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There Goes the Neighborhood: March 17, 2017


Imagine2050 Staff • Mar 17, 2017

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

This week, many notable upcoming speaking engagements by anti-Muslim figures.

Today, March 17, representatives from the Flathead County chapter of the anti-Muslim grassroots group ACT for America will speak in Kalispell, Montana. Calvin Beringer and Caroline Solomon will give a presentation before a meeting of the right-wing Glacier Pachyderm Club. The Flathead County ACT chapter has been one of the group’s most active. Earlier this month, the chapter hosted Austrian anti-Muslim activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff. And tomorrow, March 18, the group will host will host “a three-hour class for Christians in Christianity and Islam” led by local anti-Muslim speaker Tom Osborne.

Prolific conspiracy theorist Trevor Loudon will speak to multiple Ohio-area ACT chapters next week. Loudon, who addressed multiple Texas ACT chapters in January, will speak to three different ACT chapters in three days. On Tuesday, March 21, ACT’s Cleveland chapter will host Loudon in Broadview Heights, Ohio. Loudon will follow that with presentations in Hilliard, Ohio and Florence, Kentucky on March 22 and 23 hosted by ACT’s Columbus and Southwest Ohio chapters, respectively.

Also on Tuesday, March 21, anti-Muslim speakers Daniel Akbari and Rev. Joe Carey will speak in San Antonio, Texas at an event hosted by Patriots of San Antonio (PSA). Formerly known as ACT for America San Antonio, PSA formed after chapter leader Roy White was fired by national ACT leadership. White’s firing drew increased scrutiny of ACT’s national operation. As the Southern Poverty Law Center reported, this led the group removing all listings and contact information for local chapters from its website. White and PSA also seem wary of increased scrutiny. “THIS EVENT IS NOT OPEN TO THE PRESS,” reads an online event announcement. “WE ASK ATTENDEES TO NOT SPEAK TO ANY PRESS WHO MAY OUTSIDE [sic] THE MEETING WISHING TO CONDUCT INTERVIEWS.”

On Wednesday, March 22, longtime anti-Muslim figure Daniel Pipes will speak in Stanford, Connecticut. According to an announcement by Pipes’ Middle East Forum, he “will discuss background on Middle East cataclysms since 2011, analyze their significance and make predictions.” Pipes, who reportedly advised the Trump campaign, recently praised the president’s cabinet picks in a column expressing hope that the military “will return to its war-making mission.”

Finally, on Thursday, March 23, the eponymously named anti-Muslim think tank David Horowitz Freedom Center (DHFC) will host a dinner event in Los Angeles, California. Far-right Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke will be the dinner’s keynote speaker. Opting to increase his own visibility rather than address the deadly mismanagement of his Milwaukee County jail, Clarke has become a regular at far-right media outlets and events. DHFC honored Clarke in 2015, following his incendiary criticism of the Black Lives Matter activists.

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

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