Leonard Zeskind

Leonard Zeskind

 is president of IREHR. For almost three decades, he has been a leading authority on white nationalist political and social movements. He is the author of Blood and Politics: The History of White Nationalism from the Margins to the Mainstream, published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in May 2009.  more...

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Two Floridas, One National Conference

Two Floridas, One National Conference - 5.0 out of 5 based on 6 votes

Remember Harry and Harriette Moore

On Saturday July 13, the NAACP will open its 104th annual national convention in Orlando, Florida. Thousands of delegates will gather, elected by their local branches to attend regional workshops, learn more about issues such as criminal justice and voting rights, and cast ballots in plenary session on resolutions that will help guide the work of the association into the future. Those who wrote the organization's obituary in the 1990s should know that the NAACP is stronger than it's been in decades, with forward looking leadership at the national level and in the state conferences.


WARNING: Tea Party Patriots DC Rally Aims at Immigration Reform (and the IRS)

WARNING: Tea Party Patriots DC Rally Aims at Immigration Reform (and the IRS) - 3.0 out of 5 based on 6 votes

On Wednesday, June 19, the Tea Party Patriots will gather its forces in a rally on Capitol Hill and attempt to press its case against the Internal Revenue Service and to stem the push towards comprehensive immigration reform.  A pre-rally conference call attended by 7,000 organizers augurs a big event to come.  The list of prospective speakers listed on the “Audit the IRS” website includes three senators, eleven congressional representatives, a host of far-right media personalities and a bevy of local, state and national Tea Party leaders.


Tea Party Movement Thrives When It’s the “Victim”

Tea Party Movement Thrives When It’s the “Victim” - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes

According to a May 21, 2013 poll by Rasmussen Report, 44% of likely voters have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party movement, a jump up of 14% points since January.  A second poll by CNN/ORC International, May 17, 37% of the public—a broader sample than just voters—supported the Tea Party.  This was a jump up of eleven percentage points—to the highest level CNN had measured since 2010. CNN’s Political Ticker quoted several sources, including Tea Party leaders, who claimed that the IRS “scandal” had given the Tea Partiers a lift up.

The CNN data showed that the highest level of support was in the South and West. The lowest level (alongside the highest level of opposition) was in the Northeast.  Support was heavily white and suburban, as opposed to rural.

An interesting twist on the data was buried in the poll findings.  While Tea Party support went up, the Republican Party went down by three points.  In March, 38% of the public were “favorable” to the Republican Party.  In May, that number went down to 35%.  Support and opposition to the Tea Party movement is not completely the same as support or opposition to the Republican Party.

Rasmussen also found a solid 44% of voters were unfavorable towards the Tea Party.  CNN’s more comprehensive poll found 45% unfavorable; a number that had dropped down by 5% points since last November.  Less people were unfavorable than six months before.

The conclusion is undoubted: The Tea Party movement has found new layers of support, while its opponents have lost some ground due to neglect.  A stronger, smarter effort is needed by anti-racists and human rights advocates to slow the Tea Party Leviathan.

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The Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights (IREHR) is a national organization with an international outlook examining racist, anti-Semitic, white nationalist, and far-right social movements, analyzing their intersection with civil society and social policy, educating the public, and assisting in the protection and extension of human rights through organization and informed mobilization.


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