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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