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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.

Following SPLC investigation, Mississippi city agrees to overhaul fine and bail practices

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 08:18
The city council of Meridian, Mississippi, approved an agreement today with the SPLC that will end the city’s practice of incarcerating residents who are unable to pay fines and fees, and to stop using secured money bail in misdemeanor cases.

Resisting the new colonialisms

Institute of Race Relations News - Tue, 04/02/2019 - 06:31

The April 2019 issue of Race & Class shows how the reinvention of colonialism through the domination of digital technology and transnational flows of securitisation is being met by unique forms of resistance.

‘Today, a new form of corporate colonisation is taking place’, argues Michael Kwet, ‘Instead of the conquest of land, Big tech corporations are colonising digital technology’. Kwet, a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School, reveals in a path-breaking article, with South Africa as an example, how the US is reinventing colonialism by exerting structural control of the tech ecosystem, leading to perpetual resource extraction and US economic and cultural dominance in the global South.

And as US multinationals exercise imperial control of the digital world, flows of securitisation also travel via geopolitical relationships. Chandni Desai and Heather Sykes, faculty members at the University of Toronto, trace the flow of securitisations between Israel and Brazil, showing how Israeli companies use Gaza as a ‘lab’ to develop weapons, policing techniques and security technologies that is then sold at the Olympics to police the favelas. The way that favela communities in Rio were perceived and violently policed during the 2016 Olympics resonates with Alan MacLeod’s timely article on how western media represents Venezuelan chavista supporters (who are mainly working-class black communities) as dangerous ‘gangs’, hoards or mobs.

As Jair Bolsonaro was embraced by Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the presidential swearing-in ceremony in 2018, revealing the deepened relations between the two rightwing leaders, Desai and Sykes also highlight the ‘the unique forms of solidarity from Brazil to Palestine’, through which global struggles against the policing and militarisation of oppressed communities are being strengthened.

And actively recalling these anti-racist histories of resistance is an important political act. As Jasbinder S. Nijjar writes in his commentary on Southall, a key community of resistance in the UK, ‘out of systemic racial oppression comes political awakening, collective organising and persistent campaigning – guidelines for resisting the many forms of contemporary racism.’





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Faith Goldy Defends ID Canada After Vice Article

In discussing the murder of 50 Muslim worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand once can't help but note that the title of the murderer's fevered ranting that he generously calls a "manifesto" that the title is one that anyone familiar with the identitarian movement would be familiar with:

In addition to the myth of "white genocide" throughout the document, the murder discusses what is referred to as the "great replacement":
The great replacement (French: le grand remplacement) is a right-wing conspiracy theory, which states that the white Catholic French population, and white Christian European population at large, is being systematically replaced with non-European people, specifically Arab/Berber Middle Eastern, North African and Sub-Saharan African populations, through mass migration and demographic growth. It associates the presence of Muslims in France with potential danger and destruction of French culture and civilization. The conspiracy theory commonly apportions blame to a global and liberal elite, such as Brussels and the European Union, which is portrayed as directing a planned and deliberate plot or scheme to carry out the replacement of European peoples.While the idea appears to have originated with Renaud Camus it has been made more accessible by the hipster fascists Generation Identity and their Austrian leader Martin Sellner:

Sellner, a former overt neo-Nazi who appears to have tried to rebrand himself, and others like him have attempted to whitewash the history of white nationalism and presents Generation Identity as a non-violent civil rights group. The truth appears to be though that such claims are a rather cynical attempt to shield themselves from legal repercussions for the rhetoric that can and has resulted in real-world violence:

In short, I think they know exactly what the language they use will result in. As such it shouldn't be surprising to learn that the Christchurch murderer was also in correspondence with Sellner:

Not surprisingly, the identitarian movement is under a rather uncomfortable spotlight. Of interest to our readers, though admittedly a bit late to the game, is that there are Canadian connections to the story as two infamous white nationalists have strong connections to the identitarian ideology:

Both Lauren Southern and Faith Goldy are closely identified with identitarianism. Of the two, Southern is probably the most apparent connection in that she is a close friend of both Sellner and his fiancee Brittany Pettibone and has participated in a number of Generation Identity stunts:
Southern has also echoed the "great replacement" myth:

It seems appropriate to put this here in response:

It is interesting though that Southern has remained rather silent on this since the raid of her friend Sellner's apartment; we might speculate as to the reasons for her current reticence to say or write anything of a public defence. For that we have to go to another the other Canadian alt-right personality:

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March 30, 2019 Racist Rally in Edmonton Part II: Counter-Protester Assaulted and Soldier of Odin Member Taken Into Custody

Much like Vancouver and Toronto, it looked like the most recent Worldwide Coalition Against Islam (WCAI) event in Edmonton would yet again fail to feature anyone actually associated with the WCAI. Certainly some of the Canadian Combat Coalition members back in Ontario appeared to be rather frustrated by yet another no-show:

However while ARC initially reported that the racist rally organized by Joey Deluca of the WCAI with participation of groups such as the Soldiers of Odin, Northern Guard, and Canadian Combat Coalition failed to launch, it turns out that they were waiting until they thought there wouldn't be anyone there to spoil their fun:

Ah, there's the casual racism and threats of violence that we've come to expect from Joey. 
Later in the video, cut off because Dubois' batter died, Deluca continued his racist anti-immigrant missive referring to immigrants from developing countries as "sewage" and further dehumanizing rhetoric:

Now this sort of turns out to be rather awkward considering Deluca's association with the reactionary Yellow Vest movement in Canada and their claims to being opposed to racism and in favor of legal immigration:

Readers will also remember this video published by ARC on March 16:

ARC has written extensively about Jeff Sharpe in the past. According to our friends in Edmonton, he is currently involved in a power struggle to control the Yellow Vests in Edmonton:
It was really hard to tell with the police lines and people walking down Whyte Avenue. There may have been around 20, but that feels generous.

Les Michaelson and Jeff Sharpe are fighting for control of the yellow vests it seems, so there were a lot of confusion about location. https://t.co/wM6jIyuwLO— EdmontonAgainstFascism (@EdmontonAgainst) March 30, 2019
He was also involved in promoting the Yellow Vest event that was swamped by counter-protesters earlier today:
Well isn't it funny that Jeff Sharpe who claims that racism isn't a part of the Yellow Vest protests is present with racist Joey Deluca and the WCAI as well as the Soldiers of Odin, CCC, and Northern Guard:

International bankers eh?

Dude, aren't you even going to bother trying not to sound antisemitic?
Now, the racists, antisemites, and Islamophobes did discuss the earlier counter-rally and though they attempt to make fun of them with the tired, "mom's basement" and "they had to take mass transit" (which is something many of their supporters likely rely on in major cities so not much of an insult) it is clear they were rattled:

The remainder of the video was devoted to highlighting some of the people who attended including Win Nay, misogynist Adam Stevenson of Onward Christian Soldiers, and a few Northern Guard and Nouns of Odin, one of whom was very proud that his SoO chapter was "Finland approved" which again might be a bit problematic considering the Finnish parent club was started by an overt neo-Nazi:

With knowledge that the bigots would be returning to the legislature, anti-fascists in the city oraganized on pretty short notice and managed to counter the boneheads in numbers that were at first smaller but looked to be growing as more became aware of what was happening:
Neo-Nazis gathering at the Legislature again. #ableg— EdmontonAgainstFascism (@EdmontonAgainst) March 30, 2019
Incoming. pic.twitter.com/L3FgrxcACt— EdmontonAgainstFascism (@EdmontonAgainst) March 30, 2019
pic.twitter.com/60N55NcEMT— EdmontonAgainstFascism (@EdmontonAgainst) March 30, 2019
In the end it was more of a cameo as they spent between 15 minutes and half an hour at the legislature and left before their numbers could again be swamped by counter-protesters:
pic.twitter.com/tTANIegzEB— EdmontonAgainstFascism (@EdmontonAgainst) March 30, 2019
Nazis left. They did say they would see us tomorrow. https://t.co/5P3KAHRaXZ— EdmontonAgainstFascism (@EdmontonAgainst) March 30, 2019I'm sure that they will.
Dubois posted a video (must have found a charger) in which he speaks about how clever they are:

Now, while the boneheads were chased off, they did find time to assault some of the counter-protesters:
They did end up regrouping on Saturday and assaulted counter-protestors. Including swinging a flag pole embedded with nails. Police watched, blamed counter protestors, and then blocked counter protestors while the hate groups walked off.— (((Trevor Riel))) (@TrevorRiel) March 30, 2019
I did see two clips of members of the Northern Guard and Soldiers of Odin shouting homophobic slurs and threats at counter-protesters whom they encountered followed by the assault. There will be more on that, but though more than one bonehead was involved, only one Noun of Odin was taken into custody; I'm not sure if he was arrested or released later.

In any case, I would urge anyone who can to head to the Edmonton legislature tomorrow with the awareness that you might have to move to other locations as the boneheads try to avoid being opposed.

PRESS RELEASE: Report on counter-demonstration against Tommy Robinson & UKIP

Stand Up To Racism - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 12:08

London: Representatives from across society stand together against far-right attempts to hijack Brexit debate

View Tweets from the event including attempts by far-right to disrupt anti-racist protest here

As the Brexit stalemate continues in Westminster, anti-racists took to the streets today to warn of attempts by the racist far-right to use the crisis to spread hatred and violence. … Read the rest

Alabama Voting Rights Project helps 2,000 people cast ballots in Alabama, but many more do not know they can vote

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 09:59
Rodney Lofton had never cast a ballot before a felony conviction stripped him of his voting rights in 2015.

Solitary Confinement: Inhumane, Ineffective, and Wasteful

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 14:21
Around the world and increasingly in the United States, there’s a growing consensus that solitary confinement of incarcerated persons is, at best, an ineffective and inhumane practice with little or no carceral benefit and, at worst, outright torture.

SPLC: Conversion therapy provider continues to secretly operate nearly four years after jury finds practices unconscionable

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 09:32
The SPLC this week filed a motion asking a judge to institute contempt proceedings against JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing), now known as JIFGA (Jewish Institute for Global Awareness), for violating an injunction entered over three years ago requiring that it permanently cease all operations and completely halt all elements of its fraudulent gay-to-straight “conversion therapy” program.

Federal judge rules against Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 08:26
A federal judge this week ruled against the Trump administration’s approval of Medicaid waiver projects in Kentucky and Arkansas that include work mandates and other cuts to health coverage.

Tomorrow: London UKIP/Tommy Robinson to be opposed by leavers and remainers against racism & fascism

Stand Up To Racism - Thu, 03/28/2019 - 08:22

Thursday 28 March 2019

This Friday 29 March, UKIP and Tommy Robinson have called a ‘Make Brexit happen’ demo in Whitehall. A counter demonstration of anti-racists, trade unionists, faith groups and politicians both leave and remain will take place against them from 4-5pm on Richmond Terrace, between Whitehall and Embankment. … Read the rest

Joey Deluca of WCAI Planning Rally in Edmonton on March 29. He Should Be Prepared O Be Laughed At.... Again

Sometimes I come across information in a rather round-about way. For example years ago I found myself reading an article on Wikipedia and realized that I had forgotten how I had gotten there. I just started clicking links from the original piece I had been looking up so I had to backtrack. FYI, one can get to an Asian warlord of the 13th century by originally looking up information on an actor who starred in a 1990s medical drama in 12 clicks. 
Such is the case with this:

But lets start and the beginning which was about three weeks ago.
I hadn't been looking at posts on Stormfront in some time so I decided to see what was new. Truth be told, not much. A few of the usual suspects remain posting in the Canadian section, but for all intents and purposes it is a bit of a ghost town there. Still, one post by Bill Noble caught my attention:

I had known that George Burdi had come out as a white nationalist after close to two decades of claiming to have rejected the ideology in part due to his stint in prison. I was genuinely saddened when I learned this because a big part of the reason I do this is because of the hope that people can change. I still believe this to be true, but one has to want to change and I don't think Burdi really did despite his claims he did.
In any case, it didn't take long for Kevin "No Show" Goudreau to offer his $0.02. (incidentally, he appears to have failed to show up at a March 21 rally he claimed to have organized; I know you're as surprised as I am).
Where No Show earned his nickname.
Goudreau is a narcissistic nobody who likes to present himself as the nexus of the white nationalist movement during the past 30 years based primarily on his 4 second appearance in the documentary "Hearts of Hate" and decades later an appearance in the "National Post." And of course in his response he Goudreaus all over the place:

Goudreau was called out by someone on the forum because even some boneheads know a bullshitter when they come across one:

We also had an appearance from Tom Trenerry:

Trenerry hadn't posted on SF for at least 10 years by by count, but back when he was hanging out with the Aryan Guard/Blood & Honour he was a frequent posted using numerous usernames as he was frequently being banned for threatening other forum members. He hadn't been in ARC's sights for years until his association with the reactionary Yellow Vests protests and shacking up with Dara "Nazi Mom" Graham:

Still, it was funny to read this since not long ago Trenerry and Goudreau seemed to get along:

It goes without saying that Trenerry also isn't a fan of ARC:

However his post on SF mentioning Joey Deluca and the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam and this post on Twitter reminded me....

.... what IS Joey up to lately?
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SPLC statement on judge’s order blocking Trump administration’s Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 15:12
A federal judge today rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to require people who depend on Medicaid to work in exchange for health benefits in Kentucky and Arkansas.

SPLC reacts to Facebook policy on white nationalism

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 14:35
The internet, and social media in particular, continues to be a powerful tool used by the radical right to accelerate the spread of hate into the mainstream. 

Gab Moves to Withdraw SEC Filing Amid Growing Financial Challenges

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 12:21
Gab, best known for operating an online space where white supremacists organize, abruptly withdrew its request to sell stocks to finance the company.

James Alex Fields Jr., Who Killed Heather Heyer at 'Unite the Right,' Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 03/27/2019 - 11:21
The white supremacist sympathizer who plowed a car into a crowd and killed a woman after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to 29 federal hate crimes.