Paramilitaries and the Far Right: Advancing a Vision of Civil War
Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 4:00pm ET
Steven Gardiner, PRA Assistant Research Director
Carolyn Gallaher, political geographer and Senior Associate Dean of American University’s School of International Service
Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Executive Director of One People’s Project
Alexander Reid Ross, PRA research fellow and adjunct professor of geography at Portland State University
Since the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, PRA has documented more than 180 incidents of armed far-right actors showing up at racial justice protests. They have threatened, harassed, and killed racial justice protesters, collaborated with the police, claimed to support police accountability, and shot and killed law enforcement personnel. We have been here before. Far-right paramilitaries have been a part of the American landscape since slave patrols, anti-Indian militias, “rangers,” and private company security forces evolved into modern day police departments.
Join us as we discuss how paramilitaries have recently become more numerous, visible, and active under the Trump administration. To keep our movements safe, we all need to better understand who these paramilitaries are, what threats they pose, and what to do when they are present.