Knitters’ network bans Trump support on its website
NEW YORK (AP) — A free, 8-million strong social network for knitters, crocheters and others in the fiber arts has banned any mention of support for President Donald Trump and his...
PHOENIX (AP) — Members of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim groups known to protest and harass Christian Arizona churches that aid immigrant families on behalf of the federal government were sued...
Police sergeant loses job after white nationalist probe
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A police sergeant who was investigated for ties to white nationalists has lost his job with Virginia Capitol Police.
Capitol Police issued a statement Wednesday saying...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is extending its ban on hate speech to prohibit the promotion and support of white nationalism and white separatism.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump plays down white nationalist threat
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appears to be oblivious to the threat of white nationalism.
Following a deadly mosque shooting in New Zealand, he said white supremacy isn't a rising...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Randy Blythe of Richmond's heavy metal band Lamb of God met demonstrators from Westboro Baptist Church at the Virginia Capitol on Monday with an unlikely weapon:...
Governor: No position on Ole Miss players’ anthem kneeling
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Tuesday that he hasn't given much thought about the Ole Miss basketball players who knelt during the National Anthem to protest a...
Activists making plans to counter Klan group’s rally
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Civil rights activists are making plans to counter a May 25 rally in Ohio by a Ku Klux Klan-affiliated group.
Montgomery County issued a permit to the Madison,...
Mississippi players kneel during anthem in response to rally
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Eight Mississippi players kneeled during the national anthem in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena before the Rebels' 72-71 victory over Georgia on...
Ole Miss players kneel in response to Confederacy rally
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Eight University of Mississippi basketball players kneeled during the national anthem Saturday before a victory over Georgia in response to a Confederacy rally near the...
Law center: Hate groups in US at highest level in 2 decades
The U.S. had more hate groups last year than at any point in at least the past two decades, according to an organization that tracks white supremacists and other far-right extremists.
Court candidate Hagedorn took $3,000 from conservative group
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn was paid more than $3,000 to give speeches to a Christian legal advocacy group that has supported criminalizing sodomy and...
3 men arrested after posting racist flyers in East Boston
BOSTON (AP) — Three men have been arrested in an area of East Boston where racist flyers were recently posted.
Activists link Capitol Police sergeant to white nationalism
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Anti-fascist activists in Virginia have published allegations linking a Virginia Capitol Police sergeant to white nationalists. He's since been placed on paid leave.
Proud Boys founder sues SPLC over hate group label
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The founder of a far-right men's group filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling the organization as a hate group, in the latest attempt to use litigation to fight the extremist label.
University of Utah president decries hate groups’ signs
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — University of Utah leadership is calling on the community to report hate speech after signage from known white nationalism groups was found on campus.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported Sunday that President Ruth Watkins said a banner was found on Saturday and numerous stickers were placed around campus earlier in the week.
FBI: Texas bomber had no known links to terror, hate groups
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The FBI has determined that the man suspected in a series of bombings in Austin last year had no known links to terror organizations or hate groups, but a motive for the attacks remains a mystery.
Virginia’s attorney general pushing for anti-hate crime laws
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he will propose legislation aimed at preventing hate crimes and white-supremacist violence.
Herring's announcement on Thursday comes in response to an increase in hate crimes in Virginia and around the country, notably a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in August 2017.
Racist flyers, stickers found on UMass campus
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts says flyers from a white nationalist hate group have again appeared on its Amherst campus as part of an attempt to recruit college men.
University officials say flyers and stickers from the group Identity Evropa were found on campus property on Wednesday.
In a statement, UMass says it "denounces these acts of hate and intimidation" and that university police are investigating.
Facebook, Instagram ban far-right Proud Boys and founder
NEW YORK (AP) — The far-right Proud Boys and their founder, Gavin McInnes, have been banned from Facebook and Instagram because of policies against hate groups, the company announced.
McInnes criticized the ban in an email Wednesday, saying it was a way to drum up "hysteria" prior to the midterm elections next week.
"The left knows they are going to lose this election so they are ramping up the hysteria with fake news and censorship in a last ditch effort to win," he said.
Right-wing rally, counter protest at Rhode Island Capitol
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police broke up a rally by right-wing group calling itself Resist Marxism after a short confrontation with counter-protesters who decried the organization as a hate group.
No arrests were made and no injuries were reported during Saturday's "Freedom Rally" on the State House lawn. Police said they were looking for one man who set off a fire extinguisher near police.
The Latest: Californian to be tried in gay student’s death
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a defendant charged with killing a gay University of Pennsylvania student (all times local):
A Southern California man will stand trial on charges that he murdered a gay University of Pennsylvania student in a hate crime.
An Orange County judge ruled Tuesday that there's enough evidence to try 21-year-old Samuel Woodward of Newport Beach for the January stabbing death of Blaze Bernstein.
Actor Adam Driver says he had KKK neighbors in Indiana
MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — "Star Wars" actor Adam Driver is bringing his northern Indiana hometown's hate group history to light after saying Ku Klux Klan rallies were frequent during his childhood and that some of his neighbors were Klan members.
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A U.S. Marine identified as a member of a white supremacist group involved in violence during last summer's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is out of the military after being convicted at a court-martial.
GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Recruiting flyers for the Ku Klux Klan are again being distributed in northern Virginia.
Prince William County Police said Tuesday that they were investigating the distribution of pamphlets depicting hate propaganda over the weekend in Gainesville and Bristow.
Police said the pamphlets were thrown at random through several residential streets and appeared to be recruiting material for the Klan.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A conservative group is taking aim at the nation's oldest statewide sanctuary law, with a drive to repeal a 31-year-old Oregon mandate limiting police coordination on immigration arrests.
But critics say hate groups are funding the effort to abolish the law, and allege paid signature-gatherers deceived voters during a canvassing push earlier this year.
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts governor's race candidate is shutting down a nonprofit organization that he founded that ended up on a list of U.S.-based hate groups.
Republican Scott Lively has described his Abiding Truth Ministries as pro-family, but his opposition to gay rights has landed him and his Springfield-based ministry on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of designated hate groups.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are considering a review of policy when it comes to outside groups using the statehouse chambers.
Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf, of Santa Fe, told the Albuquerque Journal he is questioning whether other groups should be permitted to occupy the Roundhouse.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel accepted thousands of dollars from an anti-gay organization to appear at the group's West Coast conference last summer, state records show.
About 2 dozen white nationalists turn out for rally in Georgia
A neo-Nazi rally outside of Atlanta on Saturday drew only a few participants and did not last very long.
But the event still upended Newnan, Ga., a city of about 38,000, for the afternoon as downtown shops closed and counterprotesters gathered. Hasco Craver, the assistant city manager, said more than 700 law enforcement officers from 42 agencies were present.
A neo-Nazi rally outside of Atlanta on Saturday drew only a few participants and did not last very long.
But the event still upended Newnan, Georgia, a city of about 38,000, for the afternoon as downtown shops closed and counterprotesters gathered. Hasco Craver, the assistant city manager, said more than 700 law enforcement officers from 42 agencies were present.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's report on digital hate (all times local):
A Facebook spokeswoman says the company has no comment on a digital "report card" that gives the tech giant a B-plus for policing terrorists and hate groups on its platform.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center released its annual digital terrorism and hate report card in New York City on Tuesday.
Report: KKK chapters drop steeply despite ‘hate group’ surge
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The number of Ku Klux Klan chapters in the U.S. is plummeting as a new generation of khaki-clad racists rejects hoods and robes for a "hipper" brand of hate, according to a report Wednesday by an organization that tracks far-right extremists.
The Southern Poverty Law Center said its count of Klan groups fell from 130 in 2016 to 72 last year, despite a surge of activity in the broader white supremacist movement.
Correction: Tax-Exempt Hate story
In a story Jan. 24 about a judge throwing out a lawsuit The Associated Press reported erroneously that a judge said there is evidence that GuideStar had a financial incentive to use the law center's labels. The judge said there is no evidence that GuideStar had a financial incentive to use the law center's labels.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Judge axes lawsuit over site's hate group label on charities
Minnesota DFLers say Raheel Raza, affiliated with ‘hate groups,’ should not speak at Capitol
Minnesota House DFLers are calling on Republican Rep. Roz Peterson to rescind an invitation to an activist who is associated with two organizations the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as anti-Muslim hate groups.
Raheel Raza, who is affiliated with ACT for America and the Clarion Project, is scheduled to visit the State Capitol on Wednesday. Peterson said Tuesday she does not intend to rescind her invitation.
Rejecting Hate Would Help Fulfill Nation’s Promise
The Roy Moore saga, President Trump’s 16 sexual misconduct accusers, claims of inappropriate behavior by Sen. Al Franken and other events have polarized our nation, adding to a divide along racial, cultural, gender and political fault lines. It appears that the plates beneath American soil are shifting into a deadly web of chaos, subject to collapse at any moment. Has the spotlight on the troubles of working-class whites given rise to the hostility we now witness? People of our nation are at war...
Federal agents to investigate North Carolina church fire
VALE, N.C. (AP) — Federal agents are helping investigate a church fire in North Carolina where "anti-gay hate group" was spray painted in several places outside the building.
Authorities say firefighters were called to the Providence Baptist Church in Vale around 2 a.m. Monday.
DeKALB – Northern Illinois University officials have found posters from a white supremacist group posted around NIU’s campus this week.
The university’s acting president, Lisa Freeman, said in a statement posted Tuesday evening on Facebook that the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified the group as a hate group.
DeKALB – Northern Illinois University officials have found posters from a white supremacist group, identified as “Identity Evropa,” posted around NIU’s campus this week.
Congressman suggests Charlottesville instigated by the left
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Paul Gosar is suggesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville was instigated by "the left" and backed by billionaire George Soros.
The Arizona congressman, in an interview published Thursday by Vice News, described the rally's organizer as "a person from Occupy Wall Street that was an Obama sympathizer."
“Now, therefore, be it resolved that Congress rejects White nationalism, White supremacy, and neo-Nazism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States; and urges the President and his administration to speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and White supremacy; and use all resources available to the President and the President’s Cabinet to address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.”
‘Pizzagate’ figures defended by GOP’s Mandel start super PAC
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two right-wing activists that Ohio Republican Josh Mandel defended this summer against labeling by an anti-hate group have launched a super PAC backing his bid for U.S. Senate.
Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec are among founders of the #Rev18, for Revolution 2018, political action committee launched Monday.
Both men were involved in the conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate," which suggested Hillary Clinton was running a pedophile ring out of a pizzeria.
Ministry drops bias claims against charity-tracking website
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Florida-based evangelical ministry that sued the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling it a hate group has agreed to dismiss its related claims against a website that maintains a massive database of information about U.S. charities.
D. James Kennedy Ministries of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, didn't explain in a court filing Thursday why it voluntarily dismissed its federal lawsuit's claims against GuideStar USA Inc.
Ex-VP Biden discusses progress, challenges in S. Carolina
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden has made another trip to South Carolina, celebrating the state's oldest NAACP branch.
On Saturday, Biden gave the keynote address at the Centennial Charleston Branch Freedom Fund's annual fundraising dinner in Charleston.
As I pen these words, my heart is grieving for our nation. The event that took place in Charlottesville, Va., is a tragedy that is beyond words. It was horrific to witness the death of Heather Heyer as well as the injuries sustained by many voicing their right to protest. The alleged killer, Ku Klux Klan, white nationalists, Nazis and all of the hate groups have emerged out of their hiding. They have never really disappeared, but now, under President Donald Trump, they express their right to “make America great again.” This same president, who spoke with such anger vowing fury with North Korea, was shallow when speaking out against this horrible crime. After pressure from his party, as well as the Democratic Party, he read a weak response from a teleprompter. Over and over again, we hear words like, “it was blame on both sides.” We need to hear words from his heart.
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The Latest: Trump signs resolution condemning hate groups
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's comments on Charlottesville (all times local):
President Donald Trump has signed a resolution condemning white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups following a white-nationalist rally in Virginia that descended into deadly violence.
The resolution also urged Trump and his administration to speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, anti-Semitism and white supremacy.
Trump revives debate on hate groups, then condemns them
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a resolution condemning white supremacists and hate groups, hours after reviving his assertion that there were "bad dudes" among the people who assembled to oppose a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month.