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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-11-09 12:06 PM
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Wisconsin's 10 hate groups
name type city state

National Socialist Movement (Neo-Nazi) WI

Aryan Nations (Neo-Nazi) Appleton, WI

National Socialist Movement - NSM (Neo-Nazi) Green Bay, WI

Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Ku Klux Klan) Hurley, WI

Christian Guard (Christian Identity) Kenosha, WI

Nation of Islam (Black Separatist) Milwaukee, WI

National Socialist Movement (Neo-Nazi) Milwaukee, WI

New Order (Neo-Nazi) Milwaukee, WI

United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Ku Klux Klan) Monroe, WI

White Revolution (Neo-Nazi) Union Grove,WI

http://www.splcenter.org/intel/map/hate.jsp#s=WI

I thought most of them would be in Sensenbrenner's district, but I was way off.
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sybylla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-11-09 12:21 PM
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1. Monroe?
I've got family in Monroe. My parents grew up there. I've never seen nor heard anything about any KKK organization in the area. Did I mention a few in my family specialize in gossip?

My guess is that's some nutcase leader's home address/mailing address. Not the headquarters.

And I would guess that's the top ten, because I can think of a few not listed.
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lindawye Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:20 PM
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7. KKK in Monroe
Actually, I have checked into this bunch a few months ago. There was a KKK web site that included a web page with a name and p.o. box for the Monroe "chapter." The person listed as the "leader" on the web page is not and has not been a local person. In fact, his most recent mailing address was on K Street in Washington, DC. Within two weeks of my starting to investigate, the p.o. box was closed and the web page removed and shut down. If you contact me, I can give you more specific information.

Linda Wyeth

P.S. Several years ago I wrote many stories for the Monroe Time newspaper about a KKK campground in the Brodhead area. I may know more about the Klan and its activities in southern WI than most people in the area.
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 09:13 AM
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10. Are the hate groups in Southern Wisconsin growing
since Obama was elected?
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lindawye Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 06:12 PM
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13. KKK and neo-Nazis and "militia" groups in Wisconsin
Here is s summary of what I know... Not much, but I am checking on it.

In 1991 or 1992, Ken Petersen of Janesville, WI, who had been involved for some time with the KKK -- he called himself "Grand Dragon of the National Knights of Ku Klux Klan" -- leased some rural property along the Sugar River in Avon Township in Rock County south of Brodhead from Nellie (mother) and Brian (son) Carey. Petersen and his group of followers, some of whom identified themselves as "skinheads from Milwaukee," hung out there for less than two weeks. Township officials came down hard on the Careys because of all the junk and trash littering their property and lining the road between their residence in a tiny camping trailer and the actual Klan camp site. While the Klan was there (they arrived a couple of days before Labor Day weekend), a cross was mysteriously burned in the front yard of the only black man who lived in Avon who happened to be married to a white woman. I visited the Klan site the day before the cross burning. I can state unequivocally from seeing, touching, smelling the cross burned and from watching local television video of Petersen's Janesville-area cross burnings that 1) there was a lot of old dimensional lumber lying around the Klan camp that looked as if it might be the same as that used in the construction of the cross; and 2) that cross resembled in every way, shape and form the ones Petersen had burned in the Janesville cross-burnings. During Labor Day weekend, shots were fired at the camp site (probably a teenager), the Klan's sign was burned down twice, and a neighbor had a barn fire. After a couple of weeks of harassment, the Klan packed up and left the area. Also of note, about a mile from the Klan camp as the crow flies there was a Posse Comitatus compound, complete with a helicopter landing pad. When I asked Petersen if his decision to lease property from the Careys had anything to do with the presence nearby of the Posse compound, he responded, "I guess everyone knows about them... We have great respect for our brothers in the Posse." (Actually, not everyone did know about the Posse presence in the small community.)

Last fall I learned of the listing of Monroe as home to a chapter of the KKK from someone who had seen it on the Southern Poverty Law Center. I looked up the KKK web site, looked for information about the guy listed as the head of the chapter on the web site, and started asking former and current law enforcement officers about it. I also talked to a number of community residents, looked up my old articles, and talked to a number of residents of Monroe and other small Green County communities. Within two weeks of my starting to check it out, the Klan closed the P.O. Box and shut down the web site. I also did a little driving tour of the Town of Avon, just to refresh my memory. At a truck stop down the road where I stopped to use the bathroom, I found racist hate literature from the Aryan Nations in Hayden Lake, Idaho, and Kingdom Ministries in Harrison, Arkansas. Friends of mine in the village of Juda did not know who there might have sympathies in that direction.

I also heard a rumor that one or more Green County law enforcement officers were members of or sympathetic to the Monroe KKK. In trying to trace that down, I have so far not found anything solid. I have heard of some guys being part of a "Red Shirts" group in or around New Glarus. I have also heard that a family with biracial children in rural Green County has been racially harassed. I have not gotten any further information about that. Two law enforcement officials independently suggested to me that a prominent church leader in Monroe might have sympathies if not outright connections to the KKK and similar groups.

Several weeks ago a large, spray-painted swastika appeared on a bridge in rural Blanchardville. According to one college student at home in the area, it had been there for about a month and his mother had reported it to police but it was still there. Within two weeks of my finding it, taking pictures of it, and checking with neighbors about it, it was "erased" and painted over. I will continue to check this out as well.

I would really appreciate anyone who knows anything about these events/groups getting in touch with me. As a professional journalist, I would prefer sources who can be on record, but understand this is a sensitive and difficult subject, and, of course, I would respect any wish for confidentiality.

Thanks!

Linda Wyeth



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avlliberal Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 07:37 PM
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14. status of hate groups Wisconsin
I'm commenting 2 years after Linda Wyeth wrote @ KKK gathering in 1992 in Janesville WI. I wonder if some of these people may have formed other groups that may be a cover for their real agenda. I tried to email Linda but it wouldn't go through. I'm new to this site, does anyone know how to reach her?
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 09:19 PM
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15. Sorry- she wasn't a regular poster.
The site I linked to originally hasn't changed since I originally posted so I just don't know anything more.
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sybylla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 09:26 PM
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16. She's on Facebook
Other than that I cannot help.
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lindawye Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-12 09:33 PM
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18. KKK in Janesville and Green County
I apologize for your not being able to find me. Much has happened since I posted to this site, including my losing my sight and having multiple eye surgeries and procedures -- and moving. Probably I changed my e-mail once or twice as well! Anyway, you can reach me at lindawyeth@yahoo.com these days. And I can see again. I now live in north central Wisconsin and write for a small local weekly paper, just for fun. A Green County friend has recently been corresponding with me about concerns with developments in Green and Lafayette County. Most of my information, unfortunately, is old. But they (KKK and Posse) don't ever seem to go away, do they?
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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 11:36 PM
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17. Thanks for your information Linda
My mother has a neighbor who comes to visit her who is involved in the Posse...he always seems to show up when he "just happens to be down that way". Why she suffers this idiot is beyond me. She completely disagrees with his politics/activities. Maybe she thinks she is going to "change" him. Anyway, I will try to find out what she knows. We used to live south of the areas you have mentioned and still have family that way. Now I am curious... I know others there too who might be up on such things.
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TheMightyFavog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-11-09 07:09 PM
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2. I thought the White Supremacists were in Juneau County
Wasn't there some big group of white supremacist kooks shacked up down there?
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Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-11-09 11:21 PM
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3. The Klan in Hurley?
What are there, something like three minorities in the whole county? Thanks for your vigilance up there, fellas...
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-14-09 01:23 PM
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4. Didn't Hurly use to be known as the place for prostitutes?
I think because of deer hunting season.
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Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-18-09 12:19 AM
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6. Nice Rack?
:shrug:
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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 09:10 AM
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9. I'm not surprised
The racism up there is directed at Native Americans....mostly at the Bad River Tribe which is close to Hurley in Odanah....but what the hell, hate one, hate 'em all...right?
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TheMightyFavog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 03:29 PM
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12. Ahhh, memories of the Walleye War in the late 80s and early 90s.
There was some serious racism against the natives exercising their treaty rights.
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-15-09 06:22 PM
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5. The Aryan Nation in Appleton?
Wow, I have never seen any evidence of that. John Birch Society, yes.
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Viking12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 07:50 AM
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8. Birchers are just Aryan Nation w/o the tatoos
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dembotoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 09:36 AM
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11. don't need a group in sensenbrenner district-they got the whole damn area
no need for privacy and being secret around here.

I have heard a number of times from various folk the Saukville has a chapter or group of something.
Don't recall all the details.
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