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Calling From Prison, Member Of The Order Delivers ‘Martyr’s Day’ Address

By David Holthouse on December 22, 2008 - 11:37 am, Posted in Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist

Every year on Dec. 8, white supremacist groups in the U.S. and sometimes in the U.K. and Germany hold “Martyr’s Day” parties to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Robert Matthews, the founder of the infamous – though long defunct – neo-Nazi domestic terrorist organization The Order, also known as the Silent Brotherhood or Bruders Scheweigen.

Matthews died in a shootout with FBI agents on Dec. 8, 1984.

A Martyr’s Day gathering hosted in a Florida rental hall earlier this month by the Confederate Hammerskins (CHS), a regional division of the Hammerskin Nation, was typical in many respects: it drew 100-150 skinheads who drank a lot of cheap beer and slam-danced to live hate rock bands.

But this Martyr’s Day party was more noteworthy than usual for two reasons.

First of all, it was co-sponsored by the American Front, a resurgent national skinhead syndicate modeled after Britain’s National Front, along with Volksfront, a Portland, Ore., skinhead gang. This marked a high level of cooperation between the three skinhead groups.

Even more remarkable, however, was the keynote speaker: Richard Kemp, the youngest member of The Order, who called in from the Federal Correctional Institute in Sheridan, Ore., to deliver his “Martyr’s Day Address,” amplified through loudspeakers.

“Let each of us be so inspired by the devotion of our fallen comrades that we lift their standards as we march into the future,” Kemp said.

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Editorial: Anti-Immigration Zealots Push ‘Juan Crow’ Laws

By Hatewatch Staff on December 16, 2008 - 10:30 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Demonizing undocumented workers is making brown the new black when it comes to racially discriminatory lawmaking, often with tragic consequences.
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Nativist Sentiments Flare In Nebraska

By Hatewatch Staff on December 16, 2008 - 10:29 am, Posted in Uncategorized

A proposed immigration crackdown has some anti-immigration business owners and activists talking tough about “sending a strong sign to illegal immigrants” that Nebraska is “no longer a safe haven with no consequences.”
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Idaho Lawmakers Plan Anti-Immigration Legislation

By Hatewatch Staff on December 16, 2008 - 10:27 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Two northern Idaho lawmakers said they intended to reintroduce and “put some teeth in” anti-immigration legislation that has been rejected the last two years.
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Beating Deaths Spark Outrage, Calls For Justice

By Hatewatch Staff on December 16, 2008 - 10:25 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Reacting to the second beating death of an Ecuadorean immigrant in six weeks, community activists and elected officials called upon anti-immigrant politicians and media commentators to stop stoking the fires of hate.
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‘Sovereign Citizen’ Leader Arrested in Texas

By Sonia Scherr on December 12, 2008 - 10:22 am, Posted in Extremist Crime

Antigovernment scofflaw Robert Fox used to make big money teaching clients how to outwit the legal system. But last week, Fox — a fugitive wanted in Texas on a felony charge since July — stumbled into the arms of law enforcement when he actually showed up for a court appearance related to a completely different case.

“It was in an act of great hubris that he was arrested,” Jacksonville, Texas, Police Detective Jason Price told Hatewatch.

Fox led the House of Israel, which masqueraded as a church but in fact served as a crash pad for “sovereign citizens” — members of an extreme-right movement whose adherents believe they are not citizens of the United States and therefore not subject to many of its laws, including the tax code.

Robert Fox

Believed to be in his late 50s, Fox went on the lam around the time he was charged with barratry, or improperly trying to solicit business for his legal practice, a felony under Texas law. He had previously posted bond after being charged with four counts of possessing dangerous drugs and two counts of practicing law without a license, all misdemeanors.

After more than four months of eluding police, Fox arrived at the Cherokee County Courthouse on Dec. 3 for an administrative hearing related to the drug charges. Although Fox knew there was a warrant for his arrest, Price suspects he showed up anyway because otherwise he would have faced a failure to appear charge and risked forfeiting his bond. As it happened, the judge who signed the barratry arrest warrant back in July was also scheduled to preside over Fox’s December court hearing. The judge remembered Fox and asked a member of his staff to alert the Jacksonville Police Department. Court personnel detained Fox until Jacksonville police got to the courthouse to arrest him. Fox was accompanied by several people who appeared to be supporters and wished him well as he was taken into custody. ( continue to full post… )

Neo-Nazi Leader Bill White Indicted Again

By Mark Potok on December 11, 2008 - 4:37 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi

Federal prosecutors announced today that Bill White, arguably the most important neo-Nazi leader in America, has been indicted on seven counts related to making Internet and other threats that could bring him 55 years in prison and $1.75 million in fines.

White was already being held in a federal holding facility in Chicago, where he faces an earlier charge of obstructing justice for publishing personal information about a jury foreman on his website. White suggested in that posting that the juror had committed a crime by voting in 2004 to convict another neo-Nazi leader, Matt Hale, for soliciting the murder of a federal judge. (The judge was not harmed.) Trial on that charge has been set for March 3 in Chicago federal court.

Bond was denied to White in two earlier hearings. In the most recent, on Dec. 5, a judge said White would be held “to ensure the safety of the community.”

Bill White

In recent years, White has developed a reputation as a blustery threatmaker, posting personal information such as home addresses and phone numbers of many individuals — including the author of this blog posting — and, in some cases, suggesting that it would be good to kill them. He was known for pushing First Amendment protections to their absolute limit, although the indictments suggest that he was not careful enough to prevent the lodging of extremely serious charges.

Prosecutors in Roanoke, Va., where White lives and where the new indictments were brought, suggested that the additional charges would help stem the tide of Internet threats. “The Internet has proven to be a powerful force in our daily lives. It has made information from across the globe available at the click of a mouse,” Acting U.S. Attorney Julia Dudley said today. “The law enforcement community cannot allow individuals to unlawfully threaten anyone, in any manner. When violent threats are made, legal action must be taken and justice must be served.” ( continue to full post… )

They’re Back: Racist Music Sampler to be Distributed to Schools

By Sonia Scherr on December 10, 2008 - 11:03 am, Posted in Racist Music

Four years after a neo-Nazi record label provoked a nationwide outcry by distributing hate rock to middle and high school students, one of the men behind that ambitious recruitment drive is at it again.

White power music broker Bryant Cecchini, who uses the alias Byron Calvert, recently announced on his website that he had begun distribution last week of 30,000 CDs. The campaign is dubbed “Project Schoolyard Volume II” and targets teenagers with a 25-song sampler that features tracks such as “White Power” and “Some Niggers Never Die.” “Remember,” he wrote, “we don’t just entertain racist kids, we create them.”

The CDs are on sale for 30 cents each, but Cecchini is including several free with each order from Tightrope, his Arkansas-based website that offers hate music and other racist merchandise. Cecchini’s website features a fist clasping a noose and the motto, “It’s not illegal to be White … yet!”

Cecchini told the Intelligence Report that he has already shipped a few thousand of the CDs in batches of 50 to longtime acquaintances who, he says, will hand them out to children at malls, concerts, skate parks and schools. He said the CDs he’s mailed in bulk have gone to at least seven states — Alaska, Arkansas, California, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Pennsylvania — while the ones he’s packaged with customer orders have been sent nationwide. Cecchini said he also uses multiple MySpace accounts that are not overtly racist to reach white students at schools where racially charged incidents have occurred. ( continue to full post… )

Mississippi Anti-Immigration Law Draws Protests

By Hatewatch Staff on December 9, 2008 - 7:58 am, Posted in Uncategorized

The director of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance said a new anti-immigration law scheduled to go into effect in January is designed to “scare Latinos out of the state.”
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Tom Tancredo Retires

By Hatewatch Staff on December 9, 2008 - 7:56 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus founder Tom Tancredo, known for his biting anti-immigration rhetoric and campaign ads suggesting Latino immigrants are rapists and drug dealers, is retiring from Congress.
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