A founder of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, Benjamin Israel, died at his home in St. Louis on February 23. He was 64, and had been battling cancer for a long time. Benjamin was dedicated to the fight against the white supremacist movement, against racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry and for the rights of working people to organize. He had unbounded energy for work he believed in, and an intense intellectual curiosity marked his everyday life. His second marriage in 1990, to Virginia Walker, made him obviously happy and satisfied, and allowed him to make a greater contribution to the community around him. He was a man of principle in a world that bought and sold morality dirt cheap.
As the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gets set to kick off tomorrow just outside of Washington DC, the event is already mired in yet another controversy over white nationalism.
ProEnglish, the white nationalist-led English-only outfit that created serious headaches for the conference in the past, is once again being allowed to be an official exhibitor at CPAC 2015 when the doors open tomorrow. On top of that, another white nationalist outfit has come to town to try and influence the CPAC conversation.
The fourth annual South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention warred on the Constitution, and resurrected the patently false notions that President Obama is not a natural born American. Held at the Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach on January 17-19, the event also displayed an abundant supply of Christian nationalism, racism, anti-immigrant bigotry and Islamophobia. It also drew more than its fair share of Republican politicians. More than a gateway to the 2016 presidential primaries, however, the convention served as a preview of Tea Party activism of the future—warts and all.
The 125 North Carolina NAACP branches and the 160 other social justice organizations that compose the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition have called for a Moral March on Raleigh. They will march on February 14 for voting rights, labor rights (including raising the minimum wage), education equality, health care for all, criminal justice reform, and equal protection under the law. They will march forward against those political forces that are trying to push them back. This is the ninth annual mass mobilization, and they have changed the consciousness of the people of North Carolina.
One and all who care about equality before the law and the arc of justice should attend this march.
Following the attacks in France, including the murders at the French magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and a Jewish market, large Islamophobic rallies have taken place across Germany. One of the rallies' lead organizers resigned today as a head of an Islamophobic group after a newspaper published a selfie of him posing as Adolf Hitler.
On Saturday, January 17, at the United States Embassy in the heart of London, 33 white nationalists rallied in support of Gary Yarbrough, an imprisoned member of the white supremacists apparatus known as The Order.
David Goldstein, the executive director of the Greater Kansas City Jewish Community Relations Bureau / American Jewish Committee from 1972 until 1998, marched in Selma during the voting rights fight in 1965—twice. So IREHR sat down with him as he remembered those days, now commemorated in the movie Selma.
As the third part of our investigation into the troublesome line-up at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition convention, IREHR examines a Tea Party activist who has traveled the country teaching a curriculum that refers to African-American children as “pickaninnies,” claims that the treatment of slaves was “humane,” and that “the economic system of slavery chained the slave owners almost as much as the slaves.”