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Activists (and Rain) Drown Out St. Louis-Based White Supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens in Jackson, Michigan

Anti-racist activists have reported to Media Mouse that the St. Louis, MO-based white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens, a racist group with origins in the segregationist White Citizens’ Councils of the south and active recently in Grand Rapids, were effectively disrupted in Jackson, Michigan by the combined presence of a large number of anti-racists and rain. The Michigan Council of Conservative Citizens scheduled the first of two rallies it plans in the state in order to build support for the passage of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) 7/30/06 in Jackson. Anti-racist activists report that they showed up shortly before 2:00pm to the Council’s “Anti-Affirmative Action Rally” to find that the fifteen anti-racists essentially matched the small crowd of Council of Conservative Citizens members and their supporters and the group was consequently easily able to halt the scheduled proceedings of the rally. While there were plans to have speeches followed by a march through Jackson, the activists—holding banners and signs reading “NO MCRI,” “No Nazis, No KKK, No Fascist USA,” and “CCC is a White Supremacist Organization”—were able to use noise and chanting to interfere with the Council’s rally and effectively limited their ability to both spread their racist message or attempt to recruit additional members.
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video still from protest showing John Raterink (the bearded chump) and Chuck Conces
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John Raterink
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Chuck Conces

This reportback is a few weeks old, but we thought it still would be good to have it here, especially since so many conservatives like to play dumb and pretend they didn't know what kind of group this was when they attended and spoke at their events - after they get busted for doing so. This comes from a Grand Rapids , Michigan news service called Media Mouse, and it is about the rally held against affirmative action by this chapter's Council of Conservative Citizens (C of CC). Pictured in the video still here along with John Raterink (the bearded chump) is Chuck Conces, who is running for Attorney General of Michigan under the banner of - surprise, surprise - the Constitution Party. Guess you can add this little event to the list of questionable things Constitution Party members align themselves with. And yes, Conces denied knowing who the C of CC was. Well, let's see if he will distance himself from them now. Considering Raterink is also a member of the Party, we are not holding our breath. Neither are the folks in Michigan, either. They confronted this crowd and it looks like they aim to make themselves a problem for the C of CC up this way. We are going to help them achieve that goal. Apparently the C of CC is lending a hand too, because they have a list of businesses that they like. We thought you might want to see who they are as well, so we put the list here.

Media Mouse

July 31, 2006

Anti-racist activists have reported to
Media Mouse that the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens, a racist group with origins in the segregationist White Citizens’ Councils of the south and active recently in Grand Rapids, were effectively disrupted in Jackson, Michigan by the combined presence of a large number of anti-racists and rain. The Michigan Council of Conservative Citizens scheduled the first of two rallies it plans in the state in order to build support for the passage of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) yesterday in Jackson. Anti-racist activists report that they showed up shortly before 2:00pm to the Council’s “Anti-Affirmative Action Rally” to find that the fifteen anti-racists essentially matched the small crowd of Council of Conservative Citizens members and their supporters and the group was consequently easily able to halt the scheduled proceedings of the rally. While there were plans to have speeches followed by a march through Jackson, the activists—holding banners and signs reading “NO MCRI,” “No Nazis, No KKK, No Fascist USA,” and “CCC is a White Supremacist Organization”—were able to use noise and chanting to interfere with the Council’s rally and effectively limited their ability to both spread their racist message or attempt to recruit additional members.

While much of the rally consisted of activists calling out Council of Conservative Citizens’ members and supporters for their racist agenda and arguing between the two groups, there were a few noteworthy items gleaned from the stories related to Media Mouse. John Raterink of Hastings, the leader of the Michigan chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens, confirmed that he has previously supported the neo-Nazi National Alliance by subscribing to their newspaper. While Raterink claimed that he “has no use” for “Klansmen or Nazis,” this statement is at odds both with his support of the National Alliance as well as the attendance of a known neo-Nazi at yesterday’s rally. There was one politician who showed up to give a speech at the rally—Charles “Chuck” Conces, a candidate for Michigan Attorney General with the Constitution Party of Michigan (United States Tax Payers Party)—who said that he was asked to speak by the Council of Conservative Citizens and claimed that he was unaware that they were a white supremacist organization. Despite being told that they were and given information confirming this fact, Conces said the he still hoped that the Council would endorse him in the upcoming election. While Conces denied being a racist and claimed to be unfamiliar with the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI) despite both being invited to speak at the a rally in support of the MCRI and being a candidate for attorney general, the Constitution Party’s platform makes it clear that it is of the far right with opposition to taxes, a desire to make the United States a “Christian” country, advocacy of an “English Only” policy, and an opposition to immigration from Mexico. Of course, Conces has little chance of winning for a variety of reasons ranging from his platform to the difficulty of obtaining media coverage for candidates outside of the Democrat and Republican parties, but the presence of a political candidate at the rally is illustrative of the longstanding connections that the Council of Conservative Citizens has maintained with politicians over the years, with Senators Trent Lott and Bob Barr speaking to the organization (among others) in the past.

The
Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) was formed in 1985 and is an outgrowth of the racist White Citizens’ Council (WCC) movement that organized to oppose desegregation in the 1950s and 1960s. The White Citizens’ Councils attracted nearly one million members by eschewing the overt racism of the Ku Klux Klan and relying on connections to powerful individuals such as bankers, newspaper editors, and politicians to organize in defense of segregation. Nationally, the Council of Conservative Citizens is led by Gordon Lee Baum (a former White Citizen’s Council organizer) and is based in St. Louis. The CofCC has built its membership in part from old mailing lists from the White Citizen’s Councils and by appealing to conservatives through organizing around contentious issues such as affirmative action, immigration, and gun control. Like the White Citizen’s Councils, it maintains a host of racist and white supremacist views with the Council of Conservative Citizens’ its “statement of principles” including the belief that “the American people and government should remain European in their composition and character,” a vehement opposition to immigration from “non-European and non-Western peoples” as it “threatens to transform our nation into a non-European majority in our lifetime,” and an opposition to “all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called ‘affirmative action’ and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races.” The group’s statement of principles also includes opposition to “multiculturalist” or “Afrocentric” curricula in schools and an opposition to homosexuality, which they describe as a “perversion.”

The Michigan
Council of Conservative Citizens appears to be a relatively new white supremacist organization in the state, with John Raterink registering the domain for their website – micofcc.org – and yesterday’s anti-affirmative action rally being their second public event. The group previously held a private July 4 picnic in 2005 in Nashville, Michigan and an anti-immigration rally in Grand Rapids in May of 2006. Based on attendance at the two public events and the number of anti-racist activists compared with the number of Council of Conservative Citizens members, it would seem that the group has little constituency in the state of Michigan, despite the Raterink’s organizing efforts. Indeed, while Raterink works closely with the national office of the Council of Conservative Citizens, speaking at the 2006 National Convention on the topic of “Keeping Christ in the Family” and hosting their “Citizen’s Supply Shop” that sells Council of Conservative Citizens’ merchandise, his organizing within the state seems to have made little progress.

WHAT ARE THESE BUSINESS AND WHY DOES MICHIGAN C OF CC LIKE THEM?

There is a page on the Michigan C of CC website that lists a number of businesses that they encourage their people to support. We thought we should put them on our site as well to see if folks might want to find out what's up with them. After all, the C of CC are supporting them for some reason. There is a disclaimer on the site as well: "Inclusion on this list does not mean that they employ CofCC members. However, they are sympathetic to many (not necessarily all) of the platform of the Council of Conservative Citizens." Works for us! What we do know is bolded.

Caledonia
Pilgrims Projects P.O. Box 224 Caledonia, MI 49316 (Luthier Supplies and Violin Servicing) This is John Raterink's business, apparently an Ebay store.He listed it here.
Website

Grand Rapids
Auto Masters 6521 S. Division (Auto Parts)
Country Horizons Restaurant 460 76th St SW
Hometown Sunoco 7601 S. Division
Russ's Restaurant 6444 S. Division

Gross Pointe
Michigan's #1 Business Brokers
Squiers Associates, Inc.
18530 Mack Ave. #118
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
(800) 214-9965
www.squiersassociates.com

We have assisted buyers and sellers of Michigan businesses for nearly 40 years. We can sell your business!

Macomb
Heritage Masonry, Inc
49411 Romeo Plank
Macomb, Mi 48044
phone: 586-291-0867
email: www.sales@heritagemasonry.com This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Licensed & Fully Insured
(Specializing in restoration, repair and alterations of masonry structures)

Portage
Herald Republic, P.O.Box 721, Portage, Mich. 49081

Saginaw
Official Nascar Members Club
Saginaw, MI
Visit their
website

 
 

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July 20 One Peoples Radio Broadcast

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Re: Activists (and Rain) Drown Out St. Louis-Based White Supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens in Jackson, Michigan

That you would try to infringe on someones free speech. You are right to not agree with it, but you are the fucking nazis here trying to shut it down. You scream and cry when you perceive that your freedoms are bing infringed on but think nothing of infringing on someone else's because you don't like it. Just another reason why no one takes you seriously.
 

Re: Re: Activists (and Rain) Drown Out St. Louis-Based White Supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens in Jackson, Michigan

Sheesh!, free speech? (How much do you expect to pay for free speach?)
Sorry Mr. Amazing... but Mr. Hitler died with your views too... Free means: FREE. You want to change the world... VOTE!!! No one is infringing on anyone's rights here... Except you infringing on my right to read intelligent comments... Go back to bed! PS: Please also check your spelling and punctuation. Have a nice day!~ :)
 

Re: Re: Re: Activists (and Rain) Drown Out St. Louis-Based White Supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens in Jackson, Michigan

I second that!
 

Re: Activists (and Rain) Drown Out St. Louis-Based White Supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens in Jackson, Michigan

Let me speak, give them enough rope they will hang themselves. Sad world we live in, but all this race baiting is getting us no where. Read the protocols of the learned elders of Zion. One of the trciks is to bit white against black and keep your eyes off the real killer
 

Re: Activists (and Rain) Drown Out St. Louis-Based White Supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens in Jackson, Michigan

Why the heck would I trust anything the ADL has to say? They are way more racist than anyone else. They need to take their attempts to subvert our democracy back to Israel([search]).

www.adl.org/learn/ext_us/CCCitizens.asp
 

Re: Re: Activists (and Rain) Drown Out St. Louis-Based White Supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens in Jackson, Michigan

How true, the ADL is racist..
 

Re: Activists (and Rain) Drown Out St. Louis-Based White Supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens in Jackson, Michigan

For all the B.S. about the disruption of the rally, apparently you retards did not stop the voters of Michigan.
The MCRI PASSED!, so the majority must have sided with the CofCC. Maybe you did have an influence: people voted against YOU!
Thanks for your help!
The CofCC
 

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