Thanks to The Firedoll Foundation for their support for this report. Thanks to the board and staff of the NAACP for their interest in and support for this effort to educate the public about the nature of the Tea Party movement. We are grateful to NAACP president and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous for his foreword. Thanks to Randall Williams of NewSouth Books in Montgomery, Alabama, for his generous contribution of time and effort in the design and composition of this report. And a special thank you to the volunteers who have helped IREHR gather the all the data necessary to complete this project.
About the Authors
Devin Burghart is vice president of IREHR and coordinates the Seattle office. He beganas a research analyst with the Coalition for Human Diginity in Seattle and was co-author of Guns & Gavels: Common Law Courts, Militias & White Supremacy in 1996. From 1997 through2008, he served as director of the Building Democracy Initiative in Chicago, where he developed innovative new approaches to curtail growing anti-immigrant sentiment. He was a 2007 Petra Foundation fellow.
Leonard Zeskind is president of IREHR and author of Blood and Politics: The History ofWhite Nationalism from the Margins to the Mainstream. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named him a Fellow in 1998 (one of its so-called “Genius Grants”). He is a lifetime member of the NAACP.
Charles Tanner Jr. is a longtime civil and human rights activist. He has conducted researchand done community education on the organized anti-Indian movement. Mr. Tanner hasa master’s degree in political science.
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