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Visions of Chaos: Weighing the Violent Legacy of Iron March

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:40
Brandon Russell, the 22-year-old founder of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, posted a PDF of an obscure textbook about paramilitary tactics to Iron March on the morning of May 17, 2017, and then his account on that website went dark.

SPLC responds to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s prison construction plan

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:19
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced today that her administration will seek bids for building three regional prisons for men, at an estimated cost of nearly $1 billion – part of a larger effort to address the state’s dangerous and overcrowded prison system

Judge: Alabama’s prison system violates Eighth Amendment, “deliberately indifferent” to mental health of people in solitary confinement

Southern Poverty Law Center - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 16:10
In another stunning rebuke of Alabama’s prison system, a federal judge ruled today that the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) violated the Eighth Amendment and that it was “deliberately indifferent” in its failure to adequately monitor the mental health of incarcerated people in solitary confinement.

The Cozy Relationship Between Rebel Media Personalities (Past and Present) and White Nationalist Generation Identity/ID Canada

Back on July 2, 2016 a rally and counter protest occurred at Queens Park in Toronto which in and of itself wasn't especially unusual. On this day were those who were demonstrating in support of al-Quds Day. On the other side were counter-protesters including the Jewish Defence League and supporters of the then newish Pegida Canada. While this event in and of itself would have been worth looking into in more detail had I been more on the ball at the time, it was what I have subsequently learned about what was happening on the periphery as a lone individual observed and commented on the event that I now find especially interesting:

The individual observing the event is seen above commenting on 4chan which is one of the toxic cesspools found online rife with racism, sexism, Islamophobia, and antisemitism. The individual took a number of photographs documenting his or her presence at the event:

The posts made by the individual (highlighted in red) and others certainly conform to the vicious hatred that one would expect to find on 4chan as well:

In some cases I've included the comment being responded too and combined it with the reply.

Now if I were to post every racist thing posted on 4chan, even if I confined myself to including only Canadian posts I'd be too busy to do anything else with my day. The reason why this particular thread is compelling is because of this comment in which the individual claims to be a writer for Rebel Media as well as being on the administrative team for Generation Identity Canada:

Generation Identity Canada, now rebranded as ID Canada, was barely on my radar at the time this post was made. I was somewhat aware of the movement in Europe but was more focused on more public groups such as the Soldiers of Odin and Pegida Canada. Over the past few years however this particular "identitarian" group and the movement in general has come to occupy a fair amount of my time.

Now while regular readers are likely all well aware of who Generation Identity/ID Canada is as well as the beliefs the membership holds at this point there may be a few new readers who would like a bit of a primer:

I can't speak to the truthfulness of claims the person posting these messaged made regarding his or her involvement with both Rebel Media or Generation Identity. I haven't been able to find any video on "The Rebel's" website that match the description of what was described and the original Generation Identity Canada Facebook page has long since gone the way of the Dodo only to replaced by a new Facebook group. However, one thing that is very clear is that current and former members of the Rebel Media team have had a very close relationship with Generation Identity/Generation Identity Canada/ID Canada over the years and have spent a lot of time promoting the group (full video "Exposure Undercover: Inside Britain's New Far Right can be found here):

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Reactionary Yellow Vests Supporter Arrested: Numerous Weapons Charges

Back on January 28, an off-duty RCMP officer heard a man calling for a lost dog. When he tried to help the man whose name is Tony Green, this happened:
When the officer attempted to help the man locate his dog, Green allegedly pulled out a pistol and pointed it at him. The officer then removed himself from the situation, called 911, and responding Mounties quickly arrested Green. A handgun and ammunition were seized from the car he was driving.Not exactly the best way to make friends and influence people.

Green faces six charges including, "pointing a firearm, possession dangerous to public, carrying a concealed weapon and unauthorized possession." He also amassed a considerable arsenal in his home as well:
RCMP on Vancouver Island have seized more than 100 firearms after executing a search warrant in Campbell River.....That night, police began what turned into a four-day search of Green’s property, in which they seized three full pick-up truckloads of guns, ammunition and prohibited devices. Police said the search was temporarily delayed when explosive materials were found and a disposal unit was called to the scene. “More than 100 guns, handguns, shotguns and assault-style rifles were seized. Many were prohibited firearms such as a WWII Bren machine gun with a tripod,” said an RCMP media release. “Investigators also located what can be described as homemade silencers, zip guns, prohibited over capacity magazines and untraceable firearms.”Well it turns out that Mr. Green is someone who happens to be ideologically aligned with the reactionary Yellow Vest movement in the country:

We're waiting for confirmation on this, but it looks like a #YellowVestsCanada member has been arrested for pointing a gun at an off-duty RCMP officer. His home was searched, and the police seized many weapons and explosives.— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 9, 2019
This is Tony Green from Campbell River. His Facebook profile is very pro-gun.— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 9, 2019

He is very pro yellow vest convoy. I certainly hope this person with so many weapons and explosives wasn't going to Ottawa.— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) February 9, 2019

 And yeah, he is very pro-gun....

.... and very anti-government:

In one example on his Facebook profile, Green shares an image originally posted by the new head of the III% militia which appears to attempt to provide justification for the violent overthrow of a democratically elected government:

Considering he appears to have ties to the reactionary Yellow Vesters which has been documented (primarily by the incredible Yellow Vests Canada Exposed) as having supporters who routinely threaten and advocate for the death of the prime minister as well as at least tacit support for the III% militia, I can't help be a bit concerned about heavily armed individuals being among their members, especially when they are already prone to far-right paranoid conspiracy theories:

And, not surprising, he is also found in the web connections between people covered on the blog including Ronny Cameron, Jeff Sharpe, Sandra Solomon, Adam Stevenson, Georges Hallack, Georges Massaad, Darren Tibbo (WCAI member), Dan Dubois, Lynn Redden, Brad Salzburg, and Kevin Johnston among others:

I wonder if anyone associated with the Yellow Vests convoy to Ottawa plans on being armed to the teeth as well?

SPLC statement on removal of provisions that protect consumers from predatory lenders

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 15:26
We are deeply disappointed in a decision this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to rescind rules that would have protected consumers from predatory lenders.

SPLC, victims’ families demand comprehensive ADOC reform as suicide toll increases

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 13:35
Following another suicide of a person under the care of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) this week, victims’ families, their attorney, and representatives from the SPLC met on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol today, urging state officials to address the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform.

League of the South Member Tyler Davis Takes Plea for Beating Man After 'Unite the Right'

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 11:43
A member of the neo-Confederate group League of the South has taken a plea for his role in the beating of DeAndre Harris in the hours after the racist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Generals and Crooks

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:03
How Caravan Paranoia Tore the Border Militia Movement Apart

Steve Bannon's (Lonely) European Vacation

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 07:53
2018 was another bad year for Steve Bannon. 

The Year in Hate: Rage Against Change

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 07:49
White supremacy flourishes amid fears of immigration and nation's shifting demographics.

Anti-LGBT Groups Launch Movement Against Federal Equality Act

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 14:16
Anti-LGBT hate group leaders and activists recently launched a new project, the #Gone2Far movement (GTFM), to oppose H.R. 2282, the federal Equality Act, which seeks to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections for the categories of a person’s sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Florida Anti-Immigrant Group Lobbies To Introduce Legislation Attacking Immigrants

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 13:04
Anti-immigrant group Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (FLIMEN) lobbied legislators in Florida to introduce legislation mandating E-Verify and banning sanctuary measures.

Video: SPLC’s Mary Bauer at the border, rebuts Trump on migrants

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:48
During his State of the Union address, President Trump once again demonized immigrants with blatant falsehoods as he sought to cajole Congress into funding a wall at the border.

Criminalising Dissent: the Stansted 15 and the Hostile Environment

Institute of Race Relations News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 03:35

A lecture examining political resistance to the UK’s ‘deport now, appeal later policy’, the value of direct action and what the judgement on the Stansted 15 means for the future of political dissent.

  • Wednesday 20 February, 6pm – 8pm
  • Room 313, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS

The event, hosted by the International State Crime Initiative, will feature Ali Tamlit and Helen Brewer – two members of the Stansted 15 – their legal counsel, and experts on policing and protest.

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Queen Mary School of Law International State Crime Initiative


¡No Pasaran! Confronting the rise of the Far Right

Institute of Race Relations News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 03:35

A London conference bringing together activists from across Europe and beyond to discuss and organise against the rise of the far Right. 

  • Saturday 2 March, 9:30am – 5pm
  • Bloomsbury Central, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EP

Speakers include Diane Abbott MP, Liz Fekete, and more.

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