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December 26, 2012

Former YWC Leader Taylor Rose Joins World Net Daily

Taylor Rose

Taylor Rose, the former vice-president of the far-right student group, Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) recently landed a job at World Net Daily (WND), a conspiracy-oriented right-wing newspaper. Rose’s first article for WND, where he is listed as a “staff reporter,” appeared about a month ago, on November 26, 2012.

Rose’s articles cover a range of right-wing issues from opposition to immigration to anti-Muslim conspiracy theories to secessionist movements in Europe and the United States. Rose is not the first former YWC activist to make the move over to WND. YWC’s founder, Kevin DeAnna, joined WND in early 2012 and also works as a “staff reporter” though his last article for the site was published over two months ago, on October 14, 2012.

In recent years, Rose spent most of his time in Europe, meeting and organizing with far-right organizations and political parties.  He participated in a May 2011 rally “against the Islaminization of Europe” in Cologne, Germany. At the rally, Rose spoke alongside leaders of far-right xenophobic European parties, including the Vlaams Belang of Belgium, the Freedom Party of Austria, as well as smaller parties from France and Germany. More recently, in 2012, Rose published a book titled, Return of the Right: How the Political Right is Taking Back Western Civilization.

 Rose’s move also casts more doubt over YWC’s perseverance. It appears that Rose, DeAnna and other YWC leaders did not have successors lined up to maintain the organization when the original core group graduated. YWC’s Web site is down and it appears the chapters are inactive. Although Rose seems to no longer be involved with YWC, his move to WND shows that he is still an active player on the right.

The one former YWC activist still making headway on campus is Matthew Heimbach at Towson University in Maryland. Heimbach was forced to disband YWC at the school in early 2012 when its faculty advisor quit after the group was involved in controversial activity. Heimbach is still attempting, however, to create a “white student union” at Towson. He invited white supremacists Jared Taylor and Merlin Miller, from the American Third Position party, to speak at the school during the fall 2012 semester.

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December 21, 2012

Upcoming Maryland Event Sign Of Increased Anti-Immigrant Activity

A conference sponsored by the Maryland Conservative Action Network is due to take place in Annapolis on January 12, 2013. The conference, titled “Turning the Tides 2013” brings together many of the main anti-immigrant voices in the state as well as some speakers known for their anti-Muslim statements and associations.

The conference is the latest example of anti-immigrant activity in Maryland. Anti-immigrant activists were instrumental in gathering enough signatures to put a measure on the ballot in the November 2012 election seeking to undo a law that granted in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants at public colleges in the state.  The in-state tuition bill was originally signed into law in 2011. Despite the efforts of anti-immigrant activists, a majority of Maryland voters voted in favor of granting in-state tuition. Many of the anti-immigrant activists involved in getting the issue on the ballot are due to speak at the January 12 conference.

Scheduled speakers at the event include:

Brad Botwin

Brad Botwin – founder of the anti-immigrant group Help Save Maryland (HSM). Botwin’s group is listed on the website of the largest anti-immigrant group in the country, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), as a state contact. Botwin’s group has co-sponsored events with FAIR and other national groups, such as the Virginia-based NumbersUSA. HSM also worked with FAIR’s legal arm, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI).

Neil Parrott – Republican House of Delegates member representing District 2B. Parrott is a member of State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI), a coalition of state lawmakers who work with IRLI to draft and introduce anti-immigrant legislation in their states. Parrott was chairman of the petition group that successfully put the in-state tuition law on the ballot in November.

Pamela Geller – co-founder of Stop the Islamization of America (SOIA), a group seeking to rouse public fears about a “vast Islamic conspiracy” to destroy American values.   Geller also works closely with far-right groups and figures in Europe, such as the English Defense League (EDL) and anti-Muslim Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

Diana West – author and journalist who writes about the “dangers” of Islam. In a September 15, 2012 post on her website, West wrote “Indeed, it is this basic Islamic censorship that is at the crux of why Islam itself — not ‘Islamism,’ not ‘radical Islam,’ not ‘Islamists’” but Islam — is an existential threat to the survival of any free society.” In 2007, West met with members of the racist and xenophobic Belgian political party Vlaams Belang.

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March 14, 2012

White Supremacist Jared Taylor Speaks to 700 Nationalists in France

Jared Taylor speaks to white nationalists in France

Jared Taylor, who heads American Renaissance, a Virginia-based online white supremacist journal, spoke to about 700 white nationalists in France on March 10, 2012, about preserving  French identity and combating third world immigration to that country. According to Taylor, the meeting was sponsored by the French nationalist group Nationality, Identity, Citizenship (NCI) to “oppose current proposals to let foreigners from non-European countries vote in local elections.” 

The conference included politicians, authors, and academics. The themes touched upon by speakers at the conference included many of the same issues that white supremacists and racists in the United States focus on today—the preservation of white, European identity in the face of a growing multicultural society. Some of the speakers at the conference in France also attacked Islam as a threat to French society.
Taylor told those gathered at the conference that their fight to preserve French identity was significant for people of white European descent all over the world. He warned his French counterparts to “not make the terrible mistakes that we have made in America.” Taylor added, “Avoid at all costs the cult of diversity.”
In addition to Taylor, Filip DeWinter, the head of the racist and xenophobic Belgian nationalist group Vlaams Belang, spoke about the fight against multiculturalism.  According to Taylor, DeWinter asserted that “multiculturalism attacks our resistance against assaults on our identity, our civilization, our culture, and our existence as a people.”
In 2007, DeWinter visited the United States and met with Pat Buchanan and other racists. In 2011, he spoke at a meeting in the United States hosted by American Renaissance.

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