Archive/File: orgs/canadian/canadian-jewish-congress/marches-to-modems/mtm-003-00 Last-Modified: 1997/03/30 3. THE TOOLS The organizers of hatred have traditionally relied on the same tools used by political activists everywhere - fresh recruits to provide a pool of cheap labor, and whatever communication devices are at hand and affordable. In the past those communication devices have included the flyers and leaflets delivered anonymously on car windshields or doorsteps, rallies and demonstrations to attract media attention and provide members with a sense of identity, purpose and accomplishment, newsletters, magazines, newspapers and even books. Hatemongers were quick to seize on the telephone as both an organi7ing tool (e.g. setting up "telephone trees" to mobilize membership) and as a propaganda tool. In Metro Toronto John Ross Taylor set up a nakedly antisemitic "hotline" using a cheap answering machine and an ordinary phone line. Hauled before a Canadian Human Rights Commission and ordered to cease transmitting hate messages, Taylor continued and was found guilty of Contempt of Court and ordered jailed for one year. By the early nineties hate organizers had seized upon the spread of a new technology, commercial voice mail, to refine the hotline propaganda technique - partly to cut costs but also to hinder host identification. But now the key propagandists have seized on a new tool - The Internet. In this section we'll look at some of the issues raised by the hatemongers' embrace of this new technology. We'll also examine the recruitment, use and abuse of one of the hate movement's (former) brightest new "tools" of the decade, university student Elizabeth Moore.
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