On 11-16-01 the Coalition Against Hate Crimes denied local pro-White group Volksfront membership in the coalition. Volksfront formerly a more radical group has attempted to change tactrics and try a more legal and public approach than they used in their early days. Volksfront works hard discouraging bias crimes by White youth who often feel that is their only means of political expression.
It is interesting that a group against hate crimes like the CAHC who has worked hard to get groups to quit violent tactics suddenly denies the Northwest's largest European-American organization when they agree to help stop hate crimes. By attempting to join with other cultural, religious government groups to help work on this important issue most people would view it as a victory over hate crimes to have a pro-White group stand against them as well.
The CAHC was apparently split on the decision but pressure from governmental groups forced the steering commitee to deny VF membership. Volksfront undoubtedly has more knowledge of hate crimes than all the organizations on the commitee combined. Their knowledge and contacts among certain segments of our society would be invaluable in combatting crimes based on hate and bias. If the true agenda of the CAHC is to fight hate crimes one must wonder how in good conscious they could deny any group who had the ability to assist. As Oregonians we must ask ourselves what is their true motivation and true agenda.
Volksfront will continue to apply for membership in the CAHC. It looks to be a long and very interesting debate which will help shape the future of our community. The CAHC webpage is linked to the Oregon Spotlight web page.