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.
A new article published in the American Sociological Review, “Educational Segregation, Tea Party Organizations, and the Battles over Distributive Justice,” should be read by anyone actually interested in mounting an opposition to the Tea Party movement.
On June 26, 2014, the Kansas City, Missouri Branch of the NAACP held a special event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer in Mississippi. Leonard Zeskind was one of two speakers, and his discussed the significance of the murders of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman by white supremacists at the outset of the summer.
On June 24, 2014, IREHR president Leonard Zeskind spoke to 200 people attending his session on white supremacists in Kansas and Missouri. The event was held at the Jewish Community Campus and was sponsored by the Kansas City Jewish Community Relations Bureau-American Jewish Committee. The forum was organized in the wake of three murders, allegedly committed in April by long-time national socialist Glenn Miller.
Data on Tea Party nativism by IREHR was included in the August 4, 2014 Brookings Institution article “The (Real) Reason Why the House Won't Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform” by University of Washington political scientist, Chris Parker, co-author of Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America.