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Southern Poverty Law Center: These are the 26 hate groups that operate in Indiana – Indianapolis Star

State Sen. Greg Taylor has suggested combing his proposed hate crime bill with legislation that would provide protections for police as proposed by Sen. Jim Merritt. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Wochit

A female member of the Ku Klux Klan stands at attention at a rally in Elwood.(Photo: David Humphrey)

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that tracks hate groups and promotes tolerance, released a new study that says 26 organizations it deems hate groups operate within the state of Indiana.

Here’s how the SPLC determined what qualified as an active hate group:

Nationwide, the SPLC has identified 917 hate groups currently operating in the U.S. That’s up from 892 organizations in 2015. The largest change in hate groups came from anti-Muslim organizations, which saw a 197 percent increase from 2015.

California is listed as the state with the most hate groups, at 79. Indiana ranks in at No. 13.

SPLC lays much of the blame at the feet of Donald Trump. The group says Trump’s run for office energized many in the “alt-right.”Read more about their findings here.

According to SPLC’s study, 26 hate groups operate in the state of Indiana. These groups are categorized based on their belief, and some groups fall into more than one category. Here is what the SPLC identified as hate groups in Indiana:

SPLC’s definition: “Neo-Nazi groups share a hatred for Jews and a love for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. While they also hate other minorities, gays and lesbians and even sometimes Christians, they perceive “the Jew” as their cardinal enemy.”

SPLC’s definition:”The Ku Klux Klan, with its long history of violence, is the most infamous and oldest of American hate groups. Although black Americans have typically been the Klan’s primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and, until recently, Catholics.”

SPLC’s definition: “Black separatists typically oppose integration and racial intermarriage, and they want separate institutions — or even a separate nation — for blacks. Most forms of black separatism are strongly anti-white and anti-Semitic, and a number of religious versions assert that blacks are the Biblical ‘chosen people’ of God.”

Nation of Islam is also classified as a distinct hate group. The Indianapolis branch is the only location listed in the state.

SPLC’s definition: “Racist Skinheads form a particularly violent element of the white supremacist movement, and have often been referred to as the ‘shock troops’ of the hoped-for revolution. The classic Skinhead look is a shaved head, black Doc Martens boots, jeans with suspenders and an array of typically racist tattoos.”

Vinlanders Social Club and Blood and Honour Social Club are also classified as distinct hate groups.

SPLC’s definition: “White nationalist groups espouse white supremacist or white separatist ideologies, often focusing on the alleged inferiority of nonwhites. Groups listed in a variety of other categories – Ku Klux Klan, neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi, racist skinhead, and Christian Identity – could also be fairly described as white nationalist.”

The American Freedom Party is also classified as a distinct hate group.

SPLC’s definition: “Anti-Muslim hate groups are a relatively new phenomenon in the United States, with many appearing in the aftermath of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Beginning in 2010, anti-Muslim legislation increased and opposition to the development of an Islamic Center in lower Manhattan made headlines.”

SPLC’s definition: “Opposition to equal rights for LGBT people has been a central theme of Christian Right organizing and fundraising for the past three decades a period that parallels the fundamentalist movement’s rise to political power.”

SPLC’s definition: “‘Radical traditionalist’ Catholics, who may make up the largest single group of serious anti-Semites in America, subscribe to an ideology that is rejected by the Vatican and some 70 million mainstream American Catholics.”

Allison Carter is Facebook editor at IndyStar. Follow her on Twitter @AllisonLCarter.

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Annual map designates four "hate groups" in the Tennessee Valley – WAAY

The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization which defines itself as a nonprofit specializing in “civil rights and public interest litigation,” released the annual map of what it defines as hate groups in America.

For 2017 they listed 917 different groups, four of which are in the Tennessee Valley. Those are Ku Klos Knights of the KKK in Hazel Green, Loyal White Knights of the KKK in Huntsville, and League of the South in Killen.

In southern Tennessee they named the Lincoln County Citizen Action Network in Fayetteville as an anti-Muslim group.

The largest concentration of “hate groups” in the south appears to be in the Atlanta area.

Other cities with major concentrations of hate groups include Washington DC, New York City, and Los Angeles.

To see the map and the various groups designated by the SPLC as hate groups, click the link here.

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Hatewatch Headlines 2/15/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Salon: Donald Trump has surrounded himself with a troubling array of white nationalists whose views are frightening.

Vocativ: White nationalists, ‘Alt-Right’ appear crushed by Michael Flynns firing as National Security Adviser.

The Atlantic: The nationalist right is coming for Reince Priebus, blaming him for the Flynn fiasco.

Media Matters: Neo-Nazis blame the Jews for resignation of one of our best guys in Flynn.

Right Wing Watch: Alex Jones claims that Obama is orchestrating a Bolshevik revolution against Trump.

BuzzFeed: Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway claims she doesnt know who retweeted a white nationalist from her account.

Kansas City Star (MO): NAACP leader silenced by Missouri lawmaker during a public hearing.

Daily Democrat (Woodland, CA): Police arrest Davis woman for vandalizing Islamic center by smashing windows, leaving bacon.

WFTV-9-TV (Orlando, FL): White pride groups starting to take root on college campuses, investigation finds.

Business Insider: Doomsday prepper businesses saw a huge boost in sales after Trumps election.

MS News Now (Jackson, MS): Home of Respect Our Black Dollars leader vandalized with KKK graffiti on front door.

Oregonian: Man who pulled gun out at Dont Shoot Portland march found guilty of 21 felonies and misdemeanors.

NJ101.5-FM (Ewing, NJ): Antigovernment ‘sovereign citizen’ who tried to bill judge for $1 million loses appeal.

Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY): Kentucky House approves Blue Lives Matter hatecrimes bill.

Episcopal News Service: Virginia church condemns white supremacy after ‘Alt-Right’ figure Richard Spencer moves into neighborhood.

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Hate Group Member to Speak at Republican Club – Southern Poverty Law Center

While FAIR presents itself as an organization against illegal immigration not immigration overall its undeniable relationship with white nationalists tells a different story.

FAIR was founded in 1979 by white nationalist and retired optometrist John Tanton, whohas openly expressed opposition to non-white immigration. Ive come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that, he wrote in a letter to now-deceased eugenicist and ecology professor Garrett Hardin in 1993. Tanton has also suggested that a persons intelligence should pre-determine who should and should not have children.

A member of FAIRs national board of advisors, Tanton’s preoccupation with immigration appears to be based, at least in part, on race.

In a March 3, 1993memo to FAIR national board of advisors member Otis Graham, he demonstrated his desire to limit the number of non-whites living in the United States. The memo concerned a new group Tanton wanted to start, which he would have named the League for European American Defense, Education, and Research.Tanton hatched the idea with help from three prominent white nationalists: The Council of Conservative Citizens’ Sam Francis,American Renaissance’s Jared Taylor andWayne Lutton, who edits Tanton’s white nationalist quarterly journalThe Social Contract.

FAIRs current president Dan Stein is not without his own questionable baggage. In 1994, Stein expressed his disgust for the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act,proclaiming that those who supported the 1965 reform wanted to “retaliate against Anglo-Saxon dominance” and that this “revengism” against whites had created a policy that is causing “chaos and will continue to create chaos.”

In 1991 Stein sent a report to FAIR’s board of directors under the subject line”The Defenders of American culture Rise to the Call to Arms, in which he celebrated a new “disdain” in the media and among intellectuals for “the political agenda of those who openly attack the contributions of Western Civilization.” He was particularly happy that “multicultural and Politically Correct” school curricula had come under criticism.

FAIRs public statements in more recent years show the organization remains true to the white nationalist principles on which it was founded. In late December 2015, Stein told supporters in a video message that without a moratorium on immigration, Were going to lose everything about what it means to be an American.

Hanen himself has made his rounds within the Tanton network as well. Prior to joining FAIR, he was the website and social media manager for Pro-English, an anti-immigrant outfit founded by Tanton in 1983.

This is not the first time county Republican clubs have opened their doors to a designated hate group. FAIRs field representatives have tirelessly propagated its hardcore anti-immigrant stance in communities across the country.

FAIR representative Joyce Mucci was invited to be a guest speaker at the Bryan County Republican Partys membership drive and pre-convention meeting in Savannah, Georgia in February 2016. FAIR also works with and has listed several local anti-immigrant groups, including the Texans for FAIR Immigration and the Oregonians for Immigration Reform, as the organizations state contacts.

At a time when President Trumps fierce anti-immigrant executive orders have attacked immigrant communities, it’s alarming to see local republican parties opening their doors to a designated hate group.

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Teaching Tolerance awards fellowships for slavery education project – Southern Poverty Law Center

The recipients selected in partnership with five colleges and universities will curate historical documents and other teaching materials on American slavery to provide teachers with a readily-available resource of free, trusted and well-researched materials about the topic. The graduate students will spend their spring semester conducting the research.

Childrens reading books and textbooks have increasingly been criticized for their treatment and portrayal of American slavery, said Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance. When it comes to slavery, we see too many instances of the subject being glossed over, minimized or completely distorted. Its a problem that leaves teachers without meaningful tools to teach this important period in American history.

In 2015, a McGraw-Hill Education geography textbook came under fire for describing enslaved Africans as workers. Months later, Scholastic Inc. was forced to pull a childrens book depicting slaves as happy and eager to please their owners. Many K-12 educators also are not aware of the dramatic changes in scholarship about slavery published in the last two decades.

The fellowship awardees are Ran Cronin and Zoe Quinn (Salem State University); Rebecca Kuss and Abdul-Qadir Islam (University of Pennsylvania); Colin McConarty (Boston College); Carly Muetterties, Ryan Lewis and Kenny Stancil (University of Kentucky); and Lauren Henley, Brandon Wilson and Zoe Sissac (Washington University-St. Louis).

Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nations children. It produces and distributes anti-bias education resources at no cost to teachers, including Teaching Tolerance magazine, online curricula and professional development resources, and multimedia teaching kits that introduce students to various civil rights issues.

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Arsonist Destroys Texas Mosque, Reward Offered | Southern … – Southern Poverty Law Center

A fire that destroyed a mosque in a small Texas community in late January was deliberately set, investigators say.

The Victoria Islamic Center in Victoria, Texas, 125 miles southwest of Houston, was burned in the early morning hours of Jan. 28. When fire crews arrived, they found the mosque completely consumed in flames, Battalion Chief Jeff Cowan told theVictoria Advocate.

After watching firefighters battle the blaze, some of the 140 members of the mosque prayed on a sidewalk across the street. Shahid Hashmi, president of the center, said the mosque had hosted dinner only hours before.

After the fire, local churches and the town’s only synagogue and local churches offered to share their space for members of the mosque to worship.Community members raised more than $1 million in four hours to fund a rebuilding effort, posting signs that said, We Love Our Muslim Neighbors and Love is Greater Than Hate.

A $30,000 reward has been offered and investigators are not yet calling the incident a hate crime. The Victoria newspaper reported that in July 2013 a man admitted spray painting H8 on the outside of the mosque,

Fred Milanowski, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent in charge, told the Houston Chronicle that houses of worship are a sacred place in this country, and that the ATF was devoting serious resources to the case.

Hashmi said his congregation already has forgiven the arsonist, but there is no way we will be able to ever forget.

The law will take care of the punishment, Hashmi said. We have nothing to do with that.

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Jerry Garcia’s ‘Wolf’ Guitar to Be Sold at Benefit Auction – Ultimate Classic Rock

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One of Jerry Garcias most famous guitars, the custom-made Wolf, will be sold at an auction through Gurnseys on March 14 at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, N.Y. The entire proceeds from the sale will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that combats hate groups and racism.

Built by Doug Irwin, Wolf, according to Garcias website, made its debut on Sept. 5, 1973 at a gig that Garcia and Merl Saunders played for the Hells Angels in New York. Over the next five years it underwent a few modifications by Irwin, including new pickups, adding the inlay a repair to the headstock when it fell off a stage. Garcia is holding the guitar on the cover of his 1974 album Compliments.

At some point, Garcia stopped playing Wolf, but he returned to in the late 80s when he was experimenting with MIDI synthesizers, and he last played it in Oakland on Feb. 23, 1993. Irwin gained posession of the guitar following a lawsuit with the group, and he sold it an an auction. The person who bought the guitar is now selling it

Ive been a fan of the [Grateful] Dead since I was a kid, and playing this iconic guitar over the past 15 years has been a privilege, said the guitars owner, whose name was not revealed in the press release we received. But the time is right for Wolf to do some good. My wife and I have long supported the efforts of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and if ever we needed the SPLC, we sure do need them now.

The Southern Poverty Law Center was formed in 1971 to fight the last remnants of Jim Crow segregation. It has since gone on to fight white supremacy by tracking the actions of hate groups, teaching diversity and tolerance and expanding its reach to protect children, women, the disabled, low-wage immigrant workers and the LGBTQ community.

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President Trump: Don’t ignore terror from the radical right – Southern Poverty Law Center

The documentary couldnt have come at a better time.

We should all hope that President Trump and his advisers are paying close attention, because by focusing their attention exclusively on terrorism inspired by overseas groups like ISIS, they could be missing the next McVeigh.

The Oklahoma City bombing was, at the time, the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil, killing 168 men, women and children, and wounding nearly 700 more. It did not occur in a vacuum. McVeigh, a veteran of the Gulf War, was steeped in the white supremacist and antigovernment militia movements of the 1990s movements that produced dozens of terrorist attacks and plots.

After the bombing, then Attorney General Janet Reno formed the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee to coordinate the governments response. Numerous terror plots were foiled and militia leaders arrested. Partly as a result of the crackdown, the militia movement fell into disarray.

As fate would have it, the terrorism task force was scheduled to hold a monthly meeting on Sept. 11, 2001. It did not meet that day, for obvious reasons. But the task force did not skip just one meeting. As the countrys focus shifted to al Qaeda, the group did not meet again for 13 years.

During the interim, domestic extremism surged. The number of hate groups, mainly white supremacists, nearly doubled in a 10-year span. And with the election of Barack Obama, the antigovernment movement also roared back. From 2008 to 2012, the number of so-called Patriot groups, including militias, multiplied by more than 800 percent, to 1,360.

The increased activity was accompanied by an alarming level of violence, both from antigovernment extremists and racists. West Points Combating Terrorism Center reported in 2013 that right-wing violence during the period surpassed that of the 1990s by a factor of four. The attacks included the 2012 massacre of six Sikhs at a Wisconsin temple by neo-Nazi Wade Page.

Finally, in 2014, the Justice Department revived the task force but only after Glenn Miller, an infamous former Klan leader, killed three people he mistook for Jews in Overland Park, Kansas.

Now, it appears that Trump, who made Muslim-bashing a signature of his campaign, is once again turning the governments attention away from the threat posed by men like McVeigh, Page, Miller, and Dylann Roof, who massacred nine African Americans inCharleston.

Indeed, it seems as if Trump is living in a world of alternative facts. The list of terrorist attacks he released to the news media this week didnt contain a single reference to those committed by radical-right extremists. More bizarrely, while he has said nothing publicly about the Jan. 29 attack in Quebec City where a right-wing extremist killed six Muslims at a mosque his press secretary cited it as an example of why Trumps Muslim ban is needed.

Last week, Reuters reported that the administration is considering changing the governments Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism and no longer works to counter other violent ideologies, such as white supremacism. It would be renamed as Countering Islamic Extremism or Countering Radical Islamic Extremism.

Far-right extremists cheered the news. Donald Trump wants to remove us from undue federal scrutiny by removing white supremacists from the definition of extremism, wrote the founder of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer.

Beyond the dangers of taking law enforcements focus off far-right terrorists, the decision to change the CVE program would have other harmful effects.

While it may be politically satisfying to some Trump voters, the change will further stigmatize Muslims and likely prove counterproductive. In a report last year, Duke Universitys Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security found that a singular focus on Islamic terrorism erodes the trust between law enforcement and Muslim communities trust that is needed to thwart attacks.

Whats more, by explicitly targeting Muslims in his rhetoric and policies, the president is handing a potent recruiting and propaganda tool to radical Islamists who portray the United States and the West in general as being at war with Islam.

9/11 was the Pearl Harbor of our time. And each anniversary of that horrible day reminds us of the continuing threat associated with radical forms of Islam.

But we must not forget the 168 lives lost in Oklahoma City or those lost in Kansas, Wisconsin or Charleston.

It shouldnt take another massacre to remind us of the very real terror threat posed by the far-right extremists living among us.

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Hatewatch Headlines 2/9/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Media Matters: One type of terrorism really is underreported from the radical right.

Raw Story: Georgia white supremacist under FBI investigation after police find evidence of ricin in his car.

ProPublica: When the government really did fear a Bowling Green massacre by a white supremacist.

Slate: Heres a list of 39 white terrorists for the Wisconsin congressman who challenged CNN to name more than two.

Right Wing Watch: Donald Trump keeps promoting Alex Jones conspiracy theories.

Associated Press: Twitter broadens its campaign against hate and abuse by identifying key offenders.

Think Progress: Congress moves to restrict public input on planning for land use in the West.

KEYE-TV (Austin, TX): More and more Texans are digging their bomb shelters deep as they prepare for doomsday.

Courier-Journal (Louisville, TN): Heimbachs plans for Traditionalist Worker Party gathering at state park create a stir.

CBS New York: Connecticut residents find Make America White Again supremacist fliers in their neighborhoods.

Reuters: Idaho man pleads guilty in brutal beating death of gay man lured to remote location.

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Southern Poverty Law Center: These are the 26 hate groups that operate in Indiana – Indianapolis Star

State Sen. Greg Taylor has suggested combing his proposed hate crime bill with legislation that would provide protections for police as proposed by Sen. Jim Merritt. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Wochit A female member of the Ku Klux Klan stands at attention at a rally in Elwood.(Photo: David Humphrey) The Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that tracks hate groups and promotes tolerance, released a new study that says 26 organizations it deems hate groups operate within the state of Indiana. Here’s how the SPLC determined what qualified as an active hate group: Nationwide, the SPLC has identified 917 hate groups currently operating in the U.S. That’s up from 892 organizations in 2015. The largest change in hate groups came from anti-Muslim organizations, which saw a 197 percent increase from 2015. California is listed as the state with the most hate groups, at 79. Indiana ranks in at No. 13. SPLC lays much of the blame at the feet of Donald Trump. The group says Trump’s run for office energized many in the “alt-right.”Read more about their findings here. According to SPLC’s study, 26 hate groups operate in the state of Indiana. These groups are categorized based on their belief, and some groups fall into more than one category. Here is what the SPLC identified as hate groups in Indiana: SPLC’s definition: “Neo-Nazi groups share a hatred for Jews and a love for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. While they also hate other minorities, gays and lesbians and even sometimes Christians, they perceive “the Jew” as their cardinal enemy.” SPLC’s definition:”The Ku Klux Klan, with its long history of violence, is the most infamous and oldest of American hate groups. Although black Americans have typically been the Klan’s primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and, until recently, Catholics.” SPLC’s definition: “Black separatists typically oppose integration and racial intermarriage, and they want separate institutions — or even a separate nation — for blacks. Most forms of black separatism are strongly anti-white and anti-Semitic, and a number of religious versions assert that blacks are the Biblical ‘chosen people’ of God.” Nation of Islam is also classified as a distinct hate group. The Indianapolis branch is the only location listed in the state. SPLC’s definition: “Racist Skinheads form a particularly violent element of the white supremacist movement, and have often been referred to as the ‘shock troops’ of the hoped-for revolution. The classic Skinhead look is a shaved head, black Doc Martens boots, jeans with suspenders and an array of typically racist tattoos.” Vinlanders Social Club and Blood and Honour Social Club are also classified as distinct hate groups. SPLC’s definition: “White nationalist groups espouse white supremacist or white separatist ideologies, often focusing on the alleged inferiority of nonwhites. Groups listed in a variety of other categories – Ku Klux Klan, neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi, racist skinhead, and Christian Identity – could also be fairly described as white nationalist.” The American Freedom Party is also classified as a distinct hate group. SPLC’s definition: “Anti-Muslim hate groups are a relatively new phenomenon in the United States, with many appearing in the aftermath of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Beginning in 2010, anti-Muslim legislation increased and opposition to the development of an Islamic Center in lower Manhattan made headlines.” SPLC’s definition: “Opposition to equal rights for LGBT people has been a central theme of Christian Right organizing and fundraising for the past three decades a period that parallels the fundamentalist movement’s rise to political power.” SPLC’s definition: “‘Radical traditionalist’ Catholics, who may make up the largest single group of serious anti-Semites in America, subscribe to an ideology that is rejected by the Vatican and some 70 million mainstream American Catholics.” Allison Carter is Facebook editor at IndyStar. Follow her on Twitter @AllisonLCarter. Read or Share this story: http://indy.st/2lQ6f9G

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Annual map designates four "hate groups" in the Tennessee Valley – WAAY

The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization which defines itself as a nonprofit specializing in “civil rights and public interest litigation,” released the annual map of what it defines as hate groups in America. For 2017 they listed 917 different groups, four of which are in the Tennessee Valley. Those are Ku Klos Knights of the KKK in Hazel Green, Loyal White Knights of the KKK in Huntsville, and League of the South in Killen. In southern Tennessee they named the Lincoln County Citizen Action Network in Fayetteville as an anti-Muslim group. The largest concentration of “hate groups” in the south appears to be in the Atlanta area. Other cities with major concentrations of hate groups include Washington DC, New York City, and Los Angeles. To see the map and the various groups designated by the SPLC as hate groups, click the link here.

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Hatewatch Headlines 2/15/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Salon: Donald Trump has surrounded himself with a troubling array of white nationalists whose views are frightening. Vocativ: White nationalists, ‘Alt-Right’ appear crushed by Michael Flynns firing as National Security Adviser. The Atlantic: The nationalist right is coming for Reince Priebus, blaming him for the Flynn fiasco. Media Matters: Neo-Nazis blame the Jews for resignation of one of our best guys in Flynn. Right Wing Watch: Alex Jones claims that Obama is orchestrating a Bolshevik revolution against Trump. BuzzFeed: Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway claims she doesnt know who retweeted a white nationalist from her account. Kansas City Star (MO): NAACP leader silenced by Missouri lawmaker during a public hearing. Daily Democrat (Woodland, CA): Police arrest Davis woman for vandalizing Islamic center by smashing windows, leaving bacon. WFTV-9-TV (Orlando, FL): White pride groups starting to take root on college campuses, investigation finds. Business Insider: Doomsday prepper businesses saw a huge boost in sales after Trumps election. MS News Now (Jackson, MS): Home of Respect Our Black Dollars leader vandalized with KKK graffiti on front door. Oregonian: Man who pulled gun out at Dont Shoot Portland march found guilty of 21 felonies and misdemeanors. NJ101.5-FM (Ewing, NJ): Antigovernment ‘sovereign citizen’ who tried to bill judge for $1 million loses appeal. Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY): Kentucky House approves Blue Lives Matter hatecrimes bill. Episcopal News Service: Virginia church condemns white supremacy after ‘Alt-Right’ figure Richard Spencer moves into neighborhood.

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Hate Group Member to Speak at Republican Club – Southern Poverty Law Center

While FAIR presents itself as an organization against illegal immigration not immigration overall its undeniable relationship with white nationalists tells a different story. FAIR was founded in 1979 by white nationalist and retired optometrist John Tanton, whohas openly expressed opposition to non-white immigration. Ive come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that, he wrote in a letter to now-deceased eugenicist and ecology professor Garrett Hardin in 1993. Tanton has also suggested that a persons intelligence should pre-determine who should and should not have children. A member of FAIRs national board of advisors, Tanton’s preoccupation with immigration appears to be based, at least in part, on race. In a March 3, 1993memo to FAIR national board of advisors member Otis Graham, he demonstrated his desire to limit the number of non-whites living in the United States. The memo concerned a new group Tanton wanted to start, which he would have named the League for European American Defense, Education, and Research.Tanton hatched the idea with help from three prominent white nationalists: The Council of Conservative Citizens’ Sam Francis,American Renaissance’s Jared Taylor andWayne Lutton, who edits Tanton’s white nationalist quarterly journalThe Social Contract. FAIRs current president Dan Stein is not without his own questionable baggage. In 1994, Stein expressed his disgust for the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act,proclaiming that those who supported the 1965 reform wanted to “retaliate against Anglo-Saxon dominance” and that this “revengism” against whites had created a policy that is causing “chaos and will continue to create chaos.” In 1991 Stein sent a report to FAIR’s board of directors under the subject line”The Defenders of American culture Rise to the Call to Arms, in which he celebrated a new “disdain” in the media and among intellectuals for “the political agenda of those who openly attack the contributions of Western Civilization.” He was particularly happy that “multicultural and Politically Correct” school curricula had come under criticism. FAIRs public statements in more recent years show the organization remains true to the white nationalist principles on which it was founded. In late December 2015, Stein told supporters in a video message that without a moratorium on immigration, Were going to lose everything about what it means to be an American. Hanen himself has made his rounds within the Tanton network as well. Prior to joining FAIR, he was the website and social media manager for Pro-English, an anti-immigrant outfit founded by Tanton in 1983. This is not the first time county Republican clubs have opened their doors to a designated hate group. FAIRs field representatives have tirelessly propagated its hardcore anti-immigrant stance in communities across the country. FAIR representative Joyce Mucci was invited to be a guest speaker at the Bryan County Republican Partys membership drive and pre-convention meeting in Savannah, Georgia in February 2016. FAIR also works with and has listed several local anti-immigrant groups, including the Texans for FAIR Immigration and the Oregonians for Immigration Reform, as the organizations state contacts. At a time when President Trumps fierce anti-immigrant executive orders have attacked immigrant communities, it’s alarming to see local republican parties opening their doors to a designated hate group.

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Teaching Tolerance awards fellowships for slavery education project – Southern Poverty Law Center

The recipients selected in partnership with five colleges and universities will curate historical documents and other teaching materials on American slavery to provide teachers with a readily-available resource of free, trusted and well-researched materials about the topic. The graduate students will spend their spring semester conducting the research. Childrens reading books and textbooks have increasingly been criticized for their treatment and portrayal of American slavery, said Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance. When it comes to slavery, we see too many instances of the subject being glossed over, minimized or completely distorted. Its a problem that leaves teachers without meaningful tools to teach this important period in American history. In 2015, a McGraw-Hill Education geography textbook came under fire for describing enslaved Africans as workers. Months later, Scholastic Inc. was forced to pull a childrens book depicting slaves as happy and eager to please their owners. Many K-12 educators also are not aware of the dramatic changes in scholarship about slavery published in the last two decades. The fellowship awardees are Ran Cronin and Zoe Quinn (Salem State University); Rebecca Kuss and Abdul-Qadir Islam (University of Pennsylvania); Colin McConarty (Boston College); Carly Muetterties, Ryan Lewis and Kenny Stancil (University of Kentucky); and Lauren Henley, Brandon Wilson and Zoe Sissac (Washington University-St. Louis). Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nations children. It produces and distributes anti-bias education resources at no cost to teachers, including Teaching Tolerance magazine, online curricula and professional development resources, and multimedia teaching kits that introduce students to various civil rights issues.

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Arsonist Destroys Texas Mosque, Reward Offered | Southern … – Southern Poverty Law Center

A fire that destroyed a mosque in a small Texas community in late January was deliberately set, investigators say. The Victoria Islamic Center in Victoria, Texas, 125 miles southwest of Houston, was burned in the early morning hours of Jan. 28. When fire crews arrived, they found the mosque completely consumed in flames, Battalion Chief Jeff Cowan told theVictoria Advocate. After watching firefighters battle the blaze, some of the 140 members of the mosque prayed on a sidewalk across the street. Shahid Hashmi, president of the center, said the mosque had hosted dinner only hours before. After the fire, local churches and the town’s only synagogue and local churches offered to share their space for members of the mosque to worship.Community members raised more than $1 million in four hours to fund a rebuilding effort, posting signs that said, We Love Our Muslim Neighbors and Love is Greater Than Hate. A $30,000 reward has been offered and investigators are not yet calling the incident a hate crime. The Victoria newspaper reported that in July 2013 a man admitted spray painting H8 on the outside of the mosque, Fred Milanowski, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent in charge, told the Houston Chronicle that houses of worship are a sacred place in this country, and that the ATF was devoting serious resources to the case. Hashmi said his congregation already has forgiven the arsonist, but there is no way we will be able to ever forget. The law will take care of the punishment, Hashmi said. We have nothing to do with that.

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Jerry Garcia’s ‘Wolf’ Guitar to Be Sold at Benefit Auction – Ultimate Classic Rock

Grateful Dead Records One of Jerry Garcias most famous guitars, the custom-made Wolf, will be sold at an auction through Gurnseys on March 14 at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, N.Y. The entire proceeds from the sale will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that combats hate groups and racism. Built by Doug Irwin, Wolf, according to Garcias website, made its debut on Sept. 5, 1973 at a gig that Garcia and Merl Saunders played for the Hells Angels in New York. Over the next five years it underwent a few modifications by Irwin, including new pickups, adding the inlay a repair to the headstock when it fell off a stage. Garcia is holding the guitar on the cover of his 1974 album Compliments. At some point, Garcia stopped playing Wolf, but he returned to in the late 80s when he was experimenting with MIDI synthesizers, and he last played it in Oakland on Feb. 23, 1993. Irwin gained posession of the guitar following a lawsuit with the group, and he sold it an an auction. The person who bought the guitar is now selling it Ive been a fan of the [Grateful] Dead since I was a kid, and playing this iconic guitar over the past 15 years has been a privilege, said the guitars owner, whose name was not revealed in the press release we received. But the time is right for Wolf to do some good. My wife and I have long supported the efforts of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and if ever we needed the SPLC, we sure do need them now. The Southern Poverty Law Center was formed in 1971 to fight the last remnants of Jim Crow segregation. It has since gone on to fight white supremacy by tracking the actions of hate groups, teaching diversity and tolerance and expanding its reach to protect children, women, the disabled, low-wage immigrant workers and the LGBTQ community. Grateful Dead Albums Ranked Worst to Best Next: Top 10 Grateful Dead Songs

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President Trump: Don’t ignore terror from the radical right – Southern Poverty Law Center

The documentary couldnt have come at a better time. We should all hope that President Trump and his advisers are paying close attention, because by focusing their attention exclusively on terrorism inspired by overseas groups like ISIS, they could be missing the next McVeigh. The Oklahoma City bombing was, at the time, the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil, killing 168 men, women and children, and wounding nearly 700 more. It did not occur in a vacuum. McVeigh, a veteran of the Gulf War, was steeped in the white supremacist and antigovernment militia movements of the 1990s movements that produced dozens of terrorist attacks and plots. After the bombing, then Attorney General Janet Reno formed the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee to coordinate the governments response. Numerous terror plots were foiled and militia leaders arrested. Partly as a result of the crackdown, the militia movement fell into disarray. As fate would have it, the terrorism task force was scheduled to hold a monthly meeting on Sept. 11, 2001. It did not meet that day, for obvious reasons. But the task force did not skip just one meeting. As the countrys focus shifted to al Qaeda, the group did not meet again for 13 years. During the interim, domestic extremism surged. The number of hate groups, mainly white supremacists, nearly doubled in a 10-year span. And with the election of Barack Obama, the antigovernment movement also roared back. From 2008 to 2012, the number of so-called Patriot groups, including militias, multiplied by more than 800 percent, to 1,360. The increased activity was accompanied by an alarming level of violence, both from antigovernment extremists and racists. West Points Combating Terrorism Center reported in 2013 that right-wing violence during the period surpassed that of the 1990s by a factor of four. The attacks included the 2012 massacre of six Sikhs at a Wisconsin temple by neo-Nazi Wade Page. Finally, in 2014, the Justice Department revived the task force but only after Glenn Miller, an infamous former Klan leader, killed three people he mistook for Jews in Overland Park, Kansas. Now, it appears that Trump, who made Muslim-bashing a signature of his campaign, is once again turning the governments attention away from the threat posed by men like McVeigh, Page, Miller, and Dylann Roof, who massacred nine African Americans inCharleston. Indeed, it seems as if Trump is living in a world of alternative facts. The list of terrorist attacks he released to the news media this week didnt contain a single reference to those committed by radical-right extremists. More bizarrely, while he has said nothing publicly about the Jan. 29 attack in Quebec City where a right-wing extremist killed six Muslims at a mosque his press secretary cited it as an example of why Trumps Muslim ban is needed. Last week, Reuters reported that the administration is considering changing the governments Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism and no longer works to counter other violent ideologies, such as white supremacism. It would be renamed as Countering Islamic Extremism or Countering Radical Islamic Extremism. Far-right extremists cheered the news. Donald Trump wants to remove us from undue federal scrutiny by removing white supremacists from the definition of extremism, wrote the founder of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. Beyond the dangers of taking law enforcements focus off far-right terrorists, the decision to change the CVE program would have other harmful effects. While it may be politically satisfying to some Trump voters, the change will further stigmatize Muslims and likely prove counterproductive. In a report last year, Duke Universitys Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security found that a singular focus on Islamic terrorism erodes the trust between law enforcement and Muslim communities trust that is needed to thwart attacks. Whats more, by explicitly targeting Muslims in his rhetoric and policies, the president is handing a potent recruiting and propaganda tool to radical Islamists who portray the United States and the West in general as being at war with Islam. 9/11 was the Pearl Harbor of our time. And each anniversary of that horrible day reminds us of the continuing threat associated with radical forms of Islam. But we must not forget the 168 lives lost in Oklahoma City or those lost in Kansas, Wisconsin or Charleston. It shouldnt take another massacre to remind us of the very real terror threat posed by the far-right extremists living among us.

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Hatewatch Headlines 2/9/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Media Matters: One type of terrorism really is underreported from the radical right. Raw Story: Georgia white supremacist under FBI investigation after police find evidence of ricin in his car. ProPublica: When the government really did fear a Bowling Green massacre by a white supremacist. Slate: Heres a list of 39 white terrorists for the Wisconsin congressman who challenged CNN to name more than two. Right Wing Watch: Donald Trump keeps promoting Alex Jones conspiracy theories. Associated Press: Twitter broadens its campaign against hate and abuse by identifying key offenders. Think Progress: Congress moves to restrict public input on planning for land use in the West. KEYE-TV (Austin, TX): More and more Texans are digging their bomb shelters deep as they prepare for doomsday. Courier-Journal (Louisville, TN): Heimbachs plans for Traditionalist Worker Party gathering at state park create a stir. CBS New York: Connecticut residents find Make America White Again supremacist fliers in their neighborhoods. Reuters: Idaho man pleads guilty in brutal beating death of gay man lured to remote location.

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