Recently, the National Socialist Movement's Oregon Unit began to ratchet up its activism. They performed a flyer distro and participated in a public rally in the city of Phoenix, Oregon, located just five miles SE of Medford off I-5. In response to media inquiries, the unit's leader, 30-year-old Andrew Lee Patterson, stepped forth from the shadows and courageously went public in order to explain the goals and philosophy of the National Socialist Movement, and to counter negative biases and stereotypes about national socialism. Unfortunately, ticking away in his past like a time bomb was his parole status, in which he had been forbidden to associate with other White activists as a condition of parole. Despite this restriction, Patterson was willing to go public anyway.
Unfortunately, he paid the price as the system detonated that time bomb and arrested him for "parole violation", according to a story published April 30th, 2009 in the Mail-Tribune. Patterson, along with another member of the Oregon unit, Levi Dale Lucas, were arrested on Wednesday April 29th on parole violations stemming from past felonies. Discussion threads on the Vanguard News Network Forum and Stormfront.
Andrew Lee Patterson, 30, is on parole until November 2011 for attacking two homeless men and an East Indian motel owner in 2003. According to court records, during the homeless attack he called the men "a disgrace to the white race". As conditions of his parole, Patterson was ordered not to have any contact or association with gang members or be involved in any gang activity. In addition, he was barred from possessing any gang-related paraphernalia which advocates hate or violence toward others. The attack took place before Patterson joined the NSM; he credits the NSM for giving him a better sense of direction and purpose, and helping him channel his activism in more productive and legal directions. He posted an excellent essay on New Saxon, entitled "An Introduction To White Unity", back on December 30th, 2008. Additional background story in the Portland Oregonian.
Patterson made news last week when he agreed to an interview with the Mail Tribune during which he described his neo-Nazi beliefs, which include "holocaust denial" and demanding illegal immigrants be deported so the white race does not become extinct. During the interview, Patterson expressed concern that his parole officer most likely was going to place him in jail for having contact with other neo-Nazis. KOB Channel 15 also aired a story about this, and the Podblanc video is embedded below:
Patterson and a small group of followers held a rally on Sunday April 26th along Main Street in Phoenix. More than 100 people lined the street across from the neo-Nazis in protest. This was also further discussed on New Saxon.
Also jailed was 22-year-old Levi Dale Lucas, a convicted sex offender. Lucas was stopped by police April 20 as he and other members distributed fliers in the parking lot of Red Robin in honor of Hitler's birthday. No laws were violated, but police worried about the possibility of violence. Lucas has convictions for first-degree sexual abuses, failure to register as a sex offender and criminal mischief. A search query for him in the Oregon Sex Offender Register returns no results.
Two recent developments have fueled the growing climate of vigilantiism against pro-White activists. First, the Southern Poverty and Law Center points to the national immigration debate, the worsening recession, and Barack Obama's presidency as having fueled recent growth in the number of hate groups in America. And second, earlier in April, the Department of Homeland Security issued a report warning that right-wing extremist groups, including white supremacists, have boosted recruiting and mobilizing efforts.
What a dichotomy. Here's a guy who had the courage to be publicly active under his own name, knowing full well he risked being pulled in on a parole violation. Unfortunately, he can't help the Cause as much now that he's in jail. Long on courage, but maybe a bit short on judgment. There's no disgrace in remaining anonymous and active behind the scenes if the alternative is losing your job or liberty.
The NSM's national office has not yet officially reacted to this development.