Nativism Watch

There Goes the Neighborhood: October 28, 2016

Imagine2050 Staff • Oct 28, 2016

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

This week, nativist events are scheduled in Massachusetts, California, and Montana.

On Sunday, October 30, Christians & Jews United for Israel (CJUI) will honor anti-Muslim activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali at its 11th Annual Genesis Awards in Newton, Massachusetts. Ali will receive the CJUI’s pomegranate award, which is “given to individuals for courageous leadership and enduring love of Israel.” Ali is a former Dutch parliamentarian and has described Islam as “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death.” Such stances led to her becoming a close associate of anti-Muslim Dutch politician Geert Wilders before she resigned in 2006 and moved to the United States. Ali was the keynote speaker at anti-Muslim grassroots group ACT for America’s 2015 national conference. CJUI President Raymond Hanna also leads the Boston area’s ACT chapter.

On Tuesday, November 1, right wing activist Jesse Lee Peterson’s Brotherhood Organization for a New Destiny (BOND) will hold a “special election town hall forum” in Los Angeles, California. According to an Eventbrite listing created by BOND, the event will feature currently unspecified “political experts, activists and concerned citizens [who] will debate and discuss candidates, party platforms, issues, and anything else on your mind.” Flagship anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has listed BOND as a state contact group on its website and Peterson was a founding member of anti-immigrant front group Black American Leadership Alliance. Peterson has also claimed membership in the conspiracy-minded, far-right John Birch Society and described giving women the right to vote as “one of the greatest mistakes that America made.”

On Wednesday, November 2, former Homeland Security employee turned anti-Muslim spokesperson Philip Haney will speak in Polson, Montana. Haney will be hosted by the Flathead County chapter of the grassroots anti-Muslim group ACT for America. Wednesday’s presentation continues Haney’s ongoing collaboration with the group. He appeared at the ACT for America’s national conference last month, and has recently addressed local chapters in California, and Ohio. The Flathead County ACT chapter continues to be one of the most active in the country after it signaled earlier this year that it would recommit to anti-Muslim and anti-refugee activism in Montana.

Additional information on these nativist events and others can be found in the map below. A red star indicates events scheduled for next week.

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