The Internet Anti-Fascist: Friday, 22 November 2002
Vol. 6, Number 71 (#718)
Reports From the Anti Nazi League
01) Anti Nazi League, "Nazis Grab Council Seat In Blackburn," 22 Nov 02
02) Anti Nazi League, 'Blackburn Unites Against the Nazis: Anti-BNP
rally at town hall attracts over 100," 25 Nov 02
03) Anti Nazi League, "No Platform For Nazis! Cambridge students
protest against 'debate' with BNP führer Nick Griffin," 27 Nov 02
04) Anti Nazi League, "Dannii Outed As Racist Bigot: Pop singer praises
Le Pen and lays into Asians and asylum seekers," 29 Nov 02
Issues Involving "Hate Speech"
05) European Parliament, "Princip: Multilingual system for the analysis
and detection of racist and revisionist content on the Internet"
06) Paula Amann (Washington Jewish Week), "Candidate pumps hate into
Delegates race Gaithersburg man has links to neo-Nazi group"
Real Political Correctness:
07) Americans United for Separation of Church and State, "Federal
Supreme Court Strikes Down Ten Commandments Display At Alabama
Supreme Court: State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's
Religious Crusade Dealt Legal Setback"
REPORTS FROM THE ANTI NAZI LEAGUE:
01) Nazis Grab Council Seat In Blackburn
Anti Nazi League
22 Nov 02
The Nazi BNP has conned its way onto Blackburn council. The BNP Nazis got
in by just 16 votes at a byelection in Mill Hill ward on Thursday.
Blackburn anti-Nazis will hold a protest rally on Saturday at the town
hall to build a united movement to kick the BNP out of town at the
Mill Hill is one of the most deprived areas of Blackburn. During the
campaign, the Nazis bussed in activists from nearby Burnley and
around the country to whip up hysteria against asylum seekers.
Swastikas were daubed on walls in the area days before the election. Anti-
Nazi activists painted them out.
The BNP also distributed a fake leaflet, purporting to come from the
Liberal Democrats, that claimed the Liberal Democrats would spend
all the council's money on refugees.
The Nazis have stolen this seat on a low turnout. But the local
response to Anti Nazi League campaigning has already been positive. The
ANL is determined to continue the fight to unite the community
and drive the Nazis out.
BNP: 578 (32%) Labour: 562 (31%) LibDem: 505 (28%) Tory: 154 (9%)
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02) Blackburn Unites Against the Nazis: Anti-BNP rally at town hall
attracts over 100
Anti Nazi League
25 Nov 02
Over 100 local people attended an Anti Nazi League rally in Blackburn town
hall last Saturday to protest at the election of a BNP councillor at last
week's Mill Hill ward byelection. Speakers from across the community came
together for the rally, including Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors,
local students and trade unionists, as well as anti-Nazi campaigners from
nearby Oldham and Burnley.
The speakers stressed the need to expose the BNP as a Nazi organisation and
counter the party's systematic lies about its true nature. BNP thugs
painted swastikas on walls in Blackburn during the by-election campaign and
made 'seig-heil' salutes at the count.
People were acutely conscious of the town's history of fighting fascism.
The National Front gained its first two councillors in Blackburn in the
1970s, before being beaten back by a united march of over 7,000 anti-Nazis.
One speaker brought along the original 1970s Anti Nazi League banner that
led the march.
"The mood of the meeting was upbeat," said a spokesperson for Blackburn
ANL. "Everyone in the town centre was very supportive of the rally - there
was hardly any negative feeling. Anti-Nazis are the majority here and we're
confident that together we can step up the pressure and make life difficult
for the BNP."
Many trade union banners were visible at the rally, including ones
representing local branches of Unison, GPMU and NATFHE. The local trade
union movement is committed to fighting the BNP, reflecting the pivotal
role that unions have played in the struggle against fascism.
After the rally, local anti-Nazis visited picket lines at Blackburn and
Darwent fire stations with copies of an anti-BNP leaflet produced jointly
by the Fire Brigades Union and Anti Nazi League. Striking firefighters
expressed their support for the town's campaign against racism and the BNP.
The next step for Blackburn's campaign against the Nazis is a major public
rally scheduled for Wednesday 4 December. Speakers include Glyn Ford MEP,
treasurer of the Anti Nazi League and rapporteur on the rise of racism and
xenophobia for the European Parliament.
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03) No Platform For Nazis! Cambridge students protest against 'debate' with
BNP führer Nick Griffin
Anti Nazi League
27 Nov 02
Cambridge students and residents have reacted with fury to news of a
planned "debate" with Nick Griffin, leader of the Nazi BNP, organised by a
student society and scheduled to take place on Tuesday 3 December. Griffin
has a criminal conviction for incitement to racial hatred, denies that the
Holocaust took place and says his "ultimate aim is an all-white society".
The BNP has been stirring up race hatred against Muslims and asylum seekers
across the country and recently grabbed a council seat in Blackburn by
running an overtly racist campaign.
The proposed "debate" is being organised by a student group called the
Cambridge Forum. But its attempts to gain publicity by playing host to a
Nazi have already run into trouble. Two venues for the event have cancelled
after pressure from Cambridge Anti Nazi League members. Cambridge ANL has
called for a united mass demonstration outside the "debate" should it go
ahead next Tuesday.
Students at Cambridge have been organising a petition against the Griffin
meeting, which has attracted widespread support from across the student
community. Signatories include the president of Cambridge University
Student Union, as well as the university's Jewish Society, Islamic Society,
Israeli Society and Palestinian Society. Cambridge ANL is also convening a
meeting this Sunday for all students opposed to Griffin's presence, to
discuss and plan further action.
The Anti Nazi League urges everyone to keep up the pressure and stop
Griffin from gaining respectability for his vile racist propaganda. A
similar proposed "debate" organised by the Oxford Union featuring Olivier
Martinelli, a leading French Nazi, was cancelled earlier this year after
protests from anti-racists.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
** protest to Chris Paley, president of the Cambridge Forum - email:
** protest to Lembit Opik MP, who plans to share a platform with the BNP
leader at the event - email: opikl@...
, tel: 020 7219 1144,
fax: 020 7219 2210
** attend the ANL organising meeting: Sunday 1 December, 1pm, Chetwin
Room, King's College
** demonstrate outside the Griffin meeting on Tuesday 3 December -call
the ANL office for details
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04) Dannii Outed As Racist Bigot: Pop singer praises Le Pen and lays into
Asians and asylum seekers
Anti Nazi League
29 Nov 02
Pop singer Dannii Minogue has revealed herself as a racist bigot in an
interview at a plush London restaurant for GQ magazine. Dannii spoke warmly
of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the French fascist leader, claiming his virulent
attacks on Asians and asylum seekers "stuck a chord with people". She
launched a tirade against Asians living in Australia, complaining that
"even some of the street signs are in Asian [sic]". Dannii also lashed out
at asylum seekers, Gypsies and people who live on council estates.
The British National Party has eagerly endorsed Dannii's racism and
snobbery. The party's website proudly proclaims that "Kylie's sister backs
the BNP!", using her invective to fuel its Nazi campaign of race hatred.
Racist attacks have shot up in areas where the Nazi BNP is active. Bigoted
comments from public figures feed into this terror by giving racism a
veneer of respectability and boosting the confidence of Nazi thugs.
Dannii's racism is compounded by the breathtaking hypocrisy of her
comments. Dannii is herself a native of Australia who moved to Britain to
further her career - an "economic migrant", in other words. Immigrants are
okay by Dannii - providing they're rich and white!
The venue for Dannii's racist outburst was Les Trois Garçons, a £200-a-head
restaurant decorated with stuffed animals and located in "trendy"
Shoreditch, East London. It is right next door to Brick Lane, a vibrant but
impoverished area of London and the centre of the city's Bangladeshi
community. BNP member David Copeland planted a nailbomb in the area in 1999
as part of his campaign to ignite a "race war" in Britain. Copeland also
bombed Brixton town centre and a gay pub in Soho, where he killed three
Dannii's praise for Jean-Marie Le Pen echoes comments made by Eric Clapton
in 1976, who supported the racist Tory politician Enoch Powell and called
for Kenyan Asians to be "sent home". Clapton's outburst led directly to the
formation of Rock Against Racism, a huge popular movement that was
instrumental in smashing the National Front in the late 1970s.
While Dannii is not in Clapton's musical league, her bigotry is identical.
But it is unequivocally rejected by her fellow musicians and artists. The
Love Music Hate Racism campaign, organised by the Anti Nazi League, brings
together music lovers from all races and backgrounds to fight racism and
defend our multicultural society. Love Music Hate Racism is backed by stars
such as Ms Dynamite, Doves, Heartless Crew and Tim Westwood. The campaign
launches on Friday 6 December at Ocean, Hackney.
ISSUES INVOLVING "HATE SPEECH:"
05) Princip: Multilingual system for the analysis and detection of racist
and revisionist content on the Internet
The Princip project aims at the realisation of a multilingual system for
detecting racist and revisionist documents on the Internet.
Existing filtering systems are not satisfactory, due to their lack of
sharpness in the analysis of document contents. Indeed, in a domain which
makes use of the ordinary non technical language, the keyword based
detection methods are inefficient. They do not distinguish racist texts
from antiracist ones, neither do they identify sick humour or language
subtleties. Princip has the ambition to overcome these limitations and to
improve the efficiency of the detection of racist documents. This will be
achieved by applying results from the academic research in terminology and
linguistics to the domain of racism and revisionism in English, French and
Princip will set up a multi-agent system that will combine new and existing
linguistic software into a permanent inspection of the Internet, resulting
in a continuously updated list of harmful sites. The list will be
accessible by means of a specific protocol which will be defined in
collaboration with Internet service providers.
Princip intends to gather a scientific community capable of developing such
an analysis tool that will ultimately provide information to Internet
Service Providers enabling them to filter and block racist Internet sites.
The size of such a system will preclude its installation on individual
users computers. We have therefore chosen to focus first on the detection
aspect of filtering and then to develop a system that will be hosted on a
server under the consortiums control. This will also provide a guarantee
against misuse or abuse of the list.
The linguistic partners aim to identify a number of characteristics of
racist literature that might be detected by a dedicated software. To do so
they will analyse corpora racist and anti-racist documents provided by the
domain expert partners. Thematic corpora will be constituted, both manually
and using linguistic software, to be validated by the associations. The
analysis of these corpora will be conducted using linguistic software (e.g.
terminology extractors, statistical tools and shallow parsers) with the aim
of obtaining a linguistic knowledge base that will characterise the domain.
This knowledge base will contain local grammars, contextual clues, lexical
Algorithms will be proposed for projecting the knowledge base on any
Internet document so as to determine its racist nature. These algorithms
will be implemented using linguistic software technology and these
heterogeneous modules integrated using a multi-agent platform. The multi-
agent system will browse the Internet, continuously updating a list of
pages of which it will have asserted the racist content. The associations
against racism will verify a sufficient number of pages from this list so
as to validate the application. In parallel, a workgroup will demonstrate
Princip to Internet access providers and define with them a protocol for
accessing the list.
The Princip project contributes towards the general fight by European
states against racism and xenophobia on the Internet. Princip brings
together European research centres and associations fighting against racism
with the aim of realising a multilingual software tool for detecting racist
content on the Internet.
The Princip technology will be initially deployed as a filtering database
service to be used by ISPs, but which could also be used directly by
This project might be a constituent of a future European centre for
watching the racist Internet and validating steadily a directory of harmful
Dr. Jean-Pierre Briot
Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6
8 rue du Capitaine Scott Paris F- 75015
Tel: + 33 1 44 27 36 67
Fax: + 33 1 44 27 40 42
Dublin City University, Ireland
ADI private Informatik-Akademie gGmbH, Germany
Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, France
Ligue des droits de l'Homme, Belgium
Otto-von-Guericke University, Germany
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06) Candidate pumps hate into Delegates race Gaithersburg man has links to
Paula Amann (Washington Jewish Week)
At moments, William White's campaign rhetoric had a plausible ring. In the
Montgomery Gazette voter's guide, the independent candidate for Maryland's
House of Delegates in District 39, which includes Montgomery Village,
Derwood, North Potomac and parts of Gaithersburg and Germantown, touted
honest government and civil liberties as political priorities.
But the Gaithersburg man, 25, also has exhibited an obsessive hatred of
Jews that seeps from his campaign Web site (www.white2002.com), his
Libertarian Socialist site (www.overthrow.com), campaign materials and e-
mails to supporters. His negative views of Jews, blacks and immigrants
reflect those of the white supremacist movement.
White has distributed literature alleging Jewish control of the media,
tarred Democratic opponent Nancy J. King for her Jewish support and reviled
the Gazette as a source of "Jewish lies."
After an Oct. 30 Gazette profile highlighted his anti-Semitism, White e-
mailed his allies that an "anti-Jew" campaign still made sense in winning
voters to his cause.
"We don't have to persuade them to dislike Jews themselves; we merely have
to ceate [sic] enough reasonable doubt that maybe there is enough basis to
dislike Jews that it would be 'okay' to vote for someone who disliked Jews,
as long as they liked that person on other issues," wrote White in a screed
sent on Friday of last week to email@example.com
In the Gazette article, White says, "I am just so tired of this Semitism."
On his Web site, he notes, "Jews are driving us towards war, Jews like Alan
Greenspan are responsible for the bad economy, and the JCC is a racist
Jewish hate group that has been responsible for many of the worst political
tragedies of Montgomery County -- like Doug Gansler."
White went to jail for seven months in 1997 for weapons charges, assault
and resisting arrest, the Gazette reported.
In a phone interview on Election Day, Gazette vice president for editorial
Jack Murphy explained why his newspaper chose to focus on a candidate
widely viewed as marginal.
"There was a great deal of sentiment to just ignore Bill White because he's
so far out of the mainstream," said Murphy, "but I thought it was important
to tell people what he really stood for and not to just let people who vote
independent ... vote for him, not knowing who he was."
The Gazette also ran an earlier editorial warning people not to cast their
ballots for White. In response to their coverage, the candidate plastered
signs around the community reading, "Montgomery Gazette=Jewish Lies."
David Friedman, the Washington, D.C., regional director for the Anti-
Defamation League, echoed the need to expose hateful rhetoric by extremists
such as White.
"Time after time, we've seen that when you ignore extremists, instead of
disappearing into the woodwork, they fester and grow," said Friedman.
"While in the short term, it may appear to increase an individual's
visibility, in the long term, I have a great deal of faith in the people of
our region, the people of America that they will reject extremism."
A self-described Web site developer and reportedly a two-time candidate for
school board, White ran on a libertarian socialist platform that made no
explicit reference to Jews.
Among his planks with mainstream appeal were deregulating firearms, ending
the income tax and protecting civil liberties. His quirkier stands ranged
from returning to the gold and silver standard to gutting the public
schools and the juvenile psychiatric system.
According to his campaign Web site, White believes in Radical
Traditionalism, an occult doctrine he attributes to the Italian Baron
A series of press releases charges Democratic foe King with accepting
Jewish financial support. The far-right candidate also notes in passing his
own support from white nationalist groups (an Oct. 24 tally put those
contributions at 15 percent of his support). The same itemized list made it
clear that White is his own primary contributor (69 percent of funds raised
at that date).
"He's his own follower and his own leader, and there's no indication that
he has a substantial following," commented Jewish Community Council of
Greater Washington executive director Ron Halper.
White's other Web site is less coy about his anti-Jewish views. With the
same Silver Spring P.O. box as his campaign site, overthrow.com offers
annotated press clips on such topics as the rise of the National Alliance,
a neo-Nazi group in Nevada, and a homegrown press release on White's own
Headlined "White Supporters Distribute 1000s of Anti-Jew Pamphlets," the
release claims that White and his followers distributed some 4,000 pieces
adapted from the National Alliance pamphlet "Who Rules America" to
prospective voters, by way of countering the Oct. 30 Gazette report.
District 39 Maryland House incumbent Joan Stern, who is Jewish, said Monday
she was monitoring White's anti-Semitic literature.
"The people in District 39 and Montgomery County don't tolerate hate, and
the voters will show their displeasure with those who peddle hate on
Tuesday," said Stern, who was running for her second term. "It's not
acceptable or condoned practice in Montgomery County or District 39."
Becky Wagner, executive director of Community Ministry of Montgomery
County, recalled a Sept. 26 candidates forum sponsored by her interfaith
network, along with the Coalition for the Homeless and the National
Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Montgomery County.
White, said Wagner, used a question to candidates about mental health to
rain invective on recent immigrants to the United States.
"From my perspective, when the Amish community shuns a wrongful act,
there's a powerful statement in it," said Wagner, "and when Mr. White used
the hateful language that he used at that forum that night, in my heart, I
wish all could have stood and turned our backs to him."
White, along with GOP contender Bill Witham, has received a full
endorsement from the Maryland Family Values Alliance, a group opposing
abortion. The candidate also claims backing from Associated Gun Clubs, the
Maryland Libertarian Party and the Maryland Constitution Party. He did not
respond to phone and e-mail requests for interview by press time.
David Bernstein, the Washington-area director of the American Jewish
Committee, saw White's anti-Jewish appeal as unlikely to draw broad
"It's nothing new that anti-Semites inflate Jewish political activism into
a grand conspiracy theory, but in today's America, it is the anti-Semite,
not the Jews, who are on the margins," said Bernstein. "We have nothing to
REAL POLITICAL CORRECTNESS:
It's from the rightwing authoritarians and always has been
07) Federal Supreme Court Strikes Down Ten Commandments Display At Alabama
Supreme Court: State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore's
Religious Crusade Dealt Legal Setback
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
A federal court in Alabama today struck down display of a Ten Commandments
monument at the state supreme court building in Montgomery, declaring that
the religious sculpture violates the First Amendment's church-state
U.S. District Judge Myron H. Thompson ruled that the two-ton granite
sculpture of the Ten Commandments must be removed from the state Judicial
Building. The monument was placed in the building's lobby in July of 2001
on orders from Chief Justice Roy Moore.
Moore has been crusading to have government endorse the Ten Commandments
for years. As a state judge in Etowah County, he adorned his courtroom with
a hand-carved Ten Commandments plaque. Elected chief justice in 2000, Moore
vowed to display the Decalogue at the Judicial Building as well.
"This ruling is a big setback to Roy Moore's religious crusade," said the
Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, which
cosponsored the litigation. "It's high time Moore learned that the source
of U.S. law is the Constitution, not the Bible."
Americans United, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama and the
Southern Poverty Law Center filed suit against Moore on behalf of local
residents who opposed the religious display on government property. The
case, Glassroth v. Moore, has drawn national attention.
Lynn noted that the lawsuit was not an attack on the Ten Commandments.
"Many Americans revere this moral code," said Lynn, a United Church of
Christ minister. "However, it is not the job of government to single out
one religious code and hold it up as the state's favorite. Promoting the
Ten Commandments is a task for our houses of worship, not government
Judge Thompson said today that the religious display "violated the
Establishment Clause of the First Amendment" and ordered Moore to remove
the monument within 30 days.
Moore has received backing from national Religious Right leaders,
chiefly from Florida TV preacher D. James Kennedy. Kennedy has raised money
for Moore's defense and even sold a video of Moore supervising placement of
the Ten Commandments sculpture in the building on the evening of July 31,
2001. Moore waited until the building was empty and then had the 2,000-
pound sculpture brought in.
Moore did not consult with the other justices of the court before taking
the action. He later told the Los Angeles Times, "I'm the highest legal
authority in the state, and I wanted it there."
Ayesha Khan, Americans United Legal Director and lead counsel in the case,
said, "Today's decision protects religious liberty for everyone in Alabama.
It affirms that the courts of Alabama will give equal justice to persons of
all religious faiths."
Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington,
D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the
importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.
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