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PRESS RELEASE: Anti racists outnumber rump of fascist supporters of jailed Nazi Robinson

Stand Up To Racism - Sat, 08/24/2019 - 08:35
Some 250 Stand Up To Racism and other anti-fascist groups took to the streets today in opposition to fascist supporters of jailed ‘Tommy Robinson’ (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) at Oxford Circus. A rump of 100, apparently including followers of fascist fake ‘Yellow Vest’ James Goddard, and other supporters of Robinson gathered outside the BBC, despite the official march by the far right being cancelled. … Read the rest

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.

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.

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
PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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

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).

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.


Marc Lemire Out in Hamilton

Former neo-Nazi hate group leader Marc Lemire is no longer working for Hamilton by mutual agreement. We provided evidence to investigators that he continued to host hate materials on his now-defunct blog after the story broke.https://t.co/y9SMd23ktn— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) August 16, 2019
Marc Lemire will not return to work for the city following investigation: sources. https://t.co/ULDqCSeJs1 #HamOnt pic.twitter.com/pPgYJwP7SP— CBC Hamilton (@CBCHamilton) August 16, 2019
Sources say Lemire won’t be coming back, but for lots of us questions remain about how a known Neo-nazi got hired and may have been deliberately hidden at the City for years. It’s possible that other employees should face discipline. https://t.co/onIVxxtNxJ #CanLab #HamOnt #OnLab— Sarah Molyneaux (@Sarah_Molyneaux) August 16, 2019

Right to the end, Lemire continued to deny his long-time involvement with the Heritage Front, involvement that ranged from simple membership early on, work on the hate group's website and later hosting it and numerous other hate sites, and finally the leadership of the hate group. This is all outlined in "Marc Lemire: A Summary of Information" that includes links to article written about Lemire's involvement in organized hate.

While the removal of Lemire is positive, there are still a lot of questions regarding his employment and why he appears to have been protected by Hamilton government officials. We also still have questions about his access to sensitive information and whether that information could have been shared with his fellow travelers.



Marjorie Taylor Greene: How an Outspoken MAGA Fan Built a Following in a World of Extremists

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 08/16/2019 - 08:05
Originally a MAGA supporter but now an emerging MAGA star, Marjorie Taylor Greene has deftly leveraged social media and confrontations in public to increase her visibility. Now she’s entering politics as a GOP candidate for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

SPLC publishes Opportunity Costs: Unequal Justice in Alabama’s Community Corrections Programs

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 08/15/2019 - 13:16
A new investigative report published today by the Southern Poverty Law Center reveals serious flaws in Alabama’s community corrections programs, an otherwise promising system for diverting people from the state’s prisons.

Brother Says He Reported White Nationalist State Department Official to the FBI

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 15:52
The brother of white nationalist U.S. State Department Official Matthew Q. Gebert reported him to the FBI in July over concerns about his radicalization, he told Hatewatch.

Boris Johnson is not my PM! Support the anti-racist fighting fund

Stand Up To Racism - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 09:51
We’re almost halfway to our target – can you help us reach £2000?

With Boris Johnson as Prime Minster, an ally of Donald Trump in the Whitehouse we need to build antiracist resistance more than ever

We stand firmly with the four congresswomen attacked by Trump, and for all those who are suffering the fallout of the policies of Trump and the Tories, from refugees, to migrants, to the citizens affected by the Windrush scandal. … Read the rest

SPLC joins brief opposing Kansas law targeting immigrants

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 13:24
The SPLC and 29 worker and immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a court decision stating that a Kansas identity theft law cannot be used to turn local law enforcement into immigration agents.

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