Who Is The American Front?
American Front (AF) is one of the longest, continually running, white supremacist groups in the United States. American Front came to be in 1984, and was founded by Bob Heick. During the early years, Bob Heick worked with Tom Metzger, the leader of White Aryan Resistance (WAR). Metzger was later sued in a groundbreaking law suit for his involvement with East Side White Pride (ESWP) leading up to the brutal murder of Mulugeta Seraw in Portland, Oregon.
In 1990, Bob Heick relocated to Portland, Oregon, and began recruiting for American Front. American Front became one of the larger white power groups in Portland, and their membership at one time included Randy Krager, who later went on to form the white power group Volksfront. Bob Heick reportedly left the group in 1995, and it has had unstable membership since then.
Notable known members from the area, from the 90’s are Randy Krager of Portland, now relocated elsewhere, and Steve Shallenberger of Eugene. Shallenberger is now very active in the far-right patriot movement and has been regularly seen attending Joey Gibson’s (Patriot Prayer) far right rallies. Steve Shallenberger, who was known to be very active in passing out AF literature in the 90’s, almost lost his ear when he challenged a member of the Anti-Racist Action (ARA) to a one-on-one fight during a confrontation. Steve obviously lost the fight, but amazingly (barely) kept his ear.
Ask him about it next time you see him at a rally; it’s a great story we’d love to keep reminding him about!
Steve Shallenberger Tries to Go Legit
After moving from Portland to Eugene, Steve Shallenberger somehow managed to blend into the community. He infiltrated The Boreal, a grassroots all-ages punk rock and antifascist venue where he became the “Community Outreach Coordinator.” Not long after the venue was tagged with "88" and a swastika, it closed. Read about the incident here. Shallenberger also currently serves as the president and vice president of the Oregon Herpetological Society (OHS). (Edit: Since the original publication of this article, the Science Factory, where OHS held its monthly meetings, has cut ties with the Society so long as they work with this neo-nazi.) Shallenberger lives in the West Eugene, Barger area on Archie Street, drives a green Kia with veteran Oregon plates #2333, and can be seen frequenting alt-right rallies in Salem with Joey Nations, and in Portland with Joey Gibson. At a recent Portland rally, Shallenberger was seen punching protesters and kicking activists in the head. Read more about Steve Shallenberger's grisely history here.
The Front Fizzles...For A Little While
After Bob Heick’s departure from American Front and Portland, AF fizzled out in Oregon and other groups such as Volksfront formed and largely replaced AF. Florida and California remained very active for the small remaining factions of American Front. On May 5th, 2012, ten members of the Florida branch of American Front were arrested and charged with paramilitary training, and shooting into an occupied building. On November 12th of that same year, Marcus Faella was convicted for his part in attempting to incite a race war and sentenced to only 6 months. Marcus Faella hired Florida attorney (and known white nationalist) Augustus Sol Invictus to appeal his conviction.
Augustus Invictus, Jake Laskey and their Connection to American Front
Augustus Sol Invictus (who’s real name is Austin Gillespie, but he thinks Augustus sounds cooler) has been tied to American Front in more ways than just legal representation, as well as other known fascist organizations such as Operation Werewolf and the Wolves of Vinland. Invictus has visited Portland in the past, and Jake Laskey seems like quite the fanboy by the following conversations:
On October 13th, 2015, Jacob Laskey was released from prison after eleven years, where he was incarcerated for an attack on the Temple Beth Israel Synagogue in Eugene, Oregon. Part of his conviction also included being a felon in possession of a weapon, trying to arrange to have witnesses in his case killed, and calling in bomb threats to the courthouse where he was being tried. Laskey, in the past, was involved with both the American Front and then later, Volksfront. Shortly after Laskey’s release in 2015, there was a resurgence of the American Front in the Medford and Eugene areas. Most of the local American Front activity has taken the form of networking with other racist and white nationalist groups like the PNW Wolfpack/Hammerskins in Olympia, WA. The members act as local bullies and harass local business owners while, themselves, trying to make a buck off their AF apparel line, shoddy books, and cheap cosplay grade weaponry through regional gun and knife shows and the “armory” in Creswell, Oregon.
Jake Laskey is recently married to his longtime girlfriend Amanda. They live in Creswell in a Laskey family home. Jake can often be seen at local MMA competitions. He is a big fan of Jimmy Jennett who owns Checkered Past MMA, and can be seen in recent videos on Wolfclan Armory’s YouTube channel wearing the t-shirt while threatening antifascist activists. Jimmy Jennett has failed to call out his white supremacist fans including Jake, Cory Colwell, and Devin Wolfe.
American Front And Jimmy Marr
Eugene American Front members are routinely seen with local Springfield Neo-Nazi Jimmy Marr as well as working and hanging out at Wolfclan Armory in Creswell, Oregon.
Jimmy Marr, or as he is commonly referred to “Genocide Jimmy,” has recently made connections with the American Front crew. Marr lives on G Street in Springfield, Oregon, and drives around in a truck with racist and white supremacist messages and images. He often banner drops racist messages on overpasses along the I-5 corridor between Medford and Seattle.
The Laskeys And Jake's Troubled Relationship With Firearms
Wolfclan is owned by Jake Laskey’s parents (Jeanette and Allen Laskey). Jake and his brother Gabriel (also convicted of the same crime as older brother Jake) often work at the shop. We’re pretty sure that Jake, as a felon, isn’t allowed around weapons, much less allowed to sell them as a condition of his parole. One would assume he wouldn’t be allowed to fraternize with neo-Nazis and publish hate speech books due to the nature of the crime he was convicted for. Jake’s probation officer, Todd, can be reached here: (541) 431-4065.
Jeffrey Thomas And Greystorm Productions, LLC
Members of American Front in Oregon recently started a Facebook page called Greystorm Productions, LLC where they sell AF support gear, Dave Lynch memorial shirts, and regularly post videos featuring white power bands. Greystorm Productions, LLC is a legal business entity operating in Oregon. Greystorm Productions, LLC is registered to Michael McDonald, who is a known associate of Jake Laskey, and a known member of the current incarnation of American Front living in the Coos Bay area. Interestingly, Greystorm Productions, LLC, is registered to the Portland address 1724 SE Tenino St. Portland, Oregon 97202, as well as the PO Box 82389 Portland, Oregon 97282. The address used for the LLC, 1724 SE Tenino, is also known as The Sellwood Center, a city run Section 8 housing complex. This address also happens to be the address of known American Front member Jeffrey Thomas AKA Jay Gray AKA J Skin, who can be seen daily walking his dog around the property, or grabbing milk at the convenience store down the street, while wearing American Front and Anti-Antifa apparel. Jeffrey’s past affiliations include Nationalist Socialist Movement (NSM), and the Volksfront affiliated “Blood & Honor American Division.” We wonder if the city of Portland would be happy to know that one of Oregon’s largest white power organizations happens to be running their business selling racist apparel from a city owned Section 8 housing complex. The Sellwood Center can be reached at 503-280-3940.
Known American Front Members and Associates
Jeffrey Thomas a.k.a. "Jay Grey," Portland, OR
Jake Laskey, Creswell, OR
Left: Registration with the State of Oregon Right: Post from Greystorm’s Facebook page featuring a happy customer who purchased Jake Laskey’s book from them (featuring introduction by Jimmy “Genocide” Marr) which included a sticker pack with American Front Supporter stickers and pins. The book denies the Holocaust happened and has been banned from most booksellers, including sites like Amazon.
Michael McDonald, Coos Bay, OR
Edward Mack, a.k.a. "William Iron," Vancouver, WA
Jimmy Marr, Springfield, OR
Judy Irene Marr, Springfield, OR
Criminal Record: Judy has a substantial criminal record with regard to possession of a controlled substance within a school zone and with tampering with her drug records.
Chad S. AKA "Fashy Chad," Corvallis, OR
Chad S., or as he is commonly referred to, “Fashy Chad,” is a neo-Nazi living in a duplex in Corvallis, Oregon. He is frequently seen alongside Jimmy Marr when out making appearances in Marr’s “Nazi-mobile” and while executing banner drops between Eugene and Albany. Chad is a wanna be firearms instructor, but actually isn’t certified or qualified despite his Craig’s List advertising and website promoting. He drives a white pickup truck with Oregon plates. Fashy Chad marched with Joey Gibson’s Patriot Prayer group earlier this year on NE 82nd and was recently spotted seig heiling outside of Jimmy Marr’s house in a Holocaust denial demonstration.
Nathan Valdez, Eugene-Springfield Area, OR
Cory Colwell, West Eugene, OR
Kevin Ross, West Eugene, OR
Rhiannon Dark, Eugene-Springfield Area, OR
Rhiannon Dark is a day bartender at The Black Forest, a bar located at 50 East 11th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon 97401 (541) 686-6619. She currently lives with her new boyfriend, Kendall Raymond Stewart, who goes by the name of “Kyndelw Stiubhart” on Facebook, in Springfield.
Kendall Raymond Stewart, Springfield, OR
Angel Valentine, Eugene, OR
Angel Valentine can be seen walking around downtown Eugene and frequenting bars such as Lucky’s, Horsehead, and Doc’s Pad. She is usually with one or two crust punk guys. Her current boyfriend is "Jake Drake." She was born in 1995, is from Georgia, and is on friendly terms with the Laskeys and other American Front members and associates.
Devin Wolfe, Eugene (Santa Clara), OR
Kyle Nelson, Salem, OR & Luke Lawless, Olympia, WA
American Front Allied Organizations
Pacific Northwest Wolfpack
The Pacific Northwest Wolfpack formed in 2016, out of Olympia, Washington, is comprised of mostly old Hammerskins and other independent white nationalists. PNW Wolfpack member Daniel Brett Rowe, aka Bret Thomas of Richland, who recently relocated to Olympia, was arrested in 2016 (awaiting trial) for the stabbing of an inter-racial couple in Olympia, WA, and two other members, Robert J. Fechtner and his girlfriend Cassie L. Hickam, were later arrested for attempted bribery of witnesses. Recently they have been tied to members of American Front such as Jake Laskey and Edward Mack AKA William Iron (singer Ironwill).
Operation Werewolf (OWW), run by Paul Waggener, gets its name from the guerilla German resistance force organized by Hitler in 1944, during the decline of Nazi control. OWW is a stragtegic feeder group for the Neo-Masculine Fascist group Wolves of Vinland (WoV). Wolves of Vinland is based on the fascist theories of Julius Evola. Operation Werewolf has members in Oregon and have connections to American Front via Jake and Gabriel Laskey as shown in the photos below.
Greystorm Productions LLC
Jake Laskey and his crew have been very busy rebuilding the American Front in the Pacific NW, and have been building a substantial network of members and allies, along with a troubling system of income and branding through merchandise sales distributed through Greystorm Productions LLC. American Front has a very violent and deadly history and must be stopped.
If you have any further information regarding American Front please contact Pacific Northwest Anti-Fascist Workers Collective at email@example.com or Eugene Antifa at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oregon Country Fair, held the second weekend of July every year in Veneta, Oregon, will once again be host to white supremacists Jenn and Aaron Laskey. The Laskeys will be receiving their weekend overnight passes through the Recycling Crew [UPDATE: Aaron Laskey received his pass through the Lot Crew] and will be camped in Miss Piggy's campground [UPDATE: The Laskeys camped in the Maui campground]. It is ironic that a gathering known for its hippie-peace-and-love attitude would harbor Islamophobes, racists, and white supremacists. While the Oregon Country Fair describes itself as creating "events and experiences that nourish the spirit, explore living artfully and authentically on earth, and transform culture in magical, joyous and healthy ways," we contend that Jenn and Aaron's participation violates the OCF Code of Conduct and their toxic presence threatens the safety of other Fair goers.
We caution all Fair goers to be on the alert for this couple and their family which is comprised of high profile white supremacists. If the last name Laskey rings a bell, it is undoubtedly due to the recently released felon, Jake Laskey, Aaron's brother, who was found guilty of a 2002 neo-Nazi attack against the Temple Beth Israel synagogue in Eugene which he spent 11 years in prison for. To read more about Jake Laskey, see this article: rosecityantifa.org/articles/oregon-synagogue-attacker-out-of-prison-hopes-to-rebuild-american-front/
Above is a snapshot of Jake Laskey attending Jenn and Aaron's wedding. A close up of Jake's facial tattoos will reveal his "white power" and "blood and honor" chin strap tattoos. On the back of his neck is an "AF" tattoo representing the white supremacist group, American Front. To learn more about the history of this white supremacist group, read here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Front
Jenn and Aaron Laskey work for the family owned business, Wolfclan Armory, which has a storefront in Creswell, Oregon. A right-wing, racist establishment, the armory sells items such as Confederate flags, "Don't Tread on Me" flags, Nazi replica weaponry, anti-Muslim propaganda, and other nationalist focused materials.
*Note the above band "Screwdriver" is a white nationalist band
The Wolfclan Armory has a series of recent You Tube videos that are quite unprofessional and focus on regional politics that praise Trump and bash antifascist work, political prisoner support, and communist ideology. To sample some of these odd and crass recordings, view Jake Laskey, albeit masked, speaking here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwHuNc8i-ME
Gabe Laskey is another brother who shares similar white nationalist ideology and can be found working in the armory as well as featured in many of the store's You Tube videos. Here is a photo of him in the store:
Below, left to right: Jake, Aaron, and Gabe Laskey (photo taken at Aaron and Jenn Laskey's wedding)
[UPDATE: In the two photos above, Jake and Gabe Laskey are seen wearing their "Operation Werewolf" back patches on their vests. Operation Werewolf is a national, hyper masculine, white supremacist based group that serves as a vetting base for Wolves of Vinlaand. The group takes its name and symbols from 1944 Nazi Germany. To read more about the Wolves of Vinlaand, see this article: rosecityantifa.org/articles/the-wolves-of-vinland-a-fascist-countercultural-tribe-in-the-pacific-northwest/ ]
While Aaron and Jenn Laskey primarily represent Wolfclan Armory at regional gun and knife shows, they can sometimes be found behind the counter at the store front as pictured here. Aaron is sporting a "Don't Tread on Me" tshirt, and Jenn is wearing an "Oregun Infidel" tshirt. (The "infidel" label is a common anti-Muslim slur.)
The Wolfclan Armory-Laskey family is also connected to the American Front operated Greystorms Productions LLC, which is a white supremacist propaganda front. A sample of their racist propaganda can be seen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JJ7q0QgI3E
American Front and Greystorm Productions propaganda are common on white supremacist websites such as ironmarch dot org. Here is a snapshot of Jake Laskey's wife, Amanda, who is also a participant in the family business and white power driven endeavors:
The foundation of the Laskey family sits with Aaron's parents, Allen and Jeannette Laskey who are internationally recognized white supremacist headpieces. Living in the Eugene-Springfield and Creswell area, the Laskey family continues to embed itself not only in the networking of neo-Nazi and white nationalist circles, but they also attempt to embed and infiltrate themselves in alternative community circles such as the pagan community, non-profits such as White Bird, and festivals such as renaissance fairs and the Oregon Country Fair.
Please let the board of the Oregon Country Fair know that you do not support fostering white supremacy or white supremacists at the fair. You can contact them at the following:
442 Lawrence Street
Eugene, Oregon 97401
24550 Chickadee Lane
Veneta, Oregon 97487
(541) 935-7846 (phone)
(541) 935-6554 (fax)
Board of Directors: