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Identity Evropa is an American identitarian organization representing people of European heritage and composes much of the identitarian movement in the United States. Founded in March of 2016, Identity Evropa's membership grew from a small handful of activists to approximately 1,000 members in one year. The group holds frequent but private gatherings across the United States and engages in peaceful political action regularly.
The organization was founded in March 2016 by Nathan Damigo, a former Marine corporal from San Jose, California. Damigo cites France's Génération Identitaire as an inspiration for the creation of Identity Evropa.
The organization describes itself as a "'generation of awakened Europeans' who 'oppose those who defame our history and rich cultural heritage'". In an early interview with the Daily Beast, Damigo said the group's aim is "finding a way for us to have a future for our own people." According to Damigo, Identity Evropa was founded to “attract high-quality individuals from doctors to lawyers to economists to our fraternity” and said its lofty aims are “to create an alternative social network that will act as a fifth column, over time shifting the edifice of our political establishment to encompass our interests.”
In August 2017, the chief leadership position passed onto Elliot Kline, AKA Eli Mosley. Three months later, in November 2017, Kline resigned from the organization and publicly cited "irreconcilable differences" with other leaders within Identity Evropa. Patrick Casey, a tenured activist and Director of Administration, assumed the role of Executive Director.
The organization promotes and defers to identity above many other political considerations. Identity Evropa regularly calls for the end of immigration into the United States, and even re-migratory immigration policies. Identity Evropa opposes immigration of non-Western peoples into Western derived nations and the demographic replacement of European Americans and people of European heritage around the world, citing inevitable economic, institutional, political, and cultural change. Identity Evropa and others have referred to this demographic phenomenon as "The Great Replacement".
The slogan "You will not replace us" originated from the group, according to the Anti-Defamation League, after Damigo and other members of Identity Evropa appeared on camera chanting the words during LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner's failed HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US project at New York's Museum of the Moving Image in February 2017.
This slogan was later adopted by other alt-right communities and chanted at the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017. Some unaffiliated groups created variations of the slogan.
Identity Evropa's activism includes but is not limited to creating memorials dedicated to victims of illegal immigration, banner drops, beach cleanups, and donation drives to help the homeless.
Kate Stienle Pier 14 Sanctuary City Protest
In October of 2016, a dozen activists stormed Peir 14 in San Francisco to protest the city's policy providing illegal aliens succor after 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was killed by Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, an illegal alien who had been deported 5 times prior and was previously convicted of multiple felonies. The action was covered by Showtime's Dark Net documentary series.
In 2017 the North Dakota chapter participated in a 5k warrior dash for charity. Members from the Northern and Southern California chapters provided security for the free speech rally on April 15th 2017 in Berkeley California. Members of Identity Evropa marched alongside other groups and provided security at the Unite the Right rally in South Carolina that same year.
Kate Stienle's Pier 14 Memorial
On December 1, 2017, Identity Evropa members created a memorial on Pier 14 in San Francisco where Kate Steinle was murdered after her killer, Jose Inez Garcia Zarate was acquitted. The simple action garnered national media coverage.
Bay Bridge Tunnel
On January 28th, 2018, Identity Evropa activists dropped a banner on the Bay Bridge tunnel that said "Danger: Sanctuary City Ahead" to protest the City's policy of granting safe haven to illegal immigrants.
European Roots, American Greatness
On March 11, 2018, an estimated 50 members gathered at the Parthenon replica in Nashville, Tennessee with a banner that read "European Roots, American Greatness" to chant various slogans and call for an end to immigration and regathering of American identitarian consciousness.
The group has distributed fliers at dozens of colleges campuses, including the University of Massachusetts Amherst, UCLA, Penn State, Ohio State, and the University of Washington. At Ohio State, the group has considered seeking recognized student organization status. The group's postering campaign is focused on college campuses in order to combat what Damigo describes as a "false anti-white narrative" by professors, whom Damigo calls "charlatans."
According to Casey, campus outreach is a way for young activists to “counteract the Leftist, anti-White indoctrination that passes for ‘education’ in contemporary American universities.”
The first version, from 2016 to 2017, of the campus-centric posters depict photos of classical Greek sculptures overlaid with various short slogans such as "Serve Your People" and "Protect Your Heritage."
The second version, from 2017 to 2018, of posters feature photos of members engaging in activism and community outreach with the text "Action, Leadership, Identity" and "Our Generation, Our Future, Our Last Chance" alongside an updated Dragons Eye logo.
Leading Our People Forward
Identity Evropa held it's first national conference, Leading Our People Forward 2018, in March of 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Speakers included various department leaders, James Allsup, Sam Dickson, Jared Taylor, and Patrick Casey. The conference had around 150 members attend.
Many corporations have sought to stop Identity Evropa by de-platform the organization. These companies include social media websites, payment processors, email marketing services and more.
Opponents of the movement claim that Identity Evropa promotes violence, often comparing them to the Ku Klux Klan and Neo-Nazi groups. IE is often mislabeled as a white supremacist organization by left-leaning publications and minority advocacy organizations due to their support of stricter immigration policies and association with America's broader alt-right movement.
Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the SPLC, states, "Identity Evropa is merely the latest iteration of the white-supremacist movement. Although you might think, based on their propaganda, that they're all about Plato and Aristotle and Socrates, in fact, they're merely a gussied-up version of the Klan" although there is no statement from a current Identity Evropa member or representative to support this allegation.
- Website: https://www.identityevropa.com/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/IdentityEvropa
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8ZmnNg0kKjX2C0NeXsukXg
- Minds: https://www.minds.com/IdentityEvropa