Two candidates who want to "protect white people's rights"


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Two candidates who want to "protect white people's rights" are running for different public offices in Inland Empire


Jeff Hall, who has been involved in neo-Nazi rallies in the Inland Empire, is a candidate for a board position on the Western Municipal Water District in Riverside County.

During business hours, he is a plumber by trade, but in his spare time he proudly wears the swastika, the emblem of the former Nazi Party in Germany.

He is the regional organizer for the National Socialist Movement (NSM), holding controversial rallies across the Inland Empire.

Now, Jeff Hall wants to serve as board member of the Western Municipal Water District, which serves neighboring Riverside County.

In an interview with the Fontana Herald News, Hall explained that he is seeking public office to "better serve the community" instead of representing big businesses and corporations like "most career politicians do."

"Why not?" Hall answered when asked why he is running for the position. "If I were a member of the Black Panthers, or a member of the Brown Berets or La Raza, this would not be an issue. President Barack Obama is a community organizer just like I am. If he became president, I too can become a board member."

Hall, who belongs to the "largest national socialist party operating in the United States of America today," said that if elected, he will look at the facts and will help alleviate the drought issue after celebrating with fellow neo-Nazis and family members.

"This is not a stepping stone for me and I don't look at making money like other politicians do. I take it very seriously and the first thing I will do is to order water rationings and bring the water fees down. We have to learn from mistakes. We have to really represent people. I'm not a career politician, I'm just a worried resident who wants to bring change," Hall added. "I'm just a normal person who happens to protect white people's rights."

According to its website, members of the NSM "co-operate and work with many minded white nationalist groups and many others which are either National Socialist or at least, racially aware of our European heritage." NSM's beliefs include "defending the rights of white people everywhere, preservation of our European culture and heritage, strengthening family values, economic self-sufficiency and reform of illegal immigration policies."

"We do border patrolling and help authorities reduce illegal immigration," said Hall. "We are not a criminal group. We are normal citizens who work and have families. It's just that we don't go out telling everybody what we support because of security issues. We do great things for the community; we just opened up a scholarship for white people to benefit. We are not criminals, we just want to protect and serve."

However, to Luis Moises Escalante, chairman of the Justice for Immigrants Coalition of the Inland Empire, the NSM group is synonymous with hate, violence and death -- a group with a hateful agenda that does not offer solutions to any problems.

"It is very scary to hear that a person with this mentality has the desire to hold public office. He can argue all he wants in favor of his group; the truth is that they are hateful people who promote violence, and given the power they will use it against everybody except the white race," said Escalante. "It is our duty as responsible citizens to prevent people like him from holding office by going out and vote. We cannot allow people with destructive mindsets be in office -- any type of office."

Hall is not the only candidate running for elected office in the Inland Empire on Nov. 2 whose goal is to defend "white people's rights."

Daniel Schruender, a member of the Aryan Nations, is seeking a seat at the Rialto School Board.

When asked to comment, Schruender said via e-mail that he will no longer give interviews to the media because "you often twist the truth."

Edgar Montes, a candidate for the same position in Rialto and a local activist, said Schruender has no chance of winning because people with his mentality have no place in society.

"He does not stand a chance. People are too smart to elect a person with his background," said Montes.

Despite heavy criticism, both candidates are sticking to their plan and are campaigning with the little economic resources they have.

"I will have some votes. When people realize what I stand for, they will vote for me," concluded Hall.


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Neo-Nazi running for office in Riverside County


Political newcomer Jeff Hall has run a discreet campaign trying to unseat an incumbent on an obscure Riverside County water board. He hasn't posted any signs, didn't show up to a candidates forum and lists no occupation on the November ballot.

But Hall is well-known as a white supremacist.

As California director of the National Socialist Movement — the nation's largest neo-Nazi group — Hall has helped lead demonstrations in Riverside and Los Angeles, where white supremacists waved swastika flags, chanted "white power" and gave stiff-armed Nazi salutes surrounded by hundreds of counterprotesters.

Hall's bid for a seat on the board of directors of the Western Municipal Water District has drawn outcry from community groups dismayed that a neo-Nazi who has held racist rallies at a day laborer center and a synagogue wants to administer their water — or at least gain publicity in the quest to do so.

"It looks like he's hoping to get a certain percentage of the vote as an anonymous anti-incumbent and then claim that some percentage of the electorate support the Nazis," said Kevin Akin, a member of Temple Beth El in Riverside, where Hall and other neo-Nazis have demonstrated. "He apparently intended to do nothing, just to be a stealth candidate."

Not so, said Hall, a 31-year-old plumber who in a phone interview Monday called for water conservation and affirmed his belief that all non-whites should be deported.

"I want a white nation," he said. "I don't hide what I am, and I don't water that down."

Hall has been campaigning by handing out business cards, he said, but turned down an invitation to a candidates forum because it was sponsored by the League of Women Voters and a Latino community group.

He is not the only known white supremacist running for office in Southern California this fall.

Dan Schruender, a member of the Aryan Nations, known for distributing racist fliers in Rialto, is seeking a seat on that city's school board.

Neo-Nazis have periodically sought a platform for their views by running for local office, said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.

"We see this from time to time. They push things like school boards — local elections that kind of slip under the radar," Levin said. "It gives them publicity, it gives them a foothold and it gives them an anchor to spew their bigoted opinions in other forums."

Hate group experts say Hall's bid for the water board is a reminder to be careful when deciding whom to vote for, because some candidates' beliefs lie well outside the norm.

The platform of the National Socialist Movement, for instance, advocates limiting citizenship to those of "pure White blood" and deporting people of color.

It is the largest such group in the nation and has been expanding its activity in California over the last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League.