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SPLC supports lawsuit for higher minimum wage in Alabama cities – Southern Poverty Law Center

The friend-of-the-court brief, filed in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals this week, outlines the racial pay gap in low-wage occupations across the state such as a nearly 20 percent pay disparity in the food service industry that could be reduced by allowing cities to raise their minimum wage.

The Alabama Legislature quickly passed the law in 2016 as Birmingham, a predominately black city, attempted to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 from the federal minimum of $7.25 observed by the state. The lawsuit was brought by several law firms on behalf of two Birmingham residents in low-wage jobs, the Alabama State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Greater Birmingham Ministries.

Alabamas racial wage gap dates back to the Jim Crow era, said SPLC Deputy Legal Director Sam Brooke. This law only helps preserve a shameful remnant of that era. The leaders of Alabamas cities should have the ability to confront this pay gap and raise the minimum wage.

The brief notes that as Birmingham attempted such a change, other major Alabama cities where black low-wage workers make substantially less than their white counterparts were considering similar action.

Legislators backing the law banning city action argued that Alabama needed a uniform minimum wage across the state to avoid burdening businesses. The brief, however, notes that businesses navigate a patchwork of varying business regulations across the state. It also documents how the market wages vary from one city to the next.

The brief notes that if the state had hoped to establish consistent wages in low-wage occupations, it would have been better served by raising the statewide minimum wage to eliminate variations in the market wages from city to city.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in Birmingham, where it was dismissed.

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Liberty Counsel counterpunches SPLC’s strike – OneNewsNow

An organization that promotes litigation related to evangelical Christian values is responding to the latest development in a lesbian custody battle.

Liberty Counsel represented Lisa Miller after she left her relationship with Janet Jenkins, the latter filing a lawsuit for custody of the child Miller bore. Then, without Liberty Counsel’s knowledge, Miller fled the country. So Jenkins, backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed suit against Liberty Counsel, which has not represented Miller for eight years.

Founder Mat Staver has filed a 106-page response demonstrating the lawsuit is frivolous.

“The case is absolutely crystal clear,” he asserts. “There’s no facts, there’s no law that gives any basis for us to be included as defendants, and we have filed this response dismantling frankly every one of their allegations. They have absolutely no proof that Liberty Counsel had any knowledge or any involvement in Lisa Miller’s disappearance in 2009.”

With the documents now before a judge in Vermont, one of the states involved in the custody dispute, Staver asks that people keep the case in prayer.

“There’s no question here what the SPLC’s agenda is,” he submits. “They want to harass, and they want to destroy. I can tell you what: We’re not intimidated, and we have fought back with an incredible counterpunch.”

The SPLC lists Liberty Counsel and several pro-family, faith-based organizations as hate groups for standing for traditional, Christian values.

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Live-Blog: ACT for America’s March Against Sharia Rallies – Southern Poverty Law Center

Signing off or tonight. Look for morein-depth coverage of ACT’s “Anti Sharia” marches from Hatewatch in the days to come..

We, at ACT for America, are committed to protecting women and children from Sharia Law and its impact on Muslim women and children including honor killing and Female Genital Mutilation, ACTs website reads. We must ensure that every woman and child enjoy the protection afforded by the U.S. Constitution.

ACTs protests are attracting a host of anti-government and far-right extremists, who have publically stated that they plan on attending todays events. ACT has already had to cancel its Batesville, Arkansas rally after the SPLC revealed that neo-Nazi Billy Roper was the main organizer.

Antifa groups are set to counter-protest in a number of cities, increasing the potential for violence, but civil rights groups and other local activists also have planned a number of positive events to counter ACTs hate.

Hatewatch will be running a constantly updated live-blog below, monitoring and reporting on the rallies taking place in 19 states. The proceedings will also be documented on Hatewatchs Twitter account where we will be using the hashtag #counterACThate.

Scroll down for updates as they happen.

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MINNEAPOLIS Seven protesters, the majority of them protesting the March Against Sharia event, were arrested after fights broke out between the two groups. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “Several fights then erupted between the two groups, drawing shoves, kicks and fists. Troopers lined up to separate the counter protesters from the anti-sharia group, who were backed up against a building across the Capitol lawn. Scuffles ensued as tension built, with many counter protesters criticizing officers.

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PHOENIX Heavily-armed demonstrators came ready to rumble Saturday at ACT for Americas March Against Sharia rally in Phoenixs Paradise Valley Park, but only words were exchanged between the anti-sharia crowd and those gathered to oppose them.

It helped that the two events were on opposite ends of the large, sprawling park. Neither side could see the other, unless they made a point of traversing the distance.

This happened a couple of times on either side, but resulted in no violence, and no arrests by the Phoenix Police Department.

Many of the ACT for America demonstrators were armed with handguns on their hips. If that wasn’t enough, around 20 members of the Arizona Liberty Guard militia, dressed in fatigues and carrying AR-15s, patrolled a grassy area cordoned off by the organizers with yellow police tape.

Around a dozen armed Oath Keepers seemed to be patrolling the crowd, and there were another dozen or so self-identifying Proud Boys and stick men, prepared for battle, some in helmets featuring Pepe the Frog and Confederate battle flags, others with long, heavy poles bearing the U.S. flag.

T-shirts ran the gamut from “Fuck Islam” and “Punch an Antifa” to those that read “Proud Infidel.” Homemade signs warned of the evils of sharia law. Demonstrators gathered around a tree to listen to horrific tales of honor killings and female genital mutilation, which one speaker claimed were “common” in America.

Anti-Islam lecturer Dr. Carl Goldberg told the audience that Islam was a totalitarian ideology on par with Nazism, and he accused U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of being aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.

In a conversation with a Hatewatch reporter, Goldberg admitted that he did not speak Arabic and said that his PhD was in European and Russian history.

The peace-and-love CounterACT Hate demonstration on the other end of the park was led by Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Deedra Abboud, and was protected by a contingent of the left-wing John Brown Gun Club, wearing red kerchiefs around their necks.

JBLC members were not carrying rifles and said they had no intention of squaring off with the armed factions at the ACT event, though they insinuated that they might be carrying concealed, which is legal in Arizona.

PHOENIX Arizona Liberty Guard, Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and more at the Phoenix “March Against Sharia.”

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ROSEVILLE Nathan Damigo, the founder of the white nationalist group Identity Evropa, was in attendance at the Roseville, California rally. Damigos group has been active at many of the rallies so far today. Damigo is a former Marine corporal who discovered his inner white nationalist by reading the work of Holocaust-denying ex-Klansman David Duke while serving five years for armed robbery (while drunk, he put a gun to the head of a cab driver he thought was Iraqi and stole $43).

Also at the Roseville rally was a blatantly anti-Semitic sign claiming that ISIS is working for the Israeli government complete with the line ISIS Securing Land for Greater Israel and Israel = ISIS. The sign also had a large picture of the USS Liberty, a ship attacked by the Israeli Air Force in 1967 by mistake. A number of anti-Semites including David Duke peddle the conspiracy theory that the Israelis attacked the ship on purpose.

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RALEIGH Oath Keepers show up at the Raleigh “March Against Sharia” event.

Piedmont Triad Oath Keepers at Raleigh, NC event.

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DALLAS At the Dallas March Against Sharia, Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the anti-government group Oath Keepers is in attendance along with a number of other heavily-armed activists. Rhodes group and ACT for America, the anti-Muslim group who organized the rallies, have moved much closer over the past few years culminating in Oath Keepers putting out a call to action, encouraging all able-bodied members to attend the ACT events and help with security. Rhodes, who is based in Montana, has been at a number of protests around the country recently, including in Berkeley, Boston and Portland.

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SAN BERNARDINO Law enforcement on horseback keep “March Against Sharia” supporters, who wave signs saying “Da Goyim Know,” and “Sharia is Diarrhea,” and counter protesters separated. Proud Boys are also present.

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SEATTLE A small gathering of less than a hundred ACT supporters showed up at Seattles City Hall Plaza on Saturday and soon found themselves outnumbered by a massive counter-protest of around a thousand people who showed up to voice their disapproval.

The large crowd was deafening at times, though held back by a large police cordon, and various speakers inside the plaza had to shout to be heard.

ACT! for America is not an anti-Muslim organization! asserted rally organizer Anthony Parish. We are anti-radical Islam!

Meanwhile, ACT! supporters carried signs labeling the Muslim prophet Muhammad a pedophile; others denounced Islam and the supposed threat of Sharia law: No Shitria read one.

Several Oath Keepers were present in the crowd, providing security by escorting random protesters from the plaza.

The huge crowd across the street from the plaza, which called itself Seattle Stands With Our Muslim Neighbors, remained during the three hours or so the rally went on. A handful of fights broke out as the diminutive cluster of anti-Muslim marchers attempted to march from the plaza to Occidental Park in Pioneer Square, a few blocks away. Police said several protesters were arrested in the fighting.

SEATTLE Early word is that the counter-protestors, many of whom are participating in the “Seattle Stands with our Muslim Neighbors” event, outnumber “March Against Sharia” attendees by as much as 10 to one.

SEATTLE Here’s a flier that was distributed at the Seattle “March Against Sharia.”

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ATLANTA Around 20 to 30 rally-goers and a handful of counter protestors appeared at Piedmont Park this morning for the March Against Sharia. Counter-protestors held a banner reading Refuse Fascism and chanted while the protesters, organized by local ACT For America members, hectored back with shouts about female genital mutilation, honor killings, and calling the Prophet Mohamed a pedophile warlord.

Also in attendance were fully armed members of the Georgia III Percent Security Force, including founder Chris Blood Agent Hill. Militia members confirmed that they were invited by ACT For America to provide for security, though militia members engaged with press and passersby about the evils of Islam and encroaching Sharia law in the United States. We are experiencing Sharia law in the Unites States right now, one militia member said.

After counter protestors left, Republican Georgia State Senator and candidate for governor Michael Williams (pictured below)addressed the rally, calling on attendees to unite against Sharia law.

Overseas, in Europe, and in other places, they are throwing people off of buildings, they are decapitating people, because they do not believe what they should believe, Williams said. Williams also posed with the III Percent militia members.

The rally was organized by Arch Kennedy, an openly gay man and a conservative who publishes a blog called The Unlikely Conservative. Kennedy said that he only recently began working with ACT For America.

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SYRACUSE There were less than 40 people attending the ACT for America rally in the plaza outside the Hanley Federal Building, with another 40 militia types acted as “security.” They arrived around 9:30 and lined up along the perimeter of the plaza. A half an hour later a group of antifa marched up from a few blocks away. The antifa set up in a parking lot across the street from the plaza. For the next while, the antifa and the folks from ACT shouted at each other. Then the ACT folks started their rally. The antifa and other counter-demonstrators moved to a different location across the street from the plaza, getting closer to the rally to try to drown out the speaker. The rally didn’t last too long. Most of the day so far has been antifa and ACT yelling and chanting at each other from across the street.Neither side has tried to cross the street to confront the other side. There were some tense moments in the first half hour where folks from both sides took a couple steps into the street, but their friends pulled them back and the police stepped forward to make sure they stayed apart.As the picture shows, there are far more counter-demonstrators than on the ACT side.

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AUSTIN At around 11:30 a.m., Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and Texas State Militia were seen patrolling the crowd.

AUSTIN Antifascist protestors, many of whom were armed with pistols and some with assault weapons, confronted anti-Sharia protestors on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol, The professors, though, came in number, carrying “Kekistani” flags and signs that said “Sharia violates women,” “Drain the Swamp” and some that equated Sharia to a “Death Cult.” The scene quickly devolved into a cacophony of competing chants, screams and yells.

Austin, Texas at around 10:20 a.m. during the June 10 “March Against Sharia.”

INDIANAPOLIS In Indianapolis, the March Against Sharia was sparsely attended. During his speech, march organizer Randy Kempof ACTs Southern Indiana chapter accused the Muslim civil rights group Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Brotherhood of paying for an anti-Muslim billboard that appeared in Indianapolis recently according to reporter Ruth Serven. The anti-government group Oath Keepers and other militia groups were in attendance, as is the case with many of the other rallies today.

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NEW YORK CITY The white nationalist groupIdentity Evropais at the New York City “March Against Sharia” event. The group, made up of younger white nationalists, has organized flier campaigns at colleges and cities across the country since its founding in March 2016. Reporter Alex Rubenstein who is on the scenephotographedwhat he believed to be a dozen Identity Evropa members who posed for photographs at the ACT rally. A representative from the group spoke at the rally in Indianapolis today. The anti-government group Oath Keepers are also acting as security for the NYC event.

NEW YORK CITY The Oath Keeprs have arrived at the New York March for Sharia as promised. They have pledged to provide security at a number of rallies across the country. Here’s a livestream of the NYC event.

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ORLANDO Geoffrey Grooms of the League of the South, a racist neo-Confederate group advocating for a second Southern secession,joined the ACT for America “March Against Sharia.”

ORLANDO Led by Jacob Engels of the CentralFlorida Post, the crowd chants “Don’t clip the clit!”

ORLANDO White nationalist Augustus Sol Invictus addresses the sparse crowd.Leads chant of “One people, one nation, end immigration!”

ORLANDO Members of Idenity Evropa, a white nationalist group founded by Nathan Damigo, are on scene.

ORLANDO In advance of the rally, A band of Proud Boys an alt-right Fight club prepare for the “March Against Sharia” in Orlando.

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Southern Poverty Law Center is infecting the sphere of nonprofits and foundations – Capital Research Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) never fails to disappoint.

GuideStar, a reference website about nonprofits, has announced it will label 46 organizations hate groups based on SPLC recommendations. And what do these groups have in common? Very little.

Among these so-called hate groups is the Family Research Council (FRC), an established charity that advocates for family values and pro-life legislation. Another is FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a nonpartisan group with over 1.3 million members.

SPLCs blatantly partisan findings reduce these groups and others to the level of the Ku Klux Klan. SPLC continues its long campaign of social justice activism, smearing reputable nonprofits on the Right by painting with the broadest brush possible.

Worse, SPLCs listing has repeatedly led to the very hate crimes they protest against. In 2013, a shooter entered FRCs headquarter to kill as many as possible because SPLC had identified the organization as a hate group because they support traditional marriage.

In March of this year, Charles Murray, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who supports same-sex marriage and who was a part of the never Trump wing of the Republican party, was disrupted and assaulted by protesters during a speech at Middlebury University, and a professor escorting him was left with a concussion.

CRC has investigated SPLC before, calling it a wellspring of manufactured hate that advances a radical, partisan agenda. And just a few months ago, Tina Trent exposed SPLCs efforts to inculcate elementary school students with their extremist left-wing ideology.

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Jerry Garcia’s Guitar Helps Raise $3.8 Million for SPLC – Dan’s Papers

Arlan Ettinger, who for a long time owned an estate in Remsenberg and since then has been a frequent visitor to the Hamptons, has a long history of auctioning off serious antique collectionodd things and artifacts of the Hamptonsmostly at venues such as the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. It was there, I recall, that he famously auctioned off hundreds or rare John F. Kennedy artifacts several years ago. One year, he conducted an enormous auction of abstract expressionist paintings at the Armory, including a painting painted by Willem de Kooning on the toilet seat from the outhouse of a home in Bridgehampton during a party there in the 1950s. (It didnt sell.) Last year, Ettinger held an auction of the contents of the antique store Urban Archaeology.

This auction included an iron statue that once stood at LEtoile on the Champs-Elyses, but had in recent years sat in front of Urban Archeology on Main Street Bridgehampton.

That is just the tip of the iceberg of remarkable things that Ettinger, through his company Guernseys, has auctioned off. One time, he took up an entire armory auctioning off the contents of the ocean liner U.S.S. United States. He has also auctioned off items involving Rosa Parks, Princess Diana, Elvis Presley, John Coltrane, Mickey Mantle and The Beatles.

But last week was the topper. It was in most of the media the next dayan astonishing thing. It was one single item. A guitar. And it sold for $1.9 million, one of the largest amounts ever paid for a guitar. The proceeds raised are to go to charity. But herelet me tell you what Ettinger told me about it when I asked one week before the auction.

When Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead passed away in the mid-1990s, his two most prized guitarsWolf and Tiger, beloved by millions of Deadheadswere willed to Doug Irwin, who was the luthier who had made those instruments for Jerry 25 years earlier, he told me. Guernseys featured them in an auction we held 15 years ago at Studio 54, where the two together sold for about $1.75 millon, both far eclipsing the prior world record for any single guitar ever sold.

Tiger, which was played by Jerry at the end of his career, was sold to an NFL team owner and entered his substantial guitar collection. Wolf, played by Jerry during the very heart of his career, was sold to Dan Pritzker, a musician and philanthropist. Over the following years, Pritzker became a friend of mine. Three months ago, he called to voice his concern over the new government. He then indicated that he wanted to do something meaningful with Wolf. He proceeded to re-consign it back to us with instructions to re-auction it and giveall the proceedsto the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which is dedicated to fighting racism, poverty and assorted hate groups [neo-Nazis, the KKK, etc.] in the courts.

Accordingly, on the evening ofMay 31at NYCs Brooklyn Bowl, we will do just that. This one-lot auction will be surrounded by hours of great rock & roll provided by more than two dozen noted musicians all of whom have volunteered their time. All receipts from ticket sales will go to SPLC. And Morris Dees, co-founder of SPLC, will be there, as will many accomplished people including Jerry Garcias daughter, Trixie. At a divisive time like this, we all need positive events.

I went to this auction to see what would happen. The Brooklyn Bowl is a bowling alley with four bars, a restaurant, a stage and a dance floor that can accommodate about 1,000 people. It was packed.

The bands played for an hour, mostly covers of old Grateful Dead songs, and the crowd cheered the musicians on when Wolf was brought out to become the lead guitar for the evening. (It WANTED to be played!) At 10 p.m., Ettinger went onstage, and the bidding started at $900,000.

The bidding went up and up, and when it finally came to a halt, the winner paid $1.9 million (a bid of $1.6 million plus a $300,000 buyers premium). The music resumed and continued into the small hours. The winning bidder was Brian Halligan, CEO of the software company Hubspot, based in Boston. He said hed lend it out to any member of Jerry Garcias family anytime. And at other times, hed give it a good home and play it himself.

Halligan told Rolling Stone afterwards that the auction was a chance to indulge two passions of mine at the same time: social justice and the Grateful Dead.

In addition to the $1.9 million paid, an additional donation doubling the winning bid amount was made anonymously. So SPLC received $3.8 million. What a night!

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SPLC, Bogalusa City Court reach partial settlement in debtors … – Southern Poverty Law Center

The court will issue a refund to people who, within the last two years, paid a $50 extension fee to receive more time to pay fines and court costs. The refund will be given to anyone who paid the fee on or after June 21, 2015, and completes a claim form by the citys deadline. Its estimated that 100 people could be eligible.

The SPLC filed the lawsuit in June 2016.

Were pleased the Bogalusa City Court will return money to people entangled in this harmful practice, said Sam Brooke, SPLC deputy legal director. Nobody should be jailed or threatened with jail if they are too poor to pay a fine. This agreement is an important step forward, but a small step. The rest of our case will go forward because we believe serious unconstitutional practices are likely to continue in the court.

Judge Robert J. Black required anyone who needed additional time to pay fines and court costs to pay $50 as a condition of avoiding jail for nonpayment, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit describes how the judge created this illegal fee, which is not authorized by state law, to help fund the court.

One plaintiff in the case was jailed for being unable to pay a fine for stealing $5 worth of food to feed his family. He was released after a family member paid the extension fee.

The Bogalusa City Court relies on extension fees and court costs to cover funding shortfalls that range from 20 to 30 percent each year. The lawsuit alleges that the courts reliance on these costs and fees creates a perverse and unconstitutional financial incentive for Black to find defendants guilty, charge illegal fees and jail them for nonpayment.

Despite the partial settlement, numerous issues remain, including whether the city court is adequately taking into account peoples ability to pay before punishing them for outstanding fines.

Individuals seeking a refund need to send a completed form to the Bogalusa City Court Clerks Office at 202 Arkansas Ave., Bogalusa, LA 70427. People who paid the extension fee on or after June 21, 2015, should receive a claim form in the mail at their last known address. Claim forms may also be obtained at the court clerks office.

After a completed form is verified, the court will issue a $50 check. It may be cashed for no fee at the Citizens Savings Bank at 1725 Sullivan Dr., Bogalusa, Louisiana 70427.

Anyone with questions about whether they are entitled to a refund may contact the Bogalusa City Court Clerks Office.

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Andrew Anglin Raises More Than $150000, Still Hiding from SPLC Lawsuit – Southern Poverty Law Center

Anglin orchestrated a harassment campaign last December against Tanya Gersh, a Montana real estate agent, that resulted in a deluge of anti-Semitic threats and messages to her family, including her 12-year-old son.

Even with contributions from 1,912 individuals, Anglin, who constantly alleges spending 18 hours a day on the computer, remains in hiding, penning petulant articles for the Stormer and counting the proceeds generated from his personal victim narrative.

You must contribute to the Daily Stormer Legal Defense Fund, writes Azzmador, one of the sites most recognizable contributors. If you are a person who cares about the existence of our race and a future for White children, this is not an option.

Despite his lieutenants outcries for support, Anglin has been conspicuously silent about the SPLCs legal complaint given his predilection for both strident anti-Semitism and pleas for financial contributions.

The goal is to ethnically cleanse White nations of non-Whites and establish an authoritarian government, Anglin wrote in August 2016. Many people also believe the Jews should be exterminated. The end goal is ethnic cleansing by any means necessary.

Anglin, who has been banned from almost every mainstream fundraising and ad revenue platform for his vitriol, also frequently complains that his readers rarely donate.

Its all going to work out and well keep on rolling, but please do consider contributing, because very few people do, and it is hard going, he wrote in a post this February. We definitely could use more money.

In the same post, he implored members of physical Daily Stormer Book Clubs groups of readers who meet in person in multiple locations around the country to pass around a hat to raise money for him. Coincidentally, lastFridayAnglin announced a major push to organize new chapters and recruit new members.

On May 16, well known Internet gadfly Chuck Johnson, who founded Wesearchr, the home of the Daily Stormers legal defense fund, announced that he released a 5 figure amount of money to a lawyer representing Andrew Auernheimer (AKA Weev) a notorious neo-Nazi hacker who provides technical support to the Daily Stormer and, presumably, Anglin.

And yet, Anglin hasnt surfaced. Nor has he or a lawyer offered any statement regarding the lawsuit. As more time passes, his anti-Semitic bravado is giving way to the familiar trope of the self-interested, white nationalist embezzler.

The extremist Internets preeminent stone thrower appears to have lost his edge when it comes to fighting the race war offline.

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Liberty Counsel Responds to SPLC Lawsuit – Canada Free Press

Jenkins and the SPLC will have to respond to the legal arguments, and at some point, the federal court will make its ruling

BURLINGTON, VT – Today, Liberty Counsel filed a comprehensive response in federal court to the lawsuit backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in the case of Jenkins v. Miller, et al. The legal Memorandum of Law is 116 pages, not counting affidavits. Liberty Counsel also filed a second Motion and Memorandum of Law raising Vermonts anti-SLAPP, which prevents suits designed to restrict free speech.

While living in Virginia, Lisa Miller and Janet Jenkins entered into a Vermont same-sex civil union. Lisa gave birth to her biological child, Isabella. For a brief period, they moved to Vermont. There Lisa became a Christian and left the lesbian relationship. Lisa moved back to Virginia and a visitation battle ensued between the laws of Vermont (which recognized the civil union) and Virginia (which did not). Liberty Counsel represented Lisa from late 2004 until she disappeared in September 2009.

A Vermont state court judge granted Janet visitation of Lisas biological child, even though she was not the biological or adoptive parent and Vermont precedent did not recognize such parental rights. Isabella knew very little about Janet as she was a baby at the time of the split. Lisa complied with the visitation orders, but she raised concerns to the Vermont judge which he never addressed. Lisa presented evidence that Janet read Heather Has Two Mommies to Isabella and told her she was her mommy. Janet bathed naked with her, which greatly upset young Isabella. Lisa advised the court that Isabella was having emotional problems over the visitation. She began wetting her bed, clinging to Lisa, and even tried to harm herself. The case became a nationally watched legal battle because it was the first case in the country pitting the opposing laws on same-sex civil unions of two different states.

While the litigation and appeals were still proceeding in September 2009, Lisa stopped communicating. She did not respond to emails and her voicemail filled up. The last communication from Lisa was about a week prior to her disappearance in which she stated she was interviewing for a job in Virginia. Without any warning or hint of her plan to disappear, Lisa ceased all communication. We advised the Vermont court we had lost contact with Lisa and requested to withdraw, but the Vermont court denied the request. The withdrawal was later effectuated in 2010.

During the Obama administration, a federal prosecutor filed criminal charges against two Mennonite ministers associated with a Mennonite community in Nicaragua, both of them with the last name of Miller (Ken and Timothy), but with no relationship to Lisa. A third person in Northern Virginia was also charged. All three have been convicted of helping Lisa flee the country. The criminal investigation is complete and at least one of the criminal defendants is on appeal. Lisa had no prior association with the Mennonites.

Janet Jenkins, the former lesbian partner of Lisa, filed a civil complaint in a Vermont federal court in 2012, claiming the alleged defendants participated in helping Lisa flee. The 2012 lawsuit did not name Liberty Counsel, Rena Lindevaldsen or Mat Staver. Lindevaldsen worked on the Lisa Miller case with Liberty Counsel.

In late 2016, Jenkins moved to amend her lawsuit to include Liberty Counsel, Lindevaldsen and Staver. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) then joined the suit as the lead counsel for Jenkins.

The SPLC is a dangerous group because it creates a Hate Map listing hate groups. Mark Potock, with the SPLC, in an interview admitted: Our criteria for a hate group, first of all, have nothing to do with criminality, or violence, or any kind of guess were making about this group could be dangerous. Its strictly ideological.

This false labeling has serious consequences. After the founder of Chick-fil-A said he believed marriage is between a man and a woman, Floyd Corkins went online to the SPLC Hate Map, entered the Family Research Councils (FRC) office in Washington, D.C. fully-armed and carrying Chick-fil-A sandwiches. He intended to commit mass murder and rub the sandwiches in the faces of the dead bodies. Fortunately, the security guard wrestled Corkins to the ground. However, he was shot in the process. Corkins later confessed to the FBI that he sought to kill as many people at FRC after reading about the group on the SPLC Hate Map. Corkins is now in prison, but the SPLC refuses to take down its false and dangerous statements.

Mark Potok is on video in a public meeting 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…

During the Obama administration, the SPLC frequently visited the White House. The SPLC even peddled its false ideological propaganda for some in the military until their extremism and false reporting got the group removed.

The Philanthropy Roundtable recently published an article about the SPLC pointing out the false labeling. The SPLC even labeled famed surgeon Dr. Ben Carson as a hater. The SPLC rakes in millions of dollars each year and has huge financial reserves, causing some to wonder what nonprofit work the SPLC does.

The Motions and Memoranda of Law to Dismiss the suit against Liberty Counsel, Staver and Lindevaldsen dismantle the Jenkins lawsuit, which has the sole purpose of harassing and destroying Liberty Counsel, Staver and Lindevaldsen. First, Jenkins complaint admits that Liberty Counsel, Staver and Lindevaldsen have always maintained they had no knowledge of Lisas plan to flee and had no part in her disappearance. Indeed, Lisa was always counseled to obey the court orders. The litigation was still in progress. Without any hint of her plan, Lisa disappeared with Isabella. Second, there are too many legal arguments to list here, but the Memoranda of Law demolishes the baseless complaint.

The lawsuit by Janet Jenkins, with the backing of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is designed solely to harass and destroy, said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. In the nearly eight years since Lisa Miller disappeared, and with the intense investigation conducted on this case by the federal government and Janet Jenkins, there is not one shred of evidence that points to Liberty Counsel, Rena Lindevaldsen or me. But the facts and the law are irrelevant to Janet Jenkins and the SPLC. The SPLCs motivation for joining this suit is to publicize their dangerous agenda. Ultimately, they want to destroy us. But that will not happen. The truth, a word the SPLC does not like, shall prevail, said Staver.

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Auction of legendary guitar to benefit SPLC – Southern Poverty Law Center

Jerry Garcias famed Wolf guitar was offered by an unnamed supporter of the SPLC and was purchased by Brian Halligan, chief executive of HubSpot and co-author of Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History.

Halligans pre-premium bid of $1.6 million was anonymously matched, so the SPLC will receive a total of $3.2 million for its work fighting hate and discrimination.

Halligan is a self-proclaimed Deadhead who journeyed with the band for years. He doesnt plan to sell or trade the instrument but said he would lend it out for special performances on occasion. He told Rolling Stone that the auction gave him the opportunity to indulge two passions of mine at the same time: social justice and the Grateful Dead.

Were deeply touched that people want to take this kind of action in light of the current challenges facing our country, said SPLC President Richard Cohen. The act of donating such a prized possession is extraordinary and will significantly help our work over the next four years as we fight to protect the ideals of our democracy.

Doug Irwin built the customized guitar in 1973, and Garcia first played it at the Pirates Ball in New York City. He last played it in 1989 during a concert with the Grateful Dead at the Oakland Coliseum Arena. The guitar takes its name from an inlay of a wolf sticker Garcia initially placed on it just below the tailpiece.

Last nights event featured an all-star concert coordinated by well-known drummer Joe Russo, which was dubbed Joe Russos Friends With Benefits. Guitarists Neal Casal, Scott Metzger, Tom Hamilton and Cass McCombs each played Wolf during the concert, and other performers included John Scofield, Nels Cline, Jonathan Goldberger, Dave Harrington, Coachemea Gastelum, Billy Martin, Erik Deutsch, Dave Dreiwitz, Jon Shaw, Eric D. Johnson, Delicate Steve, and Alecia Chakour.

Elden Rosenthal, an SPLC board member who attended the event, said the atmosphere was electric when Russo plugged in Wolf.

We are grateful to everyone who worked tirelessly to make last night such a special and fun event, but we especially want to thank Peter Shapiro with Brooklyn Bowl and Arlen Ettinger of Guernseys Auction, Cohen said.

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SPLC supports lawsuit for higher minimum wage in Alabama cities – Southern Poverty Law Center

The friend-of-the-court brief, filed in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals this week, outlines the racial pay gap in low-wage occupations across the state such as a nearly 20 percent pay disparity in the food service industry that could be reduced by allowing cities to raise their minimum wage. The Alabama Legislature quickly passed the law in 2016 as Birmingham, a predominately black city, attempted to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 from the federal minimum of $7.25 observed by the state. The lawsuit was brought by several law firms on behalf of two Birmingham residents in low-wage jobs, the Alabama State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Greater Birmingham Ministries. Alabamas racial wage gap dates back to the Jim Crow era, said SPLC Deputy Legal Director Sam Brooke. This law only helps preserve a shameful remnant of that era. The leaders of Alabamas cities should have the ability to confront this pay gap and raise the minimum wage. The brief notes that as Birmingham attempted such a change, other major Alabama cities where black low-wage workers make substantially less than their white counterparts were considering similar action. Legislators backing the law banning city action argued that Alabama needed a uniform minimum wage across the state to avoid burdening businesses. The brief, however, notes that businesses navigate a patchwork of varying business regulations across the state. It also documents how the market wages vary from one city to the next. The brief notes that if the state had hoped to establish consistent wages in low-wage occupations, it would have been better served by raising the statewide minimum wage to eliminate variations in the market wages from city to city. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in Birmingham, where it was dismissed.

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Liberty Counsel counterpunches SPLC’s strike – OneNewsNow

An organization that promotes litigation related to evangelical Christian values is responding to the latest development in a lesbian custody battle. Liberty Counsel represented Lisa Miller after she left her relationship with Janet Jenkins, the latter filing a lawsuit for custody of the child Miller bore. Then, without Liberty Counsel’s knowledge, Miller fled the country. So Jenkins, backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed suit against Liberty Counsel, which has not represented Miller for eight years. Founder Mat Staver has filed a 106-page response demonstrating the lawsuit is frivolous. “The case is absolutely crystal clear,” he asserts. “There’s no facts, there’s no law that gives any basis for us to be included as defendants, and we have filed this response dismantling frankly every one of their allegations. They have absolutely no proof that Liberty Counsel had any knowledge or any involvement in Lisa Miller’s disappearance in 2009.” With the documents now before a judge in Vermont, one of the states involved in the custody dispute, Staver asks that people keep the case in prayer. “There’s no question here what the SPLC’s agenda is,” he submits. “They want to harass, and they want to destroy. I can tell you what: We’re not intimidated, and we have fought back with an incredible counterpunch.” The SPLC lists Liberty Counsel and several pro-family, faith-based organizations as hate groups for standing for traditional, Christian values. We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article – NOT another reader’s comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved.

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Live-Blog: ACT for America’s March Against Sharia Rallies – Southern Poverty Law Center

Signing off or tonight. Look for morein-depth coverage of ACT’s “Anti Sharia” marches from Hatewatch in the days to come.. We, at ACT for America, are committed to protecting women and children from Sharia Law and its impact on Muslim women and children including honor killing and Female Genital Mutilation, ACTs website reads. We must ensure that every woman and child enjoy the protection afforded by the U.S. Constitution. ACTs protests are attracting a host of anti-government and far-right extremists, who have publically stated that they plan on attending todays events. ACT has already had to cancel its Batesville, Arkansas rally after the SPLC revealed that neo-Nazi Billy Roper was the main organizer. Antifa groups are set to counter-protest in a number of cities, increasing the potential for violence, but civil rights groups and other local activists also have planned a number of positive events to counter ACTs hate. Hatewatch will be running a constantly updated live-blog below, monitoring and reporting on the rallies taking place in 19 states. The proceedings will also be documented on Hatewatchs Twitter account where we will be using the hashtag #counterACThate. Scroll down for updates as they happen. *** MINNEAPOLIS Seven protesters, the majority of them protesting the March Against Sharia event, were arrested after fights broke out between the two groups. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “Several fights then erupted between the two groups, drawing shoves, kicks and fists. Troopers lined up to separate the counter protesters from the anti-sharia group, who were backed up against a building across the Capitol lawn. Scuffles ensued as tension built, with many counter protesters criticizing officers. *** PHOENIX Heavily-armed demonstrators came ready to rumble Saturday at ACT for Americas March Against Sharia rally in Phoenixs Paradise Valley Park, but only words were exchanged between the anti-sharia crowd and those gathered to oppose them. It helped that the two events were on opposite ends of the large, sprawling park. Neither side could see the other, unless they made a point of traversing the distance. This happened a couple of times on either side, but resulted in no violence, and no arrests by the Phoenix Police Department. Many of the ACT for America demonstrators were armed with handguns on their hips. If that wasn’t enough, around 20 members of the Arizona Liberty Guard militia, dressed in fatigues and carrying AR-15s, patrolled a grassy area cordoned off by the organizers with yellow police tape. Around a dozen armed Oath Keepers seemed to be patrolling the crowd, and there were another dozen or so self-identifying Proud Boys and stick men, prepared for battle, some in helmets featuring Pepe the Frog and Confederate battle flags, others with long, heavy poles bearing the U.S. flag. T-shirts ran the gamut from “Fuck Islam” and “Punch an Antifa” to those that read “Proud Infidel.” Homemade signs warned of the evils of sharia law. Demonstrators gathered around a tree to listen to horrific tales of honor killings and female genital mutilation, which one speaker claimed were “common” in America. Anti-Islam lecturer Dr. Carl Goldberg told the audience that Islam was a totalitarian ideology on par with Nazism, and he accused U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of being aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood. In a conversation with a Hatewatch reporter, Goldberg admitted that he did not speak Arabic and said that his PhD was in European and Russian history. The peace-and-love CounterACT Hate demonstration on the other end of the park was led by Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Deedra Abboud, and was protected by a contingent of the left-wing John Brown Gun Club, wearing red kerchiefs around their necks. JBLC members were not carrying rifles and said they had no intention of squaring off with the armed factions at the ACT event, though they insinuated that they might be carrying concealed, which is legal in Arizona. PHOENIX Arizona Liberty Guard, Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and more at the Phoenix “March Against Sharia.” *** ROSEVILLE Nathan Damigo, the founder of the white nationalist group Identity Evropa, was in attendance at the Roseville, California rally. Damigos group has been active at many of the rallies so far today. Damigo is a former Marine corporal who discovered his inner white nationalist by reading the work of Holocaust-denying ex-Klansman David Duke while serving five years for armed robbery (while drunk, he put a gun to the head of a cab driver he thought was Iraqi and stole $43). Also at the Roseville rally was a blatantly anti-Semitic sign claiming that ISIS is working for the Israeli government complete with the line ISIS Securing Land for Greater Israel and Israel = ISIS. The sign also had a large picture of the USS Liberty, a ship attacked by the Israeli Air Force in 1967 by mistake. A number of anti-Semites including David Duke peddle the conspiracy theory that the Israelis attacked the ship on purpose. *** RALEIGH Oath Keepers show up at the Raleigh “March Against Sharia” event. Piedmont Triad Oath Keepers at Raleigh, NC event. *** DALLAS At the Dallas March Against Sharia, Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the anti-government group Oath Keepers is in attendance along with a number of other heavily-armed activists. Rhodes group and ACT for America, the anti-Muslim group who organized the rallies, have moved much closer over the past few years culminating in Oath Keepers putting out a call to action, encouraging all able-bodied members to attend the ACT events and help with security. Rhodes, who is based in Montana, has been at a number of protests around the country recently, including in Berkeley, Boston and Portland. *** SAN BERNARDINO Law enforcement on horseback keep “March Against Sharia” supporters, who wave signs saying “Da Goyim Know,” and “Sharia is Diarrhea,” and counter protesters separated. Proud Boys are also present. *** SEATTLE A small gathering of less than a hundred ACT supporters showed up at Seattles City Hall Plaza on Saturday and soon found themselves outnumbered by a massive counter-protest of around a thousand people who showed up to voice their disapproval. The large crowd was deafening at times, though held back by a large police cordon, and various speakers inside the plaza had to shout to be heard. ACT! for America is not an anti-Muslim organization! asserted rally organizer Anthony Parish. We are anti-radical Islam! Meanwhile, ACT! supporters carried signs labeling the Muslim prophet Muhammad a pedophile; others denounced Islam and the supposed threat of Sharia law: No Shitria read one. Several Oath Keepers were present in the crowd, providing security by escorting random protesters from the plaza. The huge crowd across the street from the plaza, which called itself Seattle Stands With Our Muslim Neighbors, remained during the three hours or so the rally went on. A handful of fights broke out as the diminutive cluster of anti-Muslim marchers attempted to march from the plaza to Occidental Park in Pioneer Square, a few blocks away. Police said several protesters were arrested in the fighting. SEATTLE Early word is that the counter-protestors, many of whom are participating in the “Seattle Stands with our Muslim Neighbors” event, outnumber “March Against Sharia” attendees by as much as 10 to one. SEATTLE Here’s a flier that was distributed at the Seattle “March Against Sharia.” *** ATLANTA Around 20 to 30 rally-goers and a handful of counter protestors appeared at Piedmont Park this morning for the March Against Sharia. Counter-protestors held a banner reading Refuse Fascism and chanted while the protesters, organized by local ACT For America members, hectored back with shouts about female genital mutilation, honor killings, and calling the Prophet Mohamed a pedophile warlord. Also in attendance were fully armed members of the Georgia III Percent Security Force, including founder Chris Blood Agent Hill. Militia members confirmed that they were invited by ACT For America to provide for security, though militia members engaged with press and passersby about the evils of Islam and encroaching Sharia law in the United States. We are experiencing Sharia law in the Unites States right now, one militia member said. After counter protestors left, Republican Georgia State Senator and candidate for governor Michael Williams (pictured below)addressed the rally, calling on attendees to unite against Sharia law. Overseas, in Europe, and in other places, they are throwing people off of buildings, they are decapitating people, because they do not believe what they should believe, Williams said. Williams also posed with the III Percent militia members. The rally was organized by Arch Kennedy, an openly gay man and a conservative who publishes a blog called The Unlikely Conservative. Kennedy said that he only recently began working with ACT For America. *** SYRACUSE There were less than 40 people attending the ACT for America rally in the plaza outside the Hanley Federal Building, with another 40 militia types acted as “security.” They arrived around 9:30 and lined up along the perimeter of the plaza. A half an hour later a group of antifa marched up from a few blocks away. The antifa set up in a parking lot across the street from the plaza. For the next while, the antifa and the folks from ACT shouted at each other. Then the ACT folks started their rally. The antifa and other counter-demonstrators moved to a different location across the street from the plaza, getting closer to the rally to try to drown out the speaker. The rally didn’t last too long. Most of the day so far has been antifa and ACT yelling and chanting at each other from across the street.Neither side has tried to cross the street to confront the other side. There were some tense moments in the first half hour where folks from both sides took a couple steps into the street, but their friends pulled them back and the police stepped forward to make sure they stayed apart.As the picture shows, there are far more counter-demonstrators than on the ACT side. *** AUSTIN At around 11:30 a.m., Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and Texas State Militia were seen patrolling the crowd. AUSTIN Antifascist protestors, many of whom were armed with pistols and some with assault weapons, confronted anti-Sharia protestors on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol, The professors, though, came in number, carrying “Kekistani” flags and signs that said “Sharia violates women,” “Drain the Swamp” and some that equated Sharia to a “Death Cult.” The scene quickly devolved into a cacophony of competing chants, screams and yells. Austin, Texas at around 10:20 a.m. during the June 10 “March Against Sharia.” INDIANAPOLIS In Indianapolis, the March Against Sharia was sparsely attended. During his speech, march organizer Randy Kempof ACTs Southern Indiana chapter accused the Muslim civil rights group Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Brotherhood of paying for an anti-Muslim billboard that appeared in Indianapolis recently according to reporter Ruth Serven. The anti-government group Oath Keepers and other militia groups were in attendance, as is the case with many of the other rallies today. *** NEW YORK CITY The white nationalist groupIdentity Evropais at the New York City “March Against Sharia” event. The group, made up of younger white nationalists, has organized flier campaigns at colleges and cities across the country since its founding in March 2016. Reporter Alex Rubenstein who is on the scenephotographedwhat he believed to be a dozen Identity Evropa members who posed for photographs at the ACT rally. A representative from the group spoke at the rally in Indianapolis today. The anti-government group Oath Keepers are also acting as security for the NYC event. NEW YORK CITY The Oath Keeprs have arrived at the New York March for Sharia as promised. They have pledged to provide security at a number of rallies across the country. Here’s a livestream of the NYC event. *** ORLANDO Geoffrey Grooms of the League of the South, a racist neo-Confederate group advocating for a second Southern secession,joined the ACT for America “March Against Sharia.” ORLANDO Led by Jacob Engels of the CentralFlorida Post, the crowd chants “Don’t clip the clit!” ORLANDO White nationalist Augustus Sol Invictus addresses the sparse crowd.Leads chant of “One people, one nation, end immigration!” ORLANDO Members of Idenity Evropa, a white nationalist group founded by Nathan Damigo, are on scene. ORLANDO In advance of the rally, A band of Proud Boys an alt-right Fight club prepare for the “March Against Sharia” in Orlando.

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Southern Poverty Law Center is infecting the sphere of nonprofits and foundations – Capital Research Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) never fails to disappoint. GuideStar, a reference website about nonprofits, has announced it will label 46 organizations hate groups based on SPLC recommendations. And what do these groups have in common? Very little. Among these so-called hate groups is the Family Research Council (FRC), an established charity that advocates for family values and pro-life legislation. Another is FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a nonpartisan group with over 1.3 million members. SPLCs blatantly partisan findings reduce these groups and others to the level of the Ku Klux Klan. SPLC continues its long campaign of social justice activism, smearing reputable nonprofits on the Right by painting with the broadest brush possible. Worse, SPLCs listing has repeatedly led to the very hate crimes they protest against. In 2013, a shooter entered FRCs headquarter to kill as many as possible because SPLC had identified the organization as a hate group because they support traditional marriage. In March of this year, Charles Murray, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who supports same-sex marriage and who was a part of the never Trump wing of the Republican party, was disrupted and assaulted by protesters during a speech at Middlebury University, and a professor escorting him was left with a concussion. CRC has investigated SPLC before, calling it a wellspring of manufactured hate that advances a radical, partisan agenda. And just a few months ago, Tina Trent exposed SPLCs efforts to inculcate elementary school students with their extremist left-wing ideology.

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Jerry Garcia’s Guitar Helps Raise $3.8 Million for SPLC – Dan’s Papers

Arlan Ettinger, who for a long time owned an estate in Remsenberg and since then has been a frequent visitor to the Hamptons, has a long history of auctioning off serious antique collectionodd things and artifacts of the Hamptonsmostly at venues such as the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. It was there, I recall, that he famously auctioned off hundreds or rare John F. Kennedy artifacts several years ago. One year, he conducted an enormous auction of abstract expressionist paintings at the Armory, including a painting painted by Willem de Kooning on the toilet seat from the outhouse of a home in Bridgehampton during a party there in the 1950s. (It didnt sell.) Last year, Ettinger held an auction of the contents of the antique store Urban Archaeology. This auction included an iron statue that once stood at LEtoile on the Champs-Elyses, but had in recent years sat in front of Urban Archeology on Main Street Bridgehampton. That is just the tip of the iceberg of remarkable things that Ettinger, through his company Guernseys, has auctioned off. One time, he took up an entire armory auctioning off the contents of the ocean liner U.S.S. United States. He has also auctioned off items involving Rosa Parks, Princess Diana, Elvis Presley, John Coltrane, Mickey Mantle and The Beatles. But last week was the topper. It was in most of the media the next dayan astonishing thing. It was one single item. A guitar. And it sold for $1.9 million, one of the largest amounts ever paid for a guitar. The proceeds raised are to go to charity. But herelet me tell you what Ettinger told me about it when I asked one week before the auction. When Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead passed away in the mid-1990s, his two most prized guitarsWolf and Tiger, beloved by millions of Deadheadswere willed to Doug Irwin, who was the luthier who had made those instruments for Jerry 25 years earlier, he told me. Guernseys featured them in an auction we held 15 years ago at Studio 54, where the two together sold for about $1.75 millon, both far eclipsing the prior world record for any single guitar ever sold. Tiger, which was played by Jerry at the end of his career, was sold to an NFL team owner and entered his substantial guitar collection. Wolf, played by Jerry during the very heart of his career, was sold to Dan Pritzker, a musician and philanthropist. Over the following years, Pritzker became a friend of mine. Three months ago, he called to voice his concern over the new government. He then indicated that he wanted to do something meaningful with Wolf. He proceeded to re-consign it back to us with instructions to re-auction it and giveall the proceedsto the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which is dedicated to fighting racism, poverty and assorted hate groups [neo-Nazis, the KKK, etc.] in the courts. Accordingly, on the evening ofMay 31at NYCs Brooklyn Bowl, we will do just that. This one-lot auction will be surrounded by hours of great rock & roll provided by more than two dozen noted musicians all of whom have volunteered their time. All receipts from ticket sales will go to SPLC. And Morris Dees, co-founder of SPLC, will be there, as will many accomplished people including Jerry Garcias daughter, Trixie. At a divisive time like this, we all need positive events. I went to this auction to see what would happen. The Brooklyn Bowl is a bowling alley with four bars, a restaurant, a stage and a dance floor that can accommodate about 1,000 people. It was packed. The bands played for an hour, mostly covers of old Grateful Dead songs, and the crowd cheered the musicians on when Wolf was brought out to become the lead guitar for the evening. (It WANTED to be played!) At 10 p.m., Ettinger went onstage, and the bidding started at $900,000. The bidding went up and up, and when it finally came to a halt, the winner paid $1.9 million (a bid of $1.6 million plus a $300,000 buyers premium). The music resumed and continued into the small hours. The winning bidder was Brian Halligan, CEO of the software company Hubspot, based in Boston. He said hed lend it out to any member of Jerry Garcias family anytime. And at other times, hed give it a good home and play it himself. Halligan told Rolling Stone afterwards that the auction was a chance to indulge two passions of mine at the same time: social justice and the Grateful Dead. In addition to the $1.9 million paid, an additional donation doubling the winning bid amount was made anonymously. So SPLC received $3.8 million. What a night!

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SPLC, Bogalusa City Court reach partial settlement in debtors … – Southern Poverty Law Center

The court will issue a refund to people who, within the last two years, paid a $50 extension fee to receive more time to pay fines and court costs. The refund will be given to anyone who paid the fee on or after June 21, 2015, and completes a claim form by the citys deadline. Its estimated that 100 people could be eligible. The SPLC filed the lawsuit in June 2016. Were pleased the Bogalusa City Court will return money to people entangled in this harmful practice, said Sam Brooke, SPLC deputy legal director. Nobody should be jailed or threatened with jail if they are too poor to pay a fine. This agreement is an important step forward, but a small step. The rest of our case will go forward because we believe serious unconstitutional practices are likely to continue in the court. Judge Robert J. Black required anyone who needed additional time to pay fines and court costs to pay $50 as a condition of avoiding jail for nonpayment, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit describes how the judge created this illegal fee, which is not authorized by state law, to help fund the court. One plaintiff in the case was jailed for being unable to pay a fine for stealing $5 worth of food to feed his family. He was released after a family member paid the extension fee. The Bogalusa City Court relies on extension fees and court costs to cover funding shortfalls that range from 20 to 30 percent each year. The lawsuit alleges that the courts reliance on these costs and fees creates a perverse and unconstitutional financial incentive for Black to find defendants guilty, charge illegal fees and jail them for nonpayment. Despite the partial settlement, numerous issues remain, including whether the city court is adequately taking into account peoples ability to pay before punishing them for outstanding fines. Individuals seeking a refund need to send a completed form to the Bogalusa City Court Clerks Office at 202 Arkansas Ave., Bogalusa, LA 70427. People who paid the extension fee on or after June 21, 2015, should receive a claim form in the mail at their last known address. Claim forms may also be obtained at the court clerks office. After a completed form is verified, the court will issue a $50 check. It may be cashed for no fee at the Citizens Savings Bank at 1725 Sullivan Dr., Bogalusa, Louisiana 70427. Anyone with questions about whether they are entitled to a refund may contact the Bogalusa City Court Clerks Office.

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Andrew Anglin Raises More Than $150000, Still Hiding from SPLC Lawsuit – Southern Poverty Law Center

Anglin orchestrated a harassment campaign last December against Tanya Gersh, a Montana real estate agent, that resulted in a deluge of anti-Semitic threats and messages to her family, including her 12-year-old son. Even with contributions from 1,912 individuals, Anglin, who constantly alleges spending 18 hours a day on the computer, remains in hiding, penning petulant articles for the Stormer and counting the proceeds generated from his personal victim narrative. You must contribute to the Daily Stormer Legal Defense Fund, writes Azzmador, one of the sites most recognizable contributors. If you are a person who cares about the existence of our race and a future for White children, this is not an option. Despite his lieutenants outcries for support, Anglin has been conspicuously silent about the SPLCs legal complaint given his predilection for both strident anti-Semitism and pleas for financial contributions. The goal is to ethnically cleanse White nations of non-Whites and establish an authoritarian government, Anglin wrote in August 2016. Many people also believe the Jews should be exterminated. The end goal is ethnic cleansing by any means necessary. Anglin, who has been banned from almost every mainstream fundraising and ad revenue platform for his vitriol, also frequently complains that his readers rarely donate. Its all going to work out and well keep on rolling, but please do consider contributing, because very few people do, and it is hard going, he wrote in a post this February. We definitely could use more money. In the same post, he implored members of physical Daily Stormer Book Clubs groups of readers who meet in person in multiple locations around the country to pass around a hat to raise money for him. Coincidentally, lastFridayAnglin announced a major push to organize new chapters and recruit new members. On May 16, well known Internet gadfly Chuck Johnson, who founded Wesearchr, the home of the Daily Stormers legal defense fund, announced that he released a 5 figure amount of money to a lawyer representing Andrew Auernheimer (AKA Weev) a notorious neo-Nazi hacker who provides technical support to the Daily Stormer and, presumably, Anglin. And yet, Anglin hasnt surfaced. Nor has he or a lawyer offered any statement regarding the lawsuit. As more time passes, his anti-Semitic bravado is giving way to the familiar trope of the self-interested, white nationalist embezzler. The extremist Internets preeminent stone thrower appears to have lost his edge when it comes to fighting the race war offline.

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Liberty Counsel Responds to SPLC Lawsuit – Canada Free Press

Jenkins and the SPLC will have to respond to the legal arguments, and at some point, the federal court will make its ruling BURLINGTON, VT – Today, Liberty Counsel filed a comprehensive response in federal court to the lawsuit backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in the case of Jenkins v. Miller, et al. The legal Memorandum of Law is 116 pages, not counting affidavits. Liberty Counsel also filed a second Motion and Memorandum of Law raising Vermonts anti-SLAPP, which prevents suits designed to restrict free speech. While living in Virginia, Lisa Miller and Janet Jenkins entered into a Vermont same-sex civil union. Lisa gave birth to her biological child, Isabella. For a brief period, they moved to Vermont. There Lisa became a Christian and left the lesbian relationship. Lisa moved back to Virginia and a visitation battle ensued between the laws of Vermont (which recognized the civil union) and Virginia (which did not). Liberty Counsel represented Lisa from late 2004 until she disappeared in September 2009. A Vermont state court judge granted Janet visitation of Lisas biological child, even though she was not the biological or adoptive parent and Vermont precedent did not recognize such parental rights. Isabella knew very little about Janet as she was a baby at the time of the split. Lisa complied with the visitation orders, but she raised concerns to the Vermont judge which he never addressed. Lisa presented evidence that Janet read Heather Has Two Mommies to Isabella and told her she was her mommy. Janet bathed naked with her, which greatly upset young Isabella. Lisa advised the court that Isabella was having emotional problems over the visitation. She began wetting her bed, clinging to Lisa, and even tried to harm herself. The case became a nationally watched legal battle because it was the first case in the country pitting the opposing laws on same-sex civil unions of two different states. While the litigation and appeals were still proceeding in September 2009, Lisa stopped communicating. She did not respond to emails and her voicemail filled up. The last communication from Lisa was about a week prior to her disappearance in which she stated she was interviewing for a job in Virginia. Without any warning or hint of her plan to disappear, Lisa ceased all communication. We advised the Vermont court we had lost contact with Lisa and requested to withdraw, but the Vermont court denied the request. The withdrawal was later effectuated in 2010. During the Obama administration, a federal prosecutor filed criminal charges against two Mennonite ministers associated with a Mennonite community in Nicaragua, both of them with the last name of Miller (Ken and Timothy), but with no relationship to Lisa. A third person in Northern Virginia was also charged. All three have been convicted of helping Lisa flee the country. The criminal investigation is complete and at least one of the criminal defendants is on appeal. Lisa had no prior association with the Mennonites. Janet Jenkins, the former lesbian partner of Lisa, filed a civil complaint in a Vermont federal court in 2012, claiming the alleged defendants participated in helping Lisa flee. The 2012 lawsuit did not name Liberty Counsel, Rena Lindevaldsen or Mat Staver. Lindevaldsen worked on the Lisa Miller case with Liberty Counsel. In late 2016, Jenkins moved to amend her lawsuit to include Liberty Counsel, Lindevaldsen and Staver. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) then joined the suit as the lead counsel for Jenkins. The SPLC is a dangerous group because it creates a Hate Map listing hate groups. Mark Potock, with the SPLC, in an interview admitted: Our criteria for a hate group, first of all, have nothing to do with criminality, or violence, or any kind of guess were making about this group could be dangerous. Its strictly ideological. This false labeling has serious consequences. After the founder of Chick-fil-A said he believed marriage is between a man and a woman, Floyd Corkins went online to the SPLC Hate Map, entered the Family Research Councils (FRC) office in Washington, D.C. fully-armed and carrying Chick-fil-A sandwiches. He intended to commit mass murder and rub the sandwiches in the faces of the dead bodies. Fortunately, the security guard wrestled Corkins to the ground. However, he was shot in the process. Corkins later confessed to the FBI that he sought to kill as many people at FRC after reading about the group on the SPLC Hate Map. Corkins is now in prison, but the SPLC refuses to take down its false and dangerous statements. Mark Potok is on video in a public meeting 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… During the Obama administration, the SPLC frequently visited the White House. The SPLC even peddled its false ideological propaganda for some in the military until their extremism and false reporting got the group removed. The Philanthropy Roundtable recently published an article about the SPLC pointing out the false labeling. The SPLC even labeled famed surgeon Dr. Ben Carson as a hater. The SPLC rakes in millions of dollars each year and has huge financial reserves, causing some to wonder what nonprofit work the SPLC does. The Motions and Memoranda of Law to Dismiss the suit against Liberty Counsel, Staver and Lindevaldsen dismantle the Jenkins lawsuit, which has the sole purpose of harassing and destroying Liberty Counsel, Staver and Lindevaldsen. First, Jenkins complaint admits that Liberty Counsel, Staver and Lindevaldsen have always maintained they had no knowledge of Lisas plan to flee and had no part in her disappearance. Indeed, Lisa was always counseled to obey the court orders. The litigation was still in progress. Without any hint of her plan, Lisa disappeared with Isabella. Second, there are too many legal arguments to list here, but the Memoranda of Law demolishes the baseless complaint. The lawsuit by Janet Jenkins, with the backing of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is designed solely to harass and destroy, said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. In the nearly eight years since Lisa Miller disappeared, and with the intense investigation conducted on this case by the federal government and Janet Jenkins, there is not one shred of evidence that points to Liberty Counsel, Rena Lindevaldsen or me. But the facts and the law are irrelevant to Janet Jenkins and the SPLC. The SPLCs motivation for joining this suit is to publicize their dangerous agenda. Ultimately, they want to destroy us. But that will not happen. The truth, a word the SPLC does not like, shall prevail, said Staver. Jenkins and the SPLC will have to respond to the legal arguments, and at some point, the federal court will make its ruling. Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics. Please adhere to our commenting policy to avoid being banned. As a privately owned website, we reserve the right to remove any comment and ban any user at any time. Comments that contain spam, advertising, vulgarity, threats of violence, racism, anti-Semitism, or personal or abusive attacks on other users may be removed and result in a ban. — Follow these instructions on registering:

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Auction of legendary guitar to benefit SPLC – Southern Poverty Law Center

Jerry Garcias famed Wolf guitar was offered by an unnamed supporter of the SPLC and was purchased by Brian Halligan, chief executive of HubSpot and co-author of Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History. Halligans pre-premium bid of $1.6 million was anonymously matched, so the SPLC will receive a total of $3.2 million for its work fighting hate and discrimination. Halligan is a self-proclaimed Deadhead who journeyed with the band for years. He doesnt plan to sell or trade the instrument but said he would lend it out for special performances on occasion. He told Rolling Stone that the auction gave him the opportunity to indulge two passions of mine at the same time: social justice and the Grateful Dead. Were deeply touched that people want to take this kind of action in light of the current challenges facing our country, said SPLC President Richard Cohen. The act of donating such a prized possession is extraordinary and will significantly help our work over the next four years as we fight to protect the ideals of our democracy. Doug Irwin built the customized guitar in 1973, and Garcia first played it at the Pirates Ball in New York City. He last played it in 1989 during a concert with the Grateful Dead at the Oakland Coliseum Arena. The guitar takes its name from an inlay of a wolf sticker Garcia initially placed on it just below the tailpiece. Last nights event featured an all-star concert coordinated by well-known drummer Joe Russo, which was dubbed Joe Russos Friends With Benefits. Guitarists Neal Casal, Scott Metzger, Tom Hamilton and Cass McCombs each played Wolf during the concert, and other performers included John Scofield, Nels Cline, Jonathan Goldberger, Dave Harrington, Coachemea Gastelum, Billy Martin, Erik Deutsch, Dave Dreiwitz, Jon Shaw, Eric D. Johnson, Delicate Steve, and Alecia Chakour. Elden Rosenthal, an SPLC board member who attended the event, said the atmosphere was electric when Russo plugged in Wolf. We are grateful to everyone who worked tirelessly to make last night such a special and fun event, but we especially want to thank Peter Shapiro with Brooklyn Bowl and Arlen Ettinger of Guernseys Auction, Cohen said.

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