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IREHR Seattle Kick-Off Event

By September 20, 2009July 14th, 2015No Comments3 min read


On October 10, we will celebrate the launch of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR) Seattle office with a very special evening of discussion with internationally recognized experts.

DETAILS: IREHR Special Event: Saturday, October 10, 2009, 7pm at the University Friends Meeting Center, 4001 9th Ave NE Seattle, WA, 98105-6410.

Among the highlights of the evening will be a presentation by IREHR president Leonard Zeskind based on his new book Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream. Publishers Weekly proclaims that, “Zeskind’s rigorously researched and eloquent book is a definitive history of white nationalism.”  Leonard has worked to counter organized bigotry for more than three decades. He has written for The American Prospect, Rolling Stone, The Nation, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, among other periodicals.  In 1992, he received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation  Fellowship.

All the way from Britain, Nick Lowles will discuss the international dimensions of this problem. Nick is the editor of Searchlight, the international anti-fascist magazine based in London.  He is also national coordinator of “HOPE not hate,” Britain’s leading anti-racist campaigning organization. He has written six books on far right extremism, nationalism and football hooliganism.  Nick worked for Panorama, the BBC’s flagship investigative program and was a Special Consultant on England’s Shame, an award winning documentary on violent English Nationalism during the 2000 European Football Championship.

Head of the new IREHR Seattle office, Devin Burghart, will discuss the challenges we face here at home and what we can do to stop it. Devin recently returned home to the Pacific Northwest after eleven years directing a national anti-bigotry project. Before moving to Chicago, Devin worked in Seattle as a research analyst with the Coalition for Human Dignity. He’s written extensively on white nationalism, including groundbreaking work on white power music and on the new nativism. He’s also developed new organizing approaches to counter bigotry, including the Turn It Down Campaign to stop the spread of white power music, and the Campaign for a United America to challenge the new nativism.

We’ll have much more, including plenty of time for questions, discussion, and conversation about where we go from here. We hope you’ll join us. Seats are limited, so please rsvp to


Devin Burghart

Author Devin Burghart

is vice president of IREHR. He coordinates our Seattle office, directs our research efforts, and manages our online communications. He has researched, written, and organized on virtually all facets of contemporary white nationalism since 1992, and is internationally recognized for this effort. Devin is frequently quoted as an expert by print, broadcast, and online media outlets. In 2007, he was awarded a Petra Foundation fellowship. more...

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