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News :: Human Rights
Vigilante 'Minutemen' face mass resistance; trounced in Vermont
18 Oct 2005
Modified: 07:28:48 PM
Members of the racist vigilante organization known as the "Minutemen Civil Defense Corps" are meeting serious resistance from a wide range of progressive and revolutionary individuals and organizations determined to stop these vile terrorists wherever they rear their heads. On Oct. 15, attempting to 'patrol' the Canada-Vermont border, a Minutemen delegation was driven out by progressive forces.
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Vigilante 'Minutemen' face mass resistance;
trounced in Vermont

By Bryan G. Pfeifer

Members of the racist vigilante organization known as the "Minutemen Civil Defense Corps" are meeting serious resistance from a wide range of progressive and revolutionary individuals and organizations determined to stop these vile terrorists wherever they rear their heads.

From coast-to-coast as the Minutemen attempt to recruit and build nationally, they are increasingly confronted with militant resistance and messages such as this one in Babylon, NY (Long Island) Sept. 10: "Minutemen, racist, KKK, fascists out of the USA!"

Similar successful confrontations have take place in California, Houston and Michigan.

Background

This extra-legal terrorist organization begun by founder Chris Simcox in April 2005, is working openly or covertly with at least 15 local, state and federal agencies to deport, menace, and even possibly to incapacitate or kill undocumented immigrants attempting to cross the Mexico and Canadian borders. The organization also engages in lobbying politicians to pass anti-immigrant, chauvinist legislation, 'picketing' businesses that hire undocumented workers and the like. Many of the Minutemen's members are current or former military and police personnel highly trained in paramilitary activities including hand-to-hand combat, surveillance and sniper skills.

Since April the Minutemen have concentrated their activities in Arizona and California but now claim to have "volunteer operations" in at least 12 states on the southern and northern borders. They work with other legal and extra-legal organizations such as America's PAC, American Caging Inc., Capitol Watch, Citizens United, Conservative Petitions, Declaration Alliance, IFIRE, the National Border Control Council, Operation Spotlight, the Patrick Henry Center and RightMarch.com.

Politicians supporting the Minutemen include Representative John Culbertson, a Texas Republican who introduced a bill in the house in August to train civilian "volunteers" to "patrol" borders. The "volunteers," according to the bill, would resemble the Minutemen but would receive federal training and certification. New Mexico's Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson, Arizona's Democratic governor Janet Napolitano and California's Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger support similar policies.

On September 28, Simcox, at a "Secure Our Borders" rally in Washington D.C., announced a new "operation" effective immediately to increase their "patrolling responsibilities" to all five states along the Mexican border and eight states along the 4,000 mile Canadian border. Twelve congressmen from the House Immigration Reform Caucus participated in the rally at the Capital Hill Club where a detailed October rally schedule and patrolling activities were outlined. These included coordinated Oct. 15 anti-immigrant, recruiting rallies at state capitols or federal buildings in Arlington Heights, Illinois; Houston, Texas and Salem, Oregon.

Other Minutemen recruitment 'rallies' are scheduled for October 29 in Sacramento, California at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol steps and in Tallahasse, Florida from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the front steps of the "Old Historic Capitol Building."

No racists here!

According to the New England Minuteman chapter, Vermont would be their first major "testing grounds" in the Northeast and on the northern border generally. Vermont, population 600,000, is 98 percent white.

On Oct. 15 an 11-member Minutemen delegation arrived in the town of Derby Line, Vermont just across the border from Stansted, Quebec. This area is historically well-known for numerous Underground Railroad passages. Minutemen delegation members included Weymouth, Massachusetts police officer Bob Johnson, Bob Cassimiro, executive director of the misnamed Massachusetts Coalition for Immigration Reform and others from Long Island and elsewhere. Casimiro spent three weeks in Naco, Arizona earlier this year.

In a driving rain, dozens of protesters were ready and dealt the racists a decisive blow.

After attempting to gather in town, the Minutemen were driven out by protesters and sympathetic town residents and told firmly, loudly and repeatedly: 'Don't come back!' The Minutemen plan to "patrol" the Vermont border the weekend of Oct. 21-23 as well.

"They are outsiders, and we don't want them here," said David Van Deusen of
Moretown, Vermont, and a protest organizer. "We don't want racist policies in Vermont."

James Griffin, a Derby Line resident, agreed.

"It's just another from of vigilantism," said Griffin. "I think their agenda is racist, and they're just trying to impose their will. They're just another form of militia. I don't like their very presence..."

Members of various Vermont anti-war and socialist organizations, the Raging Grannies, the Vermont Workers' Center and anti-racist Vermont residents all participated in this action and vowed to confront the Minutemen anyplace, anytime and anywhere they come out.

No borders in the workers' struggle

As the Vermont victory and others show, working class and oppressed people across the country are increasingly standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their immigrant sisters and brothers-documented and undocumented-to fight back against the Minutemen, their supporters and similar organizations such as the Nazis and the KKK. These organizations, depending on the needs of the capitalist ruling class at any given time, work openly or clandestinely in an attempt to deflect on to immigrants or other scapegoats such as Black or other oppressed people and their nations, the endemic, perpetual crises and grave effects of the capitalist system for the working class and oppressed.

Working class whites specifically must not allow themselves to be exploited by their real enemy: the capitalist ruling class. Attacking immigrants or other super-exploited and exploited peoples won't result in decreased unemployment, lower gas prices or rents, or cutbacks in healthcare and education spending; just the opposite.

There are no borders in the workers' struggle.

Increasing and ever-widening principled unity and solidarity between the working class and oppressed is needed to continue building a mighty independent multinational class-wide movement.

-- 30 --

Union labor donated
See also:
http://www.nnirr.org
http://www.troopsoutnow.org

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Re: Vigilante 'Minutemen' face mass resistance; trounced in Vermont
18 Oct 2005
I don't share in this strategy of saying the Minutemen are bad because they are "extra-legal" and "terrorist".

It's also funny how the anarchist participation and, in several of these protests, strong involvement in organizing, is completely glossed over and erased.

typical leninist bullshit
Re: Vigilante 'Minutemen' face mass resistance; trounced in Vermont
19 Oct 2005
The quote from James Griffin looks a lot like one in the Globe. Was it lifted? If so, the reporter REALLY needs to cite his source. I don't like the corporate media, but plagiarizing without attribution from a reporter is really uncool. That reporter is a worker (probably a union one, at that), and you should respect his/her labor.
Re:Cite your sources
20 Oct 2005
More noise from government shitbags...
Re: Vigilante 'Minutemen' face mass resistance; trounced in Vermont
21 Oct 2005
And which government shitbags would those be? If it's me, you're pretty funny...and if it's Iron Council, that's pretty funny too. If you can't answer either critique, just call people names...not as good way to build a movement.
to @
23 Oct 2005
how come everytime someone criticizes anything in anyway you call them a cop? leftists and such can have differing opinions without being the POlice.