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WHITE PATRIOT PARTY LOSES CAROLINA TRIAL
Charges of contempt of court were pressed home successfully against Steve
Miller, Glenn Miller and the White Patriot Party in Raleigh, North Carolina's
U.S. District Court in July.
Glenn Miller and the White Patriot Party -- convicted on two counts each
-- and Steve Miller -- convicted on one count -- were charged with contempt
for violating a 1985 Federal consent decree in which Glenn Miller agreed not
to operate a paramilitary organization, not to conduct secret military
operations and not to conduct firearms training aimed at causing civil
disturbances. The consent decree was the result of a 1984 lawsuit brought
against the Confederate Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (former title of the White
Patriot Party) by Klanwatch, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, on
behalf of Bobby Persons. Klanwatch and the SPLC executive director Morris Dees
also prompted the Federal case for contempt and assisted U.S. Attorney Samuel
Currin in its prosecution.
The White Patriot Party is a neo-nazi organization based in North
Carolina. Glenn Miller was its founder and top leader; Steve Miller was the
organization's chaplain and second-in-command.
Military Takeover Plotted
During the five-day trial, testimony indicated that Glenn Miller's dream
of a Southern homeland for white Christians had taken shape as a detailed
nightmare: a planned military takeover of carefully selected counties in North
Carolina. [See THE MONITOR, I, 2] Ironically, Miller plotted -- according to
one witness -- to use members of the Christian Knights of the KKK, a rival
group, as shock troops in his revolution.
Throughout the trial, Currin and Dees maintained that the White Patriot
Party (WPP) had disregarded the '85 consent decree and in fact ran a
paramilitary operation with the goal of eventually establishing a white
Christian republic in the South. James Holder, a member of the Confederate
Knights until his conviction for murder of a fellow member in 1983, testified
to the intent and extent of paramilitary training. He also testified to his
recruitment of active duty Marines to the WPP, and to Glenn Miller's plans for
revolution. According to Holder, Miller said privately, "The KKK is to unite
and organize the masses of white people to rise up, train, cache weapons and
overthrow the U.S. government."
The most damning testimony against the Millers came from Robert Norman
Jones, military-trained ordinance expert now in prison for receiving stolen
government property. Jones stated that he obtained an arsenal of arms and
explosives for the Confederate Knights and the WPP, and that he instructed
members in their use.
Testimony Ties WPP to the Order
Jones described the White Patriot Party's purchase of five 66mm LAW
rockets. He and Steve Miller covertly met with WPP member Doug Sheets and
Order member David Lane. When Jones questioned the WPP's ability to pay for
the rockets, Sheets and Lane displayed a duffel bag full of cash which Sheets
described as a donation to the WPP. That night, Jones received $4,000 cash and
the Party received its rockets.
Lane and other members of The Order were convicted of conspiracy recently
in a Federal trial in Seattle, with charges arising from a two-year-long
murder and robbery spree conducted by The Order to further a white supremacist
revolution. Before that trial, leader Bruce Carroll Pierce made a statement to
the FBI, later retracted, that the White Patriot Party received a share of The
Order's robbery proceeds.
Jones added that he obtained the rockets from U.S. Army Captain Butch
Robertson, who denied the accusation. Weapons and equipment obtained by Jones
for the WPP from Fort Bragg personnel -- in at least one instance by paying
enlisted men with drugs -- allegedly included grenades, radios, web gear,
Claymore mines, C-4 plastic explosives, classified training manuals, TNT,
night vision scopes, gas masks and M-16 magazines.
Cox Takes Helm From Miller
Steve Miller and Glenn Miller have been ordered to sever all ties with
the White Patriot Party. Cecil Cox, one of the Marines Holder claimed to have
recruited, will head the WPP. The Millers each face a maximum of six months in
jail and $1000 fine for each charge of contempt.
After the convictions, 150 members of the White Patriot Party rallied in
support of Glenn and Steve Miller outside of the courthouse. All of the
participants wore "civvies" instead of their usual marching clothes,
A Federal grand jury will be investigating the Millers' alleged ties to
violent, white supremacist organizations in other states. The grand jury also
will investigate complaints of continuing White Patriot Party harassment of
Blacks, and the alleged theft of arms and ammunition from military bases in
KLAN INSPIRES VIOLENCE DURING CHICAGO RALLIES
By Chip Berlet, Midwest Research Institute
An alliance of white racists led by the Illinois Knights of the Ku Klux
Klan staged two demonstrations on the weekend of June 28 in Chicago, Ill.
At one of these rallies, a crowd of young racists attacked
counter-demonstrators. The previous week, eight neo-nazis staged a protest
against a "Paint Out Racist Graffiti" march of over 150 Chicagoans.
Both the Illinois Knights and the neo-nazi America First Committee mailed
their constituents fliers announcing the "1986 Klan Krosstown Klassic," the
June 28-29 events: "A White Pride Rally on the south side of Chicago in
historic Marquette Park on Saturday, June 28th at 71st and Sacramento...at
2:00 PM. An Anti-queer Rally on the north side of Chicago in Lincoln Park to
protest Gay Pride Week on Sunday, June 29th at 2:00 PM."
An ironic footnote stated, "The Illinois Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is a
White Christian and Patriotic Fraternal Order of the Fifth Era, which is not
anti-Catholic," an important point for Chicago's heavily-Catholic Southwest
Side. Ties Exist to Aryan Nations
The rally organizers -- local Chicago Klan leader Ed Novak (a.k.a. Edward
Melkonian) and the America First Committee's Art Jones -- have direct ties to
the militant racist Aryan Nations network based in Hayden Lake, Idaho. Jones,
Novak and other alliance members meet regularly around Chicago and several
times a year in Michigan at the farm of Bob Miles. Jones is a former member of
the National Socialist White People's Party and, until exposed as a former
Nazi, was an organizer for the Chicago chapter of the Civilian Military
Assistance. Novak is the leader of the Chicago South Side Den and Kleagle
(recruiter) of the Illinois Knights (based locally in suburban Villa Park and
nationally in Tuscumbia, Ala.)
Novak discussed Klan plans for Chicago last April at a meeting held on
Miles' farm. The Klan has operated covertly in Chicago for many years, he
said, but recently decided to "go public and reach the people...to spread a
message of white unity and ultimately white victory. The key to the future is
to reach out to young people."
Novak cited as a perfect example of public organizing the work of Glenn
Miller, leader of the White Patriot Party. "That's the route we in Chicago
have decided to take," he said as he recounted the details of five recent
Chicago demonstrations coordinated by the Illinois Knights. Announcing the
June Chicago rallies, Novak told the audience at Miles' farm:
"On June 28, in Chicago's White Power area -- Marquette Park -- the Knights of
the Ku Klux Klan will sponsor a White Unity rally -- the first of its kind in
Chicago. That area right now is having a very tight race between a white
Alderman and a Black candidate for Harold Washington. It is a runoff
election...I'm sorry to say, folks, since they've redistricted the boundaries,
the ward is now 75% Black. So it looks very slim for Alderman Brady. We're out
there actively campaigning for Brady -- not as Klansmen, but as residents of
We're hoping for the best. And if it happens that we wind up with a Black
Alderman, we're still going to have our rally at Marquette Park. And if the
mayor comes and decides he is going to have a rib barbecue alongside our Klan
rally, that's fine with us...We're sure that the people of Marquette Park will
give him a very warm reception...[laughter]
The following day kicks off the lesbian and gay pride week in Chicago
[laughter]. We are going to have an anti-queer rally in Chicago's Lincoln Park
An Attempt to Influence Upcoming Election
The Marquette Park event was part of a Klan drive to introduce racism
into the upcoming Chicago mayoral election, in which Black incumbent Harold
Washington faces a strong challenge by predominantly-white "machine Democrats"
who bolted the party and voted for a white Republican last Election Day.
According to Mike Flannery, a local TV news reporter who interviewed
Novak, "Kleagle Novak made it clear that they think they will have a lot to
gain from next year's election for mayor, that they think will be racially
tense. They think they can stir the pot this summer, and they think it will
all help them recruit new members."
Marquette Park is a predominantly-white ethnic neighborhood that in
recent years has seen a small but steady influx of Hispanics, persons of
Middle Eastern descent and a handful of Blacks. Racial tensions have run high
since the late Sixties, when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was hit by a
rock while leading an open housing march into Marquette Park itself.
Black and white community leaders, including Mayor Washington and the
newly-elected Black city council representative for the neighborhood, asked
citizens to stay out of the park during the June rally because of the danger
of triggering racial incidents against the new Black residents of Marquette
Over 7,000 Marquette Park residents signed petitions disavowing the
racist rally. However, the threat of the Klan/neo-nazi alliance in Chicago is
in its ability to foment racial tension -- a root cause of racial violence --
not in its relative or actual numbers. For example, about 500 mostly young
white people gathered to watch the 30 or so racist alliance members rally in
Marquette. When integrated counter-demonstrators led by the International
Committee Against Racism tried to march into the park, several hundred of the
youth attacked them and, shouting racial epithets, drove them from the park.
The mob then ran a few blocks to the north end of the park to block the
entrance of a small group of Black counter-demonstrators led by two ministers.
Several police were injured by hurled bottles and stones while protecting the
Black marchers. The movements of the mob were controlled by people with
portable CB radios, who reported on the location of various anti-Klan
The scene was far different on June 29 at the protest against Gay Pride
Week. The same thirty-odd white supremacists gathered in a more cosmopolitan
northside Chicago neighborhood and were confronted by fifty anti-Klan
demonstrators. Police kept both sides apart without major incidents. The
racist rally was followed by a press conference featuring Art Jones and Thom
Robb, Arkansas Knights leader and Aryan Nations proponent.
During the past two years a small but increasing wave of racist and
anti-Jewish incidents has swept Chicago, including assaults, firebombings and
even murders. Following the "Klan Krosstown Klassic," a home near Marquette
Park recently purchased by a Black family was hit with two firebombs.
ARYAN NATIONS GATHER IN IDAHO
The Aryan Nations proved they still exist when they gathered at their
Hayden Lake, Idaho compound over the July 13 weekend. Officials estimate that
approximately 200 racist activists brought their families to the secluded
twenty-acre encampment presided over by Richard Butler.
The July meeting was originally planned by Butler as a private affair,
with elaborate security measures and no press allowed on the premises during
the meeting. However, as soon as it became obvious that the media intended to
make the Aryan Nations Congress a major news item, reporters were allowed on
the premises of the compound. The Congress proceedings were watched by armed
guards who patrolled the perimeters dressed in camouflage uniforms and
carrying assault rifles.
Delegates to the meeting, billed as the "1986 World Aryan Congress,"
opened the meeting by giving the traditional Nazi salute as the Aryan Nations'
flag -- a swastika slashed by a sword -- was raised.
Pace Amendment Promoted
Daniel Johnson promoted the Pace Amendment when he spoke at the meeting.
Johnson lives in southern California and leads the League of Pace Amendment
The so-called Pace Amendment proposes repeal of the Fourteenth Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution, which extended citizenship to all. This legislation,
the brainchild of James O. Pace, would include repatriation of people of
color, after compensation of seized property.
Pace Amendment Advocates argue that "racial degeneration" is the cause of
problems such as poverty, illiteracy, crime and infant mortality. The League
has sent copies of its book promoting the proposed amendment to state
legislators in nearly every state. Richard Butler has publicly endorsed the
Pace Amendment as the last "legal" chance for the United States government to
adopt his white supremacist views.
The most widely-held strategy, however, appeared to be aimed at
establishing a seperate territorial enclave in North America. Although there
are several variations of this strategy within the neo-nazi movement, a common
feature of them all is the drive to establish in the near future an "Aryans
only" land base which will be free of non-Aryans and non-Aryan cultural
influences. (In some neo-nazi circles, this strategy is seen as a retreat from
seizing control of the entire North American continent.)
The July Aryan Nations Congress was the first neo-nazi meeting at which
the territorial enclave concept was widely endorsed.
Bob Miles Prominent at Congress
Robert Miles was a commanding presence at the meeting, equal in stature
to Richard Butler. Miles has handled the Aryan Nations' organizing among
prisoners for the past 18 months from Michigan and has been instrumental in
re-thinking strategy for the neo-nazi movement. He, among others, for several
years has been promoting the Pacific Northwest as a target for settlement by
neo-nazis. Miles also has enjoyed teasing the press about his plans for
colonizing the Northwest. At one time he told reporters that he had two
thousand families ready to move there, a clear exaggeration.
Other speakers at the meeting included Tom Metzger, his young protege
Greg Withrow, Klansman Thom Robb and Debby Mathews. Mathews is the widow of an
Order member who died in a shootout with the police. Glenn Miller of the White
Patriot Party in North Carolina was scheduled to speak, but he did not attend
because of his court case at home. [See first article in this file] Jesse
Radford from Raliegh, NC spoke in his place.
Michael Hoffman from San Diego, Calif., who wrote a book supporting
Canadian Holocaust hoaxer Ernst Zundel, and John Ross Taylor, who lives in
Canada, both gave speeches. Robert Wangrud from "Republic versus Democracy
Redress" in Oregon also spoke. Terry Long, an Aryan Nations leader from
Alberta, Canada, told the assembled crowd that they should consider Canada as
part of their territorial enclave. Long also called for a change in the cell
structure of the neo-nazi movement that would remedy the weaknesses made
evident by the arrests of Order members. About one month after the Aryan
Nations meeting, Long announced plans to build a paramilitary training camp at
his home near Carolina, Alberta.
A number of Butler's followers were part of The Order, a clandestine
organization that committed armed robberies, murders and other acts to further
a racist revolution. Ten of the organization's members were arrested during
the winter of 1984 and were convicted of conspiracy the following December.
Because of the arrests, many members left Hayden Lake compound and in
July, 1985, the Aryan Nations did not hold the Congress it had been sponsoring
annually since 1979. When last year's Congress was cancelled, there was
widespread speculation that the Aryan Nations had been put out of business by
The Order arrests. However, Richard Butler has continued to publish the Aryan
Nations bulletin over the past year; Bob Miles helped keep the neo-nazi
tendency alive in regular meetings at his Michigan farmstead.
The Aryan Nations Congress on July 13-14 was one more link in a chain of
evidence indicating that the Aryan Nations network is alive.
(Ed. note: Two weeks after the Aryan Nations Congress, on August 1, a bank in
Rossville, Ill., was robbed by two men whom the Federal Bureau of
Investigation has identified as members of the Aryan Nations.
One of the men, Thomas Harrelson, is engaged to marry Marion Elise Miles,
daughter of Bob Miles.)
AMERICAN AG. MOVEMENT, INC. URGES FARMERS TO AVOID 'EXTREMISM'
The American Agriculture Movement, Inc. issued a statement in Illinois
urging farmers to avoid becoming targets for "the LaRouche Cult and other
extremist groups." AAM, Inc. was incorporated in 1979, at a time when AAM was
being targeted by LaRouchians and Posse-type organizers. AAM, Inc. president
David Senter was attacked for his stand against LaRouche.
In the January, 1986 issue of THE MONITOR the distinction between AAM,
Inc. and other sections of the farm protest movement calling themselves AAM
was not made sufficiently clear. Tommy Kersey, who participated in some of the
early tractorades and called himself AAM, was in fact never a member of AAM,
Inc. Since that time, Kersey has been involved with the LaRouche cult and,
later, with Posse-type followers of Christian Identity. The Center for
Democratic Renewal apologizes for any confusion due to the lack of
clarification in our January article.
'GAY-BASHING' GROWS TO ALARMING PROPORTIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
A widespread attack on lesbians and gay men by Far Right racists and the
New Right has successfully brought some of the extremists' groups into
mainstream political debate. At the same time, an unprecedented wave of
bigoted violence directed at homosexuals has been largely ignored.
Fear of AIDS, a disease for which there is no known cure, has provided a
new opportunity for Far Right racists and anti-semites. It is not yet certain
whether the racist movement will achieve new growth for itself because of its
attacks on homosexuals. Perhaps the Far Right simply has added its own voice
to a growing chorus. The LaRouche cult, however, has been able to wage an
electoral campaign in California that threatens to be more successful than its
upset victories in the Illinois primaries.
Proposition 64 in California
Early in 1985, the various organizations and publications that are part
of the web around the Lyndon LaRouche cult -- the Schiller Institute, the
National Democratic Policy Committee, New Solidarity, and the Executive
Intelligence Review -- all began to drum on popular fears about AIDS. These
organizations always have managed to blend obscurantist racism and
anti-semitism with economic development models based on traditional European
fascism. In order to generate a wider appeal for its views, the LaRouche cult
would dress their core beliefs in anti-drug propaganda and the promotion of
"traditional values." At the same time they would claim that the Queen of
England pushed drugs, that rock 'n roll should be replaced by classical music
and that people with AIDS should be forcibly quarantined.
If LaRouche operatives had carried petitions to ban rock 'n roll, it is
doubtful they would have gathered many signatures. They did gather
approximately 700,000 names to place Proposition 64 on the autumn ballot in
California. Proposition 64 would require universal screening of the population
for AIDS and the mandatory quarantining of AIDS victims. Critics of
Proposition 64 regard such measures as an attempt to ghetto-ize gay people and
place new barriers to their full participation in society, and to blame
victims of AIDS for the disease.
LaRouche literature is full of bigoted references to gay people. And the
LaRouche slogan, "Spread Panic, Not AIDS," is clearly part of an attempt to
whip up, or cash in on, anti-homosexual hysteria. Nevertheless, the
anti-homosexual campaign is just the entry level to the full range of LaRouche
ideas. A booklet published by LaRouche's National Democratic Policy Committee
claims: conditions of economic collapse and squalor as in Africa and in many
decayed U.S. towns and cities...the fight against AIDS...is an integral part
of a strong national defense program for the country. To defend our nation we
need a full-scale crash program to fight AIDS and a crash effort to develop
the Strategic Defense Initiative.
The African Connection
LaRouche may have been the first racist to use anti-homosexual hysteria
to target Black people and Africa, but he was certainly not the last. The
GANPAC Brief, which usually confines itself to attacking Jews and re-writing
the history of World War II, headlined its January 1986 edition with "THE AIDS
TIME BOMB and the German-American Answer." GANPAC editor Hans Schmidt wrote,
"Where does AIDS come from? There are a number of indications that Africa
(black Africa) is the source of this murderous affliction...AIDS seems
disproportionate among racial groups we do not acknowledge as Germanic..."
Schmidt's conclusion sounds suspiciously similar to the Aryan Nations'
call for an Aryan Republic in the Northwest: "The German-American answer to
the AIDS dilemma may be the nearly total withdrawal from society...if any
would want to 'go it alone' and make a success of it, then it could be the
Tom Metzger, leader of the White Aryan Resistance, looks forward to a
coming AIDS pandemic as the first step in establishing his own Reich: "The
coming horror of mass death is unavoidable. It will occur. What is to follow
will depend upon the ability of the Aryan to regain control of his racial
destiny and the government of the United States."
In an only more slightly sophisticated fashion, Instauration, a highbrow
racist monthly, claimed that AIDS originated as a result of cross-species
contact between Africans and monkeys. The author of the article entitled
"Tomorrow's Disaster May Be Mainly Venereal" leaves the nature of the
cross-species contact to the imagination. Instauration seems to come to a
conclusion similar to Metzger's: "The silver lining is that these sexual
pandemics may help give our own relatively virtuous tribe of white
heterosexuals a relatively better chance to make it through the nightmarish
times to come."
Organized Anti-Gay Violence
The Far Right bigots are usually not content with mere propaganda; there
are always some who are more interested in action.
In 1985, James Ellison, who led The Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of
the Lord (CSA), was convicted of an arson attack in Springfield, Mo., upon a
church used by gay people. At the same time, he was convicted of an arson
attack on a synagogue in Bloomington, Ind.
Andrew Barnhill and Randall Evans -- who later would join The Order --
were arrested in 1983 for attacking a gay man in Oregon. The neo-nazi group,
the America First Committee, holds annual anti-homosexual demonstrations in
Between the summers of 1984 and 1985, Ku Klux Klan factions in Texas
sponsored three different rallies aimed specifically at homosexuals. During
the same period, four incidents of harassment of homosexuals in Texas were
reliably attributed to the Klan. The Aryan Nations Liberty Net computer
bulletin board system later carried this message: "As a public service to our
readers the Aryan Nations Liberty Net would like to compile and publish a list
of restaurants in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area that employ homosexuals...To help
in this endeavor simply use the feedback option and leave the name of the
manager and the employee...supplemental information (such as the address of
the suspect) could greatly aid the verification process."
Random Bigoted Violence
The greatest amount of anti-homosexual violence is not committed by the
organized sections of the Far Right. Instead, the level of violence seems to
relate more directly to the level of generalized bigotry and the apparent
vulnerability of the victims. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
documented in 1985 alone:
. * 859 incidents of harassment and threats
. * 445 physical assualts
. * 216 cases of vandalism
. * 184 bomb threats, arson incidents and attempted bombings
The Task Force also noted twenty murders in 1985 in which "homosexual
orientation appeared to be a relevant factor." The attacks have occurred in
every geographic region. In Los Angeles, a man accompanied by several others
screamed, "Die AIDS faggot" as he threw a beaker of acid at a lesbian. In
Vermont, a man was stabbed to death by a man who later said, "I killed him
because he looked like a fag." In 1982 and 1983, responsibility for a series
of rapes, beatings and death threats against lesbians in Northampton, Mass.,
was claimed by a group called Stop Homosexual Unity Now (SHUN).
Police officials have begun to acknowledge the trend. Seattle, Wash.,
police sergeant John Gray said, for example, "We really don't keep statistics
on victims as to sexual preference, but I can tell you that I believe there's
been a steady increase over the last two or three years." Significantly, a
disproportionate number of gay-bashing victims are Black.
Bigotry on the New Right
The New Right has campaigned for nearly a decade on a platform
euphemistically dubbed "traditional values." In the name of "traditional
values," they led an across-the-board assault on 'sixties civil rights gains,
initiated a campaign to destroy the First Amendment "wall" between church and
state and launched attacks upon homosexuals which blame them for the "decay"
of our society.
Jerry Falwell, a religious leader of the New Right, said on his "Old Time
Gospel Hour" television show in March, 1984, that homosexuals are "brute
beasts...part of a vile and satanic system that will one day be utterly
annihilated, and there will be a celebration in heaven."
Moral Majority leader Dean Wycoff said, "I agree with capital punishment,
and I believe homosexuality is one of those sins that could be coupled with
murder." Senator Jesse Helms, a New Right favorite, called homosexuality a
"perversion and a crime" during his crude but successful attempt to gay-bait
Jim Hunt, his opponent in North Carolina's 1984 Senate race.
Paul Weyrich's Free Congress Foundation called for "national screening
for AIDS" and "mandatory reporting of all intercourse contacts" by male
homosexuals. Weyrich claimed, "The politicians have been scared because the
homosexual lobby, like the civil rights lobby, has exaggerated importance in
The anti-homosexual campaign of the New Right is several years older than
the same campaign of Klan and neo-nazi groups. The New Right's access to the
mechanisms of power in Washington also enhances its ability to implement its
However, the ability of the KKK and neo-nazi groups to gain a wider
sphere of influence cannot be discounted. Their virulent rhetoric and violent
activity are constant reminders that on the Far Right there are individuals
who believe it is their personal duty to initiate Jerry Falwell's "celebration
NEWS AND BRIEFS
Uniontown, Penn., was the scene of an Invisible Empire KKK rally of 200
people and a NAACP-sponsored rally of 400 people on July 20.
At the counter-Klan protest, which drew whites and Blacks, elected
officials, and representatives of religious and civic bodies, NAACP president
Harvey Adams called the Klan "homegrown American terrorists." Ivan Modrick, a
young white man, was threatened with death by an anonymous phone-caller if he
spoke at this rally. In his speech, he responded to the threat by declaring,
"They killed Martin Luther King, but they didn't kill his dream."
Meanwhile, the Invisible Empire KKK rally was plagued with a rainstorm
that stymied the group's attempt to burn a cross.
In Glasgow, Ky., Invisible Empire KKK member Don Ater forced his own
arrest when he set up a roadblock to solicit donations in defiance of a local
Mayor Charles Honeycutt pointed out that Glasgow law limited all
organizations to one roadblock a year, with only local residents
participating, because roadblocks create traffic hazards. Ater claims that the
ordinance is aimed at the KKK and that his deliberate violation of the law was
to test the law in court and maintain the Klan's constitutional rights.
Three white men were charged in Kittrell, NC, in June with disorderly
conduct and possession of a dangerous weapon when they fired shots at a picket
line co-sponsored by the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
and a local group, Concerned Citizens of Kittrell.
The picket line was initiated at a grocery store after the store's white
owner, A.L. Van Dyke, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for
shooting at a Black customer, Jackie Hays, in May.
A cross was burned in Dorchester, Mass., at the clubhouse of motorcycle
gang that adopts the physical appearence of "skinheads." The fire destroyed
the building's interior and several motorcycles. When the fire died down,
racist graffiti on the clubhouse's exterior walls was exposed, and a
Confederate flag was found draped over a burned vehicle.
One so-called skinhead gang member asserted, "Do you think we would burn
a cross in our own backyard? We've got more class than that." Black residents
of the area, however, say they witnessed gang members erecting and torching
After members of Civilian Materiel Assistance (formerly Civilian Military
Assistance) captured and held 15 Mexicans at gunpoint in Arizona in early
July, controversy erupted within the paramilitary organization.
At the CMA's annual convention, the incident became a touchstone to
indicate the group's future direction. The membership consensus at the
convention was to end patrols along the Mexican-U.S. border.
CMA's military operations historically have taken place outside of U.S.
borders. In 1984, two CMA members were killed by Nicaraguan soldiers while
engaged in a apparent attempt to aid contras.
In other mercenary news, Frank Camper -- whose Mercenary School in
Dolomite, Ala., recently was investigated by a Senate subcommittee on
terrorism -- was charged with conspiring to blow up automobiles last summer in
California. Camper and two instructors at his school allegedly were hired by
two Californians to destroy two autos belonging to disgruntled employees.
And Tommy L. Denly of Grenada, Miss., was arrested in July along with ten
others for conspiring to launch a coup against the government of Surinam.
Suppose they called a rally and nobody came? This was the fate of
Klansman Jordan Gollub, who found himself the only potential participant in a
planned KKK march in Rogersville, Tenn. (Gollub cancelled the parade.)
Jordan Gollub has many problems these days. He was a rising star in the
KKK hierarchy, but an array of Southern Klan leaders renounced him last year
when his Jewish background was revealed. He fled to the sheltering wing of
Virgil Griffin of the Christian Knights of the KKK. Now he is persona non
grata among the Christian Knights because he accused Griffin's group of
practicing adultery and witchcraft.
When the Christian Knights invited Gollub to his own trial, he declined,
saying, "There are bad feelings, and I'm afraid they might decide to do
something physically against me."
William Pierce, author of the genocidal novel The Turner Diaries, has
moved his operation out of the Washington suburb of Arlington, Va., into the
hills of West Virginia. Pierce claims he bought the 200-plus acres of secluded
land with $50,000 worth of life insurance left him by his departed follower,
Robert Mathews of The Order.
Pierce was a university professor of engineering before giving it all up
to become a full-time neo-nazi. Now he is writing paeans to the virtues of
physical labor and building one's own homestead...well, not all of your
homestead. The two-story, 6,000 square foot structure that serves as Pierce's
new home was pre-fab. Pierce and his little band of back-to-the-land neo-nazis
poured the foundation and installed the plumbing.
On June 23 in Nash County, N.C., Robert Ivey of the White Knights of
Liberty confronted -- with a .357 Magnum in hand -- a NAACP March for Human
Dignity in South Africa.
In Montgomery County, N.C., six cross-burnings have occurred so far this
Words to ponder, by presidential aspirant Pat Robertson: "Christians feel
more strongly about love of country, love of God and support for the
traditional family than do non-Christians."
The Democratic Party has called upon all other contenders for the
Republican Presidential nomination to repudiate Robertson's statement.
BOOK REVIEW: 'STRIKING BACK AT BIGOTRY'
_Striking Back at Bigotry: Remedies Under Federal and State Law
for Violence Motivated by Racial, Religious and Ethnic Prejudice_
Baltimore: National Institute Against Prejudice and Violence, 1986
Victims of bigotry-motivated violence and their attorneys now have a
handbook of legal remedies available to them. Published by the National
Institute Against Prejudice and Violence, Striking Back at Bigotry could be
employed also by district attorneys, state legislators, police departments,
city officials, human rights commissions -- by all whose shared goal is to
unravel he knotty problem of how to legally defeat the perpetrators of racial
or religious aggression.
The handbook thoroughly covers existing criminal and civil remedies for
bigoted violence. The National Institute's booklet also calls upon Federal and
state officials to enforce these laws, and upon state legislators to create
laws that could stymie the current wave of assaults, cross-burnings, shootings
This section makes special note of Federal statute 42 U.S.C. sec.
1985(3), enacted during Reconstruction by Congress part of the Ku Klux Klan
Act. This statute imposes civil liability on two or more "disguised" people
who conspire to deprive an individual or group of "equal privileges under the
The first section of Striking Back at Bigotry details not only "federal
remedies created to redress violence motivated by racial or religious hatred,"
but also suggests what remedmay be appropriate for which type of molestation.
"Common Law Causes of Action," part two of the 169-page booklet, notes
that most civil suits brought in state court rely not upon state statutes but
upon common law. This chapter offers six possible grounds for civil suits
under common law recognized in most states. Moreover, civil suits grounds are
discussed incident type-by-incident type. For example, "common law assault" is
defined, then appropriate judicial decisions are listed and described.
The authors point out the inadequacy of state legislation providing for
redress arising from the furious force of bigots. (Only four states have
created legislation providing for sufficient response.) Striking Back at
Bigotry proposes statutory remedies and offers model "generic" statutes. Each
state's relevant legislation -- or lack of appropriate laws -- is outlined.
Although the number of criminal statutes has increased enormously since the
mid-1970's, the authors discovered that the majority of states have "no
relevant civil statutes." Only eight states (California, Connecticut,
Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington) and
the District of Columbia have created such civil statutes.
Striking Back at Bigotry was prepared for the National Institute by the
firm of Hogan and Hartson, Attorneys at Law, and by the Washington, D.C.,
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. To order, send $15 to the
National Institute Against Prejudice and Violence, 525 West Redwood St.,
Baltimore, MD 21201.
'WHEN HATE GROUPS COME TO TOWN'
In August, the Center for Democratic Renewal in Atlanta, Ga., release
When Hate Groups Come To Town, edited by Randall Williams and Lyn Wells.
Based on extensive interviews with human relations activists, clergy,
educators and "just plain people," When Hate Groups Come To Town presents
detailed case studies of nine communities and their responses when the Ku Klux
Klan appeared in their areas. A "special concerns" section includes creative
ideas to counter the Far Right, for the religious community, schools, local
governments, law enforcement, media, labor, businessmen and human relations
commissions. When Hate Groups Come To Town is unlike any previously-published
counter-Klan manual because it offers practical suggestions to those who
wonder, "Just what can we do about hate groups here?"
The 146-page handbook, enclosed in a hardcover looseleaf notebook, is
available for $10 from the Center for Democratic Renewal. Please include $3.50
postage with each order.
'CULTURAL CONSERVATIVES' CHALLENGE NEW RIGHT
Confusion, even division, within the New Right is opening the 1988
electoral door to the influence of a relatively new, potentially strong trend;
The New Right is in a potent position for the '88 Presidential
nominations and election. The movement hopes to continue its influence in
determining party platforms, legislation and judicial appointments.
However, the Religious Right/New Right juggernaut which pushed the Reagan
Revolution to power in 1980 and again in 1984 is divided in its preliminary
Presidential picks, reflecting increasing differences among its leaders on
their future course. A Conservative Digest poll showed that their respondents
were almost evenly divided about their choices for the Republican Party
presidential nominee, as did a Policy Review poll of seven prominent New Right
leaders. Another survey of the members of nine major right-wing organizations
showed a tilt toward George Bush, while a straw poll of participants at the
Conservative Political Action Conference tilted toward Jack Kemp.
Paul Weyrich -- sounding a number of themes presented earlier by Kevin
Phillips and William Lind -- believes that cultural conservatism offers an
ideological banner under which components of the New Right again can unite. In
the May 19, 1986, national weekly edition of the Washington Post, Paul
Weyrich, president of the Free Congress Foundation, wrote a commentary
entitled "Deep In Our Hearts, We're All Cultural Conservatives" and subtitled
"And that could be the key to victory in 1988."
Weyrich Describes The Divisions
In this feature, Weyrich described the differences among right-wingers.
The Reagan administration, he wrote, "has lacked an agenda that addresses the
breakdown of our society." The New Right, believes Weyrich, "has to realize
that even if its positions on abortion and school prayer were adopted as
national policy tomorrow, that would be no cure. The disease is the acceptance
by the culture of immediate gratification." He criticized the Religious Right
and "free market liberterians" for maintaining narrow approaches to the
Weyrich implicitly urged that all of those sectors of the right march
under the banner of cultural conservatism. Cultural conservatives maintain
that so-called traditional values bring prosperity to a nation and therefore
"government has an important role in upholding the society's moral fabric." He
added that "fact-mongering and value-free scientific analysis have failed to
cure our problems, and have often been part of their cause."
The Ideal Candidate Speaks To Morality
Candidates who are cultural conservatives would advocate new "ways of
thinking and living" as a cure for society's ills. Those who pledged to use
their elected positions to change "ways of thinking," Weyrich strongly
implied, would be endorsed by the cultural conservative movement.
Weyrich acknowledged that "no legislation can deal with" America's
supposed moral degeneration. He tentatively proposed "a voluntary public
campaign" in which every citizen would be asked to make a "personal promise to
"Cultural conservatives are working to develop an agenda," wrote Weyrich.
"Their goal is to be ready...to sit down with prospective Presidential
candidates and explain...how their beliefs translate into national political
terms." He concluded:
"If the cultural conservatives can appeal with their ideas to the constituency
of the Religious Right and the New Right and can then reach out to
constituents such as blacks and blue collar whites who share their views, the
changes in the political landscape could be dramatic and could come quickly."
THE MONITOR is produced by the Research Department of the Center for
Democratic Renewal and published by the Democratic Renewal Education Fund,
Inc. Dr. C.T. Vivian, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Leonard Zeskind,
Director of Research.
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