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August 14, 2013 11

Georgia Police Chief To Join Extremists At Anti-Immigration Protest

Lewis Smith, the chief of police of Uvalda, a small town in the state of Geor­gia (pop­u­la­tion around 600), has announced his inten­tion to join an anti-immigration protest orga­nized by white suprema­cists and neo-Confederate groups. 

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Michael Cush­man

Smith indi­cated he planned to attend the event, sched­uled for August 24 in Uvalda, on the Face­book page of the League of the South (LOS). LOS is an implic­itly racist group that seeks to cre­ate a South pred­i­cated on “Anglo-Celtic” cul­tural dom­i­nance.  The orig­i­nal Face­book post­ing (which has since been mod­i­fied) stated that the orga­niz­ers of the event were Hunter Wal­lace (whose real name is Brad Grif­fin), a white suprema­cist who runs “Occi­den­tal Dis­sent” and Michael Cush­man, who runs “South­ern Nation­al­ist Net­work.” “Occi­den­tal Dis­sent” is a racist blog that focuses on the South and “South­ern Nation­al­ist Net­work” is a neo-Confederate blog that focuses on “South­ern identity.”

Oth­ers announc­ing they would attend the event include Matthew Heim­bach, a white suprema­cist leader with the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work, and Kyle Rogers, a key player in the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens. Michael Hill, the pres­i­dent of the League of the South, will also attend the event, along with other LOS mem­bers. The protest will pur­port­edly focus on the claim that “immi­gra­tion is destroy­ing our South­ern Culture.”

Immi­gra­tion has recently played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the pol­i­tics of tiny Uvalda. The mayor, Paul Bridges, has been very vocal in his oppo­si­tion to HB87, Georgia’s harsh anti-immigration law passed in 2011. Bridges joined a 2011 law­suit chal­leng­ing the law, filed by the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union and the South­ern Poverty Law Center.

Since 2011, Bridges and Smith have been involved in a series of dis­putes. Some of the dis­agree­ments between the two seem to have stemmed from issues related to immi­grants liv­ing in the town.

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April 23, 2013 2

Hate App Targets Towson University

Update 8/2/13: A new White Stu­dent Union has formed at Geor­gia State Uni­ver­sity by fresh­man Patrick Sharp.

The increas­ing exploita­tion of easy-to-use soft­ware to cre­ate smart­phone apps by hate groups sig­nals a move into a new realm of dig­i­tal propaganda.

Some hate groups, like the neo-confederate League of the South, have pro­duced apps intended for a gen­eral audi­ence. Oth­ers, how­ever, are devel­op­ing apps with spe­cific pro­pa­ganda tar­gets in mind. For exam­ple, the Tow­son White Stu­dent Union, founded by white suprema­cist Matthew Heim­bach, a stu­dent at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in Mary­land, has cre­ated an app specif­i­cally tar­get­ing stu­dents at the school.

Like the League of the South’s app, the Tow­son White Stu­dent Union (Tow­son WSU) app is visu­ally crude and tech­ni­cally rudi­men­tary, pri­mar­ily offer­ing a col­lec­tion of links. In the case of the Tow­son WSU app, the links lead to blogs, a group Face­book page, a Twit­ter account for the group’s orga­nizer, a Google search results page, and a YouTube chan­nel for the group.

These Android apps are not avail­able through the autho­rized Google Play web­site. How­ever, as Android apps do not need to be cer­ti­fied for instal­la­tion (unlike iPad/iPod/iPhone apps), they are read­ily avail­able through unof­fi­cial apps dis­tri­b­u­tion websites.

Years ago, tech­no­log­i­cal advances made it easy for hate groups to cre­ate web­sites with­out actu­ally hav­ing sophis­ti­cated com­puter knowl­edge or skills. As the preva­lence of wire­less devices increases and easy-to-use app cre­ation soft­ware pro­lif­er­ates, the pres­ence of this sort of smart­phone and tablet app will undoubt­edly increase.

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September 5, 2012 402

Former Youth for Western Civilization Leader Promotes White Student Union at Towson

Matthew Heim­bach

Update 8/2/13: A new White Stu­dent Union has formed at Geor­gia State Uni­ver­sity by fresh­man Patrick Sharp.

Matthew Heim­bach, the for­mer stu­dent leader of the now-defunct chap­ter of Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion (YWC) at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in Mary­land, wants to estab­lish a white stu­dent union at the school.

In a Sep­tem­ber 2 let­ter to Towson’s cam­pus news­pa­per, The Tow­erlight, at the start of the school year, Heim­bach claimed that “a White Stu­dent Union would rep­re­sent the unique cul­tural her­itage, folk cus­toms and strong Chris­t­ian tra­di­tions that define white civilization.”

At the end of his let­ter, Heim­bach claimed that the iden­tity of white “folk” has been “tram­pled and attacked for gen­er­a­tions” and that it was time for white stu­dents to “stand up for our rights.”

He then focused on two issues that have become ardent causes for the white suprema­cist move­ment in the United States: alleged geno­cide against whites in South Africa, and alleged anti-white assaults and dis­crim­i­na­tion in the United States.

Heim­bach ended his let­ter with a para­phrase of the “14 words,” the ral­ly­ing cry of white suprema­cists world­wide: “We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for white chil­dren.” Instead, Heim­bach, wrote another 14-word phrase, “We must pro­tect the secu­rity of Euro­peans and a future for the next generation.”

Heim­bach has become more openly white suprema­cist in his views since YWC was dis­banded at Tow­son in March 2012.  At that time, YWC received neg­a­tive media pub­lic­ity when mem­bers of the group chalked “white pride” around the cam­pus. Soon after­wards, the group’s stu­dent advi­sor resigned and YWC lost its stand­ing as an offi­cial stu­dent organization.

In July 2012, Heim­bach attended the national con­fer­ence of the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens. A year ear­lier, Heim­bach also attended a con­fer­ence of the League of the South, a neo-Confederate group that wants to pre­serve the South’s “Anglo-Celtic culture.”

In many ways, Heim­bach was the model YWC mem­ber. He founded the YWC chap­ter at Tow­son in Sep­tem­ber 2011 and couched his lan­guage in non-racial terms to gain accep­tance from fel­low stu­dents. This was a strat­egy pro­moted by the national YWC when it began orga­niz­ing stu­dent chap­ters at var­i­ous universities.

YWC has been rel­a­tively inac­tive as a national orga­ni­za­tion since its founder Kevin DeAnna stepped down as pres­i­dent of the group in Feb­ru­ary 2012.

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