Nathan Damigo, the founder of white nationalist group Identity Evropa, at a right wing rally in Berkeley on April 15. He helped organize the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia where one counter-protester was killed on Saturday.

Nathan Damigo, the founder of white nationalist group Identity Evropa, at a right-wing rally in Berkeley on April 15, 2017. He helped organize the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one counterprotester was killed on Saturday. (Bert Johnson/KQED)

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Before white nationalists protested in Charlottesville over the weekend, before a man allegedly plowed a car into a group of people killing one and injuring at least 19, violent clashes in Berkeley offered a window into the motives and tactics of Identity Evropa, one of the white supremacist groups intimately involved in both protests.

For leaders of this white nationalist movement, the April 15 “Battle of Berkeley” was a self-described test run to see just how far they could push the bounds of protesting, according to numerous public statements from members of the white supremacist movement.

Nathan Damigo is a founder of the California-based Identity Evropa, profiled by El Tecolote newspaper in December. A former Marine infantryman and convicted felon who lives in Stanislaus County, Damigo is being credited with helping to lead the Charlottesville protest, along with other white supremacist rallies around the country. Damigo has made these rallies a key driver for recruiting new members of the group. He did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday about his involvement in the Charlottesville event following his arrest there.

But over the course of multiple hourlong interviews over several months this year, Damigo, 31, said his group is engaged in peaceful protests protected by the First Amendment. Before Charlottesville, Damigo was probably best known for punching a 19-year-old woman in the face in Berkeley. That moment was captured on video.

In the video, Damigo — sporting a hipster haircut, collared shirt and clenched fists — runs up to a young, dreadlocked woman holding a camera and punches her.

Damigo told KQED he punched the woman because she was a threat; because she was going to attack his friends; because she was a member of Antifa, a leftist confederation of socialists and anarchists — some of whom have committed acts of violence and arson.

Essentially, Damigo said he punched her because he had to.

“She joined this organization and came with her local gang from Southern California, according to statements that she made on social media, to disrupt the events and to acquire scalps,” he said. “Furthermore, she was swinging around bottles, which is a deadly weapon, a foot-long wine bottle at people.”

That’s not what KQED witnessed at the scene of the attack, however.

What began with Damigo shouting provocative calls into a megaphone quickly turned into an all-out street brawl. Damigo was screaming “hold the line,” “guard the flank” and “advance!”

Damigo violently moved through the crowd. Smoke bombs and flash grenades and glass bottles were thrown. Thick tear gas filled the air. Leftist protesters, many of them aging men, were beat up. Police were hit with firecrackers. At one point, Antifa (wearing black hoodies and masks) and the far right (wearing red hats, flag capes and paramilitary armor) fought over who could control a dumpster that was pushed down the street.

A fight broke out over control of a dumpster after right- and left-wing demonstrators clashed in Berkeley on April 15. (John Sepulvado/KQED)

Damigo found himself outside of the roaring street brawl he helped create. Alone for a moment, he stopped in the middle of the street. Then, he ran across the street, right up to the woman, and hit her. After she fell, Damigo turned, smiled and jumped back into the rolling scuffles.

Damigo’s involvement in the “Battle of Berkeley” is an important moment for the white supremacist movement because it attracted supporters from around the country.

“A large amount of the violence that has occurred may be due to the inroads we are making,” Damigo told an interviewer after the Berkeley events.

This frenetic, violent, yet charismatic man with extreme racist views helped organize the Charlottesville rally. And he’s helping to mobilize an entire generation of white supremacists.

A graphic promoting the Charlottesville rally included the insignia of Damigo’s group Identity Evropa in section “I.” of the snake.

From Suburban California Kid to Imprisoned Felon

Nathan Damigo was born in Lewiston, Maine. In a long conversation with KQED, he noted with irony that the community had accepted early groups of resettled refugees.

“I wouldn’t call them refugees,” Damigo said. “It was one of the first places they started doing the Somali immigration relocation thing.”

Eventually, his mother moved the family to San Jose. In the South Bay, Damigo traced the beginning of his “race realist” awakening to feeling out of place in a multiracial city. He said he would feel uncomfortable in situations where he was the only white person.

“You’d go over to a friend’s house, or something like that, and everybody’s speaking a different language,” Damigo said, “and you’re just sitting there awkwardly. There’s no connection there.”

Nathan Damigo traces the beginning of his ‘race realist’ beliefs to his upbringing in the diverse city of San Jose. (Bert Johnson/KQED)

Damigo went to Liberty Baptist School in San Jose through his senior year. His mother worked as a teacher there. Like so many other California kids of his age, he listened to bands like Metallica and Soundgarden, watched “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and dreamed of being a pro skater.

Yet, as he aged, those dreams morphed into aspirations of a military career — his father had served in the Marine Corps. Damigo said his desire to serve became more pronounced after the Sept. 11 attacks.

“I pretty much watched live as the second tower was hit,” he said. “That was a pretty big thing to watch.”

Damigo also credited his socially conservative family, who he said raised him to have pride in the country, for influencing his decision to enlist.

He would serve two deployments in Iraq in the infantry. It was on these tours that Damigo’s views on race began to be shaped by the violent conflict he saw on a daily basis — killings, murders, explosions and misery.

“I saw them in Iraq, which is also a multireligious, multicultural society,” Damigo said. “And I generally saw it growing up. And it was certainly a more extreme form, but it definitely, I think, it did make me think a bit more about race and population dynamics.”

The violence that began to shape Damigo’s thinking on race also killed two of his close friends in combat. According to court documents obtained by El Tecolote and KQED, Damigo began suffering acute symptoms of PTSD as a result of his exposure to the Iraq War.

Damigo blames that trauma for his decision to rob a San Diego cab driver at gunpoint after his return from Iraq.

During a psychological evaluation conducted for the court as part of the criminal case, Damigo said he attacked the cab driver, Changiz Ezzatyar, because he mistook him for an Iraqi. Damigo said the decision came after a night of solitary heavy drinking.

Psychologist Heidi Kraft conducted another evaluation of Damigo after the assault. In her clinical notes, which were included in court documents from his trial, she wrote:

“While there is no evidence that the patient experienced psychiatric dissociation during the robbery, his PTSD symptoms were so disabling, and his use of alcohol to self-medicate was so heavy, it appears that the combination of these factors led to a serious and uncharacteristic breakdown in both insight and judgment the night of his arrest.”

Kraft added that some PTSD patients engage in thrill-seeking behavior.

“Based on this Marine’s history, which is free of any behavior even remotely similar to the night of his arrest, it is likely that he may have become one of those patients,” Kraft concluded.

His family strongly defended Damigo during the court hearing, and his story was featured on the HBO documentary, “Wartorn,” as part of a broader series on post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans.

“It was like being dropped in a nightmare,” his mother, Charilyn Damigo, told HBO.


Damigo’s mother and others wrote letters to the court, urging leniency and understanding from the judge. But worried that a defense centered on PTSD would fail, Damigo accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to six years in prison.

It was during that time that he started reading the words of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who remains a white supremacist leader and was at the Charlottesville event.

“I became disillusioned after the Iraq War with mainstream narratives,” Damigo said. “Most of [Duke’s] arguments I just couldn’t debunk, no matter how hard I tried.”

College Students Seen as the Key to a Separate White Homeland

Damigo’s white supremacist group — Identity Evropa — is based in California but has chapters on college campuses throughout the country. The group has a high visibility on campuses from San Diego to Tuscaloosa to Charlottesville. On these campuses are fliers, banners, posters and bathroom graffiti advertising Identity Evropa videos.

Damigo’s views on race and nationalism may have been shaped by the four years in prison, but in many ways they are clear echoes of older white supremacists such as Duke. In an interview with KQED, Damigo said he believes white people need their own separate country.

But he added that he also wants his organization to be seen as more acceptable to a broader population. For example, Damigo has banned members of Identity Evropa from having tattoos on their faces, necks or hands.

“We don’t want to be seen as overly threatening,” he said.

Damigo also doesn’t swear, instead using words like “gosh” or “golly” in the place of expletives. And as other racists have argued for forceful relocation or purging of minority groups from American society, Damigo avoided talking about how he would create a white-only homeland.

But he doesn’t avoid conflict. Instead — as they did in Berkeley and Charlottesville — Identity Evropa and aligned white supremacist groups seem to revel in goading counterprotesters into violent clashes.

Damigo also indicated that at this stage he’s more interested in recruiting members and building a durable movement than hammering out specific policy.

“I mean, this is the stuff that will likely never happen in my lifetime,” he said.

To that end, Damigo said he is targeting college-educated white males as potential new members of Identity Evropa. That’s a big reason these rallies have been largely organized on college campuses.

They’re not just protests. They’re recruitment drives.

“Universities are institutions where the cognitive elite of the youth tend to bottleneck,” Damigo said. “They are going to be the ones who are going to be most likely to bring about change, long-term institutional change.”

It’s a strategy shared by Damigo’s friend, Richard Spencer, one of the most outspoken and visible members of the white supremacist movement. Spencer heads the National Policy Institute, a white supremacy group.

“For better or for worse, I am not trying to reach each and every person who goes to a Trump rally,” Spencer told KQED prior to this weekend’s violence. “There are certainly more populist versions of the alt-right. I think it’s abundantly clear that I’m going after an elite.”

This approach appears to be working for Identity Evropa, which has recruited more than 500 members at colleges across the country, according to Damigo. KQED could not independently verify that claim.

But Brian Levin — a noted hate-group researcher and professor at CSU San Bernardino’s Department of Criminal Justice — said he does not believe those numbers are accurate.

“I wouldn’t believe any membership claims by Damigo,” Levin said. “Damigo is trying to not just be the opening act in the white supremacy movement. The membership of his group is far smaller.”

However, several prominent social scientists who have begun studying the rise of the hard right said they, too, are seeing a significant uptick of participation in racist groups.

One of those researchers is Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University who wrote the book “iGen.” She said her research shows that a minority of people younger than 24 hold racist beliefs, but there has been an increase in those numbers.

“I looked at whether white people thought black people are lazy and unintelligent, and there was an uptick in the youngest respondents,” Twenge said.

“They’re showing a lot of prejudice, really,” she added.

Twenge is unsure why this trend is happening. But she said anecdotally, there appears to be evidence that white nationalism is taking root among young men.

Berkeley sociologist Arlie Hochschild agreed. During research for her book, “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,” she ran across a hardening of views among young men, specifically about blacks and Muslims.

“There was a great anger, especially with regards to groups like Black Lives Matter or American-Islamic groups,” Hochschild said. “There is a deep-rooted belief that in the past eight years, those groups have somehow cut to the front of the line, that their needs are being placed ahead of whites, especially white men.”

That anger — that somehow white history and status in society is being displaced by minority groups and women — was a driving force and rallying cry among white supremacists in Charlottesville, who marched with tiki torches lit to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. The event to celebrate confederate and white heritage was organized locally by Jason Kessler, a local white nationalist.

According to Richard Spencer, who spoke to KQED a few weeks before the violence and deaths in Charlottesville, Damigo and his group took the lead to organize white supremacist participation among people from outside Charlottesville.

“I’d love to take credit for it, but it was more Nathan,” Spencer said.

But the outcome in Charlottesville is markedly different than it was in the Berkeley rally. Three people have died, including 32-year-old Heather Heyer, allegedly run over by an apparent white supremacist. Two Virginia State Police officers — Pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates — died a few hours later when their patrol helicopter crashed en route to the scene of the violence.

Damigo was arrested in Virginia for failing to disperse. He’s set up an online fundraiser for his legal costs related to what he describes as civil rights violations in Charlottesville.

Prior to his arrest, Damigo said he was looking forward to more campus events. He told KQED one of his plans is to set up an event at UC Berkeley with Richard Spencer.

“The more these people kick and scream and whine and cry, the more publicity we get,” Damigo said. “Publicity is a good thing. From a PR perspective we want people to talk about us.”

Editor’s note: El Tecolote’s Alexis Terrazas contributed to this story, which is presented in partnership with the San Francisco newspaper.

Californian Who Helped Lead Charlottesville Protests Used Berkeley as a Test Run 14 August,2017John Sepulvado

  • Cliff Webb

    Jewish racism in America wears the face of Nathan Damigo….

    • Melissa Bryan

      Gnomic remark.

  • Bruce Norbeck

    I’ve lived in San Jose since 1968. I’ve no idea what Damigo thinks he’s on about.

  • ContessaSharra

    I am trying to figure out why his mother moved them from primarily homogeneous Maine to a place like San Jose, CA…. I keep thinking there is something more to that sort of a location change!

    As for the rest, I suppose using PTSD is as good an excuse as any for his egregious behavior. However, from what I have read, and seen a little of, those suffering PTSD are much more likely to isolate themselves, not decide to spearhead national political movements, so I have a lot of questions about the things he says and does.

  • alex carter

    What an idiot. Hello, I grew up on a rocky island in the middle of the Pacific where whites hold essentially the same place in society that blacks do on the mainland USA. A few rich ones, a tiny middle class, and mostly, we’re the ones robbing the 7-11’s, stealing stuff, getting in fights, going in and out of jail, and doing the jobs too dirty, dangerous, and demeaning for “real” people to do. I worked for a few years cleaning dog and cat kennels and mopping floors because that was a “white” job. It was very bit as stinky and tiring as it sounds. Guess what? I got out of there! I worked my ass off and when the opportunity to leave came, I was ready to take it, and I did.

    If you want your stupid all-white homeland, look up the “Western Redoubt” or “American redoubt” – a thing promoted by survivalist blogger John Wesley Rawles. It’s a section of the non-coastal Northwest, and you can live with nothing but whities for miles and miles and brawl and inbreed to your wizened little heart’s content.

    I mean, I’m white, and I’ve lived in flyover country and I’d rather be homeless here in the SF Bay Area than own a house in flyover. Think about it! All that area you can go to and raise 15 white kids and us high-IQ types will never come around and bother you.

    This is the way to go: Just vote with your feet. GTFO and leave us alone in the productive, Blue areas. We’re happy. We’re fine.

    • jocelyn314

      you’re so right on the mark. thank you for writing. also you’re funny.

  • Nathan Danigo is clearly still suffering from PTSD and other illnesses as a result of his upbringing, his service in combat as a Marine (and resulting PTSD), and his prison time. If he were truly healed he would not hold views that are so sickening–literally–to most of us. How does one heal someone’s spirit?

    • zzz

      What variation of PTSD is Eric Clanton or Yvette Felarca suffering from? These obvious idiots and there idiotic violence stems from some sort of external factor, what is the reason for cultists like Felarca and her and her groups violence?

      • Linda S

        Ah, whataboutism. The last defense of the indefensible.

        • zzz

          Your world view is based on the same foundation as that of a Jerry Falwell type, and you think that is OK?

      • chris n

        the noxious presence of violent fascist orcs like damigo, quite obviously

        • zzz

          Right wingers are violent because they are right wingers, left wingers are violent because of right wingers.

          I see.

          The first time I recall that argument was from a pro-lifer.

    • chris n

      don’t give one solitary f about his heart or spirit, but i know how to heal his delusions of tough guy grandeur

  • Kristin N. Rivers

    Please call this what it is: Replace “white nationalist” and “alt-right” with “white supremacist.” Thank you.

  • zzz

    Eric Clanton and his behavior directly contradicts the idiocy that is this laughably dishonest and comical article. Oddly felony arrested Mr Clanton didn’t make it into this agitprop.

    Of course the racist right is worthless, what exactly is the attempt here to white wash the ANTIFA idiots all about? That awful idiotic dreadlock skin deb was throwing bottles and that dumb white pride idiot did one thing right in his useless life and punched her. Sexist leftism is so hilarious, rioting women need these two to defend them from the results of their own actions.

    The bias and denial in this article is amazingly moronic, idiots fight it out and these two winners pick a side, “great taste versus less filling?” who did win that bud bowl?… This article is Michael Savage level stupid.

  • Jorge Carolinos

    Eric Clanton and his behavior directly contradicts this article. Oddly felony arrested and videoed Mr Clanton didn’t make it into this essay for some reason.

    Here is poor punched girl defending violence.

    The authors seem more concerned about violence than she does. All in a days rioting.

    This episode isn’t about virtuous ANTIFA and idiotic white pride types, it’s about two sets of idiots fighting it out.

    This article isn’t about reality it is agitprop, two sets of idiots fight it out and the authors picked a side.

    • Gene K.

      It’s impossible to hear what she is saying with the stream of blabber that is also going on in the background.

  • TragicRealist

    “Publicity is a good thing. From a PR perspective we want people to talk about us.” Nazis one, media nil.

  • Robert

    Let’s hope the FBI is effectively infiltrating these domestic terrorist groups.

    • chris n

      they’re infiltrating law enforcement, not the other way around

      • Robert

        White supremicists are infiltrating law enforcement? Intriguiging and concerning if true–do you have a link or evidence that is happening?

        • chris n

          intercept had an article in january about the fbi investigating white supremacist infiltration of law enforcement. charles pierce wrote one for esquire in june

          anecdotal but at the dnc photographs revealed neo-nazi tattoos on philly cop ian lichterman, who was cleared by internal affairs. they didn’t say it wasn’t a nazi tat, though

          pretty obvious that law enforcement attracts brutal racists, at any rate

          • Robert

            Law enforcement needs to rigorously vet and clean house of this scum.

  • Mama T

    Do they not have editors at KQED? This piece needs editing so badly.

  • David Chapman

    This is a terrifying and important piece. It was a painful read but necessary. However, I need to ask one thing … You state “The group has a high visibility on campuses from San Diego to Tuscaloosa to Charlottesville” I am on the Grounds of UVA pretty much every day and I have never seen any evidence of this group — or other white supremacists. What is the basis for this claim?

  • way2ski

    So why isn’t this douche in jail for assault?

    • Andrew Davis

      And battery?

  • chris n

    antifa isn’t the problem

    it’s the solution

    • Robin

      Also, antifa isn’t a formal group/organization that needs to be capitalized. All “antifa” is is a short form for “anti-fascist”; it’s a philosophy, not a central group that one signs up with. Local groups of antifa activists may use the word in their group name to make it clear what they’re about, but there’s no big official organization with local chapters that calls itself “Antifa” or anything.

      So yes, I agree it’s a solution, and also wanted to correct the misconception in the article.

      • chris n

        yep, denying nazis public space is antifa. and it’s very good

        anyone who thinks the ideal of ‘free speech’ is more helpful to vulnerable people than chasing these cowards back to their PCs is part of the problem

        • zzz

          I get up everyday thanking the masked man in the sky that you and your kind are out there protecting so called vulnerable people from themselves.

          • chris n

            i’m sure every victim of the holocaust would agree that their slaughter was preferable to infringing on the free speech rights of the nazis

          • zzz

            Was that supposed to be ironic?

          • Was your daily prayer to a hooded sky Klansman supposed to be ironic?

          • zzz

            Many have a tenous relationship to reality.

        • chaotik_lord

          I couldn’t care less about the free speech rights of Nazis. They are hate groups, domestic terrorists, and show up fully armed – and the police do NOTHING when they threaten or brandish a weapon directly at another person, for fear of inciting a full-blown battle. There is no lawful, peaceful assembly possible when the speech itself is violence, advocating unlawful activity.

          However, the free speech rights of counterprotestors are being squeezed by laws being bandied about, especially at the state levels, and the average disconnected American isn’t paying attention to details when racists in power imply there are two equal agitators. There is a real risk of the right to protest being curtailed entirely in the name of “silencing both extremes,” for the same tired reasons of safety and order. If they do shut down protests because of the Antifa participation (and unfortunately, it is far too easy for a bad actor pretending to be with the antifascists to throw the first punch), then the power of the people to resist white supremacy and be heard will be negated. That’s one reason why being able to assert your group is strictly nonviolent is so important. I am afraid of a near future where a state of emergency is declared for all cities, not just one. It’s clear that when Nazis rally, the police will act skittish and try to talk them out of assembling. But when people speaking out against white supremacy and power assemble, they are more likely to use force and violence to disperse the crowd. You can quibble all day about whether that’s because they fear the armaments of the Nazis or because they support the beliefs of the Nazis (the latter is easily proven to be the case sometimes, thanks to federal data that may disappear since the Nazi administration is directing Feds to stop calling supremacist groups terrorists and focus their investigations only on Islamic extremists, despite universal law enforcement agreement that right-wing nationalist groups pose the biggest danger). Either way, I’m worried about a future where their voices of hate and violence are the only ones heard and good people aren’t permitted to protest.

      • Amy Keltic

        Anyone who is pro antifa should go to the White House’s website. The alt right has recently created many petitions on there and we should, too.

        They are petitioning to have antifa & BLM officially recognized as domestic terrorist organizations on two separate petitions. They’re also trying to have all Martin Luther King statues removed & to trying protect confederate statues.

        I have only found one petition to have white nationalists/supremacists recognized as a domestic terrorist group and even so it has very few signatures. Meanwhile, the anti-antifa one has nearly 300,000 signatures! The deadline for a government response is sometime in September for the left’s petition.

        Also, I wish someone more well versed in legal prose than I would create new petitions on there for the alt right also being officially recognized as a domestic terrorist group. And petition to protect MLK statues, etc.

        Just wanted to give everyone a heads up on this.

        • Sbat

          The FBI and DoD already recognize those white supremacy groups as domestic terrorists

    • zzz

      On Maydays over the last decade or so their rioting and destruction has made me think to myself, “these black clad bandanna wearing folk are the solution to so many problems, the massive problem that is parked cars, ATM’s, storefronts, unburning trash cans etc… the solution to all these problems.”

  • Gene K.

    Please call them what they are: NAZI’s.

  • Linda S

    Poor little snowflake.

  • donnasue

    I am wondering where he gets his finances from, he certainly doesn’t have a high salary job. So what corporations are backing this kind of jerk?

  • AngryNotSoOldHippy .

    I see that the sh!tt!ng Christianic Republican is a typical Republican convicted felon. As usual Judges let these right wing monsters right back out on to our streets, typical filthy Christian Republicans.

  • johnitis

    Can someone explain why you’re normalizing white supremacists with these interviews?

    • zzz

      I love the intellectual faddism of the use of normalize.

  • form

    KQED, I hope you’re reading these comments. Many people are appalled at your choice to let the Nazis use you as their mouthpiece. If you ever do another piece on them, use it to hold them accountable for their “road to nowhere” in life. Ask them how they plan to purge this country of non-white people, including those who were here first. Ask them why they won’t direct their anger at whoever REALLY busted their lives (our legal systems, school systems, health care systems, etc.). Ask them how they’re trying to help themselves WITHOUT hurting somebody else. And tell the public how selfish and dangerous it is when ANYONE “opts-out” of a society. These Nazis will flourish unless they’re named, blamed, and shamed. If your “news” isn’t doing that, your “news” is FAKE!!!!

    • Baruch

      KQED is trying to be objective here, as all media should be, but few are. What we have in this situation is right-wing extremists getting into conflicts with left-wing extremists. The silent 99% majority do not go on marches, protests, demonstrations or otherwise act in a provocative manner.

      The right-wing extremists want the left-wing extremists to show up, so there can be publicity and clashes. So why don’t the left-wing extremists do the correct thing and ignore these rallies. I know I will.

      • chris n

        nazi sympathizer

        good look, champ

        • Baruch

          It’s got nothing to do with whether I prefer left-wing politics or right-wing politics. It has to do with the fact that I want to be able to trust media news sources to be balanced, objective and neutral.

          If I want bias I will read advocacy and activist sources.

          • chris n

            you equate nazis with those who viscerally oppose them

            second sentence

            you’re a nazi sympathizer

          • Baruch

            No, I hare the far right and the far left. They are both as bad as each other.

        • Sbat

          Or perhaps he’s just choosing not to feed the trolls, the way KQED is with this sympathetic “thought provoking” piece of equivocation

    • zzz

      How in the world did you come up with this non sense?

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John Sepulvado is the morning host of The California Report. Prior to joining KQED in September 2016, John was the local host of NPR’s Weekend Edition at Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB). He has also served as a producer for America Public Media’s Marketplace Weekend and worked as a national correspondent for CNN and as news director at WUSF in Tampa, Florida. John has earned prestigious RTDNA Murrow and PRNDI awards for investigative reporting, and helped CNN take home a Peabody Award for coverage of the 2010 Gulf oil spill. John attended Florida A&M in Tallahassee and is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

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Bert Johnson is a multimedia journalist and KQED contributor. His work has also been published in the Sacramento News & Review and he was previously the Multimedia Editor at the East Bay Express. He covers social movements, the justice system and extremism. Email: bjohnson@kqed.org Twitter: @bertjohnsonfoto Instagram: @bertjohnsonfoto