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Minutemen Target Day Laborers

By Hatewatch Staff on September 30, 2008 - 8:53 am, Posted in Uncategorized

About a dozen Minutemen held a “Save America” protest outside a Home Depot where immigrant laborers were gathered to wait for work.
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‘Help Save Manassas’ Officer Appointed To County Task Force

By Hatewatch Staff on September 30, 2008 - 8:51 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Nearly 70 human rights activists signed a petition demanding that Prince William County supervisors explain their appointment of the secretary of the anti-immigration group “Help Save Manassas” to a human services task force.
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Mayor Accuses Anti-Immigration Group Of Peddling Hate

By Hatewatch Staff on September 30, 2008 - 8:49 am, Posted in Uncategorized

New Haven, Conn. Mayor John DeStefano Jr. released hateful E-mails sent to city staffers by supporters of the Community Watchdog Project, a local anti-immigration group.
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Government Reports Dispel Myth Of Al-Qaida In Mexico

By Hatewatch Staff on September 30, 2008 - 8:44 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Recently released reports from the governments of the U.S. and Mexico confirm that contrary to the claims of anti-immigration groups, no suspected Middle Eastern terrorists have been caught in Mexico or trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico since Sept. 11, 2001.
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John Tanton’s Long History of Racism Exposed

By David Holthouse on September 26, 2008 - 2:27 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Podcasts

On this week’s podcast, Heidi Beirich and I discuss her story “The Tanton Files,” which was posted last week on Hatewatch. Heidi’s story takes a look at what she discovered while researching the papers of John Tanton, who founded the modern anti-immigration movement and is still on the board of the anti-immigrant hate group, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Tanton’s correspondence, which is lodged at the Bentley Historical Library, reveals not only that Tanton is an unabashed racist, but that he has been enmeshed in the white nationalist movement for decades.

Neo-Nazi Stage Mom Boasts Of Retail Con Prowess

By Sonia Scherr on September 25, 2008 - 10:21 am, Posted in Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist

“Is it luck or am I a thief?”

That’s the question neo-Nazi April Gaede posed Sept. 10 on the forum of the Vanguard News Network website (motto: “No Jews. Just right.”). Gaede, whose teenage daughters form the racist pop-singing duo Prussian Blue, recently boasted in an online post that she regularly scores free merchandise through underhanded means. “My family seems to have this gift of confusing clerks at large chain stores,” she confessed. “We end up not getting charged for items all the time. I think this happens to me because I talk to them and distract them (not on purpose) by saying outrageous things.”

It’s not hard to imagine Gaede uttering something unsettling. The neo-Nazi stage mom propelled her twin daughters, Lynx and Lamb, to international stardom in white power circles. Fans watch the blond, blue-eyed girls sieg heil and sing odes to “white survival,” though a 2007 documentary about the pair showed them tiring of their mother’s overbearing ways.

Now Gaede, a prolific contributor to neo-Nazi web forums, has revealed that micro-managing her daughters’ musical act isn’t her only skill. In her post on the VNN site, she tallied the thousands of dollars she’d saved by walking out of stores without paying for merchandise. Shopping in Kmart one day for window coolers, Gaede wrote, she saw a sign asking shoppers to donate money for Iraq veterans. “I asked to speak to a manager about how much the CEOs of Kmart were personally giving and why should they ask poor Kmart shoppers for money when they are a multibillion dollar company?” She reported that the “riled up” employee failed to ring up one of the coolers in her cart, saving her $150.

Another time, according to Gaede, she picked out some pricey merchandise at Ikea, only to find that the store was unable to charge her credit card for more than $300. So Gaede decided to return the following day to buy the remaining items. “When they loaded up our car they included the $500 table we had not paid for,” she recounted. “Dumb Mexicans.”

But Gaede apparently doesn’t want readers to think she lacks ethics. “Now if this happens at a mom and pop store we always correct it and if a clerk gives me the wrong change I always correct it (if they are white) because I dont [sic] want them to get in trouble for their till to be wrong. But otherwise if it is some big store I go for it… What do you all think? Is that evil???”

Opinions varied. “McKinley” wrote, “I will never fill [sic] wrong about getting one over from an enemy. Morals do not count in a death match.”

But others thought Gaede was taking the wrong tack. “It’s stealing from white people,” wrote “cknott.” “Because of April’s stealing, companies raise their prices which makes honest white people pay even more at the store. If we want to beat the J*w, we have to stop acting like the J*w.”

To which Gaede promptly replied, “Oh spank me! Probably most here on this board has [sic] done this. I just have the guts to admit it.”

Latino Activists: Reeling Economy Fuels Nativism

By Hatewatch Staff on September 23, 2008 - 8:51 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Armando Navarro, coordinator of the National Alliance for Human Rights, expressed concern that economic turmoil will spur anti-immigrant policies akin to “Operation Wetback,” a mass deportation program enacted during the Eisenhower Administration.
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San Diego Minutemen Target Latino Lawmakers

By Hatewatch Staff on September 23, 2008 - 8:49 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Lawyers for the San Diego Minutemen asked a federal judge for permission to add a Latino assemblyman and state senator to the group’s free speech lawsuit against the California Department of Transportation.
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Civil Rights Activists Demand Sheriff’s Resignation

By Hatewatch Staff on September 23, 2008 - 8:44 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Two dozen immigrant advocacy organizations signed a letter to the Johnston County commissioners asking the board to pressure Sheriff Steve Bizzell to resign in the wake of his public statements that Mexicans are “trashy” and “breed like rabbits.”
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SPLC Exposes Raided Alamo Cult’s Practices

By Mark Potok on September 21, 2008 - 12:55 pm, Posted in Anti-Catholic, Anti-LGBT

Tony AlamoA year after the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report published allegations of physical abuse, statutory rape and polygamy inside Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, authorities raided the cult’s headquarters in Fouke, Ark. Some 100 state and federal agents entered the compound Saturday night, apparently searching for evidence of child abuse and child pornography.

The Report‘s investigation details the sordid history of Alamo, who was released from federal prison in 1998 after completing a sentence for tax evasion. Alamo had also been charged with felony child abuse in 1989, but that charge was finally dropped in 1995. However, the family of the 11-year-old boy who allegedly was subjected to 140 blows on Alamo’s orders for minor academic infractions filed suit and won a $1.4 million judgment.

As detailed in the Fall 2007 issue of the Report, Alamo in recent years has argued that girls should marry once they start menstruating, even if they are as young as 10. In a 2006 radio broadcast, he said: “God impregnated Mary when she was about 11 years old. So the government idiots, the people that don’t know the Bible, what you’re going to have to do is get a hold of God now, you’re going to have to get up there and cuff him and send him to prison for statutory rape.”

In early 2007, Alamo cited the alleged promiscuity of 1st-graders as grounds for marrying them before the age of legal consent. “I’ve found out from people’s parents that their daughter started having sex when she was 6 years old and had sex every day of her life,” he said in another broadcast. “So right there, by the time she’s 15 years old, she’s had sex thousands of times. I mean, this is just reality.”

The Report‘s story also explores the Alamo cult’s strange background and its leader’s raging hatred for Catholics and homosexuals. Alamo has blamed Catholics for “every filthy thing,” including communism, Nazism, the two world wars, the Jonestown massacre, drugs, prostitution and pornography. He has also attacked his many detractors in Fouke, saying that God would “destroy” what he characterized as his “Vaticanite” critics.