On March 11, 2015 Sea Shepherd founder and reality TV star of Animal Planet's Whale Wars, Paul Watson, announced that Sea Shepherd Legal (SSL) will make a presentation at an April 27 hearing in Seattle, Washington. The hearing is being hosted by the National Marine Fisheries Service to follow-up on its February release of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) addressing a request by the Makah Tribe to exercise their treaty-reserved right to hunt whales. A second hearing will be held April 29 in Port Angeles, Washington. Paul Watson declared that "permission [to hunt] should not be granted" and claimed that "SSL is also exploring legal avenues of opposition to this proposal."
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.
This article is dedicated to the many victims of the Oklahoma City bombing, and to the reportorial genius of James Ridgeway.
IREHR’s Leonard Zeskind gave a talk on “Deindustrialization and Race in Kansas City” to the Phantom’s Equity Series on March 27. He did so at the behest of the Workers Organizing Committee, which has been organizing fast food workers, and is preparing for an April 15 march and rally. http://www.standupkc.org/ . Below is an edited version of the talk. It should be noted hat the East Side of Kansas City is predominantly occupied by African Americans.
On March 12, 2015, Leonard Zeskind conducted a workshop on the Tea Party movement, its manifestly false sense that they had been dispossessed of their control of the nation, and the racism that infects much of the movement. Zeskind then developed a seven-step program for stopping the Tea Party movement. About 100 people from all over the country participated in the workshop, filling up the room, sitting and standing along the walls after all the seats had been taken. Zeskind’s talk was very well-received. More than 1,500 people attended conference, with dozens of workshops over three days and periodic keynote talks.
Racism, anti-Semitism and homophobic bigotry are present to some degree in most every social club, neighborhood association and political party in the United States. It is a fact of life that bigots are everywhere, even when they do not know they are bigots. Someone somewhere will undoubtedly use the term “Jew me down” to describe price haggling, even when they have never met a Jewish person and are not really aware of what they are saying. Just as there will be someone who will say that so-and-so “gyped me,” to describe getting cheated, unaware that the term demonizes the Roma people, who are often known as Gypsies. Then there are racists like the Oklahoma SAE fraternity members who sang a racist, insulting song. In this society, at this point in time, some of such behavior is called out and the perpetrators apologize, and they are often punished like the SAE members ejected from school.
Not in the Republican Party of Missouri, however.