“Kanab Patriots” Recruits and Radicalizes Facebook Extremists

(updated 04/14/2021). This post exposes extremist activity of local FB Page “Kanab Patriots” (formerly Kanab Conservative Activism), its leaders & followers (Meyeres, Schwilk, Kou, Pratt, Sanders, Miller, etc), and tips from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for reporting and preparing businesses. Kanab Patriots is the only public FB page used by the far-right in Kanab (slideshow near end of this post), though some use private groups like Kanab Fredonia Rant and Rave to promote extremist rhetoric (see Understanding Social Media in Kanab: Groups, Pages & Individuals).

To intervene:

  1. if you don’t know them you can simply report to FB their posts of false information (like the masks aren’t required in schools and George Floyd died from overdose), hate speech (like the soy boy comments), etc. Just click those 3 little dots at the top of the post and follow the choices
  2. if you do know them only do two things, get them off of FB page Kanab Patriots and FB group Kanab/Fredonia Rant & Rave.

“The amount of angry, hateful, unspeakable, combative, violent even, rhetoric on social media exceeds what anybody in their worst imagination (thinks) is out there,”

FBI Director Wray Feb 2021

heightened threat environment” through spring 2021 from individuals harboring political grievances, emboldened by Jan 6

–Department of Homeland Security Feb 2021 Bulletin

DHS BULLETIN & HOW TO HELP

“DHS is concerned that the same drivers to violence will remain through early 2021 and some Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) may be emboldened by the January 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to target elected officials and government facilities.” US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) https://www.dhs.gov/ntas/advisory/national-terrorism-advisory-system-bulletin-january-27-2021

DHS provides links for How To Help and for EMPLOYERS to prepare business and employees and DHS how to recognize suspicious activity https://www.dhs.gov/see-something-say-something/recognize-the-signs

DHS instructions for reporting, including online activity for valid threat of violence or plans for activity of violent extermism:

  1. For immediate threats call 911 and local law enforcement
  2. SLC FBI Field Office (801) 579-1400 https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/saltlakecity
  3. FBI tip line https://www.fbi.gov/tips
  4. Fusion Centers: Utah SIAC at Utah Department of Public Safety 801-965-3838 https://siac.utah.gov/
  5. Local law enforcement.  Kanab Police Department (435) 644-5854 and Kane County Sheriff (435) 644-2349

Local FB Page “Kanab Patriots”.

(formerly Kanab Conservative Activism)

**Federal agencies do not monitor public social media posts, so citizens have to report it**. https://www.justice.gov/file/1354566/download

Continues posting calls to fight after the Capitol Insurrection, posted calls to fight after election, advertised participation in Bundy’s Recruitment in Kanab for the Domestic Violent Extremist (DVE) People’s Rights Conference Bundy Recruits Kanab then his PRM Assaults Officer in Idaho. Kudos Kane County Office of Terrorism and advertised Stop-the-Steal Rallies by Stephen Corson who went to the Capitol Insurrection see Kanab “Patriots” at the Capitol Insurrection and Local Law Enforcement Praise

Local extremist(s) use this platform to misrepresent information, survey and dox local opposition, target politicians, recruit locals, radicalize locals, and incite anger and action.   

Read about their history, admin and members following these recent calls of action.

https://www.facebook.com/KanabConservatives

 History, administrator(s) and engaged followers

When 100+ Kanab area residents marched for George Floyd June 4, 2020 and advertised future social justice events, a sabotage campaign erupted on the local FB page “Kanabians for Slow Sensible Growth”(KSSG). The administrator of that page was a recent addition to Kanab, Jeff Schwilk from Oceanside/SanDiego. Schwilk is a US Marine Corp Veteran and founder of the anti-immigration group SanDiego Minutemen. Details for Schwilk and KSSG are in this post : Kanab Veterans Engage in Extremism, Reflecting National Trend.

Schwilk, as KSSG, spread false and targeted information to recruit misinformed and soon angered Kanab area residents into attending a counter-protest to stop the social justice events under the false-pretense of “Back the Blue”. He promoted events through the The American Legion. 

  • From June 18-25, Schwilk posted multiple times on Kanabians for Slow Sensible Growth doxxing individuals who rallied for Black Lives peacefully, local businesses who showed support and false narratives to pit residents against the social justice movement and neighbors and to intimidate social justice demonstrators.  
  • June 24th, the S.U.N. printed a letter to the editor by Tana Kou, aka Ly Kou, the partner of Jeff Schwilk.  This displayed the same content equating Kanab demonstrators to Antifa and to the criminals who committed violence during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in other cities.  She specifically mentioned me, Michelle Galaria, and Kanab Activism, the FB Page I created for community events.  SeeTana Kou’s comment regarding someone she knew to have gone to Kanab “Patriots” at the Capitol Insurrection and Local Law Enforcement Praise
  • June 25th, Schwilk/Kanabians for Slow Sensible Growth (KssG) announced the creation of FB Page Kanab Conservative Activism (KcA)  in reaction to FB page Kanab Activism and continued the platform of his page KssG.  
  • KcA changed their name to “Kanab Patriots” March 25, 2021. Both pages, KssG and Kanab Patriots, attempt to incite anger toward any liberal idea, business or person including:  (see these posts in the section Jeff Schwilk within the post Kanab Veterans Engage in Extremism, Reflecting National Trend
    • 30 hateful and false posts about me in the first two months with dozens since,
    • conspiracy about Best Friends Animal Society Grants to help local businesses with Pandemic finances
    • targeting Kanab Natural Market for displaying George Floyd signs,
    • targeting Kanab area residents peacefully demonstrating for Black Lives and Social Justice
    • targeting Bart Battista for City Council and Josh Warburton for Covid safety in his paper The Independent. 
  • Kanab Patriots defends the extremist action of its followers (see detailed slideshow below): 
  • Kanab Patriots replies with racial vitriol to dissenters on the page which mirrors Schwilk’s racism as seen in his “Blacky…bullet in black thugs…”

“Insecure little latino boy, soy boy, Mexican racist from third world shithole “

Kanab Patriots

Kanab Patriots posts messages of Intimidation and veiled threats:  cops keeping eye on them, stand your ground and never give in, take note of who they are and keep close eye on them, squash the insurgence, not in our town, we shoot back, carry legal protection in public, watch your backs we are under attack, never back down from Anti-police/American haters and thugs, stay vigilant

Kanab Patriots posts false information and trigger words to recruit and radicalize Kanab and diminish global movement for Black Lives:  abortion, Best Friends, linking Kanab demonstrators to Antifa to violence in SLC, linking crimes in Kanab to Kanab demonstrators, George Soros, overthrow government, destroy Constitution, no way let Kanab become liberal shithole, outsiders, plan to tear down Stewart monument, All Lives Matter, Cops Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, Back the Blue, Burn-Loot-Murder, What-abouts (black abortions, black crime & murder, whites killed by cops), homosexual, transgender, abolish police, murderous, White Racists, White Guilt

*Kanab Patriots FB Page (formerly Kanab Conservative Activism)

Kanab Patriots defend local violent actions of followers (slide show of evidence follows with videos embedded)

06/20 Business Owner08/20 LGBTQ Hate Speech09/05 Black Couple09/20 Cyclist & Marathon10/20 Cough on BLM01/21 Capitol Insurrection
(Virgiana Gomez Slide) Friend of KcA pushes into store to verbally assault store owner for George Floyd signsKcA 89 Patriots shouted homophobic hate speech at BLM rallier KcA 89 Patriots ralliers use racial slurs and go back to CaliKcA 89 Patriots harassed a cyclist talking traffic safety and tourist pumping gasKcA Patriot coughed in face of older BLM ralliers after stating hatred of all democratsKcA 89 Patriots went to insurrection and KcA Admin knows someone who went

**There should be 14 slides with 6 videos embedded.

Active Followers:

most can be seen here Hatewatch. New & Improved

Crystal Mognett, Louis Pratt (Kanab’s SM Kanasshole Posts) Casey & Christopher Franklin (see comment on this post cover photo), Dave Miller, Jeff Schwilk (Kanab Veterans Engage in Extremism, Reflecting National Trend and “I Can’t Wait to Kill Her”, “Hang them from stoplights”, “Blacky, most whites can put bullet in black thug’s head…” and backhoe murder), Tana Kou (Kanab “Patriots” at the Capitol Insurrection and Local Law Enforcement Praise) Robert Brissette (most in slideshow above, also “I Can’t Wait to Kill Her”, “Hang them from stoplights”, “Blacky, most whites can put bullet in black thug’s head…” and backhoe murder) , Hunter Cram (Kanab’s SM Kanasshole Posts), Landon Cram, Alicia Cram (Requests to review some on “Hatewatch”: Cram, Patton, Collins & Bunting-Erickson) Nataly Bistline, Sandy Rosdahl, John Schouten, Russ Whitaker, Sherrie Brinkerhoff, Russell Alldredge, Kenneth Guinn (Kanab Veterans Engage in Extremism, Reflecting National Trend), Bobbi & Jeff Lewis, Tez Lyons, Steve Sanders, James Knowles, Callie Robinson, Calleen Ramsay, Raycine Andrews, Sheila Sutton, Loie Corson (aka Grace Ann Christian, Kanab “Patriots” at the Capitol Insurrection and Local Law Enforcement Praise), Vaelyn Sawyer Mackelprang (Understanding Social Media in Kanab: Groups, Pages & Individuals), Crystal DeGolier, Kym & Phil Cloughesy, Jim Rollyson, Julia Shumway, Jorja Hernandez, Savannah Thompson, Colton Boyd Brinkerhoff, Anisa Kaiser, Kanab Val & Beamer (James & Valerie Bermant) , Steve White, Kim England, Kelly Kersey Demello, Holly Wolverton, Talmage Daley, Desiree Felish (Kanab’s SM Kanasshole Posts) Tiffany Cram, Colleen Brown, Casey Ramsay, Darleen Pennington, Sarah Jane Lofing, Elizabeth Patton (Requests to review some on “Hatewatch”: Cram, Patton, Collins & Bunting-Erickson), Ken Gotzen-berg.

——Still working on this, will update by 04/20/2021——

Published by mgalaria

I resided in the Kanab, Utah area from 2009 throughout 2020. I am reformed right, 15 years now, with most family members still far-right. I lived 37 of my 48 years in rural America. I created KURW after I discovered that two people from Kanab who I knew were at the Jan 6th Capitol Insurrection and the continued threat warning from DHS regarding the far-right movement. Studies show new trends in extremist characteristics, feelings of fear/anger/betrayal, an increase in social media recruitment and incitement, and radicalization as quickly as six months. I had a lot of documentation from covering the six months of weekly Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter and MAGA events in Kanab. I used that documentation, public posts on social media, contribution from community members and outside organizations to create Hatewatch because I feel like that is the best way that I can address the call for awareness.

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