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IREHR Grieves the Dead and Asks for Complete Justice

IREHR Grieves the Dead and Asks for Complete Justice - 5.0 out of 5 based on 4 votes

On behalf of the members of the board of directors and the advisory board of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR), please let me extend condolences to the family and friends of those brutally murdered and wounded at the Kansas City-area Jewish Community Center.  We join with all Kansas Citians who grieve and mourn at the terrible toll taken in our midst.  All of our lives have been put out of balance.  IREHR vows to seek complete justice in this case.

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White Nationalist Calls IREHR Part of the “Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy”

White Nationalist Calls IREHR Part of the “Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy” - 2.3 out of 5 based on 3 votes

After publication of IREHR’s expose on the white nationalist machinations at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, “The Unbearable Whiteness of CPAC,” a white nationalist leader is lashing out.

In the VDARE.com article “Peter Brimelow On The Vast Leftist Conspiracy/ Don't Whites Have Rights Too?” the editor of the white nationalist website called the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights “a Leftist Treason site” and claimed that the article was “yet further evidence of the vast left-wing conspiracy.” 

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IREHR in North Carolina

IREHR in North Carolina - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

On February 7, the eve of the 7th annual HKonJ march, IREHR staffer Devin Burghart traveled to North Carolina to deliver a talk entitled “Tea Party Nationalism and the Battle for the South” for a group of labor and civil rights activists. The event, co-sponsored by the Southern Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC – the fast food workers union) and the North Carolina NAACP College and Youth Division addressed the size and impact of the Tea Party in the state and opened up a discussion on how to fight back against the Tea Party.

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Tens of Thousands of North Carolinians Stand Up to the Tea Party

“FORWARD TOGETHER. NOT ONE STEP BACK” reverberated through the streets of downtown and the doorstep of the State Capitol in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 8, as the largest civil rights march in the South in decades drew a diverse crowd of tens of thousands to speak out against the disastrous impact the Tea Party has had on the state.

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Study Finds California Leads the Nation in Tea Party Membership

Study Finds California Leads the Nation in Tea Party Membership - 4.0 out of 5 based on 4 votes

(Kansas City) - A new report released today by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) finds that for the first time California has knocked Texas out of the top spot for the number of Tea Party members. California now has has more Tea Partiers than any other state, with 40,508 members.

The special report, entitled The Status of the Tea Party: Membership, Support and Sympathy by the Numbers is an exhaustive, year-long, non-partisan, data-driven look at the state of the Tea Party as it nears the movement's fifth anniversary next month.

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New Data Finds Tennessee Ranks Fourth Overall in Tea Party Membership

New Data Finds Tennessee Ranks Fourth Overall in Tea Party Membership - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

(Kansas City) - A new report by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) finds that Tennessee ranks fourth overall in Tea Party membership.

The special report, entitled The Status of the Tea Party: Membership, Support and Sympathy by the Numbers is an exhaustive, year-long, non-partisan, data-driven look at the state of the Tea Party as it nears the movement's fifth anniversary next month.

The overall ranking of fourth for Tennessee is based on a combination of metrics: the number of Tea Party members in the state, membership as a percentage of the state population, and the number of active local affiliated Tea Party groups. Tennessee was tenth in the total number of Tea Party members in the state, with 13,775 members.  As a percentage of the state's population, Tea Party membership in the state came in sixth. The 26 active local affiliated Tea Party groups in Tennessee was fifteenth in the country. The state is also the home base of one of the national factions, Tea Party Nation.

Data in the report proves that despite recent defeats, the Tea Party movement is far from dead. "At its core, this report is a wakeup call for everyone who cares about human rights. The Tea Party threat to human rights remains persistent on a multitude of fronts," said IREHR president Leonard Zeskind.

Among the other significant findings in the report:

  • Despite sagging public sympathy post-shutdown, core membership in the national Tea Party factions remains high, at over half a million people. Last year, membership growth slowed to roughly four percent. Membership is geographically concentrated in the South, with than 42% of overall membership in the region.
  • The level of Tea Party supporters also rose, particularly on social media. The combined total for national Tea Party Facebook likes was 7,683,327, and Twitter followers totaled 382,240.
  • Recalcitrance regarding the shutdown of the federal government and other issues caused general sympathy for the Tea Party to decline at the end of 2013, to 18% to 30% of the American public.
  • Even has membership has grown, the ratio of men to women in the Tea Party movement remains remarkably consistent, with roughly two-thirds of the membership identified as men.

The rush to pronounce the Tea Party dead has caused nearly as many problems as the myth that the movement is "AstroTurf"--fake grassroots. “Tea Partiers are more than minions for millionaires, or the sum of ballots cast on Election Day,” according to the report’s author, Devin Burghart. “They are not illusions created by public relations magicians. Over the last five years, real people have been involved in real activities aimed at impacting politics, culture, and civil society in negative ways,” he added.

The report pinpoints national trends in sympathy and support for the Tea Party, analyzes the Tea Party organizations’ core membership numbers, and maps the geography of the movement.

“It is a complex and contradictory situation,” said Burghart. “But we now know that two different trends have emerged: the core of the movement has hardened and grown, even as sympathy for the movement has leveled off and opposition has increased. The middle ground is shrinking further every day.”

The full report, The Status of the Tea Party: Membership, Support and Sympathy by the Numbers, is available online here.

See how many Tea Party members are in your community. A full-screen interactive map of Tea Party membership is available here.

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The Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR) is a national organization with an international outlook examining racist, anti-Semitic, white nationalist, and far-right social movements, analyzing their intersection with civil society and social policy, educating the public, and assisting in the protection and extension of human rights through organization and informed mobilization.

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