Phone Jam to Shut Down the Minutemen Recruiting Drive in Philadelphia!
Call the Valley Forge Convention Center and demand that this meeting be canceled: 610-354-8212 and 610-354-8213. Also, please call GF Management. they help to manage the Valley Forge Convention Center: 215-972-2222 and express your displeasure!
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-found! er 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 States. Talk about stupid!
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 supporter.
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 and demand that it be canceled. We will not stand idly by while fascist and neo-Nazis are allowed to organize in our community. We are calling for an emergency phone jam of the conference center, and are letting it be known that if the meeting is not canceled, the community will be out in force to protest this fascist scum!
Call the Valley Forge Convention Center Sales Office at 610-354-8212 and 610-354-8213 and let them know how you feel about them laying out the welcome mat for fascists. You can also fax the sales office at (610) 992-2884, or email the Director of Sales at email@example.com
or the Convention Center Sales Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Also, please also contact GF Management (1811 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103), the Philadelphia firm who helps to manage the Valley Forge Convention Center. They can be reached by telephone at 215-972-2222, by fax at 215-972-2259, and by email at email@example.com .
Please forward this message widely ? together we can shut them down!!
Philadelphia Residents Against Racism