EVERETT — Two investigative journalists with deep experience covering extremist groups in the Pacific Northwest plan to lead a talk Saturday about the rise of the alt-right.
David Neiwert is a freelance journalist, blogger and the author of several books, most recently, “Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.” Scott North is The Daily Herald’s local news editor. Their discussion is set for 2 p.m. at the Everett Public Library on Hoyt Avenue.
“We want people to understand the nature and origin of this movement and to help them understand why it is so toxic to the country,” Neiwert said earlier this week from Santa Monica, California, where he was promoting his book. “This is very much a national problem. This is also very much a regional and local problem.”
In August, the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, drew worldwide attention to white nationalists in the United States. One counter-protester was killed and numerous others injured after they were rammed by a car that authorities say was driven by a man with white-supremacist ties.
Neiwert also is a correspondent for the Southern Poverty Law Center. He and North have reported on the militia movement in Western Washington since the 1990s and often worked the same stories. Both wrote extensively about Shawna Forde, a one-time anti-immigration activist in Everett who’s now on death row in Arizona for the murder of a man and his 9-year-old daughter. Prosecutors said Forde intended to use proceeds from robbing the man, whom she thought was a drug dealer, to fund a border-watch group.
Saturday’s talk will profile the alt-right, identify conditions that give rise to extremist groups and provide local examples.
Investigative journalists who have covered the local militia movement plan to bring their expertise to a discussion titled, “The Radical Right and Its Effects on Communities.”
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Place: Everett Public Library auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave, Everett, WA 98201.