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Weekend Read: ICE’s deliberate cruelty

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 08/23/2019 - 09:37
Five days after taking office, President Trump signed “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” – an executive order calling for the hiring of thousands of new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and the use of state and local police to enforce immigration law.

Your Ward News Sentencing Update: One Down. One to Go.

As the sentencing hearing for Your Ward News editor, James Sears, and publisher, LeRoy St. Germaine, resumed this afternoon, I started taking bets with friends about whether it would drag on longer. It was clear after my last post that Paul Fromm, if no one else, maintained his enthusiasm and I felt like this case was not done yet.

My personal bet was that St. Germaine would be sentenced today and that the Sears grandstanding circus would continue.

I was completely wrong.

BREAKING NEWS James Sears of Your Ward News sentenced to one year in prison for hate. Stay tuned.— BernieFarber (@BernieFarber) August 22, 2019
In deciding that Sears could not reopen the case, Justice Blouin not only put an end to Sears' shenanigans, but also cleared his lawyer, Dean Embry, of any wrongdoing. He clearly stated that "Mr. Embry approached the case tactically and professionally. This was not incompetence or worse. This was a lawyer doing his job. It just didn't work."

In sentencing, Blouin did not mince words. He stated that “any position communicated that essentially denies that an entire half of the world's population are human beings is so outrageously reprehensible that the word ‘hate’ is starkly inadequate." He went on to explicitly make the important link between online/printed hate and extremist violence when he added, "Mr. Sears...promoted hate to a vast audience in an era where online exposure to this material inexorably leads to extremism and the potential for mass casualties."

In his Reasons for Sentence, which can be read in its entirety at the end of this piece, he concluded:

Looking at the appropriate sentence through the lens of fundamental principle of sentencing in s 718.1 (that is the gravity of the offence and the degree of responsibility of the offender), my view is that both counts should attract an 18-month jail term. Obviously, as indicated above, the procedural maximum sentence I am permitted to impose is one of six months on each count (consecutive). Accordingly, Mr. Sears will be incarcerated for one year." 
This declaration caused emotional responses from some of the fash who, according to sources, were out in force to support Sears and St. Germaine. Thanks to some great reporting from Adrian Ghobrial, we've been able to piece together some of the aftermath. First, a woman started ugly crying saying "that's not right" and ran from the room.

A woman in a blue dress, who’s obviously a James Sears supporter ran out of the courtroom crying.— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019
This woman, apparently, wasn't Sears' wife. Said wife brought their young son up to say goodbye and collected Sears' personal effects, except for one important item he decided to keep with him.

Before being led away in handcuffs, James Sears gave all his belongings to a woman he identified as his wife, who was holding James Sears son in her arms. He gave her all his belongings but repeatedly tells her that he wants to hold onto his “crucifix”— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019
From what I understand, he opted not to hug his family before being put in cuffs. As he was led away, he simply said "see you guys."

While I imagine this was a relief for many of those in attendance, I am somewhat disappointed that we will now never see the "impressive list" of expert witnesses Sears and Fromm were working on. The ironic thing is, since Sears fired his lawyer and created all this extra work for his friends and the court, he may now have to do a lot of extra work himself while he attempts to navigate the process for requesting an appeal, and possibly bail pending said appeal, which seems fitting, really.

There was one small victory for Sears, however. The Crown had requested that as part of his probation he be prohibited from writing or publishing anything for three years. Blouin agreed with Embry's assertion that that was too broad, saying that he was entitled to his free speech rights and that he was free to publish anything he wants, "even if unpopular and objectionable, as long as his words do not offend the Criminal Code." It will be interesting to see what, if anything, Sears feels inclined to publish in the future.

In the matter of LeRoy St. Germaine, Blouin indicated that since the sentencing circle option did not work out, he would need more time to prepare to for his sentencing. Court will resume August 29th for St. Germaine.

One down. One to go.


You can read the background from this sentencing circus at the following links:

James Sears, Editor of Racist, Antisemitic, and Misogynistic Rag "Your Ward News" Sentenced To One Year

More information will posted in another article but in the meantime here are a few reactions:

James Sears, who was convicted of two counts of willfully promoting through his publication, Your Ward News has had his application to have his case reopened denied by Justice Richard Blouin. @CityNews— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019

Justice Blouin says he sees no reason why Sears should serve “any less than 18 months.”— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019

For clarity, the judge said he believed that James Sears deserved 18 months but because the prosecution proceeded with a “summary conviction” James Sears will serve two consecutive six month sentences. So 12-months in jail.— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019

A woman in a blue dress, who’s obviously a James Sears supporter ran out of the courtroom crying.— Adrian Ghobrial (@CityAdrian) August 22, 2019

BREAKING: James Sears, editor of the hateful #YourWardNews publication has been sentenced to 12 months in jail after a being convicted of willful promotion of hate against Jews and women.

Statement forthcoming.— CIJA (@CIJAinfo) August 22, 2019

One year in jail for James Sears for promoting hate against women and Jews. #onpoli #cdnpoli #yourwardnews https://t.co/HLGmASMsPL— Lisa Kinsella (@lisakinsella) August 22, 2019

#BREAKING: Your Ward News editor James Sears sentenced to 1 year for promoting hate https://t.co/7rsrXKPg47— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) August 22, 2019

More information to come.

KrisAnne Hall Addresses League of the South Chapter

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 05:37
KrisAnne Hall, a self-described “constitutional attorney” who thinks states have the right to secede, recently addressed a neo-Confederate hate group whose goal is to create what the Civil War did not: a separate Southern nation.

Calendar of racism and resistance (1 – 18 August 2019)

Institute of Race Relations News - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 03:20

A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe.

ASYLUM AND MIGRATION Asylum and migrant rights

3 August: Italy grants refugee status to Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe, the Eritrean man who served three years in prison after being mistaken for an international human trafficker. (Guardian, 3 August 2019)

Universal Credit logo

5 August: Law centres and welfare advisers report a surge in cases of wrongful refusal of universal credit to EU citizens on the ground that they have no legal right to reside in the UK, leading to destitution and homelessness. Although almost all appeals succeed, resulting in back payments, the appeal process takes 40 weeks on average. (Guardian, 5 August 2019)

8 August: Visa restrictions are to be eased for top scientists, says the prime minister, to ensure the country will not lose scientific talent post-Brexit. (Guardian, 8 August 2019)

18 August: MPs and lawyers call for a review of outsourcing of immigration services after it is revealed that Home Office profits from visa fees surged to £1.6bn in the five years since it outsourced most overseas visa operations to Dubai-based VFS, a ninefold increase on the previous five years. (Independent, 18 August 2019)

18 August: Campaign group EveryDoctor says dozens of doctors from outside the EU face financial hardship, and patient care is put at risk through delays, because of the privatised visa system. The complaints mirror those received by Universities UK from thousands of students. Delays and lack of capacity at French company SopraSteria force students and doctors to pay hundreds of pounds for ‘premium’ services for document scanning and biometrics in order to submit applications in time, on top of visa fees and NHS health surcharge costs. (Guardian, 29 July, 18 August 2019)

Reception and detention

7 August: Eris Petty Stone, a 28-year-old Nigerian woman, dies in a fire at the Metaponto di Bernalda buildings in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, where hundreds of migrant workers live in precarious sanitary conditions, some for many years. (InfoMigrants, 8 August 2019)

8 August: The Court of Appeal rejects a Home Office application to hold the inquiry into abuse at Brook House detention centre in private and to allow the 21 G4S staff involved in the allegations not to give evidence. (Guardian, 8 August 2019)

15 August: Home Office data obtained by the SNP reveals over 3,000 hunger strikes of 48 hours or more in UK immigration detention centres since 2015. Campaigners say the data underestimate the numbers of hunger strikes. (Guardian, 15 August 2019)

Borders and internal controls

3 August: Nearly 40 mostly Iranian and Iraqirefugees are detained after crossing the English Channel in small boats. The Home Office says it has returned at least 50 Channel crossers to Europe.(Evening Standard, 5 August 2019)

4 August: Following negotiations by the German government, 40 migrants rescued by Sea Eye’s Alan Kurdi boat land in Malta after Italy refuses landing. (Guardian, 4 August 2019)

5 August: The Returns Network accuses Frontex and national border guards, particularly in Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary, of human rights abuses against migrants and refugees, with some border guards using nightsticks and pepper spray to subdue displaced people, and dogs to chase them through forests. (Deutsche Welle, 5 August 2019)

6 August: David Baker, a white university professor and neuroimmunology specialist, criticises border security databases, saying he has been stopped almost a hundred times at airports over seven years despite having no criminal record. (Guardian, 6 August 2019)

7 August: The UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights condemns the ‘ever more intrusive surveillance system by the UK welfare state’ in a message delivered to a Right to Work, Right to Welfare conference on the impact of surveillance on asylum seekers and benefits claimants. (Guardian, 7 August 2019)

8 August: The Open Arms rescue ship operated by NGO Proactiva Open Arms calls on the French, German and Spanish governments to intervene after nine days in international waters with 121 rescued migrants including 32 children, refused permission to land in Italy or Malta. (Guardian, 8 August 2019)

9 August: Calais Migrant Solidarity reports that a young migrant woman drowned after falling overboard a dinghy whose other occupants were rescued, off the Kent coast near Ramsgate. (Are You Syrious, 13 August 2019)

11 August: Ibiza’s mayor, Rafel Ruiz, tweets Italy’s Salvini, ‘Clean your mouth out, fascist with no soul!’ after Salvini tweets that the 120 migrants on the rescue ship Open Arms to whom he has refused boarding could be taken to the Spanish Balearic island ‘to have fun’. (Diario de Ibiza, 11 August 2019)

13 August: No Borders and Aegean Boat Report say the death by drowning of a 31-year-old man in seas just 600 metres off the Greek island of Chios was a totally preventable and needless death.  (Are You Syrious, 14 August 2019)

14 August: Super-sensitive security scanners being developed by Cardiff University scientists will detect migrants hiding in vehicles travelling at up to 100 mph, even if they are hidden inside packing crates, it is reported. (Belfast Telegraph, 14 August 2019)

Criminalising solidarity

5 August: The Italian parliament adopts ‘Security Decree B’ which will empower the authorities to confiscate rescue boats and impose fines of up to €1 million on captains landing migrants without authorisation. (The Local, 6 August 2019)

11 August: After actor Richard Gere broadcast an appeal for search and rescue NGO Proactiva Open Arms, Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini tells him to take the refugees back to Hollywood and house them himself. (Guardian, 11 August 2019)

The Libyan crisis

31 July: The BBC reports on a Somali man who committed suicide by self-immolation at the Triq al-Sikkadetention centre in Tripoli after hearing that he was not on a UN list of refugees to be evacuated. (BBC News, 31 July 2019)


11 August: Restraints including shackles, rigid-bar handcuffs and waist-restraint belts were used 447 times during deportations in the year to March 2019, with more than one form of restraint used in three-quarters of cases, despite a presumption against the use of restraints, the Guardian reveals. (Guardian, 11 August 2019)

12 August: The Suddeutsche Zeitung reports that in the first half of 2019, German federal police used shackles and other restraints during deportations more than in the whole of 2018 and more than ten times as often as in the whole of 2015 – a total of 1,289 instances of  foot or hand restraints, straps or tape during deportations, usually by plane. (Are You Syrious, 12 August 2019)


7 August: The high court refuses the father of Ashraf Islam, a British-born student who disappeared to join ISIL aged 18 in 2015, permission to judicially review the home secretary’s revocation of his citizenship. (UK Human Rights Blog, 19 August 2019)

9 August: Changes to Germany’s immigration and nationality laws come into force, making deportation easier, citizenship harder to obtain and easier to lose, and allowing for data exchange between governmental bodies for residence and asylum purposes. (AYS, ASYL, 8 August 2019)

10 August: Lawyers for Shamima Begum, who is stuck in Syria awaiting an appeal against the decision to revoke her citizenship, say the appeal is being deliberately delayed to give police time to charge her with a terrorism offence. No date has yet been fixed for the appeal, which was lodged six months ago. (Guardian, 10 August 2019)


3 August: People in the French city of Nantes take to the streets to protest police brutality and demand justice for 22-year-old Steve Maia Caniço, who disappeared after the police broke up a free techno concert in June, and whose body was later pulled from the Loire river. The protests are met with tear gas and water cannon. (Independent, 2 August 2019, Al Jazeera, 4 August 2019)

8 August: Liberty denounces as ‘shameful’ a decision by South Wales police to press on with handheld facial recognition systems even as it faces a court challenge over the technology. (Guardian, 8 August 2019)

8 August: The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigates whether the police treated the Somali refugee family of Shukri Yahya Abdi, who drowned in the River Irwell in June, ‘less favourably because of their ethnic background’.  Greater Manchester police continue to investigate her death.  (Guardian, 9 August 2019)

9 August: The Ministry of Defence apologises and launches an investigation into how two children attending a Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force summer camp in Northumberland were arrested and detained in a cell, and why their mother was not informed of their arrest. Both boys, aged 13 and 14, say they were subjected to repeated racist behaviour at the camp, and were placed in isolation before being formally arrested and handcuffed. (Guardian, 9 August 2018)

11 August: Prime minister Boris Johnson uses the Mail on Sunday to announce plans to extend jail terms, build 10,000 more prison places and give police more stop and search powers, following the plan for 20,000 extra police announced in July. Critics say random stop and search inflames tensions and none of the proposed measures reduces crime. (BBC News, 11 August 2019)

12 August: Johnson pledges £100 million extra for prison security including x-ray scanners and metal detectors. (Guardian, 12 August 2019)

12 August: Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick apologises for telling the Home Affairs Committee that the force met campaigning group Stopwatch ‘really regularly’ after the group said they had never met her and their last meeting with senior officers was three years ago. (Guardian, 12 August 2019)

15 August: The Information Commissioner launches an investigation into the owners of the Kings Cross estate, which surrounds the railway terminus and includes offices, colleges, shops and restaurants, for possible breaches of data protection laws by scanning the public with facial recognition cameras.  (Independent, 15 August 2019)

16 August: As Big Brother Watch and Liberty condemn the ‘epidemic’ of facial recognition technology, freedom of information responses show that Kent and West Midlands police, named as collaborating with the Home Office in a pilot of facial recognition technology, deny any such collaboration and are resisting the trials. (Observer, 17 August 2019)

16 August: West Midlands police say they will not implement new powers designed to lower the level of authorisation needed to carry out stop and search, currently being piloted nationwide on the orders of the home secretary, on the ground that it is unnecessary and a ‘pre-election gimmick’. (Guardian, 16 August 2019)

Knife crime and related issues

14 August: The Home Office is accused of racism after funding a scheme to send 321,000 chicken boxes with the logo #knifefree to 210 chicken shop outlets to replace the usual boxes, legitimising the ‘age old trope’ that black people love fried chicken.  (Guardian, 14 August 2019)


 3 August: Twenty-four supporters of the jailed Tommy Robinson, as well as anti-fascist counter-protesters, are arrested after congregating in Oxford Circus and attempting to march on Downing Street, in breach of conditions imposed under the Public Order Act. Police draw batons outside the BBC headquarters as pro-Robinson supporters move against anti-fascist counter demonstrators. (Guardian, 3, 4 August 2019)

3 August: After 26 people are shot dead and a further 26 are wounded at El Paso, Texas, Latino Rebels posts the alleged killer’s manifesto, which acknowledges and builds on the Grand Replacement theory of French New Right author Renaud Camus. (Latino Rebels, 3 August 2019)

5 August: Düsseldorf police intervene at the Rheinbad open-air swimming pool after fifty far-right sympathisers from the Bruderschaft Deutschland (Brotherhood Germany), attempting to stage a protest against migration, are denied admission. The fascists moved to the pool after attempting to disrupt the vigil at Düsseldorf’s main train station for an 8-year-old boy who died after being pushed under a train (see electoral politics below). (The Local, 5 August 2019)

5 August: Following the shooting dead of twenty people by a white supremacist at El Paso, Texas, the far-right web-forum 8chan, where the killer spread his manifesto, is forced offline after losing its cyber-security protection provided by Cloudflare. The security firm BitMitigate, which claims to have ‘a proven commitment to liberty’ and stepped in to help the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer when it lost its Cloudfare protection in 2017, is tipped to take over as the new administrator. (BBC News, 5 August 2019)

7 August: Fabrizio Piscitelli, known as Diabolik, former boss of football club Lazio’s far-right ultras, the Irriducibili, is shot dead in a Rome park. (Guardian, 8 August 2019)

8 August: The BBC broadcasts an in-depth report on serious neo-nazi violence, including arson, in Berlin’s Neukölln district where a series of far-right attacks on politicians, bookshops, arts venues and ordinary citizens has gone unprosecuted by police. (BBC, 8 August 2019).

8 August: London Metropolitan University says it is reviewing policies for private hire after a book event at its Holloway Road campus was cancelled at the last moment, following the discovery that the hosts, Vortex Londinium, are an offshoot of the Italian far-right group Casapound. (Islington Gazette, 8 August 2019)

10 August: Online postings express admiration for the massacre at two New Zealand mosques by a far-right activist, shortly before their 21-year-old author allegedly enters an Oslo mosque with several guns and shoots at worshippers before being disarmed. (Guardian, 12 August 2019)

10 August:  Anti-fascists demonstrate in Lisbon, heavily outnumbering delegates from European  far-right groups attending a conference organised by Portugal’s Nova Ordem Social and addressed by its leader Mario Machado,  who spent a decade behind bars for multiple crimes.  (Reuters, 10 August 2019)


15 August: The trial of Nizar Trabelzi in the United States is suspended after a Brussels appeal court rules that it would breach international human rights law to try Trabelzi for an attempted suicide attack on a US military base in Belgium, for which he was convicted in 2004 and served a sentence in Belgium before his extradition to the US in 2013. (Supermax, 16 August 2019)


10 August: Richard Braine is elected to succeed Gerard Batten as leader of UKIP. During the leadership race he argued that some UK towns and cities were no-go areas for non-Muslims. (Guardian, 14 August 2019)


1 August: On the eve of Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day, Matteo Salvini tweets ‘dirty Gypsy, the bulldozer is coming’ in response to a Roma woman saying he deserved ‘a bullet in the head’ for his anti-Roma policies. (Independent, 3 August 2019)


 5 August: The western Swedish town of Eskilstuna introduces an official  begging permit costing SEK250 (£21), which the Stads mission charity says will increase opportunities for exploitation, particularly of the Roma, with criminal gangs paying for people’s permit applications and then demanding extortionate repayments. (Guardian, 5 August 2019)

10 August: Chagossian families with young children in Crawley are ‘dumped’ in unsafe or inappropriate accommodation for years, with one nearly three-year-old child ‘temporarily’ housed in a hotel with alcoholics and drug addicts since birth, the Observer reports. (Observer, 10 August 2019)

13 August: Residents of Treves House and Lister House celebrate victory against social cleansing as Tower Hamlets council reverses its decision to demolish the Whitechapel tower blocks and build private housing after a two-year campaign. (Guardian, 14 August 2019)

14 August: A fire risk assessment obtained by Inside Housing on a block of flats in Hortensia Road, Kensington and Chelsea, where Grenfell Tower survivors have been rehoused, shows a high risk of fire. (Inside Housing, 15 August 2019)


11 August: New National Union of Students president Zamzam Ibrahim calls for the Prevent programme to be scrapped in universities, which should do more to tackle racism on campus. (Guardian, 11 August 2019)


7 August: The USB agricultural workers’ union in Metaponto, southern Italy, reports that a 28–year-old  female migrant agricultural worker, named only as Petty, died in a fire in a makeshift camp in a former industrial area  of Felandina, where 500 people live without water or electricity in deplorable conditions compounded by institutional indifference. (Are You Syrious, 7 August 2019)


1 August: The FA fines Milwall FC £10,000 and orders it to implement an action plan against racist chanting, after complaints at its FA cup match against Everton last season. (Guardian, 1 August 2019)

1 August: German football club Babelsberg announces that next season the team’s jersey will carry the logo of Seebrücke (Sea-bridge). The club, which is based in Potsdam, near Berlin, says it wants ‘to support Seebrücke’s political engagement for the right to flee and against the criminalisation of civilian sea rescue’. (The Hour, 1 August 2019)

1 August: Khadijah Mellah, an 18-year-old from Peckham, becomes the first jockey to ride in a race in Britain wearing a hijab, also making history by riding the winner at the Magnolia charity cup in Goodwood. (Guardian, 1 August 2019)

5 August: Daniel Frahn, captain of German league team Chemnitzer FC, is sacked following his decision, when injured, not to watch a fixture from the bench but to sit with leading members of a far-right hooligan group. (Politico.eu, 5 August 2019)

5 August:  Kick It Out calls on the Football Association and clubs to take action after  ‘disgraceful’ incidents of racist abuse against  Southend, Stoke City and Barnsley players  which marred the opening weekend of the season. The sister of Fulham player Cyrus Christie was also subjected to violence and racist abuse from fans, it claims. (Guardian, 5 August 2019)

6 August: Nottingham Forest FC denounces racist social media messages sent to Derby County player Duane Holmes by someone claiming to be a Forest fan, and bars the suspect from matches, as police investigate. (Guardian, 6 August 2019)

7 August: Following an outcry from fans and former players, Clemens Tönnies, the billionaire chairman of the German league club Schalke, temporarily steps down after saying that more power stations should be built in Africa, ‘then Africans would stop felling trees and producing children when it gets dark’.  The club says the comments were discriminatory, but not racist. (Guardian, 7 August 2019)

14 August: Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is subjected to online racist abuse after missing a penalty in a Super Cup match against Liverpool. He vows to ‘silence the haters’. (Sky Sports, 19 August 2019)

15 August: Queens Park Rangers FC reacts angrily to claims by the Spanish club AD Nervión that the racist abuse suffered by one of its players in an under-18 friendly fixture in Seville was caused by the player acting unprofessionally. QPR withdrew its team from the fixture after players complained of being subjected to monkey noises and racist abuse from the Seville-based team. (Guardian, 15 August 2019)


 1 August: Dutch police and transport companies signal that they are unwilling to enforce the Partial Ban on Face-Covering Clothing Act (otherwise known as the burqa ban). Police are uncomfortable with the idea that veiled women may be deterred by the law from entering police stations, and transport companies say staff will not take on an enforcement role. (Guardian,1 August 2019)

13 August: Twenty-three signatories prominent in academia, law, politics and the arts sign a letter saying Tower Hamlets’ ban on a charity bike ride for Palestinian children, fearing accusations of anti-Semitism under the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition, bears out fears of bodies such as IRR that freedom of expression on Palestine is being suppressed. (Guardian, 13 August 2019)

14 August: After Citizens Advice BAME Network criticises an internal training document  as perpetuating racist stereotypes, it is taken off the organisation’s website and an investigation launched. The document lists ‘common traits’ allegedly found within BAME communities,  including a distrust of British authorities,  gender bias and discrimination and a cultural focus on honour and shame. (Guardian, 14 August 2019)

15 August: A report by the Runnymede Trust and Leeds University, Class, Race and Inequality in Northern Towns, warns that an obsession with the ‘white working class’ ignores deep racial and ethnic inequalities in the north of England and warps policy. Read the report here. (Guardian, 15 August 2019)


 11 August: As bullfighting returns to Mallorca after the supreme court overturned a ban, Jorge Campos, leader of the far-right Vox party, arrives draped in a Spanish flag, as the arena’s sound system plays the fascist anthem Cara al Sol. (Guardian, 11 August 2019)

11 August: London mayor Sadiq Khan backs proposals in a Fabian Society report, Capital Gains, for a slavery museum in the city to address Britain’s role in the slave trade. (Guardian, 11 August 2019)


1 August: A new report from the Community Security Trust records 892 anti-Semitic incidents, more of a third of which involved social media, and says it is the third year in a row that reports of anti-Semitic incidents have risen. (Guardian, 1 August 2019)

1 August: A 15-year-old girl wearing traditional Pakistani clothing is shot in the face with an airgun pellet as she plays with her younger siblings in a Ballymena park, and her kitchen window is shot at, in what police are treating as racist attacks. (Belfast Telegraph, 2 August 2019)

8 August: Northumbria police, Sunderland and South Tyneside councils recruit ‘hate crime champions’ to educate local communities to stop hate crimes and to help victims. (Sunderland Echo, 9 August 2019)

8 August: A 49-year-old Spanish woman, originally from the Dominican Republic, is racially abused on a bus in Madrid, spat on, hit and told to ‘go back to your country’. (El Pais, 8 August 2019)

10 August: Philip Manshaus, a 21-year-old Norwegian man with far-right opinions, is overpowered by a worshipper as he opens fire at the al-Noor Islamic centre Bærum, Oslo, injuring one man. He is charged with planning a terrorist attack as well as the murder of his step- sister whose body was discovered at his address. (Guardian, 12 August 2019).

12 August: Windows are smashed at the home of a Syrian family in Armagh which had racist graffiti daubed on it two days before. Local politicians express shock and disgust. (Belfast Telegraph, 13 August 2019)

13 August: Newham Council announces a project whereby victims of racist crimes can report them at twelve local sites including mosques. (Newham Recorder, 13 August 2019)

14 August: A 27-year-old man is sentenced to a hate crime awareness programme, community work and compensation for racially aggravated threatening behaviour in Hull. (Hull Live, 14 August 2019)

14 August: Berlin police investigate after a 55-year-old Jewish man is pushed to the ground in what is being treated as an anti-Semitic attack. (Haaretz, 14 August 2019)

15 August: An expenditure review on direct provision accommodation, carried out by the Irish justice department, concludes that arson attacks on such accommodation may be putting off  owners in the hotel and guest house sector whose properties are urgently needed to house asylum seekers. (Irish Times, 15 August 2019)

Calendar of racism and resistance (17- 31st July 2019)

Institute of Race Relations News - Thu, 08/22/2019 - 03:19

A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe.

ASYLUM AND MIGRATION Asylum and migrant rights

22 July: Channel 4’s Dispatches exposes the ‘golden visa’ programme, revealing how easy it is for those with £2 million to obtain settlement in the UK with investor visas using criminally obtained funds. (Channel 4 press release, 22 July 2019)

22 July: The Ministry of Justice publishes regulations restoring legal aid for unaccompanied child migrants, a year after announcing legal aid would be restored for this group. (Free Movement, 25 July 2019)

30 July: Over 38 migrant support groups sign an open letter to the new home secretary calling for a fairer and less punitive immigration and asylum system. (JCWI, 30 July 2019)

31 July: Young migrants’ group Let us Learn issues a report, Normality is a luxury, on how rule changes and huge rises in fees for immigration and citizenship applications have forced young people into destitution. Read the report here. (Guardian, 31 July 2019)

Reception and detention

16 July: The Court of Appeal rules that the Home Office is still discriminating against immigration detainees with mental health problems and had done nothing to remedy breaches of the Equality Act 17 months after an earlier ruling. (Free Movement, 18 July 2019)

20 July: La Cimade announces that it will no longer provide support at the Mesnil-Amelot detention centre, the largest in France,  pointing to several suicide attempts in recent days and saying its workers can no longer cope with working in an environment where people’s mental health problems are not properly assessed. (La Croix, 20 July 2019).

22 July: The National Audit Office reports that G4S made a gross profit of £14.3 million on its six-year contract to run Brook House detention centre near Gatwick airport for the Home Office, which failed to classify as contractual breaches, or to penalise, 84 incidents of physical and verbal abuse identified in a September 2017 Panorama exposé. (Guardian, 22 July 2019)

29 July: After the Labour Exploitation Advisory Group reports that the Home Office illegally detains hundreds of modern slavery survivors, several groups including Anti-Slavery International, Focus on Labour Exploitation (Flex) and Bail for Immigration Detainees form a taskforce to end the detention of survivors of modern slavery. (Independent, 29 July 2019)

Borders and internal controls

17 July: A joint investigation by the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on Africa, on Malawi and diaspora, and on development and migration finds a ‘broken’ visa system and an ‘insulting’ level of visit visa refusals for Africans, which is doing ‘severe damage’ to UK-African relations. (Guardian, 17 July 2019)

17 July: Local authorities refuse to share personal data of rough sleepers with the Home Office after revelations that its Rough Sleeping Support Service uses such data, passed on from homelessness charities, to deport them. (Guardian, 17 July 2019)

22 July: MSF resumes its search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean after 9 months, citing the ‘criminal inaction of European governments’ and the worsening situation in Libya as reasons for its return. (MSF, 22 July 2019)

22 July: French president Macron announces the agreement between 14 EU countries of a ‘solidarity mechanism’ that will allocate migrants and refugees throughout the bloc. Italy did not take part in the meeting and said that the decision had been ‘solely taken in Paris and Berlin’. (Al Jazeera, 22 July 2019)

24 July: Six Turkish asylum seekers are detained by Turkish police, five of whom are later arrested, after an illegal push-back from Greece by Greek police. (Turkish Minute, 25 July 2019)

25 July: An estimated 150 migrants drown in a shipwreck north of Libya. With no coordinated search and rescue in the Mediterranean, the UN says the journey from Libya is becoming more dangerous, with one in four migrants dying at sea. (Guardian, 25 July 2019)

26 July: Italy’s interior minister blocks entry to the Sicilian port of Augusta for the Bruno Gregoretti, an Italian coastguard ship carrying 140 rescued migrants. (Deutsche Welle in English, 27 July 2019)

Criminalising solidarity

21 July: Evangelical pastor Marlies Gampert and her partner Ulrich Gampert are convicted and fined €4,000 for providing refuge to Reza Jafari, a 22-year old Afghan refugee, in their church, in Bavaria Germany, for over a year, to prevent his deportation back to Afghanistan. (Pressenza, 27 July 2019)

25 July: The European Commission takes Hungary to the European Court of Justice for laws criminalising legal assistance to asylum seekers, and issues a formal notice in respect of the non-provision of food to detainees in Hungary’s transit zones. (European Commission press release, 25 July 2019)

The Libyan crisis

31 July: The BBC reports on a Somali man who committed suicide by self-immolation at the Triq al-Sikkadetention centre in Tripoli after hearing that he was not on a UN list of refugees to be evacuated. (BBC News, 31 July 2019)


18 July: The Court of Appeal rules that a foreign offender with six UK-born children, who won a deportation appeal seven years ago, can be deported despite committing no further offences, since the law has become tougher since the original decision. (Free Movement, 24 July 2019)

© Ben Smoke

29 July: Activists from Reclaim the Power, a network fighting for social, economic and environmental justice, blockade the Hallmark Connect coach depot by Heathrow airport, demonstrating the company’s involvement in the transportation of detainees for charter flight deportations. (Vice, 29 July 2019)

30 July: A Freedom of Information request by No Deportations reveals that the Home Office spent £268,000 on deportation charter flights during a period from April to June when no flights took off because of a high court injunction. (Guardian, 30 July 2019)


16 July: As the boy who fatally stabbed 17-year-old Yousef Makki is acquitted of murder and manslaughter at Manchester crown court, Yousef’s sister says the family were treated like criminals while the defendant’s white, middle-class family was given priority seating. (Guardian, 16 July 2019)

18 July: Camden’s chief police officer defends the use of stop and search in the borough as new figures show its use there doubled from March 2018 to March 2019, with fewer than a quarter of stops resulting in further action. (Camden New Journal, 18 July 2019)

18 July: The family of 25-year-old Nuno Cardoso, who died in November 2017 of cardio-respiratory arrest due to combined drug intoxication following arrest by Thames Valley Police, express disappointment after an inquest returns an uncritical narrative verdict. INQUEST says that in too many cases involving black and minority groups police suspect those arrested of feigning illness and therefore respond too late in medical emergencies. (INQUEST media report, 18 July 2019)

25 July: Ministry of Justice figures show record levels of self-harm and assaults in prisons in England and Wales, with incidents of self-harm jumping by a quarter to nearly 58,000 in the year to March. (Guardian, 25 July 2019)


31 July: The Home Affairs Committee publishes its inquiry into serious youth violence following the publication of the Government’s Serious Violence Strategy in April 2018, highlighting the ineffectiveness of the current approach to combating knife crime, gun crime and homicide. (Guardian, 31 July 2019)


19 July: Birmingham Crown Court jails Daniel Ward for three years for membership of the banned neo-nazi organisation National Action. Weapons were found at the home of Ward, who had briefly served in the army. (BBC News, 19 July 2019)

20 July: Thousands of anti-fascists protest in Kassel, Germany, where pro-migrant politician Walter Lübcke was recently assassinated, after the neo-nazi Die Rechte announce a protest against the ‘disgusting’ way the media have used the killing to present the far Right as extremists. (Deutsche Welle in English, 20 July 2019)

20 July: Around 4,000 far-right and ultra-nationalist football hooligans throw flash bombs, rocks and glasses as they attempt to block Poland’s first-ever Pride LGBTQ equality march in Bialystok, in the conservative region of Podlasie, eastern Poland. Anonymous leaflets say the streets will be ‘contaminated with LGBT bacteria’. (CNN, 21 July 2019)

22 July: Far-right self-styled ‘yellow vest’ James Goddard receives an eight-week suspended prison sentence after he pleads guilty to calling Remain MP Anna Soubry a Nazi and a racially aggravated public order offence against a police officer. (Daily Mirror, 22 July 2019)

28 July: The hashtag #IchbinAntifa (‘I am Antifa’) takes the number one spot on Twitter’s trending list in Germany after US President Donald Trump threatens to label Antifa a terrorist group and labelled anti-fascists ‘gutless radical left wack jobs’. AfD express support for Trump and calls for similar measures in Germany.  (Deutsche Welle in English, 28 July 2019)

29 July: The military and paramilitary in France are increasingly voting for Marie Le Pen’s far-Right National Rally, according to a new report by the Jean Jaurès Foundation. The first recommendation of a parliamentary inquiry into the far Right is for greater surveillance of current and former military personnel implicated in far-right groups. (Irish Times, 29 July 2019)

30 July: Police raids take place in four German states as part of an investigation into the violent far-right group ‘Storm Brigade’. (Associated Press, 30 July 2019)

30 July: National Action member Jack Renshaw gives a Nazi salute at the Old Bailey as he is jailed for life for plotting to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper with a machete and threatening to kill a police officer, in revenge for a child abuse probe against him. (Easton Contributor, 30 July 2019)


19 July: In a speech at the Coin Street Community Centre, London, entitled Confronting Extremism Together, home secretary Sajid Javid says Nigel Farage is not an extremist, warns that he may block some businesses and organisations from sponsoring migrant workers, and says that he will target groups that do not adhere to British values and portray the government as anti-Muslim, such as Cage and the anti-Islamophobia organisation Mend. (Guardian, 20 July 2019, Gov.UK, 19 July 2019)

22 July: Research by the Electoral Commission on the impact of a trial requiring voters to show ID finds evidence to support concerns that the scheme would discriminate against BAME and Gypsy and Traveller communities. (Guardian, 22 July 2019)

22 July: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn unveils plans for tougher rules to deal with anti-Semitic conduct among members, as figures on disciplinary cases revealed by the general secretary show that over half the complaints received were against people who were not current members. (Guardian, 22 July 2019)

23 July: Sir Roger Scruton, previously sacked as chair of a government housing commission over allegations of racist language, is reappointed co-chair by communities secretary James Brokenshire.  (Guardian, 23 July 2019)

23 July: Munira Mirza, author of Living Apart Together: British Muslims and the Paradox of Multiculturalism, who has previously argued for the abolition of racial disparities audits for public services, is appointed to head No 10’s policy unit. (Guardian, 23 July 2019)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office via Wiki commons

24 July: Far-right leaders across the world, from president Jair Bolsanaro of Brazil to Pauline Hanson, leader of One Nation in Australia, the leaders of Alternative for Germany and The League in Italy, welcome the appointment of Boris Johnson as British prime minister. (Guardian, 24 July 2019)

25 July: Liberty expresses ‘extreme concern’ about the human rights implications of the appointment of Priti Patel as the new home secretary. Patel has in the past voted for a stricter asylum system, stronger enforcement of immigration rules and against a ban on the immigration detention of pregnant women. She has previously expressed support for the return of the death penalty, although she later retracted this. (Guardian, 25 July 2019).

26 July: It emerges that in 2016 Chloe Westley, the head of Boris Johnson’s social media team who has moved to No. 10 from the Taxpayers’ Alliance, tweeted in support of the far-right anti-Islam politician Anne Marie Waters, who has close links with Tommy Robinson. (Guardian, 26 July 2019)

29 July: New PM Boris Johnson faces calls to honour his commitment to an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative party, made during a Tory leadership campaign TV debate. (Guardian, 29 July 2019)

31 July: Liverpool’s lord mayor Peter Brennan is stripped of his ceremonial position and referred to the Labour party after he shared a racist video in a private WhatsApp group. (Guardian, 31 July 2019)


16 July: Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini orders regional prefects to draw up a report on the country’s Roma, Sinti and Caminanti population with a view to ‘verify the presence of illegal camps to draw up an eviction plan’. (The Globe Post, 16 July 2019)

22 July:  Italian gay organisations call for the resignation of Giuseppe Cannata, vice-president of Vercilli city council, after he writes on Facebook ‘kill all these lesbians, gays and paedophiles’. The Brothers of Italy (Fdl) distances itself from Cannata, who was elected three months ago as an independent, though backed by Fdl. (Ansa.it, 22 July 2019)

25 July: The far-right Vlaams Belang politician Tom Van Grieken is appointed as the Belgian government’s representative on the Council of Europe. (newsmonkey.be,  25 July 2019)

31 July: Alternative for Germany is accused of exploiting the death of an eight-year-old boy who died after being pushed, alongside his mother, under a moving train in Frankfurt. They tweet: ‘How many citizens have to be offered up on the altar of this welcome culture which knows no bounds?’ Members of the far Right attempt to demonstrate at a remembrance event organised by the railway’s religious mission. (Guardian, 31 July 2019)


18 July: The European Commission announces an ‘EU-wide rule-of-law mechanism’ that means in future all EU nations will be subjected to annual monitoring. (Guardian, 18 July 2019)


23 July: The home secretary announces that in future, for the first time, far-right extremism is to be included in official terror warnings. The change has been recommended by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre after an operational review. (Independent, 24 July 2019)


Daniel Renwick

18 July: The House of Commons housing, communities and local government committee warns that safety reforms following the Grenfell Tower disaster are too slow and are putting lives at risk. Potentially dangerous cladding from hundreds of housing blocks has not been removed and the government has taken 23 months to publish proposals for consultation. (Guardian, 18 July 2019)

20 July: As part of the London Plan for developers and local authorities, the Greater London Authority bans segregated play spaces in all future housing developments where there are a mix of tenures in the capital. (Guardian, 20 July 2019)

26 July: Security firm Serco, contracted to provide asylum housing in Scotland, has begun changing locks in Glasgow to evict asylum seekers, it is revealed. Courts have granted 37 injunctions to prevent evictions. (Guardian, 26 July 2019)

27 July: British passport holders who settled in the UK after being evicted from the Chagos Islands in the late 1960s report being told to ‘go home’ to the Seychelles or Mauritius when they seek assistance with housing from their local council in Crawley, west Sussex, which has offered to pay for their flights rather than rehouse them. (Observer, 28 July 2019)


23 July: A taxi firm in Port Talbot, Wales looking for new drivers, posts on Facebook that ‘we do not want Pakistanis’. After a public outcry, Cardy Cabs blames customers’ preferences for ‘white, British drivers’. (Wales Online,  23 July 2019)

31 July: Burger King staff in Barcelona win the right to wear beards following a ruling by the regional government’s labour inspection committee that the ban violated workers’ constitutional rights. (Guardian, 31 July 2019)


29 July: Anti-racists end their 137-day occupation of Goldsmiths college, University of London, saying they had ‘won extensive demands to combat institutional racism at the university’. (Guardian, 29 July 2019)

29 July: The Education Policy Institute warns that while the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their wealthier classmates has widened, pupils from a black Caribbean background have slipped a further 2.2 months behind their white peers since 2011. (Guardian, 29 July 2019)

29 July: Department for Education figures reveal a rise in suspensions and expulsions from schools in Derby in 2018, reflecting a national trend. Most exclusions are for ‘persistent disruptive behaviour’, but a record number in Derby were for physical attacks and racist abuse. (Derby Telegraph, 29 July 2019)


19 July: An inquest finds that neglect and serious failures by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust contributed to the suicide in March 2018 of 27-year-old Kenan Canalp and that the staff’s preoccupation with his potential risk of violence led to lesser consideration of his suicide risk. (Inquest media release, 19 July 2019)

27 July: Over £3.5 million of EU funding for the most deprived children has gone unspent by the government and risks being reclaimed, according to a House of Lords EU subcommittee which says over £500,000 has already been returned unspent. (BBC News, 27 July 2019)

29 July: The Social Metrics Commission finds that of 14.3 million people in the UK living in poverty, 4 million experience deep poverty, meaning their income is at least 50 percent below the official breadline. Extreme poverty (destitution) is experienced by an estimated 1.5 million people as a result of benefit cuts and high rents. (Guardian, 29 July 2019)


22 July: China’s state-run press agency accuses Manchester City of arrogance and disrespect towards Chinese local media and supporters after the club’s appearance at the Asia Trophy the previous week. (Guardian, 22 July 2019)

22 July: UEFA orders the national Bulgarian side to play their next two home Euro 2020 qualifying matches in a partially-closed stadium because of the racist behaviour of their supporters during qualifiers against Kosovo and the Czech Republic. (Inside World Football, 22 July 2019)

28 July: New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard tells Chelsea fans to drop a chant celebrating his footballing exploits but also containing an offensive reference to Travellers. (Guardian, 28 July 2019)

29 July: The Rugby Football League (RFL) promises an investigation after sports and news reporter Arif Ahmed tweets about racist abuse from Hull and Halifax fans at the Challenge Cup semi-final, which he says is a regular occurrence. (Serious about Rugby League, 29 July 2019)

30 July: Campaigning group Kick It Out praises Chelsea football club for imposing a lifetime ban on a fan who racially abused Raheem Sterling last season. The club imposed bans of 12 months to two years on supporters involved in other incidents in the same match. (Talksport, Kick It Out, 30 July 2019)

31 July: Sheffield Wednesday’s Fernando Forestieri is given a six-match ban by the Football Association (FA) for racist language. (BBC News, 31 July 2019)


23 July: After the Bild newspaper reports that two Leipzig day centres have taken pork off the daily menu out of consideration for two Muslim children, police, fearful of ‘possible dangers’, station patrol cars outside the centre. The hashtag Schweinefleisch (pork) takes the number one trending spot on Twitter and Alternative for Germany describes the move as  ‘cultural subjugation’. Such is the outcry that the director puts the plan on hold. (Deutsche Welle in English, 23 July 2019)

29 July: The ‘overwhelming whiteness’ of the Edinburgh fringe festival deters artists and visitors, according to Fringe of Colour founder Jessica Brough, whose campaign has persuaded several venues featuring BAME performers to give out free tickets to local BAME young people. (Guardian, 29 July 2019)

30 July: The activist group Soup du Jour criticises the organisers of the Space is the Place exhibition in Berlin – inspired, in part, by Afrofuturism – for not including a single black artist in the line-up and only one artist of colour.  (Guardian, 30 July 2019)

31 July: The BBC Radio 4 Today programme is criticised for interviewing Donald Trump’s former advisor Steve Bannon and not sufficiently challenging his far-right views. (Independent, 31 July 2019)


 18 July: Camden’s borough police commander, Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli, reveals that he and his family have suffered three ‘hate crimes’ this year. (Camden New Journal, 23 July 2019)

19 July: Former Liverpool player John Durnin is convicted of racially aggravated assault and given a six-month suspended sentence and a community service order, for racially abusing 74-year-old pensioner RajkumarBhalla, grabbing him by the neck and punching him in August 2018.  (Click Liverpool, 19 July 2019)

19 July: A 35-year-old woman is given a 12-month community order after pleading guilty to racially aggravated harassment at a supermarket in Burnley, Lancashire, in an incident in which she called a heavily pregnant shopper a ‘p*** immigrant’ and shouted ‘I’m going to kick the baby out of you’. (Daily Mirror, 19 July 2019)

23 July: As new figures reveal an increase in hate crimes to nearly 8,000 in West Yorkshire, and that racist crimes constituted two-thirds of the 2,900 hate crimes recorded by South Yorkshire police in 2018, Leeds-based charity Stop Hate UK launches a 24-hour helpline for young people under 18, Call Hate Out. (Yorkshire Post, 23 July 2019)

23 July: Scunthorpe-based screen actor NajModak reveals that he was subjected to racist abuse three times in three weeks last July. (Yorkshire Post, 23 July 2019)

23 July: A 30-year-old Carlisle man pleads guilty to racially or religiously aggravated assault for an attack on a mother eating with her children in McDonald’s, in which he racially abused and spat on her. He receives a community order and must pay compensation. (Cumberland News and Star, 26 July 2019)

24 July: Hundreds gather to protest racist violence after an Eritrean man is shot in the stomach in Wächtersbach, north-east Frankfurt. Police say he was targeted ‘completely at random and purely because of his skin colour’. The body of the man believed to be the gunman was later found in a car with a bullet wound to his head. (BBC News, 24 July 2019, Al Jazeera, 4 August 2019)

24 July: Police statistics reveal that racist crimes have increased in Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley. (News Shopper, 24 July 2019)

24 July: A 37-year-old man is taken to hospital with a head injury after a racist attack by three men in the Lowerhouses area of Huddersfield, west Yorkshire. (Examiner Live, 24 July 2019)

24 July: Following a number of recent bomb scares at German mosques, the Coordination Council of Muslims call for better police protection.In July alone, bomb threats have been made against mosques in the cities of Iserlohn, Villingen-Schwenningen and Munich, along with Cologne’s Central Mosque, with similar threats made at  mosques in Duisburg, Mannheim and Mainz. (Deutsche Welle, 24 July 2019)

25 July: In Foggia, in the Puglia region of  Italy, three migrants cycling to work suffer head and eye injuries after a gang throw stones at them. It is the fourth attack in two weeks, including a hit-and-run, and the NGO Intersos expresses concern that death threats against migrants are on the rise. (Foggia Today, 23 July 2019)

25 July: Courthouse News interviews witnesses of a terrifying attack on a Roma community of 20 families from the Albuccione housing estate on the outskirts of Rome, who were attacked by a 100-strong local mob armed with baseball bats, who threw bottles and broke windows as they shouted  ‘kill them all’, ‘burn them alive’ and ‘send them all away!’ (Courthouse News Service, 25 July 2019)

29 July: A man who filmed a model of Grenfell Tower being burned on a bonfire appears at Westminster magistrates’ court and denies charges of sending a grossly offensive video and causing it to be uploaded to YouTube. (BBC News, 29 July 2019)

30 July: A former Norfolk magistrate and his son face a retrial on charges of racially aggravated ABH and harassment after the judge discharged the jury at Ipswich Crown Court. The pair allegedly racially abused a former tenant, Anthony Munatswa and attacked him with a hammer and hockey stick when he came to their property to collect his belongings. (Eastern Daily Press, 23, 30 July 2019)

30 July: A Birmingham police dog handler is charged with racially aggravated wounding after his dog bit a Traveller whom he had called a ‘gypo’. (Metro, 30 July 2019)

Meet A PPC Candidate: People on Social Assistance Should Be Denied Voting Rights

So for a change of pace here's a story that isn't connected to a nihilistic racist death cult.... so far as I know at least.

PressProgress picked up ARC's story on the scuffle between white nationalist Derek Harrison who shoved the nearly 70 year old anti-Muslim conspiracy promoter Tarek Fatah who then proceeded to swat Harrison with his cane. It was an incident where no one came across looking good but I have to say that if you're a man in his later 30s or early 40s and you shove a septuagenarian in almost any context, you're really the asshole.

Derek doesn't seem to feel the same way as he responds to the PressProgress story by accusing Fatah of being a communist and suggesting he go back to his "shit hole country":

I included my own editorializing.
The incident occurred at the PPC meeting where Bernier unveiled his immigration platform such that it is. Harrison himself has become a rather big booster for the PPC and might even be credited with finding them a candidate.
With that in mind, meet Kelly Day:

Day claims to be a former leftist who "walked away" from the ideology. She has also been boosted by the likes of Ezra Levant's "Rebel Media":

Perhaps her most high profile engagement was performing in the UK for football hooligan Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, a man convicted of multiple crimes including numerous assaults, using a false passport (he was trying to enter the United States where he was banned for drug offenses), and mortgage fraud; he's currently serving time after being convicted for breach of the peace and contempt of court. He also has a history with the BNP:
But hey, he hates Muslims so Ezra and company are happy to overlook these character flaws. Here Harrison introduces a video in which Day performing what appears to be the song "Hallelujah" for Yaxley-Lennon but with the lyrics significantly changed:

Leonard Cohen would not approve.

She has also promoted the views of self-styled counter-terrorism Tom Quiggin whose expertise and credentials have been called into question; his primary claim to being an expert on the subject is that he appeared before a parliamentary committee along other "experts" on Islamic extremism as (ironically) Tarek Fatah:

Did you do 30 seconds of background for your @nationalpost story? These are 2 guys in a basement reading Breitbart. https://t.co/5fZ6CoQhxm— Stephanie Carvin (@StephanieCarvin) August 23, 2016

So of course, Kelly Day is a perfect PPC candidate!

Accepted AND vetted, eh?

Soooo, are the folks in the PPC aware that she agrees people on social assistance shouldn't be allowed to vote?

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Counter protest this Sat, 24 August: Oppose fascist friends of ‘Tommy Robinson’, 12 noon, Oxford Circus

Stand Up To Racism - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:37
Wednesday 21 August
Anti racists will oppose fascist friends of jailed Robinson:
London counter protest back on this Saturday, 24 August
On Saturday 3 August, Stand Up To Racism opposed fascist friends of Robinson on a united demonstration alongside other anti fascist organisations, and together outnumbered the far right 800 to 300 in a humiliating defeat for jailed Robinson and his racist, far right and fascist supporters
Stand Up To Racism’s counter demonstration opposing fascist supporters of jailed fascist ‘Tommy Robinson’ (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) for Saturday 24 August is now back on. … Read the rest

Maryland teacher incorporates hard lessons about slavery into public school curriculum

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 09:59
At a workshop for teachers about educating children on American slavery, one instructor grew angry and insisted that Thomas Jefferson – who fathered biracial children with an enslaved woman on one of his plantations – was an advocate for racial equality.

Letter declaring opposition to racist populism of Johnson &Trump: 24 July 2019

Stand Up To Racism - Tue, 08/20/2019 - 05:48

Published Wednesday 24 July, 2019

Donald Trump’s racist attack on four black congresswomen highlighted a central plank of “Trumpism”—to normalise a level of racism previously deemed unacceptable.

It seems ludicrous that Trump claimed, “I don’t have a racist bone in my body”. … Read the rest

Patrik Mathews: Once Again, Sometimes Life Comes At You Hard

And in  the case of Patrik Mathews, very hard.

ATTN: Swat teams are now in Beausejour. In this video you can hear his commanding officer call him to come out of the house. He was seen leaving the house in cuffs. If we have anymore information we will update it here. #mbpoli #wpgpoli #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/nhcwlOJ9oR— Peg City Don’t Play (@FF1_ywg) August 20, 2019
UPDATE: People claiming to know Mathews (went through basic training or worked with him) occurring on Reddit.

Yes, the FRC and ADF Are Hate Groups. Here’s Why!

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 14:03
I was in love, about to be married, and never could have imagined that my life would soon be intertwined with an unimaginable amount of hate from strangers who wanted to tear apart everything I held dear.

SPLC, allies sue ICE for ignoring medical, mental health and disability needs of detained immigrants

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:22
Faour Abdallah Fraihat, who ran a successful construction business for years in California, is currently in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Meet Cpl Patrik Mathews, Winnipeg Recruiter For Violent Hate Group The Base

Ryan Thorpe has published the name of the individual responsible for the posters found in Winnipeg recruiting people to join The Base, a secretive and violent hate group with links to Atomwaffen Division:

The man who is recruiting in Winnipeg for a neo-Nazi paramilitary group holds a leadership position in the Canadian Army Reserve and is a trained explosives expert. https://t.co/FhzpCmLzme— Ryan Thorpe (@rk_thorpe) August 19, 2019This is like finding a member of ISIS in the Canadian Armed Forces. In fact, it's the second time in two years that a member of a neo-Nazi death cult has been found in the reserves.

Time for the CAF to take this seriously.https://t.co/q33IVyiWhp— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) August 19, 2019
The individual discussed in the story has shut down his Facebook profile.... but he wasn't fast enough:

Meet Cpl. Patrik Mathews, working out of the Minto and McGregor armouries in Winnipeg:
Mathews is a trained combat engineer, which makes him an explosives expert, and is an active member of the army reserve. Combat engineers are responsible for conducting a number of construction and demolition tasks under battle conditions. As a master corporal, he is considered to be in a leadership position and oversees and instructs privates who work under him.UPDATE: I'm guessing Patrik has had better days.

Military, RCMP investigating Winnipeg neo-Nazi army reserves leader https://t.co/MVtzJ79XJ2— Winnipeg Free Press (@WinnipegNews) August 20, 2019

Before he shut it down ARC was able to do a bit of a deep dive into his Facebook profile finding a few interesting things.

For example, seems Mathews is a supporter of Donald Trump and Bernier's PPC:

He is also a fan of Fireforce Ventures, an online store glorifying the apartheid state of Rhodesia profiled by Ricochet which had active CF members engaged in racist banter (and which one Keean Bexte, now a "Rebel Media" personality was involved with):

We also found something that turned out to be rather ironic.

Two days ago we mentioned that Mathews had a number of Twitter accounts and discussed one of those accounts, The Sober Philosopher, in some detail. A second account, PunishedPhilosopher, was used also used to harass antifascists:

He also made similar threats of violence:

However it is this one that jumped out for me:

It jumped out because it seems that Mathews didn't always feel this way:

First, she could (and hopefully has) done better.

Second, I wonder if Mathews told other members of The Base that he was at one time romantically involved with a woman of colour?

I end this by noting that hate groups like Atomwaffen, The Base, and others like them like to believe they act in a cloak of anonymity. That they can plan, encourage, and (in some cases) commit acts of violence without being concerned about the consequences feeling they are untouchable while trying to create a climate of fear for those they deem as the enemy.

The anonymity of at least this member lasted a little over two weeks, and while we are still looking for the person putting up The Base posters in Saskatchewan who is also rumored to be a CF employee, that person should probably be very, very, worried right about now.

For anyone else considering joining groups like this, this should give you some pause for thought.

Letter in today’s Toronto Star. Please ask your local federal candidate what their Party proposes to do. @HarjitSajjan @CanadianArmy @antihateca @ARCCollective pic.twitter.com/tJ2ufn35kx— BernieFarber (@BernieFarber) August 19, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Anti racists speak out as supporters of fascist Robinson cancel planned march in disarray

Stand Up To Racism - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 05:57

A march by supporters of jailed fascist ‘Tommy Robinson’ (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) planned for this Saturday, 24 August, has been cancelled. Since Robinson was sent to Belmarsh prison, Saturday would have seen the second demonstration by his far right and fascist supporters this month, following events on 3 August when around 800 anti fascist protesters united to outnumber just 300 of them. 

Stand Up To Racism had called another counter protest for this Saturday, in opposition to all forms of racism, Islamophobia and Antisemitism, which is now called off as a result of Robinson’s supporters’ cancelled mobilisation.  … Read the rest

"Winnipeg Free Press" Journalist Uncovers Identity of Winnipeg Recruiter For Violent Hate Group

It has been hard to keep up with all the information coming out about the far-right in Canada and internationally, especially those related to the more underground and violent movements that have come into existence during the past few years. The tragedy in El Paso and the arrest of a man in Las Vegas who appears to have been planning a similar attack has made the danger posed by the far right much more clear.

The Las Vegas suspect, whose plans look to have been known of and perhaps assisted by the international members of the Atomwaffen-affiliated Feuerkrieg Division, also had a connection to a Barrie, ON man who was profiled on the blog. And earlier this month ARC and other groups became aware of another violent, and perhaps more dangerous, group in Canada:

The screen shot comes from the now deleted Gab profile for The Base, a secretive hate group that has been recruiting members in the United States, engaging in survivalist and combat training, and preparing to attack targets with the goal of helping to create conditions for a societal collapse from which their members and like minded individuals will emerge to create their vision of a whites only society. Those considered undesirable -- racial minorities, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ -- as well as white who don't subscribe to the racist ideology and are thus deemed traitors, would be eliminated.
As journalists Mack Lamoureux and Ben Makuch noted in a Vice story published Friday morning The Base is also now active in Canada:
Been monitoring The Base (neo-Nazi extremists): evidence shows it's recruiting across the US and Canada and already undertaking live-fire paramilitary camps. One set of images shows them shooting a target with the Star of David. https://t.co/ulqL8szqTY w @MackLamoureux for @VICE— Ben Makuch (@BMakuch) August 16, 2019
Those of us who keep an eye on hate groups were already aware that groups like The Base could be active in Canada and we had seen some indications of some level of paramilitary activity. It wasn't until the posters started showing up that it was confirmed however:

These posters started showing up in Winnipeg and Saskatchewan earlier this month. Myself and groups such as Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, FF1, and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (among many others) have been trying to figure out who might be responsible. On Friday Ryan Thorpe of "The Winnipeg Free Press" published a story detailing how he was able to gain access to the group and learn the identity of the Winnipeg recruiter:
Homegrown hate on the front of Saturday's @WinnipegNews #wfp pic.twitter.com/vTG7IYPGjf— Winnipeg Free Press (@WinnipegNews) August 17, 2019
Online, he goes by the names Dave Arctorum and "coincidence detector" (a reference to a Google Chrome extension used by anti-Semites to identify Jewish-sounding names in news articles). He said his real first name was Patrick and that he was 26 years old. He said he grew up in the countryside and at some point lived in Winnipeg, but now resides in Beausejour. He later said his father owned land near Lundar.....Recently, he’s begun putting up flyers that attempt to intimidate and threaten local anti-fascist activists. He claimed to have joined the military out of high school, training as a combat engineer, but indicated he plans to leave the military soon because he feels he can no longer "serve the ZOG."....During his years in the military, he said he tried to turn other soldiers onto neo-Nazism and felt he had made progress with two individuals. Patrick also revealed that in addition to his social-media accounts, which promote his political views, he set up multiple other accounts to spread misinformation among local anti-fascist activists. At one point in the conversation, which lasted roughly an hour-and-a-half, he said in a well-ordered society such activists would be dragged out of their homes and "strung up." He also discussed plans to find the addresses and phone numbers of these people and post them publicly....."At this point it is the system that is fomenting armed (white nationalist) revolution, not us. We tried the peaceful route. The system closed it off at every turn. Now the system shall reap what it has sown. I’ll leave it at that," he wrote. "At this point it is the system that is fomenting armed (white nationalist) revolution, not us. We tried the peaceful route. The system closed it off at every turn. Now the system shall reap what it has sown. I’ll leave it at that," he wrote.While we don't know Patrick's Patrik's last name, ARC and others did learn at least a few of Patrik's online identities including this one:

Patrick, the neo-Nazi terrorist group member, says "social media will be a wonderful record for figuring out what surviving whites get the rope." The first three accounts Patrick followed on Twitter are us, @ARCCollective and @ebalgord. For context: rope = murder by hanging.— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) August 17, 2019Read more »

SPLC Responds to FRC and ADF’s Attack Op-Ed

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 13:10
On August 17, 2019, a former Family Research Council (FRC) staff member, who currently works at the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) — two organizations designated as hate groups by the SPLC — attacked the SPLC in a USA Today OpEd for its hate group designations.

Patrick Kuhn of Kelliher, Saskatchewan Arrested

So remember this past spring when Patrick Kuhn of Kelliher, Saskatchewan made the news for flying a Nazi flag (and the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy) outside the home he was living in? And remember how he was just described as someone as a kid who didn't grow up which minimized the damage he caused and infantalized him? Oh, and you remember that the police didn't investigate him, but DID investigate the FNMI man who took down the flag himself?

Well, funny story....

He's a keeper alright....

Weekend Read: Slavery shaped America’s pathology on race and whiteness

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 04:43
Four hundred years ago this month, the White Lion, a warship commanded by English privateers, docked at Point Comfort in the colony of Virginia.

Everyone else is talking about Talya Davidson, so I figured we should, too

On August 12th, 28-year-old Toronto resident, Talya Davidson, was videotaped hurling racist insults and spitting on a man in Nathan Phillips Square while holding a sign supporting CPC leader, Andrew Scheer. She was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of assault and 3 counts of assaulting a police officer.

The video, taken by her victim, Farhan Rana, quickly went viral and many people condemned the behaviour, including Scheer himself.

However, people quickly realized something wasn't right. When they dug into her history, it became clear she did not have the type of social media footprint one would expect of an overt racist. Davidson, who is originally from South Africa, seems to have an affinity for Latin American cultures. She claims to have studied at both the University of Guelph and UBC, worked as a journalist in Guadalajara, and has an interesting blog of stories based on her life and travels. She recently participated in a literary event hosted by Carolyn Bennet, and has a YouTube channel of her efforts to learn the guitar.

As eagerly reported by The Post Millennial, (more on them later), Davidson declares her political interests as being substantially left of centre on her couchsurfing profile.

Judging by Davidson's accomplishments, she is smart and driven. At the age of 25, she opened a Venezuelan restaurant called El Arepazo with her then boyfriend, Luis Vega, in Kensington Market. It did quite well for a while and even won a Now Magazine award in 2017.

Vega, however, was a bit of a hothead and got into the news for his own viral video of assaulting a graffiti artist outside his restaurant in 2015. Apparently he was attempting to make a citizen's arrest.

In addition to assault, he also decided to badmouth his suppliers online, and at one point used Talya's Now Magazine account to do so. This comment garnered a response claiming that Vega is homophobic and that anyone who is LGBTQ, or considers themselves an ally, should boycott El Arepazo. Davidson did not appreciate all of this and asked Now to remove Vega's comment.

The most controversial post I found of hers was another Now comment where she compares the hijab to a bra. My first take on it was admittedly not favourable, but upon reflection I can see that while it is awkward, it wasn't intended to cause harm.

So, how does a bright, driven, left-leaning person who is concerned with her social media footprint end up hurling racist insults and writing stuff like this on Facebook? 

As expected by many, Davidson was ordered by the court to have a psychiatric evaluation at CAMH, and for the moment, that is the extent of the answers the public has about the case.

Certain media outlets -- mainstream and otherwise -- and racist extremists jumped on this story between the video going viral and Davidson's transfer to CAMH. What follows are but a few screenshots of an avalanche of stomach-churning Tweets from people who were determined to mould the story to their liking.

First up is Paul Fromm. Before much was known about Davidson beyond the viral video, Fromm claimed that, despite all evidence to the contrary, there was no hate, no crime, and most certainly no hate crime here. It was just "bad manners," and, of course, it is really our diverse society that's at fault.

But once people started digging in, things got really out of hand, starting with supposedly mainstream publications, like The National Post, that ran a headline quoting Michelle Rempel saying the attack was staged.

The article does condemn Davidson's actions, but the headline fans the conspiracy theory flames that this was a hoax. Others went much farther, including The Post Millennial who blamed the mainstream press for falling for an elaborate trick.

Ezra Levant jumped on the hoax bandwagon too, because of course he did. This is apparently what passes for "telling the other side of the story."

And then there is Faith Goldy's fan club, I.D. Canada. Apparently, we need to "wake up."

The articles, Tweets and posts promoting the hoax narrative were unrelenting. They were nauseating to read because they added another layer of insult to Rana's experience by claiming he was either to blame, or in on the conspiracy with Davidson.

The racist attack Rana experienced was very real, and I cannot imagine how seeing Tweets like Bexte's made him feel. Davidson will be back in court on September 12th. Here's hoping the discussion around this case will become more productive and compassionate soon.