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October 24, 2013

Anti-Immigrant Group CAPS Appoints Extremist As A Writing Fellow

The Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant group Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) now lists anti-immigrant extremist and racist John Vinson as a “senior writing fellow” on its website.  On October 18, 2013, CAPS published a blog by Vinson, who is the president of the extreme anti-immigrant group American Immigration Control Foundation (AICF). john-vinson

Vinson’s AICF reportedly received funding from the Pioneer Fund. The New York Times has described the Pioneer Fund as having been established for the express purpose of promoting research into eugenics and as having sponsored projects based on the notion that blacks are genetically less intelligent than whites. CAPS also received a grant from Pioneer in 2002.

Vinson has a history of extremist ties and statements.  He is a founding member of the League of the South (LOS), a racist neo-Confederate organization currently run by racist Michael Hill. While with the LOS, Vinson was credited with drafting the “Kinism Statement,” a set of guiding principles for a modern white supremacist interpretation of Christianity called “Kinism.” While accepting many standard Christian beliefs and declaring Jesus as their Savior, Kinists assert that whites have a “God-given right” to preserve their “own kind” and live separately from other races.

In 1999, Vinson spoke on an immigration panel at a Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) conference alongside other anti-immigrant extremists, including Virginia Abernethy of the white supremacist political party American Freedom Party (AFP) and Glenn Spencer of the anti-Hispanic hate group American Border Patrol.

In 1998, Vinson was the guest-editor of one of the most notorious issues of The Social Contract (TSC), an anti-immigrant journal published by racist John Tanton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement. The issue, titled “Europhobia: The Hostility Toward European-Descended Americans,” featured articles from a number of white supremacists, including Jared Taylor and Sam Francis. In his editorial for the Europhobia issue, Vinson wrote, “Multiculturalism, which subordinates successful Euro-American culture to dysfunctional Third World cultures, keeps gaining ground against surprisingly weak opposition.”

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September 13, 2013

Anti-Immigrant Activists And Extremists React To Barbara Coe’s Death

On August 31 racist anti-immigrant activist Barbara Coe, the founder of the anti-Hispanic hate group California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR), passed away. Following her death, a number of anti-immigrant activists and extremists responded with messages praising her work.barbara-coe

Coe spent much of her later life demonizing immigrants in California and working with a number of extremists in an effort to advance her nativist cause. Coe was credited with leading the grassroots effort to pass California’s anti-immigrant legislation Proposition 187 in 1994. According to a 2005 article in the American Prospect, Coe described undocumented immigrant workers as “illegal barbarians who are cutting off heads and appendages of blind, white, disabled gringos.”

Coe also described immigrants as a “malignancy destroying the host.” A member of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist organization, Coe spoke at a number of events featuring extremists. On January 17, 1998, Coe spoke at an anti-immigrant rally in Alabama featuring a number of racists, including Sam Dickson and Rick Oltman. On September 7, 2002 Coe spoke at another anti-immigrant gathering in New York featuring white supremacist Jared Taylor.

After news broke of her death, numerous anti-immigrant activists and extremists responded by painting Coe as a positive figure and promoting their own anti-immigrant views.

Racist Peter Brimelow, founder of the anti-immigrant site VDARE, described her passing as “very sad news,” and went on to state, “Barbara Coe was one of a group of California patriots who came together in the early 1990s because they saw the danger posed by mass illegal and legal immigration—and realized that the political Establishment, liberal and ‘conservative,’ intended to do absolutely nothing about it.”

Glenn Spencer, head of the anti-Hispanic hate group American Border Patrol, described Coe as “fire and brimstone” before stating, “She understood the issues and was a fighter.”

Anti-immigrant activist Ted Hayes claimed, “But before the Minute Men, indeed their [sic] was the California For Immigration Reform, and the partnership of Coe and Ron Prince who launched the successful Proposition 187, which as we know was overturned by a socialist, activist federal court giving cover to the non-military, foreign national, civilian, invasion-occupation of our country.”

William Gheen of the anti-immigrant group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) wrote, “All of Barbara’s friends and family have much to be proud of because of the great fight she put up against the diseases of cancer and illegal immigration!”

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August 29, 2013

Georgia Police Chief Accepts Award From Racists At Anti-Immigrant Rally

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Michael Hill hands award to Police Chief Lewis Smith in Uvalda

A Georgia police chief accepted an award from racists and anti-immigrant extremists at an anti-immigrant protest.

Michael Hill, the president of the League of the South (LOS), an implicitly racist neo-Confederate group, gave Police Chief Lewis Smith, chief of police of Uvalda, a small town in Georgia, the LOS’s “Robert E. Lee Award.” Hill reportedly gave Smith the award because of the chief’s support of the rally and as “a small token of [their] appreciation.”

Hill, who has become increasingly radical, was one of a number of racist speakers at the rally. Other speakers at the event included leaders in LOS and Michael Cushman, who heads the Southern Nationalist Network (SNN). Attendees, who included white supremacists Brad Griffin (also known as Hunter Wallace) and Kyle Rogers of the Council of Conservative Citizens, were also protesting Uvalda Mayor Paul Bridges’ support of a lawsuit against Georgia’s harsh immigration laws. 

Despite the fact that the Southern Poverty Law Center informed Chief Smith of the protesters’ extremism, Smith not only participated in the event, he brought refreshments for the protesters.

In an effort to play down their extremism, participants at the protest did not openly display white supremacist symbols or even the Confederate flag. They held up a flag from the SNN, a Georgia secession flag, as well as an LOS banner. Most of the participants also followed a dress code of slacks and shirts, as requested in the event’s announcement on the LOS Facebook page.

Speakers at the event, however, expressed racist, anti-immigrant views. Cushman claimed that immigration was “an invasion of our country” and argued that it was “immoral” to replace “a unique people,” meaning Southern whites, with immigrants. Hill asserted that “demographics is destiny” and argued, “This is our land. We settled it. We built it. And we own it. It’s ours.”

In addition, participants held handmade signs that read, “Mayor Bridges wants to replace us,” and “It’s wrong to replace us.” After the rally in Uvalda, the participants continued their protest in nearby Vidalia.

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