Monday, February 20, 2006

Minutemen in Philadelphia


The Minutemen Project, a Conservative anti-immigration group with strong
links to, and overlapping membership with, violent white supremacist and
neo-Nazi organizations has announced plans to hold a recruitment meeting in
Valley Forge, PA on Saturday, February 25, 2005.

The meeting, scheduled to take place at the Valley Forge Convention Center
(1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA, 19406), is set to feature Chris
Simcox, co-founder of the Minutemen Project, as the main speaker. Simcox is
the gun-toting founder of the group, which since April has been arming
itself, wandering the U.S.-Mexican border in search of "illegal immigrants",
and detaining individuals at gunpoint.

Minutemen have openly discussed setting up sniper posts near the border,
with the goal of shooting anyone attempting to cross.

Contrary to its claims, the Minutemen Project does not promote a policy of
immigration reform. Instead, they promote a program of hate and intolerance;
an extremist policy of stopping all non-white immigration into this country.
They are a xenophobic group that blames immigration for everything that they
are unhappy with. Last fall, the Minutemen were claiming that illegal
immigrants were responsible for the sudden rise in gas prices in the United

The Minutemen have well-established ties to known white supremacist groups.
Minutemen co-founder Jim Gilchrist has been involved with the neo-Nazi
affiliated Council of Conservative Citizens for a number of years. In
addition, members of the infamous National Alliance have claimed membership
in the Minutemen Project and were identified participating in border
"patrols" last spring and summer with the group. Over the years, the
National Alliance has been tied to numerous violent crimes, such as the
assassination of a Jewish radio host in Denver, and several high-profile
robberies. The National Alliance has the dubious distinction of claiming
Timothy McVeigh - the man responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing - as a

On July 30th 2005, the Minutemen front group, Save Our State, held an
anti-immigrant rally in California. Numerous members of white supremacist
groups attended this rally, and were caught on film carrying flags
emblazoned with Nazi swastikas and Confederate insignia. They were also seen
repeatedly giving Nazi salutes. One of the neo-Nazis who had been holding a
swastika flag was also photographed holding a "Save Our State" banner. So
much for plausible deniability!

We call upon everyone who is concerned about this meeting to call and email
the Valley Forge Convention Center Sales Office and demand that it be canceled.

Philadelphia Residents Against Racism