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Former right-wing radicals are leading efforts to counter violent extremists. But do they work? by Sergio Olmos Underscore.news On the eve of a right-wing extremist rally on Aug. 17, 2019, in downtown Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler released a video in which he said, “To those people planning to come and inflict violence in our city: We don’t want you here.” Nevertheless, they came. And while the protest was comparatively free from physical confrontations, it still...

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Patriot Prayer leaders insist they’re not racists, but they continue to draw praise from white supremacists Editor’s note: This final installment in a 3-part series is a collaboration between Underscore.news and Pamplin Media Group in partnership with The Columbian. For the past year, Sergio Olmos has been granted on-the-record access to Joey Gibson, founder of Patriot Prayer, one of the violence-prone, far-right groups that seem to zero in on Portland as a way to gain...

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How Joey Gibson, and those who orbit around Patriot Prayer, have found meaning (and thrills) in violent right-wing extremism Editor’s note: For much of this year, reporter Sergio Olmos has been granted on-the-record access to Joey Gibson, founder of Patriot Prayer, one of the violence-prone, far-right groups that have turned Portland into a cage match with violent liberal groups. On Aug. 15, the Portland Tribune published an article by Olmos about the lead-up to a...

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Photo courtesy of Pamplin Media Group   Coming September 19th For much of this year, Underscore reporter Sergio Olmos was granted on-the-record access to Joey Gibson, founder of Patriot Prayer, one of the violence-prone, far-right groups that have turned Portland into a cage match with violent liberal groups. On Aug. 15, Underscore and the Portland Tribune published an article by Olmos about the lead-up to a violent 2018 Patriot Prayer protest. The second story in...

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Over the past year, Sergio Olmos, reporter for Underscore, has been following Patriot Prayer, meeting with its organizers, supporters and detractors, in an effort to better understand a dynamic that has rocked Portland for the last few years.