Spencer Sunshine

is creating Counter-Far Right research & analysis

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About

I have been creating research and analysis about the Far Right in the United States for 15 years. It's a hard, dirty, and dangerous job. And I'm asking for your support in order to continue this work.

Most immediately, I need  help to complete an in-depth investigation into neo-Nazi James Mason and his terrorist murder manual Siege. I have spent two years working on it, including extensive archival work; I've long run out of my savings, and still hope to complete it by early summer 2020.

Over the course of many years, I have written extensively about the U.S. Far Right. This includes the Alt Right and fascists, the Patriot movement and militias, and issues around left-right crossover movements and antisemitism. My work brought me to the armed takeover of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January 2016, where I got to question Ammon Bundy. I was also present in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017, at both the counter-demonstration against the Unite the Right rally, as well as being in the crowd during the car attack which killed Heather Heyer and injured abut 30 others.

I conduct research; write analysis, editorials, and counter-organizing how-to guides; give public talks and speak to the media; consult with groups counter-organizing against the Far Right; and help arrange security for events in case Far Right activists show up. I have published dozens of articles for places like The Progressive, The Forward, Truthout, Colorlines, TeleSUR English, Alternet, and Public Eye. I‘ve been cited in newspapers and magazines around the world, including The Nation, The Forward, Teen Vogue and L’Humanite. I've appeared on podcasts, radio shows, and videos, including those by MoveOn, Splinter, and Politically Reactive. My writings have been translated into Russian, Polish, Serbian, Turkish, Spanish, French, Greek, and Portuguese, in addition to my frequent articles for German-language publications. And I’ve given talks across the United States, as well as speaking tours in Germany in 2016 and Canada in 2017.

In 2016, I was the lead author of the book-length report Up in Arms: A Guide to Oregon’s Patriot Movement. In 2018, I wrote the how-to guide 40 Ways to Fight Nazis: Forty Community-Based Actions You Can Take to Resist White Nationalist Organizing. In March 2020, I wrote the report Smokescreen: How Timber Unity has mainstreamed militia groups, Alt Right, and conspiracy theories in Oregon politics.

Almost everything I've written is available for free online; see www.spencersunshine.com/publications for a list and links.

I am currently working on three long-term projects. This first, which I hopefully completing in fall 2020, is book about the origins of James Mason's Siege. I am also writing two other books: one is a history of the U.S. Nazi movement from the 1920s to the present, and the other is a reception study of Third Position fascism in the U.S.

During this time I’ve been “channed,” flooded with death threats, stalked by antisemites, and struggled through chronic health problems. While some people have helped me, institutional support has been minimal at best, and I have gone in many thousands of dollars of credit card debt to subsidize my work.

Although I have raised a lot of cash for other activists over the years, I  have always hated asking for money for myself. I know there are so many people who need it more than me. But after applying, begging, and pleading for financial support from various projects and institutions, I am appealing directly to those of you who value my work for support. I don't think we can end White Nationalism and antisemitism in our lifetimes, but I know that together, we can do much more than we currently are to help understand, contain, and neutralize it.

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when i reach this level in monthly donations, I will focus on writing a book a year for the next several years.
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