FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2014
IREHR Condemns White Nationalist Scheduled to Speak at South Carolina Tea Party Convention
(Kansas City) The Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) today expressed concern that a South Carolina white nationalist leader is scheduled to appear alongside members of Congress and prospective presidential candidates at an upcoming Tea Party convention.
On December 10, IREHR joined the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center, and Amnesty International in an event celebrating both the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force and Human Rights Day. IREHR’s Devin Burghart, a founding member of the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, delivered a keynote address entitled “The More Things Change… Celebrating Twenty Years of the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force and Looking Ahead to Future Challenges” to a crowd of approximately fifty participants, including many of the other founding members of the task force. The evening was capped off with a moving candlelight remembrance of those lost to human rights abuses.
Leonard Zeskind’s chapter, “The Tea Party Movement at the Crossroads of Nation and State,” was included in The Post-War Anglo-American Far Right: A Special Relationship of Hate just published by Palgrave MacMillan.
The Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR) had the honor to first release its report, The Tea Party in North Carolina: Threat to a New Birth of Freedom, on Friday, October 10, at the North Carolina NAACP State Conference in Fayetteville.