Nativism Watch

There Goes the Neighborhood: March 4, 2016

Imagine2050 Staff • Mar 04, 2016

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

This week, white nationalists congregate in Washington, D.C., a Texas anti-Muslim group hosts a conspiracy presentation, and an English anti-Muslim activist continues his stay in North America.

On Saturday, March 5, the white nationalist National Policy Institute will host an “Identity Politics” conference in downtown Washington, D.C. Featured speakers at the event include NPI President Richard Spencer, and white nationalists Kevin MacDonald and Paul Ray Ramsey. Saturday’s event is an after party of sorts for this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). NPI also organized an event to coincide with CPAC last year which featured other white nationalists like founder Peter Brimelow and Jared Taylor. According to local CBS affiliate WUSA, Spencer expects around 150 people to attend this year’s event.

Also on March 5, nativist activists Jesse Lee Peterson and Shahram Hadian will speak at the evangelical ministry Compass International’s “Steeling the Mind Prophecy Conference” in Spokane, Washington. Peterson’s Brotherhood Organization for a New Destiny was previously a state contact group for leading anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). He was also a founding member of the now-dormant anti-immigrant front group Black American Leadership Alliance (BALA) Hadian, a former Muslim, frequently gives anti-Muslim presentations and has been a regular presence at anti-refugee events in the Pacific Northwest. A brief description of Hadian’s presentation on the conference’s website describes the presence of Muslims in America as a “no-win situation.”

On Tuesday, March 8, the local chapter of anti-Muslim grassroots group ACT! for America will host Stephen Coughlin in San Antonio, Texas. Coughlin is a senior fellow at the anti-Muslim think tank Center for Security Policy. CSP and Coughlin’s boss, the conspiracy-spouting Frank Gaffney, had a significant presence at CPAC last week including a four-hour panel event Thursday featuring European anti-Muslim activists Lars Hedegaard and Paul Weston.

The panel at CPAC is not Weston’s only appearance stateside. On March 8th, Weston will be the featured speaker at an event in Hauppauge, New York hosted by Alert Long Island, a New York ACT! for America chapter. Weston also has scheduled appearances in Toronto and Montreal as part of a self-described “global speaking tour.”

And on Thursday, March 10 anti-immigrant group Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (FLIMEN) will hold a protest outside the Republican presidential debate in Coral Gables, Florida. FLIMEN members will gather outside the debate venue in opposition to Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been a frequent target of FLIMEN’s for his past support of immigration reforms. Last month, the group produced a video featuring testimony from prominent FLIMEN members titled “Florida Knows Marco Rubio And He Can’t Be Trusted.”

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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