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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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January 18, 2013

White Supremacist American Third Position Party Promoting Gun Appreciation Day

The American Third Position (A3P), a white supremacist political party, is promoting Gun Appreciation Day on its website. The January 19 event, sponsored by a number of pro-gun and Tea Party groups, urges Americans to go to their local gun store, gun range or gun show to demonstrate their support of gun ownership and their right to bear arms.

A3P was a co-sponsor of the event but the organizers apparently removed A3P’s name from the list of sponsors after Media Matters and other news outlets revealed the group’s extremist views. In its mission statement, A3P states that the group’s goal is “to restore and preserve the legitimacy of White identity, White heritage, and expressions of White interests.”

The leadership of A3P includes a number of well-known white supremacists and anti-Semites. Chairman William Johnson promoted a constitutional amendment to Congressional members and state legislatures in the 1980s that would have limited U.S. citizenship only to whites of European descent and repatriated various groups, including Jews, to places deemed their country of origin.

Other leaders of the A3P include Kevin MacDonald, an anti-Semitic professor of psychology at California State University at Long Beach; James Edwards, who runs a white supremacist radio show, The Political Cesspool; Don Wassall, a long-time white supremacist whose newspaper The Nationalist Times publishes anti-Semitic and racist articles; Virginia Abernethy, a white supremacist and anti-immigration activist, and Jamie Kelso, a racist and former associate of ex-Klan leader David Duke.

One of the A3P’s main goals is to appeal to mainstream audiences, and it attempts to do so using issues that are of concern to the general public.  A3P’s attempt to participate in Gun Appreciation Day is part of this effort. Previously, the party has sought to exploit issues such as immigration and government spending at Tea Party events in different parts of the country.

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November 20, 2012

Anti-Immigrant Group Circulates Blog From White Supremacist In Weekly Email

On November 16, 2012, the DC-based anti-immigrant group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) circulated a blog post written by white supremacist Virginia Abernethy to the group’s supporters as part of its weekly email containing immigration opinion pieces. The source of the Abernethy article was VDARE, a racist website known for publishing the works of anti-Semites and white supremacists.  CIS regularly circulates articles from VDARE in its weekly email, but including an article from a well-known white supremacist is new for the group.

Abernethy’s article criticized GOP strategist Karl Rove for his views on immigration, with Abernethy arguing that Rove and “those who advocate continued mass immigration choose the path of national suicide.”

Abernethy is closely tied to the anti-immigrant movement in the United States. She sits on the board of the anti-immigrant groups Population-Environment Balance and the Carrying Capacity Network. In 2004 Abernethy became the chair of the national advisory board of the group Protect Arizona Now (PAN), a group set up to help pass Proposition 200, an anti-immigrant ballot initiative seeking to limit undocumented immigrants’ access to public benefits and to require proof of citizenship to register to vote. Abernethy also published an article in the spring 1998 edition of The Social Contract (TSC), an anti-immigrant journal founded by racist John Tanton.

Abernethy’s white supremacist views and ties to white supremacist organizations are well known. In the 2012 Presidential elections, Abernethy ran as a vice-presidential candidate for the white supremacist political party, American Third Position (A3P). Abernethy serves on the editorial advisory board of the white supremacist publication Occidental Quarterly, edited by anti-Semitic professor Kevin MacDonald.  Abernethy has also addressed a white supremacist organization, the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), on a number of occasions. She has referred to herself as an “ethnic separatist.” In a 2012 interview with The Tennessean, Abernethy stated, “Separatism says, ‘Birds of a feather flock together.’ I say, ‘Let them.’ What I see is rampant racial discrimination against European-Americans. And I am not in favor of discrimination.”

CIS attempts to distance itself from accusations of racism and bigotry.  This week, however, it promoted the writings of a white supremacist.

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