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July 9, 2014

Michigan Anti-Immigrant Activist Behind Central American Child Protest

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Tamyra Murray

On Monday, July 7, anti-immigrant activists took to the streets in the small town of Vassar, Michigan, to protest the proposal to transfer children and mothers fleeing violence in Central America to their town. The protest resembled the ones in Murrieta, California, which received national attention due to the ugly climate and extreme rhetoric generated by the protesters.

The organizer of the protest in Vassar was Tamyra Murray, a long-time anti-immigrant activist with numerous extreme anti-immigrant ties. Murray announced her plans to hold a protest on her Facebook page and encouraged activists to join her. Her protest announcement also contained the same extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric voiced by Patrice Lynes, the organizer of the Murrieta protests. Murray wrote, “What diseases are being imported into the US that have already been eradicated here? Many of these ‘children’ belong to dangerous gangs and drug cartels.”

Before the protest, Murray announced that anti-immigrant activists from across the state of Michigan would be in attendance. The same was the case in Murrieta, where a number of anti-immigrant activists flocked to join the protests from all over Southern California.

Murray is a state advisor for the extreme anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). She is a regular attendee at FAIR’s annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event in Washington, D.C. In 2011, Murray spoke at an anti-immigrant “Protect American Jobs Rally” in her home state of Michigan. Anti-immigrant politicians with ties to FAIR also spoke at the event. In September 2013, Murray, along with FAIR field representative Robert Najmulski, was listed as a speaker at a “Citizens Rising Against Illegal Immigration” event in Chester, Ohio.

Murray is also a liaison/public speaker for U.S., Inc., a Michigan-based extreme anti-immigrant umbrella organization founded by racist John Tanton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement. Tanton also founded FAIR in 1979. U.S., Inc. runs a number of “projects” includ­ing Tanton’s pub­lish­ing house, the Social Con­tract Press, which pub­lishes racist books, such as Jean Raspail’s Camp of the Saints, and sells books by racists such as Sam Fran­cis, Wayne Lut­ton and Peter Brimelow.

Despite efforts by the anti-immigrant movement to portray the protests in Michigan and California as spontaneous responses by residents, the evidence suggests that in both cases, longtime anti-immigrant activists with close ties to the movement played a major role in both events.

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October 24, 2013

Anti-Immigrant Group CAPS Appoints Extremist As A Writing Fellow

The Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant group Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) now lists anti-immigrant extremist and racist John Vinson as a “senior writing fellow” on its website.  On October 18, 2013, CAPS published a blog by Vinson, who is the president of the extreme anti-immigrant group American Immigration Control Foundation (AICF). john-vinson

Vinson’s AICF reportedly received funding from the Pioneer Fund. The New York Times has described the Pioneer Fund as having been established for the express purpose of promoting research into eugenics and as having sponsored projects based on the notion that blacks are genetically less intelligent than whites. CAPS also received a grant from Pioneer in 2002.

Vinson has a history of extremist ties and statements.  He is a founding member of the League of the South (LOS), a racist neo-Confederate organization currently run by racist Michael Hill. While with the LOS, Vinson was credited with drafting the “Kinism Statement,” a set of guiding principles for a modern white supremacist interpretation of Christianity called “Kinism.” While accepting many standard Christian beliefs and declaring Jesus as their Savior, Kinists assert that whites have a “God-given right” to preserve their “own kind” and live separately from other races.

In 1999, Vinson spoke on an immigration panel at a Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) conference alongside other anti-immigrant extremists, including Virginia Abernethy of the white supremacist political party American Freedom Party (AFP) and Glenn Spencer of the anti-Hispanic hate group American Border Patrol.

In 1998, Vinson was the guest-editor of one of the most notorious issues of The Social Contract (TSC), an anti-immigrant journal published by racist John Tanton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement. The issue, titled “Europhobia: The Hostility Toward European-Descended Americans,” featured articles from a number of white supremacists, including Jared Taylor and Sam Francis. In his editorial for the Europhobia issue, Vinson wrote, “Multiculturalism, which subordinates successful Euro-American culture to dysfunctional Third World cultures, keeps gaining ground against surprisingly weak opposition.”

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May 14, 2013

Richard Spencer: A Symbol Of The New White Supremacy

Richard Spencer, 35, is a symbol of a new generation of intellectual white supremacists. Based in Whitefish, Montana, he runs a variety of ventures that promote racist ideology.richard-spencer

Spencer received media attention this week after a reporter discovered that Spencer published two articles by Jason Richwine, co-author of the recent Heritage Foundation report on alleged costs of immigration report. Spencer published the pieces on on Alternative Right, a racist website he founded.

In addition to Alternative Right (which he no longer edits but still writes for), Spencer runs the National Policy Institute (NPI), a white supremacist think tank; publishes Radix, a journal that promotes white culture and identity, and heads Washington Summit Publishers, a company that sells books by leading intellectual white supremacists such as Jared Taylor of American Renaissance and the late Sam Francis. 

Through all of these ventures, Spencer has become a leader in white supremacist circles that envision a “new” right that will openly embrace “white racial consciousness.” Although Spencer began his career The American Conservative, he has since rejected conservatism. He believes that conservatives can’t or won’t represent explicitly white interests.

Spencer has been an influence on a younger generation of college-age racists. In 2010 and 2011, leaders of the now defunct racist student group, Youth for Western Civilization, invited Spencer to speak at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and Providence College in Rhode Island. In both speeches to students at the schools, Spencer attacked affirmative action.

In other instances, Spencer has rejected the idea of appealing to mainstream audiences. In a 2011 interview on the website of Wermod and Wermod, a British-based publishing company that also sells white supremacist books, Spencer said, “Trying to ‘work within the system,’ or appeal to European-Americans using the language of FOX News and the GOP, is a bootless—not to mention a tasteless—strategy.”

Instead, at the April 2013 American Renaissance conference, Spencer called for the creation of a “white ethno-state on the North American continent.”

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