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Country Music Singer’s Charity Benefits Anti-Immigrant Group


Guest Blogger • May 19, 2011

by Jerry Higgins

Darryl Worley is a country music singer/songwriter from Memphis, TN. He has sold almost two million albums of the six he has released.

What is most impressive about Darryl Worley is his commitment to charity work. He has played concerts to entertain American troops both home and away, taking in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Uzbekistan. His foundation, Darryl Worley Foundation, has also been instrumental in setting up a cancer treatment center in his local hospital and has helped many other worthwhile causes.

He is currently releasing a charity single titled “Unsung Heroes.” This single is being sold online for $1.49, free for all military personnel, of which $1 from every purchase will go to US Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command, as well as the 9/11 Families For A Secure America Foundation. The US Army Family and Moral, Welfare and Recreation Command is a group that offers support to military personnel, their families and retirees.

However the inclusion of 9/11 Families for a Secure America is cause for concern.

9/11 Families For A Secure America is a member of the John Tanton Network, a web of controversial anti-immigrant groups who were all founded or funded by the white nationalist John Tanton. 9/11 Families for a Secure America has received funds from Tanton’s umbrella organization, U.S., Inc.

The president of 9/11 Families for a Secure America is Peter Gadiel, a former FAIR board member. He has also supported holocaust denial. In an article published on the anti-immigration website VDARE, which is another group financially tied to the John Tanton Network, Gadiel hit out at those killed in the holocaust, including his own aunt. He stated,

“Aunt Lotte was a collaborator in her own death. Not actively of course, but—like millions of others—her refusal to wake up and resist allowed Hitler to commit the mass murder of which she became a victim.”

The vice president of 9/11 Families for a secure America is also linked to the John Tanton Network. Rick Oltman is a former staffer for FAIR and was also listed as a member by the white nationalist organization Council of Conservative Citizens. Oltman was removed from his position as chairperson of the Republican Central Committee of Marin County in 1996 after he publicly agreed with the beating of undocumented immigrants in Southern California.

The 9/11 Families for a Secure America and VDARE link is stronger than may be first realized. VDARE.com was founded by white nationalist Peter Brimelow. 9/11 Families for a Secure America president Peter Gadiel has contributed numerous articles to VDARE, while 9/11 Families for a Secure America board member Brenda Walker is also a regular contributor to VDARE. By contributing articles to VDARE Gadiel and Walker are keeping company with racist authors such as the anti-Semitic professor Kevin MacDonald.

In September 2010 the Facebook page of 9/11 Families for a Secure America had a link to a rally hosted by the English Defence League (a far-right, anti-Muslim organization based in the UK), with the words,

“please check out this link to see what is just around the corner for the United States if we don’t defend ourselves against the conditions now going on in the United Kingdom!”

Darryl Worley’s charity work is to be commended. However the decision to fund 9/11 Families for a Secure America is not to be commended. 9/11 Families for a Secure America will use this money to cause further division among communities across the United States. There are many organizations that work with military personnel and work within communities to bring people together that would benefit greatly from receiving much-needed funding.

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