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October 11, 2013 7

Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party Expands Presence in U.S.

Amer­i­can mem­bers of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party of Greece have cre­ated two new chap­ters in the United States since estab­lish­ing a New York chap­ter about a year ago. One new chap­ter is in Los Ange­les and the other calls itself the Regional League of the West­ern States USA.

Members of the Golden Dawn-New York chapter

Mem­bers of the Golden Dawn-New York chapter

The chap­ters are part of Golden Dawn North Amer­ica, which “sup­ports the ideas and goals of the Golden Dawn Party in Greece.”  In Sep­tem­ber, the Greek gov­ern­ment arrested a num­ber of lead­ers of the anti-Semitic, racist and anti-immigrant Golden Dawn party in Greece.  The arrests came after an indi­vid­ual believed to be a mem­ber of the group allegedly killed an anti-racist rapper.

Golden Dawn’s New York Divi­sion appears to be the most active chap­ter and the only one in the U.S. that posts mate­r­ial on its blog in Eng­lish.  A sec­tion of the blog asks sym­pa­thiz­ers to donate food and gift cards to help “Greek babies.”

The chap­ter has also posted arti­cles attack­ing Jews, includ­ing one on Octo­ber 10 about the rela­tion­ship between Greece and Israel. The arti­cle claims that “Jews were so com­fort­able in recent decades with the cor­rupt polit­i­cal sys­tem and it served their inter­ests per­fectly.  Now they have begun to trem­ble in fear because of the rapid rise of Golden Dawn.”   The arti­cle ref­er­ences ear­lier pieces that accuse “Amer­i­can Zion­ists” of exploit­ing Greece and its energy sources.

Some Amer­i­can neo-Nazis and other white suprema­cists have expressed sup­port for Golden Dawn. Rocky Suhayda of the tiny Amer­i­can Nazi Party claims to be in touch with Golden Dawn rep­re­sen­ta­tives. The web­site of the National Social­ist Move­ment, another neo-Nazi group, directs peo­ple to the blog of the New York Divi­sion of Golden Dawn.

Craig Cobb, a white suprema­cist who is try­ing to set up a white enclave in Leith, North Dakota by buy­ing up plots of land, has report­edly said that he would offer one of those plots to Golden Dawn.

Many Greek-Americans are appalled by Golden Dawn.  The over­whelm­ing major­ity of the Greek-American com­mu­nity does not sup­port the party or its Amer­i­can off­shoots. The DC-based Amer­i­can Hel­lenic Edu­ca­tional Pro­gres­sive Asso­ci­a­tion (AHEPA), a lead­ing grass­roots Greek-American mem­ber­ship orga­ni­za­tion, recently praised the Greek gov­ern­ment for its crack­down on Golden Dawn in Greece.

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October 4, 2013 8

Matthew Heimbach Embracing Hard-Core White Supremacy

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Heim­bach, stand­ing on far right in T-shirt and jeans, gives salute at hard-core white suprema­cist event.

Matthew Heim­bach, head of the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), and for­mer founder of the white stu­dent union at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity, attended an event last month spon­sored by neo-Nazis, racist skin­heads and Klan groups in Kentucky.

The Aryan Ter­ror Brigade (ATB), a small, racist skin­head group, the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment, the Knights of the Nordic Order, and the Impe­r­ial Klans of Amer­ica (IKA), whose head­quar­ters are in Ken­tucky, hosted the event.  In a pic­ture from the gath­er­ing, Heim­bach is seen with a group of white suprema­cists salut­ing for the cam­era. Some of these groups, par­tic­u­larly the ATB, have a his­tory of violence.

Although Heim­bach once claimed that his views were merely con­ser­v­a­tive, he seems to be  increas­ingly embrac­ing hard-core white supremacy. In addi­tion to the Sep­tem­ber event, Heim­bach attended a white suprema­cist gath­er­ing in August 2013 hosted by Don Black, who runs the racist Inter­net forum Storm­front. At the event, he also met with David Duke, for­mer Klan leader and vir­u­lent anti-Semite. In an arti­cle on the TYN blog, Heim­bach called both men his heroes.

In his posts for the TYN, Heim­bach has becom­ing increas­ingly anti-Semitic.  In an inter­view on Duke’s radio show in August 3013, he talked about “Jew­ish suprema­cists who are push­ing for our destruc­tion.” At the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Free­dom Party con­fer­ence in July 2013, Heim­bach asserted, “We know the Jew­ish influ­ence, that cap­i­tal­ists who want to extort us to make money, and the Com­mu­nists who want to destroy all eth­nic reli­gious and racial tides are united together seek­ing our total destruction.”

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March 28, 2013 1

White Supremacists To Stage Protest Over Memphis Parks

This Sat­ur­day, March 30, mem­bers of a North Carolina-based Ku Klux Klan group and other white suprema­cists will stage a protest at a cour­t­house in down­town Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, to protest that city’s deci­sion to rename three local parks bear­ing names related to the Con­fed­er­acy. In ral­ly­ing sup­port for the protest, Chris Barker, the “Impe­r­ial Wiz­ard” of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (LWK), told fol­low­ers that the gov­ern­ment was attempt­ing to “erase all that our Anglo Saxon Race has to be proud of.” Fol­low­ing the protest, the LWK plans to host a cross-burning on pri­vate prop­erty at an undis­closed location.

A num­ber of Klan groups reacted with anger in Feb­ru­ary 2013, after the Mem­phis City Coun­cil voted 9–0 to rename Nathan Bed­ford For­rest Park, Con­fed­er­ate Park and Jef­fer­son Davis Park with less offen­sive titles. Of the three, the park named after For­rest had been the most con­tro­ver­sial, as prior to the Civil War, For­rest had been a slave trader, and dur­ing the War was a gen­eral who had been asso­ci­ated with the mas­sacre of African-American sol­diers. After the war he became the first national leader of the Ku Klux Klan. 

Klan reac­tion fol­low­ing the vote was pre­dictable. James Moore, the LWK’s Grand Dragon for the Realm of Vir­ginia, posted a YouTube video of him­self attempt­ing to describe the City Council’s unan­i­mous vote as a “con­tin­u­ing cul­tural geno­cide [against] white Amer­i­cans.” Frank Ancona, the Missouri-based leader of another Klan group, the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Amer­i­can Knights, claimed that “nig­gardly politi­cians” had “declared WAR on our White Con­fed­er­ate Heroes and History.”

Barker launched a cam­paign ask­ing his mem­bers and those of other Klan groups to call Mem­phis city coun­cil mem­bers to protest the deci­sion, even pro­vid­ing Klans­men with their phone num­bers and e-mail addresses. Frank Ancona urged his own mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate in “call­ing these degen­er­ate scum ASAP and let’s make them sorry they ever made this ridicu­lous deci­sion.” Some city coun­cil mem­bers have reported receiv­ing such communications.

On Feb­ru­ary 14, Tamra Crow­der sub­mit­ted a per­mit on behalf of the LWK for  the group’s pub­lic protest.  Other white suprema­cists soon joined in.  On March 10, the National Social­ist Move­ment (NSM), a neo-Nazi group based in Detroit, Michi­gan, announced that NSM leader Jeff Schoep would speak at the Mem­phis event.  NSM mem­bers from Texas, South Car­olina and Geor­gia also plan to attend. The North­ern Mis­sis­sippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Arkansas-based Inter­na­tional Key­stone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and the Louisiana-based neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations have all also claimed that mem­bers would attend.

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