Trump Cites Hate Group at Conservative Political Action Conference

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 13:10
At this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 2, President Donald Trump cited a study by anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) claiming that “illegal aliens are incarcerated at three times the rate of legal residents.”

Goldy Goes To CPAC.... And Is Very Disappointed

As I've been battling the worst man cold in the history of man colds (really, it actually might be the most virulent cold since history began and that is TOTALLY not an exaggeration), I've been sticking close to home medicating myself with port and Netflix documentaries; cold medication might be more efficacious but not as much fun. However I decided to pull myself from the sofa, wrap a knitted afghan around myself, and head into the office to make a rare foray into American politics.

This weekend the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, is being held in Maryland just a bit downriver from Washington D.C. CPAC has, in addition to attracting a who's who of whom might be regarded as mainstream conservative politicians and activists, has increasingly attracted those from the fringes of the movement including ethnic nationalists, identitarians, and alt-righters in addition to regular bunch of conspiracy nutbars and general grifters.

Case in point:

It really is amazing how these folks are drawn to each other. Here Goldy is with fellow CPAC attendee Jacob Wohl (no doubt at some hipster coffee shop), freshly banned from Twitter because he's blisteringly stupid. Wohl, a Trump sycophant who makes R.M. Renfield appear dignified by comparison, is known for among other things being banned from trading in futures for life as a result of massive fraud and attempting (badly) to frame Robert Mueller for sexual assault. He is at CPAC promoting yet another conspiracy theory concerning Rep. Ilhan Omar along with fellow grifter Laura Loomer:

Ostensibly Goldy is attending CPAC as a "journalist" working for the anti-immigration, white nationalist org VDare, however as readers know she is also very much a partisan:

However it seems that things at CPAC aren't going quite as well as Goldy would like. In fact I can't help thinking about this scene in "The Simpsons" when reading her Twitter feed:

It appears that CPAC, while still super racists, isn't quite racist enough:

Goldy runs through a number of complaints about her time at CPAC, though those complaints really do come down mainly to her not thinking the organizers are anti-immigration enough. Her tweets retweets tell the story of increasing frustration about how there wasn't enough focus on her pet issue:

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Congressional, civil rights leaders gather at Civil Rights Memorial to honor movement’s martyrs

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sat, 03/02/2019 - 05:32
U.S. Rep. John Lewis led a gathering of congressional and civil rights leaders in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, today, honoring those who lost their lives in the struggle for civil rights.

SPLC Action Fund: Grand jury investigation of school officials into alleged ‘school safety’ crimes erodes democracy, politicizes tragedy

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 03/01/2019 - 14:43
The Florida Supreme Court recently ordered a statewide grand jury to investigate school officials in light of last year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. The high court’s order was in response to a request from Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Tyler TenBrink, a Member of the Three Percenter Movement, Pleads No Contest to Shooting After Richard Spencer Speech

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 02/28/2019 - 16:07
Before Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida in 2017, Tyler TenBrink mused on Facebook, “I might just stay in Florida.”

Initial SPEAKERs & Route announced for SATURDAY 16 March National Demonstration

Stand Up To Racism - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 09:30
Diane Abbott MP, TUC Gen Sec Frances O’Grady, Michael Rosen & former Chelsea player Paul Canoville

Diane Abbott MP • Frances O’Grady TUC General Secretary Michael Rosen Poet • Paul Cannonville former footballer & anti-racism campaignerDave Ward CWU General Secretary • Manuel Cortes TSSA General SecretaryEmma Dent Coad MP • Claude Moraes MEP • Julie Ward MEP • Salma Yaqoob • Roksana Fiaz Mayor of Newham • Unmesh Desai AM • Ged Grebby Show Racism the Red Card Chief Exec • Louise Raw Author PLUS MORE TBC



• Stand up to Islamophobia & antisemitism
• Justice for Windrush – end the ‘hostile environment’
• Refugees welcome
• Defend migrant rights
• Black lives matter
• Leave or remain, don’t let the racists divide us
• Celebrate diversity



The global rise in racism & fascism needs a global response. … Read the rest

More Fallout From the Yellow Vests Convoy: Video Exposes Major Fault Lines

I had asked the folks at Yellow Vests Canada Exposed for a brief overview of the event. This is what they were kind enough to provide:
As I have mentioned via our Facebook and Twitter pages, I was at the 'United We Roll' yellow vest rally in Ottawa. To me, the most important thing worth mentioning about the rally was the low numbers. So... good job? I guess? #YellowVestsCanada #cdnpoli— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 20, 2019
 I counted 90 trucks, which was a far cry from the hundreds promised. Before the rally I predicted 80. I counted 200-300 people, but others have counted less than 200. Before the rally I predicted 400-500. There were also around 50 counter protesters. When the trucks finally rolled out, there were more counter protesters left than supporters watching them leave. I did personally view representatives from a few couple hate groups, mainly C3 and Northern Guard. I also saw other far right figures. Faith Goldy was in attendance, as well as lesser known figures such as Derek Storie and Rick Boswick. I believe some of the yellow vest supporters were Proud Boys, but I was unable to verify.I did witness one Yellow Vest supporter shouting into a bull horn at the mostly indigenous counter protesters, that 'oil pays for their welfare'. I also saw Derek Storie and Pat King (UWR organizer) mocking the indigenous drumming. The loudest crowd I heard, was when Faith Goldy stood on the lift truck. Lots of booing, and chants of  'nazi scum, off our streets', and 'Faith Goldy's a nazi'. They kept using the horns on the semis to drown out the counter protesters. It was really obnoxious, which if I could use one word to describe the entire rally, that would be it. This next picture made the whole experience worth it though.
#YellowVestsCanada Are we done embarrassing ourselves yet?— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 21, 2019

In short, the "United We Roll"/Yellow Vests Convoy to Ottawa turned out to be at best disappointing and at worst a PR disaster that politicians who embraced it are now trying to justify in light of the white nationalist ties:

And thanks to this find by YVC Exposed, there's more.
Since the end of the convoy there have been accusations of financial irregularities, personal rivalries coming out into the open, and anger over how participants were treated. One of those individuals, Bruce Ruddi, posted the following video to Facebook. The video is over two hours in length (I didn't have time to cut out the juicy parts) and there's a fair amount of shouting, but it is worth watching if only to see how quickly these reactionaries turn on each other: 

SPLC statement on House Judiciary Committee hearing on Trump administration’s family separation policy

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 02/26/2019 - 13:54
The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony today from senior Trump administration officials during a hearing on the administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which has resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents.

Unreported hate crimes, not hoaxes, are the real cause for concern

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 02/26/2019 - 08:31
The notion that the majority of hate crimes are ‘hoaxes,’ as people are claiming, is absolutely ridiculous. 

Join these major days of action to build for massive anti racist marches on 16 March!

Stand Up To Racism - Mon, 02/25/2019 - 09:14
Demonstrations in London; Glasgow; Cardiff

After the success of the Stand Up To Racism trade union conference, and counter demonstration opposing fascist ‘Tommy Robinson’ on 23 February, there’s less than three week’s to go to build the mass turn outs we need on the UN Anti Racism Day demonstrations, 16 March, in London, Glasgow and Cardiff. … Read the rest

Trade union conference brings together hundreds to get organised, challenge racism & build 16 March #WorldAgainstRacism demonstrations

Stand Up To Racism - Mon, 02/25/2019 - 08:16

A big thankyou to all the unions and activists who made the#StandUpToRacism trade union conference such a success!

Despite having the challenge of mobilising against fascist ‘Tommy Robinson’ in Salford on the same day, over 200 attended the conference from across the trade union movement, for a day of discussion, debate, and sharing experiences and stories of fighting from unions and inside workplaces to challenge institutionalised racism and build a mass anti racist movement with working class solidarity at its heart. … Read the rest

Marc "Tyler" Malenfant of Yellow Vests Canada: The Dangers of Dehumanization

I still plan on posting a report on the events of last week in Ottawa, however I thought I'd first dive back into the reactionary Yellow Vests Canada Facebook page created and administered by Marc "Tyler" Malenfant. Malenfant was one of the early boosters of the Yellow Vest Convoy to Ottawa which rebranded as United We Roll. As the folks at Yellow Vests Canada Exposed have noted, there is a lot of infighting now regarding the distributions of funds by the the man who is the face of the protest movement and Malenfant comes out to defend him in his usual over-the-top manner:

For Malenfant, there always has to be an enemy and a dark, sinister, conspiracy that he discusses using over-the-top hyperbole, nonsensical generalizations, outright lies, and logical fallacies such as creating a strawman. It has become the hallmark of his online presence. I provide a few other recent posts on the Facebook group as illustrative examples:

"Even better."

"Even more."

What does any of what he wrote there even mean?

Malenfant's rhetoric appears to becoming increasingly.... odd?Unhinged? Evangelical, end time, apocalyptic?

Take for example the "pep talk" he gave to members of the Yellow Vests Canada Facebook group prior to the Ottawa convoy:

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Patriot Front Member Joffre Cross Charged in Houston, Faces Gun, Body Armor Charges

Southern Poverty Law Center - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 13:25
A member of the white nationalist group Patriot Front has been charged in Houston with being a felon in possession of a firearm and body armor.

News RELEASE: Hundreds of anti racists stand up to Tommy Robinson & far right at Media City Salford

Stand Up To Racism - Sat, 02/23/2019 - 08:12

23 February 2019

Hundreds of anti racists stand up to Tommy Robinson and the far right at Media City Salford

Pictures at @antiracismday – free to use with credit to Stand Up To Racism

Hundreds of anti-racists and anti-fascists, (around 800), from across Salford and Greater Manchester rallied at Media City today to oppose fascist Tommy Robinson and his supporters. … Read the rest

Preview: The Aftermath of the Yellow Vest Convoy

Excellent radio segment from @MineerBrett on the #YellowVestsCanada and #UnitedWeRoll movement’s various ties to extremism, and about holding our leaders accountable. #cdnpoli— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019

I was on a business trip during the actual rally portion of the United We Roll/Yellow Vest Convoy to Ottawa. There was a time when I would be sorry about not being able to cover such an event since ARC was for so long one of the few sites documenting the activities of racist extremists. However with the Canadian Anti-Hate Network and Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, I had no doubt that the story would still be told.

I've asked the folks behind the Yellow Vests Canada Exposed if they would be willing to write an account of the two days. A spokesperson has agreed to do so and I hope that something will be ready to be published during the next few days. In the meantime, it appears that the convoy might have ended up as a bit of a disaster as relatively few showed up, the convoy wasn't quite as (grass roots) as claimed (some of the participants were quite literally "paid protesters), those that did include white supremacists and white nationalists, and there is now accusations by some of the participants that money raised has not been distributed leaving some struggling to find a way back home:
It would be very embarrassing for white nationalists if every Canadian saw this photo #cdnpoli— North99 (@wearenorth99) February 22, 2019• there’s Carritt in a yellow vest, which he supposedly isn’t
• We’re inclined to think more than sour grapes. At minimum it’s pretty mismanaged.
• $40k & $140k donated to the poor destitute people to go on a road trip
• What a dick. #cdnpoli— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019More financial troubles, legal issues, and confirmation that some convoy participants were company-sponsored, paid protestors.

Including one of the admins of Yellow  Vest Rebellion, a large FB group. #SmellsLikeAstroturf #YellowVestsCanada #cdnpoli— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019Woywitka was company sponsored and is one of the admins of Yellow Vest Rebellion: #cdnpoli #YellowVestsCanada— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 22, 2019A white nationalist will be speaking at the #YellowVestsCanada rally in Toronto on Saturday because they aren't racists. #cndpoli #antifa— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 21, 2019Still, a number of high profile conservative politicians, including Scheer and Bernier, came out to support the extremists:

People are calling them "Neon Nazis"...— leadnow (@leadnowca) February 20, 2019

More detail in the next few days.

Anchorage Activists Form 'Queen's Guard' To Protect LGBT Events

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 15:34
The man dressed as the Grim Reaper and holding a sign reading “THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH” had been to Drag Storytime (formerly Drag Queen Storytime) before. On a Saturday earlier this month, he was vocally disparaging LGBT people outside the Z.J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage, Alaska.

Weekend Read: What if the FBI hadn't caught the Coast Guard officer with a hit list and weapons?

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 10:52
He called himself “a man of action” — but luckily, he never got a chance to prove it.

SPLC and Latin GRAMMY Award-winning band release song that teaches immigrants their rights

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 09:13
​The SPLC and the Latin GRAMMY Award-winning band Flor De Toloache launched a new song today whose lyrics teach immigrants about the rights they can exercise when interacting with law enforcement and immigration authorities.

Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson Wrote to Notorious Neo-Nazi Harold Covington

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 15:05
A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant accused of being a domestic terrorist wrote a letter to prominent white supremacist Harold Covington discussing the idea of a “white homeland” and using “focused violence” to achieve that goal.