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July 3, 2014 3

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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May 7, 2014 0

White Supremacist Activists Opt for Sabbatical after Priest’s Rebuke

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Matt Heim­bach

Matthew Heim­bach and Matt Par­rott, the founders of the white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), have decided to take a sab­bat­i­cal from their activ­i­ties. The two took this step after the priest of the Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian church they belong to pub­licly released a state­ment on April 29 say­ing that Heim­bach must “cease and desist all activ­i­ties, both online, in print, and in per­son, pro­mot­ing racist and sep­a­ra­tionist ideologies….”

The same priest ear­lier that month had over­seen Heimbach’s com­mu­nion in the Ortho­dox Church.  Although it is unclear where Par­rott stands in terms of his own com­mu­nion, he and Heim­bach have both appar­ently cho­sen to take time off from their activ­i­ties at the request of the priest. On the TYN site, Par­rott writes that he and Heim­bach do not know if their leave of absence will be tem­po­rary or permanent.

Par­rott and espe­cially Heim­bach have openly talked about their reli­gious beliefs on the TYN blog.  Their priest noted that he made the com­mu­nion a pub­lic issue because Heim­bach “makes inflam­ma­tory pub­lic state­ments in the name of the Ortho­dox Faith.”  Both Heim­bach and Par­rott osten­si­bly see their white suprema­cist beliefs as com­pat­i­ble with their vision of Chris­tian­ity. Though the two are racist and anti-Semitic, Par­rott has tried to jus­tify their views by claim­ing they have no ill will towards other reli­gious and eth­nic groups.

It is unclear how Par­rott and Heim­bach plan to spend their sab­bat­i­cal. Even after Heimbach’s priest asked him to cease activ­i­ties and do penance to be received back into the Ortho­dox com­mu­nion, Heim­bach par­tic­i­pated in a demon­stra­tion led by the racist League of the South (LOS) in Wash­ing­ton, DC, on May 1. LOS had only recently allowed Heim­bach back into the group after kick­ing him out in Octo­ber 2013 for tak­ing part in a neo-Nazi event. A week before the LOS DC event, Heim­bach attended the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Renais­sance con­fer­ence in Ten­nessee. In addi­tion, TYN con­tin­ues to func­tion as a group, despite Heim­bach and Parrot’s leave.

The reac­tion from the white suprema­cist com­mu­nity has been some­what mixed, with most peo­ple sup­port­ing Heim­bach and Parrott’s sab­bat­i­cal while the two fig­ure out their next moves. One well-known white suprema­cist, Greg John­son, who runs the online white suprema­cist pub­li­ca­tion Counter-Currents, has attacked Heim­bach and Par­rott for aban­don­ing the white suprema­cist cause for the sake of Chris­tian­ity. Oth­ers, like Brad Grif­fin, aka Hunter Wal­lace, who runs the racist Occi­den­tal Dis­sent blog, believe that Heim­bach and Par­rott will be able to rec­on­cile their racist views with Chris­tian­ity and make a full return to the white suprema­cist movement.

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February 5, 2014 0

ProEnglish Attacks Super Bowl Ad Promoting America’s Diversity

The anti-immigrant group Pro­Eng­lish is ask­ing its activists to con­tact Coca-Cola about an ad the cor­po­ra­tion aired dur­ing the Super Bowl depict­ing peo­ple of dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties singing “Amer­ica, the Beau­ti­ful” in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent lan­guages.  Pro­Eng­lish claims the ad “directly under­mined the spirit of national unity ‘Amer­ica, the Beau­ti­ful’ was intended to fos­ter.” The group went one step fur­ther, claim­ing Coke should “pro­mote civic unity, not disunity.”pro-english-liberty-bell-adl

ProEnglish’s attacks on the Coca-Cola Cor­po­ra­tion should be seen in light of its nativist agenda and xeno­pho­bic ori­gins and ties. John Tan­ton, the racist archi­tect of the modern-day anti-immigrant move­ment, founded Pro­Eng­lish in 1994. Tan­ton once wrote, “I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American soci­ety and cul­ture to per­sist requires a European-American major­ity, and a clear one at that.” Tan­ton remains on the Pro­Eng­lish board to this day and though the orga­ni­za­tion is based in DC, it remains a “self-governing project” of Tanton’s Michigan-based umbrella anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tion, U.S., Inc.

The goals of Pro­Eng­lish are to pass English-only bills at the local and state level as well as to make Eng­lish the offi­cial lan­guage of the United States. These laws are often divi­sive. They limit access to the full range of gov­ern­ment rights and ben­e­fits for immi­grants resid­ing in the United States. These laws also do not include steps to estab­lish pro­grams where immi­grants can learn Eng­lish. ProEnglish’s agenda divides com­mu­ni­ties in the United States over the issue of immigration.

The organization’s staff and activ­i­ties are also prob­lem­atic.  ProEnglish’s exec­u­tive direc­tor, Robert Van­der­voort, is report­edly the for­mer head of the white suprema­cist group Chicagoland Friends of Amer­i­can Renais­sance, a local chap­ter of the white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion Amer­i­can Renais­sance. Pro­Eng­lish spon­sored a panel at the 2012 CPAC con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., fea­tur­ing a num­ber of racist speak­ers includ­ing Peter Brimelow, founder of the racist anti-immigrant web­site VDARE and John Der­byshire, a racist for­mer National Review con­trib­u­tor who spoke at the 2013 Amer­i­can Renais­sance con­fer­ence. Later in 2012, Pro­Eng­lish sent a let­ter to House and Sen­ate lead­ers in oppo­si­tion of the issue of Puerto Rican state­hood. A num­ber of racists signed the let­ter includ­ing John Vin­son, a found­ing mem­ber of the League of the South (LOS), a racist neo-Confederate orga­ni­za­tion. Vin­son was cred­ited with draft­ing the “Kin­ism State­ment,” a set of guid­ing prin­ci­ples for a mod­ern white suprema­cist inter­pre­ta­tion of Chris­tian­ity called “Kinism.”

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