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Rahima Nasa: Four Men Arrested Over Unrest During 2017 “Unite the Right” Rally in Charlottesville

The four are members or associates of the Rise Above Movement, a white supremacist group based in Southern California, prosecutors say. . . Federal prosecutors on Tuesday announced they had … Continue reading

October 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

James E. Hawdon: Over the years, Americans have become increasingly exposed to extremism

Extremism has always been with us, but the internet has allowed ideas that advocate hate and violence to reach more and more people. Whether it’s the deadly “Unite the Right” … Continue reading

September 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’

Editor’s note: A Berkeley, Calif., rally organized by a right-wing group turned violent Sunday after arrival of a group that carried an anarchist banner. Behind the rhetoric of the “alt-right” … Continue reading

August 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Matthew Chapman: UN Issues Rare Warning about Racism in America

A United Nations committee on racism flagged America for a rare formal warning usually reserved for developing nations experiencing ethnic violence. Despite Donald Trump’s campaign promises to restore international respect … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · 4 Comments

Aviva Chomsky: How (Not) to Challenge Racist Violence

Protesters are eager to expend extraordinary energy denouncing small-scale racist actors. But what about the large-scale racist actors? As white nationalism and the so-called “alt-Right” have gained prominence in the … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Greg Thielen: The Work of True Freedom

I recently moved back to Arizona, the state where I was raised, from California, to help my mother take care of my father who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. My … Continue reading

August 20, 2017 · 10 Comments

Alison R. Parker: Mother of Heather Heyer urges action — “If I gotta give her up, we’re gonna make it count.”

In a poignant and rallying message, Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, spoke beautifully about her daughter’s life — and how all of us can honor her … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Eva-Maria Simms: Fascism is never democratic

It was St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2016, and I was out in my garden digging the ground in preparation for the spring planting season.  The day was warm, and … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 8 Comments

Zenobia Jeffries: Charlottesville Was Not a “Protest Turned Violent,” It Was a Planned Race Riot

Isn’t it time for the media to be honest and call white supremacists the domestic terrorists that they are? In July of last year, after The New York Post ran … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

Video: Liberal Redneck — Virginia is for Lovers, not Nazis

. “I’m absolutely disgusted by this weekend in Charlottesville. But I maintain….love will prevail y’all.”  Trae Crowder is an American comedian and author. Crowder grew up in rural Celina, Tennessee, near … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jon Queally: White Supremacists demonstrate at U. of Virginia. Deadly violence ensues.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Saturday as far-right groups and counter-protesters clashed on the streets of Charlottesville. A vehicle plowed through a crowd of peaceful protesters in … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

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