Nativism Watch

There Goes the Neighborhood: January 29, 2016


Imagine2050 Staff • Jan 29, 2016

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

This week we see two nativist events in Southern California, organized by one of the state’s most active anti-immigrant groups and a local chapter of the country’s largest anti-Muslim group.

Today, January 29, organizers with the anti-immigrant group We the People Rising will host a meeting in Apple Valley, California, with Stephen L. Guschov, Executive Director of Legal Immigrants for America (LIFA). A flyer for the event notes that that meeting participants “will be discussing and brainstorming the latest issues concerning illegal immigration.”

Anti-immigrant protests in Murrieta, California, in July 2014.

Anti-immigrant protests in Murrieta, California, in July 2014.

Activists with We the People Rising were some of the most prominent organizers of the outlandish, bus-blocking protests in Murrieta, CA in the summer of 2014. The group continues to be active at local community events. Last week, members of the group also met with Susan Tully, of the flagship anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), according to a January 27 post on FAIR’s website.

On Thursday, February 4, ACT! for America founder and President Brigitte Gabriel will speak in East Anaheim, California. The event is being organized by the local ACT! chapters. A Facebook page advertising the event states Gabriel will deliver a “cannot-miss intelligence briefing” on the so-called Islamic State group’s activity – despite the fact that she lacks any formal expertise on such matters.

Gabriel has previously claimed that “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim” and that a “practicing Muslim, who believes in the teachings of the Koran, cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America.” The ACT! founder’s presentation is sure to include plenty of unsubstantiated claims, fear-mongering, and strident bigotry that have become synonymous with her name.

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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