Veterans group calls for stronger law enforcement action against neo-Nazis in New England

April 27, 2023

A veterans group is calling on law enforcement across New England to take a harder stance against a neo-Nazi organization that has targeted Jewish, Black and LGBTQ communities in the region. The Task Force Butler Institute, a self described anti-fascist research group made up of U.S. military vets, released a 300-page report Tuesday documenting acts of violence carried…

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NH AG’s pursuit of hate group marks a turning point in officials’ response to extremism

March 1, 2023

Dan Hastie, a maintenance worker at Temple Israel in Portsmouth, N.H., spent part of last Thursday trying to scrape away the last remnants of a red swastika from the synagogue’s back entranceway. “It’s just frustrating, you know,” Hastie said, as he tried to wash away the spray paint with acetone and a scrub brush. “Stuff like…

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As housing bias in Mass. persists, advocates want tougher penalties for landlords, agents

December 21, 2022

David Harris, a Boston fair housing advocate, says racism in housing transactions remains a significant problem, more than a half century after the federal Civil Rights Act. And Harris has the test results to prove it. His nonprofit asked two women from different racial backgrounds to pretend to be hunting for apartments in Somerville to see…

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How neighbors got rid of ethnic, sexist slur in road name in Mass. town

October 10, 2022

A group of neighbors in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, convinced the town — and each other — to change the name of their street because it included a racist and sexist slur against Indigenous people, and especially women. Squaw Peak Road is now Woodland Hill Road. The change was approved by the Great Barrington Select Board…

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Miriam Kovacs stands in front of her Franklin, N.H. catering business, wearing a pink T-shirt that reads "PROUD TOWNIE." Kovacs has been a target of online harassment by white supremacists since she made a point of protesting their presence in New England.

How small New England cities are standing up to white supremacists

August 18, 2022

Two dozen local residents crowded into the city hall in Franklin, New Hampshire, last week to demand that their mayor and council representatives take a more aggressive stance against growing white supremacist activity in the region. They denounced neo-Nazi groups that have encroached into local council and school committee meetings across the state. Most residents showed…

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Mass. officials ramp up efforts to combat white nationalism following rally in Jamaica Plain

July 26, 2022

After two neo-Nazi protests in Boston in a month, Massachusetts officials are deepening their efforts to combat white nationalism. District Attorney Kevin Hayden’s office announced that it will add two civil rights attorneys to its High Risk Victims Unit “due to recent hate-based incidents.” U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Rachael Rollins said she will be creating…

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Neo-Nazi Leader Arrested in Boston After Protesting LGBTQ Event

July 23, 2022

The leader of a known Neo-Nazi group was placed into custody today by Boston Police following a demonstration by the group in Jamaica Plain. The protest by NSC-131 took place outside the historic Loring Greenough House where residents had gathered for a children’s drag queen story hour, an event in which individuals in drag read…

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Feeling the heat in Greater Boston? Blame historic racist housing practices.

July 21, 2022

A new study released Wednesday found that extreme heat disproportionately impacts communities that were redlined in Greater Boston. Wicked Hot Mystic researchers mapped temperatures in the Mystic River watershed — beginning up in Reading, and ending where the river drains into Boston Harbor — to see which areas experienced the most extreme heat. Preliminary findings show 10-degree…

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The white supremacist group Patriot Front marches in front of the Boston Public Library on July 2, 2022.

Activists question Boston’s response to Patriot Front white nationalist march

July 5, 2022

Two days after a group of white supremacists carrying shields and a banner saying “Reclaim America” marched through downtown Boston and allegedly assaulted a 34-year-old Black man walking through Back Bay, local civil rights leaders are questioning the Boston Police Department’s response to the march. Civil rights advocates, at a press conference today outside the…

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Police try to ID white supremacists accused of assault in Boston

July 5, 2022

Boston police are trying to identify members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front, which marched through downtown wearing face coverings and allegedly assaulted a Black artist and activist on Saturday. The activist, Charles Murrell, returned to the spot of the attack Monday morning — Independence Day — steps away from the Boston Public Library, and called…

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