Volkmom, Identity Evropa/American Identity Movement, and the Safety of Our Community

Image source: https://www.idsnews.com/article/2019/06/if-they-get-power-again-im-gone-bloomington-reacts-to-farmers-market-white-supremacist-allegations

Recently, activists in Bloomington have raised concerns about the presence of members of a white supremacist organization called “Identity Evropa” (recently rebranded as the “American Identity Movement”) in the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market.

This report explains why residents of Bloomington are concerned about white supremacists at the Market. It discusses

  • Who “Volkmom” is
  • What Identity Evropa is
  • Why you should be concerned about the safety of members of our community

Who is Volkmom?

Photo of Carmel synagogue vandalism
Figure 1: Photo of Carmel synagogue vandalism taken by Nolan Brewer & submitted to the Federal Court by the DOJ

The community became aware that members of Identity Evropa/American Identity Movement (IE/AmIM1NSFH encourages the use of the acronym AmIM to distinguish the American Identity Movement from the American Indian Movement™.) were vendors in the market after activists identified an online user called “Volkmom” as Sarah Dye of Schooner Creek Farms. Volkmom came into the public eye when she was named by Nolan Brewer, a man who pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime charge for bringing homemade napalm and homemade bombs to a synagogue in Carmel, Indiana with the intent to burn it down.2All quotes from Brewer’s FBI interview are taken from the DOJ’s corroborating evidence for Brewer’s guilty plea: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6027997-Prosecution.html. PDFs of most documents in this report available upon request.Brewer claimed he was deterred by the synagogue’s security cameras, and instead decided to paint a swastika on one of the outer structures and then light the ground below with the homemade napalm (Figure 1). His wife Kiyomi Brewer, who was a minor at the time, pleaded guilty to the State charge of arson. The Department of Justice (DOJ) argued that Brewer had long held explicitly Nazi views:

Co-workers from two different jobs where Brewer worked during 2018 will testify that Brewer wore a swastika or an iron cross on a necklace, had a swastika on the background of his cell phone, routinely spoke about his admiration for Adolf Hitler and/or Nazism, and attempted to recruit co-workers to his Nazi views. Indeed, in his room at home, agents found a book by Adolf Hitler, a German flag hung above the bed, and an iron cross necklace prominently hung on the wall next to the door. (7)

IE/AmIM3NSFH encourages the use of the acronym AmIM to distinguish the American Identity Movement from the American Indian Movement™.were vendors in the market after activists identified an online user called “Volkmom” as Sarah Dye of Schooner Creek Farms. Volkmom came into the public eye when she was named by Nolan Brewer, a man who pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime charge for bringing homemade napalm and homemade bombs to a synagogue in Carmel, Indiana with the intent to burn it down.4All quotes from Brewer’s FBI interview are taken from the DOJ’s corroborating evidence for Brewer’s guilty plea: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6027997-Prosecution.html. PDFs of most documents in this report available upon request.Brewer claimed he was deterred by the synagogue’s security cameras, and instead decided to paint a swastika on one of the outer structures and then light the ground below with the homemade napalm (Figure 1). His wife Kiyomi Brewer, who was a minor at the time, pleaded guilty to the State charge of arson. The Department of Justice (DOJ) argued that Brewer had long held explicitly Nazi views:

Co-workers from two different jobs where Brewer worked during 2018 will testify that Brewer wore a swastika or an iron cross on a necklace, had a swastika on the background of his cell phone, routinely spoke about his admiration for Adolf Hitler and/or Nazism, and attempted to recruit co-workers to his Nazi views. Indeed, in his room at home, agents found a book by Adolf Hitler, a German flag hung above the bed, and an iron cross necklace prominently hung on the wall next to the door. (7)

Brewer tells the FBI about Volkmom when agents asked him about contacts with groups that had similar ideologies. Brewer is clear that neither Dye nor her husband, Douglas Mackey, were involved or knew about the attack, and the FBI did not, to our knowledge, pursue any of Brewer’s affiliates. Brewer claimed, furthermore, that IE would expel him if they did know. The DOJ’s sentencing recommendations persuasively argued that Brewer and his wife acted alone in terrorizing the synagogue, radicalization notwithstanding.

Brewer mentions being part of several white supremacist groups including Identity Evropa (IE/AmIM). Identity Evropa was founded in 2016 by Nathan Damigo. Damigo has a history of racially-motivated violence: an Iraq war veteran, Damigo was discharged from the army for robbing an Arab cab driver at gunpoint while inebriated (SPLC).5“Identity Evropa” https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/identity-evropaIE/AmIM also played a crucial role in organizing Unite the Right. Before “Identity Evropa,” the group was called “The Nationalist Youth Front,” a name that bespoke Nazi influence. The NYF, like IE/AmIM, targeted college campuses to spread their message. However, in the wake of Charlottesville, they have sought to promote Nazi ideology while avoiding overtly fascist language and symbols.

As Brewer’s testimony, along with the Discord leaks, have made clear, Volkmom is not merely a casual member of IE/AmIM. She has connections with leaders within the group as well as active recruiters locally. Moreover, Brewer’s relationship to IE/AmIM demonstrates how that group enables extremists.

Volkmom joined IE shortly after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville; an event that became an important recruitment tool for white supremacists.6On 10/7/2017 Patrick Casey (@Reinhard Wolff) wrote, “In August of 2016, we received 149 applications. In August of 2017, however, we received 374. Identity Evropa is growing at an amazing rate. And everyone in here — from the guy who hangs out and pays his dues, to the interviewers and activists — is helping further our growth. Here’s to the future of our organization! @everyone” See [6]At the time that Volkmom joined, in order to join get full access to the server that IE used for communication, prospective members had to pay dues and have an interview with a regional coordinator. When Volkmom joined the group in September 2017, she tags user @Erika as her interviewer in order to verify her identity. @Erika has been identified by activists as Erica Joy Alduino, who was a prominent organizer of the Unite the Right Rally: “Alduino posts hundreds of messages in the server, helping coordinate lodging, rides up from Florida for her fellow Florida Identity Evropa members, along with the usual disgusting racist, homophobic, and antisemitic vitriol. It’s no stretch to say that Erica Joy Alduino’s facilitation of organizing, and coordination for, the Charlottesville rally was substantial.”7“#IdentifyEvropa: Meet Erica Joy Alduino, Neo-Nazi Organizer” https://archive.fo/7ADJpVolkmom tagged @Erika to verify her identity on September 18, 2017.8Activists leaked Volkmom’s messages on Discord, which is where Volkmom quotes will come from unless otherwise stated:  https://discordleaks.unicornriot.ninja/discord/user/6786

Volkmom tagged a user named @Reinhard Wolff several times on Discord as well. @Reinhard Wolff is Patrick Casey, the current leader of IE/AmIM. Casey is responsible for rebranding IE as the American Identity Movement, and for pushing IE/AmIM to avoid the rhetoric of white nationalism and Neo-Nazism. Volkmom’s posts to Casey were clearly designed to grab his attention and support his positions. These messages are in the endnotes.9“So glad you are talking abt this rn @Reinhard Wolff”
“@Reinhard Wolff is on fire tonight. well spoken brother!!”
“Three cheers for @Reinhard Wolff . Congratulations on one year anniversary, and here’s to many more! I am proud to be in IE. Long live Identity Evropa!!!”
“Excellent announcement @Reinhard Wolff !”
“ty @Reinhard Wolff !!!”

Here are some of the things that @Reinhard Wolff said on Discord:10@Reinhard Wolff’s Discord leaks: https://discordleaks.unicornriot.ninja/discord/user/470

On the “Charlottesville 2.0” board near the time of the first Unite the Right rally:

  • We should obviously prepare for the worst, but I think the protests will mostly be screaming shitlib women.
  • Regarding underestimating antifa, I’m reminded of Hitler’s thoughts in Mein Kampf on Germany’s shit-tier propaganda in WWI.
  • We must secure the existence of our people and a future for children who look huWhite to me.

Other posts:

Identity Evropa Recruitment Poster
Figure 2: Identity Evropa Recruitment Poster
  • Interested in taking on more responsibility to help IE grow? If so, message @Deleted User, @Alexander B. – SC, or @Alerio about becoming an interviewer. Requirements: under 35, clean cut, well spoken, in possession of a webcam, and able to contribute 3-5 hours per week.
  • REMINDER: You should be getting involved in local politics. It’s incredibly easy to run for a local office. Just present yourself as a Trump Republican — no need to mention IE. @everyone
  • Today I decided to get involved with my county’s Republican party. Everyone can do this without fear of getting doxed. The GOP is essentially the White man’s party at this point (it gets Whiter every election cycle), so it makes far more sense for us to subvert it than to create our own party.11There is a discrepancy between the conversation prior to Charlottesville and afterward that is probably tied to many factors. Casey repeatedly says he believes the server is infiltrated by antifascist activists. Also, Charlottesville made many white supremacists more hesitant and careful about their Online activity.

The primary recruitment strategy of IE/AmIM is flyering campuses (Figure 2). IE/AmIM has flyered at IU, IUPUI, IU Southeast, Ball State, Indiana State, and Franklin College. A user going by the handle “Piet Dietzel,” whose name is Peter Diezel, took credit on Discord for flyering at IU and IUPUI. One of the ways activists were able to identify Dye as Volkmom was through pictures that Diezel posted online. Deizel posted photos of a greenhouse that he was building.12To view the photos and find more evidence of Volkmom’s identity, visit https://panicinthediscord.noblogs.org/post/2019/06/11/sarah-dye-aka-volkmom-fascist-at-schooner-creek-farms-from-nashville-indiana/In those photos is a picture of steel beams with the name “Douglas Mackey” stamped on them (Figure 3). Under another picture showing the full skeleton of the building, Volkmom commented on the picture describing it as “a high tunnel/ greenhouse for growing organic vegatables” (Figure 4).

Photos of beams delivered to
Figure 3: Photos of beams delivered to “Douglas Mackey” posted by Piet Dieztel
Photo of the Greenhouse Volkmom & Piet Diezel were building (with Volkmom’s comments superimposed)
Figure 4: Photo of the Greenhouse Volkmom & Piet Diezel were building (with Volkmom’s comments superimposed)

In sum, Volkmom had relationships with a prominent Unite the Right organizer, had a personal relationship with the individual responsible for flyering IU and IUPUI, as well as a young couple who attacked a synagogue, and she made several attempts to reach out to the leader of IE/AmIM. In other words, this individual has ties to the central leadership of a national organization and to local individuals who actively spread hate. In addition, she hosted her own YouTube channel featuring a series of videos (discussed more below) describing her white supremacist values.  

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What does IE/AmIM believe?

My family, for example, probably would have disowned me if I joined the National Socialist Movement. But they’re more or less supportive of what I’m doing in IE.” Patrick Casey, leader of IE/AmIM (from Discord leaks of @Reinhard Wolff account – see 1So glad you are talking abt this rn @Reinhard Wolff
@Reinhard Wolff is on fire tonight. well spoken brother!!
Three cheers for @Reinhard Wolff . Congratulations on one year anniversary, and here’s to many more! I am proud to be in IE. Long live Identity Evropa!!!
Excellent announcement @Reinhard Wolff !
ty @Reinhard Wolff !!!
)

As we’ve already indicated, and as this quote from Casey makes clear, IE/AmIM seeks to offer a more palatable version of white supremacy to young Americans in particular. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “[Richard] Spencer and Casey’s efforts to back away from explicit white nationalist appeals and instead focus on a sympathetic victim … and innocuous-sounding ‘identitarianism’ come straight from the playbook of a larger attempt by the international far right to obscure the genocidal implications of white separatism, which remains at the core of these movements.”2Southern Poverty Law Center, “Patrick Casey, Identity Evropa’s new leader, wants to ditch the ‘alt-right’ for ‘identitarianism’— another euphemism for white nationalism” https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/12/05/patrick-casey-identity-evropa%E2%80%99s-new-leader-wants-ditch-alt-right-identitarianism%E2%80%94-another Identity Evropa is unique for the emphasis they put on creating the ideal Nazi future while making white supremacy palatable, youthful, approachable, and positive.

Volkmom doesn’t just grow vegetables and do Neo-Nazism on the side. That’s an important point for people who are under the impression that these individuals go to work and leave their personal beliefs at home. In the Discord leaks, there were several pictures of Sarah’s farm, specifically her animals and garden. So why was she posting pictures of plants and sheep on a white supremacist board, particularly since they could expose her? Volkmom’s identity as someone who grows their own food, raises their own animals, and plays a traditional role as wife and mother is central to her identity as a white supremacist. To understand that, we have to take a look at what IE/AmIM believes. Because IE/AmIM strives to promote skill-building in its members. From Casey’s Discord account @Reinhard Wolff:

If you’re new or haven’t joined Identity Evropa’s Practical Skills Server, you should. There, we help each other in topics ranging from personal finance and auto mechanics to gardening and outdoorsmanship. We have designated Subject Matter Experts for each topic area, but everyone contributes as we help each other learn and grow.3https://discord.gg/Pz3jYU8

Members can post under different hashtags that correspond to various skills. Volkmom would post her pictures under #farming and #gardening. Other hashtags she posted frequently under include #i-have-kids and #fashion. The idea of working hard and bettering yourself is central to this particular iteration of Neo-Nazism. In Nolan Brewer’s words, “I mean, I was always raised with the Nazi notion of like acting out is not the way, you’re supposed to represent yourself properly, work hard, and show them hey I can be this productive overtop of this person…. So, at work I always work my ass off and try to well, pardon my French but work my ass off and…  try to represent who we are better than others do” (29).

The Nazi “Final Solution” was part of the overall plan to create a perfect Nazi utopia based on an agrarian and industrial empire on territory acquired through conquest. Agrarianism is a philosophy holding that rural life is broadly preferable to urban life. While common portrayals of Nazism and the Holocaust focus on industrial endeavors, the ideal Nazi society was often envisioned in agrarian motifs, and agrarianism played an important role in Nazi ideology: “Struggling to explain the miseries of capitalism and mechanization, these thinkers engaged their present through a historicist lens, correlating modernization with unhappiness and pastoralism with blissful simplicity.”4“Agrarian Conservatism in Germany” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agrarian_Conservatism_in_GermanyThrough hard-work and a commitment to a simpler, more agrarian lifestyle, Germans could create an ideal world. 

In IE/AmIM, Neo-Nazism is not just a belief system – it is a lifestyle. For Volkmom, as for many members of IE/AmIM, her white supremacy is intractably linked to her spiritual, domestic, and working identities. Her YouTube videos offer advice to other “folk” (they pronounce it “volk”) on how to live more “naturally.” She says, “Over many years in the winding path of life, we’ve always sought to live close to nature.”5Volkmom, “Yarrow,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjWBx4Y7f_oShe mentions her “ancestral faith” in her first YouTube video, and she talks about how studying “homesteading” and survival “is ultimately what allowed me a clear enough mind to eventually take the red pill, especially because the alt-right is essentially rooted in what’s natural and biological.”6“Red pill” is a term used in a variety of cyber groups, including Neo-Nazis, to describe awakening from some collective social delusion. In this case, the “red pill” would be the knowledge that IE/AmIM and similar groups have to offer its members that society at large wishes to withhold from them. @Reinhard Wolff defines the red pill as “forbidden knowledge.”Her gardening, cooking, and herbal remedies are all an important facet of her white supremacist identity, and it is primarily these things that she posts about on YouTube.

Her identity as a mother also plays a role in her white supremacist beliefs. She posts about educating children, breastfeeding, and even circumcision. In one Discord post, she discusses the “Continuum Concept,” a term coined by Jean Liedloff who argues that humans are evolutionarily designed to achieve an optimal state of existence. Volkmom takes issue with Liedloff’s work:

What I dislike about Continuum Concept is that i feel like it is in some ways anti-White, and also her observations of childbearing within the primitive South American tribes are put on a pedestal, disregarding European tradition, and I feel like for us we need to find a balance when seeking nature/rhythmic lifestyles, bc we generally lack resources for our own historical info- many aspiring Whites tend to internalize what literature and research that does exist – being that of “indigenous” tribes of the globe. While some of it can be of use, I find that deep down, much of it doesn’t resonate as it once did, simply bc it it doesn’t represent our folk ways.  

Liedloff based her claims on her experiences with a group indigenous to Venezuela, and Volkmom is quick to recognize that indigenous people are at the core of Liedloff’s work. And Volkmom particularly resents indigenous people:

“They [Native Americans] can’t use the term ‘genocide’… Technically we have created conditions for them to prosper, although they do not today for other reasons.”

“The word ‘indigenous’ only means poc to leftists… They conveniently forget about when it comes to Europeans.”

Volkmom’s emphasis in her posts and in her YouTube videos on agrarianism and the rejection of modernity are, in that way, part and parcel with these more explicitly racist expressions. By and large, IE/AmIM has been successful because it encourages its members to steer away from fascist language and focus on the apparently more positive elements of the Neo-Nazi movement. It uses carefully coded symbols and language in order to spread Nazi ideas. However, it is our contention that this is the main reason why IE/AmIM poses a threat. We can see this in the case of Nolan Brewer, and in the way Brewer characterizes the organization. 

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Nolan Brewer's Guilty Plea

What Brewer says about IE and “Sarah and Douglas” doesn’t just give us insight into his thinking; it also tells us something about the organization at large. At the same time, his remarks establish a pattern of inconsistency and raise questions about his relationship to this group as well as “Sarah and Douglas’s” role in the organization.

Brewer claims that Identity Evropa is non-violent and wouldn’t approve of vandalism. Brewer describes meeting with three other members of IE on August 11th, 2018. Brewer calls “Sarah and Douglas” an “extremely nice” couple and insists they would not approve of his attack on the synagogue.

NB: Uhh, my wife and I recently had a dinner with a bunch, with a lovely couple from a group called Identity Europa and we had a nice little dinner down at the Indy Diner…and we just sat there and

BB: Identity Eu-Europa?

NB: Yeah, in—instead of like a u, it’s a v, it’s weird.

EK: What were their names?

NB: Uhh Sarah and… Douglas (42)

He later says IE does “banner drops but vandalism is not OK.” (56) “Banner drops” means hanging banners from railings or taking group photos where a banner is held up by a line of people. More than this, Brewer seems to imply that joining IE was a sign he was moving away from violent activities. This makes sense in the context of his broader strategy to appear apologetic for his crime as a way to avoid a harsher sentence. This was the core of his attorney’s defense against the DOJ’s sentencing recommendations. Nolan’s attorney tried to argue that Nolan had taken steps to reform.

IE/AmIM’s purpose is to make white supremacy more mainstream while still promoting, harboring, and spreading Nazi views. Brewer’s involvement is a model example of how that works. The Brewers attacked a synagogue and then, in what appears to be an effort to clean up their image, reached out to IE. The meeting with “Sarah and Douglas” took place weeks after the attack, and Brewer still had evidence from the attack in his car when he had dinner with IE members (the FBI found it when they arrested him on August 15th). In this case, Brewer used IE exactly as it is meant to be used: He put it forward as a shield between himself and his hate crime.

NB: Identitarian is just like, it, it’s the same root word identitarian… identity

BB: Mhm

NB: It’s just how you are, it’s just we’re European, be proud of it just don’t be an ass

BB: Okay

NB: Which is… the school of thought, that I try and subscribe to more than anything else, because its more socially acceptable and you don’t have people trying to punch you in the face over it (55).

More troublingly, we cannot be sure what, if anything, IE members knew about Brewer’s activities, and there are inconsistencies in Brewer’s interview that make it difficult to trust his testimony completely.

First, Brewer’s attorney argued that Brewer was radicalized by his wife: “It is clear from their respective histories, as well as their FBI interviews, that Kiyomi was the one pushing a white supremacist ideology on Nolan. It is similarly clear that Kiyomi was the instigator who pushed Nolan to participate in the instant offense.”1Sentencing Memorandum from Nolan Brewer’s Defense Attorney (4) https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6027996-Defense.html#search/p1/NOLAN%20BREWERHowever, Nolan claims in his interview to have been “raised” with Nazi views, saying that his grandfather had a necklace from the “Old” German Army and used to say “Heil Hitler” (43-45). So the narrative about his radicalization is inconsistent, some of it clearly contrived to form a defense.

For speaking about a casual meeting unrelated to the crime, Brewer has a difficult time maintaining a clear narrative about why he went to dinner with other IE members after the synagogue attack. First, he describes the meeting as an alternative activity to “Unite the Right 2.” There, he simply says he’s going “with a bunch of Identity Evropa members to dinner.” But only seconds later, he says “One more his name was Steve, he was the guy that’s just like hey you guys are new, you two are new how about we all get a dinner date together,” making it sound like a new members’ meeting.

NB: Because of us subscribing to Identity Evropa… Identity Evropa said you can’t, we’re not allowing any of our members to go to the Unite the Right 2 so instead we went and with a bunch of Identity Evropa members to dinner.

EK: To dinner?

NB: Yeah,

EK: what’s—so there were other I—IE

NB: Yep

EK: guys at the dinner

NB: One more his name was Steve, he was the guy that’s just like hey you guys are new, you two are new how about we all get a dinner date together. (69-70)

Furthermore, through some slippery language, Brewer gives the impression that “Sarah and Douglas” were “new members” when he met them at the Indy Diner. We’ve already established that Sarah became a member of IE in 2017. In the discussion above, Brewer seems to suggest that they were new members like himself. He says “you guys are new” and “you two are new” and then suggests they “all get a dinner date together.” It is possible that Brewer didn’t know them well, misunderstood, or is actively trying to deceive the FBI agent. But perhaps it is partially true. Maybe this was a new member meeting for the Brewers specifically, since Nolan claims that they had just paid their dues.2Despite the number of inconsistencies in Brewer’s description of his activities and affiliations, we do have other reason to be reasonably sure that Brewer is telling the truth about when he joined IE. Brewer claims that his wife was the only one of them who was active on the Discord chats. Kiyomi Brewer goes by the name of Kim, and we do have evidence that a “Kim” was admitted as a new member on August 4th. If that is in fact Kim Brewer, it would corroborate what Nolan said about when he joined. In that case, this would be the timeline for his affiliation:
July 27th – Synagogue Hit
August 4 – welcome “Kikrawks” (Kim) to Nice Respectable People by “unclefesster”
August 11 – dinner at Indy’s with Volkmom
August 15 – FBI interview
In which case, could it have been their official interview? And were Sarah and Douglas conducting it? Was he lying about Sarah and Douglas’s role in the organization, and did he have a reason for doing so?

The other issue with Brewer’s information is what he says about the individuals with whom he discussed the crime. We know that Brewer bragged to at least two of his coworkers about the attack and showed them pictures. But he told the FBI he only mentioned it to a local friend and an Online acquaintance.3BB: Who have you told about it? …anyone?
NB: Other, other than Peter and Alex… no (76).
He also said Kiyomi got on Discord immediately after leaving the synagogue to talk to said Online acquaintance, “Asbestos Peter,” a man Brewer claimed helped them plan the attack.4EK: When you got back from doing this, did you or Kiyomi get on Discord and tell them you’ve done it before it hit the news, cause it took a bit for it to hit the news, did… you guys communicate with him that hey we did it
NB: I think she hopped on her data on the way home
EK: Literally on her ph—on the way home from
NB: Yeah, I, I think we were about… since we were coming south on 465 on the west of the west side, I think we got to like maybe to Rockville and she said it’s done. (57)
So could others have known about his attack as well?

We cannot know what transpired between Volkmom and the Brewers, mainly because Nolan Brewer cannot maintain a clear narrative about it. What we can say is that the information Brewer provided to the FBI about it is contradictory and confused, and that it raises concerns about whether there was something more to this meeting than what Brewer says. Moreover, we want to underscore that one would be hard-pressed to find a clearer portrait of American Nazism than what we find in Brewer: He was raised with Nazi values, he identifies as a National Socialist, he wore Nazi regalia to work, he had Nazi regalia at home, including Nazi heirlooms, he married an underage girl who shared the same views as him, and he attempted to burn down a synagogue. And he and his wife were dues-paying members of Identity Evropa who were personally vetted. Both ideologically and in practice, as this case demonstrates, IE/AmIM is a Neo-Nazi organization. 

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Why should you be worried?

People should be allowed to believe whatever they want. However, some beliefs – such as that white people are naturally superior to others – are inherently harmful to society. Therefore, we have chosen to use the power of free speech to inform the community about the people who are working to indoctrinate others into Neo-Nazism. There are many reasons to be concerned that IE/AmIM could escalate its activities here or anywhere in the country. It’s important to underscore that IE/AmIM has substantial numbers, financial resources, and financial networks in place for exchanging money between members. This is not necessarily true of groups who more overtly signal their affiliation with Nazism because they have not been as successful at recruitment. However, the greatest threat by far is that rogue members of IE/AmIM will take it upon themselves to attack individual activists or religious buildings in our community on behalf of the organization, or simply to defend their race, which they perceive as under attack, as the Brewers seem to have done in Carmel. 

Both local affiliates of Schooner Creek Farms and Online Neo-Nazi networks have already retaliated against local activists for exposing their presence in our community. Forms of retaliations they have experienced include,

Here are some highlights from the National Vanguard article:

  • The Bloomington Farmers’ Market has been a touchstone of the community for years. But over the past week it’s become the center of anti-White censorship efforts, the public face of which is an evidently Asian woman named Abby Ang, an Indiana University Associate Instructor and full-time anti-White activist.
  • Thomas Westgard is a local who has joined Ang in “rooting out” what they call “fascists.” He spent many days studying IE posts and photos until he found one that “proved” that Dye and Mackey held “forbidden” views on social issues.
  • Ang, who speaks in an odd voice that sounds like she is mocking a mentally retarded person, said she “found out about Schooner Creek Farm” from a friend on Facebook.
  • “Bloomington United” is one of the front groups in which Ang serves as a public, non-Jewish face. The parent group’s (“Not in Our Town”) slogans include “Stop hate together” and “No hate in our town.” These anti-White haters typically employ a strategy of characterizing any resistance by Whites to their own replacement and genocide as “hate.”
  • Ang works closely with an extreme left organization calling itself the “Indivisible Project,” whose co-founders and co-Executive Directors are Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg. Levin and Greenberg are Jews.

Articles like this are designed to rile up members of the white supremacist groups that read them. They include personal details about the activists to encourage and incite retaliation against them. In this way, IE/AmIM does not need to explicitly direct its members to retaliate. It can simply name them, sensationalize their story, and stir up their followers to act on their own. Someone like Nolan Brewer can then find this information and act accordingly. 

Members of IE/AmIM may also be members of other groups. Nolan Brewer mentions he is part of several different “organizations,” many on Discord, including a group of “National Socialists” and the “Traditionalist Workers Party.” IE/AmIM is just one branch of a much broader network of Neo-Nazis and white supremacists who support one another. The National Vanguard article is also a good example of how that network functions.

Finally, IE/AmIM is effective at recruitment, learning from the mistakes of other supremacist groups and following the lead of French and other successful European movements. Whereas many groups have fallen apart in the wake of Charlottesville, IE/AIM has grown: “According to their own account, Identity Evropa had roughly 1,000 members during the first month of 2018 and aims to reach 5,000 by the end of the year.” (SPLC)

What can you do?

Some have argued that local activists are creating a problem where none exists, but the threat is real. White supremacy and white nationalism are on the rise globally, not just in the United States.1https://www.factcheck.org/2019/03/the-facts-on-white-nationalism/Hate crimes domestically have increased for the third consecutive year, according to the FBI.2“Hate Crimes Increase for the Third Consecutive Year, F.B.I. Reports” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/13/us/hate-crimes-fbi-2017.htmlThe individuals in this case were newly recruited in the wake of Charlottesville, and rapidly came into contact with dangerous people. The term “Neo-Nazi,” which some have challenged, accurately describes the group. IE/AmIM was founded as the “Nationalist Youth Front,” worked together with the “Nationalist Front” (which includes organizations like the “National Socialists” and the “Traditionalist Workers Party”) to organize Unite the Right, and professes values derived from the original Nazi movement.

We are not seeking to restrain anyone’s free speech. There are other ways to fight Neo-Nazism. Despite how dangerous these people are, they can be deterred. Case in point, Nolan Brewer knew how to make homemade bombs and napalm, and he intended to use them, but he was deterred by a simple security camera. If we take Neo-Nazism seriously now, we can prevent the movement from organizing to such a level where simpler measures are ineffective. We need to send them a message that we as a community will not tolerate their activities. 

The City’s current approach to the issue is unsatisfactory: Market officials are not taking action on harassment complaints filed with them that refer to incidents taking place within the market. They should be reevaluating their policies about harassment and conduct in the marketplace. Many people in local government have professed on social media highly uninformed views of both white supremacy and the First Amendment, misinforming the public about the issue. A quote from our market’s director Marcia Veldman and from an affiliate of the IU Maurer School of Law were cited by in “The National Vanguard” in support of their views. Finally, City officials have characterized episodes of actual harassment as “feelings” of harassment, language that misleads the public about the nature of the events that have transpired within the market. All of these factors escalate the potential danger of this situation. Simply by asking officials to refrain from enabling white nationalism by educating themselves more fully on the issue, we can prevent future harm. So here are several ways you can take a stand against Neo-Nazism:

  • Boycott Schooner Creek Farms
  • Help flyer at the market to raise awareness about the boycott
  • Write Marcia Veldman at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market
    • Urge the BFMC to pursue the harassment complaints that have been filed against SCF and their affiliates by being more transparent about these reports and investigating whether Farmer’s Market policy can be updated to address them: farmersmarket@bloomington.in.gov
    • Ask the Market to change the rules about informational flyers. The Farmer’s Market does not currently allow people to hand out informational flyers in the market, and we believe that it should.
    • Ask that all vendors be required to display their business’s name clearly.
  • Write Mayor John Hamilton and City Council to ask the City to establish a committee to investigate the presence of white supremacist organizations in our community
  • Write your City Council representative and ask them about what steps they are taking to address this issue: https://bloomington.in.gov/council 
  • Write a Letter to the Editor about the threat of Neo-Nazism in our community
  • Attend the community meeting on this issue on July 11th at 6:00pm in City Hall 
  • Share this report
  • Share “No Space for Hate” events on Facebook
  • Follow “No Space for Hate” on Instagram
  • Stop by the “No Space for Hate” table at the Market and grab one of our stickers to wear
  • Make informational memes about IE/AmIM for “No Space for Hate” to share
  • Write us at nospace4hate@protonmail.com for more information on how to get involved

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