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Earlier this week, racist one-time student organizer Matthew Heimbach assured his followers that he would not throw his neo-Nazi allies “under the bus,” saying it was time to abandon fear and create a “big White Advocacy tent.”
Now, a chief ally is throwing him under the bus instead.
Last night, Michael Hill, head of the neo-secessionist hate group League of the South (LOS), disinvited Heimbach and his followers from an LOS march set for this weekend in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The rally was against the “demographic displacement” of white southerners by people of color. ( continue to full post… )
Matthew Heimbach has finally crossed the Rubicon. Or was that the river Styx?
In the latest and most dramatic evidence of Heimbach’s transfiguration from a self-described “conservative” to a full-on neo-Nazi, a photograph has surfaced of the one-time founder of the White Student Union at Towson University sieg-heiling with a group of neo-Nazis and Klansmen (at far right in photo) standing under twin swastikas.
If that wasn’t good enough, on Oct. 4, the same day the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) first published the photo taken last month, Heimbach announced on his Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN) blog that he would be speaking at a Nov. 9 Kansas City rally put on by the National Socialist Movement (NSM), currently the nation’s largest neo-Nazi group. In the same breath, he said he will be marching on Oct. 12 in Murfreesboro, Tenn., in a rally against “demographic displacement” hosted by the League of the South, a hate group that wants the South to secede again in order to create a country ruled by “Anglo-Celts” — white people. ( continue to full post… )
The National Alliance (NA), the faded organization that once was the powerhouse of the American neo-Nazi scene, seems to be giving off a final death rattle. Its leader says it will no longer function as a membership organization, a move that reflects the fact that it has now lost virtually all of its supporters.
In a letter sent to members earlier this month, NA Chairman Erich Gliebe said the group will now be “supporter-based,” rather than made up of active, dues-paying “members” divided into chapters around the country. Gliebe portrayed the change as a “step forward” and “the beginning of a new approach that will appeal to a broader range of people” and a way of avoiding members with “serious character flaws.”
Gliebe’s Sept. 6 letter was immediately mocked by former members and others who have seen the NA fall from a highly organized and financially stable group of some 1,400 members to a fractious club of fewer than 75 members, most of whom stopped paying their monthly dues long ago. Californian Jim Ring, who until he quit last year was the group’s most respected and influential member, savaged Gliebe on his own website. ( continue to full post… )
An estimated 400 people gathered in the tiny town of Leith, North Dakota, this past weekend to denounce white supremacist Craig Cobb’s plans to buy enough property and recruit enough fellow racists to take over the local government and establish an all-white enclave.
“We will be here again and again until you are gone. This is where we stop them. This is where it ends, in that crappy white house across the street,” one protestor, Scott German, screamed through a megaphone as he pointed to Cobb’s two-story white house on Leith’s Main Street.
The rally, planned by a group called UniteND, was scheduled to coincide with a visit from Jeff Schoep, commander of the National Socialist Movement (NSM), the nation’s largest neo-Nazi organization, to support Cobb’s plans. Schoep showed up with about a dozen NSM members, who planted Nazi flags on property purchased by Cobb. ( continue to full post… )
The South Carolina chapter of the League of the South has a new chairman, Michael Cushman, who comes complete with neo-Nazi ties for the neo-Confederate hate group.
This past weekend, the chapter’s board of directors voted to replace former Chairman Lourie A. Salley with Cushman, 36, of Aiken, S.C.
Cushman, who has been heavily involved in a new wave of LOS demonstrations against what the group calls “Southern demographic displacement,” hopes to buff up the group’s image. ( continue to full post… )
Matthew Heimbach, a leader of the Traditionalist Youth Network that is trying to set up “white student unions” on various college campuses, just keeps getting more extreme. As Hatewatch reported last week, Heimbach has been sounding like a full-fledged neo-Nazi in recent months, railing about “conniving Jews” and the need for “revolution” as the only answer to the white man’s “plight.”
Last night, Heimbach took it one further. On the racist forum Stormfront, Heimbach suggested that he and his racist ilk institute a new policy: “[Y]ou hurt ones [sic] of ours, we kill one of yours.” Heimbach was responding to a report of a father beating to death a man he found raping his 5-year-old daughter. On Stormfront, the thread about the crime was called “Father catches Mexican raping his daughter.” Heimbach applauded the father, “It is always great to see white men and women stand up for themselves.” He added that this policy of retaliatory murder would ensure “non whites would be far less likely to attempt things like this.” ( continue to full post… )
A little over a year ago, Matthew Heimbach was annoying fellow students at Towson University with juvenile stunts like chalking “White Pride” and “White Guilt is Over” on sidewalks of the Maryland campus.
But in the last few months, since graduating at the end of the spring semester, Heimbach has been turning into a full-fledged neo-Nazi. No longer content with softer groups like the White Student Union that he started at Towson, Heimbach now rails about “conniving Jews,” goes on talk shows like that hosted by neo-Nazi David Duke, approvingly quotes terrorist assassin David Lane, wears a pistol when addressing a leading racist group, and calls for violent revolution.
“Revolution is the only answer to our plight,” Heimbach wrote in a post today on the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), an umbrella group he formed this spring with Indiana native Matthew Parrot and which now includes the White Student Union. “Our ancestors fought against the scabs, bosses, capitalists and Jews to make a better future for their children. Now we must do the same.” ( continue to full post… )
Editor’s Update: According to a posting yesterday on the hate site Stormfront, longtime white nationalist April Gaede and her husband Mark Harrington also own property in Leith, N.D. Gaede’s post describes the town as a “Lovely Place!!!” Gaede is perhaps best known for promoting the idea of white nationalists moving to her hometown of Kalispell, Mont. This would create what she calls a Pioneer Little Europe community for “racially conscious” whites. Also posted on White Nations early this morning by “Spook Haunter” was this allegedly about Craig Cobb, the man who has been organizing the purchase of property by racists in Leith: “Craig mentioned he was just fired from his job.” Cobb is wanted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He left Canada before being charged with willful promotion of hatred for allegedly promoting hate material online while in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2010.
LEITH, N.D. –– Abandoned houses lean with the weight of years on city blocks connected by gravel roads. A grain elevator still operates on the edge of town, but it hasn’t seen good business in decades. The only storefront business is a bar, and on most afternoons it sits empty like the roads that disappear among sunflower and wheat fields in the distance.
While the economy in North Dakota has boomed in recent years due to the discovery of oil in the miles of shale beneath the state, business in Leith has been in decline for the better part of a century. So when officials in April 2012 noticed that one man was quickly buying up abandoned properties in what had become close to a ghost town high on the Great Plains, it was strange.
“I didn’t have a clue who the guy was until he showed up. All I know is he bought that house sight unseen, $5,000 cash, and had no idea what it looked like, where it was, other than he knew the directions to get to Leith,” Leith Mayor Ryan Schock, a farmer who has lived here all his life, told Hatewatch. ( continue to full post… )
A Canadian judge today extended an interim injunction prohibiting a bequest worth some $160,000 from being transferred to the National Alliance (NA), a U.S. neo-Nazi group. The estate was left to the group by a Canadian chemist and NA member who died in 2004, and included a collection of ancient Greek and Roman coins.
Attorneys for Isabelle McCorkill are contesting the will of her late brother, Robert McCorkill, on the grounds that giving the money to a hate group with a record of criminal violence violates Canadian public policy and law. Members of the NA have a long history of committing major crimes and acts of terrorism, and a book authored by its late founder inspired the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
The injunction, extending a preliminary ban that was for only 10 days, lasts until the matter goes to trial on Sept. 10. ( continue to full post… )
One of the more popular novels in racist circles is Jack’s War: Through the Gates of Hell, published last year. A crazy racial revenge story, the novel was put out under the pseudonym C.C. Conrad. Turns out C.C. Conrad is the Mobile, Ala.-based Steven Speece, a longtime neo-Nazi activist.
Speece was for years a key member of the National Alliance, which until the early 2000s was the most important and dangerous neo-Nazi group in the country (for a list of its members’ crimes, read here). Speece distributed the group’s literature and attended its leadership conference in April 2000 (right). He was at one time involved in White Aryan Resistance and various Klan groups. ( continue to full post… )