IREHR's Devin Burghart was cited in a Kansas City Star piece exposing how Dylann Roof, the Charleston church killer, first entered white nationalism through his discovery of the St. Louis-based Council of Conservative Citizens.
IREHR's Leonard Zeskind appeared on KSHB 41 TV in Kansas City to discuss hate crimes in the wake of the Charleston shooting.
On June 4, IREHR’s Leonard Zeskind served on a panel on “Religiously Based Hate Crimes & Persecution at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law’s conference on “Law and Religious Freedom.”
The brutal and ghastly murders of nine African Americans as they sat in church for a Wednesday evening Bible study is a terrible reminder that white supremacy remains a danger in our communities. The Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR) mourns the lives lost, and calls on all people of good will to support the people of this Charleston, South Carolina church, to forthrightly oppose racism and white supremacy and to uphold the dignity of all the lives lost in the searing incident.
On June 13, IREHR vice president, Devin Burghart, had the honor of speaking to the annual Rural Organizing Project's (ROP) Rural Caucus and Strategy Sessrion about the relationship between the Tea Party and paramilitary groups like the Oath Keepers.