Sunday, November 08, 2009

National Socialist Movement Holds "America First" Rally Against Illegal Immigration In Austin, Minnesota On November 7th

Although overshadowed by the much more prominent "America First" rally against illegal immigration in Phoenix, Arizona, National Socialist Movement (NSM) cadre, as promised, also held a similar "America First" rally in Austin, Minnesota on November 7th, 2009. The Austin event did not receive nearly the same advance publicity as the Phoenix event. Austin has become a focal point in the battle for immigration reform because of an influx of illegal immigrants, although the city is still 90 percent White; the Hormel meat-packing plants attract illegals. The only media story so far was published by the Austin Post-Bulletin

Photo gallery available HERE. Note that the Post-Bulletin uses aggressive measures to reduce the incentive to re-publish their photos without official permission.

Admittedly, attendance at the rally was a bit sparse. In fact, only three patriots showed up. Two members of the NSM Southern Minnesota branch held a banner near the George Washington statue on Main Street while Austin NSM member Samuel Johnson, determined to soldier on despite the low attendance, delivered an hour-long speech on the dangers of immigration. "The stream of immigrants coming over our borders is a scourge that grows and grows," he said through a bullhorn. "This invasion of the United States has no precedence in history. We are being destroyed as a nation." Johnson correctly blames political correctness for paralyzing the government into inaction. "The answer is simply to build a great wall along the border and bring our troops home to defend the country," he insisted. The rally ended without any confrontation.

Other onlookers included two people who sat quietly across the street and did not want to be named, as well as 13 uniformed police officers including chief Paul Philipp, and four firefighters including chief Dan Wilson. The firefighters manned a large fire hose. Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm also observed the event from the courthouse roof with a few other officials, and was reportedly happy with the fact that "no one" showed up. He said his only problem was paying for the overtime for the officers. Stiehm said the city could enact an ordinance regulating rallies, but believes such laws are not practical outside of big cities.

This rally was the latest event in a five-month bout of sustained activism by the NSM in the area. On June 3rd, 2009, NSM cadre rallied against illegal immigration in Austin, supported by 20 people, and were confronted by 50 anti-racists. There was shouting and fist-shaking, but no physical confrontations.

On July 11th, the NSM held another rally against illegal immigration in Austin, this time supported by 12 people, opposed by around 100 anti-racists, mostly a mix of white and Latino. Again, no physical violence or arrests; read the NSM report HERE.

On August 3rd, Samuel Johnson of the Southeast Minnesota Unit showed up at the city council meeting and asked the mayor and city council members to sign a petition demanding the local sheriff enter into an agreement with federal authorities to enforce immigration laws. This was also posted on the NSM national website and on the official NSM blog. The mayor and city council refused to sign the petition because they were afraid of making common cause with "neo-Nazis".

On October 3rd, the focus shifted to the Twin Cities as NSM cadre protested an "anti-racist" (anti-White) conference held at a South Minneapolis YWCA. As they approached the grounds of the YWCA, they were met by 20-25 ARA, SHARP and communists. Pushing ensued and one communist even used his bike against the NSM as a weapon and still the NSM Minnesota stood their ground. One nasty looking SHARP ended up with a bad headache and NSM broke a flag pole thanks to the courage shown by NSM Southeast unit leader, Sam Johnson, as they tried to take his signs and flag. The antis threw tomatoes and other debris at the NSM cadre.

Thus with all the activism that has taken place in the area during the past five months, the lack of interest at the November 7th rally may signify that the area is getting "burned over", and it might be time for the local NSM cadre to consider different forms of outreach, or even shift their focus to the Twin Cities multicultural cesspool. Nevertheless, the courage and persistence of the Southeast Minnesota NSM cadre is gratifying.

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