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June 28, 2016 4

The Hate Group Behind the Sacramento White Supremacist Rally

A coterie of racist skin­heads and other white suprema­cists staged a rally at the state capi­tol in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia, this past week­end, a rally that degen­er­ated into a bloody brawl when the racists were attacked by a larger group of left-wing counter-demonstrators. At least 10 peo­ple were report­edly injured.

Racist skinheads involved in Sacramento rally

White suprema­cists who par­tic­i­pated in Sacra­mento rally

Both sides came pre­pared for a fight, after a pre­vi­ous brawl in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia ear­lier in the year, and both sides declared “suc­cess” after the fra­cas, but it is the white suprema­cists who most ben­e­fit from the free pub­lic­ity that such vio­lent gen­er­ates “We stood our ground. We’ll be back,” promised one white suprema­cist after the Sacra­mento event. That was Matthew Heim­bach who, with fel­low racist Matt Par­rott, orga­nized the rally from afar.

Heim­bach and Par­rott are the lead­ers of a new hate group, The Tra­di­tion­al­ist Worker Party (TWP), which claims to be the “polit­i­cal arm” of their ear­lier white suprema­cist endeavor, the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), but seems to be sup­plant­ing it.

Their rally is part of a greater effort by Heim­bach and Par­rott to unite dif­fer­ent racist groups under their umbrella to pro­mote white nation­al­ism and a white ethno-state. TWP adver­tised the event as a rally “against glob­al­iza­tion and in defense of the right to free expres­sion.” Plans for the rally had been in motion since April and TWP secured a per­mit to hold the event at the Sacra­mento State Capitol.

Traditionalist Worker Party graphic publicizing Sacramento rally

Tra­di­tion­al­ist Worker Party graphic pub­li­ciz­ing Sacra­mento rally

The group also claimed the rally was, in part, a response to anti-racists, minori­ties and immi­grants who protested at events in Cal­i­for­nia held by pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump. TWP orga­nized the demon­stra­tion along with the Golden State Skin­heads, a racist skin­head group allied with TWP.

TWP was cre­ated after a largely unsuc­cess­ful effort by Heim­bach and Par­rott to attract young peo­ple to white nation­al­ism through the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work. Unable to recruit many col­lege stu­dents to his group, Heim­bach turned instead to build­ing alliances with neo-Nazis and racist skin­heads. In 2013, he attended a gath­er­ing in Ken­tucky fea­tur­ing the racist skin­head Aryan Ter­ror Brigade, the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment and sev­eral Ku Klux Klan groups.

Since then, Heim­bach has con­ducted more out­reach to racist skin­heads and neo-Nazis, par­tic­u­larly estab­lished groups like the Golden State Skin­heads in Cal­i­for­nia and the Key­stone State Skinheads/Keystone United in Pennsylvania.

The Golden State Skin­heads (GSS), founded in 2003, is a California-based racist skin­head group with mem­bers from through­out the state.  They claim to be “a social club of Cal­i­for­nia white nation­al­ists… banned [sic] together for the sur­vival of our peo­ple and our beliefs.”  How­ever, pre­vi­ous ver­sions of their web­site “about us” page stated that they “oppose multi-culturalism, glob­al­iza­tion and Zion­ism, adding “our ulti­mate goal is to estab­lish a state owned and inhab­ited exclu­sively by the white race where we may peace­fully exist and pros­per gov­ern­ing our­selves with­out alien influence.”

GSS has coor­di­nated a num­ber of white power con­certs and social events through­out the state, includ­ing join­ing other white suprema­cist groups such as Cal­i­for­nia Skin­heads, Blood and Honor, and Amer­i­can Free­dom Party in June 2015, in Bak­ers­field, for a white power gath­er­ing dubbed Camp Com­radery 2015 [sic].  Heim­bach, already tied to GSS, was a main speaker at the event.

TWP has also been active on the East Coast. In Feb­ru­ary 2016, TWP co-hosted an event with the Key­stone State Skinheads/Keystone United in Har­ris­burg. Two months later, the TWP’s first offi­cial mid-Atlantic chap­ter meet­ing, held in Philadel­phia brought in some 20 atten­dees and fea­tured Heim­bach and long-time Key­stone State Skin­head Steve Smith as speakers.

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January 3, 2013 13

White Supremacists Plan Anti-Immigration Rallies Nationwide in February 2013

White suprema­cists from around the United States are plan­ning to hold “Free Amer­ica” ral­lies oppos­ing “ille­gal immigration” on Feb­ru­ary 23, 2013.

A post on the white suprema­cist Inter­net forum Storm­front men­tions sched­uled ral­lies in cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia, Ore­gon, Mass­a­chu­setts, Ten­nessee, Washington/Idaho, West Vir­ginia, New York and Penn­syl­va­nia. Accord­ing to the post, Harry Bertram, who ran for gov­er­nor of West Vir­ginia under the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion (A3P) ticket in 2012, is orga­niz­ing the West Vir­ginia rally.

The main web­site pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion about the Feb­ru­ary 2013 “Free Amer­ica” ral­lies appears to be run by California-based white suprema­cist Michael Myers. He has a long his­tory of involve­ment in white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tions includ­ing the Golden State Skin­heads, a racist skin­head group very active in the white power music scene in Cal­i­for­nia. Myers is also affil­i­ated with A3P.

In addi­tion, Myers was the lead orga­nizer for the South African Project (SAP), a coordinated—and largely unsuccessful–effort by white suprema­cists, in Feb­ru­ary 2012, to bring atten­tion to the alleged “geno­cide” of white South African farm­ers. He led the SAP protest in Sacra­mento, California.

An ear­lier web­site set up for the anti-immigrant ral­lies listed a dif­fer­ent date and con­tact per­sons. One con­tact listed on the pre­vi­ous web­site was “Milissa Schidecker,” who was des­ig­nated as the point per­son for the Louisiana protests. It appears that “Milissa Schidecker” is in fact Milissa Gulett, the wife of Mor­ris Gulett, a well-known white supremacist.

The Guletts recently returned to Louisiana where Mor­ris set up the new head­quar­ters for his fac­tion of the neo-Nazi orga­ni­za­tion Aryan Nations. Though Milissa Gullet’s (or Schidecker’s) name does not appear on the new web­site, her Face­book page reveals that she “liked” the event page set up for the Feb­ru­ary 23 “Free Amer­ica” ral­lies. It is unclear at this time whether the Guletts are plan­ning to have a rally on Feb­ru­ary 23 in Louisiana.

For many years, white suprema­cists have attempted to use the issue of immi­gra­tion as a way to tap into the Amer­i­can main­stream. Their efforts in this area have not been successful.

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