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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National Socialist Movement Plans to Rally in Kansas City November 9

National Socialist Movement Plans to Rally in Kansas City November 9 - 5.0 out of 5 based on 5 votes

The National Socialist Movement (NSM) is planning a rally in the Kansas City area on November 9. They are talking about having a show of forces between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on that Saturday. Most of the chatter about the would-be rally place it in downtown Kansas City, Missouri; although it should be noted that the NSM leaflet advertising this event places it in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Remembering the 20th Anniversary March in 1983

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Stevie Wonder, Pete Seeger and Peter, Paul and Mary were among the singing performers that I remember. Congresswoman Bella Abzug waved her fist and gave it her all. Mrs. Coretta Scott King spoke early in the long afternoon of speakers. I don't remember Rev. Joseph Lowery's speech, although both he and Mrs. King were co-chairs of the August 27, 1983 March on Washington for Jobs, Peace and Freedom. It was the 20th anniversary of the historic 1963 event. Among the 23 conveners of that 1983 march, were the leaders of four unions, Clyde Bellancourt from the American Indian Movement, Dorothy Height from the National Council of Negro Women and Judy Goldsmith from the National Organization for Women. The heat caused the crowd of over 200,000 to fizzle, or wade in the reflecting pools at the Lincoln Memorial before the speeches ended. Rev. Benjamin Hooks from the NAACP only came to the microphone after two hours or more had droned on.

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2013 NAACP Convention Presses for Justice - “We Shall Not Be Moved”

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Trayvon Martin and Voting Rights Dominate Orlando Meetings

Under the banner “We Shall Not Be Moved,” the NAACP convened its 104th convention in Orlando, Florida. “The state of the NAACP is strong,” NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous told the more than 3,000 delegates, members and observers who gathered at the first opening plenary. After the deep slough the organization hit in the mid-1990s, and the years of holding on and slight growth after the turn of the century, the membership has grown sharply four years in a row.  Jealous recited the facts: 132,000 people wrote contribution checks to the NAACP over the last year. Five years ago the NAACP had 174,000 on-line activists. Now there are more than one million—larger than any other civil rights organization. In 2008 the NAACP registered 124,000 voters. In 2012, the association registered 374,553 voters, and they turned out more than 1.2 million people to the polls last year. And the NAACP now has a registered voter database operation in 600 locales.

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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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