SPLC Action Fund: Congress should adopt NO HATE Act to neutralize growing threat from white supremacists
By Weyman Bennett, co convenor Stand Up To Racism
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As both the Aryan Guard and Blood & Honour, this hate group was implicated in numerous assaults, arson, a pipe bomb, weapons charges, uttering threats, and attempted murder. Two former members who created the rival WEB were later charged and convicted of murder. Another Blood & Honour group aligned with Volksfront was also implicated in a number of assaults.
My primary goal had been to warn people about this group. Though I've certainly expanded the scope of the blog significantly since its original creation, I've tried as best I could to keep tabs on the members and supporters of Blood & Honour as they became much more discreet online but no less dangerous in the real world.
As such, I view news as a significant event in the effort to combat hate:
1. Neo-Nazi groups have been placed on Canada's listed of terrorist groups for the first time. https://t.co/i97QERG0Ww— Stewart Bell (@StewGlobal) June 26, 2019
Extreme right groups (Blood & Honour/C-18) were added to Canada's list of terrorist groups for the first time. I suppose it's fitting to announce that our (@Palgrave_) book on right-wing extremism in #Canada is set to be released in September (co-authored w/@OT_FSSH's B. Perry). pic.twitter.com/hCKrbrs7H1— Ryan Scrivens (@R_Scrivens) June 26, 2019
NEW (!!): Canada has added international neo-Nazi groups Blood & Honour and its "armed branch," Combat 18, to its list of outlawed terrorist organizations, alongside groups including al Qaida, ISIS and Boko Haram. https://t.co/fmm9nom2aj— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) June 26, 2019
I was interviewed by Vice News earlier today when the news of the designation of Blood & Honour and Combat 18 as outlawed terrorist organizations. I was asked about the activity of the group in recent years and noted that while not engaged in the overt activities of the past, it was still very much active as this 2016 screen shot indicates:
Rather than engaging in marched in Calgary or, as in the case of the last march Edmonton, the Calgary Blood & Honour instead engaged in surreptitious flyering and nearly monthly get togethers sometimes featuring guests who had been in the news:
I kept track of these events and while they were reasonably good at maintaining security, their failures were duly recorded:
More recently, Blood & Honour has been promoting a camp out that is to take place in both Alberta and New Brunswick:
McKee himself no longer lived in Calgary. He and his partner have moved to New Brunswick where McKee now runs a tattoo business.
Based on interactions on the business' Facebook cite, he seems to be one of the go-to tattooists for members and friends of the Northern Guard in the province:
I also mentioned in the interview that as happy as I was that Blood & Honour and Combat 18 have been designated at terrorist groups, I also hope to see further scrutiny on groups such as the III% militia, Northern Guard, Proud Boys, Soldiers of Odin (or any of the other Nouns), and the Yellow Vesters which often serve as "gateway drugs" so-to-speak for entry into even more extreme groups.
On this readers need not take my word for it:
In the Iron March forums, a Blood & Honour organizer told a student on Vancouver Island in 2016, “If you really want to stop the leftists at your school you’re going to have to use more than just arguments, but at least it’ll be a permanent solution.” Thankfully it didn't happen.— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) June 26, 2019
Long time readers won't be at all surprised to know that long-time figure in the hate movement Paul Fromm is a bridge between the extremist Yellow Vests and the even more extreme Blood & Honour:
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.@JohnBrassardCPC and @AlexNuttallMP are each suing Barrie councillor @KeenanAylwin for $100,000 for a Facebook post criticizing their silence on Andrew Scheer speaking at same event as “neo-Nazi sympathizer Faith Goldy,” and playing footsie with white supremacists. #cdnpoli 1/— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) May 31, 2019was Facebook friends with Faith Goldy before Goldy was banned from Facebook under its policy against white nationalism, which they recognize is indistinct in its expression from white supremacy. Rather than an explanation or an apology, he's suing a critic. 2/— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) May 31, 2019 @AndrewScheer promised that “there is absolutely no room in . . . Canada for intolerance, racism and extremism of any kind. And the Conservative Party of Canada will always make that absolutely clear.” 3/— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) May 31, 2019 Now it’s time for you, Mr. Scheer, to prove that you mean it. Condemn Faith Goldy and Yellow Vests Canada, apologize for taking so long, and tell your MPs to drop their lawsuits. Otherwise your promise is meaningless. Full post: https://t.co/s5ZmIGvD1H 4/— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) May 31, 2019
I assumed Barrie city council would stand behind Aylwin, but unfortunately, I was wrong. Instead, on June 12th they voted unanimously to reprimand Aylwin, and demanded that he remove the "offending" Facebook post. As reported by Fatima Syed in the National Observer, the Integrity Commissioner had introduced a new code of conduct, and Council found Aylwin had run afoul of it "by denigrating a fellow elected official in a public forum and fail[ing] to treat him with "dignity, understanding and respect.”
As Syed's article explained, council had a tough choice to make. If they voted to reprimand their colleague, it sends a message that they are censoring criticism of dog whistle politics, but if they didn't reprimand, they would potentially be disrespecting the role of the integrity commissioner.
While I appreciate this is challenging, it is worrisome that councilors would rather repeat "He broke the code! He broke the code!" than fully consider the important issues of racism, dog whistle politics, and censorship, before making what this writer believes was a blind decision en masse.
Even after having a couple of days to consider it further, the councilors remained unmoved. On June 14th, Global News reported that they decided to uphold the reprimand. In response, Brassard opted to drop his lawsuit, stating that “I am satisfied with the findings made by Council and the Integrity Commissioner." Nuttall also dropped his suit on the same day and it seems the matter is considered closed.
Except, it is anything but. The issues that prompted Aylwin's Facebook post remain, and now there is the added concern of politicians being censored for speaking out about other elected officials. Aylwin reflected on his experience with Syed:
“I think the problem here is that there are some politicians out there that are walking a very fine line (and some would call it dog whistling), where in one breath they will denounce racism, as they should, and then in another breath will support groups like the Yellow Vest movement or United We Roll that we know are rife with white nationalist elements and hateful elements. And they fail to make the connection between the harmful views and those in those movements and the creation of an environment where violence can fester. If there’s anything we can learn from my experience, it’s that there is a great risk to calling out white supremacy in this country.”The fine line Aylwin mentioned can come in the form of associations, dog whistling, enabling, or blatantly offensive remarks, among other things. Given that Nuttall was indeed Facebook friends with Faith Goldy while she was on that platform, more digging was in order.
Based on what I found, I have some questions.
As I don't want to get sued, I will say up front that I found no direct posting of Nuttall's that indicates beyond a doubt that he is "playing footsie with white supremacists." What I found were several troubling social media associations and potentially related concerns that should be addressed.
I'll start with the most pressing:
1. If Nuttall is concerned enough about his reputation around the issue of white supremacy to sue for defamation, why on God's green earth is he still following Faith Goldy on Twitter?
It seems like common sense that if you don't want to be accused of playing footsie with white supremacists, don't follow them or their sympathizers on social media.
2. Speaking of following white supremacists, why was he Facebook friends with Kevin J. Johnston, the white supremacist who targeted Barrie's mayor, until at least late May?
This is alarming. Nuttall allows a man who was charged with a hate crime on his FB. Brassard was out on Twitter cheering on the Yellow Vest Convoy to Ottawa. The rise of white supremacy being overlooked by elected MPs is something we should all be worried about. @VestsCanada https://t.co/GZ0LXa8s7n pic.twitter.com/A5Bjio6iwO— Aylan Couchie (@AylanX) May 23, 2019
It appears that sometime since this Tweet went live on May 23rd, Nuttall unfriended Johnston.
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As people began to shout, “Kill the Nazi,” the high school student, fearing that mob mentality had taken over, decided to act. Thomas threw herself on top of one of the men she had come to protest, protecting him from the blows, and told the crowd that you “can’t beat goodness into a person.” In discussing her motivation for this courageous act after the event, she stated, “Someone had to step out of the pack and say, ‘this isn’t right’… I knew what it was like to be hurt. The many times that that happened, I wish someone would have stood up for me… violence is violence – nobody deserves to be hurt, especially not for an idea.”
Thomas never heard from the man after that day but months later, a young man came up to her to say thanks, telling her that the man she had protected was his father. For Thomas, learning that he had a son brought even greater significance to her heroic act. As she observed, “For the most part, people who hurt… they come from hurt. It is a cycle. Let’s say they had killed him or hurt him really bad. How does the son feel? Does he carry on the violence?”
Mark Brunner, the student photographer who took this now-famous photograph, added that what was so remarkable was who Thomas saved: “She put herself at physical risk to protect someone who, in my opinion, would not have done the same for her. Who does that in this world?”
In response to those who argued that the man deserved a beating or more, Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator Leonard Pitts Jr. offered this short reflection in The Miami Herald: “That some in Ann Arbor have been heard grumbling that she should have left the man to his fate, only speaks of how far they have drifted from their own humanity. And of the crying need to get it back.
Keshia’s choice was to affirm what they have lost.
Keshia’s choice was human.
Keshia’s choice was hope.”
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Violence After Pegida March: Northern Guard Attack Counter-Protester an Rick Boswick Admits to Assaulting People
As counter-protesters were making sure the fascists left the Toronto downtown after the Pegida rally, this video shows two members of the Northern Guard assaulting one of them. ARC has heard of a number of instances of counter-protesters being isolated at attacked. One evidently ended up in the hospital.
UPDATE: Another incident which occurred on a downtown mall involved numerous fascists attacking a single counter-protester; Chris Vanderweide (the man who assaulted two individuals with a helmet at the Hamilton Pride event) was thick in the middle:
Rick Boswick and Derek Story posted the following video which, and I know they don't actually believe this, incriminates them as having engaged in assaults (at least Boswick) themselves:
Holding someone on the ground, tearing off an article they are wearing by force, and taking a picture or video of the encounter isn't a "citizen's arrest." It is assault, and I'm not sure that the judge in Boswick's court appearance will be especially impressed should Boswick actually publish the video he claims to have produced.
I'm still working on other videos from earlier in the day, however here are a few highlights from Wayne Peters' video and commentary:
I'll have more on this as well as the events that took place in Hamilton involving the Yellow Vesters led by antisemite and Paul Fromm associate Justin Long as well as Tim "Braying Jackass" Kelly's Proud Boys tomorrow.
We were half right:
Good afternoon from the location of a far-right (specifically PEGIDA) rally that will be taking place near Toronto pride. Here’s hoping there’s just a bunch of yelling and no violence like last weeks situation in Hamilton. There’s cops, counter protestors here but no PEGIDA. pic.twitter.com/zayxQPpGrO— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
Their numbers certainly improved, but the hate groups -- Pegida, Nouns of Odin, Yellow Vesters, Canadian Nationalist Party, etc -- look to be outnumbered by close to 4 or 5 to 1 minimum. Vice journalist Mack Lamoureux has been covering the event from the start:
A couple of the yellow vest citizen journalists sporting cameras are here now. There is also some dude with a 4chan sign. They’ve are in a corralled area the cops set up. pic.twitter.com/fJ5aU5RJS8— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
Update: Not much is happening for but I did get an iced coffee. pic.twitter.com/dB5LvfMYt4— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
I think some of the members of bunchoffuckinggoofs are here.— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
It hasn’t officially started yet but it sure seems like the PEGIDA crew isn’t doing much, has no coherent message, and are just here to... get yelled at by the counter protestors? pic.twitter.com/kpBa9ewkjV— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
Big ol contingent of cops just showed up. pic.twitter.com/iPqDIvqM1j— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
The 4Chan guy is bumming me out. He’s like my age. pic.twitter.com/7yVGnBIgnM— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
Police move the counter protestors to one side and things get a tad heated. No arrest so far as far as I can tell. pic.twitter.com/2pty0aNtHW— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
The two sides are pretty well separated and it’s just kinda yelling right now. No signs of violence in the least. pic.twitter.com/1tL1W8zdwd— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
Not surprisingly, Chris Vanderweide also showed up to continue bask in his 15 minutes of alt-right infamy:
Seems he’s repping the Wolves of Odin.— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
The far-right side seemed to be a little bolstered by his appearance but it’s still just yelling. pic.twitter.com/QRYGd7ASaC— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
People are taking photos of him with a helmet while he’s also wearing a helmet.
Really into helmets. pic.twitter.com/aQxKPCsvkh— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019Now while Chris is clearly visible and could be arrested, the police seem to be more concerned about the people who have been peacefully opposing the hate groups:
.@TorontoPolice literally choking and roughing people peacefully protesting neo-nazi bigots holding a hate rally. I was hit in the face asking why I couldn’t cross the street. “For our safety”.. never felt so unsafe. pic.twitter.com/le1GEsPmal— Mexie (@mexieYT) June 22, 2019
I'll be posting more soon. Also watching a live feed from the Pegida side (suffice it to say they are sort of losing their shit about being outnumbered yet again). Yellow Vester Wayne Peters from Alberta is present. His first live feed cut out after more than an hour. He did a brie second live feed before it too seemed to cut out:
I'm currently down loading the first video but a few highlights in his commentary are:
- When the counter-protesters troll the Pegida side about being paid by George Soros, Peters actually believes that this constitutes proof of the ridiculous claim.
- Urged people to spy on groups such as YVCE to help "add to his case file."
- Refers to the LTGBTQ community as "alphabet soup" community.
- Claims that abortion rights are leading to the murder of full term infants and that this is a means to diminish the number of "real" Canadians and to bring in immigrants to replace "our people."
- Claims that people supporting diversity are supporting the end of their blood line.
The energy levels of both side seems to be waning in the sun. I’ve heard that the far-right group may eventually march and if so it could get a little hairy. pic.twitter.com/2e7JFnbFMQ— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
Far-right group is on the move. Police are splitting the street. Anti fascists are chanting “send them home.” pic.twitter.com/UoAxpUo0ju— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
Now the police have said that the hate groups aren't marching:
Cops are adamant that the far right crew is going home “not marching”— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
I'll believe that when it is confirmed by other parties.
Anti fascists walking down the Dundas chanting “nazi scum off the streets.” Seems some sort of skirmish happened but I dunno exactly what. pic.twitter.com/CsOUEFQOCm— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019
The antifa crowd continues to march down Bay and, folks,I think that’s the end of it. Pretty mellow as far as these things go.
Thanks for following along. If anything changes I’ll keep you posted but more likely than not things will taper out and I’ll go get a beer. pic.twitter.com/so3RWcWtEC— Mack Lamoureux (@MackLamoureux) June 22, 2019