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Hatewatch Headlines 8/9/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Newsweek: Alt-right, Nazis and KKK to emerge from behind keyboards to form largest racist protest in decades.

Daily Courier (Charlottesville, VA): ACLU, Rutherford challenge citys decision to move site of Unite the Right.

Business Insider: ‘The most well-organized campaign in the history of the alt-right’ is targeting H.R. McMaster.

Think Progress: White House defends silence on mosque bombing, says it might have been faked by liberals.

New Yorker: The decades-long campaign to cut legal immigration gains ground in the Trump White House.

Esquire: Jeff Sessions Justice Department backs another assault on the right to vote.

Rewire: Sheriffs and anti-immigrant hate groups are teaming up nationwide to spout nativist claptrap.

Palm Beach Post (FL): Man fatally shot while defending gay friends from threatening slurs.

CNN: On average, nine mosques have been targeted every month this year so far.

Raw Story: Trump-supporting school board president in California panics about sex education turning kids gay.

Media Matters: Far right alternative-media figures think the Google Manifesto proves them right.

Right Wing Watch: Pat Robertson says totally bogus Fox News scandals are part of a conspiracy to destroy the network.

The Guardian: The rise of the racist bots: How AI is learning all our worst impulses.

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Ayo, et al. v. Dunn, et al. – Southern Poverty Law Center

People awaiting trial before a criminal court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were coerced into paying hundreds of dollars to a company before they were released from jail even after they had paid their bail. The SPLC filed a federal lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana to end the practice.

Even after they were released, people awaiting trial were threatened with re-arrest if they did not pay additional monthly fees to the company, Rehabilitation Home Incarceration, which provides pretrial supervision. The lawsuit describes how the company and its owner worked with East Baton Rouge Parish officials for at least three years to detain people awaiting trial and coerce payments. The company, its owner, Cleve Dunn Sr., and the parish are named as defendants.

In 2015 and 2016, more than 300 people were assigned to the company by 19th Judicial District Judge Trudy A. White. She often made these orders for indefinite periods of supervision without determining whether people were a flight risk or posed any danger. She did not assess their ability to pay the companys signup fee of $525 and its subsequent monthly fees and other charges.

One plaintiff, Kaiasha White (no relation to the judge), was forced to stay in jail for a month as she and her family struggled to pay both her bond and the companys signup fee. The jail would not release her until the company said its fee had been paid.

Henry Ayo, another plaintiff, was jailed for two months because he and his wife couldnt afford to pay his bond and the signup fee. After paying for his release, Ayo was informed by the company that he had to pay $225 a month while awaiting trial, or he could be arrested and jailed again. Ayo and his wife paid the company approximately $1,000. The only supervision he received was being required to make phone calls that often went unanswered.

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/8/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

The Trace: Right-wing militias are now actively supporting some state and local pro-Trump politicians.

Washington Post: Minnesota mosque firebombing is deeper and scarier than previous threats.

Newsweek: Trumps failure to condemn Minnesota mosque attack stirs social-media anger.

Right Wing Watch: End-times prepper Pastor Jim Bakker was invited to the White House.

Think Progress: Why Christian nationalists love Trump, thanks to the undertow of authoritarianism.

The New Republic: The lefts supporting role in American hate theater.

This American Life: Fear and loathing in Homer and Rockville: How anti-immigrant fervor hits the oddest places.

Recode: Google has fired the employee who penned a controversial memo on women and tech.

Raw Story: White nationalists melt down, whine that civil rights are being violated after Airbnb cancels accounts.

The Denver Post: Swastika, other anti-Semitic scrawls found at Colorado Springs synagogue.

The Forward: T-shirt company sells rainbow-swastika design as symbol of love and peace.

Metro Weekly (Washington, DC): Oklahoma gay man files civil-rights lawsuit after his home is burned to the ground.

OC Weekly (CA): Orange County GOP rejects alt-right figure Johnny Benitez over alleged anti-Semitism.

Detroit Free Press (MI): Recall effort targets Trump-loving Kasatka Village president for anti-Muslim posts.

Free Thought Now: Pro bono religious law firms are costing taxpayers millions and blaming everyone else.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center is a hate group – ChicagoNow (blog)

The Southern Poverty Law Center has a right to call anyone a hate group. And so it does.

But it goes beyond the pale when journalists participate in the center’s hateful activities by uncritically citing its “research” into and its “definition” of who and what qualifies as a hate group.

A journalist has done it yet again by blindly repeating the center’s labeling of theIllinois Family Family Institute as a hate group. On Sunday, Aug. 6, the Chicago Tribune ran a story making that careless error, “Lawmaker slams trans student rights.”

It’s a nasty attack on Illinois state Rep.Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) for “being so far right” that she shared an op-ed from the Institute, “Christians Must Exit Government Schools.”The article, by Kim Janssen, notes that the Instituteis “considered an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

Umh, yes, the Institute espouses traditional family values and is culturally conservative. As are millions of Americans. It defends traditional marriageand objectsto the invasion of pre-teen and adolescent girls’ privacy by opening their locker rooms and showers to boys who are born males but of late identify as females.

But the Southern Poverty Law Center’s definition of “hate groups” equatesthe Illinois Family Institute withHolocaust deniers, theNation of Islamand130 Ku Klux Klan groups. As well astheAryan Nations Sadistic Souls, whatever the hell that is.

This is an exaggeration at best and defamation.

I’m not here to defend everything that the Institute says, although I am a cultural conservative who has defended traditional marriage and oppose the “right” of transgender people to invade the privacy of pre-teen and adolescent girls. Hang me for that if you will, but I don’t give a flying fig. I’m immune to the same kind of routine attack that is made against the Institute.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, itself, is an extremist, far-left group that has appointed itself to guide all Americans into safe zones, protected from all that is evil, i.e. conservative. It boasts that it has driven 917 hate groups out from under their rocks. You can look them all up on the Center’s “Hate Map.”Yes, many of them are, in my opinion, hate groups. But never mind that the Hate Map is heavily weighted with conservative groups.

The Southern Poverty Law Center feeds the divisiveness that all Americanslike to condemn, but ignores when they practice it themselves. For its high-handed, authoritarian and inaccurate portrayal of the Illinois Family Institute, the Southern Poverty Law Center has earned the label as a hate group.

Andthe many journalists who carelessly, gullibly or unequivocally pass on such defamationsare their accomplices. But in Chicago, there are no media critics to point this out.

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/7/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Star-Tribune (Minneapolis, MN): Minnesota governor calls firebombing attack on mosque an act of terrorism.

CNN: Five years after attack on Sikh temple, far-right extremism still isnt taken seriously enough.

Just Security: The ramifications of George Selims resignation from CVE program will be far-reaching.

Think Progress: White supremacists smear campaign against H.R. McMaster has officially begun.

Salon: Donald Trumps wallow in white supremacism is about distracting his base from the Russia scandal.

New York Magazine: How Jeff Sessions might channel the far rights longtime crusade against affirmative action.

Angry White Men: Banned from mainstream websites, the alt-right turns to fringe platforms for support.

Times Literary Supplement: A respected classics professor describes how she became a target of the alt-right.

Media Matters: Newspapers are turning to hate group Conservative Republicans of Texas over the state’s proposed bathroom ban.

Joe.My.God: Roy Moores hate group vows to sue Senate Super PAC over ad calling him a scammer.

Right Wing Watch: Rick Joyner says God will defeat anyone who tries to take down Trump.

The Root: Police officer shares racist Facebook post, will resign after public outcry.

Blind Field Journal: How white nostalgia springs from the history of race and Fordism in America.

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Southern Poverty Law Center files ethics complaint against Orleans DA – WGNO

NEW ORLEANS The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed an ethics complaint against the Orleans Parish District Attorneys Office over the use of fake subpoenas.

The bogus subpoenas were used as leverage against witnesses unwilling to answer questions from prosecutors working with office, according to the SPLC.

Uncooperative witnesses were told they would face fines and jail time if they failed to work with the prosecutors, and the subpoenas were drawn up as a further means of intimidation, according to a complaint filed today with the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro has gone on the record to admit that his office has engaged in the practice since 2009, according to the SPLC.

District attorneys have almost unchecked discretion in our criminal justice system, SPLC deputy legal director Lisa Graybill said. As Louisianans work to reform the states criminal justice system and shed the title of incarceration capital of the world, district attorneys must be held accountable when they abuse the publics trust. These bogus subpoenas violated peoples legal rights through manipulation and intimidation. An investigation is needed to restore the publics confidence, and prevent other prosecutors from engaging in such misconduct.

At least one person was threatened with arrest for failing to comply with a fake summons, which warned of a fine or jail time if the person failed to appear before prosecutors for questioning.

The SPLC has filed a similar complaint against Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick for issuing fake subpoenas ordering witnesses to speak to investigators, although jail time was not explicitly threatened.

Connick has since said his office would stop the practice, according to the SPLC.

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Weekend Read: Forced sterilization in exchange for freedom – Southern Poverty Law Center

I hope to encourage them to take personal responsibility, said Judge Sam Benningfield, who approved the program.

In the two months since the policy went into effect, 32 women have received a birth control implant called Nexplannon, and 38 men are waiting to have a vasectomy.

Whether Benningfield knows it or not, the people he is sterilizing in the White County jail are merely the latest in a long line of incarcerated and low-income people to be sterilized under coercion or force by the criminal or social welfare systems in the United States.

In 1907, Indiana became the first state to pass a law allowing for compulsory sterilization of confirmed criminals and idiots. Thirty-one states soon followed suit.

In 1972, we sued on behalf of two young sisters who were sterilized in 1972 without their consent in Alabama. Sterilization laws began to be dismantled during that era, but eugenics practices have continued around the country. In California, for example, nearly 150 female prisoners underwent tubal ligations without their lawful consent between 2004 and 2013.

America is not the only country to forcibly sterilize its citizens in the 21st century. In Europe, if a transgender person wanted to change their name or gender on government-issued documents, nearly two dozen countries mandated their sterilization until April of this year, when the European Court of Human Rights ruled that requirement to be an institutionalized violation of human rights.

But that victory for transgender rights came only after a sustained campaign by the hate group Alliance Defending Freedom to try to keep the sterilization requirement.

Equal dignity does not mean that every sexual orientation warrants equal respect, wrote ADF International in an intervention brief.

Obviously, we disagree. But ADFs efforts to see a continued policy of mandated sterilization of transgender people are in keeping with its support of the fraudulent practice of gay-to-straight conversion therapy and the argument of its first president, Alan Sears, that pedophilia and homosexuality are “intrinsically linked” (a dangerous falsehood long propagated by anti-LGBT hate groups).

Such stances are why we named Alliance Defending Freedom a hate group and why, as David Perry writes of incarcerated people for The Marshall Project, No one should be compelled to trade their reproductive freedom for corporal freedom.

Well keep fighting for the rights of transgender and incarcerated people alike.

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/4/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Washington Post: Resentful white people propelled Trump to the White House and he is rewarding their loyalty.

Media Matters: The White House is relying on hate groups and their junk research to defend the RAISE Act.

Right Wing Watch: Trump makes good on promises to extreme anti-immigrants groups with his proposal.

Think Progress: Stephen Millers strange insult of a reporter is very familiar to white supremacists.

Daily Kos: White supremacists love the ‘legal’ immigration bill Trump just endorsed.

Miami Herald: Even as hate crimes wash over Florida, many cities still fail to report them.

New York Times Magazine: For the new far right, YouTube has become the new talk radio.

Post and Courier (Charleston, SC): GOP candidate Catherine Templeton’s ‘proud of the Confederacy’ remarks stir controversy

Oregonian: Prosecutors seeking ballistics evidence in case against FBI agent involved in Finicum shooting.

The Guardian: Lessons from a survivalist summit, or how Americas fears are killing it from within.

Slate: Unit Cohesion isnt a real reason to ban trans people from the military.

Huffington Post: Samantha Bee skewers Kris Kobach with cutting musical parody.

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Bickering Galore Precedes Unite the Right Rally | Southern … – Southern Poverty Law Center

Social media posts offer proof of backbiting, bickering and name-calling between some of the Alt-Right, neo-Confederate, anti-immigrant, Patriot, militia, Nazi and racist groups separately trying to organize contingents to attend the unity rally.

In a pointed post, the leader of one Patriot-style group was accused of adultery in an apparent attempt to undercut his leadership authority on the eve of the unity rally.

Another Patriot-style group apparently perturbed by the grumbling, jockeying and potential for violence says its now abandoning its plan to move its scheduled co-rally from South Carolina to Charlottesville on Aug. 12.

The Unite the Right organizer, pro-white activist Jason Kessler, got a city permit weeks ago for the rally to protest the City of Charlottesvilles plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Then, the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement said its members would be attending to defend free speech and our heritage at the Lee Monument.Also joining in are the League of the South leaders, as well as various anti-government, Patriot, militia, Klan, III Percenters and anti-immigration groups.

I want an excellent turnout of Southern nationalists for this event, said LOS president Michael Hill, telling his followers dont miss out of the fun in dealing with expected counterprotesters.

Self-described outlaw motorcycle clubs called 1 percenters say theyll show to provide security for their extremist friends.

Not to be deterred, various anti-racist, antifa groups, including some with track records of violence, and members of Black Lives Matter also say theyll be heading to Charlottesville.

Now, representatives of the City of Charlottesville are attempting to convince Kessler to move the rally from Emancipation Park to a more secure location, but he isnt buying into that idea.Kessler is enlisting legal help from Kyle Bristow, a racist-activist attorney who heads the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas.

Bristow told the Roanoke Times that it would be ridiculously unconstitutional for the city to attempt to move the Unite the Right rally because of the building drama or public safety concerns.

So it seems the stage is being set to see who has the biggest megaphone, who draws the most attention in a crowd of hundreds expected for the Alt-Right feeding frenzy.

In these lead-up days, behind much of the drama and posturing is Brad Griffin, who runs the white nationalist website Occidental Dissent, appearing to love the limelight as he chants and promotes his new phrase, Alt-South.

My way of doing things is to foster coordination instead of infighting, encouraging our people to become more active and aggressive while building social media platforms and real world networks, Griffin wrote on his blog late last month.

We need stable organizations that cater to various niche audiences, Griffin said. Instead of indulging in violent apocalyptic fantasies, we need to build networks, generate content and get more organized.

But with various critical or mocking blog posts, it seems Griffin has done anything but build networks.

As he was promoting coordination instead of infighting in recent days, Griffin went on the radio show of David Duke, the legendary racist and former Ku Klux Klan leader, to talk about the rise of the Zionist globalist faction in the White House and the Unite the Right rally.

Its that brand of blatant anti-Semitic rhetoric, Nazi swastikas and stiff-arm victory salutes thats causing blow-back from others in the Patriot movement and those more focused on the Alt-Right agenda, including anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim campaigns.

In the lead-up to Charlottesville, the bickering among right-wing extremists apparently isnt being taken seriously by antifa and anarchists with one website calling on all their supporters to show up, boasting: Were going to win.

The site, saying its devoted to anarchist, anti-fascist, autonomous anti-capitalist and anti-colonial movements, said the Charlottesville rally is about pox of white defensiveness and culture wars coming out of our isolated social media chambers and into the streets

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Newsweek: Alt-right, Nazis and KKK to emerge from behind keyboards to form largest racist protest in decades. Daily Courier (Charlottesville, VA): ACLU, Rutherford challenge citys decision to move site of Unite the Right. Business Insider: ‘The most well-organized campaign in the history of the alt-right’ is targeting H.R. McMaster. Think Progress: White House defends silence on mosque bombing, says it might have been faked by liberals. New Yorker: The decades-long campaign to cut legal immigration gains ground in the Trump White House. Esquire: Jeff Sessions Justice Department backs another assault on the right to vote. Rewire: Sheriffs and anti-immigrant hate groups are teaming up nationwide to spout nativist claptrap. Palm Beach Post (FL): Man fatally shot while defending gay friends from threatening slurs. CNN: On average, nine mosques have been targeted every month this year so far. Raw Story: Trump-supporting school board president in California panics about sex education turning kids gay. Media Matters: Far right alternative-media figures think the Google Manifesto proves them right. Right Wing Watch: Pat Robertson says totally bogus Fox News scandals are part of a conspiracy to destroy the network. The Guardian: The rise of the racist bots: How AI is learning all our worst impulses.

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Ayo, et al. v. Dunn, et al. – Southern Poverty Law Center

People awaiting trial before a criminal court in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were coerced into paying hundreds of dollars to a company before they were released from jail even after they had paid their bail. The SPLC filed a federal lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana to end the practice. Even after they were released, people awaiting trial were threatened with re-arrest if they did not pay additional monthly fees to the company, Rehabilitation Home Incarceration, which provides pretrial supervision. The lawsuit describes how the company and its owner worked with East Baton Rouge Parish officials for at least three years to detain people awaiting trial and coerce payments. The company, its owner, Cleve Dunn Sr., and the parish are named as defendants. In 2015 and 2016, more than 300 people were assigned to the company by 19th Judicial District Judge Trudy A. White. She often made these orders for indefinite periods of supervision without determining whether people were a flight risk or posed any danger. She did not assess their ability to pay the companys signup fee of $525 and its subsequent monthly fees and other charges. One plaintiff, Kaiasha White (no relation to the judge), was forced to stay in jail for a month as she and her family struggled to pay both her bond and the companys signup fee. The jail would not release her until the company said its fee had been paid. Henry Ayo, another plaintiff, was jailed for two months because he and his wife couldnt afford to pay his bond and the signup fee. After paying for his release, Ayo was informed by the company that he had to pay $225 a month while awaiting trial, or he could be arrested and jailed again. Ayo and his wife paid the company approximately $1,000. The only supervision he received was being required to make phone calls that often went unanswered.

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/8/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

The Trace: Right-wing militias are now actively supporting some state and local pro-Trump politicians. Washington Post: Minnesota mosque firebombing is deeper and scarier than previous threats. Newsweek: Trumps failure to condemn Minnesota mosque attack stirs social-media anger. Right Wing Watch: End-times prepper Pastor Jim Bakker was invited to the White House. Think Progress: Why Christian nationalists love Trump, thanks to the undertow of authoritarianism. The New Republic: The lefts supporting role in American hate theater. This American Life: Fear and loathing in Homer and Rockville: How anti-immigrant fervor hits the oddest places. Recode: Google has fired the employee who penned a controversial memo on women and tech. Raw Story: White nationalists melt down, whine that civil rights are being violated after Airbnb cancels accounts. The Denver Post: Swastika, other anti-Semitic scrawls found at Colorado Springs synagogue. The Forward: T-shirt company sells rainbow-swastika design as symbol of love and peace. Metro Weekly (Washington, DC): Oklahoma gay man files civil-rights lawsuit after his home is burned to the ground. OC Weekly (CA): Orange County GOP rejects alt-right figure Johnny Benitez over alleged anti-Semitism. Detroit Free Press (MI): Recall effort targets Trump-loving Kasatka Village president for anti-Muslim posts. Free Thought Now: Pro bono religious law firms are costing taxpayers millions and blaming everyone else.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center is a hate group – ChicagoNow (blog)

The Southern Poverty Law Center has a right to call anyone a hate group. And so it does. But it goes beyond the pale when journalists participate in the center’s hateful activities by uncritically citing its “research” into and its “definition” of who and what qualifies as a hate group. A journalist has done it yet again by blindly repeating the center’s labeling of theIllinois Family Family Institute as a hate group. On Sunday, Aug. 6, the Chicago Tribune ran a story making that careless error, “Lawmaker slams trans student rights.” It’s a nasty attack on Illinois state Rep.Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) for “being so far right” that she shared an op-ed from the Institute, “Christians Must Exit Government Schools.”The article, by Kim Janssen, notes that the Instituteis “considered an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.” Umh, yes, the Institute espouses traditional family values and is culturally conservative. As are millions of Americans. It defends traditional marriageand objectsto the invasion of pre-teen and adolescent girls’ privacy by opening their locker rooms and showers to boys who are born males but of late identify as females. But the Southern Poverty Law Center’s definition of “hate groups” equatesthe Illinois Family Institute withHolocaust deniers, theNation of Islamand130 Ku Klux Klan groups. As well astheAryan Nations Sadistic Souls, whatever the hell that is. This is an exaggeration at best and defamation. I’m not here to defend everything that the Institute says, although I am a cultural conservative who has defended traditional marriage and oppose the “right” of transgender people to invade the privacy of pre-teen and adolescent girls. Hang me for that if you will, but I don’t give a flying fig. I’m immune to the same kind of routine attack that is made against the Institute. The Southern Poverty Law Center, itself, is an extremist, far-left group that has appointed itself to guide all Americans into safe zones, protected from all that is evil, i.e. conservative. It boasts that it has driven 917 hate groups out from under their rocks. You can look them all up on the Center’s “Hate Map.”Yes, many of them are, in my opinion, hate groups. But never mind that the Hate Map is heavily weighted with conservative groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center feeds the divisiveness that all Americanslike to condemn, but ignores when they practice it themselves. For its high-handed, authoritarian and inaccurate portrayal of the Illinois Family Institute, the Southern Poverty Law Center has earned the label as a hate group. Andthe many journalists who carelessly, gullibly or unequivocally pass on such defamationsare their accomplices. But in Chicago, there are no media critics to point this out. dennis@dennisbyrne.net www.dennisbyrne.net

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Star-Tribune (Minneapolis, MN): Minnesota governor calls firebombing attack on mosque an act of terrorism. CNN: Five years after attack on Sikh temple, far-right extremism still isnt taken seriously enough. Just Security: The ramifications of George Selims resignation from CVE program will be far-reaching. Think Progress: White supremacists smear campaign against H.R. McMaster has officially begun. Salon: Donald Trumps wallow in white supremacism is about distracting his base from the Russia scandal. New York Magazine: How Jeff Sessions might channel the far rights longtime crusade against affirmative action. Angry White Men: Banned from mainstream websites, the alt-right turns to fringe platforms for support. Times Literary Supplement: A respected classics professor describes how she became a target of the alt-right. Media Matters: Newspapers are turning to hate group Conservative Republicans of Texas over the state’s proposed bathroom ban. Joe.My.God: Roy Moores hate group vows to sue Senate Super PAC over ad calling him a scammer. Right Wing Watch: Rick Joyner says God will defeat anyone who tries to take down Trump. The Root: Police officer shares racist Facebook post, will resign after public outcry. Blind Field Journal: How white nostalgia springs from the history of race and Fordism in America.

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Southern Poverty Law Center files ethics complaint against Orleans DA – WGNO

NEW ORLEANS The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed an ethics complaint against the Orleans Parish District Attorneys Office over the use of fake subpoenas. The bogus subpoenas were used as leverage against witnesses unwilling to answer questions from prosecutors working with office, according to the SPLC. Uncooperative witnesses were told they would face fines and jail time if they failed to work with the prosecutors, and the subpoenas were drawn up as a further means of intimidation, according to a complaint filed today with the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro has gone on the record to admit that his office has engaged in the practice since 2009, according to the SPLC. District attorneys have almost unchecked discretion in our criminal justice system, SPLC deputy legal director Lisa Graybill said. As Louisianans work to reform the states criminal justice system and shed the title of incarceration capital of the world, district attorneys must be held accountable when they abuse the publics trust. These bogus subpoenas violated peoples legal rights through manipulation and intimidation. An investigation is needed to restore the publics confidence, and prevent other prosecutors from engaging in such misconduct. At least one person was threatened with arrest for failing to comply with a fake summons, which warned of a fine or jail time if the person failed to appear before prosecutors for questioning. The SPLC has filed a similar complaint against Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick for issuing fake subpoenas ordering witnesses to speak to investigators, although jail time was not explicitly threatened. Connick has since said his office would stop the practice, according to the SPLC. 29.951066 -90.071532

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Weekend Read: Forced sterilization in exchange for freedom – Southern Poverty Law Center

I hope to encourage them to take personal responsibility, said Judge Sam Benningfield, who approved the program. In the two months since the policy went into effect, 32 women have received a birth control implant called Nexplannon, and 38 men are waiting to have a vasectomy. Whether Benningfield knows it or not, the people he is sterilizing in the White County jail are merely the latest in a long line of incarcerated and low-income people to be sterilized under coercion or force by the criminal or social welfare systems in the United States. In 1907, Indiana became the first state to pass a law allowing for compulsory sterilization of confirmed criminals and idiots. Thirty-one states soon followed suit. In 1972, we sued on behalf of two young sisters who were sterilized in 1972 without their consent in Alabama. Sterilization laws began to be dismantled during that era, but eugenics practices have continued around the country. In California, for example, nearly 150 female prisoners underwent tubal ligations without their lawful consent between 2004 and 2013. America is not the only country to forcibly sterilize its citizens in the 21st century. In Europe, if a transgender person wanted to change their name or gender on government-issued documents, nearly two dozen countries mandated their sterilization until April of this year, when the European Court of Human Rights ruled that requirement to be an institutionalized violation of human rights. But that victory for transgender rights came only after a sustained campaign by the hate group Alliance Defending Freedom to try to keep the sterilization requirement. Equal dignity does not mean that every sexual orientation warrants equal respect, wrote ADF International in an intervention brief. Obviously, we disagree. But ADFs efforts to see a continued policy of mandated sterilization of transgender people are in keeping with its support of the fraudulent practice of gay-to-straight conversion therapy and the argument of its first president, Alan Sears, that pedophilia and homosexuality are “intrinsically linked” (a dangerous falsehood long propagated by anti-LGBT hate groups). Such stances are why we named Alliance Defending Freedom a hate group and why, as David Perry writes of incarcerated people for The Marshall Project, No one should be compelled to trade their reproductive freedom for corporal freedom. Well keep fighting for the rights of transgender and incarcerated people alike. The Editors. PS Here are some other pieces this week that we think are valuable: SPLC’s Weekend Reads are a weekly summary of the most important reporting and commentary from around the country on civil rights, economic and racial inequity, and hate and extremism. Sign up to receive Weekend Reads every Saturday morning.

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Washington Post: Resentful white people propelled Trump to the White House and he is rewarding their loyalty. Media Matters: The White House is relying on hate groups and their junk research to defend the RAISE Act. Right Wing Watch: Trump makes good on promises to extreme anti-immigrants groups with his proposal. Think Progress: Stephen Millers strange insult of a reporter is very familiar to white supremacists. Daily Kos: White supremacists love the ‘legal’ immigration bill Trump just endorsed. Miami Herald: Even as hate crimes wash over Florida, many cities still fail to report them. New York Times Magazine: For the new far right, YouTube has become the new talk radio. Post and Courier (Charleston, SC): GOP candidate Catherine Templeton’s ‘proud of the Confederacy’ remarks stir controversy Oregonian: Prosecutors seeking ballistics evidence in case against FBI agent involved in Finicum shooting. The Guardian: Lessons from a survivalist summit, or how Americas fears are killing it from within. Slate: Unit Cohesion isnt a real reason to ban trans people from the military. Huffington Post: Samantha Bee skewers Kris Kobach with cutting musical parody.

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Bickering Galore Precedes Unite the Right Rally | Southern … – Southern Poverty Law Center

Social media posts offer proof of backbiting, bickering and name-calling between some of the Alt-Right, neo-Confederate, anti-immigrant, Patriot, militia, Nazi and racist groups separately trying to organize contingents to attend the unity rally. In a pointed post, the leader of one Patriot-style group was accused of adultery in an apparent attempt to undercut his leadership authority on the eve of the unity rally. Another Patriot-style group apparently perturbed by the grumbling, jockeying and potential for violence says its now abandoning its plan to move its scheduled co-rally from South Carolina to Charlottesville on Aug. 12. The Unite the Right organizer, pro-white activist Jason Kessler, got a city permit weeks ago for the rally to protest the City of Charlottesvilles plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Then, the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement said its members would be attending to defend free speech and our heritage at the Lee Monument.Also joining in are the League of the South leaders, as well as various anti-government, Patriot, militia, Klan, III Percenters and anti-immigration groups. I want an excellent turnout of Southern nationalists for this event, said LOS president Michael Hill, telling his followers dont miss out of the fun in dealing with expected counterprotesters. Self-described outlaw motorcycle clubs called 1 percenters say theyll show to provide security for their extremist friends. Not to be deterred, various anti-racist, antifa groups, including some with track records of violence, and members of Black Lives Matter also say theyll be heading to Charlottesville. Now, representatives of the City of Charlottesville are attempting to convince Kessler to move the rally from Emancipation Park to a more secure location, but he isnt buying into that idea.Kessler is enlisting legal help from Kyle Bristow, a racist-activist attorney who heads the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas. Bristow told the Roanoke Times that it would be ridiculously unconstitutional for the city to attempt to move the Unite the Right rally because of the building drama or public safety concerns. So it seems the stage is being set to see who has the biggest megaphone, who draws the most attention in a crowd of hundreds expected for the Alt-Right feeding frenzy. In these lead-up days, behind much of the drama and posturing is Brad Griffin, who runs the white nationalist website Occidental Dissent, appearing to love the limelight as he chants and promotes his new phrase, Alt-South. My way of doing things is to foster coordination instead of infighting, encouraging our people to become more active and aggressive while building social media platforms and real world networks, Griffin wrote on his blog late last month. We need stable organizations that cater to various niche audiences, Griffin said. Instead of indulging in violent apocalyptic fantasies, we need to build networks, generate content and get more organized. But with various critical or mocking blog posts, it seems Griffin has done anything but build networks. As he was promoting coordination instead of infighting in recent days, Griffin went on the radio show of David Duke, the legendary racist and former Ku Klux Klan leader, to talk about the rise of the Zionist globalist faction in the White House and the Unite the Right rally. Its that brand of blatant anti-Semitic rhetoric, Nazi swastikas and stiff-arm victory salutes thats causing blow-back from others in the Patriot movement and those more focused on the Alt-Right agenda, including anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim campaigns. In the lead-up to Charlottesville, the bickering among right-wing extremists apparently isnt being taken seriously by antifa and anarchists with one website calling on all their supporters to show up, boasting: Were going to win. The site, saying its devoted to anarchist, anti-fascist, autonomous anti-capitalist and anti-colonial movements, said the Charlottesville rally is about pox of white defensiveness and culture wars coming out of our isolated social media chambers and into the streets

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