Justice organization: Arizona is home to 18 hate groups
The Southern Poverty Law Center lists 18 hate groups in the state of Arizona for 2016.
The organization, which aims to fight hate by teaching tolerance and seeking justice, created its hate map by compiling information from public websites, publications, local law enforcement reports, news stories and field sources. It lists hate groups as those that have “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”
In Arizona, the hate groups are diverse: “general hate,” anti-immigration, anti-LGBT and hate based on race are included.
Four are listed as statewide while the Phoenix metropolitan area is home to six. Four more are located in Tucson, while the rest are elsewhere in Arizona.
Overall, the Southern Poverty Law Center recognizes 892 hate groups in the United States this year.
California has the most hate groups of any state with 68.
Here is the full list of hate groups in the Grand Canyon State.
Right Wing Resistance (White Nationalist) – Statewide
Militant Knights Ku Klux Klan (Ku Klux Klan) – Statewide
Aryan Strikeforce (Racist skinhead) – Statewide
The Creativity Movement, Arizona (Neo-Nazi The Creativity Movement) – Statewide
Israel United in Christ (Black Separatist) – Phoenix
Nation of Islam (Black Separatist Nation of Islam) – Phoenix
Faithful Word Baptist Church (General hate) – Tempe
U.S. Border Guard (Anti-immigrant) – Mesa
United Families International (Anti-LGBT) – Gilbert
Family Watch International (Anti-LGBT) – Gilbert
Free American (White Nationalist) – Tucson
Traditionalist Youth Network at Arizona (White Nationalist) – Tucson
Vinlanders Arizona (Racist Skinhead Vinlander Social Club) – Tucson
National Socialist Movement (Neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement) – Tucson
American Border Patrol (Anti-immigrant) – Sierra Vista
Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (General hate, Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) – Colorado City
Western White Knights of The Ku Klux Klan (Ku Klux Klan) – Hualapai
Sons of Aesir Motorcycle Club (General hate) – Irapuato