Nativism Watch

There Goes the Neighborhood: February 26, 2016


Imagine2050 Staff • Feb 26, 2016

There Goes the Neighborhood is a weekly series from Imagine 2050 staff highlighting upcoming nativist events.

This week, a noted anti-Muslim activist will speak in Baltimore. Also, thousands will gather in Washington for the nation’s largest conservative conference featuring a host of nativist speakers.

On February 29, one of the world’s most prominent anti-Muslim voices, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, will speak at Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to becoming a U.S. citizen in 2013, Ali was a Dutch Parliamentarian and ally of anti-Muslim demagogue Geert Wilders. She has also previously described Islam as “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death” and was the keynote speaker at Anti-Muslim grassroots group ACT for America’s 2015 national conference.

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) will occur March 2 – March 5 in National Harbor, Maryland. Scheduled speakers include Donald Trump and a host of nativist lawmakers including Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX). Two of the country’s most prominent anti-Muslim organizations – ACT for America and the Center for Security Policy (CSP) – will both be exhibitors at this year’s conference. CSP is also a “supporting sponsor” of this year’s event.

CSP’s inclusion at CPAC this year indicates a gradual reversal. In prior years, CSP founder and president Frank Gaffney was excluded from the annual conference for perpetuating anti-Muslim conspiracy theories. Gaffney and allies have previously responded by teaming up with Breitbart News to hold an event at or near the conference for “uninvited” speakers.

Additional information on these events and others can be found in the map below. The events scheduled for next week are marked with red stars.

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