National Vanguard (American organization)

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National Vanguard is an American national socialist organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia, founded in 2005 by Kevin Alfred Strom and former members of the National Alliance.[1]

History[edit]

Kevin Alfred Strom, Founder and Managing Director of National Vanguard.

The group was founded by dissident members of the National Alliance. The National Alliance's 5-man Executive Committee, a think-tank created by Erich Gliebe 5-months earlier to explore new ideas, issued a formal declaration called "A Time for Leadership."[2] The declaration decried then-Chairman Erich Gliebe's dissolution of the National Alliance Board of Directors (sic), (this never occurred, the BoD has not changed since 2003) reducing its composition to include merely himself and COO Shaun Walker. It called for a reconstitution of the Board of Directors, and the merger of the Board with the Executive Committee in both membership and function. Gliebe and Walker rejected the declaration.

Gliebe and Walker claimed that Kevin Strom was not performing his job well as editor of their magazine, which was always many months late. There was a pay dispute where Kevin Strom claimed Shaun Walker was not paying him all his pay, which became a public dispute within Internet chat-rooms. This pay dispute and other internal conflicts created an atmosphere of petty personality conflicts which grew for 6 months until it erupted.

There were no legal options to take, so in April 2005 "National Vanguard" was formally organized by some former National Alliance Unit Coordinators and five members of the Executive Committee.[3]

The main issues cited for the split with the National Alliance were over the creation of an expanded Board of Directors, prompt and professional publishing of a news-magazine and open accounting of all funds collected. The new organization picked Kevin Alfred Strom as its new leader, but a Board of Directors was never created. Within 8 months half of all National Vanguard members had either resigned or formed another new group. Most of the key leaders who planned the initial coup from the National Alliance group had quit National Vanguard within 15 months, but without all the open Internet airing of "internal laundry." In January 2007 Strom was arrested by the FBI and Federal Marshals for child pornography related charges and in 2008 he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 23 months in prison.[4]

As of October 2010, National Vanguard maintains a website featuring daily articles and updates.[1][5]

Activities[edit]

Since the reorganization of National Vanguard, the group has been focused upon unit meetings and the distribution of fliers. A boycott against the hardware chain The Home Depot was started because of their illegal immigrant stance. Units in Florida, Nevada, and New Jersey appear to be the most active. Members are attempting to form a new political party in Nevada: the White People's Party.[6] One plank in the party's platform calls for "the White Race" to be placed on the endangered species list since "all relevant laws are working against the continued existence of Whites."[7]

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which struck the U.S. Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, a National Vanguard First Response Team was organized to help white families in Alabama and Mississippi Sept. 20, 2005. Their decision to help only white victims of Katrina has been described as "reprehensible".[8]

In 2005, National Vanguard showcased the pop-music duo Prussian Blue, made up of twin sisters from Bakersfield, California, Lynx and Lamb Gaede, whom the organization hoped would "be breaking new ground...creating an entire genre of pro-White music" that will cross over to mainstream audiences.[9][10] Their mother, April, is a writer and activist for National Vanguard.

Internal strife[edit]

In February 2006, the Tampa and Denver units of National Vanguard announced they were leaving the organization, citing a variety of complaints including a claim that National Vanguard had collected money for subscriptions to the tabloid, V, without subsequently delivering a product to subscribers. The two units have now formed a new organization the Nationalist Coalition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kim, T.K. "National Vanguard's Strom Seeks More Power - Former National Alliance 'intellectual' Kevin Strom wants to be a boss - Part 1". Archived from the original on 2011-03-12.  "Part 2: Veggies and Mozart". Archived from the original on 2011-03-12.  "Part 3: Return to West Virginia". Splcenter.org. Southern Poverty Law Center. 2005. Archived from the original on 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  2. ^ "A Time for Leadership"[dead link]. Accessed Sept. 23, 2006
  3. ^ "National Vanguard: Our Cause Reborn"[dead link]
  4. ^ "White nationalist sentenced in child porn case". Charlottesville Daily Progress. 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  5. ^ "National Vanguard - Home page". Nationalvanguard.org. 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  6. ^ "Nevada NV Activists Defy Show Ban"[dead link]. Oct. 24, 2005
  7. ^ www.whitepeoplesparty.com[dead link]. Accessed Sept. 23, 2006
  8. ^ Kruse, Michael (2005-09-14). "Appeal for Katrina aid carries an ugly message - A neo-Nazi group hands out fliers in Brooksville that ask for support for white victims only". sptimes.com. St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  9. ^ Prussian Blue[dead link]
  10. ^ "Race: The White Album". Newsweek.com. Harman Newsweek LLC. 2005-11-07. Archived from the original on 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2011-03-08. 

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