This Saturday in Little Rock, Arkansas, anti-racists, antifascist groups, and community organizations plan to mobilize against one of the largest and oldest neo-Nazi groups in the US, the National Socialist Movement (NSM). The NSM evolved out of and takes its ideological and optical inspiration from the American Nazi Party (ANP), which was one of the first organizations in the post-war period to promote Hitler’s brand of “National Socialism” in an organized fashion. Like the NSM, the group was known for dressing like SS “stormtroopers,” giving Nazi salutes, operating in a paramilitary type fashion, and also embracing the swastika and Adolf Hitler.
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Recently the National Socialist Movement has attempted to gain new recruits out of the rise of the Alt-Right and support for Donald Trump, and has even attempted to clean up its “image,” to a degree. In 2016, the NSM along with a variety of violent skinhead gangs, KKK groups, and other neo-Nazi organizations, attempted to form the Aryan National Alliance, which soon grew into the Nationalist Front. The NSM also stated that they would no longer use the swastika in public, however at each and every rally the NSM has organized, they can still be founding giving Hitler salutes, sporting Nazi tattoos, and also burning crosses and swastikas.
The NSM is also very clear about their politics and what they plan to do if they take power over the entire United States. In their political program, they write that they will remove all Jewish, non-white, non-straight, and non-fascist aligned human beings from the country. They also state they they will clamp down on publications and organizations which speak out against the State, shut down “Marxist” labor unions, take control of the press, and also they will at some point take over new territory to expand their empire.
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Members of the NSM have also been linked to violent acts. As we wrote in August of 2017 before the Unite the Right rally which the NSM attended:
NSM members also have a long history of violence and murder. This includes J.T. Ready, who murdered his half Latino girlfriend and three others before killing himself, Jeff Hall who allegedly abused his family and wife and was eventually killed by his own son, and several more:
“In 2012, former NSM Nevada state leader Josh Davenport was charged with four counts of sexual assault on a victim under 14, four counts of sexual assault with a deadly weapon, lewdness with a minor, kidnapping and battery with intent to commit sexual assault.
In 2015 former NSM member Anthony Baumgartner was sentenced to 45 years for murdering a drug dealer in order “to get back in the race war.” Baumgartner attended an NSM rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2012, just three months before he and three others murdered and dismembered the victim.”
Members of the NSM, including leader Jeff Schoep were depicted in the documentary, Welcome to Leith, which detailed a group of neo-Nazis that attempt to take over a small town of about 15 people in North Dakota.
Most recently, a neo-Nazi associated with the NSM and who also attended the Unite the Right rally attempted to stop an Amtrak train to “save it from black people” while high on drugs.
As Trump grew more popular and the Alt-Right more tied to him, in 2016 under direction from Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Worker Party, the NSM dropped the swastika in favor a a rune often used by SS soldiers. Here is NSM leadership and Heimbach at a swastika lightening. pic.twitter.com/Zn4s2sCir6
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The NSM has also recently enlisted disgraced neo-Nazi leader Matthew Heimbach as their head of “community outreach.” This in itself is laughable and telling, as Heimbach recently fell from grace in some white nationalist circles after he was arrested for abusing his now ex-wife in front of his child; an altercation that began after Heimbach was confronted for having an affair with his wife’s step-mother, who in turn was also married to his second in command of the neo-Nazi group, the Traditionalist Worker Party. Ironically, according to the rules of his own organization, Heimbach would have been put to death for assaulting his former spouse in such a way. Also, despite years of presenting the TWP as a vehicle for white working class ‘community organizing’ against “globalism,” an in-depth report and documentary by Yahoo News showed that Heimbach was by and large a paper tiger, unable to organize beyond flash rallies in different cities.
Matthew Heimbach, leader of the now-defunct neo-nazi Traditionalist Worker Party, was booked into Kentucky jail today on charges linked to an attack on a black woman at a Trump rally two years ago https://t.co/MBdTtG7PKk @vicenews pic.twitter.com/jkmFaeTpnA
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While Heimbach has tried to present himself as a “rational” and down to earth neo-Nazi; simply wanting nationalism for each and every “people,” when the cameras are off and the podcast microphone are recording, he is much more clear about his calls for genocide.
On a podcast run by white nationalist Sacco Vandal, as HateWatch wrote:
“Exterminationism toward the Jews is the only way to do it. Cause they will plant a seed anywhere, like in Antarctica if they have to. If we don’t get them all they will come back. Like they have to fucking go, every God damn one of them,” he said five days before Shelbyville [rally in 2017.] “The international Jew and the local Jew, I don’t care if he runs a fucking bagel shop, he’s got to go.”
Such “exterminationist” rhetoric links directly up with people like Robert Bowers, the mass murderer who killed 11 people in Pittsburgh, and other neo-Nazi groups such as Atomwaffen Division, who have carried out a string of murders in the US and who have been found with bomb making materials. Heimbach and Atomwaffen Division also had a close relationship in real life. As chat logs show, Heimbach said of the group, “AWD are good friends of ours…”
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People in Little Rock, Arkansas are not going to allow the National Socialist Movement and its disgusting and abusive leaders like Matthew Heimbach to rally unopposed, however. On Saturday November 10th, a variety of groups and individuals will converge on the capitol steps () to oppose the neo-Nazis and their calls for genocide and fascism. Organizers are calling for people to arrive starting at 12 NOON.