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June 28, 2016

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

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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