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July 9, 2014 13

White Supremacist “Mantra” Literature Appears In Seattle Neighborhood

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Post­card front

Res­i­dents of the Capi­tol Hill neigh­bor­hood of Seat­tle recently found them­selves the recip­i­ents of a white suprema­cist lit­er­a­ture dis­tri­b­u­tion. Some­one had gone up and down streets in the area on June 30, plac­ing racist post­cards on the wind­shields of cars parked along the street.

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Post­card back

The post­cards were designed to exploit gay pride events held in Seat­tle the pre­vi­ous week­end, includ­ing the 40th annual Seat­tle Pride Parade and Seat­tle Pride­Fest 2014, the lat­ter held only a few blocks from where the post­cards were dis­trib­uted. The post­card fronts fea­tured a rain­bow image, the word “Seat­tle,” and the phrases “Rain­bow Pride” and “40 YEARS of fab­u­lous,” the lat­ter a ref­er­ence to the parade.

How­ever, the back of the post­cards was starkly dif­fer­ent, dis­play­ing in large let­ters the white suprema­cist slo­gan “’Diver­sity’ is a code word for white geno­cide.” The post­card text claimed anti-racists are “anti-white” and that they sup­port non-whites “pour[ing] into EVERY White coun­try” to inter­marry with whites, thus extin­guish­ing the white race. The pride-related front was sim­ply cam­ou­flage for the racist mes­sage on the back.

This mes­sage was not ran­dom but rather the stan­dard lan­guage used by white suprema­cist sup­port­ers of the “Mantra.” The “Mantra” is a white suprema­cist pro­pa­ganda cam­paign based on the idea of end­lessly repeat­ing cer­tain lan­guage and select slo­gans in the hopes that whites will even­tu­ally be recep­tive to them. The two most com­mon slo­gans asso­ci­ated with the “Mantra” are “Anti-racist is a code for anti-white” and “Diver­sity is a code word for white geno­cide,” both of which appear on the Seat­tle postcards.

In recent years, white suprema­cist use of “Mantra”-style pro­pa­ganda has steadily increased, as racist activists dis­play it on bill­boards, on free­way over­passes, as graf­fiti, and across the Inter­net. Just a few days after the Seat­tle inci­dent, sev­eral white suprema­cists in Port­land, Ore­gon, pick­eted the offices of an orga­ni­za­tion devoted to help­ing immi­grants and refugees, dis­play­ing signs and ban­ners that repeated the “Mantra” slogans.

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July 3, 2014 3

Matthew Heimbach Publically Returns to Racist Street Activism

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Matthew Heim­bach

After announc­ing he was tak­ing a sab­bat­i­cal from activism, Matthew Heim­bach, the co-founder white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), returned to racist activ­i­ties dur­ing the month of June. Heim­bach attended three events in June orga­nized by the white South­ern nation­al­ist group League of the South (LOS).

Despite the fact that Heim­bach was pre­vi­ously banned from the orga­ni­za­tion for attend­ing neo-Nazi events, Heim­bach not only attended the recent LOS annual con­fer­ence but also took part in LOS demon­stra­tions in Ken­tucky and Alabama.

On Sat­ur­day, June 1, Heim­bach attended demon­stra­tions orga­nized by the Ken­tucky chap­ter of the League which took place in the towns of Car­roll­ton, and War­saw, Ken­tucky. At the demon­stra­tions, Heim­bach held a sign that read, “Feds out of Ken­tucky.” Another LOS protest is sched­uled to take place in the town of Pikeville, Ken­tucky, on July 19. Accord­ing to LOS, the demon­stra­tion will be in sup­port of coal min­ers in the state “whose indus­try is being destroyed by the feds.”

Over the past two years, LOS changed tac­tics, focus­ing more on street activism in an attempt to attract new mem­bers and raise aware­ness about the orga­ni­za­tion and South­ern nation­al­ism. Brad Grif­fin, aka Hunter Wal­lace, the founder of the racist blog Occi­den­tal Dis­sent is the main pro­moter of this tac­tic. The theme of this year’s LOS national con­fer­ence was “Hit­ting the Streets: Tak­ing the South­ern Nation­al­ist Mes­sage to the Public.”

Grif­fin joined LOS two years ago and is respon­si­ble for bring­ing the orga­ni­za­tion closer to the Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC), another racist orga­ni­za­tion with chap­ters around the South. Grif­fin is mar­ried to Renee Baum, the daugh­ter of Gor­don Baum, the head of CofCC. LOS and CofCC held demon­stra­tions together for the first time dur­ing the past year. Grif­fin spoke about the issue of street activism and the media atten­tion it gar­ners at the LOS national con­fer­ence last Sat­ur­day, June 28.

After their national con­fer­ence ended on June 28, LOS held a demon­stra­tion in Wetumpka, Alabama, where the group is head­quar­tered. Heim­bach and many other con­fer­ence atten­dees joined the event, which focused on sup­port­ing South­ern work­ers who LOS claims are los­ing their jobs to immi­grants. Many of the LOS protests are anti-immigrant but oth­ers focus on issues such as mar­riage equal­ity. A sim­i­lar demon­stra­tion is sched­uled to take place in Gainesville, Geor­gia, on August 23.

Heimbach’s return to racist activism appears only to be with LOS for the time being. One pos­si­ble rea­son for this is the LOS’s pro­mo­tion of a racist ver­sion of Chris­t­ian val­ues, which Heim­bach also embraces. It remains to be seen whether Heim­bach will orga­nize again with other racist orga­ni­za­tions, but it’s clear that his sab­bat­i­cal from racist activ­ity is over.

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July 3, 2014 0

Colorado Arrest Highlights Increasing Pull Of ISIS

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Shan­non Mau­reen Conley

The arrest of a 19 year-old Col­orado woman in April for attempt­ing to travel to Syria to aid the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), demon­strates the increased allure of ISIS and the Syria con­flict for Amer­i­cans look­ing to join ter­ror groups abroad. The arrest was made pub­lic today.

The woman, Shan­non Mau­reen Con­ley, was arrested on April 8, 2014, at Den­ver Inter­na­tional Air­port, where she was attempt­ing to board a flight to Ger­many en route to Iraq. Accord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Con­ley was appar­ently hop­ing to meet and marry an ISIS mem­ber with whom she had been com­mu­ni­cat­ing online. She then allegedly hoped to use her skills as a nurse on behalf of ISIS, or to fight with them “if necessary.”

Con­ley report­edly had attempted to receive U.S. mil­i­tary train­ing that she hoped to use to aid ISIS by join­ing the U.S. Army Explor­ers, a pro­gram that exposes youth to mil­i­tary career oppor­tu­ni­ties and occu­pa­tional skills. In con­ver­sa­tions with FBI agents, she allegedly referred to U.S. mil­i­tary bases as “targets.”

Con­ley appears to have been influ­enced by online ter­ror­ist pro­pa­ganda, com­mu­ni­cated with alleged ISIS mem­bers on the Inter­net and, accord­ing to court doc­u­ments, allegedly pos­sessed a series of “mate­ri­als about jihad and Al-Qaeda” includ­ing “a num­ber of CD/DVDs labeled ‘Anwar al-Awlaki.’”

Con­ley went by the name Hal­ima on her Face­book pro­file, where she described her job as “Slave of Allah.”

Con­ley is one of 5 U.S. cit­i­zens arrested this year on ter­ror­ism charges, 4 of whom were charged with attempt­ing to join ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions in Syria – Michael Todd Wolfe of Texas and Nicholas Teau­sant of Cal­i­for­nia also allegedly attempted to join ISIS, while Moham­mad Has­san Ham­dan of Michi­gan allegedly attempted to join Hezbol­lah. Con­ley, Wolfe and Teau­sant are also all con­verts to Islam.

Intel­li­gence esti­mates indi­cate that at least 100 Amer­i­cans have trav­elled to join the Syria con­flict since it began in 2011. Alto­gether, between 12,000 and 15,000 for­eign fight­ers are believed to have joined the conflict.

Court doc­u­ments indi­cate that Con­ley also exhib­ited threat­en­ing behav­ior at home, draw­ing dia­grams of and threat­en­ing a local church, which she claimed to par­tic­u­larly hate for its sup­port of Israel.

She report­edly posted a link to her Face­book page from “Acknowl­edge Apartheid Exists” about a Pales­tin­ian farmer who was sup­pos­edly shot by Israeli troops.

Although there have been sig­nif­i­cant ter­ror threats from a num­ber of women such as Colleen LaRose (“Jihad Jane”), women are arrested on ter­ror charges far less often than men. The ADL has doc­u­mented 13 female cit­i­zens and per­ma­nent res­i­dents of the U.S. arrested on ter­ror­ism charges since 2002.

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