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Hatewatch Headlines 7/11/17 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Associated Press: Where is neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin and why is he ducking legal papers?

New Haven Independent:Run, Nazi, Run! chanted by counterprotesters in Connecticut over the weekend in a clash with pro-Trump Proud Boys.

Washington Post: Company that makes Fred Perry polo shirts opposed to the beliefs of neo-Nazi skinheads and Proud Boys who use the apparel.

CNET: Artist wants to resurrect comic frog Pepe,who was hijacked by neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and the Alt-Right.

Georgetown University: Trumps White House staffed by individuals who support discriminatory, prejudicial and hateful views of Muslims and Islam.

KETV-Omaha: Islamophobia may have motivated a man arrested for threatening to kill a U.S. senator.

New York Times:She became a widow after he became a hate crime victim.

The Intercept: Iris-recognition devices are being used to deter immigrants on the U.S.-Mexican border.

Media Matters:Fox News personality Tucker Carlson doesn’t know meaning of white nationalist.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Nations richest private school forced a young man to watch gay-conversion therapy videos before prayer sessions.

Alter Net:Three people of color fatally shot by police in June in Washington States King County.

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KKK Overwhelmed by Counterdemonstrators at Virginia Rally – Southern Poverty Law Center

The Charlottesville rally on Saturday was the latest in a series of protests throughout the South triggered by the removal of monuments of Confederate Civil War leaders believed by many to be legacies of slavery, oppression and racism.

The rally hyped tensions in the city of 50,000,home tothe University of Virginia.

Klan members walk through an angry crowd of counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, VA. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Media estimates put the number of Klan members at between 40 and 50, with more than 1,000 protesters, including 22 who were arrested when they failed to disperse after the hour-long rally.

The demonstrators were members of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, based in nearby Pelham, North Carolina. The group said the demonstration was intended to make a stand for our Southern History and to oppose those who are “trying to erase whites and our great culture right out of the history books.

The Klan members shouts of white power were largely drowned out by counterprotesters, according to various media reports.

Thousands of people avoided directly protesting the Klan rally by attending a unity rally elsewhere in the city.

Today could have been a day of rage and indiscriminate and violent confrontation, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said in a Facebook statement after Saturdays rally. Instead, it was a day of prayer, education, testimony, and protest.

Throughout the day, we urged folks not to take the bait — to deny the KKK the confrontation and celebrity they desire, the mayor said.

But others decided to directly confront the Klan members who were escorted to and from the Justice Park rally by a squad of riot-equipped police.

We did not want the KKK to enter the park so we linked arms and police did what they felt was necessary, Nic McCarthy, one of the arrested counterprotesters, told an NBC affiliate.

We, as citizens, also have our First Amendment rights to gather and say, Actually, no we don’t want you here. That’s what we were doing, McCarthy said.

Jalane Schmidt, a University of Virginia professor who has supported removal of the Lee statue, was among those who directly confront the Klan demonstrators.

It is important for me to be here because the Klan was ignored in the 1920s, and they metastasized, Schmidt told the Washington Post.

After the rally, police ordered those remaining to disperse, according to media reports. When they did not, police declared an unlawful assembly and fired tear gas to compel them to leave.

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Hatewatch Headlines 7/10/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

USA Today: The state of hate in America.

New York Times: New York City is a lonely place to be young and black.

The Intercept: Facebooks tough-on-terror-talk overlooks white-extremists.

VOA News: How to improve reporting of hate crimes

New York Magazine: Alt-right figurehead and presidential advisor Steve Bannon is back in his bosss good graces.

New York Times: Counterprotesters outnumbered Klan members 20-to-1 in a Charlottesville, Virginia, weekend rally.

Right Wing Watch: The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage promises to target Southern Poverty Law Center and the Human Rights Commission.

Wired: Bad actors like neo-Nazi Andrew weev Auernheimerconflate doxing with journalism.

CNET: Does exposure to Internet hate force your body into survival mode?

Think Progress: An anti-transgender campaign fails for a second year in a row in the State of Washington.

Raw Story: Trump supporter threatens Muslims with billions of camel jockey-piercing rounds of ammo.

Salon: Donald Trump is the perfect teaching tool for White Privilege 101.

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Hatewatch Headlines 7/6/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Huffington Post:Louisiana Republican congressman under fire for recording insensitive political video inside Nazi gas chambers at Auschwitz.

Raw Story: Journalist who exposed the racist troll behind the Trump vs. CNN GIFdeluged with death threats.

Associated Press:U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum exceeds i$250,000 goal to digitize more than 200 diaries from Holocaust victims and survivors.

Inside Higher Ed:University of Virginia president urges students to avoid a KKK rally planned Saturday to oppose removal of a statute of Robert E. Lee.

Daily News: Connecticut man vandalizes elementary school to frame liberals.

Daily Beast: Go Daddy defends providingservices to neo-Nazi and white nationalist sites based on freedom of speech.

Forward:Rapper Kodak Black shows up at black supremacy church in Florida.

Washington Post: Alook at one of DonaldTrump’s favorite newsnetworks, and it ain’t Fox.

KMGH-Denver Channel: A sketch of AdolfHitler surrounded by swastikas taped to a drive-up window at a Taco Bell in Parker, Colorado.

Hudson Valley Post: New York State Police arrest an 18-year-old man on hate crime and burglary charges related to anti-Semitic graffiti and damage at a Jewish youth camp.

Atlantic: What happens when theres an attempt to compress hatred into a joke?

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Silencing the silencers – Washington Times

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Frustrated by its inability to win elections, the left is attempting to silence opponents through intimidation, either in the streets or in the courts.

The latest example is the hijacking of Guidestar USA by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Guidestar is a database of more than two million nonprofit and non-governmental (NGO) organizations. Its considered the foremost authority on nonprofits, and had a self-avowed reputation for remaining neutral.

That changed when a left wing activist, Jacob Harold, came aboard in 2012. Mr. Harold, whose bio boasts of donating to the Obama campaign, extensive activism on behalf of climate change groups, and hosting a NARAL Pro-Choice D.C. mens event, tweeted a photo of himself holding a sign protesting President Trump at the radical Womens March in January.

Apart from Vermont ice cream magnates Ben and Jerry, it might be hard to find a more radically leftist major CEO. So its no wonder that Mr. Harold welcomed the Southern Poverty Law Center as an authority on hate groups. Using SPLCs hate map as a resource, Guidestar smeared 46 organizations, many of them Christian, as hate groups.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has a long history of abusing nonprofits and individuals with whom they disagree. They tar innocent people and may have inspired at least two terrorist incidents. The SPLCs hate map lumps Christian and conservative organizations with neo-Nazis, skinheads and other violence-prone groups. The most common offenses? Failing to salute the brave new world of sexual anarchy or unlimited illegal immigration.

On Aug. 15, 2012, a disturbed young man, Floyd Corkins II, who later told the FBI that he had been inspired by the SPLCs hate map, attempted to commit mass murder at the D.C.-based Family Research Council. He had a knapsack full of extra rounds and Chick-fil-A sandwiches that he had planned to stuff into the mouths of his victims. Stopped by Leo Johnson, a courageous guard who was shot while subduing him, Corkins became the first person in U.S. history to be convicted under Washington, D.C. law of domestic terrorism.

On June 14, Bernie Sanders follower James T. Hodgkinson, who had liked the Southern Poverty Law Center on Facebook, shot up Republican congressmen and their staffs at a baseball practice in Alexandria, critically wounding Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and injuring four others. The Louisiana congressman had been singled out by the SPLC for an alleged connection to a white power group, a charge he denies.

Earlier this month, Guidestar began adding the Southern Poverty Law Centers hate group labels to 46 nonprofits. Last week, Guidestar, and the SPLC by implication, began getting major pushback.

On June 21, a group of 41 Christian and conservative leaders, including former Attorney General Edwin Meese, signed a letter to Guidestar demanding deletion of the defaming labels, which Guidestar did sort of. The labels were removed but the damage was done and the information is available upon request.

Next, Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal foundation, filed a defamation lawsuit on June 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Guidestar for posting a label on Liberty Counsels Guidestar page describing it as an SPLC-designated hate group.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which built its reputation years ago by monitoring the Ku Klux Klan and other violent groups, still raises money by the boatload with its scare tactics and has a $300 million endowment. That allows it to do things like send a dozen attorneys to New Jersey, where a jury under a liberal judge in a kangaroo court in 2015 found a small Jewish group, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) guilty of consumer fraud for directing people to counselors who aid people in overcoming unwanted same-sex desires.

The Southern Poverty Law Center also listed former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson in the hate category for his stances on marriage and biblical morality before public outrage made them withdraw the label.

Three years ago, the F.B.I. dropped the Southern Poverty Law Center as a source for identifying hate groups. In March 2016, the U.S. Justice Department accused the Southern Poverty Law Center attorneys of lack of professionalism and misconduct for falsely characterizing the Federation for American Immigration Reform and the Immigration Reform Law Institute as hate groups.

Maajid Nawaz, a moderate Muslim who opposes iihad extremism, says he is also suing the Southern Poverty Law Center for defaming him and his organization, the London-based Quilliam Foundation.

If there is still doubt as to the Southern Poverty Law Centers motives, it was laid to rest in an interview with SPLC Senior Fellow Mark Potok, who said that his groups hate group criteria have nothing to do with criminality or violence or any kind of guess were making about this group could be dangerous. Its strictly ideological.

Mr. Potok is also on video stating, Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.

And the Southern Poverty Law Center still has a shred of credibility? Sure they do. Ask any mainstream journalist.

Robert Knight is a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Wants to Censor Google Search Results on Muslims – FrontPage Magazine

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Last October, the Southern Poverty Law Center called British author and activist Maajid Nawaz, 39, part of the 'ex-radical' circuit of former Islamists who use that experience to savage Islam. During a recent appearance on Bill Maher's show, Nawaz …

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Oregon Indictment Guaranteed to Enflame Patriot Paranoia – Southern Poverty Law Center

The new theme-card is this weeks indictment of an FBI agent a member of the bureaus elite Hostage Rescue Team who is accused of an attempted cover-up during last years fatal shooting of an occupier at an Oregon wildlife refuge.

In a five-count indictment unsealed Wednesday in Portland, W. Joseph Astarita is accused of three counts of making false statements lying to supervisors and two additional counts of obstruction of justice.

For an extremist movement whose bread-and-butter is conspiracy theories about governmental violence, overreach and deception, this case is like a lottery windfall, Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, told Hatewatch.

The recent indictment of an FBI agent for lying will fuel fair-right conspiracy theories over the justified shooting of antigovernment activist LaVoy Finicum, seen here during the occupation of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. (AP Images/Rick Bowmer)

Astarita, a 40-year-old FBI veteran, was part of its specially trained hostage rescue squad deployed early last year to Oregons Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during the illegal, armed takeover of the federal preserve by Ammon and Ryan Bundy and assorted militia and antigovernment extremists.

The Oregon siege came two years after an earlier standoff at Bunkerville, Nevada, involving the Bundys and their father, Cliven Bundy, and assorted militia players. They subsequently were charged with pointing firearms at federal agents involved in a failed attempt in April 2014 to roundup Bundys cattle for nonpayment of federal grazing fees.

During the 2016 siege in Oregon, occupier Robert LaVoy Finicum of Nevada was fatally shot by Oregon State Police as they and FBI agents attempted to stop three vehicles and arrest their occupants driving away from the refuge.

His death caught on FBI surveillance video — almost immediately seemed to further galvanize factions inradical right, antigovernment circles.

Astarita is accused of firing two shots that both missed as Finicumgot out of his truck and attempted to reach for a gun after plowing the vehicle into a snow bank at the police roadblock.

After the shooting, the indictment alleges Astarita lied to three FBI supervisors and failed to disclose that he fired his weapon to the FBIs Shooting Response Team.

The indictment was returned after an 18-month long investigation by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice working with detectives from the Deschutes County, Oregon Sheriffs Office.

Billy J. Williams, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon, said the alleged cover-up doesnt call into question earlier investigative findings that Oregon State Police were fully justified in using deadly force against Finicum.

But already theres evidence that antigovernment, militia extremists arent buying that official U.S. government line and, instead, are pointing to the Finicum shooting and itsalleged cover-up as examples of what they call federal government excesses and corruption.

What did I tell you? Washington state militia organizer Gavin Seimposted on Facebook after the indictment was announced. He disputed claims by the FBI and the Oregon State Police that the shooting of Finicum was justified.

The diversion indictment is not about justice, Seim ranted, rather it is designed to give them the narrative so they can spin it as if they are accountable.

Finicums widow, Jeanette Finicum, a featured speaker at last weekends Red Pill gathering of assorted antigovernment extremists and conspiracy theorists in Montana, claims the federal cover-up in her husbands death is much broader.

After the FBI agent was indicted, she told media outlets that she was grateful, but still believes other officers were involved in the cover-up.

Some in militia and antigovernment ranks continue to maintain, without any forensic evidence, that Finicum was murdered by FBI agents and state police.

Levin, who studies extremists and hate crimes in his position as a professor at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremismat California State University in San Bernardino, said the Oregon case serves up the perfect ingredients for antigovernment conspiracy buffs and bashers.

Finicum already was on his way to becoming a new, folkloric hero in the extremist, Patriot movement, Levin said, referring to Patriot-depictions of the Nevada rancher and foster parent as a quirky, horseback-riding, Constitution-and-gun-loving Patriot who was cut-down by murderous federal agents.

What was missing was a real overt hook of government over-reach, violence andcover-up, and now, with this indictment, all those elements are there for the Patriots who want to believe this stuff, he said.

Antigovernment extremists, as they did after Ruby Ridge in 1992 and Waco the following year, like to bolster their message by citing such catalytic events involving folkloric victims with any hint of federal law enforcement overreach or cover-up.

In contrast, following the FBIs 1996 standoff with the Montana Freemen, the longest siege in the bureaus history, where there were arrests without gunfire and no casualties on either side, there wereno legacy claims left for antigovernment proponents and fuel for the Patriot movement.

After the Freeman standoff ended peacefully, it knocked the wind out of the movement, Levin said.

In any extremist movement, Levin said, you not only need heroes, you need villains, and here you have it wrapped all into one.

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Michael Swartz: Southern Poverty Law Center Got Rich on ‘Hate … – Patriot Post

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Back in 1971, a marketer and attorney co-founded a crusading legal organization that cut its teeth with a series of civil lawsuits that eventually all but dismantled the Ku Klux Klan. Had the organization rested on its laurels with that achievement, as well as other early work in the civil rights arena, perhaps the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) would continue to maintain a modest but solid reputation in the legal advocacy community for its impact on that movement.

But co-founder Morris Dees has always had bigger things in mind. So as the SPLC continued to move beyond its original focus on civil rights and issues common in the Southern U.S. to include a plethora of other leftist causes on a national scale, its ambition (and fundraising appetite) became larger as well. Dees once promised to stop the constant appeals for money when the groups endowment reached $55 million, but as that marker drew closer the bar was raised to $100 million, and now the SPLC sits on a $302.8 million pile of cash. Clearly, the Poverty is in name only.

Dees and company havent stopped looking for money either: a guitar that belonged to the late Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia was sold at auction last month for $1.9 million. After expenses, and with a matching donation from the sponsor, the SPLC netted a cool $3.2 million from the event. [I could] indulge two passions of mine at the same time, said winning bidder Brian Halligan, chief executive of HubSpot: social justice and the Grateful Dead.

Meanwhile, since there isnt much need to sue the KKK out of existence these days, the SPLC has turned its attention to advocacy, as in trying to define itself as the sole arbiter of what defines a hate group. One recent case in point: The GuideStar directory of charities ran into controversy when it adopted the SPLCs definition of hate group and applied it to legitimate organizations such as those opposing same-sex marriage or otherwise promoting Bible-based Christian beliefs. The hate group list is nothing more than a political weapon targeting people it deems to be its political enemies, states a letter to GuideStar that was signed by more than 40 people, many affiliated with these organizations or otherwise sympathetic to their views.

In fact, the conservative Liberty Counsel is suing. Its founder and chairman, Mat Staver, said, We want to stop the lies because this kind of reporting is defamatory, its reckless, and its dangerous.

One of the supposed hate groups is the Family Research Council, which has its own history with the SPLC. In 2012, a deranged man, Floyd Corkins, walked into the lobby of the FRC offices and began shooting, wounding a security guard before being subdued. (A year later, Corkins was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the shooting.) Corkins later told police his attack was a protest against the FRCs pro-traditional marriage stance, and he was inspired in part by the SPLCs labeling of the Family Research Council as a hate group.

Behind the imposing, nearly prison-like faade of its six-story headquarters in Montgomery, Alabama, the SPLC has more than 200 employees tasked mainly with a relentless study and definition of right-of-center organizations as purveyors of hatred merely for their stance on issues like immigration, religious freedom, social issues, and the welfare state. In its Extremist Files, the SPLC does have a handful of fringe leftist exceptions such as the Nation of Islam and a few black nationalists to provide a fig leaf of cover for themselves, but the SPLC seems to believe the hate comes almost exclusively from the intolerant Right so much so that even the Obama administration backed away from using it as a resource.

Yet that mindset has moved into overdrive since the election of Donald Trump. It was made even worse when Trump appointed Alabamas own Jeff Sessions as attorney general, a move Dees called probably the worst mistake Trump could have made for the United States of America.

Theres no question leftists are reeling from the 2016 election: The SPLC board was so confident Hillary Clinton had it in the bag that they were game-planning their next four years shilling for her when they met on the eve of the November election. They couldnt envision a Trump administration, even if 63 million Americans could.

What the SPLC board lacked in vision, though, will more than likely be made up for with ruthless ambition. Once again, with the Right currently controlling all three branches of government, the SPLC will make Donald Trump a fundraising bogeyman. Maybe that wasnt in the original plan 46 years ago, but the SPLC must now feed the beast of the intolerant Left. Indeed, its much more lucrative to build up those feelings of hatred before asking for that donation.

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Split Verdict in Michigan Twitter Hate-Stalking Case – Southern Poverty Law Center

While a jury in Grand Rapids, Michigan, determined there wasnt proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict David Joseph Lenio of aggravated stalking and use of a computer to commit a crime, the panel did convict him of malicious use of telecommunication services, a misdemeanor.

Lenio, 30, who has been in jail sincelate February in Grand Rapids, was released on his own recognizance, but the judge banned him from using a phone or the Internet until sentencing in August.

Lenio did not testify in his own defense during the three-day trial.

He was accused of stalking and using a computer to threaten and engage in willful repeated or continuous harassment of Jonathan Hutson, a Maryland anti-gun violence advocate whose Twitter-sleuthing led to Lenios arrest when Leniowas briefly living in Kalispell, Montana, in 2015.

At that time, Flathead County, Montana prosecutors charged Lenio with two felony charges of intimidation and malicious intimidation for making online threats of violence. A search of his apartment in Kalispell turned up a handgun and two rifles a bolt action and a semi-automatic.

Lenio, a former high school cross-country athlete, used his Twitter account to say he wanted to execute 30 or more grade school children — to exceed the number killed at Sandy Hook in December 2012.

He also posted tweets about shooting up a synagogue, boasting that he wanted to put two bullets in the head of a rabbi or Jewish leader. He additionally posted comments about going on a killing rampage until cops take me out.

David Joseph Lenio was convicted of one misdemeanor and found not guilty of two felonies related to online threats made against children and Jews. (AP Images/Flathead Beacon, Greg Lindstrom)

But the Montana prosecutors suddenly dropped the twin felony charges just days before the 2015 trial under a deferred prosecution deal that the charges against Lenio would be dropped in 2018 if he broke no laws, including contact with Hutson.

However, after returning to his hometown in Michigan, Lenio early this year again used Twitter this time to terrorize, frighten, intimidate and harass Hutson in violation of the Montana court order.

During the Michigan trial thatended Wednesday, there was a point of confusion between the prosecution and defense whether Lenio violated the Montana delayed prosecution agreement, according to the news site Michigan Live.

Hutson told Hatewatch he hopes, as a crime victim, that he will be able to address the court at Lenios sentencing hearing.

My primary concern remains that David Lenio should receive the mental healthcare he needs and deserves at his own expense, Hutson said.

He also said he will urge the court to place Lenio on probation for two years, during which time he would be banned from social media, not contact any witnesses, and not own or possess guns.

I hope he will turn his life around, Hutson said. He needs intervention and support to do that.

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Hatewatch Headlines 7/11/17 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Associated Press: Where is neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin and why is he ducking legal papers? New Haven Independent:Run, Nazi, Run! chanted by counterprotesters in Connecticut over the weekend in a clash with pro-Trump Proud Boys. Washington Post: Company that makes Fred Perry polo shirts opposed to the beliefs of neo-Nazi skinheads and Proud Boys who use the apparel. CNET: Artist wants to resurrect comic frog Pepe,who was hijacked by neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and the Alt-Right. Georgetown University: Trumps White House staffed by individuals who support discriminatory, prejudicial and hateful views of Muslims and Islam. KETV-Omaha: Islamophobia may have motivated a man arrested for threatening to kill a U.S. senator. New York Times:She became a widow after he became a hate crime victim. The Intercept: Iris-recognition devices are being used to deter immigrants on the U.S.-Mexican border. Media Matters:Fox News personality Tucker Carlson doesn’t know meaning of white nationalist. Philadelphia Inquirer: Nations richest private school forced a young man to watch gay-conversion therapy videos before prayer sessions. Alter Net:Three people of color fatally shot by police in June in Washington States King County.

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KKK Overwhelmed by Counterdemonstrators at Virginia Rally – Southern Poverty Law Center

The Charlottesville rally on Saturday was the latest in a series of protests throughout the South triggered by the removal of monuments of Confederate Civil War leaders believed by many to be legacies of slavery, oppression and racism. The rally hyped tensions in the city of 50,000,home tothe University of Virginia. Klan members walk through an angry crowd of counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, VA. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) Media estimates put the number of Klan members at between 40 and 50, with more than 1,000 protesters, including 22 who were arrested when they failed to disperse after the hour-long rally. The demonstrators were members of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, based in nearby Pelham, North Carolina. The group said the demonstration was intended to make a stand for our Southern History and to oppose those who are “trying to erase whites and our great culture right out of the history books. The Klan members shouts of white power were largely drowned out by counterprotesters, according to various media reports. Thousands of people avoided directly protesting the Klan rally by attending a unity rally elsewhere in the city. Today could have been a day of rage and indiscriminate and violent confrontation, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said in a Facebook statement after Saturdays rally. Instead, it was a day of prayer, education, testimony, and protest. Throughout the day, we urged folks not to take the bait — to deny the KKK the confrontation and celebrity they desire, the mayor said. But others decided to directly confront the Klan members who were escorted to and from the Justice Park rally by a squad of riot-equipped police. We did not want the KKK to enter the park so we linked arms and police did what they felt was necessary, Nic McCarthy, one of the arrested counterprotesters, told an NBC affiliate. We, as citizens, also have our First Amendment rights to gather and say, Actually, no we don’t want you here. That’s what we were doing, McCarthy said. Jalane Schmidt, a University of Virginia professor who has supported removal of the Lee statue, was among those who directly confront the Klan demonstrators. It is important for me to be here because the Klan was ignored in the 1920s, and they metastasized, Schmidt told the Washington Post. After the rally, police ordered those remaining to disperse, according to media reports. When they did not, police declared an unlawful assembly and fired tear gas to compel them to leave.

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Hatewatch Headlines 7/10/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

USA Today: The state of hate in America. New York Times: New York City is a lonely place to be young and black. The Intercept: Facebooks tough-on-terror-talk overlooks white-extremists. VOA News: How to improve reporting of hate crimes New York Magazine: Alt-right figurehead and presidential advisor Steve Bannon is back in his bosss good graces. New York Times: Counterprotesters outnumbered Klan members 20-to-1 in a Charlottesville, Virginia, weekend rally. Right Wing Watch: The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage promises to target Southern Poverty Law Center and the Human Rights Commission. Wired: Bad actors like neo-Nazi Andrew weev Auernheimerconflate doxing with journalism. CNET: Does exposure to Internet hate force your body into survival mode? Think Progress: An anti-transgender campaign fails for a second year in a row in the State of Washington. Raw Story: Trump supporter threatens Muslims with billions of camel jockey-piercing rounds of ammo. Salon: Donald Trump is the perfect teaching tool for White Privilege 101.

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Hatewatch Headlines 7/6/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Huffington Post:Louisiana Republican congressman under fire for recording insensitive political video inside Nazi gas chambers at Auschwitz. Raw Story: Journalist who exposed the racist troll behind the Trump vs. CNN GIFdeluged with death threats. Associated Press:U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum exceeds i$250,000 goal to digitize more than 200 diaries from Holocaust victims and survivors. Inside Higher Ed:University of Virginia president urges students to avoid a KKK rally planned Saturday to oppose removal of a statute of Robert E. Lee. Daily News: Connecticut man vandalizes elementary school to frame liberals. Daily Beast: Go Daddy defends providingservices to neo-Nazi and white nationalist sites based on freedom of speech. Forward:Rapper Kodak Black shows up at black supremacy church in Florida. Washington Post: Alook at one of DonaldTrump’s favorite newsnetworks, and it ain’t Fox. KMGH-Denver Channel: A sketch of AdolfHitler surrounded by swastikas taped to a drive-up window at a Taco Bell in Parker, Colorado. Hudson Valley Post: New York State Police arrest an 18-year-old man on hate crime and burglary charges related to anti-Semitic graffiti and damage at a Jewish youth camp. Atlantic: What happens when theres an attempt to compress hatred into a joke?

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Silencing the silencers – Washington Times

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Frustrated by its inability to win elections, the left is attempting to silence opponents through intimidation, either in the streets or in the courts. The latest example is the hijacking of Guidestar USA by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Guidestar is a database of more than two million nonprofit and non-governmental (NGO) organizations. Its considered the foremost authority on nonprofits, and had a self-avowed reputation for remaining neutral. That changed when a left wing activist, Jacob Harold, came aboard in 2012. Mr. Harold, whose bio boasts of donating to the Obama campaign, extensive activism on behalf of climate change groups, and hosting a NARAL Pro-Choice D.C. mens event, tweeted a photo of himself holding a sign protesting President Trump at the radical Womens March in January. Apart from Vermont ice cream magnates Ben and Jerry, it might be hard to find a more radically leftist major CEO. So its no wonder that Mr. Harold welcomed the Southern Poverty Law Center as an authority on hate groups. Using SPLCs hate map as a resource, Guidestar smeared 46 organizations, many of them Christian, as hate groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center has a long history of abusing nonprofits and individuals with whom they disagree. They tar innocent people and may have inspired at least two terrorist incidents. The SPLCs hate map lumps Christian and conservative organizations with neo-Nazis, skinheads and other violence-prone groups. The most common offenses? Failing to salute the brave new world of sexual anarchy or unlimited illegal immigration. On Aug. 15, 2012, a disturbed young man, Floyd Corkins II, who later told the FBI that he had been inspired by the SPLCs hate map, attempted to commit mass murder at the D.C.-based Family Research Council. He had a knapsack full of extra rounds and Chick-fil-A sandwiches that he had planned to stuff into the mouths of his victims. Stopped by Leo Johnson, a courageous guard who was shot while subduing him, Corkins became the first person in U.S. history to be convicted under Washington, D.C. law of domestic terrorism. On June 14, Bernie Sanders follower James T. Hodgkinson, who had liked the Southern Poverty Law Center on Facebook, shot up Republican congressmen and their staffs at a baseball practice in Alexandria, critically wounding Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and injuring four others. The Louisiana congressman had been singled out by the SPLC for an alleged connection to a white power group, a charge he denies. Earlier this month, Guidestar began adding the Southern Poverty Law Centers hate group labels to 46 nonprofits. Last week, Guidestar, and the SPLC by implication, began getting major pushback. On June 21, a group of 41 Christian and conservative leaders, including former Attorney General Edwin Meese, signed a letter to Guidestar demanding deletion of the defaming labels, which Guidestar did sort of. The labels were removed but the damage was done and the information is available upon request. Next, Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal foundation, filed a defamation lawsuit on June 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Guidestar for posting a label on Liberty Counsels Guidestar page describing it as an SPLC-designated hate group. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which built its reputation years ago by monitoring the Ku Klux Klan and other violent groups, still raises money by the boatload with its scare tactics and has a $300 million endowment. That allows it to do things like send a dozen attorneys to New Jersey, where a jury under a liberal judge in a kangaroo court in 2015 found a small Jewish group, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) guilty of consumer fraud for directing people to counselors who aid people in overcoming unwanted same-sex desires. The Southern Poverty Law Center also listed former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson in the hate category for his stances on marriage and biblical morality before public outrage made them withdraw the label. Three years ago, the F.B.I. dropped the Southern Poverty Law Center as a source for identifying hate groups. In March 2016, the U.S. Justice Department accused the Southern Poverty Law Center attorneys of lack of professionalism and misconduct for falsely characterizing the Federation for American Immigration Reform and the Immigration Reform Law Institute as hate groups. Maajid Nawaz, a moderate Muslim who opposes iihad extremism, says he is also suing the Southern Poverty Law Center for defaming him and his organization, the London-based Quilliam Foundation. If there is still doubt as to the Southern Poverty Law Centers motives, it was laid to rest in an interview with SPLC Senior Fellow Mark Potok, who said that his groups hate group criteria have nothing to do with criminality or violence or any kind of guess were making about this group could be dangerous. Its strictly ideological. Mr. Potok is also on video stating, Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them. And the Southern Poverty Law Center still has a shred of credibility? Sure they do. Ask any mainstream journalist. Robert Knight is a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Wants to Censor Google Search Results on Muslims – FrontPage Magazine

Southern Poverty Law Center Wants to Censor Google Search Results on Muslims FrontPage Magazine Last October, the Southern Poverty Law Center called British author and activist Maajid Nawaz, 39, part of the 'ex-radical' circuit of former Islamists who use that experience to savage Islam. During a recent appearance on Bill Maher's show, Nawaz …

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Oregon Indictment Guaranteed to Enflame Patriot Paranoia – Southern Poverty Law Center

The new theme-card is this weeks indictment of an FBI agent a member of the bureaus elite Hostage Rescue Team who is accused of an attempted cover-up during last years fatal shooting of an occupier at an Oregon wildlife refuge. In a five-count indictment unsealed Wednesday in Portland, W. Joseph Astarita is accused of three counts of making false statements lying to supervisors and two additional counts of obstruction of justice. For an extremist movement whose bread-and-butter is conspiracy theories about governmental violence, overreach and deception, this case is like a lottery windfall, Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, told Hatewatch. The recent indictment of an FBI agent for lying will fuel fair-right conspiracy theories over the justified shooting of antigovernment activist LaVoy Finicum, seen here during the occupation of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. (AP Images/Rick Bowmer) Astarita, a 40-year-old FBI veteran, was part of its specially trained hostage rescue squad deployed early last year to Oregons Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during the illegal, armed takeover of the federal preserve by Ammon and Ryan Bundy and assorted militia and antigovernment extremists. The Oregon siege came two years after an earlier standoff at Bunkerville, Nevada, involving the Bundys and their father, Cliven Bundy, and assorted militia players. They subsequently were charged with pointing firearms at federal agents involved in a failed attempt in April 2014 to roundup Bundys cattle for nonpayment of federal grazing fees. During the 2016 siege in Oregon, occupier Robert LaVoy Finicum of Nevada was fatally shot by Oregon State Police as they and FBI agents attempted to stop three vehicles and arrest their occupants driving away from the refuge. His death caught on FBI surveillance video — almost immediately seemed to further galvanize factions inradical right, antigovernment circles. Astarita is accused of firing two shots that both missed as Finicumgot out of his truck and attempted to reach for a gun after plowing the vehicle into a snow bank at the police roadblock. After the shooting, the indictment alleges Astarita lied to three FBI supervisors and failed to disclose that he fired his weapon to the FBIs Shooting Response Team. The indictment was returned after an 18-month long investigation by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice working with detectives from the Deschutes County, Oregon Sheriffs Office. Billy J. Williams, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon, said the alleged cover-up doesnt call into question earlier investigative findings that Oregon State Police were fully justified in using deadly force against Finicum. But already theres evidence that antigovernment, militia extremists arent buying that official U.S. government line and, instead, are pointing to the Finicum shooting and itsalleged cover-up as examples of what they call federal government excesses and corruption. What did I tell you? Washington state militia organizer Gavin Seimposted on Facebook after the indictment was announced. He disputed claims by the FBI and the Oregon State Police that the shooting of Finicum was justified. The diversion indictment is not about justice, Seim ranted, rather it is designed to give them the narrative so they can spin it as if they are accountable. Finicums widow, Jeanette Finicum, a featured speaker at last weekends Red Pill gathering of assorted antigovernment extremists and conspiracy theorists in Montana, claims the federal cover-up in her husbands death is much broader. After the FBI agent was indicted, she told media outlets that she was grateful, but still believes other officers were involved in the cover-up. Some in militia and antigovernment ranks continue to maintain, without any forensic evidence, that Finicum was murdered by FBI agents and state police. Levin, who studies extremists and hate crimes in his position as a professor at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremismat California State University in San Bernardino, said the Oregon case serves up the perfect ingredients for antigovernment conspiracy buffs and bashers. Finicum already was on his way to becoming a new, folkloric hero in the extremist, Patriot movement, Levin said, referring to Patriot-depictions of the Nevada rancher and foster parent as a quirky, horseback-riding, Constitution-and-gun-loving Patriot who was cut-down by murderous federal agents. What was missing was a real overt hook of government over-reach, violence andcover-up, and now, with this indictment, all those elements are there for the Patriots who want to believe this stuff, he said. Antigovernment extremists, as they did after Ruby Ridge in 1992 and Waco the following year, like to bolster their message by citing such catalytic events involving folkloric victims with any hint of federal law enforcement overreach or cover-up. In contrast, following the FBIs 1996 standoff with the Montana Freemen, the longest siege in the bureaus history, where there were arrests without gunfire and no casualties on either side, there wereno legacy claims left for antigovernment proponents and fuel for the Patriot movement. After the Freeman standoff ended peacefully, it knocked the wind out of the movement, Levin said. In any extremist movement, Levin said, you not only need heroes, you need villains, and here you have it wrapped all into one.

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Michael Swartz: Southern Poverty Law Center Got Rich on ‘Hate … – Patriot Post

Michael Swartz Jun. 30, 2017 Back in 1971, a marketer and attorney co-founded a crusading legal organization that cut its teeth with a series of civil lawsuits that eventually all but dismantled the Ku Klux Klan. Had the organization rested on its laurels with that achievement, as well as other early work in the civil rights arena, perhaps the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) would continue to maintain a modest but solid reputation in the legal advocacy community for its impact on that movement. But co-founder Morris Dees has always had bigger things in mind. So as the SPLC continued to move beyond its original focus on civil rights and issues common in the Southern U.S. to include a plethora of other leftist causes on a national scale, its ambition (and fundraising appetite) became larger as well. Dees once promised to stop the constant appeals for money when the groups endowment reached $55 million, but as that marker drew closer the bar was raised to $100 million, and now the SPLC sits on a $302.8 million pile of cash. Clearly, the Poverty is in name only. Dees and company havent stopped looking for money either: a guitar that belonged to the late Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia was sold at auction last month for $1.9 million. After expenses, and with a matching donation from the sponsor, the SPLC netted a cool $3.2 million from the event. [I could] indulge two passions of mine at the same time, said winning bidder Brian Halligan, chief executive of HubSpot: social justice and the Grateful Dead. Meanwhile, since there isnt much need to sue the KKK out of existence these days, the SPLC has turned its attention to advocacy, as in trying to define itself as the sole arbiter of what defines a hate group. One recent case in point: The GuideStar directory of charities ran into controversy when it adopted the SPLCs definition of hate group and applied it to legitimate organizations such as those opposing same-sex marriage or otherwise promoting Bible-based Christian beliefs. The hate group list is nothing more than a political weapon targeting people it deems to be its political enemies, states a letter to GuideStar that was signed by more than 40 people, many affiliated with these organizations or otherwise sympathetic to their views. In fact, the conservative Liberty Counsel is suing. Its founder and chairman, Mat Staver, said, We want to stop the lies because this kind of reporting is defamatory, its reckless, and its dangerous. One of the supposed hate groups is the Family Research Council, which has its own history with the SPLC. In 2012, a deranged man, Floyd Corkins, walked into the lobby of the FRC offices and began shooting, wounding a security guard before being subdued. (A year later, Corkins was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the shooting.) Corkins later told police his attack was a protest against the FRCs pro-traditional marriage stance, and he was inspired in part by the SPLCs labeling of the Family Research Council as a hate group. Behind the imposing, nearly prison-like faade of its six-story headquarters in Montgomery, Alabama, the SPLC has more than 200 employees tasked mainly with a relentless study and definition of right-of-center organizations as purveyors of hatred merely for their stance on issues like immigration, religious freedom, social issues, and the welfare state. In its Extremist Files, the SPLC does have a handful of fringe leftist exceptions such as the Nation of Islam and a few black nationalists to provide a fig leaf of cover for themselves, but the SPLC seems to believe the hate comes almost exclusively from the intolerant Right so much so that even the Obama administration backed away from using it as a resource. Yet that mindset has moved into overdrive since the election of Donald Trump. It was made even worse when Trump appointed Alabamas own Jeff Sessions as attorney general, a move Dees called probably the worst mistake Trump could have made for the United States of America. Theres no question leftists are reeling from the 2016 election: The SPLC board was so confident Hillary Clinton had it in the bag that they were game-planning their next four years shilling for her when they met on the eve of the November election. They couldnt envision a Trump administration, even if 63 million Americans could. What the SPLC board lacked in vision, though, will more than likely be made up for with ruthless ambition. Once again, with the Right currently controlling all three branches of government, the SPLC will make Donald Trump a fundraising bogeyman. Maybe that wasnt in the original plan 46 years ago, but the SPLC must now feed the beast of the intolerant Left. Indeed, its much more lucrative to build up those feelings of hatred before asking for that donation.

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Split Verdict in Michigan Twitter Hate-Stalking Case – Southern Poverty Law Center

While a jury in Grand Rapids, Michigan, determined there wasnt proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict David Joseph Lenio of aggravated stalking and use of a computer to commit a crime, the panel did convict him of malicious use of telecommunication services, a misdemeanor. Lenio, 30, who has been in jail sincelate February in Grand Rapids, was released on his own recognizance, but the judge banned him from using a phone or the Internet until sentencing in August. Lenio did not testify in his own defense during the three-day trial. He was accused of stalking and using a computer to threaten and engage in willful repeated or continuous harassment of Jonathan Hutson, a Maryland anti-gun violence advocate whose Twitter-sleuthing led to Lenios arrest when Leniowas briefly living in Kalispell, Montana, in 2015. At that time, Flathead County, Montana prosecutors charged Lenio with two felony charges of intimidation and malicious intimidation for making online threats of violence. A search of his apartment in Kalispell turned up a handgun and two rifles a bolt action and a semi-automatic. Lenio, a former high school cross-country athlete, used his Twitter account to say he wanted to execute 30 or more grade school children — to exceed the number killed at Sandy Hook in December 2012. He also posted tweets about shooting up a synagogue, boasting that he wanted to put two bullets in the head of a rabbi or Jewish leader. He additionally posted comments about going on a killing rampage until cops take me out. David Joseph Lenio was convicted of one misdemeanor and found not guilty of two felonies related to online threats made against children and Jews. (AP Images/Flathead Beacon, Greg Lindstrom) But the Montana prosecutors suddenly dropped the twin felony charges just days before the 2015 trial under a deferred prosecution deal that the charges against Lenio would be dropped in 2018 if he broke no laws, including contact with Hutson. However, after returning to his hometown in Michigan, Lenio early this year again used Twitter this time to terrorize, frighten, intimidate and harass Hutson in violation of the Montana court order. During the Michigan trial thatended Wednesday, there was a point of confusion between the prosecution and defense whether Lenio violated the Montana delayed prosecution agreement, according to the news site Michigan Live. Hutson told Hatewatch he hopes, as a crime victim, that he will be able to address the court at Lenios sentencing hearing. My primary concern remains that David Lenio should receive the mental healthcare he needs and deserves at his own expense, Hutson said. He also said he will urge the court to place Lenio on probation for two years, during which time he would be banned from social media, not contact any witnesses, and not own or possess guns. I hope he will turn his life around, Hutson said. He needs intervention and support to do that.

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