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June 28, 2016 4

The Hate Group Behind the Sacramento White Supremacist Rally

A coterie of racist skin­heads and other white suprema­cists staged a rally at the state capi­tol in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia, this past week­end, a rally that degen­er­ated into a bloody brawl when the racists were attacked by a larger group of left-wing counter-demonstrators. At least 10 peo­ple were report­edly injured.

Racist skinheads involved in Sacramento rally

White suprema­cists who par­tic­i­pated in Sacra­mento rally

Both sides came pre­pared for a fight, after a pre­vi­ous brawl in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia ear­lier in the year, and both sides declared “suc­cess” after the fra­cas, but it is the white suprema­cists who most ben­e­fit from the free pub­lic­ity that such vio­lent gen­er­ates “We stood our ground. We’ll be back,” promised one white suprema­cist after the Sacra­mento event. That was Matthew Heim­bach who, with fel­low racist Matt Par­rott, orga­nized the rally from afar.

Heim­bach and Par­rott are the lead­ers of a new hate group, The Tra­di­tion­al­ist Worker Party (TWP), which claims to be the “polit­i­cal arm” of their ear­lier white suprema­cist endeavor, the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), but seems to be sup­plant­ing it.

Their rally is part of a greater effort by Heim­bach and Par­rott to unite dif­fer­ent racist groups under their umbrella to pro­mote white nation­al­ism and a white ethno-state. TWP adver­tised the event as a rally “against glob­al­iza­tion and in defense of the right to free expres­sion.” Plans for the rally had been in motion since April and TWP secured a per­mit to hold the event at the Sacra­mento State Capitol.

Traditionalist Worker Party graphic publicizing Sacramento rally

Tra­di­tion­al­ist Worker Party graphic pub­li­ciz­ing Sacra­mento rally

The group also claimed the rally was, in part, a response to anti-racists, minori­ties and immi­grants who protested at events in Cal­i­for­nia held by pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump. TWP orga­nized the demon­stra­tion along with the Golden State Skin­heads, a racist skin­head group allied with TWP.

TWP was cre­ated after a largely unsuc­cess­ful effort by Heim­bach and Par­rott to attract young peo­ple to white nation­al­ism through the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work. Unable to recruit many col­lege stu­dents to his group, Heim­bach turned instead to build­ing alliances with neo-Nazis and racist skin­heads. In 2013, he attended a gath­er­ing in Ken­tucky fea­tur­ing the racist skin­head Aryan Ter­ror Brigade, the neo-Nazi National Social­ist Move­ment and sev­eral Ku Klux Klan groups.

Since then, Heim­bach has con­ducted more out­reach to racist skin­heads and neo-Nazis, par­tic­u­larly estab­lished groups like the Golden State Skin­heads in Cal­i­for­nia and the Key­stone State Skinheads/Keystone United in Pennsylvania.

The Golden State Skin­heads (GSS), founded in 2003, is a California-based racist skin­head group with mem­bers from through­out the state.  They claim to be “a social club of Cal­i­for­nia white nation­al­ists… banned [sic] together for the sur­vival of our peo­ple and our beliefs.”  How­ever, pre­vi­ous ver­sions of their web­site “about us” page stated that they “oppose multi-culturalism, glob­al­iza­tion and Zion­ism, adding “our ulti­mate goal is to estab­lish a state owned and inhab­ited exclu­sively by the white race where we may peace­fully exist and pros­per gov­ern­ing our­selves with­out alien influence.”

GSS has coor­di­nated a num­ber of white power con­certs and social events through­out the state, includ­ing join­ing other white suprema­cist groups such as Cal­i­for­nia Skin­heads, Blood and Honor, and Amer­i­can Free­dom Party in June 2015, in Bak­ers­field, for a white power gath­er­ing dubbed Camp Com­radery 2015 [sic].  Heim­bach, already tied to GSS, was a main speaker at the event.

TWP has also been active on the East Coast. In Feb­ru­ary 2016, TWP co-hosted an event with the Key­stone State Skinheads/Keystone United in Har­ris­burg. Two months later, the TWP’s first offi­cial mid-Atlantic chap­ter meet­ing, held in Philadel­phia brought in some 20 atten­dees and fea­tured Heim­bach and long-time Key­stone State Skin­head Steve Smith as speakers.

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January 14, 2016 5

White Supremacist Backing Trump Has Ties to Hardcore Racists

William John­son, the head of the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP), has paid for a series of robo­calls and radio time in Iowa in sup­port of Don­ald Trump’s can­di­dacy. In a recent inter­view on CNN, Trump dis­avowed the robo­calls but said that “peo­ple are angry at what’s going on.”

On the calls, John­son urges peo­ple to sup­port Trump while refer­ring to  him­self as a farmer and a white nation­al­ist. The calls also include a pitch for Trump from another white suprema­cist, Jared Tay­lor, who runs the Amer­i­can Renais­sance web­site. The site fea­tures arti­cles that pur­port to demon­strate the intel­lec­tual and cul­tural supe­ri­or­ity of whites.

William Johnson

William John­son

While John­son projects a suit and tie image as a lawyer and activist, he has long courted the more hard­core mem­bers of the white suprema­cist move­ment. This past sum­mer, he was a speaker at Camp Com­radery 2015, a white suprema­cist event in Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia, that included racist skin­heads from var­i­ous groups, includ­ing Blood and Honor, Golden State Skin­heads and Cal­i­for­nia Skinheads.

At the event, John­son encour­aged atten­dees to run for polit­i­cal office and to pro­mote a pro-white mes­sage to the public.

Another speaker at the event was Matthew Heim­bach, the founder of the white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work, and a vir­u­lent anti-Semite. At the event, Heim­bach gave a speech blam­ing Jews for destroy­ing the white race.

In Feb­ru­ary 2012, John­son attended a demon­stra­tion in Los Ange­les for the South Africa Project, a national ini­tia­tive to advo­cate against alleged white geno­cide in South Africa. A num­ber of racist skin­heads par­tic­i­pated in the event.

For years, John­son has pro­moted the idea of a white ethno-state in Amer­ica. In the 1980s, John­son, under the pseu­do­nym “James O. Pace,” pro­moted a scheme called the “Pace Amend­ment” to a vari­ety of peo­ple, includ­ing mem­bers of the U.S. Con­gress and state legislatures.

The Pace Amend­ment would have elim­i­nated the Four­teenth Amend­ment (which grants auto­matic cit­i­zen­ship to any­one born in the United States) and lim­ited cit­i­zen­ship only to “non-Hispanic whites of the Euro­pean race, in whom there is no ascer­tain­able trace of Negro Blood, nor more than one-eighth Mon­go­lian, Asian, Asia Minor, Mid­dle East­ern, Semitic, Near East­ern, Amer­i­can Indian, Malay or other non-European or non-white blood.” Those who did not fit this cat­e­gory, includ­ing Jews, would be repa­tri­ated to places deemed their coun­tries of origin.

A 1987 ADL report on the Pace Amend­ment iden­ti­fied ties between John­son and a range of neo-Nazi orga­ni­za­tions and lead­ers, includ­ing the now-deceased Richard But­ler, then leader of the neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations; Dan Gay­man, a leader in the white suprema­cist Chris­t­ian Iden­tity move­ment; and Tom Met­zger, who was closely aligned with the racist skin­head move­ment in the 1980s and 1990s. John­son is also a long-time asso­ciate of Klan leader Thom Robb and has been a guest speaker at Robb’s events.

While John­son is pur­port­edly try­ing to reach out to dis­af­fected whites on behalf of Trump, he pre­sum­ably would like to win those same peo­ple over to his white suprema­cist ideology.

 

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November 4, 2015 Off

UK Bans White Supremacist Matthew Heimbach From Entering Country

 

Matthew Heimbach

Matthew Heim­bach

Matthew Heim­bach, head of the white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), has been banned by Great Britain from enter­ing the coun­try. Heim­bach posted a let­ter from Great Britain’s Home Sec­re­tary on his Twit­ter page, which cited Heimbach’s advo­cacy of racial seg­re­ga­tion and his anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi remarks as rea­sons for the ban.

The let­ter from the Home Sec­re­tary stated that Heim­bach “should be excluded from the UK on grounds that [his] pres­ence here would not be con­ducive to the pub­lic good.” Heim­bach was report­edly plan­ning to meet with a num­ber of far-right activists at a pri­vate lunch in South­port, Eng­land this month.

Pre­vi­ously, Heim­bach has reached out to other extrem­ists in Europe in an effort to build ties abroad. In Novem­ber 2014, Heim­bach spoke at a neo-Nazi rally in the Czech Repub­lic. That year, he also met with the wife of a leader of Greece’s Golden Dawn, a neo-Nazi polit­i­cal party. He has also expressed ardent sup­port for nation­al­ists in Rus­sia and other for Russ­ian pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

Heim­bach has been an active white suprema­cist since 2012 when he founded the White Stu­dent Union at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in Mary­land. Since then, Heim­bach has grown more vir­u­lently anti-Semitic and racist.  He founded TYN with Matthew Par­rott in 2013 as a way to attract young peo­ple to the white suprema­cist move­ment. TYN mod­els itself after the Euro­pean Iden­ti­taire move­ment, which focuses on pre­serv­ing white Euro­pean cul­ture and iden­tity in West­ern countries.

TYN, a small group, is mostly active on col­lege cam­puses, where the group often protests against Tim Wise, an inde­pen­dent scholar who gives speeches about com­bat­ing racism at schools and uni­ver­si­ties. TYN has also started a polit­i­cal party, the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Work­ers Party, to run white suprema­cist can­di­dates for local offices.

While Heim­bach is active with TYN, he also devotes a lot of time to net­work­ing with other white suprema­cist and hard­core racist groups in the U.S. He has been a speaker at a num­ber of neo-Nazi and racist skin­head events.

In June 2015, Heim­bach spoke at “Camp Com­radery,” a week­end event in Cal­i­for­nia filled with white power music bands and speeches by lead­ers in the white suprema­cist move­ment. He made a video of his speech at that event.  The video, avail­able here, con­tains some Nazi imagery and high­lights Heimbach’s hatred toward Jews. Dis­cre­tion is advised in viewing.

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