Reported by One Peoples Project:
MOOSIC, PA–An annual event that was to be held Saturday sponsored by an organization founded by a veteran neo-Nazi who last month became a Republican committeman in his county has been canceled by town officials after it was learned he lied on his application about his residency. The cancellation comes just days after it was learned a white power record label connected to the Hammerskin that shot and killed six persons in a Sikh temple on Sunday was promoting the event.
“I regret to inform you that the 3rd annual European American Heritage Celebration this Saturday has been canceled due to the borough of Moosic shutting the event down,” Ryan Wojtowicz of the European American Action Coalition (EAAC) wrote on the group’s Facebook page. “I want to personally apologize to everyone that planned to make it to this event. The borough of Moosic has violated our freedom of speech and our right to peacefully assemble – action WILL be taken against the borough for their discriminatory acts against the EAAC.”
According to Moosic Borough Council President Joseph Mercatili however, event organizer and EAAC founder Steve Smith claimed to live in Moosic by using the address of a friend of his girlfriend’s when he actually lives in nearby Pittston. The borough limits reserving use of the park and its pavilion for organized events to its residents.
The event had taken place in the park two years in a row without opposition, but after Wade Michael Page’s assault on a Sikh temple in Oak Park, WI when afterwards it was revealed that he was a musician that recorded for the neo-Nazi Label 56, it also was discovered that the record label was promoting the event in Moosic as well. Smith and Wojtowicz, both associates of the Keystone State “Skinheads” are also close to the owners of Label 56, who themselves run the Maryland “Skinheads”.
In June, Smith made news when he won an election with one vote – possibly his – to become a Republican Committeman in Luzerne County, PA. Luzerne County GOP chairman Terry Casey called Smith’s viewpoints “despicable,” but last month Kingston, PA attorney Bill Urbanski defeated Smith to become the new Chairman. And on his Facebook page Smith implied that he might be more receptive to him. “I questioned him about my situation and he seems to be a true pro-liberty conservative from the answer he gave me,” he wrote. “Terry Casey shot himself in the foot (with me anyway) when he sent out that absure press release about my election.”
The EAAC is actually a front group for 2 other Nazi organizations, The Keystone State Skinheads and the American 3rd Position Party of NJ and PA, who have been working together closely for several years. Those groups together organized last year’s “Leif Ericson Day Celebration” in Philadelphia that was crashed by Philly Antifa and some members of Occupy Philadelphia. They also sometimes operate under the banner of the “Council for Conservative Citizens,” another racist group.
Some members of the EEAC/A3P/KSS that were at Leif Ericson day, as well as past “European American Heritage” celebrations include:
From L to R: Ryan Wojitowicz, Jason Honeywell and Steve Smith.
As the article above states, this seems to be the result of recent media attention to Label 56, which is run by Richard Haught from the Maryland Skinheads (MDS). MDS’ website recently lapsed on it’s URL and the group’s activities have been limited to running label 56 in recent years.