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Vanguard America is an American white supremacist, neo-Nazi, neo-fascist organization. The organization is also a member of the Nationalist Front. The group gained significant attention after it was revealed that James Alex Fields had marched with them at the Unite the Right rally before being arrested on murder charges. The group has its roots in the alt-right movement.


History


Vanguard America was founded in 2015, in California. The group was founded and is run by Dillon Irizarry. In 2017, Irizarry claimed membership of 200+ members. Irizarry also states that local branches exist in Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. In July 2017, it also created a women's division. The group had a presence in the Unite the Right rally in August 2017. James Alex Fields, who was later responsible for killing a counter protester and injuring 19 others in a vehicle-ramming attack, was seen marching with the group. The leadership later disavowed him, stating that he was not a member of the group. The group took part in the "White Lives Matter" rally in October 2017. The group supports the right-wing nationalist concept of blood and soil. The group has put up racist and anti-Semitic fliers at various universities. On December 18, 2017, its account was suspended by Twitter.


See also


* Neo-fascism * Neo-Nazi groups of the United States * Patriot Front, a splinter group * White supremacy in the United States


References


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