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Saturday, May. 25, 2002 at 4:18 PM
Welcome to the latest edition of ARA NEWS, the e-zine of Anti-Racist Action!
IN THIS ISSUE:
Aryan Nations Rally Flops As Racists Fear A Repeat Of January 12 (Baltimore
A Few Willing To Back Butler (York Dispatch)
Man Pleads Guilty To Indy Hate Crime (WRTV)
Vandalism Probed as Hate Crime (Los Angeles Times)
Hate Goes To College (The Denver Post)
Remembering Wounded Knee (Ponca Nation)
Winter/Spring 2002 Issue Of The ARA Research Bulletin Is Out Now!
Woe to the poor Aryan soldier!
Aryan Nations rally draws less than 20
Report from Balitmore ARA
Perhaps the decrepit Butler faction of the Aryan Nations thought they could
do by themselves what five more vigorous fascist groups combined could not:
hold a successful white power rally in York. On January 12, the National
Alliance, World Church of the Creator, Hammerskin Nation, National Socialist
Movement, and the rebel Aryan Nations faction got themselves swiftly run out
of town by a spontaneous union of east coast antifascist militants and York
residents from the surrounding neighborhoods.
This time around Butler had promised a force of 350 fascists from Aryan
Nations and supporting groups. By pulling such a victory from the jaws of
defeat the 84 year old nazi must have hoped he might regain control over
what was once thought to be the premier white power organization in the
States. In the end around a dozen Aryan Nation?s members behind a police
presence of several hundred state and city police, spoke on the York County
Courthouse steps for about twenty minutes with no amplification and were
escorted out in police vans.
The whole proceedings elicited little more than a yawn from the gathered
city folk opposed to the nazi posturing. Small groups of friends and family
came mostly it seems to witness what kind of idiots there are to be found in
the world. Other youth came to see if a similar response as was given last
time would be needed again today. Anti-Racist Action brought 40 people
ready to support whatever direction locals wanted to take it. But before
long it became clear to everyone there was no where to take it. Who needs
to flog dead horses, especially with hundreds of riot cops with no badges
milling around? A mild chorus of taunts accompanied the frail Butler and
his crew as they made their back alley get away. And a few shouts of "They
know they can?t mess with York!" offered a proper summing up of the days
Today puts to rest nazi claims of victory on January 12. At least one
bonehead crew backed out of the rally due to insufficient police protection!
All the other organizations that were offered another free pulpit in York
decided the costs were too high. Now no amount of bullshitting can cover
their retreat. And the lesson for anti-fascists is just as clear: always
shut them down. We all beat them so bad January 12, nobody needed to lift a
finger this time around.
The National Alliance looks to be planning big for their May 11 demo outside
the Israeli embassy. While walking pickets in the isolated embassy
neighborhoods is definitely a far cry from holding a presence in the mean
streets of America?s cities, allowing any type of street presence is too
much of a concession. In particular we refuse to let the NA cop any type of
"anti-imperialist" line or claim any solidarity with the Palestinian
struggle which they cynically invoke to build anti-semitism and white power
politics in general in the States.
A few willing to back Butler : York man claims others feel the same, but
By ELIZABETH EVANS
York Dispatch/Sunday News
Sunday, April 21, 2002 3:07 AM MST
Sitting in a smoky bar with two buddies, John Swartz tapped the ash from his
Pall Mall, took a long pull from his 16-ounce can of Old Milwaukee, and
held out his arms to display two lightning-bolt "SS" insignias used by the
elite Nazi force.
"Nobody means what they say anymore -- that's why I got these tattoos," he
After leaving yesterday's lackluster white-power rally in downtown York, the
32-year-old mechanic and his friends were followed by reporters and
Swartz entertained a few perfunctory questions, giving newspaper and
television reporters a fake name: Ralph Johnson.
Eventually, the trio made their way to the Station House bar on George
Street, where they expressed disappointment at how few people showed up to
support Richard G. Butler, founder and leader of the Aryan Nations.
"I think a lot of people were afraid to go," Swartz said, because of
possible attacks by anarchists or, worse, the possibility of being 'outed'
in their own community.
"But I'm not going to run away from what I believe in," he said.
Aryan sympathizers: The three men - Swartz, Mark McClain and Heath Kornbau,
all of York - wanted to hear Butler's words, but a noisy crowd and hovering
helicopter made it difficult.
"I figured it would either be a total riot or a big fizzle," Swartz said of
yesterday's rally. "I'm glad it was a big fizzle."
He described himself as a "separatist" who doesn't mind working next to a
black man, but who opposes mixed marriages and believes races should live in
"I believe in the preservation of the white race -- the pure white race, the
Anglo-Saxons," he said. "Around here, it used to be that people knew to
'hold the line.' They associated with their own."
Still, Swartz agreed that if everyone in the United States were white,
people would find some group to hate.
"We're a warring mammal," he said.
Hidden support: Many people who privately agree with him keep their opinions
quiet, he said.
"There's more than you know. They just hide under the covers," he said. "We
are protected under the Constitution to have these views, yet we're
ostracized for them."
Swartz said he is not a member of any white-supremacist group, calling
himself an independent.
"There's a lot of people out there who feel like I do who are a-holes," he
said. "They have the right idea, but they resort to violence, which
compounds the problem."
Swartz said he believes many of the young people in the white-power movement
are searching for something.
"These people don't know what they want," he said. "It's an identity that's
real for them."
For others, Swartz theorized, "It's fear. They hate and fear what they don't
Human nature: Swartz claimed that for him, it was a decision made as an
adult, not one he learned at home. "I made this choice myself," he said,
despite the fact that his parents disagree, especially his mother.
"I can see it in her eyes -- it hurts her," he said. "She says, 'I didn't
raise you to be like this.'"
Swartz raised his shirt and pointed at a tattoo on his stomach that simply
"That's how some people perceive me ... for what I believe," he said.
Swartz said he believes people should be judged as individuals.
"I can have respect for a black man, Swartz said. "I can shake his hand on
All he really wants out of life, he said, is to have several kids, own a few
acres of wooded land, and have enough privacy.
Mostly, he said, he just doesn't want to be lonely.
Swartz said he understands his beliefs could make it tougher, perhaps
impossible, to find a wife.
He admits he couldn't marry a woman who's adopted unless she's been able to
determine the ethnicity of her biological parents.
"That's one of the pitfalls of what I'm about," he said.
Man Pleads Guilty To Indy Hate Crime
29 Apr 02
INDIANAPOLIS -- A self-proclaimed neo-Nazi pleaded guilty Monday to the
attempted murder of a black teenager from Gary, authorities said. Trevor
Thompson, 21, is accused of shooting 13-year-old Ashley McNeil in the hip as
she walked with friends outside an Indianapolis convenience store on June
"It was a horrendous crime, contemptible conduct, and he's looking at 30
years in prison," Marion County Prosecutor Scott Newman said.
Investigators said that Thompson, who has tattoos of swastikas, apparently
argued with several black men about the insignias and then went on a mission
to hurt someone who was black.
McNeil recovered from her injury, but surgeons did not remove the bullet
from her body.
Sentencing for Thompson is scheduled for May 24.
Vandalism Probed as Hate Crime;
San Diego: Outdoor murals depicting the history of Chicanos are defaced in a
Los Angeles Times
May 1, 2002
SAN DIEGO - Police are investigating as a possible hate crime the defacing
of five outdoor murals painted on steel and concrete pillars at Chicano Park
in the Barrio Logan neighborhood here, officials said Tuesday.
The brightly colored murals of heroic, larger-than-life figures depict the
history of Chicanos in the southwestern United States, as well as important
people in Mexican, Chicano and Latin American history.
Although vandalism and graffiti are common in public places here, the
spray-paint attack on the five murals, which was discovered Monday, marks
the first time that the artwork of Chicano Park has been marred in its
"Chicano Park has always been a kind of sacred ground: no gang graffiti, no
tagging graffiti," said police Sgt. Joe Woods, who is leading the
investigation. "This is definitely a first." One mural was spray-painted
with the words "Down With Mexico" in Spanish. On the others the phrase "Viva
la Miga" was painted, probably a misspelling of the word "migra," a slang
term for the Border Patrol. One mural had a four-letter expletive in
"This is an outrageous act and has offended my community greatly," said
artist Salvador Torres, who painted some of the murals and is known as the
"grandfather of Chicano Park."
The park--beneath an elevated portion of Interstate 5 leading to the
Coronado Bay Bridge--was born of the Chicano political activism that arose
in the late 1960s and early '70s.
The site had been scheduled to be a California Highway Patrol facility but
protesters, angry at the prospect of losing control of the land, blocked
bulldozers in April 1970. That protest is often celebrated in Chicano
history as a landmark event in a movement that emphasized radical politics
and cultural pride.
Faced with the protest, the CHP and San Diego City Council backed down and
allowed the area--wedged between homes and an industrial zone--to become an
urban park, with murals and a lawn.
There are now more than 55 murals on the concrete and steel pillars of the
overhead freeway done by more than two dozen artists, including several
Two weeks ago, thousands of people flocked to the park for an all-day party
to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the 1970 protest and its slogan
"Reclaiming What's Ours."
Richard Griswold del Castillo, chairman of the Department of Chicana and
Chicano Studies at San Diego State, said that Chicano Park has the largest
outdoor collection of Latino/Chicano murals in the United States and that
the murals are central to the park's historic and cultural significance.
"Chicano Park is a place of celebration, of cultural renewal, spiritual
rededication and political protest," he said. "I am in shock and disbelief
that someone would do this. I'm ashamed for San Diego."
Students in literature, anthropology and Chicano studies classes regularly
visit Chicano Park to study the murals and ponder their importance.
On Tuesday, for example, a literature class from San Diego City College was
at the park studying the murals. "This is ruthless, absolutely terrible,"
said English professor Elva Salinas. "It's the kind of hurtful thing that
white supremacists might do."
Salinas' students shared her outrage. "Everybody should be able to show
their culture without other people messing it up," said Jeanna Balestrieri,
20, a sophomore. "This is just wrong."
Ruben Moreno, the city Park and Recreation Department supervisor for Chicano
Park, said he was surprised that anyone would dare deface the murals, given
the protective feeling in the surrounding neighborhood.
"If anyone had seen them do it, you can bet they would have stopped them,"
he said. "It's not a smart idea to hurt the murals when anybody is around."
Raymond Uzeta, president of the Chicano Federation of San Diego County, said
he is pleased the Police Department is treating the vandalism as a possible
hate crime, which could lead to tougher penalties for the culprits.
"I hope they're caught and prosecuted," he said. "We cannot tolerate people
coming into a neighborhood and destroying public art that has brought so
Hate Goes To College
Abby L. Ferber
The Denver Post
April 28, 2002
In the past few weeks, incidents of hate and bias on Colorado campuses have
garnered public attention. The Colorado College student newspaper ran a fake
news story on April 1 that ridiculed African-Americans with recycled
stereotypes. This was followed closely by anti-Semitic messages scrawled on
the sidewalks at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
These incidents are not aberrations. Earlier this year, bulletin boards were
plastered with Neo-Nazi fliers at the University of Colorado at Colorado
Springs, where I teach. An African-American student in Washington discovered
threatening hate notes in his locker, warning of lynching and death; at
Brown University, an African-American senior was beaten up by a group of
white students who called her a 'quota.' Arab and Muslim students have faced
a deluge of threats and harassment since Sept. 11. While we like to think of
universities as institutions of higher learning above such irresponsible
pranks and racism, hate crimes and bias incidents are frighteningly common
on college campuses. 250 incidents of campus hate crimes were reported in
1998. Far more pervasive stillare bias acts - harassment that is not
criminal in nature. Sociologists estimate that there are 1 million bias
acts per year.
And sociologists estimate that only 20 percent of hate crimes and bias
incidents on campus are reported to campus officials - even fewer to the
Bias acts such as the recent events on Colorado campuses affect students
throughout the country. White students may pay little attention when news of
such incidents reaches them, but for minority students, the consequences can
be far-reaching. Sociologists have advanced the notion of co-victimization
to characterize this experience. Co-victims see attacks or threats against
their peers as threats against their own well-being. Because hate crimes and
bias acts target victims based on their group membership, all group members
are made to feel vulnerable and at risk.
As a faculty member, I am concerned. Is there anything we can do to prevent
such incidents in the future? Research shows that there is not one simple
The pervasive assumption that racial inequality has already been remedied
lies at the heart of the problem. Many white students today believe that
inequality is a thing of the past - a problem dealt with by their parents'
generation and the civil rights movement. In addition, the college
environment may be the first place that white students have any prolonged
contact with anyone different. Increased contact between groups can be
potentially positive, or explosive, depending to a large extent upon the
The American Sociological Association's recently completed report on hate
and bias acts on college and university campuses explores model responses
and proactive measures taken across the nation to prevent outbreaks of hate.
The task force found that support for diversity across the campus
significantly reduces hate and bias.
While we tend to reduce hate crime to the acts of a few prejudiced
individuals, research shows that the climate or broader culture plays a
pivotal role in reducing or enabling the expression of hate. The task force
found that three elements were most successful in reducing levels of hate
A diverse curriculum, including support for ethnic minority studies
and womens' studies programs, as well as integration of diversity across the
Diverse activities and programming for the broader campus community.
Strong institutional leadership and an organizational structure that
What this means is that the power to prevent such acts lies within our
hands, as a community. While we may not be able to change each individual
who harbors racist thoughts, we can and must work together to create campus
climates that reduce the likelihood of such expressions. We must send a
strong message to all students that we care about educating each and every
one of them in an intellectually challenging, yet safe, environment.
(Abby L. Ferber teaches sociology and women's studies at the University of
Colorado-Colorado Springs, and is the co-author of two books on white
supremacy and hate crime.)
Flashback | Remembering Wounded Knee, 1973
by Carter Camp, Ponca Nation
I would like to dedicate these words to the brave young warriors of the
"Native Youth Movement", each generation in its turn must face the enemy to
ensure the survival of our Red Nations. It is my prayer that NYM warriors
will one day know the joy and pride we knew at Wounded Knee.
Ah-ho My Relations,
Today is heavy with prayer and reminisces for me. Today is the anniversary
of the night when, at the direction of the Oglala Chiefs, I went with a
special squad of American Indian Movement warriors to liberate Wounded Knee
in advance of the main AIM caravan. For security reasons the People had been
told everyone was going to a meeting/wacipi in Porcupine, the road goes
through Wounded Knee. When the People arrived at the Trading Post we had
already set up a perimeter, taken eleven hostages, run the B.I.A. cops out
of town, cut most phone lines, and began 73 days of the best, most free time
of my life. The honor of being chosen to go first still lives strong
in my heart.
That night we had no idea what fate awaited us. It was a cold night with not
much moonlight and I clearly remember the nervous anticipation I felt as we
drove the back-way from Oglala into Wounded Knee. The Chiefs had tasked me
with a mission and we were sworn to succeed, of that I was sure, but I could
not help wondering if we were prepared. The FBI, BIA and Marshalls had
fortified Pine Ridge with machine gun bunkers and A.P.C.s (Armored Personel
Carriers) with M-60 machine guns. They had unleashed the
goon (Guardians Of the Oglala Nation) squad on the people and a reign of
terror had begun, we knew we had to fight but we could not fight on wasicu
terms. We were lightly armed and dependent on the weapons and ammo in the
Wounded Knee trading post, I worried that we would not get to them before
the shooting started.
As we stared silently into the darkness driving into the hamlet, I tried to
forsee what opposition we would encounter and how to neutralize it...We were
approaching a sacred place and each of us knew it. We could feel it deep
inside. As a warrior leading warriors I humbly prayed to Wakonda for the
lives of all and the wisdom to do things right. Never before or since have I
offered my tobacco with such a plea or put on my feathers with such purpose.
It was the birth of the Independent Oglala Nation.
Things went well for us that night, we accomplished our task with little
bloodshed and without loss of life. Then, in the cold darkness as we waited
for Dennis and Russ to bring in the caravan (or for the fighting to start),
I stood on the bank of the shallow ravine where our people had been murdered
by Custers' 7th Cavalry. There I prayed for the defenseless ones, torn apart
by Hotchkiss cannon and trampled under hooves of steel by drunken wasicu. I
could feel the touch of their spirits as I eased quietly into the infamous
gully and stood silently...waiting for my future, touching my past.
Finally, I bent over and picked a sprig of sage - whose ancestors in 1890
had been nourished by the blood of Red babies, ripped from their mothers
dying grasp and bayonetted by the evil ones - As I washed myself with that
sacred herb I became cold in my determination and cleansed of fear. Ilooked
for Big Foot and Yellow Bird in the darkness and I said aloud...
"We are back my relations, we are home." Hoka-Hey!
(American Indian Rights Activist and Ponca Tribal Leader, Carter Camp has
worked for Tribal Sovereignty and Treaty Rights for over thirty years. He is
a former National Chairman of the American Indian Movement and founder of
Kansas and Oklahoma A.I.M. In 1973 at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, Carter
was one of three A.I.M. leaders who led several hundred warriors in the
historic, 73 day Wounded Knee liberation and subsequent 'siege' by the
Issue #3 (Winter/Spring 2002) of the ARA Research Bulletin
The 32-page new issue of ARA's top-notch journal of anti-racist research,
debate is now available! Features in this issue include:
-an anti-fascist analysis of "The Battle of York, PA."
-a comprehensive report on recent activities of the National Alliance
-an expos on Bill White and "Third Position" fascism in North America
-an overview of in-group and intergroup splits, infighting and squabbles
among the racist right
-a historical overview of the racist and pro-imperialist Jewish Defense
-an update on the resurgence of neo-Nazi activity in Portland, Oregon
-a timely look at the totalitarian realities of "homeland security"
-a critique of the failings of the anti-war movement
-a strategic examination of revolutionary anti-fascism
-a five-page overview of fascist and anti-fascist news and events from
around the world
-a partial listing of U.S. "white power" concerts over the past three years
Once again, this ARA Chicago project proves to be the most informative,
cutting edge and vital look at the fight against racism and fascism from the
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