Updates: Patriot Front Arrests, Conference Deadline Extended

Some quick updates:

At the end of October and beginning of November, fascist/white supremacist group Patriot Front did graffiti on Gonzaga University’s campus. There were two incidents, both involving spray-painting a Patriot Front slogan, the anti-indigenous slogan “Not Stolen—Conquered.” Two of three people were caught and arrested the second time this occurred: 2 arrested after white supremacist ‘Patriot Front’ graffiti found on Gonzaga on Saturday night | The Spokesman-Review. I was interviewed for and quoted in two articles covering the incidents for the campus newspaper, the Gonzaga Bulletin:

I stressed that it is not enough to shun Patriot Front’s values as foreign to Gonzaga’s mission; we need to actively work to make our campus a place where these ideologies are actively contested. There have been talks and vigils held on campus, and I know there is more in the works. This happened at a time when Patriot Front is on a losing streak, including dealing with charges following their mass arrest when they attempted to disrupt a Pride event in North Idaho, as well as facing a new lawsuit for one of their many campaigns of vandalism and intimidation.

Secondly, I am continuing to help with organizing for the April 20-22 International Conference of Hate Studies, sponsored by the Gonzaga Center for the Study of Hate. I’m excited about the great keynote speaker lineup, including Zoé Samudzi, Rae Jereza, Arun Kundnani, Nicole Nguyen, Arjun Sethi, Nimmi Gowrinathan, and David Neiwert. And…good news, if you want to submit a proposal to present at the conference, the deadline has been extended to January 4. More info here: International Conference on Hate Studies | Gonzaga University. If you have any questions or if I can be of any assistance, please reach out.

Lastly, consider donating if you can, to support survivors of the mass shooting that targeted LGBTQ+ people at Club Q in Colorado Springs: Fundraiser by Faith Haug – Good Judy Garage : 100 percent going to the Club Q Victims (gofundme.com).

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