National Vanguard

The National Vanguard is a US-based anti-semitic, neo-Nazi, white supremacist and racist hate group, headed by Kevin Alfred Strom.

Internal squabbling among leaders of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, once the nation’s foremost hate group, has led to the departure of a number of well-established, activist members and to the formation of a new hate group called the “National Vanguard.”

The developments may signal the beginning of the end of the National Alliance (NA), a leading purveyor of anti-Semitism and racism that has for many years anchored the white supremacist movement in the United States, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which monitors, exposes and reports on the activities and rhetoric of far-right extremist groups.

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During the weekend of April 16-17, Erich Gliebe, the then-Chairman of the National Alliance, and Shaun Walker, then-chief operating officer, purged a number of well-established, activist members, including Kevin Strom, a member for more than 20 years who delivered the group’s weekly American Dissident Voices radio broadcasts.

The purged members of the NA created a new group called “National Vanguard” and a number of local units have aligned themselves under the banner of this group. National Vanguard is based in Charlottesville, Virginia, where Strom lives. National Vanguard is the name of the magazine and news-oriented Web site run by Strom while he was with the NA. The new group has appointed a board of directors, but has not tapped a “leader” thus far.

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The NA and National Vanguard factions are currently battling over which one is the “true” group to carry on the anti-Semitic and racist legacy of William Pierce, the longtime leader of the group who died in July 2002. The stated goal of the National Vanguard is to supplant the NA.

– Source: Leadership Shakeup at Neo-Nazi National Alliance Leads to Formation Of New Group, ADL, May 3, 2005

The National Vanguard writes that “[b]oth the Web site and the magazine are affiliated with the membership organization of the same name (founded by William Pierce in 1970 as the National Youth Alliance), the leading organization for people of European descent around the world.” [Source]

The organization solicits members, who must sign an Eligibility Statement:

I am a White person of good moral character*, of entirely European descent, and at least 18 years of age. I believe in National Vanguard’s goal of creating a better world through racial integrity, racial progress, self-determination, and freedom; and I will support the efforts of National Vanguard by paying my dues and by volunteering my efforts as indicated below to reach other White people with our message. I agree not to suggest or engage in any illegal act.

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* Persons of Jewish descent, homosexuals or bisexuals, criminals, persons with a non-White spouse, dependent, or sexual partner, or persons with more than an undetectable trace of non-White ancestry are specifically barred from membership.

– Source: Joining National Vanguard, National Vanguard. Last accessed Jan. 6, 2007