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There Goes the Neighborhood: October 27, 2017

Imagine2050 Staff • Oct 27, 2017

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

This week, events in Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

Today, October 27, the America First Alliance will host the America Resurgent Homeland Security Summit in Boca Raton, Florida. Speakers include anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Clare Lopez, of the Center for Security Policy, Tom Trento, Tawfik Hamid, and Joe Kaufman. The website promoting the event describes it as a “powerful pro-American program” that features “top notch speakers, unsullied by political correctness” (i.e. bigots espousing outrageous conspiracy theories about Muslims usurping the U.S. government).

On Saturday, October 28, white nationalist activists will hold a “White Lives Matter” rally in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Primarily organized by the white nationalist coalition Nationalist Front and the neo-Confederate League of the South, the rally is being held to protest refugee resettlement in Tennessee and draw more attention to a local shooting white nationalists speciously believe has been under-reported. Event organizers are also planning to hold another demonstration later in the day in nearby Murfreesboro.

On Monday, October 30, anti-Muslim activists John Guandolo and Chris Gaubatz will speak in San Angelo, Texas. Christian Reporter News is organizing the event. Guandolo and Gaubatz will give a presentation on “what every Christian needs to understand about Islam and Sharia Law.” Guandolo is a disgraced former FBI agent who now espouses conspiracy theories about Muslims. He continues to baselessly assert that this month’s tragic massacre in Las Vegas was “a jihadi operation” carried out by members of the Islamic State group. Guandolo and Gaubatz spoke at a conference alongside anti-Muslim demagogue Pamela Geller earlier this month.

Finally, on Thursday, November 2, Kansas Secretary of State and prominent anti-immigrant litigator Kris Kobach will headline a luncheon organized by anti-immigrant group The Remembrance Project in Washington, D.C. The luncheon will occur one day before The Remembrance Project’s three-day conference. At the group’s conference last year, Kobach introduced then-candidate Donald Trump and received an award from the anti-immigrant group. Kobach is currently running for governor of Kansas. He also co-chairs President’s needless commission on voter fraud that is currently besieged by lawsuits and not functioning.

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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