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Nativist Haters to Hold National Press Club Event

By Heidi Beirich on January 8, 2009 - 1:14 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

Next Tuesday, the National Press Club will again host a press conference by The Social Contract Press (TSCP), which has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center since 2002. The press conference is being held to announce the release of a new TSCP report, “The Twin Crises: Immigration and Infrastructure,” by Edwin S. Rubenstein. Formerly a mainstream journalist, Rubenstein has since the turn of the millennium specialized in writing for white supremacist organizations.

The Social Contract Press, which also publishes the hate journal, The Social Contract, was started by the racist founder of the Federation for American Immigration Reform hate group, John Tanton and is run by his editor, Wayne Lutton. Lutton has been on the board of advisors of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a hate group that has described black people as “a retrograde species of humanity.”

Under Lutton’s editorial leadership, Tanton’s Social Contract journal has published dozens of articles from prominent white supremacists. One special issue was even devoted to the theme of “Europhobia: The Hostility Toward European-Descended Americans” and featured a lead article from John Vinson, head of the Tanton-backed hate group, the American Immigration Control Foundation. Vinson argued that multiculturalism was replacing “successful Euro-American culture” with “dysfunctional Third World cultures.” Tanton elaborated in his own remarks, decrying the “unwarranted hatred and fear” of whites that he blamed on “multiculturalists” and immigrants. ( continue to full post… )

‘Liberty Dollar’ Creator Seeks Greener Grass

By Larry Keller on January 6, 2009 - 5:52 pm, Posted in Tax Protesters

For many years he was the “monetary architect” of the “Liberty dollar,” much beloved by antigovernment “Patriots.” Nowadays, Bernard von NotHaus may be singing the lyrics of the 1970 Brewer & Shipley tune: “One toke over the line sweet Jesus …”

After running afoul of federal authorities over his alternative currency scheme, von NotHaus has embarked on a more ethereal venture, the Free Marijuana Church of Honolulu, where he is the “high priest.” Church members step into the “High Room” for one toke of marijuana, then retire to a meditation room “in serene bliss,” according to a church press release.

Von NotHaus, 64, says he once was friends with psychedelic drug proponent Timothy Leary, but he’s best known among radical right “Patriots” for creating “American Liberty currency” in money certificate denominations of $1, $5 and $10 starting in 1998. The certificates were backed by stocks of silver and gold stored in Idaho, von NotHaus said. The currency is popular with extreme-right tax protesters and members of the radical “sovereign citizen” movement, who maintain that the federal government has no right to tax or otherwise regulate them, as well as those who believe that the Federal Reserve, America’s central bank, is run by a private body for personal profit.

Fourteen months ago, federal agents seized two tons of copper coins featuring Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and 500 pounds of silver from a Liberty Dollars warehouse, and raided the company’s Evansville, Ind., headquarters after the U.S. Mint issued a public warning to consumers and businesses that using Liberty Dollars in lieu of U.S. currency was a crime. While von NotHaus feared he might be arrested on allegations of violating federal laws prohibiting the private manufacturing of currency, he was not criminally charged. He has always insisted that Liberty Dollars are a voluntary barter currency, not “legal tender,” “current money” or “coin.”

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Texas Anti-Immigration Activists Predict ‘Wider Hearing’ In 2009

By Hatewatch Staff on January 6, 2009 - 11:03 am, Posted in Uncategorized

With more than a dozen immigration bills already filed, including one that would deny state grants to “sanctuary” cities and counties, nativist organizers and lawmakers in Texas predicted immigration will be even more of a hot-button topic in 2009.
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‘Speak English’ Parade Skit Draws Fire

By Hatewatch Staff on January 6, 2009 - 10:55 am, Posted in Uncategorized

A Mummer’s Day parade skit titled “Aliens of an Illegal Kind” featured “Border Patrol agents” wearing gigantic cowboy hats and brandishing wooden rifles while trying to hold back a horde of rioting “immigrants.”
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Minutemen Clash With Protesters In Dana Point

By Hatewatch Staff on January 6, 2009 - 10:51 am, Posted in Uncategorized

About 20 members of the Minuteman Project squared off with a small group of anti-Minutemen protesters at a day laborer pick-up site.
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Minuteman American Defense Leader Reports Home Invasion Attack

By Hatewatch Staff on January 6, 2009 - 10:49 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Shawna Forde, national director of Minuteman American Defense, told police a trio of intruders broke into her home, sexually assaulted her and slashed the back of her neck with a knife.
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