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The Minutemen Civil Defense Corps. Inspiration?. Klan Border Watch October 1977 San Ysidrio, CA port of entry Sought to revive past influence of Klan in immigration policy KKK supported the the 1924 National Origins Act, which explicitly racialized US immigration policy until 1965.

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Inspiration?

  • Klan Border Watch

  • October 1977

  • San Ysidrio, CA port of entry

  • Sought to revive past influence of Klan in immigration policy

  • KKK supported the the 1924 National Origins Act, which explicitly racialized US immigration policy until 1965

David Duke

Founder of Louisiana KKK


Chris simcox
Chris Simcox

  • President and Founder of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps

  • Arrested January 2003, in Arizona federal park for carrying a .45 caliber handgun while looking for immigrants

SPLCenter.org, “Minutemen Leader has Troubled Past”


Minutemen civil defense corps
Minutemen Civil Defense Corps

  • Over 65 Chapters in over 30 States

  • Claims membership of 9,000 card carrying members

  • Has carried out at least six nationally organized border patrols or “operations”

  • Has four chapters in Kansas: Wichita, Topeka, Emporia, Kansas City

http://www.minutemanhq.com/


California Minutemen (MCDC)

California has the largest concentration


Border vigilante minutemen timeline
Border vigilante / Minutemen timeline

Early 1990s

Voices of Citizen’s Together (VCT)– Anti Immigration Group in California

  • Calls for illegal immigrants and American-born children to be rounded up and deported

    2000

    VCT Founder Glenn Spencer forms American Border Patrol in Arizona

    2002

    Chris Simcox forms the Tombstone Militia

    January 2003

    Chris Simcox arrested for carrying loaded pistol on federal lands while searching for immigrants

    October 2004

    Minuteman program launched


Minutemen Timeline Continued

April 2005Deployment of 150-200 volunteers along 24 mile strip of Mexico-Arizona borderApril 2006 Month long border patrolSummer 2006Minutemen split into Minutemen Project and Minutemen Civil Defense CorpsSeptember 27, 2007Operation Secure America PatrolFebruary 2008Minutemen Civil Defense Corps National Conference in Kansas City


The minutemen and white supremacists
The Minutemen and White Supremacists

Minutemen Rally in California


Racist and neo nazi ties
Racist and Neo-Nazi Ties

The Minutemen have

been documented to

include members

from:

Stormfront

National Alliance

Aryan Nation

SPLCenter.org “Nazis, Racists Join Minutemen,” Spring 2005; “Hate Groups Target Undocumented Workers?” http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12599386/


Racist and neo nazi ties1
Racist and Neo-Nazi Ties

  • Two Minutemen members who describe themselves as neo-Nazis hold up a sign similar to one of the National Alliance

  • At least 6 National Alliance members had joined the Minutemen by 2005

SPLCenter.org “Nazis, Racists Join Minutemen,” Spring 2005; “Texas Hold ‘Em,” Winter 2006



The minutemen and anti immigrant violence
The Minutemen and Anti-Immigrant Violence

Minutemen Rally in Phoenix, AZ

Christian Science Monitor, “Minutemen’s Message on Immigration: On a Roll?,” May, 2006


Minutemen volunteers in their own words
Minutemen Volunteers: In Their Own Words

It should be legal to kill illegals. Just shoot 'em on sight. That's my immigration policy recommendation. You break into my country, you die.”

Carl, 69-year old retired Special Forces veteran.

SPLC.org, “Arizona Showdown,” Summer 2005


Minutemen volunteers in their own words1
Minutemen Volunteers: In Their Own Words

“…this may sound a little weird, but I just have more respect for the lives of stray cats and dogs than I do illegal aliens.”

-Volunteer at Minutemen Project’s month long Arizona Patrol

SPLC.org, “Arizona Showdown,” Summer 2005


In their own words cont
In their own words, cont.

"You get up there with a rifle and start shooting four or five of them a week, the other four or five thousand behind them are going to think twice about crossing that line."

Volunteer at Minutemen Project’s month long Arizona Patrol, and member of white supremacist group “National Alliance.”

SPLC.org, “Arizona Showdown,” Summer 2005


In their own words cont1
In their own words, cont.

"The thing to do would be to drop the bodies just a few hundred feet into the U.S. and just leave them there, with lights on them at night," he said. "That sends the message 'No Trespassing,' in any language."

-Volunteer at Minutemen Project’s month long Arizona Patrol.

SPLC.org, “Arizona Showdown,” Summer 2005


The minutemen umbrella of legitimacy
The Minutemen: Umbrella of Legitimacy?

"We are a peaceful demonstration. We're doing this

peacefully, the way our founding fathers wanted us to.

We don't need baseball bats and tire irons and guns ...

We can do this peacefully, same way Martin Luther

King sought justice for American blacks. We're followers

of Gandhi and Martin Luther King..."

–Jim Gilchrest, Arizona border Patrol 2005

"I hope he [Gilchrist] doesn't believe that crap. I realize he's gotta be all PC for the media, but come on — Gandhi didn't wear a gun. We're in a race war, not a peace march.”

- National Alliance member and Minutemen volunteer at Arizona Border Control 2005


Minutemen spin offs
Minutemen Spin-offs

  • State Chapters in Texas and California

  • June 2005 - Two Mexicans wounded in separate shootings along 14-mile stretch of border being patrolled by California Minutemen

SPLCenter.org, “Playing Rough, Fall 2005


National support for minutemen
National Support for Minutemen

David Duke, founder Louisiana KKK, former candidate for President

Ron Paul,

presidential

Candidate,

Republican

Party

Voted YES to H.R. 5441, preventing the US government from informing the Mexican government on where the Minutemen patrols are located.


Minutemen in kansas
Minutemen in Kansas

  • The Minutemen Civil Defense Corps has four chapters in Kansas

  • Wichita, Topeka, Emporia, Kansas City

  • Membership estimated at several dozen

  • Most chapters have monthly meetings

  • Most focus on employers of undocumented workers

Heart of America MCDC, http://www.kansasminutemen.com/


Ed hayes
Ed Hayes

Director of Kansas branch of Minutemen Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) & Commander of KC Branch


Frances Semler

Kansas City Parks and Recreation Commissioner and MCDC member


Kansas city conference
Kansas City Conference

  • Regional Leadership Conference

  • February 1-2 2008

  • Uptown Theater, Kansas City

  • Hosted and Organized by Ed Hayes

  • MCDC Leaders from Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado,Oklahoma, and Texas


LET’S STRATEGIZE!!!

http://nominutemeninkc.pbwiki.com/


Links

http://www.splcenter.org

http://www.minutemanhq.com

http://www.kansasminutemen.com/

http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/2005/08/

http://www.indybay.org

http://www.adl.org

http://www.ontheissues.org

http://www.splcenter.org

http://nominutemeninkc.pbwiki.com/links-and-resources



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