The Hatewatch blog is managed by the staff of the Intelligence Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based civil rights organization.

Minuteman Maces Catholic Church Supporter

By Hatewatch Staff on July 24, 2007 - 9:49 am, Posted in Uncategorized

An anti-illegal immigration protest at St. Peter’s Catholic Church that began peacefully early Saturday morning ended with a violent confrontation between two men.

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San Diego Minutemen Intensify Thuggish Tactics

By Hatewatch Staff on July 24, 2007 - 9:26 am, Posted in Uncategorized

For Halloween last year, Jeff Schwilk turned his front yard into “Casa La Migra,” a play on the Spanish words for U.S. immigration authorities. To depict the Mexico-California border, he fenced his yard with sheets of corrugated tin, rimmed with coils of black cord representing barbed wire. Border-hopping scarecrows straddled the fence.

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New Intelligence Report is Out

By Mark Potok on July 24, 2007 - 8:38 am, Posted in Intelligence Report

IntelReport126The latest edition of our quarterly magazine hit the streets last week. Take a read. The cover story details how two North Carolina criminal cases against Klansmen open a window onto a bizarre Southern underworld of murder, cocaine and a plot to murder a sheriff and blow up a county courthouse. Others dig into facts, fiction and conspiracy theories about undocumented immigration; escalating hate violence against the homeless; a battle between anti-Semitic “radical traditionalist Catholics” and townsfolk in New Hampshire; the re-emergence of David Lynch as a racist skinhead leader; and a whole lot more. Read it and let us know what you think.

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Welcome to Hatewatch!

By Heidi Beirich on July 23, 2007 - 9:01 am, Posted in Neo-Nazi

Welcome to Hatewatch, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s new blog. The writers and editors of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report, an investigative magazine covering the American radical right, will be using this space to share tantalizing tidbits and serious commentary about the world of hate. We thought we’d launch by showing parts of a remarkable, never-before-seen videotape that was critically important to our work battling hate groups. Our obtaining and publicizing of the contents of this video contributed to the downfall of the National Alliance, a key neo-Nazi group. We hope that telling this story will shed light on the work we try to do here. ( continue to full post… )

Former Rock Promoter Launches New Minuteman Group

By Hatewatch Staff on July 17, 2007 - 10:02 am, Posted in Uncategorized

[Shawna] Forde, 39, a peppy, blond, former Seattle grunge-rock promoter with her very own Minuteperson group (Minutemen American Defense), [said] that in two years illegals would “outnumber real Americans.” Fluency in Spanish would be rewarded, if not required, in the workplace. Forde said, “I was in my mall one day and, hey—nobody’s speaking English. I realized we had a serious problem. I just got tired of pushing ’1 for English.’ I decided to do something about it.”
Forde is running her Everett City Council campaign on an anti-immigration platform: She hopes to pass local ordinances against hiring and renting to illegals. “I’m through with people who don’t belong in my country and who tax my system.” […]

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National Catholic Group Accuses Minutemen of Bigotry

By Hatewatch Staff on July 17, 2007 - 10:00 am, Posted in Uncategorized

The national Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has issued a statement criticizing the San Diego Minutemen for their protests at a Fallbrook church that facilitates the hiring of day laborers, describing the group’s actions as Catholic bashing.

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San Diego Minutemen Target Catholic Church

By Hatewatch Staff on July 17, 2007 - 9:58 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Anti-illegal immigration activists who have organized protests around North County at day-labor sites, migrant camps, city halls and the San Diego County Fair have recently set their sights on a new target: St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Fallbrook.

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Judge Blocks Request to Release Day Labor Names

By Hatewatch Staff on July 17, 2007 - 9:55 am, Posted in Uncategorized

A Superior Court judge has temporarily blocked a public records request made by an anti-illegal immigration group, which asked the city of Vista to release the names of employers who have registered under an ordinance regulating day laborers.

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Police Official Explains Decision to Halt Rally

By Hatewatch Staff on July 10, 2007 - 10:15 am, Posted in Uncategorized

LAPD Deputy Chief Charles Beck reported to the July 3rd L.A. police commission meeting that his June 26 decision to prevent an anti-immigration rally from taking place in Leimert Park, when a larger counter demonstration blocked park access, avoided certain physical violence.

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Anti-Immigration Leaders Reach Out to Black Americans

By Hatewatch Staff on July 10, 2007 - 10:13 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Talk about strange bedfellows. The anti-illegal immigration campaign has brought together a curious mix of activists, joining white conservatives with a handful of black civil rights crusaders.

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