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.
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.
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.”
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.