Minuteman Project

Minuteman Project

The Minuteman Project is an [27]


Various media representatives, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and observers from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) are also in the patrol zone attempting to observe Minutemen volunteers at work. In November 2006, ACLU released a report detailing the Minuteman Campaign and stated that a large number of daily newspapers "wildly exaggerated" the number of volunteers who actually participated in the group’s operation in southeastern Arizona in April 2005.[28]

Individuals who claimed to be Minuteman Project's board of directors claimed they removed Gilchrist as head of the Minuteman Project amid allegations of fraud and financial mismanagement, but a representative of the Delaware Secretary of State told the Los Angeles Times that only Gilchrist could make those changes.[17] In a May 2007 interview, Gilchrist claimed: "I’m the President and always was. I got the corporation back. I have the right to the web site, the bank account, everything. We are back in the same position as we were prior to the hijacking."[29] Judge Wilkinson issued an interim ruling barring the board members from spending Minuteman Project donations until Gilchrist’s lawsuit is resolved. In April 2007, Gilchrist announced the formation of a new non-profit corporation, named Jim Gilchrist’s Minuteman Project, Inc.

In popular culture

  • The Minuteman were depicted in the West Wing episode "Message of the Week"
  • Doug Wilson poses as Minuteman to help out Andy Botwin's coyote service for illegal Mexican immigrants in Season 4 of Weeds
  • In the film The Heartbreak Kid, Minutemen are depicted halting Ben Stiller's character's illegal entry into the United States
  • Minutemen are depicted as the villains in the 2010 Robert Rodriguez film Machete
  • The Minutemen (2011) is a Verite Documentary that tells the story of seven Minutemen living along the U.S.–Mexico Border
  • In Grand Theft Auto V, a group of activists called the "Civilian Border Patrol" monitor the city of Los Santos and Blaine County for illegal immigrants. When missions involving the CBP spawn on the map, they are sometimes labelled as "minutemen".

See also


  1. ^ "CTV News - Top Stories - Breaking News - Top News Headlines". Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Border Minutemen tarnish good name of real patriots".  
  3. ^ Man Freed After Driving Into Minuteman Protesters - News Story - KNBC | Los Angeles
  4. ^ Minutemen Protest Storming At Columbia University.  
  5. ^ "Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights" (PDF). Columbia Law School. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "ACLU of Arizona Denounces Unlawful Imprisonment of Immigrant by Minuteman Volunteer". American Civil Liberties Union. 
  8. ^ "Bryan Barton Border Crossing". 
  9. ^ New Video Appears to Show Vigilante Border Murder | Hatewatch
  10. ^ Authorities: Minuteman Video Showing Immigrant Being Shot Is Fake - San Diego News Story - KGTV San Diego
  11. ^ "The Nativists | Southern Poverty Law Center". Splcenter.org. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  12. ^ Associated Press (2006-01-26) Mexico Halts Border Maps Hand-Out
  13. ^ "Humane Borders Water Station Maps And Warning Posters". 2009-08-24. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  14. ^ Washington Times (2006-01-27): Mexico nixes border maps for migrants
  15. ^ Marinucci, Carla; Martin, Mark (April 29, 2005). "Governor endorses Minutemen on border / He parts with Bush on armed volunteers stopping illegal immigrants in Arizona". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  16. ^ |author= Martin Wisckoll, OC Register, |date= 18 March 2007, |title= "Minuteman Project Headed to Court Over Internal Fight" "> http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/homepage/abox/article-1623044.php. 
  17. ^ a b c Jennifer Delson (11 March 2007). "A Minuteman meets his hour of crisis: Jim Gilchrist, co‑founder of the anti-illegal immigrant group, battles three board members for the organization's control. In early February, papers were filed with the state of Delaware showing that Stewart was the organization's new president and Courtney was the new treasurer. An official with the Delaware secretary of state's office said no one but Gilchrist could legally make those changes. Less than three weeks later, Gilchrist sued Coe, Courtney and Stewart, alleging they had no authority, they stole monies from the organizations bank account and commandeered his website.".  
  18. ^ Frank Mickadeit, Orange County Register (18 Jan 2010). "Gilchrist foes fight the odds". Gilchrist last month won a key ruling that Gilchrist is not personally liable to Courtney for back pay, which she estimated at more than $100,000. 
  19. ^ Frank Mickadeit (20 Dec 2009). "Both Did Gilchrist misuse U.S. agent names?". Judge Randell Wilkinson heard motions last week that could result in large parts of the case against Gilchrist being thrown out. He is expected to rule next week. 
  20. ^ Guy E. Mailly (5 Feb 2010). "Gilchrist Wins! Hijackers Hopes Are Dashed!". We are delighted with this critical ruling. We look forward to presenting evidence of the extensive damages caused by the defendants' conduct. 
  21. ^ Frank Mickadeit (7 Feb 2010). "Gilchrist Wins Court Fight". Any hopes on the part of the hijackers of gaining control of Minuteman Project through the courts are dashed. 
  22. ^ "Bush decries border project". The Washingtion Times. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  23. ^ Jerry Seper (2005). "Gang will target Minuteman vigil on Mexico border". Washington Times. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  24. ^ SPLCenter.org: The Groups: A Listing
  25. ^ Vigilantes Gather in Arizona
  26. ^ Roses & raspberries - North County Times / The Californian - Editorials
  27. ^ "Minutemen leader laments path of anti-illegal immigration groups". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  28. ^ http://www.ilw.com/articles/2006,0619-ybarra.pdf
  29. ^ David Storobin, interviewer (30 May 2007). "Exclusive interview: Jim Gilchrist of Minuteman Project on Immigration, Terror, Elections".  

External links

  • Minuteman Project official website
  • documentaryThe Minutemen
  • Anti Minutemen 5 Defendants
  • Minuteman Party
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Article on Minuteman Project
  • Wolf Hunt In The Kingdom: Minutemen Draw Rain and Protesters to Derby Line, by David Van Deusen, Catamount Tavern News Service, 2006.

Related videos

  • "High Pointer", from Border Stories, profiles the founder of the Campo Minutemen
  • The 'Border Film Project' examines the issue from both sides of the border, CBC News: The Hour, November 7, 2005. Retrieved December 28, 2005.
  • July, 2005 CNN coverage of the California Minutemen's operations on the US/Mexico border near Campo, CA
  • [2], Feature Length Documentary about the Mountain Minutemen Posse
In a June 2008 interview with the

The project has generated controversy, drawing criticism from former MS13 had "issued orders to teach 'a lesson'" to the Minutemen.[23] The Minuteman Project and its chapters have been called an extreme nativist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center,[24] and the Anti-Defamation League has observed that Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups have campaigned alongside them. The ADL reported an official connection between these groups has been established.[25] In December, 2005 James Chase turned over leadership of the California Minutemen (CMM) & the national Border Watch Federation (BWF) to his son, Mike Chase. Recruits, operations and the influence of the California Minutemen continued to grow, and the North County Times[26] complained of Mike Chase's appointment to the political steering committee of California Senator Bill Morrow's campaign for the 50th District Congressional seat vacated by Randy "Duke" Cunningham.


The ruling affirmed Gilchrist's position as head of Minuteman Project, Inc. and its successor organization Jim Gilchrist's Minuteman Project, Inc.[21]

Stewart and Courtney are defendants in another action brought by Minuteman Project. The former volunteers at one point ran out of money to afford legal counsel and were forced to represent themselves in court.[18] That trial began January 4, 2010.[19]On February 5, 2010, Judge Wilkinson issued a Statement of Decision finding that Stewart and Courtney were legally fired from Minuteman Project, Inc. on February 2, 2007. The February meeting was properly noticed, the purpose of the special meeting (the firing of Courtney, Coe and Stewart) was noticed, and Courtney, Coe and Stewart were in attendance at the meeting. The court ruled previous meetings the pair held purporting to fire other members of the board were lacking - in that they neither gave notice, nor had a quorum and the directors lacked authority. At that meeting Barbara Coe resigned her position (giving her resignation from MMP, Inc. to Jim Gilchrist, its president) and Stewart and Courtney were fired. Judge Wilkinson ruled that the two defendants were legally terminated from the board of MMP on February 2, 2007 and "under no circumstances" are they board members after February 2, 2007. He issued a permanent injunction against their claiming that they are board members, officers, members or spokespersons for the Minuteman Project, called for them to remove any websites making those false claims, and finally ordered them to return to MMP any of its property they have in their possession.[20]

Stewart, Courtney and Coe alleged that they constituted the Board of Directors of Minuteman Project, Inc. and fired Gilchrist for a variety of reasons.[17] Gilchrist fired Stewart and Courtney. Rather than accept their termination, Stewart and Courtney filed papers with the Secretary of State of Delaware saying that they were the Board of Directors and Officers of the Corporation.[17]

Members of an advisory board for Minuteman Project, Inc. took control of the organization's bank account and, at least temporarily, took control of the Minuteman Project's main web site,[16] Jim Gilchrist filed a lawsuit in Orange County, California, against three of the members of the group that claimed to be members of a board of directors: Marvin Stewart, Deborah Courtney and Barbara Coe.

Internal strife

Other supporters have included the Council of Conservative Citizens, national radio hosts Sean Hannity and Michael Savage, Tennessee radio host James Edwards and Virginia activist Mark Hopkins.

On April 28, 2005, then California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger praised the Minuteman Project during an interview on The John and Ken Show on Los Angeles radio station KFI, saying that the group had been doing "a terrific job".[15] He reiterated his supportive comments the following day, noting that the Minutemen would be welcome to patrol the border between California and Mexico.


In January 2006, the actions of California Minutemen helped influence the cancellation of a program sponsored by Humane Borders and the government of Mexico to supply over 70,000 maps to migrants to aid their illegal entry into the United States.[12] The maps were not designed to encourage illegal entry into the country, rather, they were aimed at mitigating death and injury by mapping out the positions of water stations, rescue beacons and recorded deaths.[13] However, Miguel Angel Paredes, a spokesman for Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said "this would be practically like telling the Minutemen where the migrants are going to be" and as such, they'd have to "rethink this, so that we wouldn't almost be handing them over to groups that attack migrants".[14]

Stopping aid to illegal immigrants on the border

A few days later, Minuteman representatives alleged to a San Diego TV station that the videos were made by members of the Mountain Minutemen group and that they were fake.[10] Robert "Little Dog" Crooks, who admitted making the video, said "we're old men and we're bored" and said he made the video to express a political opinion about an immigration bill being debated. Minuteman Project leader Jim Gilchrist would later ban cooperation by members of his group with the Mountain Minutemen in response to the video incident.[11]

In August 2007 the Southern Poverty Law Center reported the surfacing of two videos which depicted the murder of an alleged illegal immigrant along the Mexico/California border by two Minutemen.[9] These videos appeared briefly on YouTube but were removed. In this video, a figure is videotaped in night vision being shot while two narrators exchange obscene comments expressing satisfaction about doing so.

August 2007 fake murder video

The ACLU issued a press release concerning this incident.[7] Bryan Barton since ran for a San Diego congressional district, the video of the actual incident was available at his campaign site.[8]

The volunteer approached the young man near a main highway while off duty from patrolling. He then contacted the Border Patrol. He gave $20 to the man as the U.S. Border Patrol arrived and took the man into custody. Critics of the MMP raised questions about the incident, but an investigation by the Cochise County Sheriff's office cleared the volunteer of any wrongdoing. The Border Patrol and the Mexican consul agreed that no crime had been committed.

On April 6, 2005, three Minuteman Project volunteers convinced a 25-year-old man to hold a T-shirt and pose for a photograph and a video with one of the volunteers. The T‑shirt, which was also worn by volunteer Bryan Barton, read "Bryan Barton caught me crossing the border and all I got was this lousy T‑shirt".

T-shirt incident

On October 4, 2006, approximately forty students and demonstrators allegedly stormed the stage of Neil Cavuto of Fox News interviewed Stewart, an African American, to announce a Hate Crime lawsuit against Columbia University for racial insults that Stewart claims he endured during his 55‑minute speech. Though no racial epithets can be heard in the video footage of the event, rebels can audibly be heard calling the speakers "racists", "murderers", and, later, chanting "racists, fascists go away!"

Columbia University incident

On May 25, 2005, James Gilchrist spoke in Garden Grove, California, to the California Coalition for Immigration Reform at the Garden Grove Women's Club. Hal Netkin, a Minuteman collaborator, came to the event. Netkin's car was surrounded as he arrived at the location and demonstrators allegedly rocked the vehicle and banged on it. Garden Grove Police Lt. Mike Handfield claimed that some of the 300 demonstrators were there "not to protest but to commit criminal acts" and that "A small contingent of people that were troublemakers had backpacks filled with full cans of soda that they were throwing and also cans filled with marbles that they threw." Lt. Handfield claimed that, "We determined it was reasonable for him to move forward" through the crowd surrounding his car. Two people who were standing in front of Netkin's car fell down when he moved forward. Both went to the hospital. The police declared an illegal assembly. "It got out of control in terms of protesters getting violent", Lt. Handfield said. Jan Tucker, who accompanied state and local leaders of the League of United Latin American Citizens to the talk, stated that the crowd outside the building was peaceful.[3]

Garden Grove incident

Public and civic reaction



  • History 1
    • Public and civic reaction 1.1
      • Garden Grove incident 1.1.1
      • Columbia University incident 1.1.2
      • T-shirt incident 1.1.3
      • August 2007 fake murder video 1.1.4
      • Stopping aid to illegal immigrants on the border 1.1.5
    • Support 1.2
      • Internal strife 1.2.1
  • Criticism 2
    • Monitors 2.1
  • In popular culture 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6
    • Related videos 6.1

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