By George Michael
This ebook examines the reaction to right-wing extremism within the US from either the govt and non-governmental businesses. It offers a close portrait of the modern severe correct within the US together with interviews with a number of of the movement's major figures from teams similar to the Ku Klux Klan, Militias, American Renaissance and the White Aryan Resistance. the writer additionally explains how the actions of those racist teams were curbed as a result of campaigning efforts of anti-racist and anti-fascist watchdogs who've helped to form and impression govt coverage.
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Chris Freemen explains how the mission of the CDR evolved over the years: People got together after that incident [the Greensboro Massacre] and formed the National Anti-Klan Network. I think we went through some ideological changes over the years and our outlook and our mission changed somewhat. It went from a strictly anti-Klan organization to one that’s involved in broader issues. That was one of the reasons the name was changed in 1985 to the CDR…. We used to do a lot of community organizing-type of work, but now we focus more on research.
Chip Berlet frequently grants interviews and answers media inquiries on this subject. 100 PRA also puts out a periodical, The Public Eye, which tracks developments on the political right. One thing that sets Berlet apart from other figures in the watchdog community is his willingness to both debate and dialogue with his right-wing opponents. This is in contrast to the tacit “we don’t debate extremists” policy, which prevails throughout most of the watchdog community The PRA tends to avoid overtly influencing public policy like the better established watchdog groups, although it does occasionally get involved in some progressive activist work.
128 Militia Watchdog also interfaces with some of the other watchdog groups, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Center for New Community, the Center for Democratic Renewal, the Northwest Coalition against Malicious Harassment, and Political Research Associates, among others. 129 Despite his humble start in the watchdog community, Pitcavage has established himself as a major player—in fact in September of 2000 he took over the position as the ADL’s national fact finding director—one of the most powerful and prestigious of positions in the watchdog movement.