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Movement to Boot Pacifica Forum Off Oregon Campus Gains Steam

By Sonia Scherr on January 14, 2010 - 10:34 am, Posted in Anti-Semitic

For years, students at the University of Oregon generally avoided Pacifica Forum, the formerly left-wing discussion group that has increasingly embraced right-wing extremism. Many students weren’t even aware that the group meets on campus.

That all changed last Friday, when students packed the Walnut Room, where Pacifica Forum was holding its weekly meeting, to protest the group’s presence in the Erb Memorial Union, the university’s student union. As campus security officers stood guard, the protesters — including some faculty and staff — held signs saying “Hate Speech is not Free Speech” and “Pacifica Forum = Nazi Dupes.” In all, at least 75 people, most of whom were opposed to Pacifica Forum, attended the heated, at times emotional, meeting — a far cry from the 10-12 people who usually show up at forum programs.

Pacifica Forum protest

Last week’s protest, which followed a Pacifica Forum meeting last month that one attendee likened to a Nazi rally, kicked off a student-led campaign to expel Pacifica Forum from the student union. (The Southern Poverty Law Center lists the forum as a hate group, a fact that has not made members happy.) As university officials grapple with how to address the community’s concerns, students are preparing for another protest at this Friday’s Pacifica Forum meeting. Students are mobilizing in part through a Facebook group — “UofO students and community members again the Pacifica Forum” — that has attracted more than 1,200 members since it was created last Friday.

“Since starting the Facebook group, awareness has risen exponentially,” said Devon Schlotterbeck, a University of Oregon sophomore who was inspired to launch the Facebook group after listening to hateful comments from Pacifica Forum participants last Friday. “People’s reactions are mostly of shock and of disgust and also a lot fear that this group is on our campus.” ( continue to full post… )

Survivor: Home Gardening Edition

By Larry Keller on January 13, 2010 - 3:20 pm, Posted in Conspiracies

Paranoia is potentially profitable. Plenty of people are eager to sell you freeze-dried foods, medical kits and even weapons to help you survive the supposed social chaos on the horizon. Now, there’s the “Survival Seed Bank,” brought to you by an outfit called Solutions for Science. For a mere $297, you can stock up on “super seeds” that will provide “all the survival food you will ever need anywhere in the country … grown by small, fiercely independent, farmers.” [Among other items, the company also sells anti-Obama T-shirts and information packets on making herbal medicines for use in the event that pharmacies close during an emergency.]

You’ll need the seeds, according to the Illinois company, because evidence suggests that food supplies in the United States and other nations are in serious decline. One of the reasons the seed sellers reached that conclusion: A story in the conspiracy-obsessed WorldNet Daily stated that the U.S. Department of Agriculture “may be covering up the greatest food shortage in modern history.” But that publication, in turn, cited SurvivalSeedBank.com – an offshoot of Solutions for Science – to support its contention while, helpfully, including its Internet address.

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Federal Jury Convicts Missouri Extremist

By Larry Keller on January 12, 2010 - 6:55 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime

Whoever complained that the wheels of justice move slowly would have enjoyed this week’s trial of Robert Joos Jr. A federal jury in Springfield, Mo., needed nine minutes to convict the reputed antigovernment white supremacist on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms and a felon in possession of explosives.

Joos, 56, was indicted in June along with twin brothers Dennis and Daniel Mahon. The Mahons remain in jail and are charged with mailing a bomb in 2004 to the Scottsdale, Ariz., office of Don Logan, who at the time was that city’s diversity officer. Dennis Mahon is a former Klansman and skinhead recruiter. His lower profile brother also is a former Klansman. Both were involved with longtime racist Tom Metzger’s White Aryan Resistance, or WAR. Logan, who is black, needed extensive surgery for injuries to his hands and arms. His secretary suffered injuries to her face and eyes.

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Canada’s Aryan Guard Muddied Again

By Sonia Scherr on January 8, 2010 - 11:18 am, Posted in Neo-Nazi

Yet another associate of Canada’s beleaguered Aryan Guard has landed in jail.

John Richard Marleau — a white supremacist who has attended most of the neo-Nazi group’s events, though he claims not to be an official member — faces multiple charges in connection with an attempted stabbing this week on a Calgary city train (CTrain).

According to a city of Calgary news release, the incident occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 4, when an emergency button was activated on a CTrain. After being told that the button had been pressed accidentally, the driver stopped the train and left his cab to deactivate the button. As he entered the center car, a knife-wielding man darted toward him. With his would-be attacker in pursuit, the driver ran back to his cab, locked himself inside, and called law enforcement. When police caught up with the suspect at a train platform nearby, Marleau allegedly removed the knife from his jacket and waved it in front of him. After he refused to drop the knife, police subdued him with a Taser and took him into custody.

Marleau, a 22-year-old Calgary resident, was charged with three counts of assault with a weapon, and one count each of illegal possession of a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and causing a disturbance. The driver was unharmed.

The Quebec Media Agency reported yesterday that the driver was a minority. However, a Calgary police spokeswoman told Hatewatch that she could not confirm the driver’s race or reveal whether the attack was racially motivated, saying details would emerge during court proceedings. ( continue to full post… )

Radicals React: Holocaust Museum Killer Was a Hero (or a Patsy)

By Sonia Scherr on January 6, 2010 - 6:30 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime

White supremacists reacted swiftly to the death of Holocaust Museum shooter and long-time neo-Nazi James von Brunn by lauding his actions and promoting conspiracy theories about his demise.

Von Brunn, who had been in poor health and was recovering from gunshot wounds to one ear, died early this afternoon at a hospital in North Carolina, according to The Associated Press. The 89-year-old had been charged with the June 10 murder of a black security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He was himself shot in the face by other guards just seconds after killing Stephen T. Johns.

On Stormfront, the leading white supremacist Web forum, posters speculated this afternoon that von Brunn might not have died of natural causes, suggesting that evil forces were actually responsible for his demise. “I knew that case would never go to trial,” wrote “LawAbidingCitizen.” “There were so many holes in the ‘official’ story that it would have been a laughingstock.” Added “MedicineHat”: “Sounds like a clear cut case of ‘Jewicide.’”

Many others praised him as a hero. “James Wenneker Von [sic] Brunn died a martyr,” wrote “starviego.” “Long live James Wenneker Von Brunn.” Said “allkesh”: “Great man who gave his best for his people!” “Kennewickman,” a Stormfront moderator, put it like this: “Every man or woman who expresses opposition to ZOG [a neo-Nazi acronym for Zionist Occupation Government, meaning the federal government] and dies in ZOG’s hands is a martyr, automatically.” ( continue to full post… )

Nativist Leader Starts Website to Attack ‘Subversive’ Groups

By Sonia Scherr on January 6, 2010 - 2:58 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

A new website purports to expose the machinations of “extremist” organizations that supposedly are trying to stifle debate about immigration. These groups represent “the well-funded far-left anti-enforcement mob that is ‘the other side’ of the majority of Americans,” states the website, Center for Immigration Truth.

What Center for Immigration Truth doesn’t say is that the website is another project of John Tanton, a retired Michigan ophthalmologist who in many ways has been primary architect of the contemporary nativist movement. Tanton, who has a long history of bigotry and racist associations that has been documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is the registrant and administrator of the website, according to the Public Interest Registry database. The address in the registry is that of Tanton’s Social Contract Press, which publishes a quarterly journal featuring articles by prominent white supremacists. (The Social Contract Press is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC.)

The website launched several months ago with the motto “monitoring the subversive La Raza open borders network.” (The National Council of La Raza is a major Latino advocacy group that actually has supported several recent immigration enforcement measures.) The Center for Immigration Truth asserts that “the radical La Raza open borders lobby distorts facts and truth in order to promote their ethnic agenda.” The website cites more than a dozen other so-called members of this lobby, including prominent civil, human and workers’ rights groups such as the SPLC, Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF), the Anti-Defamation League and the Service Employees International Union. (For the record, the SPLC doesn’t advocate for open borders, but instead aims to expose bigotry as it occurs in the immigration debate.) The Center for Immigration Truth provides links to several organizations founded by Tanton, including NumbersUSA, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, the Center for Immigration Studies and Pro-English.

Though the website is designed to appeal to mainstream immigration restrictionists, Tanton’s views are far from mainstream. For years, he has described contemporary immigrants as inferior. He has questioned the “educability” of Latinos and written that “for European-American culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.” In a letter to Roy Beck, head of NumbersUSA, Tanton wondered “whether the minorities who are going to inherit California … can run an advanced society?” He has also corresponded with Holocaust deniers, former Klan lawyers and white nationalist thinkers. In an infamous 1986 memo, he wrote: “As whites see their power and control over their lives declining, will they simply go quietly into the night? Or will there be an explosion?”

Dropping Academic Veneer, Cal State Prof Starts His Own Hate Group

By Heidi Beirich on January 5, 2010 - 1:09 pm, Posted in Anti-Semitic

It’s official. Cal State Long Beach psychology professor Kevin MacDonald has made the leap from academia to racist activism, signing on with the American Third Position (ATP), a white supremacist political party established in October “to represent the unique political interests of White Americans.” As excellently reported by the O.C. Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano, MacDonald is partnering with local racist skinheads “to create a new political party” that hopes to “oppose and deport non-whites.” MacDonald is listed as the group’s director.

Until October, when ATP was established, MacDonald was better known for his anti-Semitic “research” purportedly proving that Jews are driven by a genetically programmed group evolutionary strategy to undermine and harm Western civilization. (The idea is that they do so in order to weaken “host societies” that might otherwise oppress or act out against the Jews.) In his academic works, MacDonald has suggested taxing Jews or restricting their access to university as ways of protecting white society.

MacDonald has become a darling of the white nationalist circuit over the past few years, presenting his anti-Semitic ideas to suit-and-tie extremists in hotel ballrooms and similar venues. MacDonald’s theories — which are dressed up in psychological jargon and feature lots of endnotes — are enthusiastically endorsed by such listeners, who feel that MacDonald justifies their hate with “science.” Former Klan boss David Duke, for instance, is a huge fan, having lifted much of his own anti-Semitic “research” from the professor. In 2004, MacDonald was awarded $10,000 for his theories by The Occidental Quarterly (TOQ), a white supremacist journal on whose editorial board he serves.

But in the past few months, MacDonald has begun dropping his hotel ballrooms in favor of interviews with the proprietors of crudely hateful websites. Late last year, MacDonald gave a series of interviews to “Brother Nathanael Kapner” (a self-described former Jew turned “orthodox Christian”) of Real Zionist News, which battles “The Zionist War for Domination.” MacDonald belittled blacks, claiming Jews had simply “presented” them as leaders during the civil rights movement. MacDonald informed Kapner that Jews have no “real sympathy for the plight of blacks,” simply manipulating them “in their quest to achieve the eclipse of the political and cultural hegemony of white Americans.” Sounding a lot like a newly minted neo-Nazi activist, MacDonald called on whites to “stand up to American Jewry, fight for their own interests, and confront Jewish hypocrisy.” ( continue to full post… )