White supremacists from around the United States are planning to hold “Free America” rallies opposing “illegal immigration” on February 23, 2013.
A post on the white supremacist Internet forum Stormfront mentions scheduled rallies in central California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Washington/Idaho, West Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania. According to the post, Harry Bertram, who ran for governor of West Virginia under the white supremacist American Third Position (A3P) ticket in 2012, is organizing the West Virginia rally.
The main website providing information about the February 2013 “Free America” rallies appears to be run by California-based white supremacist Michael Myers. He has a long history of involvement in white supremacist organizations including the Golden State Skinheads, a racist skinhead group very active in the white power music scene in California. Myers is also affiliated with A3P.
In addition, Myers was the lead organizer for the South African Project (SAP), a coordinated—and largely unsuccessful--effort by white supremacists, in February 2012, to bring attention to the alleged “genocide” of white South African farmers. He led the SAP protest in Sacramento, California.
An earlier website set up for the anti-immigrant rallies listed a different date and contact persons. One contact listed on the previous website was “Milissa Schidecker,” who was designated as the point person for the Louisiana protests. It appears that “Milissa Schidecker” is in fact Milissa Gulett, the wife of Morris Gulett, a well-known white supremacist.
The Guletts recently returned to Louisiana where Morris set up the new headquarters for his faction of the neo-Nazi organization Aryan Nations. Though Milissa Gullet’s (or Schidecker’s) name does not appear on the new website, her Facebook page reveals that she “liked” the event page set up for the February 23 “Free America” rallies. It is unclear at this time whether the Guletts are planning to have a rally on February 23 in Louisiana.
For many years, white supremacists have attempted to use the issue of immigration as a way to tap into the American mainstream. Their efforts in this area have not been successful.