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Justice organization: Arizona is home to 18 hate groups

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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

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