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January 12, 2015 131

Racist Group Begins Youth Recruitment Effort

The Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP), a white suprema­cist group, has recently estab­lished a youth wing, the National Youth Front (NYF). NYF, which offi­cially launches in Feb­ru­ary, has already cre­ated a web­site, a Face­book page, and a recruit­ment video to appeal to young peo­ple between the ages of 18 and 40.

National Youth Front symbol

National Youth Front symbol

In an intro­duc­tion on its web­site, NYF claims that it is “an elite youth orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to the preser­va­tion of Amer­ica our West­ern cul­ture [sic].” In addi­tion to cre­at­ing a flyer about the group, NYF has cre­ated a pol­ished recruit­ment video aimed at young peo­ple. It decries their par­ents’ accep­tance of diver­sity and claims that young whites are “the vic­tims of [their] par­ents’ child­ish lib­er­a­tion move­ments” from the 1960s. The video is called a “Dec­la­ra­tion of War” and is sim­i­lar to videos cir­cu­lated by far-right youth groups in Europe, which chide pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions’ accep­tance of multiculturalism.

NYF chose three inter­con­nect­ing tri­an­gles known as the Val­knot or “knot of the slain,” an old Norse sym­bol, to rep­re­sent the group. It is often con­sid­ered a sym­bol of the Norse god Odin. Some white suprema­cists, par­tic­u­larly racist Odin­ists, have appro­pri­ated the Val­knot to use as a racist sym­bol. Often they use it as a sign that they are will­ing to give their life to Odin, gen­er­ally in battle.

Lead­ers in the group include Nathan Damigo and Dax­ter Reed, also known as Daecca Reed. Damigo is an Iraq war vet­eran who was released from prison in April 2014 after serv­ing time for pulling a gun on a taxi dri­ver, a crime he attrib­uted to PTSD. Damigo is the act­ing chair­man of NYF and also holds the posi­tion of direc­tor of PR and out­reach. Reed, who is from Asheville, North Car­olina, is direc­tor of national chap­ters. Reed is active in Asheville Youth Front, a local chap­ter of NYF and is seen on that chapter’s Face­book page hand­ing out a NYF flyer. On his Face­book page, Reed “liked” Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

Unof­fi­cially in exis­tence since Novem­ber 2014, NYF has already lost its first chair­man, Caleb C. Shu­maker. Shu­maker resigned on Jan­u­ary 6, cit­ing recent attacks against him and his fam­ily. He was for­merly a mem­ber of the Con­ser­v­a­tive Youth Coun­cil, an affil­i­ate of the far-right Con­ser­v­a­tive Party USA. In his farewell col­umn, Shu­maker claimed that NYF already has nine chap­ters around the coun­try, although there is lit­tle evi­dence of activ­ity at this point.

AFP was orig­i­nally founded in Octo­ber 2009 as Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion (A3P), “to rep­re­sent the polit­i­cal inter­ests of White Amer­i­cans.” Today the organization’s lead­er­ship is made up of older well-established white suprema­cists such as Cal­i­for­nia lawyer William John­son, anti-Semitic ex-professor Kevin Mac­Don­ald and James Edwards, who runs The Polit­i­cal Cesspool, a radio show based in Ten­nessee. AFP is appar­ently try­ing to attract young peo­ple to bring new energy into the group, which has mostly run unsuc­cess­ful can­di­dates for local positions.

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March 21, 2013 7

Extremists Flock to 40th Annual CPAC Conference

Mer­lin Miller, a white suprema­cist affil­i­ated with the Amer­i­can Free­dom Party, attended CPAC 2013.

The 40th annual Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Action Con­fer­ence (CPAC) on March 14–16, 2013 in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. attracted a num­ber of indi­vid­u­als on the extreme right of the polit­i­cal spec­trum. Atten­dees at CPAC this year included a white suprema­cist who ran for Pres­i­dent in the 2012 elec­tion, mem­bers of a “white stu­dent union” at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity, and a reported white suprema­cist who cur­rently runs an anti-immigrant group. A promi­nent mem­ber of the anti-government Oath Keep­ers group pre­sented at the event.

Sher­iff Richard Mack of Ari­zona, an anti-government activist and mem­ber of the Oath Keep­ers, pre­sented at this year’s CPAC at a ses­sion titled “How a Con­sti­tu­tional Sher­iff can Pro­tect Your Sec­ond Amend­ment Rights.” The Oath Keep­ers claim they will refuse to carry out cer­tain “orders” that they expect the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to issue, such as putting cit­i­zens in con­cen­tra­tion camps, assist­ing for­eign troops in invad­ing the coun­try and declar­ing mar­tial law. Dur­ing his speech, Mack claimed “the Pres­i­dent has no author­ity in your county” and asserted that “there is no gun con­trol in the Constitution.”

Matthew Heim­bach, a for­mer activist with the now defunct racist group Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion (YWC) and the founder of the “white stu­dent union” at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in Mary­land, attended CPAC with other stu­dents. Heim­bach and another stu­dent, Scott Terry, dis­rupted a panel titled, “Trump the Race Card: Are You Sick and Tired of Being Called a Racist When You Know You’re Not One?” Terry pro­claimed that “I feel like my peo­ple, my demo­graphic are being sys­tem­at­i­cally dis­en­fran­chised” and asked the speaker, K. Carl Smith of the group Fred­er­ick Dou­glas Repub­li­cans, “Why can’t we be more like Booker T. Wash­ing­ton Repub­li­cans?” Smith responded by talk­ing about a let­ter writ­ten by Fred­er­ick Dou­glas for­giv­ing his slave mas­ter. Terry inter­rupted Smith, blurt­ing out, “for giv­ing him shel­ter and food and…,” caus­ing a com­mo­tion. A few moments later both Terry and Heim­bach fur­ther dis­rupted pro­ceed­ings by shout­ing that Mar­tin Luther King was a “Marxist.”

Robert Van­der­voort, the exec­u­tive direc­tor of the anti-immigrant group Pro­Eng­lish, attended this year’s CPAC. Van­der­voort is report­edly the for­mer head of the white suprema­cist group Chicagoland Friends of Amer­i­can Renais­sance, a local chap­ter of the white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion Amer­i­can Renais­sance. Another extrem­ist in atten­dance was Merlin Miller, a white suprema­cist who ran for Pres­i­dent in the 2012 elec­tion on the Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion (A3P) ticket. A3P, now renamed the Amer­i­can Free­dom Party, is a white suprema­cist polit­i­cal party. Miller attended one ses­sion titled “Iran and the Islamist Threat to Amer­ica and the West: What is — What Should Be — Our Strat­egy.” As reported by ADL, Miller attended an anti-Semitic “Hol­ly­wood­ism” con­fer­ence in Tehran ear­lier in 2013.

Though one of the major themes of the 2013 CPAC was increas­ing inclu­siv­ity in the GOP, extrem­ist ele­ments, though small in num­ber, were still able not only to attend but to par­tic­i­pate at this year’s event.

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February 5, 2013 1

Iran “Hollywoodism” Conference Partners With U.S. & International Anti-Semites, Conspiracy Theorists

Iran’s third “Hol­ly­wood­ism” con­fer­ence, cur­rently under­way in Tehran, is part­ner­ing with a num­ber of Amer­i­can and inter­na­tional anti-Semites and con­spir­acy theorists.

The con­fer­ence, part of Iran’s annual Fajr Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, includes ses­sions on how Zion­ists and their allies in the West use the film indus­try to pro­mote neg­a­tive views of Iran and pro­voke reli­gious con­flicts around the globe.

The offi­cial logo for the con­fer­ence, which fur­ther strength­ens alliances between anti-Semites and con­spir­acy the­o­rists and the Iran­ian regime, com­bines the Star of David with Masonic imagery.

Iran’s “Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Hol­ly­wood­ism and Cinema”

Iran­ian Deputy Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Islamic Guid­ance Javad Sham­agh­dari said in his open­ing state­ment at the con­fer­ence on Feb­ru­ary 2 that since before World War I, some Hol­ly­wood films “have been formed and pro­duced” from the “Zion­ist point of view, whose doc­trines and beliefs have been institutionalized.”

Sham­agh­dari also invoked the con­spir­a­to­r­ial claims that Hol­ly­wood is “prac­ti­cally in the duty of the Zion­ist and White House.”

In a sep­a­rate state­ment, the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Islamic Guid­ance Moham­mad Hos­seini warned the Amer­i­can peo­ple of their alliance with Zion­ism, and claimed that the “White House’s lead­ers play a main role in the artis­tic pol­icy for Hol­ly­wood.” Hos­seini also said that he believes Hol­ly­wood and the film indus­try is under a “hid­den man­age­ment that is lead­ing the eco­nomic, busi­ness, research­ing and the­o­riz­ing centers.”

A promi­nent par­tic­i­pant in the con­fer­ence is French come­dian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, whose acts rou­tinely include Holo­caust denial, praise for Adolf Hitler, Nazi salutes and other anti-Semitic rhetoric.

The con­fer­ence web­site iden­ti­fies a list of “part­ners” that includes sev­eral Amer­i­can and inter­na­tional anti-Semites and anti-Israel activists and orga­ni­za­tions. The list includes:

  • Amer­i­can Free Press (AFP): A Wash­ing­ton, DC-based conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic news­pa­per pub­lished by long-time anti-Semite Willis Carto.  He also pub­lishes The Barnes Review, a Holo­caust denial journal.
  • Amer­i­cana Pic­tures: A Tennessee-based film com­pany run by Mer­lin Miller, who ran as the 2012 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date for the Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion (recently re-named the Amer­i­can Free­dom Party), a white suprema­cist polit­i­cal party. Miller has par­tic­i­pated in pre­vi­ous Iran­ian film festivals.
  • Mike Gravel: A for­mer sen­a­tor and con­gress­man from Alaska who was a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in 2007. Gravel has some ties to AFP. He par­tic­i­pated on a panel at the June 2003 AFP/Barnes Review con­fer­ence. In addi­tion, Gravel has ques­tioned the role of the U.S. gov­ern­ment in the 9/11 attacks.
  • Truth Jihad: A web­site and Inter­net radio show run by Kevin Bar­rett, a for­mer instruc­tor at the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison, and an anti-Semitic 9/11 con­spir­acy the­o­rist. He is a co-founder of Mus­lims for 9/11 Truth, which con­sists mostly of a blog that refutes the idea that any Mus­lims were behind the 9/11 attacks.  Bar­rett uses his radio show to offer a plat­form to 9/11 anti-Semitic con­spir­acy theorists.
  • James Fet­zer: One of the co-founders of Schol­ars for 9/11 Truth, an orga­ni­za­tion that is com­posed of aca­d­e­mics and oth­ers who believe that the U.S. gov­ern­ment played a role in the 9/11 attacks. He is also another colum­nist for the anti-Semitic web­site Vet­er­ans Today and has writ­ten  two arti­cles for the Op-Ed News site in which he pro­motes anti-Semitic 9/11 con­spir­acy theories.
  • The Coun­cil for the National Inter­est (CNI): CNI is anti-Israel orga­ni­za­tion that opposes U.S. aid to Israel and dis­sem­i­nates demo­niz­ing pro­pa­ganda about Israel to aca­d­e­mic, politi­cians, and other audi­ences. CNI is led by Ali­son Weir, a promi­nent voice in the anti-Israel move­ment who often char­ac­ter­izes the Jew­ish state as a vio­lent aggressor.

The con­fer­ence demon­strates, once again, that Iran at the fore­front of pro­mot­ing clas­si­cal anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries.

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