Friday, July 31, 2009

Kennedy, Milk, Tutu, Kemp & O’Connor Awarded Presidential Freedom Medals

President Hosts Racial "Beer Summit"
Hate Speech Case in Canada
Hate Crime Charges for Colo. Murder
Iowa Man Sentenced for Hate Crime
Volokh on Hate Crime
Hentoff Opposses Hate Crime Law
Anti-Semitism Alleged in Jerusalem Attack on American Jew
Nigerian Islamist Killed
Detroit Man Was Secret Klansman (hat Tip, MM)
KKK Fliers in KY (Hat Tip, MM)
DC Holocaust Museum Seeks Scholars
DOJ Briefing on Religious Freedom

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Center Advisory Bd. Member Alvin Sykes on Atty General Mtg About Civil Rts Era Cold Cases

Center Advisory Board Member Alvin Sykes discusses cold case issues that he,
Wheeler Parker (Emmitt Till's cousin), Brian Levin and others brought up in a
meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington, DC on Monday.

DHS Leader Napolitano Stresses Threat & Cooperation in NY Visit
AG Holder on Terror Threat
Nat'l Urban League Chicago Conference
Black Teen Set on Fire in MO, Hate Crime Alleged
Beer Summitt at White House Today
Self Radicalizing Extremists Are Concern to NC Expert
Outgame Perp Charged With Hate Crime in Denmark
Courage Sustains Hate Survivor (Hat Tip, MM)
Tribal College Prez Says Vandalism is Hate Crime
New Journal Issue on Homeland Security
CNN: Boston Cop Sorry over "Jungle Monkey" Email
Wash Times: #3 At DOJ Approved Dismissal of New Black Panther Case

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Judge Sotomayor Passes Senate Judiciary Committee, 13-6, Mostly Along Party Line
NC Terror Suspects In Press Focus on Homegrown Salafists
Explosives Hurled at Gay Sporting Event in Denmark
VA Web Hater's Life on Fringe
Lawyer: Extremist Web Talker Was Informant
N. Idaho Makes Progress
David Duke Faces Prosecution on Holocaust Denial In Prague (Hat Tip, MM)
David Irving Minimizes Holocaust Deaths at AZ Lecture (Hat Tip, MM)
Alleged Hate Attacker to WA Victim: "Annihilate the Little Cockroaches"
Collin Powell Speaks on Race, Skip Gates
Abortion Doc Killer Trial
FL Gov. Letter Mistakenly Praises Bigoted DVD
IPT: Group Promotes Religious Bigotry
NYPD Terrorism News
Bloodless CA Bullfight Results in Melee
Commentary: And the Award for Meanest Inaccurate OpEd...:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Feds File Terrorism Charges In NC Case
Flashback: NY'er In Al Q Transit Plot
US Al Q Assassin Plotter Gets Life
Charges Filed in Killing of Gay Sailor
Michigan Man Charged in Alleged Hate Crime
Hate Msg. Scrawled At Home of Elderly Woman
NEWSFLASH: The President is Still A Native Born American
Anti-Gay Crime in Denmark

Monday, July 27, 2009

Civil Rts. Leaders, Center Director Meet With AG Holder on Cold Cases

Center Director Brian Levin, civil rights advocate
and Advisory Board member Alvin Sykes, former
federal prosecutor Doug Jones and others met with Attorney General Eric Holder at his office
in Washington, DC today to discuss civil rights era cold case murder investigations as well as contemporary responses to hate crime. The group discussed the urgency of the matter, and Prof. Levin discussed improving implemetation of the Till "Cold Case" Act as well as improvements and deficiencies in current responses. More to follow.
3 Men Beaten Near Gay Sporting Event in Denmark
MD Business Target of Alleged Hate Crime

Friday, July 24, 2009

SPLC President Calls on CNN to Remove Lou Dobbs Over Obama Birth Claims

July 24, 2009
Jonathan Klein

1 Time Warner Center

New York, N.Y. 10019-6038
Dear Mr. Klein,
As an important and respected news organization, CNN has a special responsibility to ensure the accuracy of its reporting. We have written to you before about our concern that Lou Dobbs repeatedly fails to live up to this standard in his reporting on immigration. Now, Mr. Dobbs is again trading in falsehoods and racist conspiracy theories, questioning President Obama's American citizenship.
On the July 15 edition of "Lou Dobbs Tonight," Mr. Dobbs questioned the official certificate provided by the president and the State of Hawaii and complained that President Obama has not made public the "original document." On his radio program, Mr. Dobbs has repeatedly questioned the president's fitness for office, demanding he "show the documents" and, at one point, jokingly suggesting President Obama may be "undocumented."
The truth about the president's birth is not in dispute. It has been verified by, among many other serious news organizations, and his official birth documents have been made public. CNN itself has repeatedly reported on the falsity of the claims of the "birthers," and the network's esteemed legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, recently called those claims "a joke." As you know, even Mr. Dobbs' frequent fill-in anchor, Kitty Pilgrim, debunked the birthers on the July 17 edition of Mr. Dobbs' own CNN show. The fact that Mr. Dobbs suggests otherwise on CNN — while real CNN reporters tell the truth — is both deplorable and an embarrassment to all serious journalists.
As he has in several other instances, Mr. Dobbs, in taking up the birthers' claims, is adopting an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that originated on the radical racist right. As has reported, this particular conspiracy theory was first developed by an open anti-Semite and circulated by right-wing extremists who cannot accept the fact that a black man has been elected president of the United States. Among its adherents was neo-Nazi James von Brunn, the alleged murderer of a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., this June. Von Brunn had helped spread the birthers' claims on the Internet and attacked the "dishonest & conspiratorial Media" for not taking them up.
This is not the first time Mr. Dobbs has pushed racist conspiracy theories or defamatory falsehoods about immigrants. We wrote you in 2007 to bring to your attention his utterly false claim that 7,000 new cases of leprosy had appeared in the United States in a recent three-year period, due at least in part to immigrants. (The real number, according to official statistics, was about 400. Mr. Dobbs took his spurious information from the late right-wing extremist, Madeleine Cosman.) In addition, Mr. Dobbs has reported as fact the so-called Aztlan conspiracy, which claims that undocumented Mexican immigrants are part of a plot to "reconquer" the American Southwest. He has suggested there is something to a related conspiracy theory that claims the governments of Mexico, the United States and Canada are secretly planning to merge into the "North American Union." He has falsely claimed that "illegal aliens" fill one third of American prison and jail cells. And Mr. Dobbs has routinely disparaged, on CNN's air, those who have had the integrity to point out the falsity of these and similar claims.
Respectable news organizations should not employ reporters willing to peddle racist conspiracy theories and false propaganda. It's time for CNN to remove Mr. Dobbs from the airwaves.

J. Richard Cohen

Hate Crime Bill in DOD Appropriation Passes Senate
Guilty Verdict in ID Hate Crime
Ohio Hate Crimes
San Diego Authorities Seeking Help in Possible Jamul Hate Crime
Some Federal Charges Dropped Against in IL Against VA Supremacist

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Wash Blade: Hate Crime Senate Amendment Imminent
Sen. Leahy Full Statement:
NYT: CIA Pondered Hit Teams
Liberia War Crime
Neo-Nazis in Military: SPLC
Nazi Guard Charged
Most Wanted Nazis

US Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor faces questioning today by the Senate Judiciary Committee in her quest to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court. She is the first Latina nominee, a Puerto Rican, and if confirmed by the Senate, would be the second Hispanic on the Supreme Court after Justice Benjamin Cardozo. Center Director Brian Levin, an attorney who has authored Supreme Court briefs states, "She has many of the elements Pres. Obama would want in a justice and these make her hard for his political enemies to challenge: 1st class academic pedigree, humble beginnings, not a lot of hot button social issues in her cases, many years of federal judicial experience, a left center approach, and someone with two important demographics- a formidable nominee by any standard"
Fast Facts
  • Born June 25, 1954, 54 years old Bronx, NY Native, Divorced
  • Mother a nurse, father died at age 9, Diagnosed as a diabetic
  • AB, Princeton Univ., 1976, Honors Graduate, Pyne Award (Highest general Award); Yale Law School, 1979
  • Ass't DA, NY; Private Practice Atty.
  • Appointed US District Court Judge By Pres. George Bush, Nov. 27, 1991
  • President Clinton Appointed her to US Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit Circuit, Confirmed Oct. 2, 1998, by a 67-29 Senate vote
  • Most Judicial Experience of any nominee in over half a century
CNN Coverage
Wash Post
NYT Blog
NY Daily News
New Republic: Critical Piece
Ricci v. Stefano (Affirmative Action Case- She was in Majority, reversed by Supreme Court)
CNN: Resume/ Other cases

Transgender Hate Crime Murder Trial Starts in NY Today
NY Stats
Congresswoman Backs Up Slain Sailor's Family
French Jews Demand Retrial In Torture Killing

Saturday, July 11, 2009

AMW: Wanted Neo-Nazi Sex Offender John Snyder
NYT: CIA Misled Congress
Swim Club:We're Not Racist
Not Enough Being Done To Combat Islamophobic Violence in Europe, N. America
NYT: A Call To Jihad Answered in America
Islamic Society of North America Conference: Among Calls for Dialogue, 1 Speaker Says Holocaust Was Allah's Punishment & Jews Control World
Flashback: Incitement Should Be Criticized Wherever Its From:
SCLC May Fire Cal Leader Over Gay Marriage
FBI Asked To Probe Black on White Attack
NYC Teen Charged in Anti-Gay Attacks
Killer Was Also Corrections Officer and Hatemonger
CATO Institute: Reject Hate Crime Laws

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

OC CA Anti-Immigrant Investigation Renews Focus on Hate Groups
Charges Filed in Seattle Hate Attack on Muslim Woman, Infant
Anti-Homeless Hate Crime
Jewish Catholic Dispute over Conversions
Maine Gay Man Remembered 25 Years After Fatal Attack
WA Man Beaten for Speaking Spanish
Houston Firefighters Targeted for Bigotry
Fired Colo Prof. Who Criticized 9/11 Victims & Plaguarized Loses Case
TX Aryan Murder Trial (Hat Tip MM)
3 BC Men Arrested in Videotaped Racial Assault
Federal Matthew Shepard Hate Act Probably Up for Senate Vote Before August Recess

Vote Tally: How House Voted

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June 25 Coverage and Center Director Statement

Monday, July 6, 2009

FBI Joins Investigation of So Cal Imam's Death at Vandalized Building
Center Statement: "We abhor in the strongest terms possible the scourge of Islamophobia that has infected our local community and join all people of good will in condemning the serial bigotted anti-Muslim incidents at the former Mosque and residence in Yermo, CA. We are especially concerned about the suspicious and tragic circumstances surrounding the death of a beloved religious leader, Imam Ali Mohammed. We extend our condolences and offer any assistance we can render regarding this sad and disturbing event."
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Guilty! NV Jury Convicts Aryan Gang (Hat Tip, MM)
OC, CA Latina Custodian Beaten & Stabbed on July 4 By Assailant With Swastika Tattoo
LA: Michael Jackson Remembered With Emotional Musical & Personal Tributes
LI, NY Black on White Mob Attack Probed As Possible Hate Crime
19 Yr Old Charged in $10M Alleged Eco-Terror Arson
Charges Dropped Against 4 Defts in '71 BLA Cop Killing
Death Toll Rises in W. China Clash
Female Homeless Vets
Philippines Blast Kills 6 Near Church
US Deaths Rise in Afghanistan
RCMP Investigating BC Suspected Videotaped Racial Attack
Gays in Military
Deposed Honduran President to Meet Clinton