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November 25, 2013 1

Anti-immigrant And Anti-Muslim Groups Join Forces To Host Event In North Carolina

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 22, the Fayet­teville, North Car­olina chap­ter of ACT! for Amer­ica, an orga­ni­za­tion pro­mot­ing the idea that Islam is a back­ward and sedi­tious polit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy, hosted a screen­ing of the anti-immigrant film, “They Come to Amer­ica.” After the screen­ing, orga­niz­ers have sched­uled a panel dis­cus­sion about immi­gra­tion with James John­son, head of the North Carolina-based anti-immigrant group NC FIRE and Ron Woodard, the founder of another North Carolina-based anti-immigrant group, NC Lis­ten.act-for-america-they-come-to-america-poster

The Fayet­teville chap­ter of ACT! for Amer­ica reg­u­larly posts extreme anti-Muslim rhetoric on its Face­book page, claim­ing Islam is in a war with the world and pro­mot­ing a video titled “Islam and Nazism, the Unholy Alliance.” Both John­son and Woodard are anti-immigrant activists with ties to extrem­ism. Ear­lier this year, Woodard received the “We the Peo­ple Lead­er­ship Award” from the extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR) a group founded by racist John Tan­ton. FAIR helped to found and but­tress Woodard’s group, NC Listen.

James John­son of NC Lis­ten has cir­cu­lated arti­cles from racist web­sites such as VDARE and Amer­i­can Renais­sance in the past. In 2011, John­son posted a pic­ture of him­self with Roan Garcia-Quintana, a direc­tor of the white suprema­cist group Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC) on Face­book. Both men were attend­ing FAIR’s Hold Their Feet to the Fire event. 

The screen­ing and panel dis­cus­sion is just one recent exam­ple of col­lab­o­ra­tion between the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim move­ments, both at the national and local level. Both move­ments see immi­gra­tion as prob­lem­atic and pro­mote xeno­pho­bia. Nation­ally, both anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim groups pro­mote anti-immigrant leg­is­la­tion and both move­ments worked to derail immi­gra­tion reform in 2013. At the local level, activists attend and speak at each other’s events and sup­port each other’s campaigns.

Events such as the Boston Marathon bomb­ings, as well as sto­ries about “ter­ror­ists” enter­ing the United States through Mex­ico serve as fuel for both the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim move­ments and indi­cate that fur­ther col­lab­o­ra­tion between groups both at the local and national level will not only con­tinue, but increase.

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September 13, 2013 0

Florida Cop-Killer Harbored Extremist Views

Social net­work­ing post­ings and links made by a Florida man who killed a Char­lotte County deputy reveal a vehe­ment loathing for Pres­i­dent Barack Obama as well as sym­pa­thy for a vari­ety of racist and anti-Muslim causes.jay-vanko

On Mon­day, August 2, Sergeant Mike Wil­son of the Char­lotte County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domes­tic dis­tur­bance call at an apart­ment build­ing in Port Char­lotte.  As he entered the stair­well of the build­ing, Jaroslav “Jay” Vanko, 49, fired at the deputy from the top of the stair­case, mor­tally wound­ing Wil­son in the chest above his bul­let­proof vest.  Vanko killed him­self soon after as police sur­rounded the building.

Why Vanko decided to resort to lethal vio­lence is not clear and may never be known.  How­ever, Vanko’s pro­file on the social net­work­ing web­site Face­book, as well as his post­ings else­where on that site, pro­vide con­sid­er­able insight into many of his views and opinions. 

Vanko’s on-line writ­ings clearly reveal that, in the years since his arrival in the United States from the Czech Repub­lic, he had devel­oped an attach­ment to a vari­ety of far right-wing causes that ranged from main­stream to extreme.  One of Vanko’s most cher­ished causes was the issue of gun rights, but he tended to be most emo­tional on the sub­ject of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, describ­ing Obama as a “snake” and a “scum­bag” who “lit­er­ally make me a sick” [lan­guage as in orig­i­nal post­ing].   Accord­ing to Vanko, Obama was seek­ing a rise in crim­i­nal activ­ity in order to jus­tify mass gun con­fis­ca­tion.  “That is exactly what Lenin did,” Vanko wrote, accus­ing Obama of seek­ing to “spark [a] social­ist revolution.”

As dis­turb­ing as such com­ments are, even more dis­turb­ing are some of the other causes that Vanko sup­ported.  Among Vanko’s Face­book “likes” were a vari­ety of racist, white suprema­cist, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim Face­book pages, includ­ing “Amer­i­can White His­tory Month,” the anti-Muslim “United States of Amer­ica Defence [sic] League,” “Islam Free Planet,” “The Counter Jihad Report,” “Boy­cott Halal,”  the anti-government extrem­ist “Three Per­centers III%” page,  the racist and anti-Muslim Eng­lish Defence League,  the page for con­spir­acy the­ory talk show host Alex Jones, and many sim­i­lar pages.

His “likes” also included sev­eral Face­book pages tied to white suprema­cist groups, includ­ing the page “Save the White Peo­ple in South Africa,” asso­ci­ated with the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations and other white suprema­cist groups, as well as the page for the Amer­i­can Renais­sance, a white suprema­cist mag­a­zine pub­lished by long­stand­ing racist Jared Tay­lor.  In a post­ing he made to the South Africa page, Vanko offered his own opin­ion of the white race:  “I love whites, most beau­ti­ful peo­ple on planet.  We need to fight it on daily basis, not deal with sav­ages on any level and ignore them every­where” [lan­guage as in orig­i­nal posting].

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August 20, 2013 0

The One Million Muslim March On 9/11

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Rabbi Alam and Brigitte Gabriel appear on Sean Han­nity program

The Amer­i­can Mus­lim Polit­i­cal Action (AMPAC), an orga­ni­za­tion with a rel­a­tively insignif­i­cant pres­ence among Amer­i­can Mus­lims, cre­ated a strong media reac­tion by announc­ing its inten­tion to orga­nize a “One Mil­lion Mus­lim March” to the U.S. Capi­tol on Sep­tem­ber 11, 2013. AMPAC was founded and is run by Mr. Rabbi Alam (“Rabbi” is his first name), an Amer­i­can war vet­eran orig­i­nally from Bangladesh with a past record of mak­ing con­tro­ver­sial and big­oted statements.

Sev­eral US media out­lets and activists have high­lighted some of Alam’s past anti-Semitic and con­spir­a­to­r­ial remarks imply­ing Jew­ish involve­ment in the 9/11 attacks. For exam­ple, in 2009 Alam posted a com­ment on Topix, a web-based forum, on the dis­cus­sion topic “Was 9/11 a con­spir­acy?” He wrote “a big yes from my own under­stand­ing.” In the same post, Alam ques­tioned why 9/11 was an “offi­cial holidy for all jew­ish peo­ple [who] worked in the WTC [sic]” and added “who can tell me how many of the Jew­ish peo­ple died on the 9/11 tragedy? [sic].”

AMPAC’s web­site also states, “The his­tory of the Jewish-Zionist lobby AIPAC shows that it is more effec­tive to be ‘rad­i­cal’ and express one’s views strongly and hon­estly, than to be fear­ful and timid. The best defense is a good offense.”

Alam recently appeared on Fox News with Brigitte Gabriel, leader of  Act! for Amer­ica, to dis­cuss the march with Sean Han­nity. The inter­view called into ques­tion his abil­ity to orga­nize a large event, and under­scored his will­ing­ness to stir con­tro­versy. By his state­ments, he made it read­ily appar­ent why some anti-Muslim groups would find him a con­ve­nient exam­ple to cite in pro­mot­ing their agenda.

To date, there is lit­tle evi­dence of sup­port for the march from Amer­i­can Muslims.

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