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Special Report | SPLC - The Year in Hate and Extremism

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  • Part 1: Hate groups at record high
  • A fourth straight year of growth that coincides with President Trump's campaignandpresidency
  • Part 2: The year in hate and extremism
  • We reported an all-time high of 1,020 hate groups operating in the United States in 2018.

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Part 1: Hate groups at record high

February 20, 2019 | We’ve just released our annual count of hate groups – and it shows a fourth straight year of growth that coincides with President Trump's campaign and presidency. 

The number of hate groups operating across America rose to a record high – 1,020 – in 2018 as Trump continued to fan the flames of white resentment over immigration and the country’s changing demographics.

This growth comes after three straight years of decline during the Obama administration. Hate crimes have followed the same escalating pattern, as Trump has given violent racists a license to act on their bigotry.

Trump spread fear about the country’s growing diversity, and he wasn’t alone.

Fox News served as both his megaphone and a source for his incendiary claims during 2018. Aided by a chorus of supporters in right-wing media outlets and the advisers in his administration with hate group sympathies, Trump enacted a raft of policies straight out of the radical-right playbook.

The vast majority of hate groups – including neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, racist skinheads, neo-Confederates and white nationalists – adhere to some form of white supremacist ideology. Not surprisingly, the number of white nationalist groups, those particularly electrified by Trump’s presidency, surged by almost 50 percent – from 100 groups to 148 – in 2018.

 You can read our new report and see our latest interactive hate map showing the names, types and locations of the 1,020 hate groups operating across America.



With your support, we’re doing everything we can to expose the activities of far-right extremists – and working with law enforcement at every level to combat potential domestic terrorists.

Thank you for supporting this work. You play a crucial role in the fight against extremism.



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Part 2: The year in hate and extremism

February 21, 2019 | Yesterday, we released our annual count of hate groups. We reported an all-time high of 1,020 hate groups operating in the United States in 2018 – a fourth straight year of growth, coinciding with President Trump's campaign and presidency.



Just hours later, the nation got a sobering reminder of the dangerous threat posed by far-right extremists and the spread of their racist ideology.

 Federal agents announced that they had confiscated a stockpile of weapons from the home of a self-described white nationalist who had compiled a hit list that included Nancy Pelosi and other prominent Democrats, along with TV anchors from MSNBC and CNN.

 Court papers described Christopher Paul Hasson as a “domestic terrorist” who was studying the tactics of Anders Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist who killed 77 people. Hasson was hiding in plain sight – as an acquisitions officer working in the Coast Guard’s Washington headquarters.



We’ve been tracking hate groups for three decades – and we’ve worked with law enforcement at every level to prevent far-right terrorism.

 Right now, the radical right is particularly dangerous, because white supremacists have been emboldened by Trump’s rhetoric. In the brief video below, the SPLC’s Heidi Beirich explains the state of hate in America.



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Thank you for your continued support.



Sincerely,



Your friends at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

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Special Report | US Immigration Policy: Cruel, Racist, In Decay

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  • Part 1: A “Smart” Border Wall Is Just as Racist as a Physical Barrier
  • Democrats’ “smart wall” would draw upon the same tech tools that have been long criticized by civil rights activists.
  • Part 2: Incarcerated Immigrants Are Being Tortured
  • Hunger strikers in a Texas immigration jail are risking their lives to draw attention to the conditions.
  • Part 3: Trump’s Cruel Immigration Policy Is About Power, Not Solutions
  • Trump’s immigration policy affects far more people than the migrants at the center of the wall debate.
  • Related: Democrats Totally Cave on Border: Give Trump All He Wants, Get Nothing In Return.

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Part 1: A “Smart” Border Wall Is Just as Racist as a Physical Barrier

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Democrats’ “smart wall” would draw upon the same tech tools that have been long criticized by civil rights activists.

s.e. smith, Care2 / Truthout

February 2, 2019 | The government shutdown is over at last, thanks to Democrats who brokered a deal to keep Trump happy and get America back to work. That deal didn’t include even one penny for a physical wall along the border, as demanded by numerous constituents — but it did contain what’s being billed as funding for a “smart wall.”

Democrats figure that since they can’t reason with the president, they’ll match his $5.7 billion figure with a funding bill that enhances “border security,” but doesn’t contribute to building an actual wall.

s.e. smith is a writer, agitator and commentator based in Northern California, with a journalistic focus on social issues, particularly gender, prison reform, disability rights, environmental justice, queerness, class and the intersections thereof, with a special interest in rural subjects.

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Part 2: Incarcerated Immigrants Are Being Tortured


Hunger strikers in a Texas immigration jail are risking their lives to draw attention to the conditions.

Mike Ludwig, Truthout

https://truthout.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019_0213-ice-1200x679.jpgFebruary 13, 2019 | In El Paso, Texas, not far from where President Trump delivered a speech riddled with falsehoods and jingoism at a pro-wall rally on Tuesday, at least nine Sikh men reportedly fleeing persecution in India have been on hunger strike in an immigration jail known for weeks.

The asylum seekers are protesting their detention and the conditions of the jail, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have responded by force-feeding the men, throwing them in solitary confinement and threatening them with deportation when they refused the force-feeding, according to the Detention Watch Network.

Mike Ludwig is a staff reporter at Truthout and a contributor to the Truthout anthology, Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? In 2014 and 2017, Project Censored featured Ludwig’s reporting on its annual list of the top 25 independent news stories that the corporate media ignored.

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Part 3: Trump’s Cruel Immigration Policy Is About Power, Not Solutions

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Trump’s immigration policy affects far more people than the migrants at the center of the wall debate.

Arnold R. Isaacs, TomDispatch / Truthout

February 7, 2019 | “Make America Cruel Again.” That’s how journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Shipler has reformulated Donald Trump’s trademark slogan. Shipler’s version is particularly apt when you think about the president’s record over the last two years on refugee resettlement and other humanitarian-related immigration issues.

President Trump’s border-wall obsession and the political uproar over it have dominated the news, while the alleged dangers of undocumented immigrants — whose numbers he wildly exaggerates— have dominated his rhetoric. But the way he’s altered immigration policy affects many more people than just the migrants arriving at the US-Mexico border who are at the center of the wall debate. Many of those currently or potentially harmed by his actions are not outside the law, but are in the United States legally, some with permanent residence status and others on a temporary or provisional basis. Many more, including tens of thousands of refugees who would be eligible for resettlement, are seeking entry or lawful residence through normal immigration procedures.

Arnold R. Isaacs covered the Vietnam War for the Baltimore Sun between June 1972 and the final defeat in April 1975 and is the author of Without Honor: Defeat in Vietnam and Cambodia. He also wrote Vietnam Shadows: The War, Its Ghosts, and Its Legacy and an online report, “From Troubled Lands: Listening to Pakistani and Afghan Americans in post-9/11 America.”

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Democrats Totally Cave on Border: Give Trump All He Wants, Get Nothing In Return. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The Democrats' total capitulation on the border
  • The Democrats got absolutely nothing. Zilch. Nada.
  • Part 2: Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding
  • We have Democrats actually playing his (Trump's) game.

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Court Rules School Can Use Electric Shock as Punishment For Special Needs Students

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The use of shock therapy has been proven to be ineffective, and it is not used very often because other treatments work much better.

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July 2, 2018 | Family Court (Bristol County, MA) Judge Katherine Field denied a motion to stop the use of electric shock on disabled students, a form of punishment that has been controversial for years after news of the practice first reached the public in 2013 when video surfaced of an 18-year-old student receiving dozens of shocks for refusing to take off his jacket.

“(The state) failed to demonstrate that there is now a professional consensus that the Level III aversive treatment used at JRC does not conform to the accepted standard of care for treating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Judge Field wrote in her decision.

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Chris Hedges: The Slaves Rebel

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  • The only way to end slavery is to stop being a slave. Hundreds of men and women in prisons in some 17 states are refusing to carry out prison labor, conducting hunger strikes or boycotting for-profit commissaries in an effort to abolish the last redoubt of legalized slavery in America.
  • Related: 23 Cents an Hour? The Perfectly Legal Slavery Happening in Modern-Day America

Rise Up Times

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September 4, 2018 | The strikers are demanding to be paid the minimum wage, the right to vote, decent living conditions, educational and vocational training and an end to the death penalty and life imprisonment.


Prisons in America are a huge and lucrative business. The private prison contractors Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group have annual revenues of $1.6 billion and more than $2 billion, respectively.


These men and women know that the courts will not help them. They know the politicians, bought by the corporations that make billions in profits from the prison system, will not help them. And they know that the mainstream press, unwilling to offend major advertisers, will ignore them.

Rise Up Times: Vital analysis of and commentary about current issues you won’t find in the mainstream corporate media. Media for the People!

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23 Cents an Hour? The Perfectly Legal Slavery Happening in Modern-Day America, Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet


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  • The government and corporations have a pool of powerless, exploitable workers in skyrocketing prison populations.
  • Prison Reform: Justice vs. Revenge


 

 

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From the Archives | How America’s rejection of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany haunts our refugee policy today.

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On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, it’s important to remember why America welcomes refugees.

Dara Linddara, Vox
 

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Jan27,2017 | Desperate people, fleeing a terrifying, bloodthirsty regime, try to find refuge in the US. But the American government and the public don't want to accept them. They worry https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/ae9d47833d6fb8dca3a9b8c101a4f9855147d7f8/792_108_2208_1325/master/2208.jpg?w=620&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=03f0d3fdd181abeefa8fbcdba47b39d0that accepting refugees would put citizens at risk, and they don't see the refugee crisis as their problem to fix. So they are turned away.

This is what President Donald Trump is about to sign America up for, if widespread reports are correct that he’s on the verge of signing an executive order that would ban all refugees from settling in the US for 4 months and ban Syrian refugees indefinitely.

We’ve been here before.

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Special Report | Our Grotesque Immigration Policy Demonstrates Our Nation's Moral Decay 1/(2)

  •    http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Featured%20story%20banner.jpgPart 1: Two Grotesque Immigration Stories Demonstrate Our Nation's Moral Decay
  • A vicious operation by ICE, and the death of a seven-year-old girl in BorderPatrolcustody, are searing reminders.
  • Part 2: The Troops Don't Deserve This
  • You support the troops? Don't let the president* use them as political props.
  • Related: Here’s why every child at the border belongs to all of us. 

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Part 1: Two Grotesque Immigration Stories Demonstrate Our Nation's Moral Decay
 

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A vicious operation by ICE, and the death of a seven-year-old girl in Border Patrol
custody, are searing reminders.

Jack Holmes, Esquire

https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/trump2-1544805482.jpg?crop=0.668xw:1.00xh;0.170xw,0 / Dec 14, 2018 | Certain moments in this era serve as grotesque mile-markers on our national march towards a place beyond redemption. The white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville. The Definitely-Not-a-Muslim Ban. The revelation that some California college kids were victims of two mass shootings in the space of just over a year.

But perhaps nothing compares to our treatment of children brought to our border by their parents.

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Part 2: The Troops Don't Deserve This

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You support the troops? Don't let the president* use them as political props.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

Oct 30, 2018 | I think it's time for everyone who Supports The Troops actually to do so. I think if you applaud the Troops that are introduced at ballgames, or if you Thank Them For Their Service in airports, or stick yellow ribbons on the bumper of your SUV, you should be marching right now on the White House to protest the fact that the president* of United States has enlisted 5,000 of the Troops into a racist fantasy that he's peddling for political advantage—and a racist fantasy that already has a body count, at that—and to protest the waste of taxpayer money spent on moving a brigade-level mass of men to the southern border to fend off an "invasion" of shoeless Central American peasants who, in any case, are still at least a month of walking south of Brownsville.

If you Support The Troops, scream and holler and push back hard against the use of the U.S. Army as set decoration for his most recent spasm of bigoted insanity. From The New York Times:

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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Here’s why every child at the border belongs to all of us. Leo J. O'Donovan, America Magazine

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Our advocacy was based on the intrinsic dignity and inalienable value of all human beings and their equal and essential rights as members of the human family. 

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Our advocacy was based on the intrinsic dignity and inalienable value of all human beings and their equal and essential rights as members of the human family. 

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October 05, 2018 | Who are the children whose terrified faces we have seen in images from our southern border as they were literally torn from their mother’s arms? They were, yes, Mexican and Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Honduran. But whose were they also and truly?

In the days after World Refugee Day this year, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA was clear about its care. We urged the U.S. government to ensure that people are not criminally punished for trying to seek asylum and that the rights and dignity of children and families entering the United States are respected. We affirmed that U.S. policies calling for the indefinite detention of families seeking asylum are contrary to Catholic teaching and violate the rights of asylum seekers and the dignity of children and their families. They also put at risk the long-term mental health and well-being of children and their parents. 
Leo J. O'Donovan https://www.americamagazine.org/voices/leo-j-odonovan-sj> is president emeritus of Georgetown University and director of mission at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

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