For the Record. Local Brown County community members alleged to be “white supremacists” which they have denied. This post includes background information and context on the issues. Information provided also includes Facebook comments on Brown County Matters, dissemination of the allegations from local media and links to video of meetings held by the Farmers Market Advisory Committee and Bloomington Parks Commission.
Tolerance of a position IS NOT ACCEPTANCE of that position
or acceptance in a belief that any situation cannot be improved!
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Comment: It is often said that “perception is the reality.” Perceptions are derived from facts, observations, and opinions. On facts, I tried to identify the direct source to include footnotes. On perceptions, activists and media can use terms in allegations and articles that are inflammatory and not footnoted to explain how they arrived at their conclusion. On this topic, terms include neo-nazi, nazism, nazi brethren, fascism, fascist, white nationalist, white supremacy, racism, violence, hate, alt-right, et.al.
Terms and Definitions
- Facebook defamation judgment may set precedent, Indiana lawyers say
- Indiana Defamation Laws and Standards
Confronting Bigotry – Changing Minds – Personal stories where dialogue led to changing beliefs. Bigotry: The character or mode of thought of a bigot; obstinate and unreasonable attachment to a particular creed, opinion, practice, ritual, or party organization; excessive zeal or warmth in favor of a party, sect, or opinion; intolerance of the opinions of others. American Heritage Dictionary
July 31, 2019. FOX59. Controversial Bloomington farmers’ market vendor denies white supremacy accusations
- The vendor at the center of the farmers’ market controversy in Bloomington denies all ties to white supremacy.
- “As an Identitarian and an American, I am disgusted at the level of lies, misinformation, falsehoods, and intimidation by those who do not know me or my family,” said Dye. Identitarian is widely defined as a far-right group that campaigns against immigration. Dye defined it as, “a way of viewing the world that emphasizes the importance of identity.”
A long-time Brown County community member, with a successful small business and young family – who has no criminal record or been accused of a crime, has recently acknowledged that she was a member of Identity Evropa (IE). IE has been disbanded and a former IE leader created a new group called American Identity Movement (AIM) in March 2019 (Wikipedia).
- “Identity Evropa describes itself as “a generation of awakened Europeans who have discovered that we are part of the great peoples, history, and civilization that flowed from the European continent.” (1) Ref: Newsweek. “Unite the Right Organizer disavowed by Family After Charlottesville Violence.”
- Identify Evropa and AIM are identified as a white supremacist organization by the Anti-Defamation League and is designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. (Wikipedia).
The community member and her husband allegedly met with 21-year-old Nolan Brewer. Brewer was sentenced on Monday, May 20, 2019 … ” to three years in prison for spray-painting anti-Semitic graffiti and lighting fires outside a Carmel synagogue on July 28, 2018, that was described as an act of vandalism. (1)
- U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said 21-year-old Nolan Brewer of Eminence was sentenced Monday evening for conspiring to violate the civil rights of Congregation Shaarey
- Tefilla. Minkler announced Tuesday that Brewer pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime.
- Nazi flags and iron crosses were found spray-painted July 28 on a brick shed outside the synagogue in Carmel, just north of Indianapolis.
(1). May 22, 2019, The Indiana Lawyer. “Carmel synagogue vandal who espoused Nazism gets 3 years for hate crime.”
May 21, 2019. Indy Star, Indianapolis. Indiana man sentenced to federal prison for vandalism at Carmel synagogue
FBI Interview. The current controversy evolved from an FBI transcript of an interview of Nolan Brewer. During his FBI interview on August 15, 2018, Brewer stated he met a couple named Sarah and Douglas (after he committed the crime) at a family restaurant in Martinsville. He stated he met them through Identity Evropa and he identified Sarah as Volkmom in a Discord server (chat room).
- FBI Interview Nolan Brewer Aug 15, 2018 pages 42-58
- The text messages obtained from Discord by Unicorn Riot included 435 messages (I did not confirm the count). The discussions involved a variety of topics to include families, education, culture, politics, race, finance.
- Information on how to access the texts is provided below – See DISCORD.3
- Unicorn Riot Text Messages Volkmom with Summary and Comments 20190617-1
- In his interview, Brewer stated the couple had no knowledge of his crime and did not associate them with any act of violence. His statement included the following:
- He stated that “they were extremely nice.”
- He also stated that Identity Evropa instructed members not to attend the Unite the Right 2 rally held on August 12, 2018.
- When asked about the violent tendencies of Identity Evropa members that he knew about, he stated that “there ‘s always a couple of poisoned skittles to ruin the bowl …” and further remarked “my wife and I are trying to stick away from those now … “
- He also stated his opinion on Identity Evropa’s (IE) belief system:
- “It’s just to be proud that you’re European. it’s, it’s an identitarian movement, it’s nothing political.”
- “It’s just your European, be proud of who you are, take care of 2your family.”
- After being shown a crime scene photo which included NAZI symbols, Brewer remarked that “IE would not consider that acceptable” and his membership would be revoked (p.55)
May 27, 2019. Patrick Casey (Former IE leader), Statement on Nolan and Kiyomi Brewer (Twitter): Mrs. Brewer joined Identity Evropa in early August 2018 – after the crime (vandalism at a Carmel synagogue that occurred in July 2018). (Mr. Brewer was never a member; his claims to the contrary presumably stem from the incorrect assumption that his wife’s approved application conferred to him as well).
Volkmom has also published videos on Youtube on the topics that include herbs, the medicinal benefit of herbs, gardening, recipes, and nutrition.
- In Episode 1 – Yarrow (herb), at the 2:10 mark, in addition to the benefits of Yarrow, Volkmom defined Alt-right as “essentially being rooted in what is natural and biological.” She expressed pride in “my people, my folk, my blood, my ancestors” and expressed her belief that “race is sacred.”
- Note: The definitions in the online dictionaries for Alternative- Right (alt-right) generally describe individuals with extreme and violent views. Wikipedia describes it as “a loosely connected far-right, white nationalist movement. The term is ill-defined, having been used in different ways by various groups and individuals.”
- Pride in ethnicity is common throughout the world. Ethnicity defined as: of or relating to large groups of people classed according to common racial, national, tribal, religious, linguistic, or cultural origin or background (Merriam-webster).
- Another term used in many of the videos is hail (not heil). Hail defined as
- I found the videos of high quality and informative on the various herbs, recipes, nutrition, and respective healing attributes.
American comedian George Carlin on the topic of pride in ethnicity remarked: “I could never understand national pride, I could never understand ethnic pride. Because to me, pride should be reserved for something you achieve or attain on your own, not something that happens by accident of birth.”
The identifies of “Sarah” (Volkmom) and Douglas have not been confirmed. A relative (aunt) did state on social media that Sarah was Volkmom and also acknowledged that they have been estranged from 2012 to the present. Local media has reported Sarah Dye and Douglas Mackey were the individual referenced in the FBI Interview. They are owners of Schooner Creek Farm.
Sara Dye is no longer on the board of the Nashville Farmers Market (a non-profit organization) and is also not allowed to be a vendor reportedly due to safety concerns.
- The Nashville Farmer’s Market is a nonprofit that is not required to provide the same first amendment protections that are required to be supported by the City of Bloomington’s Farmer’s Market. The Nashville Farmer’s Market is responsible for providing a safe environment for everyone.
There is a petition to deny their participation in the Bloomington Famers Market – which is associated with the city government. The Parks and Recreation Department issued the following statement in a response to a petition :
- “To our knowledge, this vendor has not shared these views at Market and has treated customers with respect,” said Marcia Veldman, program/facility coordinator for Bloomington’s Parks and Recreation Department, in an email response to Ang.
- “The City is constitutionally prohibited from discriminating against someone because of their belief system, no matter how abhorrent those views may be. The City may only intercede if an individual’s actions violate the safety and human rights of others.”
Identity Evropa and American Identity Movement (AIM)
Identity Evropa’s founder, Nathan Damigo was convicted of a misdemeanor and charged with a $100.00 penalty for his actions at a rally in Charlottesville, VA where one person was killed and 19 were hurt.
- Wikipedia, Unite the Right Rally Aug 11-12, 2017 – Charlottesville, VA
- Steve Cortes, CNN political analyst, and columnist RealClear Politics, – The Charlottesville Lie. Did President Trump call neo-Nazis “very fine people” during a famous press conference following the Charlottesville riots of August 2017? The major media reported that he did. But what if their reporting is wrong? Worse, what if their reporting is wrong and they know it’s wrong? A straight exploration of the facts should reveal the truth.
- Identify Evropa was among the groups that filed a lawsuit against the city of Charlottesviile for failure to allow them to engage “in political speech and expressive activities.” The lawsuit was dropped in Feb 2019.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) (1) has reported that Identity Evropa (IE) leader Patrick Casey said on Twitter that the organization “has been retired.” “Casey says he is now launching a new organization, the America Identity Movement (AIM).
- March 12, 2019. Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). White Nationalist Group Identity Evropa Rebrands Following Private Chat Leaks, Launches ‘American Identity Movement’
- On the evening of March 8th, 2019, Patrick Casey announced the formation of a new, nationalist organization. Our organization, American Identity Movement, is indeed a new non-profit institution engaged in peaceful activism and networking under the sole ownership of President Casey. Mr. Casey has retired from all activity unrelated to American Identity Movement.
- AIm Website:
- American Identity Movement is a non-profit activist and fraternal organization founded on March 8, 2019, by Patrick Casey.
- Our worldview is best summarized by our five principles: nationalism, identitarianism, protectionism, non-interventionism, and populism. AIM’s efforts are twofold: activism and fraternity.
- AIM prohibits the advocacy of or participation in supremacy, violence, or illegal activity. We reject extremism of any stripe. Allegations to the contrary originate from left-wing individuals and organizations intent on mischaracterizing anyone who dares speak out against globalism.
Patrick Casey, Statement on Nolan and Kiyomi Brewer. Mr. Casey stated that Mrs. Brewer joined Identity Evropa in August 2018 – after the vandalism at a Carmel synagogue and that Mr. Brewer was never a member.
(1) The credibility of the SPLC has been questioned by many sources. Another non-profit involved in this area is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
The FBI- Hate Crime Unit is the source of hate crime information. “Hate crimes are the highest priority of the FBI’s Civil Rights program due to the devastating impact they have on families and communities. The Bureau investigates hundreds of these cases every year and works to detect and deter further incidents through law enforcement training, public outreach, and partnerships with community groups.”
Given probable cause, the FBI does have access to digital and phone records and the appropriate technology, software, and resources to assess the respective situation to include the development of an overall threat assessment which I assume they share with local law enforcement.
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The Brown County Democrat has not published a story on this topic.
- WFHB – Volunteered Powered / Community Radio has chosen to publish the allegations as has the Herald-Times Online (HTO) and the Indiana Daily Student (IDS).
Admins agreed to delete a post that was a personal attack on a non-government official in the county who then responded and denied the allegations. We were then accused of siding with the person being attacked and supporting what is considered to be an extremist position. The attack was then re-posted, the allegations were again denied, and the post deleted. The individual informed me that he was opting out of the site and was then removed, he re-joined, re-posted on the same topic and this post was deleted. … Matters is not the site to go on record of disagreeing with someone in the community that (if true) may have an opposing view regardless of how offensive.
Anders Jorgensen to Brown County Matters Who’s taking the posts down? What is your justification for doing so? This is a relevant discussion that *matters* to Brown County. People should be able to look for themselves and decide what they are…
Nashville Farmers Market
June 1, 2019. Patricia Krahnke shared link – Brown County Democratic Party. . . ICYMI Petition to remove suspected white supremacist from Nashville farmers market leadership until they can be cleared of association with Identity Evropa.
- June 1, 2019, To the Nashville Indiana Farmers Market Board_ Letter Thomas Westgard
- ICYMI – In case you missed it.
June 2, 2019 10:23 a.m. Tim.J.Clark to Brown County Matters Excellent article that Sherrie Mitchell shared previously that distinguishes the difference between tolerance, acceptance, and understanding. Tolerance is a virtue that is a basis for First Amendment protections. Just because you have tolerance for a situation does not mean you accept it. Dialogue can lead to understanding and a higher probability of positive change. Ref: Feb 25, 2014. Psychology Today, by Jefferson M Fish Ph.D. Tolerance, Acceptance, Understanding
- “The aim of the U.S. system of government is to enable “We the People” through the Bill of Rights to work together towards a more perfect Union (and county). Actions motivated by love leads to action that produces results where we all win or at least, are not any worse off in the long-term.”
June 3, at 10:40 AM Paul Navarro to Brown County Matters Our Constitution guarantees “innocent until proven guilty”. In my personal opinion, one person’s ideas do not constitute a hate group. While constructive ideas and concerns are always welcome and encouraged on this page, it is our policy not to allow personal defamation of individual members on this Facebook page. Members who find it necessary to indulge in this can use their own Facebook pages to do so.
June 4, 2019, at 2:26 PM. Kevin Fleming to Brown County Matters .. …Martin Luther King when he said only acts of love can drive out hate. “A Prominent American Hate Group Just Collapsed Because of an Affair”…
June 13, 2019. Kyle Birkemeier shared a link . “see.. i didnt make this up as ive been accused and its an actually community issue, effecting our town and its image beyond our borders. Is bc matters going to eat crow and admit this is an issue worth discussing or stick to their threats of law suits and accusations that were a pack of wild dogs out to get these innocent neonazis? like i said when i first posted this info, its valid and this story is going to be bigger. Responsible members of our community are concerned actually concerned about neo nazis organizing here. And it should be discussed.” Ref: White supremacist allegations follow market farmers
Bloomington Farmers Market
Local Media – Other References
May 14, 2018. Initial incident at the Bloomington Farmers Market. IDS, Blotter: Fight at Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market by Cameron Drummond. “Police said a group of four to five people, including Cast, started harassing a vendor at the market. … Police arrested 30-year-old Joseph A. Cast for disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, robbery, theft and battery as a result of the incident. ”
June 3, 2019. WFHB Volunteered Powered / Community Radio, South Central Indiana. Petitions Allege White Supremacist Ties to Farmer’s Market Vendor.
The petition submitted by Abby Ang (1) alleges the individuals are connected to the White supremacist movement, Identity Evropa, and encourages both the Bloomington Farmer’s Market and the Nashville Farmer’s Market to ban them.
- It’s been known for a long time in our community that the owners of Schooner Creek Farm are members of Identity Evropa…. “One of the owners … has posted on Discord”
- Activity Allegations. Emily of State on Twitter.
- Extracts from court documents obtained via Buzzfeed of the FBI interview with Nolan Brewer with comments from Emily of State.
- Source of the Court Documents: BuzzFeed, Inc. — an American Internet media company based in New York City,
- Buzzfeed published a story that they later corrected – Buzzfeed Blames Ben Shapiro for Synagogue Attack, Rabbi Responds … BuzzFeed News is under fire for publishing an outrageous article that claimed conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro – along with FOX News and Breitbart – radicalized a white nationalist who pleaded guilty to defacing a synagogue in Carmel, Indiana with Nazi symbolism.
(1) “Abby Ang, a Ph.D. student in the Department of English. A native of Rhode Island and first-generation Chinese American, Ang co-founded the IU English Grad Solidarity Coalition. The coalition is the first in the department to advocate for the needs of underrepresented students, including students of color, international students and the LGBTQ+ community, and the promotion of solidarity in and across the department.” (Reference Jan 15, 2018, IU Bloomington faculty, staff and students recognized for commitment to service and leadership.
- Abby Ang 洪雅苾 – Facebook Page
- Comments in context of the petition: ” That said, if you want to donate some money to me so I can keep fighting nazis and eat and pay bills (or just lend me some money and I can pay you back later), let me know.” – Abby Ang
- Abby Ang reference to a comment: ” … I’ve been hesitant to share this because I don’t want to freak anyone out. But I think it’s important to recognize that they are organized and that they are close by.” … “Just as we cannot vote our way out of this burgeoning non-white nightmare, we also cannot reason our way out of this by “activism”. Instead, blood-drenched civil war on an unimaginable scale is the only way out.” Source: National Vanguard
- July 2019 — NoSpaceforHate-Report — Volkmom, Identity Evropa/American Identity Movement, and the Safety of Our Community — A Report from No Space For Hate
- July 14, 2019. Abby Ang: ” IT’S OUT! Featuring yours truly and Joe Varga“
- July 17, 2019. Daily Beast. In public they sell organic vegetables. In private they join white supremacist groups. Now activists are pushing back. By Kelly Weill.
March 6, 2019. Neo-Nazi Hipsters Identity Evropa Exposed In Discord Chat Leak Unicorn Riot is releasing more than 770,000 messages from chat servers associated with Identity Evropa. This is the first report in a series about this large US-based neo-Nazi organization.
- DISCORD. The Discord chat server used to coordinate Identity Evropa’s activities is called ‘Nice Respectable People Group’.
- Browse and search the chats for yourself here. To review the texts, Select User Search, Enter “Volkmom”. — Results in 435 total messages
Fascism: A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, a capitalist economy subject to stringent governmental controls, violent suppression of the opposition, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism. … A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government. American Heritage Dictionary
- Sarah Dye, aka Volkmom, Fascist at Schooner Creek Farms from Nashville, Indiana
June 12, 2019. Indiana Daily Student (IDS), Letter alleges white supremacists sell at farmers’ market. By Ellen Hine. Some claim local farmers Sarah Dye and Douglas Mackey are members of the hate group Identity Evropa. Schooner Creek Farm has been a vendor at the Bloomington Farmers Market for over nine (9) years. Extracts:
- “To our knowledge, this vendor has not shared these views at Market and has treated customers with respect,” said Marcia Veldman, program/facility coordinator for Bloomington’s Parks and Recreation Department, in an email response to Ang. “The City is constitutionally prohibited from discriminating against someone because of their belief system, no matter how abhorrent those views may be. The City may only intercede if an individual’s actions violate the safety and human rights of others.”
- In response to this article: June 24, 2019. National Vanguard, Indiana: Pro-White Farmers Threatened, Persecuted by Jewish-Funded Leftists by
June 12, 2019. HTO, Bloomington, In. White supremacist allegations follow market farmers By Kurt Christian The Herald-Times. The owners of Schooner Creek Farm are facing renewed allegations of white supremacist beliefs a week after being forced out of the Nashville farmers market. A petition outlining why the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market should also cut ties is gaining traction.
- Bloomington resident Abby Ang sent a letter to the city’s market advisory council June 4 alleging that Nashville-based Schooner Creek Farm owners Sarah Dye and Doug Mackey are members of a neo-Nazi and white supremacist hate group.
June 17, 2019, The Bloomingtonian, Jeremy Hogan. Anti-fascism urged at farmers’ market advisory committee meeting