Understanding Social Media in Kanab: Groups, Pages & Individuals

This is an updated and re-published post from March which exposes the growing social media contribution to radicalizing extremists by Kanab FB Individuals on their personal pages, Kanab FB groups, and Kanab FB pages. Learn how to recognize social media activity of concern, those being radicalized, and WHAT TO DO about all of it.

Sections in this post:

  1. How to remove hate from social media
  2. Kanab/Fredonia Rant & Rave
  3. FB pages & individuals radicalizing and being radicalized
  4. How to spot pages/individuals attempting to radicalize
  5. How to spot individuals being radicalized
  6. Typical actions of each of the far-right groups/types
  7. How to report domestic threats

1. Remove Hate from Social Media

Organizations like Center for Countering Digital Hate (https://www.counterhate.com/) work at the international level across multiple platforms. You can act locally by reporting hate and false information every time you see it on a platform. For FB, it is as simple as

  • click on the three dots at the top right corner of post
  • choose find support or report post and follow the steps
  • report multiple reasons for complex content, for example: False information–health and Hate speech–gender identity.

If FB takes no action, you will receive a message explaining why. If FB agrees with you then the post is either removed (left) or gets labeled with warning violation (right)

Reported as VIOLENCE then DEATH OR SEVERE INJURY. The comment was about killing George & Alex Soros from 2016 (still there until yesterday)

To report valid threats of terrorism, scroll to section 7 of this blog “DHS instructions for reporting violent threats, including online activity”

2. Kanab/Fredonia Rant & Rave, FB Group

Kanab/Fredonia Rant & Rave is being used as a platform of hate. The administrators protected this platform when they changed it from a publicly visible group to a private one. Many of the contributors post nothing controversial on their personal pages but do so in this group. The group administrators post rules that they will not allow political posts or racists or hateful posts and yet those posts persist and people keep submitting them to KURW for exposure (mgalaria@protonmail.com).

These individuals frequently abuse KFRR to spread false information, hate and extremism. They should be blocked from KFRR so help out the admin of KFRR by reporting them as you see it and keep reporting names to KURW. See orange section below for advice on reporting.

These are the posted rules for Kanab/Fredonia Rant & Rave compared to application.

The rules state

no arguing debating politics, yet members report 10 posts May-June from same members: Ethan Dondlinger (7), Bill Murphy (2) and Steve Sanders (1)

No threats yet Brissette 2021: Arrested. Violent Threats, AGAIN still remain (09/2020 and 04/2021)

Civil discussions yet mental health slurs and LGBTQ+ slurs remain

The difference in the admin’s approach. Lambson states that they will clean things up in August 2020 and when failure to do so was exposed, Smith posted a celebration of the bigotry and platform they host.

This is a small sample of what is allowed. See other blog posts for more evidence, the most comprehensive collection Bigotry LGBTQ+

This is an example of a post that was removed by Lambson at a member’s request for LGBTQ+ bigotry.

https://www.facebook.com/crystal.mognett

Lives in Fredonia. Mother-in-law of Hunter Cram, son of  Kanab Police Chief Tom Cram

See Calls to Fight (Mognett, Taylor, Mackelprang, Meyeres) featured post for more of Crystal’s extremism. Posts: Anit-govt People’s Rights Militia 04/21 Conference, Shawna Cox’s 06/21 Break Chains of Slavery Class (friends pages & Kanab Unclassifieds). —UsesKanab/Fredonia Rant & Rave to sabotage social justice efforts, promote counter-protests BLM, election fraud, LGBT+ hate, violence against protesters, Feds to Portland, Trumpism, Biden pedophile, Slavery God’s plan, ridicule opposition, 2A sanctuary. —Kanab Patriots:  Campaign against BLM, voter ID, defend Brissette’s assault, Stop-the-Steal, Back the Blue. Public: attended most All Lives Matter/MAGA rallies/cruises, once with a Best Friends 4 Trump sign.

Support/encourage on Kanab/Fredonia Rant & Rave :Slavery what abouts (Watson, Guinn, Beamer), BLM what abouts (Watson, Smart, Kanab Val, Hemphill, Murphy, Williams, A.Cram, Hines, Schwilk), Systemic Racism what abouts (Watson) Graphic violence (Glover, Judd, Archbold, Franklin), Stolen Election (Guinn), Defense of Steve Corson (Lyons,  A.Cram,, Beamer), All Lives Matter (Guinn, Schwilk, Covid/Masks (Williams, Taylor), LeBron Racist (Smart), Ridicule activists (Schwilk, Kehoe,Beamer, Covid/Masks (Gago, Lofing, Blake, Meyeres, Lewis), Kanab BLM bad Kanab ALM good (FranklinHines,, Beamer),  A.Cram, Bistline, Williams, Sanders).

Support/encourage on friends pages: —Clifford Smart: Biden, Fauci, America destroyed Vaelyn Mackelprang: 2021 Fight Government, hang politicians, Not My President, Conservative Re-education camps, AOC/Omar/Pelosi, immigrants, St George All Lives Matter, Obama started racism, Biden traitor –Gay Judd Brinkerhoff: Start calling Liberals Communists destroying America, ALM, Two Genders –Celeste Cram: Mask/Abortion, Covid/Abortion, White Christian Pride–Celeste Meyeres: Just leave liberals (Meyeres, Alldredge)

–Michele Mason: immigrants, Dems aren’t American

My advise to get posts removed begins with you not commenting on the post itself so that you do not get blocked from the group. Instead, screenshot it and then do whichever of the following you feel most comfortable:

  • Report to FB, not to the admin (see section 1)
  • Report to FB and to the admin
  • Message admin the screenshot and ask them to review it (see example immediately following)
  • Send me your screenshots, mgalaria@protonmail.com, to contribute to the record

3. FB Pages & Individuals of Concern for Kanab

Use this list to monitor, report, avoid/block and intervene with individual to help them. See Reforming Extremists on Hatewatch

Individuals/Pages Doing the Radicalization & IncitementCommitted Followers supporting and/or being radicalized, engaging with multiple listed to the left.
Pages/Groups locally:
Kanab Patriots FB Page (formerly Kanab Conservative Activism)
https://www.facebook.com/KanabPatriots
Celeste Meyeres Political FB Pages
https://www.facebook.com/CelesteMeyeresforKanab
https://www.facebook.com/CelesteMeyeresUtah
Kanab/Fredonia Rant & Rave https://www.facebook.com/groups/155844408196406


Individuals personal pages and/or posting in local groups or pages:
Louis Pratt, co-owner Kanab Liquor
Loie & Steve Corson (FB “Grace Ann Christian”)
Vaelyn Mackelprang (St. George)
Jeff Schwilk, veteran & founder of SoCal hate group
David Crosby, owner Kanab Farm & Home
Ethan Archbold
Kenneth Guinn, veteran
Dave Miller
Bill Murphy
Camille Johnson Taylor, Kane County Office of Tourism
Clifford Henry Smart, Pastor in Fredonia
Vicky Huntington Hooper

Kanab FB Page “Kanab Patriots” Recruits and Radicalizes Extremists for more details, plus how to report and what to look for below this box

**Some don’t live in the area, but post in area groups or have area followers
Nataly Bistline
Ellen Lamb
Christopher Franklin
Casey Franklin
Crystal Mognett
Steve Sanders
Nicholas Meyeres
Alicia Cram
Dave Miller
Tom Cram
Sharon Goodnow
Russ Whitaker
Sandy Rosdahl
Aleasha Jones
Anisa Kaiser
Tana Kou
James Wendell Head
James&Valerie Bermant (Kanab Beamer & Val)
Kim England
Steve Kvamme

**List is in progress** For more individuals see Hatewatch. New & Improved

4. How to spot individuals/pages attempting to

radicalize extremists:

  • pushes false narratives (voting fraud, election fraud, mask nonsense, anti-vax, Riots)
  • shares conspiracy theories
  • uses extremists rhetoric
  • urges others to act without detailed plan. Examples:
    • Mackelprang uses phrases “take it back” “time is now” “we can’t wait” and brushes off urgency with “I don’t know how or where to” when put on spot
    • Kanab Patriots, formerly Kanab Conservative Activism, uses that same vague strategy “we must squash this insurgency” “now is the time to fight with everything we have”.
    • Jeff Scwhilk: his fellow anti-immigrant activist reflects–“Every time Jeff Schwilk gets active, something happens and innocent people pay the price, either by arrests or lawsuits, and the only one who comes out clean, in every instance, is the founder and chief instigator, Jeff Schwilk.   Jeff has the ability to schmooze people who, by nature, are peaceful to become angry and vindictive and to commit acts they normally would not even consider. All the time, Jeff hides in the background, watching and waiting with a big grin on his face, insulated from responsibility.”  Full article:  https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-adios-to-the-san-diego-minutemen-2007apr09-story.html. See more about Jeff’s involvement in Kanab and Utah here Kanab “Patriots” at the Capitol Insurrection and Local Law Enforcement Praise
*Kanab Patriots FB Page (formerly Kanab Conservative Activism)

Here’s an example of people (Kym & Phil Cloughesy) radicalizing extremists. The links are non-functioning in this slideshow format. https://www.facebook.com/kym.cloughesy and https://www.facebook.com/phil.cloughesy

5. How to spot individuals supporting extremists and/or becoming radicalized

  • reacts supportively posts of extremist rhetoric, conspiracy theories, false narratives
  • engages with several different individuals pushing extremism, you see the same follower following different people spewing the same rhetoric
  • Regurgitates rhetoric with little but developing conviction
  • Defensive of their leaders

Here is an example from Nataly Bistline of Fredonia. https://www.facebook.com/natalykarl.bistline

6. Typical actions by far-right groups

White supremacy groups are most likely to commit mass casualty attacks against civilians, the intelligence agencies said. “

Militia-like organizations ,are more focused on targeting law enforcement and other government personnel and their facilities.” For example in Kanab: People’s Rights Bundy Recruits Kanab then his PRM Assaults Officer in Idaho. Kudos Kane County Office of Terrorism

Lone offenders pose the most significant challenges to tracking and disrupting their plans, the report summary said. That’s because of their “capacity for independent radicalization to violence, ability to mobilize discretely, and access to firearms.” For example in Kanab: Kanab “Patriots” at the Capitol Insurrection and Local Law Enforcement Praise

6% = 450 Kane County Far-Right

Source for quotations: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/18/978463364/u-s-intelligence-agencies-warn-of-heightened-domestic-extremism-threat

If you see local activity online please submit a tip with links and or screenshots to mgalaria@protonmail.com and report to legal authorities

7. DHS instructions for reporting violent threats, including online activity:

  1. Call 911 for immediate threats
  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

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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