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Trump’s Selective Responses to Terror – The Atlantic

It is no secret that the President of the United States is a quick draw when it comes to expressing indignation or anger in response to news of the day. This is especially true when it comes to certain acts of terrorin the immediate aftermath of the Paris, Manchester and London attacks, Trump expressed his feelings within hours. And indeed, the American public has seen its commander in chief at turns combative, sneering, dyspeptic and outraged when extremists maim and kill in the name of Islam.

Very often there is some policy prescription laced in his responses, as wella push for extreme vetting or a renewed call for his original and apparently not-politically correct version of a ban targeting Muslim travelers. These are Trumps targeted solutions to what he calls the problem of Islamic extremism, dished out with the same munificence and gusto as his often emotional responses.

And yet in other, equally horrific instances, when innocents have been attacked or killed in the name of a different sort of extremism, President Trump has remained mostly quiet. Either he has said nothing at all, or he has waited days to respondand when the responses have been issued, they are missing Trumps signature fury and attendant solutions. Sometimes, these responses dont even sound like the president.

What makes these acts of terror different, what renders them presumably less urgent and immediately offensive to Americas commander in chief, is that they have involved assailants raging under the banner of white supremacy or violent nationalism. The discrepancy in these responses says a great deal about Trump: not simply his own values, but his fundamental understanding of what it means to govern this country.

In the wake of an attack at the Champs Elysees that killed one police officer, Trump immediately addressed the situation in a bilateral press conference, then tweeted:

Less than 24 hours after the Manchester attack that killed 22, Trump animatedly and repeatedly declared the perpetrators losers. And in the wake of the London attacks that killed seven on Saturday evening, Trump was on his preferred medium of Twitter by early Monday morningissuing a spate of angry responses.

There was a message of solidarity:

There was an extended push for the renewal of his controversial Muslim ban.

And there were a series of controversial tweets directed at the (Muslim) mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and his calls to remain calm.

In short: President Trump had a lot to say about these attacks.

Yet a little over two weeks ago, he had nothing to tweet when a white man in Maryland with ties to an online group called Alt Reich: Nation fatally stabbed a black student named Richard W. Collins III. Collins had just been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army, and, according to the New York Times, was preparing to move to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, for training in defending the country against chemical attacks. There was no response to his murder from Americas Commander-in-Chief.

Just over a week ago, when a knife-wielding white supremacist killed two men and maimed another in Portland, Oregon as they sought to defend two womenone black, the other in a hijabPresident Trump waited three days before commenting. In the interim, as Eliot Hanon points out, he tweeted about the fake news media, the deadness of Obamacare, and the coming benefits of his massive (and thus far unseen and uncertain) tax reform package.

When Trump finally did weigh in on the Portland terror act, on his official @POTUS feed and not his personal one, the tweet was relatively boilerplate:

There was nothing in the way of follow-up, no suggestion that Americans needed to band together in some fashion, no policy aimed at tackling the (increasing) problem of hate crimes here in the United States. If you werent familiar with Trumps history on this strain of white nationalist terrorism, it would have been surprisingbut given his behavior over the last four months, it was not.

Trump was silent in February, when three Indian-born men, working for an American company in Kansas, were attacked at a barone was killed, the others injuredby a white assailant screaming, Get out of my country. For six days, the president was mute on the subject, long enough for the editorial board of the Kansas City Star to deem his silence disquieting:

Surely the White House team could have cobbled together a statement of some sort, a response to at least address growing fears that the U.S. is unwelcoming of immigrants, or worse, that the foreign-born need to fear for their lives here.

During such moments of crisis, people look to the president for strength and guidance.

They need to hear their moral outrage articulated, the condemnation of a possible hate crime and the affirmation that the U.S. values everyones contributions, whether youre an immigrant or native-born. For Trump, this was a crucial opportunity to condemn such hateful acts and to forcefully declare that this is not who we are.

It was not until the president spoke to a joint session of Congress, seven days after the slaying, that he addressed the incident:

Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last weeks shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms, Trump said.

Those scripted lines were the only comments Trump would make on the topic.

When Alexandre Bissonnette, a Canadian with ties to the white supremacist movement, opened fire on Muslims worshipping at an Islamic center in Canada in late January, killing six and wounding eight, Trump was nowhere to be heard. Senior White House Advisor KellyAnne Conway offered an anemic defense: He doesnt tweet about everything, she said. He doesnt make a comment about everything.

Conways comments were revealing then and remain so, especially today: for the Trump White House, there are the issues that matter enough for comment, and then there is everything else. Apparently, terror inflicted upon innocent civilians falls in to the former category (things that matter) if the perpetrators are tied to extremist ideologies rooted in Islam. But terror inflicted upon innocent civilians falls into the latter category (everything else) if the perpetrators are tied to extremist ideologies rooted in white nationalism.

For Trump and his defenders, there is no apparent hypocrisy in this duality, but it is an important indicator as to how the president sees the American landscape: irrevocably and perhaps existentially divided into certain tribes and cultures, with a chasm among its citizens so deep that the murders of Americans for certain political reasons do not always warrant outrage (or even a tweet). Donald Trump is the president of the United States, but in moments like these, his attitude calls into question whether he is not, in fact, more the president of certain statescertain peoplethan others.

In announcing his withdrawal from the Paris climate change accords, Trump (tellingly) declared, I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris, but if you have listened carefully enough to Trump and his line of reasoning, Paris is really a placeholder for the values of liberalism and progressivism, blue state sacraments about tolerance and globalism.

His response in the wake of the terror attacks of the last two weeks mirrors this worldview: he is the president when a certain set of values are threatened, but not others. Victims who were Muslim, foreign-born or progressively-minded and preaching tolerance, would seem to have been citizens of Trumps mythic (and maligned) Parishe was not elected to represent their interests, he was not placed in office to empathize with their sorrows and tragic ends.

Nor does he serve to necessarily rebuke their tormentors. I spoke with Heidi Beirichthe Director of Intelligence at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate crimes in Americaabout the asymmetry in Trumps responses.

It doesnt seem like Trump cares about hate crimes against these populations, she said, speaking of the attacks in Kansas and Quebec and Portland. When it comes to extremism bred from our own culture, he says nothingor very, very little. It makes you wonder whether the alt right and the extremists who supported him during the campaignwhether hes somehow afraid of offending them. The [victims] are fellow citizenshe should care about them.

Trump is unlikely to be swayed by any arguments dictating what he should do in any instancehis whole political career has effectively been a campaign against expectations, after allbut this is a clear break from what Americans, until now, have expected of their presidents. And not simply because sympathy and empathy are expected emotional responses from any leader in a time of grief, but also, more urgently, because presidents have an actual role to play in staving off future horrors.

Beirich recalled the days after 9/11, when then-president George W. Bush addressed a shattered and angry nation and said:

These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith. And its important for my fellow Americans to understand that.

The English translation is not as eloquent as the original Arabic, but let me quote from the Koran, itself: In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who do evil. For that they rejected the signs of Allah and held them up to ridicule.

The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.

Beirich explained, There was a lot of violence, but the murder sprees in the weeks after 9/11 came to a full stop after Bushs comments. And the following years saw the [hate crimes] numbers going back to pre-9/11 stats. I think it matters that he said something. Its not purely coincidental that these things happened in parallel.

President Trump is eager to offer solutions when the terror emanates from extremism tied to fundamentalist Islamic ideologies, but his suggestions are often ethically questionable or legally complicated. If he chose to act more forcefully against terror driven by white nationalism, one powerful solutionpublic condemnationwould be readily available to him, without much complication.

And yet, at this moment, it is hard to imagine him using it.

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D.C. Is a New Hotbed for Racist Acts – Care2.com

President Donald Trump may not have made much headway on his goal of making America great again, but one thing he has definitely accomplished is bringing the simmering racism of our country out into the open.

Perhaps one of the saddest results of President Trumps influence is how many racist incidents are occurring now in Washington, D.C., and how racism and xenophobia are surging in our nations capitol.

In just under a week the Smithsonian Institute had two different racist attacks, with nooses being left first in a tree at the Hirshhorn Museum, and next at a display about segregation at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. According to Smithsonian.com, On Wednesday afternoon, tourists visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture found a noose in an exhibition on segregation. Park police came to investigate and removed the noose, and the exhibit gallery was reopened within three hours, Smithsonian officials said. The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravitya symbol of extreme violence for African Americans. Todays incident is a painful reminder of the challenges that African Americans continue to face, wrote Lonnie Bunch, the director of the museum, in an e-mail to staff.

Nooses have been found in other places in D.C. as well. A few weeks earlier at American University nooses were used in a display that also involved hanging bananas, a means of attacking an African American sorority on the campus. American University is investigating what its calling a racial incident after bananas were found hanging from strings tied in the shape of nooses in three places on the campus in Northwest D.C., WTOP.com reports. The displays were found in three places around the campus. In a memo to the college community, Fanta Aw, Americans vice president of campus life, said some of the fruits had the letters AKA written on them which Aw said stood for Alpha Kappa Alpha, a sorority whose members are predominantly African-American. Investigators suspect that the incidents may be tied to the election of the first black woman as student body president.

It isnt just the African American community feeling the brunt of the attacks, either. In an obvious attempt to intimidate and harass undocumented immigrants in the city someone posted fake fliers around D.C., pretending they were from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The posters, which bear the ICE logo, list potential penalties for assisting someone in the country illegally, according to ABC News.

Federal immigration authorities responded to the fake fliers on Twitter, the news station reports. The immigration enforcement notices appearing across Washington, D.C., were not issued or sanctioned by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), spokesperson Carissa Cutrell told ABC News. Just like false reports of immigration checkpoints or random sweeps, notices like these are dangerous and irresponsible. Any person who actively incites panic or fear of law enforcement is doing a disservice to the community, endangering public safety and the very people they claim to support and represent, Cutrell added.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser responded to the attempt to terrorize those who are undocumented by tweeting tear it down. But thats not the only hate-filled flier incident in the area. Over Memorial Day weekend, in the D.C. suburb of Alexandria, White Supremacists decided to do a little posting of their own. Racist fliers were found plastered on trees and utility poles and wedged on car windshields in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria during Memorial Day weekend, WTOP.com reports. The fliers, bearing a web address of a white nationalist group, carried various racist messages aimed at African-Americans and immigrant groups, and called for fascism to replace democracy in the United States.

Those posters, too, were quickly removed by locals in the neighborhood.

Obviously incidents like this are happening all over the country, from graffiti to vandalism and slurs and outright violence. Heidi Beirich, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, told Time Magazine that she believes that the campaign season and now Trumps win has unleashed the racism that was only barely checked before now. Putting those sentiments in public from a presidential campaign has sanctioned a lot of people, she told Time. Things they might have kept inside themselves, that they have kept quiet about, have burst out.

Still, somehow it seemed as if even as the rest of the country succumbed to their bigotry, it was almost as if D.C. should have been held to a higher level that the symbolic heart of democracy shouldnt be experiencing the same hatred that is infecting many states of the nation.

Then again, this is now the home of the President himself, the one who arguably instigated this problem in the first place. Looking at it from that perspective, the nooses and fake ICE flyers arent very shocking after all.

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Heidi Beirich on White Supremacist Violence, Maria Luisa Mendonca on Brazil’s Crisis – FAIR

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This week on CounterSpin: The Washington Post headlined a May 30 analysis piece Trumps Quick to Tweet on Terror and TV, Slower on Things Like the Attack in Portland. Meant to call out Trumps unwillingness to engage white supremacist violence, the paper unwittingly illustrates the problem of elite media, who continue to maintain separate spaces for extremist attacks based on who commits them. Heidi Beirich leads Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project, which publishes the Intelligence Report and the Hatewatch blog. Shell join us to talk about whats going on.

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Also on the show: Once again, Brazil has found itself in upheaval. Thus do elite media, in this case the New York Times, describe power struggles in other countries: almost natural, like earthquakes, more endemic to some areas than others. Every countrys different, but that there might be commonalities with a situation in which a right wing leadership fights to hold onto power many believe illegitimately attained in order to pursue unpopular austerity measures that hurt the most vulnerable in order to serve elites, doesnt seem something media are eager to underscore. Well get an update on Brazil from Maria Luisa Mendona, coordinator of the Network for Social Justice and Human Rights in Brazil and director of the Feminist Alliance for Rights at the Center for Womens Global Leadership at Rutgers University.

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Public Comment – Berkeley Daily Planet

Did Trumps campaign rhetoric of anti-immigrant rantings of Muslims precipitate the recent death of two good Samaritans, on a Portland train? Three men tried to rescue two teenage girls by a knife wielding white terrorist who was spewing anti-Muslim racial slurs. The attack came attack came just six days after 23-year-old Richard Collins III, an African-American student at Bowie State University was fatally stabbed by a white supremacist Facebook group called “Alt-Reich: Nation.”Heidi Beirich, the Intelligence Project director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, accuses Trump and his supporters of unleashing a barrage of neo-Nazi, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim hatred during the presidential campaign. This tragic event comes on the heels of discussions by top Republicans who are considering using militia groups as security for public events. Multnomah County GOP Chair, James Buchal, told The Guardian that Republicans would likely make their own security arrangements rather than relying on city or state police, including groups like the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters. A video has recently surfaced of Buchal lamenting what he called “open borders.” He has expressed his intense hatred of people from Third World countries who would destroy everything that is special about America. Clearly he is no shining example of what is so special about America.

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Suspect In Deadly Portland Hate Speech Attack Charged With Murder – OPB News

Community members have created a memorial for victims of Friday’s attack at the Hollywood MAX station. A candlelight vigil is planned for Saturdaynight.

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Portland Police say Christian is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of intimidation in the second degree and felon in possession of a restrictedweapon.

Police identified the deceased victims as Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Southeast Portland and Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley. The surviving victim, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, of Southeast Portland, is being treated at a Portlandhospital.

The current political climate allows far too much room for those who spread bigotry, said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Saturdayafternoon.

Namkai-Meche graduated with a degree in economics from Reed College in 2016. In a public Facebook post, his mother Asha Deliverance said: He was a hero and will remain a hero on the other side of the veil. Shining bright star I love youforever.

Best was an Army veteran who worked for the city of Portland at the Bureau of DevelopmentsServices.

Micah David-Cole Fletcher is an alumni of Madison HighSchool.

In 2013 he won the Literary Arts poetry slam competition Verselandia. Along with the other finalists, he performed and reflected on his poetry on OPBs Think Out Loud. He said:

Its the other people that need to be heard now. The one thing I think all the negative experiences in my life have taught me, if anything, is that it is not about you. You are one person. On one planet in one galaxy in one universe, said David-ColeFletcher.

Trust me, you by yourself are not what makes everything so beautiful. Its the combination, the coming together of all these different people from different backgrounds with different beliefs coinciding with one another, the interactions between them and the different products of those interactions thats what makes society so great, hesaid.

The attack happened at the Hollywood Transit Center. Eyewitnesses say the three men approached Christian, who was yelling racial slurs at two women on the train who appeared to beMuslim.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, of North Portland was booked on charges of aggravatedmurder after the fatal stabbing of two men on a TriMet MAX train Friday, May 26,2017.

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The women have not been identified but one was described as wearing a hijab, according to authorities. Police say the women have come forward but are not being publiclyidentified.

The suspect was on the MAX train yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions, Sgt. Pete Simpson wrote in a pressrelease Fridayevening.

Christian, the man accused of the crimes, has posted offensive material and anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media, says Heidi Beirich, with the Southern Poverty LawCenter.

This guy was definitely expressing anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler material, anti-Muslim rants as well, saidBeirich.

We have sadly seen far too much violence from people who espouse theseideas.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has been tracking hate groups and extremist activity across the country, and has been inundated with reports during the first months of the Donald Trump presidency. Beirich said the center had received just under 900 responses within 10 days of the election, and reports had shot up to 1,800 by lateJanuary.

Were seeing a wave of hate, both hate speech and hate crimes, across this country that are unprecedented in recent years and require ultimately a forceful response, Beirich added. And thats certainly not something were getting out of the Trump administration rightnow.

Christian also attended the April 29 March for Free Speech, event on 82nd Avenue, a response to the canceled Rose Parade after organizers received a threatening email directed at the local Republican party. He wore an American flag as a cape and a chain around his neck. He frequently used the n-word and extended his arm in a hail Hitlersalute.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of Friday night’s fatal stabbing on the MAX train, recently attended the April 29 “March for Free Speech” on 82ndAvenue.

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Fridays attack happened just hours before the Muslim holy month ofRamadanbegan. In Southwest Portland, families and worshipers left evening prayer atthe Islamic Center of Portland, or Masjed As-Saber, Oregonslargestmosque.

We are very sorry for the two men who tried to do the right thing, said Imtiaz Khan, President of the Islamic Center ofPortland.

Khan condemned the attack and believes similar acts of hate speech and harassment toward the Muslim community havegone up sincetheelection.

Of course peoplefrom the Muslim community are concerned. And unfortunately, the easy targets are women because of the headscarf,saidKhan.

There is too much hatred in our world right now, and far too much violence. Too much of it has arrived here in Portland, said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in astatement.

My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives, and to those who witnessed what happened. Thank you to our first responders, who provided aid, and police who captured the suspected killer, saidWheeler.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown posted on Facebook that she was heartbroken by the loss of two brave, compassionate lives. Oregon is a welcoming place to all. Safety while traveling through our community is a basic human right that we need to be able to guarantee to everyone, regardless of where theyre from, or what they believe, saidBrown.

Evil struck the city of Portland last night and ripped a hole in the heart of Oregon and her people. The Oregonians who lost their lives standing up against hatred will be remembered by many as heroes, said Oregon House Republican leader MikeMcLane.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also aware of Fridays attacks and says it is offering any available resources to assist the PortlandPolice.

Its too early to say whether last nights violence was an act of domestic terrorism or a federal hate crime. However, in the coming days, the FBI, PPB and the prosecutors will work together to share information, leverage resources and make determinations about future criminal charges, said Loren Cannon, FBI Oregon special agent incharge.

Portland Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crime or has information about the incident to call the police non-emergency line at503-823-3333.

TriMet transit police commander Sara Westbrook says the transit division will increase the amount of officers riding light rail in the city and surroundingareas.

The community is organizing a candlelight vigil Saturday night to honor the victims of the attack. The vigil starts at 6:30 p.m.at the Hollywood MAXstation.

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Portland Mayor Calls For Shutdown Of ‘Trump Free Speech,’ Anti-Muslim Rallies – Jefferson Public Radio

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has urged the federal government to revoke a permit for a “free speech” rally and to refuse a permit for an anti-Muslim march planned for Portland in early June.

Wheeler made the request in light of a gruesome stabbing on a MAX light-rail train Friday, May 26. Two men died and another was seriously injured when they intervened to defend two teenage girls from a man’s bigoted tirade.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Wheeler said the events should be canceled.

“Our City is mourning,” the mayor wrote, “our community’s anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation.”

The “Trump Free Speech Rally” is scheduled for Sunday, June 4. It’s billed on Facebook as an “uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom.”

The rally is set to be held at the Terry D. Schrunk Plaza directly across from Portland City Hall. The site is managed by the U.S. General Services Administration, which issues permits for its use.

The other event is called the “March Against Sharia,” a nationwide anti-Muslim demonstration organized by ACT For America, which calls itself “the NRA of national security.” It is scheduled for June 10, also at Schrunk Plaza.

In addition to requesting action from the federal government, Wheeler said his office is reaching out to event coordinators to cancel the demonstrations.

“I urge them to ask their supporters to stay away from Portland,” Wheeler wrote. “There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now.”

It was not immediately clear whether permits have been issued for the demonstrations.

Wheeler said the city of Portland will not issue permits for either event.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of murder in the MAX stabbings, attended a similar far-right rally on April 29 called a “March for Free Speech” in East Portland. Police confiscated a baseball bat Christian took to the rally. He frequently used the n-word and saluted Hitler.

Christian has posted offensive material and anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media, said Heidi Beirich, with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

This guy was definitely expressing anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler material, anti-Muslim rants as well, Beirich told OPB. We have sadly seen far too much violence from people who espouse these ideas.

Wheeler also called on other state and local agencies to back him up in this request.

“I am calling on every elected leader in Oregon, every legal agency, every level of law enforcement to stand with me in preventing another tragedy,” he said.

The ACLU of Oregon responded to the mayor’s statement, saying in a series of tweets the city cannot “shut down speech we disagree with.”

“The government cannot revoke or deny a permit based on the viewpoint of the demonstrators. Period,” the ACLU wrote. It continued, “If we allow the government to shut down speech for some, we all will pay the price down the line.”

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks with citizens at the Hollywoodvigil.

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has urgedthe federal government to revoke a permit fora free speech rally and to refuse a permit for an anti-Muslim march planned for Portland nextweek.

Wheeler made the request in light of a gruesome stabbing on a MAX light-rail train Friday, May 26. Two men died and another was seriously injured when they intervened to defend two teenage girls from a mans bigotedtirade.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Wheeler said the events should becanceled.

Our City is mourning, the mayor wrote, our communitys anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficultsituation.

TheTrump Free Speech Rally is scheduled for Sunday, June 4. Its billed on Facebook as an uplifting experienceto bring back strength and courage to those who believe infreedom.

The rally is set to be held at the Terry D. Schrunk Plaza directly across from Portland City Hall. The site is managed by the U.S. General Services Administration, which issues permits for its use.

The other event is called the March Against Sharia, a nationwide anti-Muslim demonstration organized by ACT For America, which calls itself the NRA of national security. It is scheduled for June 10, also at SchrunkPlaza.

In addition to requesting action from the federal government, Wheeler said his office is reaching out to event coordinators to cancel thedemonstrations.

I urge them to ask their supporters to stay away from Portland, Wheeler wrote. There is never a place for bigotry orhatred in our community, and especially notnow.

It was not immediately clear whether permits have been issued for thedemonstrations.

Wheeler said the city of Portland will not issue permits for eitherevent.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of murder in the MAX stabbings, attended a similar far-right rally on April 29 called a March for Free Speech in East Portland. Police confiscated a baseball bat Christian took to the rally. He frequently used the n-word and salutedHitler.

Christian has posted offensive material and anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media, said Heidi Beirich, with the Southern Poverty LawCenter.

This guy was definitely expressing anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler material, anti-Muslim rants as well, Beirich told OPB. We have sadly seen far too much violence from people who espouse theseideas.

Wheeler also called on other state and local agencies to back him up in thisrequest.

I am calling on every elected leader in Oregon, every legal agency, every level of law enforcement to stand with me in preventing another tragedy, hesaid.

The ACLU of Oregon responded to the mayors statement, saying in a series of tweets the city cannot shut down speech we disagreewith.

The government cannot revoke or deny a permit based on the viewpoint of the demonstrators. Period, the ACLUwrote. It continued, If we allow the government to shut down speech for some, we all will pay the price down theline.

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Corps condemns Marines’ behavior during rally – StarNewsOnline.com

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GRAHAM They drove hours from their homes in Eastern North Carolina, hiding out on a roof last weekend to play a mysterious part in a pro-Confederate demonstration in Alamance County.

No one seems to know what activist organization the two men represented, or what they ultimately hoped to accomplish with the unfurling of a vague banner over the side of downtown building.

Whats clear, though, is that both men arrested for trespassing May 20 during a Confederate rally in Grahams Court Square are active members of the U.S. Marine Corps and were displaying a banner with symbolism associated with modern white nationalist movements.

Though the USMC hasnt yet taken action in connection with the incident involving Michael Joseph Chesny, 35, of Havelock and Joseph Warner Manning, 32, of Jacksonville, the military branch has publicly come out against the cause for which the two men apparently stood.

Of course we condemn this type of behavior, Maj. Clark Carpenter said. We condemn any type of behavior that is not congruent with our values or that is illegal.

Carpenter described the pairs actions and potential involvement with questionable activist organizations as not representative of the rest of the Marine Corps, a group of some 185,000 individuals.

This is two Marines that behaved inappropriately, Carpenter said. Thats going to be investigated, and ultimately its an isolated incident.

The two men, charged with misdemeanor first-degree trespassing, were released the same day from the Alamance County jail on $1,500 bonds.

Court documents provide conflicting information on whether the bonds were secured or unsecured, and the sheriffs office previously said the two men were released on a written promise to appear in court.

According to public affairs representatives with Chesnys and Mannings respective units, the incident is still being investigated by military personnel, who are awaiting more information from local authorities in Alamance County.

Manning, a staff sergeant stationed at the Marine Corps Combat Engineer School at Camp Lejeune, is an instructor in the program, said Capt. Joshua Pena, a public affairs officer in the training and education command.

Manning joined the USMC in 2002, and has been a staff sergeant since 2014, earning a number of awards including a Purple Heart as well as good conduct, Afghanistan campaign and Iraq campaign medals.

Chesny is a sergeant stationed at Cherry Point Air Station, where he serves as an explosive ordnance technician. He enlisted in November 2007 and became a sergeant in May 2013, said Michael Barton, director of public affairs at Cherry Point.

Chesny has received three Marine Corps good conduct medals, as well as multiple medals related to his deployment in Afghanistan.

The arrests have generated quite a bit of attention among personnel inside the fence, a USMC representative told the Times-News.

‘He who controls the past controls the future’

Manning and Chesny are accused of climbing on top of 101 N. Main St., a building adjacent to the historic courthouse, prior to Alamance County Taking Back Alamance Countys Confederate Memorial Day rally.

They allegedly brought a ladder, which they pulled up behind them after reaching the top of the building.

Graham police Capt. Steve McGilvray told the Times-News the men explained to officers they were at the rally to film protesters with the Industrial Workers of the World to show they werent peaceful.

At one point during the rally, the men let down a banner that read, He who controls the past controls the future, a quote from George Orwells novel 1984, and also featuring an Identitarian symbol and YWNRU on the side.

The acronym stands for You will not replace us, the slogan chanted by demonstrators carrying torches May 13 in Charlottesville, Va., at a protest surrounding the removal of a Confederate monument and, according to its leader, in affirmation of being white.

Its also a slogan used recently by white nationalist activist group Identity Evropa, an online application for which asks candidates to confirm they are of European, non-Semitic heritage.

Though investigators with the sheriffs office and Graham Police Department said they are unsure of which organization Chesny and Manning were representing or whether they were with a particular group at all Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project, said the black and yellow Identitarian symbol on the banner goes hand in hand with the YWNRU slogan.

Beirich, who oversees the SPLCs tracking of extremist activity across the United States, said the Identitarian movement, which originated in Europe in response the immigration of Muslims and people from the Middle East, has gained traction in the United States recently.

In the last year, weve seen this Identitarian thinking go across the Atlantic into the U.S., Beirich said, adding that the spread of Identitarian literature has picked up. Its in the last year that its gotten really aggressive.

Though in Europe the Identitarian focus is the idea that Muslims are coming and replacing historic populations and Christianity, Beirich said, the emphasis may be even wider in the United States.

In the U.S., the immigration that most white supremacists are concerned about they dont like Muslims, but theyre really concerned about immigration from Latin America, which they see as the browning of America and the takeover of our culture and a demographic threat, literally. The census says in 2040, whites will become a minority.

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For its part, ACTBAC, which organized and obtained a city permit for the Confederate rally, posted on its Facebook page this week that they were still unsure from what organization or cause Manning and Chesny came.

As Graham police officers pulled up the banner, ACTBAC members cheered because we assumed it was another IWW banner, the group wrote in a Facebook post about the incident. We thought by the wording it was 110% some anti-everything slogan, the post continues, alleging that ACTBAC members had tried researching the signs meaning but still can’t figure out what these guys were there to express.

Either way who ever they are, they are not us. If anyone comes to a event of ours and breaks the law and shows disrespect, you will be escorted out just like these fools wearing a new pair of bracelets.

And the scary part is, they are both Marines, ACTBAC posted.

According to an SPLC report, after the organization put pressure on the Pentagon and Congress related to findings that a number of white supremacists were joining the U.S. military to receive training ultimately to support their own causes, in November 2009, the Pentagon clarified its policy on the issue.

Though the earlier policy prohibited only active participation in extremist activity, new regulations say military personnel must not actively advocate supremacist doctrine, ideology or causes or otherwise advance efforts to deprive individuals of their civil rights. The new rules specified that active participation includes activities such as recruiting, fundraising, demonstrating or rallying, training, organizing and distributing supremacist material, including online posts, according to the SPLC Intelligence Report story.

When asked by the Times-News whether he was concerned with U.S. Marines taking part in such a demonstration last Saturday, U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, R-6th, issued a statement condemning the two mens cause in general.

The Scriptures state, Anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness, Walkers statement said. They do not know where they are going because the darkness has blinded them. This darkness is saturated in ignorance, denying that God has created every man, woman, boy and girl uniquely with exceptional skills and talent.

Some discriminatory action may be constitutional, but that message is an affront to our core value that all people are created equal.

Beirich said the SPLC regularly reports to the military members of the armed forces they come across who are affiliated with extremist groups.

They are taking action on things, Beirich said. I know that. We report the stuff, and they say thank you.

The SPLC is unsure how many military personnel have been disciplined or removed from the service after military investigations into extremist activity.

Beirich said the activity demonstrated by Chesny and Manning at the rally in Graham should warrant severe punishment by the Marine Corps.

Those people should be tossed from the military immediately, Beirich said. Thats outrageous, and its scary.

When reached by phone Friday, Manning thanked the Times-News for the opportunity to speak about the incident, but said he wasnt allowed to comment.

Chesny didnt immediately respond to a voice message seeking comment.

Pena, echoing other USMC representatives statements, said straying from the organizations tenets could result in consequences.

Anyone who is a member of the Marine Corps that demonstrates a lack of good order and discipline and a lack of respect of our core values of honor, courage and commitment will be looked at and investigated, Pena said. Action will be taken on an individual, if necessary, if there are any sorts of allegations that substantiate failure to adhere to those things.

We dont know the outcome right now for the current situation. Were waiting on details to come in.

Carpenter maintained that Chesny and Mannings behavior was an exception.

This is only newsworthy because these are Marines doing something we dont expect military to do, he said.

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Four Florida Teenagers Held Neo-Nazi Beliefs And Bomber Attack Material – T4

FBI investigators discovered crucial evidence pointing to prospects of white supremacist practices and bomber attacks; the evidence included bomb-making materials and a photo of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and they were found in Florida apartment where a teenager fatally shot his two roommates.

Devon Arthurs, who is an 18-year-old teenager, killed his two roommates who shared his extreme Nazi beliefs before he converts to Islam. The reason behind the tragic murder is that 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman and 18-year-old Andrew Oneschuk gravely offended Arthurss new faith.

In addition, a fourth roommate, who is a member of the Florida National Guard, was found accused of allegedly possessing bomb-making materials.

Police began carrying out investigations after Arthurs held two customers and an employee captive and threatened them with a gun at a Tampa smoke shop.

Arthurs opened up about the rage that stung him due to the arbitrariness of the American policy towards Muslim countries in the Middle East.

While Arthurs was keeping the three victims hostage, Arthurs admitted to the police that he had killed two people, then, led them to the apartment where the four roommates shared.

Entering the apartment, policemen found the fourth roommate Brandon Russell who admitted that he held neo-Nazis beliefs and sad that he was part of a group called atomic weapon, which is called Atomwaffen in German.

Firstly, Russell claimed that he made the bombs three years ago when he joined in an engineering club at the University of South Florida and he made those substances to develop homemade rockets. However, the investigators looked into the materials and proved them too energetic and volatile for these types of uses.

Director of the Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project Heidi Beirich, said there were neo-Nazi fliers being distributed on college campuses, promoting these violent people and a long string of bombers and murderers. However, the centre has not investigated into the memberships till Fridays attack burst.

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Trump’s Selective Responses to Terror – The Atlantic

It is no secret that the President of the United States is a quick draw when it comes to expressing indignation or anger in response to news of the day. This is especially true when it comes to certain acts of terrorin the immediate aftermath of the Paris, Manchester and London attacks, Trump expressed his feelings within hours. And indeed, the American public has seen its commander in chief at turns combative, sneering, dyspeptic and outraged when extremists maim and kill in the name of Islam. Very often there is some policy prescription laced in his responses, as wella push for extreme vetting or a renewed call for his original and apparently not-politically correct version of a ban targeting Muslim travelers. These are Trumps targeted solutions to what he calls the problem of Islamic extremism, dished out with the same munificence and gusto as his often emotional responses. And yet in other, equally horrific instances, when innocents have been attacked or killed in the name of a different sort of extremism, President Trump has remained mostly quiet. Either he has said nothing at all, or he has waited days to respondand when the responses have been issued, they are missing Trumps signature fury and attendant solutions. Sometimes, these responses dont even sound like the president. What makes these acts of terror different, what renders them presumably less urgent and immediately offensive to Americas commander in chief, is that they have involved assailants raging under the banner of white supremacy or violent nationalism. The discrepancy in these responses says a great deal about Trump: not simply his own values, but his fundamental understanding of what it means to govern this country. In the wake of an attack at the Champs Elysees that killed one police officer, Trump immediately addressed the situation in a bilateral press conference, then tweeted: Less than 24 hours after the Manchester attack that killed 22, Trump animatedly and repeatedly declared the perpetrators losers. And in the wake of the London attacks that killed seven on Saturday evening, Trump was on his preferred medium of Twitter by early Monday morningissuing a spate of angry responses. There was a message of solidarity: There was an extended push for the renewal of his controversial Muslim ban. And there were a series of controversial tweets directed at the (Muslim) mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and his calls to remain calm. In short: President Trump had a lot to say about these attacks. Yet a little over two weeks ago, he had nothing to tweet when a white man in Maryland with ties to an online group called Alt Reich: Nation fatally stabbed a black student named Richard W. Collins III. Collins had just been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army, and, according to the New York Times, was preparing to move to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, for training in defending the country against chemical attacks. There was no response to his murder from Americas Commander-in-Chief. Just over a week ago, when a knife-wielding white supremacist killed two men and maimed another in Portland, Oregon as they sought to defend two womenone black, the other in a hijabPresident Trump waited three days before commenting. In the interim, as Eliot Hanon points out, he tweeted about the fake news media, the deadness of Obamacare, and the coming benefits of his massive (and thus far unseen and uncertain) tax reform package. When Trump finally did weigh in on the Portland terror act, on his official @POTUS feed and not his personal one, the tweet was relatively boilerplate: There was nothing in the way of follow-up, no suggestion that Americans needed to band together in some fashion, no policy aimed at tackling the (increasing) problem of hate crimes here in the United States. If you werent familiar with Trumps history on this strain of white nationalist terrorism, it would have been surprisingbut given his behavior over the last four months, it was not. Trump was silent in February, when three Indian-born men, working for an American company in Kansas, were attacked at a barone was killed, the others injuredby a white assailant screaming, Get out of my country. For six days, the president was mute on the subject, long enough for the editorial board of the Kansas City Star to deem his silence disquieting: Surely the White House team could have cobbled together a statement of some sort, a response to at least address growing fears that the U.S. is unwelcoming of immigrants, or worse, that the foreign-born need to fear for their lives here. During such moments of crisis, people look to the president for strength and guidance. They need to hear their moral outrage articulated, the condemnation of a possible hate crime and the affirmation that the U.S. values everyones contributions, whether youre an immigrant or native-born. For Trump, this was a crucial opportunity to condemn such hateful acts and to forcefully declare that this is not who we are. It was not until the president spoke to a joint session of Congress, seven days after the slaying, that he addressed the incident: Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last weeks shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms, Trump said. Those scripted lines were the only comments Trump would make on the topic. When Alexandre Bissonnette, a Canadian with ties to the white supremacist movement, opened fire on Muslims worshipping at an Islamic center in Canada in late January, killing six and wounding eight, Trump was nowhere to be heard. Senior White House Advisor KellyAnne Conway offered an anemic defense: He doesnt tweet about everything, she said. He doesnt make a comment about everything. Conways comments were revealing then and remain so, especially today: for the Trump White House, there are the issues that matter enough for comment, and then there is everything else. Apparently, terror inflicted upon innocent civilians falls in to the former category (things that matter) if the perpetrators are tied to extremist ideologies rooted in Islam. But terror inflicted upon innocent civilians falls into the latter category (everything else) if the perpetrators are tied to extremist ideologies rooted in white nationalism. For Trump and his defenders, there is no apparent hypocrisy in this duality, but it is an important indicator as to how the president sees the American landscape: irrevocably and perhaps existentially divided into certain tribes and cultures, with a chasm among its citizens so deep that the murders of Americans for certain political reasons do not always warrant outrage (or even a tweet). Donald Trump is the president of the United States, but in moments like these, his attitude calls into question whether he is not, in fact, more the president of certain statescertain peoplethan others. In announcing his withdrawal from the Paris climate change accords, Trump (tellingly) declared, I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris, but if you have listened carefully enough to Trump and his line of reasoning, Paris is really a placeholder for the values of liberalism and progressivism, blue state sacraments about tolerance and globalism. His response in the wake of the terror attacks of the last two weeks mirrors this worldview: he is the president when a certain set of values are threatened, but not others. Victims who were Muslim, foreign-born or progressively-minded and preaching tolerance, would seem to have been citizens of Trumps mythic (and maligned) Parishe was not elected to represent their interests, he was not placed in office to empathize with their sorrows and tragic ends. Nor does he serve to necessarily rebuke their tormentors. I spoke with Heidi Beirichthe Director of Intelligence at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate crimes in Americaabout the asymmetry in Trumps responses. It doesnt seem like Trump cares about hate crimes against these populations, she said, speaking of the attacks in Kansas and Quebec and Portland. When it comes to extremism bred from our own culture, he says nothingor very, very little. It makes you wonder whether the alt right and the extremists who supported him during the campaignwhether hes somehow afraid of offending them. The [victims] are fellow citizenshe should care about them. Trump is unlikely to be swayed by any arguments dictating what he should do in any instancehis whole political career has effectively been a campaign against expectations, after allbut this is a clear break from what Americans, until now, have expected of their presidents. And not simply because sympathy and empathy are expected emotional responses from any leader in a time of grief, but also, more urgently, because presidents have an actual role to play in staving off future horrors. Beirich recalled the days after 9/11, when then-president George W. Bush addressed a shattered and angry nation and said: These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith. And its important for my fellow Americans to understand that. The English translation is not as eloquent as the original Arabic, but let me quote from the Koran, itself: In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who do evil. For that they rejected the signs of Allah and held them up to ridicule. The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war. Beirich explained, There was a lot of violence, but the murder sprees in the weeks after 9/11 came to a full stop after Bushs comments. And the following years saw the [hate crimes] numbers going back to pre-9/11 stats. I think it matters that he said something. Its not purely coincidental that these things happened in parallel. President Trump is eager to offer solutions when the terror emanates from extremism tied to fundamentalist Islamic ideologies, but his suggestions are often ethically questionable or legally complicated. If he chose to act more forcefully against terror driven by white nationalism, one powerful solutionpublic condemnationwould be readily available to him, without much complication. And yet, at this moment, it is hard to imagine him using it.

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D.C. Is a New Hotbed for Racist Acts – Care2.com

President Donald Trump may not have made much headway on his goal of making America great again, but one thing he has definitely accomplished is bringing the simmering racism of our country out into the open. Perhaps one of the saddest results of President Trumps influence is how many racist incidents are occurring now in Washington, D.C., and how racism and xenophobia are surging in our nations capitol. In just under a week the Smithsonian Institute had two different racist attacks, with nooses being left first in a tree at the Hirshhorn Museum, and next at a display about segregation at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. According to Smithsonian.com, On Wednesday afternoon, tourists visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture found a noose in an exhibition on segregation. Park police came to investigate and removed the noose, and the exhibit gallery was reopened within three hours, Smithsonian officials said. The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravitya symbol of extreme violence for African Americans. Todays incident is a painful reminder of the challenges that African Americans continue to face, wrote Lonnie Bunch, the director of the museum, in an e-mail to staff. Nooses have been found in other places in D.C. as well. A few weeks earlier at American University nooses were used in a display that also involved hanging bananas, a means of attacking an African American sorority on the campus. American University is investigating what its calling a racial incident after bananas were found hanging from strings tied in the shape of nooses in three places on the campus in Northwest D.C., WTOP.com reports. The displays were found in three places around the campus. In a memo to the college community, Fanta Aw, Americans vice president of campus life, said some of the fruits had the letters AKA written on them which Aw said stood for Alpha Kappa Alpha, a sorority whose members are predominantly African-American. Investigators suspect that the incidents may be tied to the election of the first black woman as student body president. It isnt just the African American community feeling the brunt of the attacks, either. In an obvious attempt to intimidate and harass undocumented immigrants in the city someone posted fake fliers around D.C., pretending they were from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The posters, which bear the ICE logo, list potential penalties for assisting someone in the country illegally, according to ABC News. Federal immigration authorities responded to the fake fliers on Twitter, the news station reports. The immigration enforcement notices appearing across Washington, D.C., were not issued or sanctioned by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), spokesperson Carissa Cutrell told ABC News. Just like false reports of immigration checkpoints or random sweeps, notices like these are dangerous and irresponsible. Any person who actively incites panic or fear of law enforcement is doing a disservice to the community, endangering public safety and the very people they claim to support and represent, Cutrell added. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser responded to the attempt to terrorize those who are undocumented by tweeting tear it down. But thats not the only hate-filled flier incident in the area. Over Memorial Day weekend, in the D.C. suburb of Alexandria, White Supremacists decided to do a little posting of their own. Racist fliers were found plastered on trees and utility poles and wedged on car windshields in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria during Memorial Day weekend, WTOP.com reports. The fliers, bearing a web address of a white nationalist group, carried various racist messages aimed at African-Americans and immigrant groups, and called for fascism to replace democracy in the United States. Those posters, too, were quickly removed by locals in the neighborhood. Obviously incidents like this are happening all over the country, from graffiti to vandalism and slurs and outright violence. Heidi Beirich, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, told Time Magazine that she believes that the campaign season and now Trumps win has unleashed the racism that was only barely checked before now. Putting those sentiments in public from a presidential campaign has sanctioned a lot of people, she told Time. Things they might have kept inside themselves, that they have kept quiet about, have burst out. Still, somehow it seemed as if even as the rest of the country succumbed to their bigotry, it was almost as if D.C. should have been held to a higher level that the symbolic heart of democracy shouldnt be experiencing the same hatred that is infecting many states of the nation. Then again, this is now the home of the President himself, the one who arguably instigated this problem in the first place. Looking at it from that perspective, the nooses and fake ICE flyers arent very shocking after all. Photo credit: Thinkstock. Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

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Heidi Beirich on White Supremacist Violence, Maria Luisa Mendonca on Brazil’s Crisis – FAIR

MP3 Link Washington Post (5/30/17) This week on CounterSpin: The Washington Post headlined a May 30 analysis piece Trumps Quick to Tweet on Terror and TV, Slower on Things Like the Attack in Portland. Meant to call out Trumps unwillingness to engage white supremacist violence, the paper unwittingly illustrates the problem of elite media, who continue to maintain separate spaces for extremist attacks based on who commits them. Heidi Beirich leads Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project, which publishes the Intelligence Report and the Hatewatch blog. Shell join us to talk about whats going on. MP3 Link (cc photo: Pedro Ribeiro Simes) Also on the show: Once again, Brazil has found itself in upheaval. Thus do elite media, in this case the New York Times, describe power struggles in other countries: almost natural, like earthquakes, more endemic to some areas than others. Every countrys different, but that there might be commonalities with a situation in which a right wing leadership fights to hold onto power many believe illegitimately attained in order to pursue unpopular austerity measures that hurt the most vulnerable in order to serve elites, doesnt seem something media are eager to underscore. Well get an update on Brazil from Maria Luisa Mendona, coordinator of the Network for Social Justice and Human Rights in Brazil and director of the Feminist Alliance for Rights at the Center for Womens Global Leadership at Rutgers University. MP3 Link Plus a quick look back at recent pressnamely, a new FAIR study of coverage of Trumps cabinet nominees. MP3 Link Subscribe: iTunes | Android |

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Public Comment – Berkeley Daily Planet

Did Trumps campaign rhetoric of anti-immigrant rantings of Muslims precipitate the recent death of two good Samaritans, on a Portland train? Three men tried to rescue two teenage girls by a knife wielding white terrorist who was spewing anti-Muslim racial slurs. The attack came attack came just six days after 23-year-old Richard Collins III, an African-American student at Bowie State University was fatally stabbed by a white supremacist Facebook group called “Alt-Reich: Nation.”Heidi Beirich, the Intelligence Project director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, accuses Trump and his supporters of unleashing a barrage of neo-Nazi, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim hatred during the presidential campaign. This tragic event comes on the heels of discussions by top Republicans who are considering using militia groups as security for public events. Multnomah County GOP Chair, James Buchal, told The Guardian that Republicans would likely make their own security arrangements rather than relying on city or state police, including groups like the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters. A video has recently surfaced of Buchal lamenting what he called “open borders.” He has expressed his intense hatred of people from Third World countries who would destroy everything that is special about America. Clearly he is no shining example of what is so special about America.

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Suspect In Deadly Portland Hate Speech Attack Charged With Murder – OPB News

Community members have created a memorial for victims of Friday’s attack at the Hollywood MAX station. A candlelight vigil is planned for Saturdaynight. MollySolomon/OPB Portland Police say Christian is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, two counts of intimidation in the second degree and felon in possession of a restrictedweapon. Police identified the deceased victims as Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23, of Southeast Portland and Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley. The surviving victim, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, of Southeast Portland, is being treated at a Portlandhospital. The current political climate allows far too much room for those who spread bigotry, said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Saturdayafternoon. Namkai-Meche graduated with a degree in economics from Reed College in 2016. In a public Facebook post, his mother Asha Deliverance said: He was a hero and will remain a hero on the other side of the veil. Shining bright star I love youforever. Best was an Army veteran who worked for the city of Portland at the Bureau of DevelopmentsServices. Micah David-Cole Fletcher is an alumni of Madison HighSchool. In 2013 he won the Literary Arts poetry slam competition Verselandia. Along with the other finalists, he performed and reflected on his poetry on OPBs Think Out Loud. He said: Its the other people that need to be heard now. The one thing I think all the negative experiences in my life have taught me, if anything, is that it is not about you. You are one person. On one planet in one galaxy in one universe, said David-ColeFletcher. Trust me, you by yourself are not what makes everything so beautiful. Its the combination, the coming together of all these different people from different backgrounds with different beliefs coinciding with one another, the interactions between them and the different products of those interactions thats what makes society so great, hesaid. The attack happened at the Hollywood Transit Center. Eyewitnesses say the three men approached Christian, who was yelling racial slurs at two women on the train who appeared to beMuslim. Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, of North Portland was booked on charges of aggravatedmurder after the fatal stabbing of two men on a TriMet MAX train Friday, May 26,2017. Portland PoliceBureau The women have not been identified but one was described as wearing a hijab, according to authorities. Police say the women have come forward but are not being publiclyidentified. The suspect was on the MAX train yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions, Sgt. Pete Simpson wrote in a pressrelease Fridayevening. Christian, the man accused of the crimes, has posted offensive material and anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media, says Heidi Beirich, with the Southern Poverty LawCenter. This guy was definitely expressing anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler material, anti-Muslim rants as well, saidBeirich. We have sadly seen far too much violence from people who espouse theseideas. The Southern Poverty Law Center has been tracking hate groups and extremist activity across the country, and has been inundated with reports during the first months of the Donald Trump presidency. Beirich said the center had received just under 900 responses within 10 days of the election, and reports had shot up to 1,800 by lateJanuary. Were seeing a wave of hate, both hate speech and hate crimes, across this country that are unprecedented in recent years and require ultimately a forceful response, Beirich added. And thats certainly not something were getting out of the Trump administration rightnow. Christian also attended the April 29 March for Free Speech, event on 82nd Avenue, a response to the canceled Rose Parade after organizers received a threatening email directed at the local Republican party. He wore an American flag as a cape and a chain around his neck. He frequently used the n-word and extended his arm in a hail Hitlersalute. Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of Friday night’s fatal stabbing on the MAX train, recently attended the April 29 “March for Free Speech” on 82ndAvenue. MollySolomon/OPB Fridays attack happened just hours before the Muslim holy month ofRamadanbegan. In Southwest Portland, families and worshipers left evening prayer atthe Islamic Center of Portland, or Masjed As-Saber, Oregonslargestmosque. We are very sorry for the two men who tried to do the right thing, said Imtiaz Khan, President of the Islamic Center ofPortland. Khan condemned the attack and believes similar acts of hate speech and harassment toward the Muslim community havegone up sincetheelection. Of course peoplefrom the Muslim community are concerned. And unfortunately, the easy targets are women because of the headscarf,saidKhan. There is too much hatred in our world right now, and far too much violence. Too much of it has arrived here in Portland, said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in astatement. My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives, and to those who witnessed what happened. Thank you to our first responders, who provided aid, and police who captured the suspected killer, saidWheeler. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown posted on Facebook that she was heartbroken by the loss of two brave, compassionate lives. Oregon is a welcoming place to all. Safety while traveling through our community is a basic human right that we need to be able to guarantee to everyone, regardless of where theyre from, or what they believe, saidBrown. Evil struck the city of Portland last night and ripped a hole in the heart of Oregon and her people. The Oregonians who lost their lives standing up against hatred will be remembered by many as heroes, said Oregon House Republican leader MikeMcLane. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also aware of Fridays attacks and says it is offering any available resources to assist the PortlandPolice. Its too early to say whether last nights violence was an act of domestic terrorism or a federal hate crime. However, in the coming days, the FBI, PPB and the prosecutors will work together to share information, leverage resources and make determinations about future criminal charges, said Loren Cannon, FBI Oregon special agent incharge. Portland Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crime or has information about the incident to call the police non-emergency line at503-823-3333. TriMet transit police commander Sara Westbrook says the transit division will increase the amount of officers riding light rail in the city and surroundingareas. The community is organizing a candlelight vigil Saturday night to honor the victims of the attack. The vigil starts at 6:30 p.m.at the Hollywood MAXstation.

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Portland Mayor Calls For Shutdown Of ‘Trump Free Speech,’ Anti-Muslim Rallies – Jefferson Public Radio

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has urged the federal government to revoke a permit for a “free speech” rally and to refuse a permit for an anti-Muslim march planned for Portland in early June. Wheeler made the request in light of a gruesome stabbing on a MAX light-rail train Friday, May 26. Two men died and another was seriously injured when they intervened to defend two teenage girls from a man’s bigoted tirade. In a series of posts on Twitter, Wheeler said the events should be canceled. “Our City is mourning,” the mayor wrote, “our community’s anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation.” The “Trump Free Speech Rally” is scheduled for Sunday, June 4. It’s billed on Facebook as an “uplifting experience to bring back strength and courage to those who believe in freedom.” The rally is set to be held at the Terry D. Schrunk Plaza directly across from Portland City Hall. The site is managed by the U.S. General Services Administration, which issues permits for its use. The other event is called the “March Against Sharia,” a nationwide anti-Muslim demonstration organized by ACT For America, which calls itself “the NRA of national security.” It is scheduled for June 10, also at Schrunk Plaza. In addition to requesting action from the federal government, Wheeler said his office is reaching out to event coordinators to cancel the demonstrations. “I urge them to ask their supporters to stay away from Portland,” Wheeler wrote. “There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now.” It was not immediately clear whether permits have been issued for the demonstrations. Wheeler said the city of Portland will not issue permits for either event. Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of murder in the MAX stabbings, attended a similar far-right rally on April 29 called a “March for Free Speech” in East Portland. Police confiscated a baseball bat Christian took to the rally. He frequently used the n-word and saluted Hitler. Christian has posted offensive material and anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media, said Heidi Beirich, with the Southern Poverty Law Center. This guy was definitely expressing anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler material, anti-Muslim rants as well, Beirich told OPB. We have sadly seen far too much violence from people who espouse these ideas. Wheeler also called on other state and local agencies to back him up in this request. “I am calling on every elected leader in Oregon, every legal agency, every level of law enforcement to stand with me in preventing another tragedy,” he said. The ACLU of Oregon responded to the mayor’s statement, saying in a series of tweets the city cannot “shut down speech we disagree with.” “The government cannot revoke or deny a permit based on the viewpoint of the demonstrators. Period,” the ACLU wrote. It continued, “If we allow the government to shut down speech for some, we all will pay the price down the line.”

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Portland Mayor Calls For Shutdown Of ‘Trump Free Speech,’ Anti-Muslim Rallies – OPB News

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks with citizens at the Hollywoodvigil. Bradley W.Parks/OPB Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has urgedthe federal government to revoke a permit fora free speech rally and to refuse a permit for an anti-Muslim march planned for Portland nextweek. Wheeler made the request in light of a gruesome stabbing on a MAX light-rail train Friday, May 26. Two men died and another was seriously injured when they intervened to defend two teenage girls from a mans bigotedtirade. In a series of posts on Twitter, Wheeler said the events should becanceled. Our City is mourning, the mayor wrote, our communitys anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficultsituation. TheTrump Free Speech Rally is scheduled for Sunday, June 4. Its billed on Facebook as an uplifting experienceto bring back strength and courage to those who believe infreedom. The rally is set to be held at the Terry D. Schrunk Plaza directly across from Portland City Hall. The site is managed by the U.S. General Services Administration, which issues permits for its use. The other event is called the March Against Sharia, a nationwide anti-Muslim demonstration organized by ACT For America, which calls itself the NRA of national security. It is scheduled for June 10, also at SchrunkPlaza. In addition to requesting action from the federal government, Wheeler said his office is reaching out to event coordinators to cancel thedemonstrations. I urge them to ask their supporters to stay away from Portland, Wheeler wrote. There is never a place for bigotry orhatred in our community, and especially notnow. It was not immediately clear whether permits have been issued for thedemonstrations. Wheeler said the city of Portland will not issue permits for eitherevent. Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of murder in the MAX stabbings, attended a similar far-right rally on April 29 called a March for Free Speech in East Portland. Police confiscated a baseball bat Christian took to the rally. He frequently used the n-word and salutedHitler. Christian has posted offensive material and anti-Muslim rhetoric on social media, said Heidi Beirich, with the Southern Poverty LawCenter. This guy was definitely expressing anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler material, anti-Muslim rants as well, Beirich told OPB. We have sadly seen far too much violence from people who espouse theseideas. Wheeler also called on other state and local agencies to back him up in thisrequest. I am calling on every elected leader in Oregon, every legal agency, every level of law enforcement to stand with me in preventing another tragedy, hesaid. The ACLU of Oregon responded to the mayors statement, saying in a series of tweets the city cannot shut down speech we disagreewith. The government cannot revoke or deny a permit based on the viewpoint of the demonstrators. Period, the ACLUwrote. It continued, If we allow the government to shut down speech for some, we all will pay the price down theline.

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Corps condemns Marines’ behavior during rally – StarNewsOnline.com

Natalie Allison Janicello Times-News @natalie_allison GRAHAM They drove hours from their homes in Eastern North Carolina, hiding out on a roof last weekend to play a mysterious part in a pro-Confederate demonstration in Alamance County. No one seems to know what activist organization the two men represented, or what they ultimately hoped to accomplish with the unfurling of a vague banner over the side of downtown building. Whats clear, though, is that both men arrested for trespassing May 20 during a Confederate rally in Grahams Court Square are active members of the U.S. Marine Corps and were displaying a banner with symbolism associated with modern white nationalist movements. Though the USMC hasnt yet taken action in connection with the incident involving Michael Joseph Chesny, 35, of Havelock and Joseph Warner Manning, 32, of Jacksonville, the military branch has publicly come out against the cause for which the two men apparently stood. Of course we condemn this type of behavior, Maj. Clark Carpenter said. We condemn any type of behavior that is not congruent with our values or that is illegal. Carpenter described the pairs actions and potential involvement with questionable activist organizations as not representative of the rest of the Marine Corps, a group of some 185,000 individuals. This is two Marines that behaved inappropriately, Carpenter said. Thats going to be investigated, and ultimately its an isolated incident. The two men, charged with misdemeanor first-degree trespassing, were released the same day from the Alamance County jail on $1,500 bonds. Court documents provide conflicting information on whether the bonds were secured or unsecured, and the sheriffs office previously said the two men were released on a written promise to appear in court. According to public affairs representatives with Chesnys and Mannings respective units, the incident is still being investigated by military personnel, who are awaiting more information from local authorities in Alamance County. Manning, a staff sergeant stationed at the Marine Corps Combat Engineer School at Camp Lejeune, is an instructor in the program, said Capt. Joshua Pena, a public affairs officer in the training and education command. Manning joined the USMC in 2002, and has been a staff sergeant since 2014, earning a number of awards including a Purple Heart as well as good conduct, Afghanistan campaign and Iraq campaign medals. Chesny is a sergeant stationed at Cherry Point Air Station, where he serves as an explosive ordnance technician. He enlisted in November 2007 and became a sergeant in May 2013, said Michael Barton, director of public affairs at Cherry Point. Chesny has received three Marine Corps good conduct medals, as well as multiple medals related to his deployment in Afghanistan. The arrests have generated quite a bit of attention among personnel inside the fence, a USMC representative told the Times-News. ‘He who controls the past controls the future’ Manning and Chesny are accused of climbing on top of 101 N. Main St., a building adjacent to the historic courthouse, prior to Alamance County Taking Back Alamance Countys Confederate Memorial Day rally. They allegedly brought a ladder, which they pulled up behind them after reaching the top of the building. Graham police Capt. Steve McGilvray told the Times-News the men explained to officers they were at the rally to film protesters with the Industrial Workers of the World to show they werent peaceful. At one point during the rally, the men let down a banner that read, He who controls the past controls the future, a quote from George Orwells novel 1984, and also featuring an Identitarian symbol and YWNRU on the side. The acronym stands for You will not replace us, the slogan chanted by demonstrators carrying torches May 13 in Charlottesville, Va., at a protest surrounding the removal of a Confederate monument and, according to its leader, in affirmation of being white. Its also a slogan used recently by white nationalist activist group Identity Evropa, an online application for which asks candidates to confirm they are of European, non-Semitic heritage. Though investigators with the sheriffs office and Graham Police Department said they are unsure of which organization Chesny and Manning were representing or whether they were with a particular group at all Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project, said the black and yellow Identitarian symbol on the banner goes hand in hand with the YWNRU slogan. Beirich, who oversees the SPLCs tracking of extremist activity across the United States, said the Identitarian movement, which originated in Europe in response the immigration of Muslims and people from the Middle East, has gained traction in the United States recently. In the last year, weve seen this Identitarian thinking go across the Atlantic into the U.S., Beirich said, adding that the spread of Identitarian literature has picked up. Its in the last year that its gotten really aggressive. Though in Europe the Identitarian focus is the idea that Muslims are coming and replacing historic populations and Christianity, Beirich said, the emphasis may be even wider in the United States. In the U.S., the immigration that most white supremacists are concerned about they dont like Muslims, but theyre really concerned about immigration from Latin America, which they see as the browning of America and the takeover of our culture and a demographic threat, literally. The census says in 2040, whites will become a minority. Affiliation unknown For its part, ACTBAC, which organized and obtained a city permit for the Confederate rally, posted on its Facebook page this week that they were still unsure from what organization or cause Manning and Chesny came. As Graham police officers pulled up the banner, ACTBAC members cheered because we assumed it was another IWW banner, the group wrote in a Facebook post about the incident. We thought by the wording it was 110% some anti-everything slogan, the post continues, alleging that ACTBAC members had tried researching the signs meaning but still can’t figure out what these guys were there to express. Either way who ever they are, they are not us. If anyone comes to a event of ours and breaks the law and shows disrespect, you will be escorted out just like these fools wearing a new pair of bracelets. And the scary part is, they are both Marines, ACTBAC posted. According to an SPLC report, after the organization put pressure on the Pentagon and Congress related to findings that a number of white supremacists were joining the U.S. military to receive training ultimately to support their own causes, in November 2009, the Pentagon clarified its policy on the issue. Though the earlier policy prohibited only active participation in extremist activity, new regulations say military personnel must not actively advocate supremacist doctrine, ideology or causes or otherwise advance efforts to deprive individuals of their civil rights. The new rules specified that active participation includes activities such as recruiting, fundraising, demonstrating or rallying, training, organizing and distributing supremacist material, including online posts, according to the SPLC Intelligence Report story. When asked by the Times-News whether he was concerned with U.S. Marines taking part in such a demonstration last Saturday, U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, R-6th, issued a statement condemning the two mens cause in general. The Scriptures state, Anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness, Walkers statement said. They do not know where they are going because the darkness has blinded them. This darkness is saturated in ignorance, denying that God has created every man, woman, boy and girl uniquely with exceptional skills and talent. Some discriminatory action may be constitutional, but that message is an affront to our core value that all people are created equal. Beirich said the SPLC regularly reports to the military members of the armed forces they come across who are affiliated with extremist groups. They are taking action on things, Beirich said. I know that. We report the stuff, and they say thank you. The SPLC is unsure how many military personnel have been disciplined or removed from the service after military investigations into extremist activity. Beirich said the activity demonstrated by Chesny and Manning at the rally in Graham should warrant severe punishment by the Marine Corps. Those people should be tossed from the military immediately, Beirich said. Thats outrageous, and its scary. When reached by phone Friday, Manning thanked the Times-News for the opportunity to speak about the incident, but said he wasnt allowed to comment. Chesny didnt immediately respond to a voice message seeking comment. Pena, echoing other USMC representatives statements, said straying from the organizations tenets could result in consequences. Anyone who is a member of the Marine Corps that demonstrates a lack of good order and discipline and a lack of respect of our core values of honor, courage and commitment will be looked at and investigated, Pena said. Action will be taken on an individual, if necessary, if there are any sorts of allegations that substantiate failure to adhere to those things. We dont know the outcome right now for the current situation. Were waiting on details to come in. Carpenter maintained that Chesny and Mannings behavior was an exception. This is only newsworthy because these are Marines doing something we dont expect military to do, he said.

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Four Florida Teenagers Held Neo-Nazi Beliefs And Bomber Attack Material – T4

FBI investigators discovered crucial evidence pointing to prospects of white supremacist practices and bomber attacks; the evidence included bomb-making materials and a photo of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and they were found in Florida apartment where a teenager fatally shot his two roommates. Devon Arthurs, who is an 18-year-old teenager, killed his two roommates who shared his extreme Nazi beliefs before he converts to Islam. The reason behind the tragic murder is that 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman and 18-year-old Andrew Oneschuk gravely offended Arthurss new faith. In addition, a fourth roommate, who is a member of the Florida National Guard, was found accused of allegedly possessing bomb-making materials. Police began carrying out investigations after Arthurs held two customers and an employee captive and threatened them with a gun at a Tampa smoke shop. Arthurs opened up about the rage that stung him due to the arbitrariness of the American policy towards Muslim countries in the Middle East. While Arthurs was keeping the three victims hostage, Arthurs admitted to the police that he had killed two people, then, led them to the apartment where the four roommates shared. Entering the apartment, policemen found the fourth roommate Brandon Russell who admitted that he held neo-Nazis beliefs and sad that he was part of a group called atomic weapon, which is called Atomwaffen in German. Firstly, Russell claimed that he made the bombs three years ago when he joined in an engineering club at the University of South Florida and he made those substances to develop homemade rockets. However, the investigators looked into the materials and proved them too energetic and volatile for these types of uses. Director of the Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project Heidi Beirich, said there were neo-Nazi fliers being distributed on college campuses, promoting these violent people and a long string of bombers and murderers. However, the centre has not investigated into the memberships till Fridays attack burst.

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