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Start: 6:00 pm
End: 7:00 pm
Hey teens! Want to learn more about the craft of writing? Want to meet others with the same interest? Join us for Friday Night Writes next to Book Fare Cafe on the mezzanine level of Village Books. Friday Night Writes is FREE and open to all ages 15-18. (18-year-olds must be in high school or Running Start.) For more information, visit our website: www.WhatcomYoungWriters.org. Write On!
Start: 7:00 pm
  It began with a frantic late-night 911 call from a woman reporting that she, her husband and her 10-year-old daughter had been shot by a gang pretending to be Border Patrolmen. The woman survived, but neither her husband, a known smuggler, nor her daughter lived. It was assumed the murders were a product of the border drug wars in rural Arizona. But two weeks later, the leader of one of the more prominent offshoots of the Minuteman movement, a brassy blonde from the Pacific Northwest named Shawna Forde, was under arrest, along with members of her group, charged with plotting the murders as part of a scheme to finance a violent anti-government border militia. The movement's leaders quickly denounced Forde and claimed they had ejected her from their organization, but in reality they had courted her involvement for years and were deeply involved in helping promote her work right up to the day of her arrest. Indeed, as And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border explores, the murders in the desert were the logical outcome of the movement’s Nativist agenda, its dehumanizing and vicious rhetoric, and its delusionary, paranoid worldview, and ultimately, they were its demise. The movement’s very nature insured that it would attract vicious, cold-blooded psychopaths, the embodiment of evil itself. And that was Shawna Forde and her gang. A harrowing, richly reported portrait of these psychopaths and their ultimate act of hatred, And Hell Followed With Her offers a window into the ugly underbelly of the American anti-immigrant movement and the path down which it hopes to take the nation. A foremost expert in American right-wing extremism in America, David Neiwert is the managing editor of the popular political blog Crooks and Liars. His reporting and commentary have appeared in the American Prospect, Washington Post, MSNBC.com, Salon.com, and elsewhere. His previous books include The Eliminationists and Strawberry Days. He won the National Press Club Award for Distinguished Online Journalism in 2000. He lives in Seattle
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