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October 24, 2014

Images Reveal Extreme Anti-Immigrant Activists At PFIR Conference

An independent photographer published images from the October 13, 2014 conference of the anti-immigrant group Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR) revealing anti-immigrant extremists and activists with a history of making bigoted statements in attendance. The annual conference takes place around the same weekend as other anti-immigrant gatherings, namely the advisory board meeting of the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and the Social Contract Press Writers Workshop.progressives-for-immigration-reform

The images reveal that racist Wayne Lutton attended the PFIR conference. Lutton is edi­tor of the anti-immigrant jour­nal The Social Con­tract (TSC), pub­lished by racist John Tan­ton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement. In one image from the conference, Lutton is speaking to Roy Beck, founder of the anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA. In addi­tion to his edi­tor­ship of TSC, Lut­ton has been on the edi­to­r­ial advi­sory board of the Occi­den­tal Observer, which pub­lishes racist and anti-Semitic material. In a 2010 issue of TSC, Lutton wrote an editorial calling for a ban on all Muslim immigration to the United States. Lutton has spoken at white supremacist gatherings in the past, such as American Renaissance and Council of Conservative Citizens conferences.

The Montana-based anti-immigrant activist Paul Nachman also attended the PFIR conference. Nachman is a regular contributor to the racist website VDARE, founded by white supremacist Peter Brimelow. Nachman has contributed hundreds of articles for VDARE, dating back to 2006. In one VDARE column, Nachman promoted the work of extremist John Vinson. In the same column, Nachman called the burning of Korans by anti-Muslim activist Terry Jones an “educational demonstration.”

Canadian Madeline Weld also attended the conference. Weld is an advisory board member with Scientists and Environmentalists for Population Stabilization (SEPS) an anti-immigrant group attempting to coax environmentalists and others into taking an anti-immigrant stance. In the autumn 2013 issue of the journal Human Perspectives, Weld wrote, “Multiculturalism may be an invitation to abuse, but none have been more diligent in making the most of this invitation than Muslims, because Islam alone among the religions and cultures brought to the West has a supremacist politico-religious agenda whose ultimate goal is world domination.”  In June of 2013, Weld purportedly signed a petition calling for anti-Muslim bigots Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer to be allowed entry into the UK after the British government banned the pair for making statements which could “foster hatred” and cause “inter-community violence.

Anti-immigrant activists with a history of making bigoted statements and racists have also attended PFIR’s conference in previous years, including Peter Brimelow and K.C. McAlpin, John Tanton’s right- hand man.

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July 16, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Groups Plan National Protests Against Children Fleeing Violence

In response to the humanitarian crisis at the border, which has seen an influx of children fleeing violence in Central America, a number of anti-immigrant activists and right-wing groups are planning two national days of protest on July 18 and 19 against “immigration reform amnesty and the border surge.”protest-immigration

The flyer for the event features the same extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric seen recently at protests in Murrieta, California and Vassar, Michigan. The flyer claims that “illegal aliens with communicable diseases and conditions such as tuberculosis, scabies and head lice are entering our country unabated.” It goes on to warn of a “very real security risk to Americans from drug cartels, gang members and terrorists.”

The organizer of the proposed nationwide events scheduled for July 18 and 19 is Paul Arnold, an anti-immigrant activist and founder of the anti-immigrant group “Make Them Listen.” Arnold is closely tied to the anti-immigrant front group Black American Leadership Alliance (BALA). He helped organize BALA’s “March for Jobs” anti-immigrant rally in July 2013 which was attended by about 800 people. Arnold also helped to organize anti-immigrant rallies in different states in August 2013 as part of a BALA “tour.” Many of the proposed rallies were cancelled due to lack of participants and the few that did take place were sparsely attended

The Facebook event page for this weekend’s planned   protests indicates that a number of extreme anti-immigrant groups are allegedly planning to participate. For example, the South Carolina-based anti-immigrant group Americans Have Had Enough Coalition (AHHEC) plans to hold a protest in the state this weekend. White supremacist Roan Garcia-Quintana is the executive director of AHHEC and is also a director and “lifetime member” of the white supremacist organization Council of Conservative Citizens.

Another group planning to participate in the protests this weekend is the North Carolina-based Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALI-PAC), essentially a one man operation run by anti-immigrant extremist William Gheen. Gheen has a long history of anti-immigrant rhetoric. In his recent statements about the humanitarian crisis, for example, Gheen advocated sending “gently used” underwear to John Boehner and President Obama in protest of the border patrol’s plea for citizens to send new pairs of underwear for the migrants fleeing violence.

A number of other very active anti-immigrant organizations from around the country including Min­nesotans Seek­ing Immi­gra­tion Reform (MINNSIR), New Yorkers for Immigration Control and
Enforcement (NYICE) and Help Save Maryland (HSM) are also scheduled to participate at rallies in their states. Though it is unlikely the protests will attract large numbers, the anti-immigrant movement is certainly using the humanitarian crisis at the border to attempt to mobilize its base.

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July 3, 2014

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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