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Aug 28, 2014, 8:05

IREHR Impact: Zeskind at Kansas City Jewish Community Forum

Monday, 25 August 2014 10:36

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.

IREHR Grieves the Dead and Asks for Complete Justice

IREHR Grieves the Dead and Asks for Complete Justice

Monday, 14 April 2014 06:42

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.

VDARE.com editor, Peter Brimelow, speaking at a tribute to the late white nationalist, Sam Francis (credit: IREHR)

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

Monday, 24 March 2014 15:35

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.” 

IREHR in North Carolina

IREHR in North Carolina

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 17:49

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.

Study Finds California Leads the Nation in Tea Party Membership

Monday, 27 January 2014 16:57

(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.

Study Finds California Leads the Nation in Tea Party Membership

Monday, 27 January 2014 16:57

(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.

New Data Finds Tennessee Ranks Fourth Overall in Tea Party Membership

Thursday, 23 January 2014 15:02

(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.

Colorado Ranks Ninth Overall in Tea Party Membership

Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:52

(Kansas City) - A new report released today by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) finds that Colorado ranks ninth 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 ninth for Colorado 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. Colorado was fifteenth in the total number of Tea Party members in the state, with 10,707 members.  As a percentage of the state's population, Tea Party membership in the state came in eighth. The 20 active local affiliated Tea Party groups in Colorado was twentieth in the country.

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.

New Study Finds Ohio Ranks Fifth Overall in Tea Party Membership

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 19:00

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 21, 2014

(Kansas City) - A new report released today by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) finds that Ohio ranks fifth 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.

New Study Finds Arizona Ranks Third Overall in Tea Party Membership

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 18:56

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Kansas City) - A new report released today by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) finds that Arizona ranks third 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.

New Study Finds Texas Ranks Second Overall in Tea Party Membership

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 18:49

MEDIA RELEASE

(Kansas City) - A new report released by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) finds that Texas ranks second 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.

New Study Finds Florida Ranks First Overall in Tea Party Membership

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 18:41

(Kansas City) - A new report released today by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) finds that Florida ranks first 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.

Tea Party Endorsed Candidates Batting Over .500 at Mid-Year

Tea Party Endorsed Candidates Batting Over .500 at Mid-Year

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 11:36

The Tea Party loss in Mississippi last week resurrected the oft-repeated notion that the Tea Party movement is dead, at least electorally if not completely. Once again, that notion misses the big picture. The Tea Party is still batting over .500 in contests where national groups have endorsed a primary candidate.

Tea Party followers Amanda and Jerad Miller

Tea Party Followers Kill Police In Las Vegas Killing Spree

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 10:08
The alleged killers liked Ron Paul, the FreedomWorks Tea Party, they listened to far right propagandist Alex Jones, and supported a third party candidate for Governor.  They were deeply embedded in the far right, and their entire story needs to be told.  Here is a beginning.

Dana Loesch (left), Glenn Beck (right)

Glenn Beck’s The Blaze Attacks Anti-Racist Educators

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 12:30

On May 9, Erica Ritz wrote a story entitled “’The Longer You Are in the Tea Party, the More Racist You Become’: What Educators Learned at Alarming ‘White Privilege’ Conference.”  The story ran on Glenn Beck’s television station, The Blaze, on a program entitled “Dana.” Dana refers to Dana Loesch, a Tea Party activist formerly from St. Louis.  The show and the story attacked participants at an academic conference on “White Privilege,” including this author.

Tea Party Stands By Bundy After Racist Remarks

Tea Party Stands By Bundy After Racist Remarks

Monday, 12 May 2014 13:56

Cliven Bundy, the racist far-right Nevada rancher exposed by in article by Chuck Tanner published on this website, and by several articles in the New York Times, is now a Tea Party symbol of defiance against the federal government.  While some politicians supported by Tea Parties--such as Senators Rand Paul, Dean Heller, and Ted Cruz--were quick to call Bundy’s racist comments “unacceptable,” the Tea Party organizations themselves have remained unwavering in Bundy’s support. Indeed, none of the national Tea Party organizations previously issuing supportive comments towards Cliven Bundy have denounced his racist comments, according to a survey conducted by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights.

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin Wants to Amend Constitution

Con Job: Tea Party Mobilizing to Rewrite Constitution

Thursday, 24 April 2014 15:03

With the fight over Obamacare slowly receding, the Tea Party Patriots are mobilizing for a new effort to dramatically re-write the Constitution, beginning with a serious call to repeal the constitutional amendment that led to the creation of the Internal Revenue Service and the income tax, the 16th Amendment. As implausible as it seems, the effort is already picking up steam in the states. Along the way, they’ve picked up some strange bedfellows and turned some allies into enemies.

Field reports, event recordings, and new documents obtained by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights show a growing national effort by Tea Party groups and allies to significantly rewrite the Constitution. This new report outlines the significant organizational players, the various strategies, and the rifts exposed in this latest Tea Party offensive.

White, Far Right and Armed: Tea Party and Militias Mobilize to Defend Nevada County Supremacy Activist

White, Far Right and Armed: Tea Party and Militias Mobilize to Defend Nevada County Supremacy Activist

Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:33

From April 5 to April 12, people around the country watched as Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, backed by often armed supporters, stood in defiance of federal court orders to remove cattle he had illegally grazed on federal lands since the 1990s. Bundy supporters cast the drama a David versus Goliath clash between a Constitutionally-minded rancher and an out-of-control federal government. A closer look reveals a more complex story, offering insights in to the ability of the far right to engage in armed mobilizations on behalf of activists whose federal law violations get them into legal trouble. When the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) backed off from enforcing Bundy’s long-standing grazing violations, far-rightists claimed victory for their ideas and paramilitary tactics, threatening to embolden those would use violence to advance far right political goals.

Who can Stop the Tea Party movement?  (left to right: Karl Rove, Senator Chuck Schumer, North Carolina NAACP leader Rev. William Barber II)

Cut the Tea Party Movement from the Ground Up

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 01:50

Recently Sen. Charles Schumer made a groundbreaking speech outlining a Democratic Party strategy aimed at the Tea Parties.  For the first time, a major figure in the liberal political universe sought to both explain the Tea Parties’ appeal to tens of millions of adult Americas and to project a strategy to break the Tea Party base away from its leaders—at least in the context of election campaigns.  Mr. Schumer’s was wrong in his description of the Tea Party movement, however, and his proposed strategy was little more than a campaign statement that would do little damage to the Tea Parties.  

Nativist Leaders Involved in the Tea Party

Nativist Leaders Involved in the Tea Party

Sunday, 18 March 2012 02:45
Tea Party Endorsed Candidates Batting Over .500 at Mid-Year

Tea Party Endorsed Candidates Batting Over .500 at Mid-Year

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 11:36

The Tea Party loss in Mississippi last week resurrected the oft-repeated notion that the Tea Party movement is dead, at least electorally if not completely. Once again, that notion misses the big picture. The Tea Party is still batting over .500 in contests where national groups have endorsed a primary candidate.

Tea Party followers Amanda and Jerad Miller

Tea Party Followers Kill Police In Las Vegas Killing Spree

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 10:08
The alleged killers liked Ron Paul, the FreedomWorks Tea Party, they listened to far right propagandist Alex Jones, and supported a third party candidate for Governor.  They were deeply embedded in the far right, and their entire story needs to be told.  Here is a beginning.

Dana Loesch (left), Glenn Beck (right)

Glenn Beck’s The Blaze Attacks Anti-Racist Educators

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 12:30

On May 9, Erica Ritz wrote a story entitled “’The Longer You Are in the Tea Party, the More Racist You Become’: What Educators Learned at Alarming ‘White Privilege’ Conference.”  The story ran on Glenn Beck’s television station, The Blaze, on a program entitled “Dana.” Dana refers to Dana Loesch, a Tea Party activist formerly from St. Louis.  The show and the story attacked participants at an academic conference on “White Privilege,” including this author.

Tea Party Stands By Bundy After Racist Remarks

Tea Party Stands By Bundy After Racist Remarks

Monday, 12 May 2014 13:56

Cliven Bundy, the racist far-right Nevada rancher exposed by in article by Chuck Tanner published on this website, and by several articles in the New York Times, is now a Tea Party symbol of defiance against the federal government.  While some politicians supported by Tea Parties--such as Senators Rand Paul, Dean Heller, and Ted Cruz--were quick to call Bundy’s racist comments “unacceptable,” the Tea Party organizations themselves have remained unwavering in Bundy’s support. Indeed, none of the national Tea Party organizations previously issuing supportive comments towards Cliven Bundy have denounced his racist comments, according to a survey conducted by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights.

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin Wants to Amend Constitution

Con Job: Tea Party Mobilizing to Rewrite Constitution

Thursday, 24 April 2014 15:03

With the fight over Obamacare slowly receding, the Tea Party Patriots are mobilizing for a new effort to dramatically re-write the Constitution, beginning with a serious call to repeal the constitutional amendment that led to the creation of the Internal Revenue Service and the income tax, the 16th Amendment. As implausible as it seems, the effort is already picking up steam in the states. Along the way, they’ve picked up some strange bedfellows and turned some allies into enemies.

Field reports, event recordings, and new documents obtained by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights show a growing national effort by Tea Party groups and allies to significantly rewrite the Constitution. This new report outlines the significant organizational players, the various strategies, and the rifts exposed in this latest Tea Party offensive.

White, Far Right and Armed: Tea Party and Militias Mobilize to Defend Nevada County Supremacy Activist

White, Far Right and Armed: Tea Party and Militias Mobilize to Defend Nevada County Supremacy Activist

Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:33

From April 5 to April 12, people around the country watched as Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, backed by often armed supporters, stood in defiance of federal court orders to remove cattle he had illegally grazed on federal lands since the 1990s. Bundy supporters cast the drama a David versus Goliath clash between a Constitutionally-minded rancher and an out-of-control federal government. A closer look reveals a more complex story, offering insights in to the ability of the far right to engage in armed mobilizations on behalf of activists whose federal law violations get them into legal trouble. When the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) backed off from enforcing Bundy’s long-standing grazing violations, far-rightists claimed victory for their ideas and paramilitary tactics, threatening to embolden those would use violence to advance far right political goals.

Who can Stop the Tea Party movement?  (left to right: Karl Rove, Senator Chuck Schumer, North Carolina NAACP leader Rev. William Barber II)

Cut the Tea Party Movement from the Ground Up

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 01:50

Recently Sen. Charles Schumer made a groundbreaking speech outlining a Democratic Party strategy aimed at the Tea Parties.  For the first time, a major figure in the liberal political universe sought to both explain the Tea Parties’ appeal to tens of millions of adult Americas and to project a strategy to break the Tea Party base away from its leaders—at least in the context of election campaigns.  Mr. Schumer’s was wrong in his description of the Tea Party movement, however, and his proposed strategy was little more than a campaign statement that would do little damage to the Tea Parties.  

Special Report: The Status of the Tea Party Movement - Part Three
National Socialist Black Metal Musician Arrested in French Terror Probe

National Socialist Black Metal Musician Arrested in French Terror Probe

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 18:07

A Norwegian white power musician who already served time for murder and arson has been arrested in France on "suspicion he was preparing a major terrorist act."

Kristian “Varg” Vikernes and his wife, Marie Cachet, were taken into custody early in the morning of July 16 at their farm near the town of Salon-la Tour in the Corrèze region of central France. The arrest was made by the Central Directorate of Internal Intelligence, who say they suspect him of “preparing a massacre.”

The Trans-Atlantic Traffic in White Nationalism

The Trans-Atlantic Traffic in White Nationalism

Thursday, 06 June 2013 15:05

The following article describes activities by Jared Taylor in France and England earlier this year.  Taylor is not unknown to regular readers of www.IREHR.org.  He is the founder of a scientific racist outfit known as American Renaissance, has been a leading figure in the ranks of the Council of Conservative Citizens and an editor for other white nationalist enterprises.  Leonard Zeskind’s book, Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream, available from IREHR, includes the first and most comprehensive treatment of Taylor—including his friendship with Holocaust denier Mark Weber, his stint as the West Coast editor of PC magazine, and a description of American Renaissance’s first conferences.  The following is taken from an article in Searchlight magazine by Ray Mount.  IREHR congratulates Searchlight for nearly 50 years of monthly anti-fascist and anti-racist publication. Leonard Zeskind added to Ray Mount’s reporting, using material from other sources.

Demonstration in Madrid, May 20, 2011

Spain in Crisis: Austerity and Resistance

Monday, 16 July 2012 14:25

In response to a perceived debt crisis in Spain, the European Union has imposed harsh austerity policies that have thrown the Spanish economy into a tailspin. Unemployment levels are the highest in Europe: 24.4% over-all and 50% for those under age 25. As unemployment grows, consumer demand falls, causing more businesses to fail, leading to further layoffs. Bankruptcies, evictions, and capital flight have reached record levels. Young people with skills are fleeing the country—350,000 in the past four years. And increasingly, senior citizens share their social security and pensions, however meager, with their children and grandchildren. The Spanish people are "paying for dishes they didn't break"—a refrain commonly heard in the streets and printed on protest signs.

Front National Leader Marine Le Pen (Source: Facebook.com)

The Vote for Marine Le Pen: An American Anti-Racist View

Monday, 30 April 2012 18:19

It was May 1, 1988 in Paris, and I watched as Jean-Marie Le Pen, a young girl dressed as Joan d'Arc, a line of sash-wearing dignitaries, and 40,000 Front National supporters marched through the streets in a May Day parade. It was the moment that the Front National's racist nationalism broke into the middle of French politics, after years (decades) on the margins. Le Pen won 4.4 million votes, about 14.7% of the total, in the first round of the presidential elections that year. At the time, I was used to monitoring Klan rallies in the American South, which never approximated the size and power of the rally that day. The Front National's fortunes have waxed and waned over the next two-plus decades since. Now, with a stunning six million votes (17.9% of the total) in the in the first round of the French presidential elections, Marine Le Pen has re-established the Front National as a leading voice for racist, anti-immigrant politics in Continental Europe.

Mapping Norwegian Killer Anders Breivik’s Web Postings

Mapping Norwegian Killer Anders Breivik’s Web Postings

Friday, 09 September 2011 18:51

The British newspaper The Guardian has done a remarkable service by examining the online trail of bigotry left by Anders Breivik, the white nationalist who murdered 77 innocents in two different killings sprees in Norway last July.

They provide links to Beivik's 1500-page manifesto as well as to those pages that the killer himself linked to. This web page spider web weaves together European far-right groups, American Islamophobic "counter-Jihad" sites, as well as more mainstream sources.

According to Andrew Brown, the journalist for The Guardian who wrote the introduction to the visualization, "Anders Breivik's manifesto reveals a subculture of nationalistic and Islamophobic websites that link the European and American far right in a paranoid alliance against Islam and is also rooted in some democratically elected parties."

You can view the mapping of Anders Breivik's spider web of bigotry here and read the accompanying article here.

 

Norway Terror Suspect Described As Far-Right Nationalist Islamophobe

Norway Terror Suspect Described As Far-Right Nationalist Islamophobe

Friday, 22 July 2011 22:27

Shortly before midnight on Friday, July 22, police arrested a 32-year-old Norwegian man who allegedly went on a murderous shooting spree at a Labor Party youth camp on the island of Utoya and may also be responsible for the horrific bombing in Oslo earlier in the day.

The man arrested for the attack has been identified as Anders Behring Breivik. Norwegian TV2 reports that Breivik belongs to "right-wing circles" in Oslo. Sources in Norway tell IREHR that Breivik has been known to write posts in right-wing internet forums in Norway, where he has described himself as a “nationalist” and has also written numerous screeds critical of Muslims.

Hope Not Hate Bus

In the UK elections, what can American anti-racists learn?

Monday, 10 May 2010 11:57

The Labor Party lost votes and seats in the parliament. The Tories may yet cobble together a majority coalition and once again install a Thatcherite prime minister. Yet, in the London borough of Barking, the vote for the Labour incumbent increased, and Nick Griffin, the chairman of the white-ist British National Party (BNP), suffered an ignominious defeat. The BNP's loss was all the worst for them because they had held seats on the local council and bragged that they would become the majority ruling party in the borough--a proposition that would have catapulted white nationalism into the center of English politics. Instead, the BNP lost every seat they had held on both the Barking borough council as well as every seat in nearby Dagenham. And they lost several council seats they had in other boroughs as well.

Clockwise from top left: Ferguson resident asking for answers, young resident asking police not to shoot, Howard University students expressing solidarity with Ferguson, white nationalist James Edwards at the 2014 Council of Conservative Citizens Conference, Threeper leader Chris Kerodin, and Klansman Frank Ancona.

National Socialists, Militia, Klan, and Tea Parties Respond to Murder of Michael Brown

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 14:13

The Ferguson rebellion is now the sharpest and most volatile domestic racial battle of the year, during a period of conflict and political polarization at home and wars abroad.  Given the intensity of this fight, it is noteworthy that white nationalists have had so little to say, and even less influence to display.

How did Richard B. Spencer (above) go from mainstream conservative circles to hardcore white nationalism?

Who is Richard Spencer?

Friday, 27 June 2014 15:43

Meet the young American at the center of a growing new international network of white nationalists.

University-educated, well-to-do, and full of youthful energy at 36 years-old, Richard B. Spencer has risen through the American white nationalist ranks in a remarkably short period. Thanks to an inheritance of the movement’s past, he has the infrastructure to try and re-shape the movement’s image and direction.

Northwest Front Materials Found at Fort Carson

Northwest Front Fliers at Fort Carson

Thursday, 19 June 2014 13:49

A United States military news source, Early Bird Brief, disclosed that a CD and a flyer with the Northwest Front logo and web address was circulating at Fort Carson, an Army base south of Colorado Springs, in the southeast corner of Colorado.  The flyer asks readers, “ever wonder if you are fighting for the right side?” 

The Northwest Front is a small white nationalist organization that urges the creation of a whites-only republic in the states of the Northwest—a dream that has circulated among Aryanists since the formation of The Order robbed banks, murdered a half-dozen folks and set up a clandestine structure in the mid-1980s. 

Self-Proclaimed "Statutory Attorney General of the United States" Brent Douglas Cole is Accused of Shooting Law Enforcement Officers in California

Racist, Anti-Semitic Sovereign Citizen Involved in California Shootout

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:31

“Everyone agrees the 2nd American Revolution is far overdue. We have waited to [sic] long and been to [sic] timid in the defense of liberty and justice, both now gone, we witness the horror of the unfolding police state. The daily injustices only furthers our resolve to take action, the stage is being set, our rage will become a fury upon them,” wrote Brent Douglas Cole in September 2013. Less than a year later, he found himself in a gun battle with state and federal law enforcement officials.

Cole, a racist, anti-Semitic, self-described “sovereign citizen” camping in the northern California woods has been accused of shooting a California Highway Patrol officer and a Bureau of Land Management ranger during a confrontation on June 15.

Greek Golden Dawn Supporter

American Far Right Jubilant Over European Election Results

Monday, 02 June 2014 13:02

The “European right-wing comes of age,” triumphantly declared one of the largest white nationalist groups in the United States, the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), after an announcement of the results of the 2014 European elections.

Like the Council of Conservative Citizens, many on the American far right, from the Tea Party to hardened white nationalists, paid close attention to the European results. Looking at these votes for nationalist, anti-immigrant, racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-European Union political parties—the American hard right saw hope for the future here at home.

White Patriot Party march in North Carolina,1986 (IREHR)

New Questions Emerge After Arrest in Kansas City Shootings

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 19:53

Two weeks after the deadly shootings at the Jewish Community Center and the Shalom Center in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas, the arrest of a well-known white nationalist has raised new and difficult questions.  Three people are now dead; one of them was 15 years old.  The alleged shooter, who has been best known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is a national socialist—a confirmed neo-Nazi.  He shouted “Heil Hitler” at the time of his arrest.  None of the dead were Jewish, however. Unless Miller falls fatally ill to a major disease, or succeeds in killing himself, we can expect him to go to trial and then, hopefully, be convicted.  This story does not end there, however. 

At CPAC 2014, Ann Coulter (left) called for nativist death squads, while white nationalist Robert Vandervoort (right) was allowed to bring his nativist English-only outfit back to the conference.

The Unbearable Whiteness of CPAC

Friday, 21 March 2014 15:17

For years, white nationalists found themselves on the outside looking in, faces pressed against the glass to get a glimpse at the movement happenings at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). But the times they are a changing. Not since Pat Buchanan’s racially-tinged insurgent campaign at the 1992 conference have white nationalists found a more hospitable environment in the halls of CPAC.

With the rise of the Tea Party, the doors to CPAC flew open wide in 2010. The same year that CPAC gave the “Ronald Reagan Award” to the Tea Party movement, the far-right John Birch Society, a group kept outside for decades, was allowed to co-sponsor the event for the first time. Others on the far-right were welcomed into the fold, and racist rhetoric about president Obama was allowed center stage. Just like that, CPAC became a white nationalist friendly zone.

Despite a more tightly controlled platform this year, the annual conservative confab did little to disabuse white nationalists of the notion that they were at home, particularly when leaders expressed racially-charged rhetoric and calls for nativist “death squads” were met with raucous cheers from the floor.

Clockwise from upper-left: Tea Party activist in Olympia, WA; Tea Party Millenials at DC Rally; Julie Borowski of FreedomWorks at Campaign for Liberty event; Lyda Loudon, founder of Tea Party Youth at Wake Up America Rally; Tea Partier at anti-union rally, Olympia, WA; Campaign for Liberty activist at Young Americans for Liberty event.

Race Gap Among Millennials Signals Work To Be Done

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 15:13

When small groups of older liberals discuss the problems presented by the Tea Party movement, the millennial generation is often cited as the answer: old white conservatives will die off and young liberal millennials will take their place.  Millennials are friendlier than other generations towards gay people having the same civil rights as everyone else.  They are connected by social media, more disconnected from established political and religious institutions, and optimistic about the future.  Although they are more likely to be political independents, they have been more likely to vote for Democratic Party candidates in the last two elections, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. This cohort, aged 18 to 33, is more racially diverse than all previous generations, and only 57% consider themselves white people. (Of those being born today, less than half are white.) 

White Nationalist Robert Vandervoort at CPAC 2012

ALERT: This Year’s CPAC Includes Group Lead by White Nationalist

Thursday, 06 March 2014 04:44

As the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gets set to kick off just outside of Washington DC, the event is already mired in a controversy over white nationalism.
ProEnglish, the white nationalist led English-only outfit that created serious headaches for the conference back in 2012, has quietly been allowed to again be an official exhibitor at CPAC 2014 when it opens today.

Wisconsin Anti-Indian Activist Elaine Willman Brought the Attack on Treaty Rights and Tribal Sovereignty to Bellingham, WA on April 6.

“Take these Tribes Down” The Anti-Indian Movement Comes to Washington State

Friday, 26 April 2013 03:00

This IREHR Special Report takes you inside the April 6 meeting hosted in Bellingham, Washington by the anti-Indian groups Citizens Equal Rights Alliance and Citizens Equal Rights Foundation. The report sheds light on these groups’ anti-Indian ideas and goals, their legal strategy and their plans to re-invigorate anti-Indian activism in Washington State and around the country.

“Take these tribes down”
The Anti-Indian Movement Comes to Washington State

By Chuck Tanner

April 6, 2013. As blue sky peeked through the clouds of an overcast Northwest morning, a group of mostly indigenous people gathered near the Lakeway Inn Best Western in Bellingham, Washington. Drumming and singing pulsed as those present held signs reading, “Honor the Treaties” and “We are All the People.” Event organizers, Idle No More Bellingham, had called community members together to protest two organizations “who are holding a conference to discuss opposition to the existence of tribes as separate and sovereign entities.”[1]

Inside a Lakeway Inn conference room, about fifty people were gathered to hear a lineup of speakers assail the very ideas of tribal sovereignty and treaty rights – of tribal nationhood.  The anti-Indian movement had come to town.  The concerns of Idle No More Bellingham were entirely justified.

The Bellingham conference was sponsored by the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA) and Citizens Equal Rights Foundation (CERF), one of a series of events being hosted around the country by these closely-linked national anti-Indian groups. CERA/CERF held previous meetings in New York and Massachusetts; others are slated for late April in the Midwest and June in Northern California.  CERA/CERF organized these forums after canceling their regular annual Washington D.C. conference.

New Report by Borderlands Research and Education

New Report by Borderlands Research and Education

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 19:06

IREHR is pleased to re-publish this Background Report and this Bulletin by Borderlands Research and Education in Silverdale, Washington.

Long-standing and very contemporary attacks on Indian tribal sovereignty should be repudiated by all those who reside in the United States. Understanding the origin of these modern-day attacks is essential information. We thank Borderlands for their work.

To more fully understand these reports, please also see Keeping our Word: Indigenous Sovereignty and Treaty Rights.

If not embedded below, you can download the report here, and the Bulletin here.

Trial Set for Attack on Blackfeet Nation Member

Tuesday, 17 November 2009 03:27

Assailants called Glacier County Commissioner "Dirty Indian" as they kicked him.

The trial of three Montana men who hurled racial slurs as they assaulted a Blackfeet man will begin February 3 in Libby, Montana. The attack occurred in September 2008 as Ron Rides at the Door, a member of the Blackfeet Nation and a Glacier County Commissioner, attempted to break up a fight outside a Great Falls bar.

Light Sentence in Artifact Looting Case

Monday, 09 November 2009 06:45

A Eureka, California man received a light sentenced in late October for illegally removing artifacts from a cultural site of the Yurok tribe. After pleading guilty in September  to illegally excavating a Native cultural site, James Edward Truhls, 30, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 60 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $350 fine for illegally removing artifacts from a cultural site of the Yurok tribe. Truhls could have received up to one year in prison and a $10,000 fine. A judge had previously dropped a grave-looting charge which potentially carried a stronger sentence.

Reporting on Violence, Harassment and Discrimination Against Indigenous Peoples

Thursday, 22 October 2009 19:57

A regular feature in IREHR's Treaty Rights and Sovereignty issue area of the website will be to report on incidents of violence, harassment and discrimination directed at indigenous peoples. While many bias crimes against native peoples are similar to those against other people of color, motivated as they are by the bigotry of their perpetrators, they are reported separately here because of potentially distinct aspects of bias crimes against Indian people.

Keeping our Word: Indigenous Sovereignty and Treaty Rights

Friday, 18 September 2009 16:58

The struggle for equality in the United States is most identified with the heroic battles of the Civil Rights Movement. As African Americans fought for equal protection under the law and full participation in society, Americans and people around the world were inspired. Our most noble pursuits have been inspired by the genuine call to equal rights and justice for all: the struggle for women’s equality, the stand against white nationalists and anti-Semites, the battle for full Constitutional rights for people of all sexual orientations, the voices that rose against the persecution of Arabs and Muslims after the attacks of September 11, 2001, the fight for immigrant rights, and many more.

 

Artifacts from the End of the 19th Century Depict Nativist Fervor Directed at Chinese Immigrants.

A Brief History of Nativism: Part Four

Thursday, 26 June 2014 13:15

This is the fourth installment in a special seven-part series "A Brief History of Nativism: Anti-Immigrant Bigotry in the American Past", providing an overview of these major movements, as well as the accompanying shifts in American immigration policy and their consequences. 

A  Brief History of Nativism: Part Three

A Brief History of Nativism: Part Three

Friday, 24 January 2014 15:52
This is the third installment in a special seven-part series "A Brief History of Nativism: Anti-Immigrant Bigotry in the American Past", providing an overview of these major movements, as well as the accompanying shifts in American immigration policy and their consequences. The first installment, "Colonial Dreams and Independent Reactions" is available here. The Second installment, "Knowing Nothing in Antebellum America" is available here.

A banner of the Know Nothings.

A Brief History of Nativism: Part Two

Thursday, 10 October 2013 02:13

This is the second installment in a special seven-part series "A Brief History of Nativism: Anti-Immigrant Bigotry in the American Past", providing an overview of these major movements, as well as the accompanying shifts in American immigration policy and their consequences. The first installment,  "Colonial Dreams and Independent Reactions" is available here.

A Brief History of Nativism 

Part II: Knowing Nothing in Antebellum America

When the first United States Congress met at Federal Hall in New York City (pictured above)  the second piece of legislation passed in the second session codified racial discrimination into immigration policy

A Brief History of Nativism: Part One

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 14:20

A Brief History of Nativism: Anti-Immigrant Bigotry in the American Past

Often thought of as a nation of immigrants, at times the United States has also been a nation of nativists. Nativism, the fear of and hostility toward immigrants or other perceived "aliens," has been a mainstay of the American political landscape, even if xenophobic agitating has at times receded. At times, the U.S has been a refuge for the "homeless, tempest-tost." At other times, Americans have lashed out against newcomers, and made them the victims of mob violence, discriminatory legislation, and populist demagoguery. Both inclusiveness and nativism date to the founding of the country.

Air War: The Anti-Immigrant Establishment’s Battle Plan

Air War: The Anti-Immigrant Establishment’s Battle Plan

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 17:53

Conventional wisdom suggests there are two distinct elements of modern campaigns: the “ground game,” the ability of campaigns to organize and mobilize supporters to get out and engage in the fight; and the “air war,” the money poured into advertising and other passive means of persuading voters to support a campaign. Finding the elusive balance between the two is said to be the key to winning.

In this latest round in battle over comprehensive immigration reform, the anti-immigrant establishment has largely conceded the ground game. One reason: their base of support evaporated.

Across the country, people took to the streets on May 1, 2013 to support comprehensive immigration reform.

5 Things to Watch for in Immigration Debate

Thursday, 09 May 2013 13:47

On May Day 2013 thousands of people turned out onto the streets in hundreds of cities to march for comprehensive immigration reform. With the process partially underway, IREHR takes a look at five different things human rights supporters should be keeping an eye on as the debate moves forward.

1. Tea Partiers Lead the Counter-Mobilization

In contrast to the seeming “consensus” view that immigration reform is a fait accompli, anti-immigrant forces still think they can kill the bill. Unlike the 2005-2007 battles over comprehensive immigration reform, however, there isn’t a unified opposition lead by a close-knit network of anti-immigrant groups. This time, the situation is much more fluid and complicated.

Update: Three New Co-Sponsors Added to Bill Attacking Birthright Citizenship

Update: Three New Co-Sponsors Added to Bill Attacking Birthright Citizenship

Thursday, 28 February 2013 11:48

Efforts to gut the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of birthright citizenship gained additional support in Congress this week. Three new co-sponsors signed onto Rep. Steve King's (IA-4) bill, H.R.140, the "Birthright Citizenship Act of 2013."

H.R. 140 now has twenty-three co-sponsors. Paul Broun (GA-1), Sam Graves (MO-6), and Tom Graves (GA-14) signed on as co-sponsors on February 26.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)

Trey Gowdy and “Amnesty”

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:51

Remember the Civil War?  It officially started in South Carolina at Fort Sumter.  While it was being fought, and hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers were dying due to Confederate bullets and ammo, President Lincoln had a standing offer of amnesty to Confederates.  All the person had to do was cease hostility and swear an oath of loyalty to the United States of America.  Shortly after Lincoln was assassinated by a Confederate sympathizer, on May 29, 1865, President Johnson offered a similar amnesty to all Confederates, except ex-officers in the rebel army, and a small number of large property owners.  They had a slight longer route back to citizenship.  That was an amnesty for open rebellion.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform, said, “This is not our country’s first foray into amnesty,” according to the New York Times.  He worried, however, about “respect for the rule of law” if undocumented immigrants became citizens.

Gowdy was probably not talking then about the post-Civil War amnesty.  He should remember the former Confederates lack of respect for the rule of law and their violent abrogation of the Constitutional rights to equality before the law and the right to vote.  They simply massacred black men who were trying to vote.  They rose up in the Ku Klux Klan to restore white supremacy.  I guess it is in bad taste for some South Carolinians to remember all that when talking about amnesty. 

Other South Carolinians, of course, remember it all too well.  Others remember Gowdy’s support for the Tea Party movement and defense of same, all while trying to deny that he is a congressman from the Tea Parties.

The Spartanburg Tea Party remembers Rep. Gowdy, however.  They think he is “awesome.”

Update: Bill Attacking Birthright Citizenship Adds Co-Sponsors

Update: Bill Attacking Birthright Citizenship Adds Co-Sponsors

Monday, 28 January 2013 15:32

Just as it appears momentum towards comprehensive immigration reform is building in the Senate, efforts to eviscerate the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of birthright citizenship are also picking up steam.

The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution