Explainer: Work with clients vulnerable to alt-right radicalization? Here’s how to recognize the signs – and intervene effectively

Many social impact organizations who serve their communities may come into contact with populations who are vulnerable to radicalization or who have already been radicalized. They need to be able to recognize the signs of radicalization, as well as how to intervene in a safe and effective way.

Why It Matters

The Freedom Convoy showed the world an ugly side of Canada – a populist movement that was led by alt-right radicals and fueled by extremist ideology. Sadly, alt-right radicalization may be on the rise due to increasing marginalization, a widening wealth gap, a lack of trust in institutions, and low job security. Those on the frontlines include hospital workers, community service providers, mental health care providers, and others — the very people who are working to end the social inequities afflicting alt-right radicals.

Content warning: This story mentions alt-right activism, Islamophobia, and hatred. 

The Liberal Party “is infested with Islamists,” BJ Dichter, one of the organizers of the “Freedom Convoy”, claimed, in front of a crowd of avid listeners at a speech at the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) convention in Quebec in 2019.

Alberta-based alt-right activist Pat King, a regional organizer for the convoy, is known for similar white nationalist rhetoric. In one of many videos he’s posted to Twitter, King warned of “refugees coming in[to Canada].” He stated that this is all part of “an endgame. It’s called depopulation of the Caucasian race.”

As the convoy swept through Ottawa, many of the capital’s community servic

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