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November 25, 2013 1

Anti-immigrant And Anti-Muslim Groups Join Forces To Host Event In North Carolina

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 22, the Fayet­teville, North Car­olina chap­ter of ACT! for Amer­ica, an orga­ni­za­tion pro­mot­ing the idea that Islam is a back­ward and sedi­tious polit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy, hosted a screen­ing of the anti-immigrant film, “They Come to Amer­ica.” After the screen­ing, orga­niz­ers have sched­uled a panel dis­cus­sion about immi­gra­tion with James John­son, head of the North Carolina-based anti-immigrant group NC FIRE and Ron Woodard, the founder of another North Carolina-based anti-immigrant group, NC Lis­ten.act-for-america-they-come-to-america-poster

The Fayet­teville chap­ter of ACT! for Amer­ica reg­u­larly posts extreme anti-Muslim rhetoric on its Face­book page, claim­ing Islam is in a war with the world and pro­mot­ing a video titled “Islam and Nazism, the Unholy Alliance.” Both John­son and Woodard are anti-immigrant activists with ties to extrem­ism. Ear­lier this year, Woodard received the “We the Peo­ple Lead­er­ship Award” from the extreme anti-immigrant group Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR) a group founded by racist John Tan­ton. FAIR helped to found and but­tress Woodard’s group, NC Listen.

James John­son of NC Lis­ten has cir­cu­lated arti­cles from racist web­sites such as VDARE and Amer­i­can Renais­sance in the past. In 2011, John­son posted a pic­ture of him­self with Roan Garcia-Quintana, a direc­tor of the white suprema­cist group Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC) on Face­book. Both men were attend­ing FAIR’s Hold Their Feet to the Fire event. 

The screen­ing and panel dis­cus­sion is just one recent exam­ple of col­lab­o­ra­tion between the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim move­ments, both at the national and local level. Both move­ments see immi­gra­tion as prob­lem­atic and pro­mote xeno­pho­bia. Nation­ally, both anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim groups pro­mote anti-immigrant leg­is­la­tion and both move­ments worked to derail immi­gra­tion reform in 2013. At the local level, activists attend and speak at each other’s events and sup­port each other’s campaigns.

Events such as the Boston Marathon bomb­ings, as well as sto­ries about “ter­ror­ists” enter­ing the United States through Mex­ico serve as fuel for both the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim move­ments and indi­cate that fur­ther col­lab­o­ra­tion between groups both at the local and national level will not only con­tinue, but increase.

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