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Convictions For Two White Supremacists In Attack On Antifa Members

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Two U.S. far-right group members were recently sentenced to four years behind bars for their participation in a fight with anti-fascist demonstrators that took place in New York.

John Kinsman and Maxwell Hare’s sentences come as tensions between U.S. leftists and white supremacists are festering. The men are Proud Boys group members and were found guilty in state court back in August on several counts of attempted assault and rioting. 

The jury determined the two were guilty of assaulting four Antifa members who were demonstrating outside an event where Kinsman and Hare were Oct. 12, 2018. Antifa is an anti-fascist group.

Prosecutors were hoping for five years in jail. However, a Manhattan District Attorney spokesman said the pair, instead, was sentenced to four years.

Proud Boys is an all-male group that Antifa members view as neo-Nazis. Antifa means anti-fascist that refers to a free international group of protestors and activists that disagree with the far-right’s thoughts. 

Reports of violence have been scattered against Antifa members. 

Both groups have been holding counter-demonstrations and rallies throughout the nation, including the one in Portland, Or. Here, the Proud Boys and other ring-wing activists were holding up American flags and wearing Make America Great Again hats President Donald Trump used during the presidential campaign in 2016. 

Antifa members and other leftist-counter demonstrators wore all black and masks.

In 2017, Antifa members and white supremacists fought each other at the Unite the Right rally in Virginia. 

Alex Fields, Jr., an American neo-Nazi, was arrested, charged and convicted for killing a woman and injuring scores of others using his car during the protesting.

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U.S. Activist Living In Germany Receives Dire Warning From Government Officials

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A U.S. activist living in Germany learned from the U.S authorities that Atomwaffen Division, a neo-Nazi terror group, threatened her life. 

She moved to the country after receiving threats from the U.S. far-right. However, in November 2018, U.S. federal authorities warned the German Federal Criminal Police that an AWD member had arrived in Germany with the purpose of doing her harm. 

The activist, whose name is not being held back for her safety, was given a few measures on how to best protect herself, such as erasing her address from official government records and be vigilant when going out at night. She has been an extremely vocal far-right critic and has taken part in numerous well-known anti-fascist protests. 

In the German police messages, she was urged to call them immediately. The transnational warning, which was first reported on by Der Spiegel, corroborated her account. 

According to the activist, she feels the international concerns were concerned when the person gained entrance into the country. German police informed her they knew who the person was, who he was meeting with and the person behind the threats. They couldn’t, however, tell her where this person was. 

Recently, a suspected American AWD member was denied entrance into the country. 

The activist opted to go public with her story with the rising incidents of death threats and assassinations extremist groups happening by extremist groups in the country and the operational growth of the accelerationist neo-Nazi group.

Atomwaffen Division Deutschland allegedly emailed German Green politicians Claudia Roth and Cem Ozdemir death threats. The group alleged it had a list of people targeted for assassination. The group also reportedly put up flyers on German university campuses and homes throughout one Turkish neighborhood. 

A far-right extremist admitted to killing Walter Lubcke, a pro-refugee Christian Democrat politician. 

Another neo-Nazi group in Germany, Nordkreuz, was found, in June, to be in possession in a “kill list,” containing names of politicians they saw as pro-refugee. 

A far-right anti-Semite group carried out an attack in October on a Halle synagogue, using homemade explosives and guns. 

The AWD group has been tied to about five U.S. murders, with members facing a plethora of charges from alleged bomb plots and weapons offenses. AWD members are not permitted to travel to Germany and Canada. 

AWD started in the U.S. as part of the neo-Nazi subculture, which grew out of the Iron March forum. Anonymous activists leaked the whole Iron March archive, which revealed the website was a glue for a worldwide network of extremists. 

The Anti-Defamation League said group members have embraced the accelerationism idealism, which operates on the premise of using violence to speed up society’s collapse. The man charged in the 51 deaths of Christchurch in March subscribed to that philosophy. 

The activist has urged the U.S. government and authorities to treat all terroristic threatening crimes as international terrorism.

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Canada May See A Rise In Corporate Activism

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Canada saw a record high of shareholder activism in 2018, and even though the activity has waned a bit in 2019, speakers at the yearly Corporate Secretary Think Tank saw first-time activists numbers are rising. 

Canada saw 78 activist campaigns in 2018, with 57 of them taking place before July. To date, there have been just 28 companies targeted – a marked 40 percent decline in activity.  Some noteworthy scenarios from 2018 include the proxy fights at Crescent Point Energy, Hudbay Minerals and Detour Gold – which investors, who normally would not have been seen as activists, led or set up. 

Kingsdale Advisors CEO Amy Freedman said situational activism is an issue, as anybody can become an activist. She said it’s important people know who are voting their shares and that they understand activists’ nature – be it in the U.S. or overseas. 

Norton Rose Fulbright global chair Walied Soliman agreed, saying people need to take the letters of their shareholders seriously. What is done with those letters determines who is going to become activists. 

Both of them feel issuers need to hold a powerful shareholder engagement strategy to reduce the chance for activism. 

In 2018, there was a significant number of proxy contests regarding board seats; 18 of them going into the proxy meeting. This is nearly double the number in 2017 (10) with eight in 2016 and one in 2015. So far, there have been five contests in 2019. The outlook for settlements was a bit more stationary – 32 for 2017, 34 for 2018 and just 16 up to July 2019.

Soliman said with more shareholders becoming first-time activists or even activists having the backs of traditional shareholders; it’s not as foreseeable if a campaign is going to a yearly meeting. 

According to Freedman, it was the professional authorities’ responsibility to make sure their boards understand what the possible susceptibilities are that could lead to activism in the company. They are, she said, a channel for the board. 

Soliman agreed with Freedman’s statement, saying they and corporate secretaries play a huge role in these situations. He said all campaigns have two parts – a reason for the campaign to take shape. As such, all fights have a moral narrative, which must involve the CEO or governing body in some way. 

Freedom said it’s important for these campaigns to be taken seriously, even if the activists aren’t successful.

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Animal Rebellion Holds Protests At London CarVal Offices

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Animal rights activists protest Cargill Inc.’s environmental practices at its credit hedge fund London offices.

Animal Rebellion posted a video on Twitter that showed demonstrators in the CarVal’s lobby. In the video, the group claimed they were at the head office in London, calling Cargill one of the world’s worst companies for destroying the ecosystem. 

However, the main office for Cargill is actually in Weybridge, Surrey, which is 30 miles from London. Cargill founded CarVal in 1987, but in a management buyout, it was sold last month. Cargill is still invested in the funds with CarVal overseeing roughly $10 billion in corporate loans, securities and more.  

Climate change activists have held demonstrations throughout London, which has disrupted the city and flights. The group is demanding immediate action on reducing fossil fuel emissions and fixing current environmental policies for what they feel is a climate emergency. 

Animal Rebellion spokesman Alex Lockwood said they went to offices to protest about the insane amount of money going into animal agriculture support. The group’s intent is to end livestock farming and move toward a plant-based food program. Lockwood said it’s time to reinvent the food system, which he claims is broken. 

Meat manufacturers have faced intense scrutiny by scientists who claim the industry is a huge source of deforestation and methane emissions. Cargill announced in July it was working to reduce its own climate footprint and cut 30 percent of its greenhouse gases across North America by 2030.

Cargill said the protest at CarVal was minimal in the way of disruption, but that it was dedicated to carrying out business in a safe manner.

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