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This article is about an American political organization. Volksfront is also the German word for popular front (usually left-wing), or for the right-wing Afrikaner Volksfront in South Africa.

Volksfront describes itself as an international fraternal organization for persons of European descent.[1] It has been called "neo-Nazi" and a "racist-skinhead group" in press reports.[2][3][4] The Anti-Defamation League has called the group "one of the most active skinhead groups in the United States."[5] The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has added Volksfront to its list of hate groups.[6]

The group was founded in 1994 in the Oregon State Penitentiary by Randall Krager.[7] It has expanded to four continents and seven countries: Spain, Portugal, Germany, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Official supporter chapters abroad exist in Croatia, Italy, Switzerland, and New Zealand. Volksfront has chapters in states such as Oregon, Massachusetts, Arizona, California, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Illinois, Missouri, Florida, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Virginia.[5][8] As of 2009, they had approximately 600 members worldwide.[9]

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Events

Volksfront 2008 Althing

Volksfront holds several events, including weekend-long white power concerts and speakers two or three times a year. The group also holds white unity gatherings and memorial parties in remembrance of white supremacists who have been murdered around the world.[10] An annual Volksfront event called Althing is held south of St. Louis, Missouri at the group's Samuel Weaver Memorial Hall, which is named after the son of Randy Weaver, who was killed by federal agents in 1992.[11]Volkfront has also been known for thier attacks on bloods and crips.

Ideology

One of Volksfront’s said goals are to establish a semi-autonomous whites-only living space in the Pacific Northwest, which they call the “Northwest Territorial Imperative,” a term also used by Aryan Nations founder Richard Butler. Volksfront claims to have already purchased a large parcel of land in Oregon and other places for this purpose.[12]

According to its Web site, Volksfront plans to construct a European-American community center on the land, which it intends to use as a national headquarters with an incorporated school, library, museum and recreation center; it also intends to use the land for homestead-style housing and agriculture.[1]

Volksfront states on their website that the group does not support Nazism and white supremacy:

As a group we believe in the right of all people to live free from alien and foreign domination, including and especially, persons of European descent. As a group, we do not believe in the inherent superiority of a particular race over another as it relates to the value of human life. We do not seek to oppress, victimize or intimidate any other racial or religious group, but we will defend our own race and VF family without apology or question from all comers. We do not believe in or support tyrannical or totalitarian government of any type.[1]

According to groups such as the Anti-Defamation League, Volksfront is a virulently racist and anti-Semitic group that has become the most active neo-Nazi group on the West Coast of the United States, and whch maintains close alliances with many other hate groups.[5]

Violence by Volksfront members

Volksfront members have carried out racial and religiously motivated attacks.[13]

In November, 2007, 22-year-old white supremacist Gabriel Laskey was sentenced to six months incarceration (with work release), six months home detention, and five years probation for an attack in which a group of men threw stones etched with swastikas through the stained-glass windows of Eugene, Oregon's Temple Beth Israel during religious services.[14] In April 2007, his brother Jacob Laskey, the ringleader of the group and self-avowed white supremacist admitted to intent to commit acts of violence and destruction against people of ethnic and racial groups and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deprive people of civil rights, intentionally damaging religious property, solicitation to murder witnesses, soliciting a bomb threat against a federal courthouse, two counts of obstruction of justice, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison.[15]

Gabriel and Jacob Laskey (formerly Volksfront’s Prisoner Affairs Coordinator in Eugene) had previously been charged with an attack on the same synagogue.[13] On March 20 1994, Chris Lord, a one-time affiliate of Volksfront and the neo-Nazi group American Front, fired 10 armor-piercing bullets into the Temple.[13] He was convicted of first-degree intimidation, unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree criminal mischief and being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to four and a half years in prison.[13] Lord’s accomplice, George Dennis Smith, was also convicted.

In April 1998, Brian Zauber, a former member of the Volksfront Arizona unit, was charged with leading a gang attack on three women who he thought were lesbians.[13]

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b c Volksfront International (July 21, 2009), Volksfront International VF. Retrieved on 2009-07-21
  2. ^ "Museum attack illuminates extremists" ELAINE SILVESTRINI, KRISTA KLAUS. Tampa Tribune. Tampa, Fla.: Jun 12, 2009. pg. 9
  3. ^ "Campaign aims to stop gang recruiting" Rebecca Nolan The Register - Guard. Eugene, Or.: Sep 30, 2005. pg. D.1
  4. ^ "Hate crimes: Racist violence on rise; Experts say people lashing out, election backlash linked to surge" JOHN P. KELLY. The Patriot Ledger. Quincy, Mass.: Jan 24, 2009. pg. 3
  5. ^ a b c Violent neo-Nazi skinhead froup Volksfront growing in prominence on West Coast and internationally. Anti-Defamation League press release. Retrieved on 2007-09-26.
  6. ^ Heidi Beirich and Mark Potok (2007), Two Faces of Volksfront. Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved on 2007-09-26.
  7. ^ Philip Dawdy (December 12, 2001), The flickering torch of racism. Willamette Week. Retrieved on 2007-09-26.
  8. ^ Active U.S. Hate Groups in 2005. Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved through web archive on 2007-09-26
  9. ^ Volksfront Extremism in America 2005. ADL 2009-07-20
  10. ^ Recent Activities Volksfront Extremism in America 2005. ADL VF Recent Activities 2009-07-20
  11. ^ SPLC Volksfront Althing. SPLC VF Althing 2009-07-20
  12. ^ Volksfront - Ideology 2009. ADL Volksfront Ideology 2009-07-20
  13. ^ a b c d e "Volksfront Report". Anti-Defamation League. 2007. http://www.adl.org/learn/ext_us/volksfront/volksfront_report.pdf.  
  14. ^ FBI - OREGON WHITE SUPREMACIST SENTENCED FOR ATTACK ON SYNAGOGUE; U.S. Department of Justice Press Release; November 14, 2007 [1]
  15. ^ FBI - WHITE SUPREMACIST SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ATTACK ON SYNAGOGUE IN OREGON; U.S. Department of Justice Press Release; April 3, 2007[2]

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