Traditionalist Youth NetworkThe Traditionalist Youth Network was established in May 2013 by Matthew Heimbach and Matt Parrott. Heimbach has been a white supremacist activist since fall 2011, when he formed a group at Towson University in Maryland and invited the white supremacist Jared Taylor to speak at Towson's campus. The following year, Heimbach founded a "White Student Union (Towson University), White Student Union" on campus, adopting racist and Antisemitism, antisemitic views.Traditionalist Youth Network
Traditionalist Worker PartyThe Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks Extremism, extremist groups, has List of organizations designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as hate groups, designated the Traditionalist Worker Party as a hate group and has written of Heimbach: "Considered by many to be the face of a new generation of white nationalists... Since graduating in the spring of 2013, he has entrenched himself further in the white nationalist movement and become a regular speaker on the radical-right lecture circuit." In January 2015 the TYN established the Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP) as its political party, political-party offshoot in preparation for the 2016 elections, and a small group of candidates from the far right announced plans to run under its banner. The party states that it stands against "economic exploitation, federal tyranny, and anti-Christian degeneracy". The group's strategy differs from that of the American Freedom Party (AFP), a different fringe group: while the AFP "has long run presidential candidates with no hope of success" in order to "exploit the election cycle as a way to raise money and generate publicity for their racist positions, TWP actually hopes to win by running for local offices in small communities."
Nationalist FrontOn April 22, 2016, the Traditionalist Worker Party formed a coalition with several other organizations called the Aryan Nationalist Alliance. The Aryan Nationalist Alliance later changed its name to Nationalist Front (United States), Nationalist Front. Its aim was to unite white supremacist, neo-Confederate, and white nationalist groups under a common umbrella. The coalition was joined by the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (United States), National Socialist Movement (NSM), neo-confederate League of the South, the neo-Nazi Vanguard America, and four other groups. In April 2017, the group organized the white supremacist rally in Pikeville, Kentucky which attracted 100 to 125 supporters. In August 2017, the affiliated groups participated in the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In October 2017, the Nationalist Front was a key organizer of the "White Lives Matter" rally in Shelbyville, Tennessee, Shelbyville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Participating groups included: NSM, TWP, League of the South, Vanguard America, The Right Stuff (blog), The Right Stuff, and Anti-Communist Action.
Internal conflict and disbandmentOn March 13, 2018, Heimbach was arrested in Paoli, Indiana, on charges of domestic battery arising from an alleged attack against spokesman Parrott and Heimbach's wife, who was also Parrott's stepdaughter. Following this, Parrott shut down the TWP's websites and said he planned to delete membership data, citing privacy concerns. According to Parrott, the TWP no longer existed, as the incident had destroyed the group's credibility. Days later, however, Parrott filed a Declaration (law), sworn declaration in court (in an ongoing federal civil lawsuit over the Unite the Right rally in 2017), stating that he had not deleted or destroyed the membership information, as it was relevant to the ongoing litigation. On April 5, 2018, the independent media collective Unicorn Riot released hundreds of thousands of messages on TWP's Discord server and associated ones such as "Silver Guild" and "Not Tradworker" as part of a series on alt-right and neo-Nazi organizations. The messages on TWP's Discord server revealed that the group promoted and praised Dylann Roof, the perpetrator of the Charleston church shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina as well as James Alex Fields, the man behind the Charlottesville car attack during the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The group also praised Jacob Scott Goodwin, a member of the group that was involved in the Assault of DeAndre Harris, beating of DeAndre Harris in the parking lot during that rally. Additionally, there was a conflict within TWP over one of its members, Colton Williams, taking issue with another member having a non-white spouse. These conversations also included the group's ties to Atomwaffen Division, a violent neo-Nazi terrorist network linked to 5 murders such as Murder of Blaze Bernstein, the death of Blaze Bernstein of which Mark "Illegal Aryan" Daniel Reardon and Vasilios "VasilistheGreek" Pistolis were members of both organizations. They talked about making Molotov cocktails and their assault on an interracial couple in Shelbyville, Tennessee after the White Lives Matter rally. Despite his group having been involved in violent incidents as well, Heimbach expressed concern over Atomwaffen's level of extremism and influence and eventually denounced it.
IdeologyHeimbach and his group advocate white separatism, and the group also adheres to a white nationalist and white supremacist ideology.Joe Heim
Organization and activitiesTraditionalist Youth Networks's only active university chapter is at the Indiana University Bloomington; this group is led by a white-supremacist activist Thomas Buhls, who has been affiliated with the Harrison, Arkansas-based Knights Party, a Ku Klux Klan group. In December 2016, the group's founder Heimbach claimed that it had some three dozen active chapters and 500 members across the United States; analysts at the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League state that these numbers are likely exaggerated. The SPLC's 2017 annual report identifies the TWP as having chapters in Paoli, Indiana, Paoli and Bloomington, Indiana; Benson, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, and the affiliated Traditionalist Worker Party as having chapters in Paoli and Columbus, Indiana; Sacramento, California; Louisville, Kentucky, Louisville, Madisonville, Kentucky, Madisonville, and Murray, Kentucky; Kansas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Dallas, Texas; and Virginia. In August 2013, the group protested a leftist bookstore in Bloomington, Indiana; in October 2013, the group held rallies protesting campus speeches by anti-racist educator Tim Wise. In September 2013, the group, as Traditionalist Youth Network, held an event in Corunna, Michigan, in support of President of Syria, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's government. The group initially planned a "Koran BBQ" that would feature the Book burning, burning of copies of the Qur'an and pictures of Muhammad, to show "Islamic immigrants and citizens alike that they are not welcome here in Michigan"; however, this was changed to a pro-Assad protest after the U.S. government announced its plans to support Free Syrian Army, Syrian rebels. Heimbach told MLive that he did not regret the group's original plan, and that the group supported Islam "when it's in its own home in the Middle East." In 2014, the group filed an amicus brief in a United States federal courts, federal court in Michigan in the case of ''DeBoer v. Snyder''. In its brief, the group took a stance against same-sex marriage, which Parrott described as part of "the Leftists [sic] social engineering campaign to destroy every last vestige of Western civilization." Later the same year, the group filed a second amicus brief in a case in Maryland challenging a Gun laws in Maryland, law prohibiting assault weapons; in a four-page filing, the TYN stated that it opposed "the enemy of freedom—the Culture Distorter—in its sights and wishes to shoot down unconstitutional legislation that disarms our people". In July 2015, the group called for the filing of hate-crime charges in connection with the beating of a white man in Fountain Square, Cincinnati. The local prosecutor, Hamilton County, Ohio, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, stated that there was no evidence of ethnic intimidation in the crime. At a March 2016, Donald Trump rally at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky, Louisville,Nicole Hensley
See also*2016 Sacramento riot
Further reading*Richard Fausset
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