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August 23, 2016 1

White Supremacist Group Behind Houston “White Lives Matter” Protest

A “white lives matter” protest that targeted the Houston offices of the NAACP was organized by local leaders of Aryan Renaissance Society (ARS), a small but long-standing white supremacist group.

During the August 21 protest, the ARS symbol, a lightning bolt and a runic symbol, was visible on the group’s “white lives matter” banner and on white shirts worn by some of the dozen or so participants. Their message also included a sign reading “14 words,” a reference to the most popular white supremacist slogan in the world: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

Aryan Renaissance Society banner

Aryan Renaissance Society banner

The “white lives matter” mantra originated with white supremacists Kevin Harris of Connecticut and Rebecca Barnette of Tennessee and has since been taken on by other white supremacists. Much of Harris’ activism has been via the Internet while Barnette has attempted to unite the broader white supremacist movement by organizing events such as the April march up Stone Mountain in Georgia and the July “white lives matter” event in Buffalo, New York. Both events were poorly attended, drawing only a handful of participants and hundreds of counter protestors.

The neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement lists “white lives matter” as an organization that is part of the Aryan Nationalist Alliance (ANA), an umbrella group of small white supremacist groups (some with only one member), but the term has been used more broadly as a slogan.

Several Texas ANA-associated groups have announced they are organizing a September 10-11 event in Quinlan, Texas, including the Texas Rebel Knights (a small Quinlan-based Klan), the National Socialist Movement, and a Texas representative for the Traditionalist Workers Party. Members of the Aryan Renaissance Society and “white lives matter” activists are expected to attend.

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August 12, 2016 Off

California White Supremacist Convicted of Murder

On August 11, 2016, a jury convicted white supremacist Billy Ray Mount, of Clearlake, California, on charges of second-degree murder.

Billy Ray Mount

Billy Ray Mount (Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

Mount, 36, a member of the racist skinhead organization Volksfront, killed Steven Galvin in a drive-by shooting on July 2, 2015, apparently in retaliation for Galvin’s alleged theft of a tablet computer.

According to prosecutors, David “Cyclops” Cox, a member of local racist skinhead group Modesto Hardcore, allegedly called for the attack on Galvin, and was in the car with Mount when the murder occurred. Cox, protected by a series of immunity agreements, provided key testimony against Mount during the trial, recounting the murder in detail, and telling the jury that Mount had confessed to killing Galvin.

Volksfront is a virulently racist and anti-Semitic group founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1994, whose primary agenda was to establish a whites-only region in the Pacific Northwest. Although the group claims to be non-violent, a number of their members have been convicted of violent crimes. While it is now essentially defunct, the organization saw a period of growth between 1999 and 2012. Their California presence has been intermittent, based on the comings and goings of key leaders, but many Volksfront adherents still identify with the organization and socialize informally. A number of members also cross-identify with the white supremacist group Blood and Honour.

In addition to the second-degree murder conviction, Mount, who has a prior criminal history, was also found guilty of assault with a firearm, discharge of a firearm from a vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, and a number of “special” allegations. Prosecutors expect Mount’s sentence, to be handed down on September 6, to range from 25 years to life.

 

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August 9, 2016 Off

Oregon Police Save Woman Held Hostage by Armed White Supremacist

A SWAT team with the Gladstone Police Department in Northwestern Oregon rescued a woman being held hostage by a barricaded white supremacist following a shootout with police.jeffreygiddingstattoos

The incident began on August 8, 2016, when Jeffrey Carl Giddings, a convicted felon and career criminal, fled on a bicycle from an officer who was attempting to stop him for a traffic violation.

A short time later, Giddings allegedly opened fire on a police sergeant who had located him in the parking lot of a Subway restaurant.  The sergeant was struck in his ballistic vest and is reportedly in excellent condition.

Giddings then took a woman hostage and barricaded himself in the Subway.  A responding SWAT team tried to negotiate with Giddings, but he made demands and refused to give up.  Fearing for the hostage’s safety, the SWAT team shot Giddings and saved the woman. Giddings suffered a non-life threatening injury and was taken to the hospital.

Giddings’ face and body are covered in tattoos.  Many of them are symbols used by white supremacists including the words “Aryan Pride”, a Celtic Cross and “16/23,” a numerical code for PW or “peckerwood.”  Additionally, Giddings has IPS tattoos on both his neck and collarbone area which is the acronym for the Insane Peckerwood Syndicate, a white supremacist prison gang with members in Oregon and Washington.

This is the second shootout in the United States between police and domestic extremists this month, and the ninth so far this year.

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