“Kanab Patriots” Recruits and Radicalizes Facebook Extremists

(updated 05/13/2021). 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 how residents can help (final section of this post). The above post stating “We must NOW fight back….” was after the J6 Capitol Insurrection.

“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

–Departement of Homeland Security, Feb 2021 Bulletin

**Federal agencies do not monitor public social media posts, so citizens have to report it**. https://www.justice.gov/file/1354566/download. Scroll to final section in the post for reporting steps from the Department of Homeland Security

Kanab Patriots defends violent actions of their 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

Calls to FIGHT

https://www.facebook.com/KanabConservatives

CAUSES

Local extremists use this platform to misrepresent information, survey and dox local opposition, target politicians, recruit locals, radicalize locals, and incite anger and action. In chronological order, their causes have been

  • Sabotage Social Justice Rallies & Supporters
  • Trump 2020
  • Stop-the-Steal
  • Save America
  • Masks Off USA, including protesting the school
  • Ammon Bundy’s Kanab Conference for Peoples Rights Movement (Domestic Violent Extremists)
  • 2A Sanctuaries  

TARGET ACTIVISTS using 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

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)

Racism and Violence

Kanab Patriots/KcA replies with racial vitriol to dissenters on the page which mirrors Schwilk’s racism and violence. See some of their followers violent posts here.

  • KcA uses “La Raza” “Insecure Latino boy” “Soy Boy” which mirrors Schwilk’s La Raza and Mexican immigrant opposition
  • KcA describes BLM as murderous, racist thugs frequently and encourages followers to carry weapons which mirrors Schwilk’s racist and violent comment about white people putting bullet in black thugs head




  Activity & Administrator(s)

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 administrators of KSSG are fairly recent Southern California additions to Kanab, Jeff Schwilk and Tana Kou. Schwilk is a US Marine Corp Veteran and founder of immigrant hate groups and FB hate pages. 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.  See Tana 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 & Celeste Meyeres for City Council
    • targeting Josh Warburton for Covid safety in his paper The Independent
    • targeting Collette Cox for work with Best Friends & housing, Chamber of Commerce & Masks, and her mom’s questioning the family-value of comedian JP Sears

The supporters of Kanab Patriots

most listed can be seen on KURW Hatewatch

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
    • Kanab Police Department (435) 644-5854
    • Kane County Sheriff (435) 644-2349
  2. For planned violence and promotion of violent action notify
  3. For post which violate FB standards and do not meet #1 or #2 above, simply report to FB for removal using those 3 dots in the upper right corner of the post
  4. For posts by someone you know personally and are able to engage
    • Get them off of FB Kanab Patriots
    • Get them off of FB Kanab/Fredonia Rant & Rave
    • Use other resources, there are some posted on KURW

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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