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

Immigration Crackdown Dampens Soccer League

By Hatewatch Staff on March 18, 2008 - 4:31 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

When Northern Virginia’s Latino soccer leagues kick off the 2008 season early next month, fans of Honduras de Manassas will have to travel outside their base in Prince William County to see their team score goals. So will supporters used to watching Juventus Sureo crush the competition in Woodbridge. Devotees of longtime Manassas powerhouse Fiorentina will need to switch allegiance. Their team is sitting out this season.

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Store Owner Demands Spanish-Speaking Customer’s Social Security Card

By Hatewatch Staff on March 18, 2008 - 4:29 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

All José Genao planned to do at the heating equipment supply store was buy a spare part for his boiler.

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Nativist Leader Cited For Indecent Exposure

By David Holthouse on March 13, 2008 - 3:30 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

March has certainly come in like a lion for “Buffalo” Rick Galeener. It’s been a rip-roarin’ month so far for the professional singing cowboy-turned-co-founder of Riders United for a Sovereign America, or Riders USA, a Phoenix-based immigrant-bashing motorcycle gang.

Last week, Galeener was profiled in the new issue of the Intelligence Report as one of the 20 most active militant nativists in the country. Then, earlier this week, he was quoted in a National Public Radio report talking trash about Salvador Reza, a Phoenix labor organizer and U.S. Air Force veteran who operates the Macehualli Work Center, a day labor facility in Phoenix outside of which Galeener and other nativists have protested almost every day this year.

The March 11 NPR piece, though, failed to note that three days before it aired, Galeener was cited by a Phoenix police officer for exposing his penis to a Hispanic woman and her 2-year-old son outside the Macehualli center. ( continue to full post… )

Civil Rights Leaders Criticize Divisive Anti-Immigration Commercials

By Hatewatch Staff on March 11, 2008 - 4:46 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

A local civil rights leader said some anti-illegal immigration commercials on TV are trying to stir up trouble.

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Minutemen Protest Funding Of Shelter For Homeless Farmworkers

By Hatewatch Staff on March 11, 2008 - 4:43 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

A trio of anti-illegal immigration advocates told Carlsbad’s City Council on Tuesday that it ought to rethink its decision to contribute money to a proposed shelter for farmworkers.

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Anti-Immigration Leader Cited For Indecent Exposure

By Hatewatch Staff on March 11, 2008 - 4:41 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Virulent racist and noted Yosemite Sam impersonator “Buffalo” Rick Galeener got popped today for allegedly peeing into a plastic bottle nearby the Macehualli Work Center, where he and fellow members of local hate group United for a Sovereign America have been protesting just about every day since the beginning of the year. Always a class act, Galeener allegedly enjoyed the pause that refreshes beside his truck, which was parked in front of Paulita Cortes’ house.

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Jury Deadlocks In Border Patrol Murder Trial

By Hatewatch Staff on March 11, 2008 - 4:39 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

With jurors deadlocked after three days of tense deliberations, a federal judge declared a mistrial Friday afternoon in the high-profile murder case against U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Corbett.

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Oklahoma Pol: Gays ‘Biggest Threat Our Nation Has’

By Casey Sanchez on March 11, 2008 - 3:49 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

kern-with-flags.jpgAccording to Oklahoma lawmaker Sally Kern, gays are more of a threat to America than terrorists. Also, they are “going after our young children, as young as two years of age,” “infiltrating” city councils across the country, and have completed a hostile takeover of Eureka Springs, Ark.

These were just a few of the bizarre assertions in the anti-gay tirade Kern spewed at a recent appearance at a community event for supporters. Last week, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a Washington, D.C., political group posted the audio on YouTube.

Ironically, Kern represents a district in Oklahoma City, a community that became all too familiar with the true danger of terrorism when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed in 1995. She sits on the House of Representatives’ Education and Human Services Committee and chairs the Social Services Committee.

While Kern’s claims were astounding, they were hardly original. In fact, taken together they’re a greatest hits medley of unhinged claims currently in vogue among anti-gay extremists and propagandists.

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Intelligence Report: Hate Groups Up 48% Since 2000

By Mark Potok on March 10, 2008 - 6:31 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino, Extremist Crime, Hate Crime, Hate Groups, Intelligence Report

Intelligence ReportWe’ve just released the “Year in Hate” issue of the Intelligence Report, showing a staggering 48% jump since 2000 in the number of hate groups that operate in America. That translates into an increase from 602 groups that year to 888 in 2007 — growth almost entirely driven by the poisonous national debate on immigration. That debate has given hate groups an issue with great resonance that they are using successfully to recruit new members.

Already, recently released FBI statistics had suggested that hate crimes against Latinos — crimes that perpetrators typically think they are carrying out against undocumented immigrants — rose 35% between 2003 and 2006. The Report has now found other evidence to support the notion that a rage against immigrants is being successfully used by hate groups: the largest numerical growth of these groups last year came in the three border states of California, Arizona and Texas.

“Hate groups continue to successfully exploit the immigration debate to their advantage, even though the immigration issue has largely disappeared from the presidential debate,” said Mark Potok, editor of the Report, the staff of which writes this blog. “The fact is that they’ve been aided and abetted by mainstream pundits and politicians who give these haters a platform for their propaganda.” ( continue to full post… )

Protesters Target Florida Day-Labor Center

By Hatewatch Staff on March 4, 2008 - 6:42 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

John and Wendy Donahue say they lost their jobs, they lost their home and now they’ve lost their patience with what they see as the main culprit: illegal immigration.

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