Burke receives $ 10,000 from the TWP.
The Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP), an Ohio-based neo-Nazi group, pays $ 10,000 to a car attack survivor and rally participant. TWP was a far-right group that was active for the five years between 2013 and 2018. It was originally founded by Matthew Heimbach under the name Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN). By March 2018, TWP had been disbanded after Heimbach was arrested on battery charges and had split up with the group’s co-founder, Matt Parrott. The incident at the center of the lawsuit occurred during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2017, a lawsuit was filed against the party on behalf of William “Bill” Burke in the Southern District of the Ohio District Court after James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into a crowd, hit and killed Heather Heyer, and injured Burke would have. Since that time, Burke has fought litigation against white supremacy groups and openly discussed the physical, mental, and emotional toll the incident took on him and other protesters.
Charlottesville had planned to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and Burke’s lawsuit alleged the move was “intended to send a message of white supremacy”. A nationwide effort to organize the removal of many Confederate statues began in 2015 to support and promote social justice. The rally formed when right-wing groups gathered to oppose the solemn event. From August 11-12, 2017, members of the old-right, neo-confederate, neo-fascists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, Klansmen and other members of right-wing demonstrators marched together, sang, waved flags, and got engaged in violence and destruction. Tensions increased with disastrous results.
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Burke’s attorney, Michael Fradin, said his client was determined to fight for justice and equality. He said: “Burke is a tireless advocate for racism, bigotry, anti-Semitism and homophobia. With [the court’s] With this decision, Burke can continue his efforts to dismantle the Traditionalist Worker Party. “
Most of the defendants in the far-reaching case, which involved numerous hate groups with racist views, were released or sentenced to pay a fee. For example, KKK leader David Duke was ordered to pay $ 5,000, and Fradin described the verdict as an “important step” in their fight against hate groups. He added, “Bill Burke is a true American and a role model for those who fight for civil rights.”
However, Duke’s attorney, Kyle J. Bristow, replied that the verdict against his client was insignificant after attempting several times to dismiss the case. Birstow said, “Plaintiff’s claims against Duke were nothing more than a nuisance, and the civil suit was settled for only $ 5,000 after plaintiff was given the opportunity to pay Duke’s costs if plaintiff fails to offer the judgment should not then improve the plaintiff’s position. “
With the verdict against the Traditionalist Worker Party, the remaining defendants in Burkes’ lawsuit include the National Policy Institute, Andrew Anglin, Gregory Anglins Daily Stormer, Moonbase Holdings LLC, Anglin and Anglin LLC, and Morning Star Ministries USA Inc.
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