The Rise of the Far Right and the Attack on Democracy
Date: January 13th, 7pm-8pm PST
A movement against democracy and human rights has grown in recent years. Fueled by unhinged conspiracy theories and racist fears of “white dispossession,” the movement marches relentlessly from the margins to the mainstream. The violent storming of the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn the election was not the end of this threat. Rather, it marked the beginning of a dangerous new phase of far-right efforts. Relying on the latest data from the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights’ research team, we will explore the latest trends and threats in the region and nationally, unpack the rhetoric and discuss new ways we can work together to defend democracy.
Devin Burghart directs the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, a national social justice organization dedicated to defending democracy and standing strong against bigotry. For nearly three decades, he has led investigative research and strategic organizing efforts to counter racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, nativism, homophobia, and more.
About the Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition
The Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition is an all-volunteer organization composed of grassroots, labor, business, people of color, and progressive community organizations and volunteers from throughout the Puget Sound region. Annually, these groups come together and organize our community's largest tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - the only geographic jurisdiction named in Dr. King's honor. Learn More here.