The Republic of Florida Militia (ROF), a white nationalist hate group we have been monitoring, claimed earlier today that Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the massa...cre in Parkland, Florida, is a member.
We cannot confirm the link between Cruz and the ROF.
The group's leader, Jordan Jereb, has always been somewhat of a publicity seeker. He has since claimed media 'misunderstood.'
Breaking News: "A spokesperson for the white supremacist group Republic of Florida (ROF) told the Anti-Defamation League on Thursday, February 15, that Nikolas Cruz, the man charged with the previous day’s deadly shooting spree at a Parkland, Florida, high school, was associated with his group."
The Rhode Island Commission on Prejudice & Bias provided written testimony in support for the RI Education Department policy which ensures transgender and gender non-conforming students are free from all for discrimination and bias.
The commission firmly believes that the rights of everyone should be protected and honored. The implementation of the policy promotes civility in the classroom and acceptance of everyone in the community. It further provides a teaching and learning situation for all students, removing any and all stereotypes, prejudice and bias associated with transgender and gender non-conforming students.
The number of hate crimes reached a five-year high in 2016, taking a noticeable uptick toward the end of the year around Donald Trump’s surprise electoral colle...ge victory.
The FBI, in a report released Monday, said law enforcement agencies nationally reported a five-year high in hate crimes, with 6,121 in 2016. That’s up over 2015, which saw 5,818 such crimes reported, a near 5% increase.
However, 88% of participating law enforcement agencies reported no hate crimes in their jurisdictions, an ongoing challenge for data collection efforts. In comparison, the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that an annual average of 250,000 incidents of hate crime victimizations, about 40 times the number reported by the FBI.
The dots on this map represent the agencies that reported no hate crimes in their jurisdictions in 2016. Data from the FBI Hate Crime Statistics, 2016.
The most recent statistics show that 1,747 hate crimes were reported in the last quarter of the year — October through December. That figure is a 25.9% increase over the same period in 2015, when 1,388 hate crimes were reported.
Bias incidents based on religion from 2014-2016. Data from the FBI Hate Crime Statistics, 2016.
The increase further confirms the explosion of bias incidents the Southern Poverty Law Center and other civil rights organizations and journalists reported in the wake of the election.
Also of note was the steady increase in hate crimes over the year that were also likely related to the campaign. Trump campaign rallies were regularly marked by violence and reports of an increase in bias incidents at K-12 schools started during the primaries.
In fact, Trump is facing several lawsuits over his rhetoric at campaign rallies, including one in federal court in Louisville, Kentucky, which alleges that Trump encouraged supporters to remove a diverse group of protestors by yelling “get’em out of here.”
The FBI said 58.9% of victims were targeted because of their ethnicity, race or ancestry bias. Another 21.1% were picked out because of their religious affiliation and 16.7% were attacked because of the offenders’ sexual-orientation bias.
The FBI reported 381 anti-Muslim crimes, up more than 20% from the 301 reported in 2015. Anti-Jewish crimes skyrocketed to 834 reported incidents in 2016, up 16% from the 695 reported incidents the previous year.
Bias incidents by category in 2016. Data from the FBI Hate Crimes Statistics, 2016.
The bulk of reported offenders, 46.3% were white, while 26.1% were black. Nearly all offenders, 83.8% were over 18-years-old.
Most of the hate crimes were crimes against people, which accounted for 4,720 incidents. Crimes against property accounted for 2,519 incidents in 2016.
Alabama reported 12 hate crimes in 2016, with seven coming in Birmingham, three in Hoover and one each in Florence and Foley.
The full FBI hate crimes statistical report can be found at http://ucr.fbi.gov/hate-…/…/topic-pages/incidentsandoffenses.
Inexcusable. This is not just bullying to the extreme. It is a blatant hate crime. Thankfully the child didn't die but he will be traumatized for life and to make matters worse the police chief said nothing about the victim; instead he was concerned about the "mistakes" CHILDREN make that could affect their futures. Yet this lynching was perpetrated by TEENAGERS on an 8 yr old. Before they made a conscious decision to tie a rope around his neck they threw sticks and rocks at him and called him racial epithets. I hope the hate crime enhancement penalty applies to youth. They need to be severely punished and also educated; otherwise they will do this again and someone will die.
A response from the UK #showracismtheredcard http://www.theredcard.org/…/srtrc-honorary-president-shaka-…
On August 14, 2017, Jobs with Justice facilitated a gathering at Bell Street Chapel of multiple organizations and groups from across Rhode Island in response to... the tragedy in Charlottesville. We joined together as a community and pledged to stand with each other in solidarity in opposition to fascism, white supremacy, and other forms of oppression using the lens of an intersectional feminist praxis. [ 417 more words ]
Wow. We really need to step up. Hatred is breeding quickly and being fueled by those in power. Even Fox News and many prominent republicans are speaking out against the presidents inability to address this head on. We should all be concerned. We should all take action. Education is the key.
I have been thinking about making this post for a while. I don't want to be alarmist or dramatic. I do want people to take this seriously. [edited to add local ...context]
People need to understand that the military ban is not an isolated incident and it didn't come out of no where. It is part of a 5 point plan targeting trans lives that the Family Research Council set in motion 2 years ago.... right around the time they figured out they completely lost the marriage fight and needed a new target to keep their donors engaged. The plan is to target:
1. state and federal identity document change policies
2. roll back and challenge trans inclusive non-discrimination policies
3. stop medicare/medicaid from covering our medical treatment
4. stop the ACA rule requiring all insurance plans to cover our medical treatment
5. ban trans people from the military
#5 was announced last week. #4 occurred by judicial order stopping the policy on 12-31-16 (the day before it was to start). #3 was tossed around and introduced for a recent amendment with the health care bill that failed (it did not have much support). #2 now a "priority" of the "justice department" but started in NC, now TX.
The only thing they haven't gone after yet is #1. People need to prepare for this. On the state document level, Rhode Island is in a good place- I am confident we will be ok and our leaders will continue to protect us. I cant say the same for trans folks living else where. On the federal level, Its only a matter of time before they attempt to change policies on federal documents. I know there was a drive to get people to change their documents back in November- people cannot be complacent on this. There likely will be no warning and it will seem to come out of no where.
We should continue to urge folks to get their documents in order before they wont be able to do so.
I'm not linking to the document, you can look it up. Its called "Understanding and Responding to the Transgender Movement"