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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Rev. C.T. Vivian Awarded Medal of Freedom

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Rev. C.T. Vivian Awarded Medal of Freedom - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

On November 20, the Rev. C.T. Vivian was one of fifteen luminaries to win the Medal of Freedom. Along with other awardees, including former Pres. Bill Clinton, Gloria Steinem, and Oprah Winfrey, he was presented with the award by President Obama. Rev. Vivian has a special relationship to the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, and joined our board of advisors when it was first created. At the beginning of August he also came to see us in Kansas City, and he spoke at a mass meeting in support of striking fast food workers. He gave encouragement to one and all that day.

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Kansas City Says No to National Socialist Movement (Twice)

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Kansas City Says No to National Socialist Movement (Twice) - 5.0 out of 5 based on 6 votes
The National Socialist Movement (NSM) held a small rally with a total of 47 members and friends in Kansas City on Saturday, November 9.  The neo-Nazis were late getting started, failed to draw any of the Klansmen its organizer was trying to attract, and their electronically amplified speeches could not otherwise be heard over the noise from anti-racist opposition. They did attract a number of Aryan Nations supporters, however.  That included Pastor Drew Bostwick from Iowa, who claims he was the last man ordained by the now-deceased Richard Butler.

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Kansas City Begins to Stand Up to neo-Nazis

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Rally Slated for Saturday, November 9, at Liberty Memorial

On November 9 at 3:00 p.m. at Kansas City’s Liberty Memorial, a wide variety of civil rights and human rights organizations, city officials and concerned individuals will gather to say No! to the National Socialist Movement and Yes! to human rights.

The National Socialist Movement and whatever friends they can gather up are coming to the Kansas City are for a weekend of private sessions on national socialist ideology, a public rally in the center of downtown Kansas City, Missouri and then a nighttime swastika burning on private land, an affair somewhat like a Klan cross burning.  Unlike other white nationalists, like those who attend American Renaissance conferences, the 50-to-100 neo-Nazis who rally during the day will hope for some conflict on the streets—it is what helps them gather new members.  The nighttime swastika-burning, however, is likely to draw more racists to it than the daytime rally.

Conscious of the neo-Nazis need for street conflict, organizers of the Liberty Memorial event are planning a non-violent, non-confrontation rally, a place where people of all types can gather.  They are also aware that the day is the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, and they will remember those who died, were burnt out of their homes and shops, and shuffled off to concentration camps.  Their event is at the same time as the neo-Nazi rally downtown.  It follows in the spirit of the city council members of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, who last Thursday passed a resolution opposing and rejecting the National Socialist Movement and its ideology.

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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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