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.
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.
At noon, on Saturday, April 11, in the heart of London, a secret meeting of 113 hard-core, veteran anti-Semites, racists, and gay baiters was set to take place. The cadres gathered under the clock at Victoria Station. They were then greeted by a Michael Woodbridge, carrying a copy of “Tomorrow We Live,” a book by Britain’s pre-WWII fascist leader Oswald Mosely. They were then led in groups of two and three across the station to the Grosvenor Hotel where they had a meeting room booked under the name of the non-existent “Carlyle Club.” A body guard checked out each individual before they were let in.
On April 7, at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Leonard Zeskind spoke on “White Supremacy and Islamophobia” at a gathering of students outside the Student Union building. The local Muslim Student Association, the campus branch of the NAACP, and the Pride Alliance were among the sponsors of the event. The Student Organizing Committee was the principle group directing the event. It is an off-shoot of the Workers Organizing Committee, which is organizing fast food workers.