Rally for Unity, Diversity and Solidarity Newport Beach CA Saturday, March 30, 12 noon
Matt Hale, leader of the racist World Church of the Creator (WCOTC), is coming to southern CA. Local members scheduled a speech by Hale on Sat., March 30 at 2:00 PM at the Marina Library/Victor Jorgenson Community Center in Newport Beach. ARA (Anti-Racist Action) calls for all concerned people to gather in the park outside the library at noon to rally for unity, diversity and solidarity and make clear to Hale and his followers that his message of “racial holy war” is not welcome, and will be repudiated.
Violence follows Hale wherever he goes. In his speeches, he presents WCOTC as a political group committed to a strategy of winning people to its racist cause by legal means, but the reality is different. What attracts many members of the WCOTC is the organization’s calls for “racial holy war” (RAHOWA) and genocide. Hale tries to put a rational face to this murderous racism, but the constant challenge applied around the country by Anti-Racist Action (ARA) and other activists and community people has exposed the group’s true nature. WCOTC rank and file members have repeatedly disobeyed Hale’s pleas, and fought against protesters.
WCOTC is not a passive organization; it is a violent fascist group whose members are responsible for shootings, bombings, and racial attacks. It’s not surprising that they respond with violence to ARA’s anti-racist organizing and presence.
Hale is condemned in his own words. In October, 2000, his own press release called WCOTC “the fastest growing White racist and anti-Semitic organization in the world” and called for a “day of rage” to demonstrate opposition to Jews around the world. In responding to community opposition to him in his home base of Peoria IL, Hale declared: “These politicians apparently feel that having n*gg*rs and other subhumans in our neighborhoods is healthy for the people. We need complete separation. We need to drive the inferior mud races from our neighborhoods, our communities, and eventually the country. Integration is a crime against our White people and must NOT be tolerated.” Church of the Creator was founded by old-time racist Ben Klassen, and was driven out of business when a member killed a Black Gulf War GI. To escape liability, Klassen turned his assets over to William Pierce of the National Alliance, another nazi group. (Pierce wrote the “Turner Diaries,” which inspired Tim McVeigh). After Klassen died,
Hale emerged as a leader of the ‘new’ WCOTC, which has been closely allied with the National Alliance.
Rev. Stephen T. Anderson, a Black minister shot three times by “former” WCOTC member Ben Smith is suing Hale in federal court in Illinois, charging that Hale and the WCOTC conspired with Benjamin Smith to launch a “racial holy war” against Blacks, Jews, Asians and other non-whites. In July 1999,Smith shot at some 18 people, killing two, a Black coach and a Korean man, and wounding nine others. Smith was a member of Hale’s WCOTC; the two had been personally associated in its work, and Smith had appeared as a character witness for Hale in his (rejected) application for a license to practice law in Illinois.
In York Pennsylvania in January, Hale scheduled an appearance after the mayor, an ex-cop, was charged for a racially-motivated murder that took place in the 1960’s. One of Hale’s followers, Adam Dohrenwend, is now on trial for pointing a gun out his pickup truck window at protesters. Richard Desper, another white supremacist supporter of Hale’s, a Hammerskin, is charged with four counts of aggravated assault for striking a police officer and three other people with his pickup truck, including a protester and a young girl. York residents united with anti-racists and anti-fascists to boot Hale and his nazi entourage out of town.
Also in January, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that Hale could be charged with violating a state law that requires charities to register and report their finances to the government. The court rejected Matt Hale’s argument that the law is unconstitutionally vague. Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan sued Hale’s World Church of the Creator in 1999 for failing to register as a charity and disclose its finances. The lawsuit was filed just days after Smith’s shooting.
DIRECTIONS: The Marina Library/Vincent Jorgenson Center, site of the speech and the protest is at 2005 Dover Drive, Newport Beach, CA. Take the 405 south to the 55 south. Stay on the 55 until it ends and turns into Newport Blvd. Take the first left onto 19th St. Follow it all the way to Irvine Avenue. Once you cross Irvine, 19th Street becomes Dover Drive. Dover can also be reached from West (Pacific) Coast Highway.
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