Georgia Coffey reached a tipping point when her request to condemn white supremacists after the deadly Charlottesville, Va., rally was squashed by a Department of Veterans Affairs communications official, according to emails
The top communications official at the Department of Veterans Affairs reportedly told Georgia Coffey, the chief diversity officer, not to condemn white supremacists after the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va. Coffey chose to rock the bigot boat, but frustrated by lack of support from the Trump administration, she jumped ship.
They came to Charlottesville prepared "with their hands taped ready to do street battle, committed multiple acts of violence including punching, kicking, head-butting and pushing numerous people."
white nationalists from California who flew cross country to Charlottesville, after having trained MMA style to commit violence and succeeded, now face up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.
Benjamin Daley, 25, and Thomas Gillen, 34, both of Redondo Beach; Michael Miselis, 29, of Lawndale; and Cole White, 24, of Clayton, members of the Rise Above Movement (RAM), assaulted a Black man, two women, and a minister, during the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville in 2017.
"Daley, Miselis, Gillen and White, while on their way to the Unite the Right rally in Emancipation Park, and with their hands taped ready to do street battle, committed multiple acts of violence including punching, kicking, head-butting and pushing numerous people," said the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Thomas T. Cullen.
They, reportedly, were chanting "Blood and soil!" and "White lives matter!"
1/ NEW: Federal authorities in VA announced today that 4 men have been arrested in connection with the violence at Unite the Right in Charlottesville in Aug. 2017. We've reported on 3 of those men before. We first identified Tom Gillen & Ben Daley in this video last October. pic.twitter.com/vg78HdOE7g
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"Rise Above Movement is essentially a white supremacist organization that operates like an alt-right fight club," Joanna Mendelson, a senior investigative researcher with the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, said. "They romanticize themselves as these foot soldiers to fend off against the elements that threaten their white existence."
They have about 50 members and meet regularly in public parks to train in boxing and street fighting techniques. According to the Southern Law Poverty Center, recruitment targets men who find the idea of real world fight club appealing, and includes promotional videos of their workouts.
A group leader, Daley, who recruits and promotes hate on Gab.ai (Twitter and Instagram accounts were suspended) and owns a tree-trimming business (according to Heavy.com) , has a prior criminal record that includes carrying a concealed weapon for which he was sentenced to seven days in jail. Miselis, an aerospace engineer, was arrested in his home, which was adorned with a wall hanging with the numeric code for Heil Hitler, "88", along with ammunition for assault-style weapons, smoke bombs and flairs.
White and Miselis have both lost their jobs due to their involvement in Charlottesville.
An "incredible volume of digital evidence" helped federal prosecutors identify and charge the four men, Cullen said. He said they weren't finished investigating either and that there could be more arrests.
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"Their actions were not only reprehensible but in violation of federal law," FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Thomas Chadwick said.
During the Charlottesville rally, Heather Hayer was killed by James Alex Fields Jr. (since charged with hate crimes and murder) and several Unite the Right protestors beat counter protestor DeAndre Harris.
Jacob Scoot Goodwin of Arkansas and Alex Michael Ramos of Georgia were sentenced to eight and six years, respectively, in prison, while Daniel Patrick Gordon of Ohio has yet to be sentenced, but found guilty of beating Harris.
Richard Wilson Preston was sentenced to four years in prison for firing his gun during the rally, as he was near a school.
"I had more people at my niece's baby shower than this," said a counter-protester.
White supremacists gathering for the Unite the Right 2 rally on Sunday in Washington, D.C., showed up 40 strong. Meanwhile, thousands of people met in the city prepared for a counter-protest.
We are long past needing to be understanding of his supporters.
It's been one year since the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va. And now, we are all bracing for what is being called Unite the Right 2, planned for this weekend in the Washington, D.C. area. A state of emergency has been declared in Virginia ahead of the gathering of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis.
Angela Rye thanks former congressman David Jolly (R-Fla.) for telling the truth.
In a discussion of white nationalist candidates on the ballot — Joe Arpaio from Arizona, John Fitzgerald from California, Seth Grossman from New Jersey, Arthur Jones from Illinois, Paul Nehlen from Wisconsin — David Jolly, former Republican congressman, tells the truth: that President Trump gives permission for these candidates and for all the racial incidents around the country to happen. And he called for all to help fix the problem.
Americans across the aisle and across the nation are united in that truth.
A lot has been said around about what President Trump is or isn't, and Blacks, immigrants and women especially have had strong opinions about his agenda toward anyone who isn't a rich, white male. But a Quinnipiac University study released numbers to back it up.
Former Trump Campaign Aide Uses 'Cotton-picking' on Fox News Broadcast over Whether Liberals Complained About Racism too Much
Conservative language continues to signify white supremacy and Nazi ideals, pre neo-Nazi D.C. rally.
On a Fox News broadcast, David Bossie, a former Trump aide, bashed the language CIA Director Michael Hayden used in comparing the Trump administration to Nazi regime. But then he used language that was a nod back to the days of slavery in the U.S. when talking to a Black Democratic strategist.
Trump's National Park Service says they focus on public safety, not content of the message.
Jason Kessler is pursuing anniversary rallies in Charlottesville and D.C. across from President Trump's front lawn to discuss discrimination against white people and "civil rights abuse" by the government at last year's rally. His D.C. application was approved by the National Park Service, which said they only focus on public safety, not content. Charlottesville denied Kessler's return, but he is suing the city.
Students and schools reject history of hate.
Richmond's J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, named after a Confederate general, decided on using the name of the nation's first Black president as their break from hateful history's grip.
In a rebuttal to Trump's State of the Union address, Waters said the president is an "unprincipled, shameful racist."
In Rep. Maxine Waters' (D-Calif.) rebuttal to President Donald Trump's State of the Union (SOTU) address, she said the president's TV appearances should be censored for children.
Michael Steele said that Trump "was the man picking at the scab" of racism in the U.S. "until it became a wound again."
Michael Steele, who served as the first Black chairman of the Republican National Committee until 2011, said that President Donald Trump is to blame for retro racism in the United States.
DeAndre Harris, almost killed during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, faces the same charge as the men who assaulted him.
DeAndre Harris was almost beaten to death at the white supremacist "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12. Harris' bloody image circulated social media, resulting in shock and outrage.