... it seems that isn't ALL ARC can do.

Today, Patron posted the following on the event page:



As I've written here many times before, life comes at you hard sometimes.

Texas pastor who heads anti-LGBT hate group resigns after hiring prostitutes

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 08:37
Pastor Donnie Romero, of Fort Worth-based anti-LGBT hate group Stedfast Baptist Church, resigned from the church after admitting to “sins,” including hiring prostitutes, gambling and marijuana. Fellow anti-LGBT pastor Jonathan Shelley, with Pure Words Baptist Church in Houston, was quickly brought to Fort Worth and ordained Jan. 6 at Stedfast to replace him.

"White Nationalist" Travis Patron Trying To Book Room For Speech at University of Toronto

While ARC has been critical of the mainstream media in the past for not looking deeply enough at the ideology of the far right, it has been doing a better job of late. One journalist who I've found has been consistently good though is Stewart Bell who wrote the following concerning the reactionary Yellow Vest protesters and their calls to murder politicians, particularly Prime Minister Trudeau:

Facebook reviewing comments about killing Trudeau on Canadian ‘yellow vests’ page. https://t.co/43gBbUEqpf— Stewart Bell (@StewGlobal) January 8, 2019

It is clear that there is a toxic hatred of the political left, immigrants, refugees, FNIM, Quebecois, Muslims, Jews, people of color, homosexuals, and other groups based on a mountain of evidence gathered here and by such groups as Yellow Vests Exposed. We've also witnessed how groups such as the Soldiers/Wolves of Odin, Northern Guard, Proud Boys, and other groups as well as individuals profiled on this blog -- John Marleau, Dara Graham, Thomas Trenerry, Paul Fromm, and Joey Deluca to name a few -- are attracted to this toxicity and in many cases are using the reactionary Yellow Vests protests to promote their own bigotry.

We can add another person to that list:


I've written about Travist Patron and his Canadian Nationalist Party in the past. Much like the Islamic Party of Ontario that the right-wing is currently in a panic about, the CNP is so fringe I'm not sure that they will manage to even get the necessary signatures to become a registered political party, though this isn't to say they don't have support on the far right:


Still, they are a rather pathetic bunch who have spent a great deal of time desperately trying to be relevant:


People who have actually looked at the platform, such that it is, of the CNP view it for the joke that it is:






When he has attempted to hold meetings, they have been failures. They have either been cancelled such as this planned Toronto event that never happened....








.... turned into a farce as occurred in Winnipeg....


..... or had very few people bother to show an interest:


But don't think continual failure and humiliation is going to thwart Travis Patron, would-be fuhrer leader of the Canadian Nationalist Party:


Like the Islamic Party of Ontario, there is absolutely no danger of the Canadian Nationalist Party achieving political power. Also like the Islamic Party of Ontario however, it is worth keeping an eye on Travis Patron's vanity project since the rhetoric coming from himself, his "party", and his supporters could pose a danger to individuals and vulnerable groups influenced by his extremism.

Is Travis Patron an extremist? Well, one has to ask one's self why a person who wishes to serve in government is so secretive about his "party's" real views and membership:


Yeah.... you sort of failed there Travis.

For example, Patron et al have some pretty regressive views of the LGBTQ community that he is considering enacting:

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In Speech Tonight, Trump Won’t Talk About the Real Crisis – Asylum Seekers Being Denied Rights Under U.S. Law

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 15:13
We expect President Trump’s speech tonight to be filled with more falsehoods demonizing migrants who are seeking refuge. 

Update on Faith Goldy's Seemingly Illegal Fundraiser and Status of the Blog and the New Patreon Account

This article is all about crowd funding, beginning with Faith Goldy's attempt to raise money for her substantial legal bill. When I published on this issue, she had managed the following:


When I checked today however, she had increased that number.... well.... not by a hell of a lot:


She's going to need to sell a lot of mugs, t-shirts, and hoodies.

There is a fly in the ointment however.

The good folks at Canadaland noted last weekend that Goldy's effort to dig herself out of the financial mess that she has gotten herself into appears to be not entirely kosher (which, let's be honest, probably appeals to a significant number of her supporters.... zing!):

Faith Goldy Illegally Sells T-Shirts, Presumably to Pay Off Legal Debt https://t.co/FPL06XHT3P— CANADALAND (@CANADALAND) January 4, 2019


Since then Goldy has stopped promoting her online shop on Twitter though the shop was still up last time I checked. Still, this might be too late. I, like I'm sure many others have done, contacted both Gearbubble and more importantly Canadian Heritage (the government website) concerning Ms. Goldy's appropriation of these symbols without the government's approval.

I have now received replies.

First, Gearbubble asked that I send my information to the legal department:


It was the government's response though that should probably concern Ms. Goldy the most:


"A number of emails regarding this matter and take these types of complaints seriously... we are in the process of addressing this issue."

Goldy may have just caused herself another headache.

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ARC's observant readers have noticed by now that there is a change to the blog up at the top. Yep, I decided to create a Patreon account. I never planned to monetize the blog. In the past I've actually been offered pay for work related to the blog but refused because I felt strange about profiting from something that I did as a service.

Still, several people over the years have suggested that I create a Patreon account, stating that the work done is worth compensation. The number of those telling me this has increased over the past several months. In the end, I decided it might be worthwhile for a few reasons, two of which come immediately to mind.

  • I could pay for occasional freelance journalists. There is some really great work being done by young journalists now in the field of anti-racism, but journalism doesn't pay what it might have at one point. I sort of want to contribute to the survival of quality journalism in any way that I can.
  • I might be able to start attending conferences or meet with people who are involved in the work. I have contacts across the country now. It would be nice to meet with some of you.
In the end, whether people choose to become patrons or not, I'm still going to do the work and I really hope that people will continue to benefit from it if even in a small way. When I originally created the blog it was with the intent of keeping tabs on an especially violent hate group in Calgary. Over the years I've expanded to cover the entire country (though again my Quebec intel is still terrible) and even the occasional international story with Canadian connections. I know that journalists have used the website in their own stories including some that have made major national headlines:So even though I feel weird about the Patreon account, perhaps it can serve some good as well?
In any case, become a patron or not. I'm going to continue regardless and will always appreciate the support I've received from the readers for now more than 11 years.
Thank you.

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