Spencer Sunshine

I Almost Died in Charlottesville

Journalist and researcher Spencer Sunshine started observing racist hate events in the late 1980s. Last Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville almost killed him. Here, an unvarnished dispatch from the picturesque Virginia town—from the violent lead-up in Emancipation Park to the deadly aftermath downtown.

A White man in sunglasses and a White shirt makes a slashing motion across his neck during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

Some Background on Those Violent, White Supremacist 'Unite the Right' Actions in Charlottesville

White nationalism is the big story after today’s violent ”Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, Virginia. Here’s what we know and some resources to deepen your knowledge about what’s going on. 

A white man wearing armor adorned with crosses made of American flags grimaces at a demonstration.

The Growing Alliance Between Neo-Nazis, Right Wing Paramilitaries and Trumpist Republicans

In anticipation of Saturday’s March Against Sharia events nationwide, researcher and journalist Spencer Sunshine chronicles the major moments of a violent new movement he’s dubbed “Independent Trumpism.”

A rusted steel pole with red, white and blue stars and stripes in rural Pennsylvania

[OPINION] Looking for the Left Wing in Rural, Predominantly White Areas

Even without systemic voter disenfranchisement and Republican district gerrymandering, the Electoral College and GOP-dominated Senate give disproportionate power to rural areas. The least progressives can do is to try to fight back. 

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New Report Details Political Reach, Danger of Oregon's Patriot Movement

The Malheur occupation introduced much of the world to the conservative- and racist-leaning movement that, as a new report from the Rural Organizing Project and Political Research Associates explains, has deep roots in Oregon and major implications for national organizing efforts.

Dispatch from Oregon: Armed White Occupiers Are Enjoying Warm Food, Wi-Fi—and No Violence From Feds

It’s been 19 days since a predominantly White group of men bearing arms group took over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They’re appointing themselves judges, threatening locals and stealing Native artifacts. Inside a netherworld where law enforcement lets right-wing paramilitaries run things.