One People's Project
MANASSAS, VA, Feb. 15-For the first time since its inception in 1994, the biannual American Renaissance (AmRen) Conference scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled in the midst of ever-increasing opposition by community members and activists from around the country, and the loss of the third venue the conference was supposed to take place.
"We regret to inform you that today, February 15, the hotel at which we planned to hold the conference canceled its contract with us," American Renaissance editor Jared Taylor wrote in an email to supporters. "Hostile callers phoned the hotel and threatened employees with death. One was specifically warned, "If you hold this conference I will go in there and shoot you." Hotel management reported these threats to the police but felt it had no choice but to cancel.
"We had backup possibilities, but all have fallen through, so we will not be holding the February 19-21 conference," Taylor continued.
That hotel, the Four Points Sheraton in Manassas, Virginia, was a venue AmRen organizers attempted to keep under wraps, with a plan to notify conference attendees of the event's location 48 hours beforehand to discourage opposition. That plan failed on Sunday, when the Self Described Anarchist Collective posted the location on their website as well as on the Washington, DC Indymedia website. The R.E.A.L. Organization, who was also working to oppose the conference, says in a posting on their website today that they were in conversation with hotel administration about the conference.
"While the location of the NCF/AR event could have been learned by anyone else, we have made an effort to not promote or publicize this information to the general public, while R.E.A.L. talked to Four Points Sheraton and Starwood management," The posting read. "This morning, we were told by the Four Points Sheraton that the NCF/AR event was canceled at that location."
The AmRen Conference is a biannual event that brings neo-Nazis and paleoconservatives alike together to discuss what the AmRen website calls "racial-realist thought". Former Ku Klux Klansman David Duke has attended, and Don Black and a group of posters to his white supremacist website Stormfront are regulars.
The keynote speaker this year was to be Nick Griffin, the head of the British National Party. He was also scheduled to speak at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI and Kenyon College in Gambier, OH, as well as make an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which is to take place at a Marriott in Washington, D.C. the same weekend as AmRen. Organizers of the Kenyon College rescinded their invite earlier today however after it began to create controversy. The statuses of the other two appearances are unknown.