Patriot Movement AZ & AZ Patriots


Antigovernment Movement

"The Intelligence Project identified 488 extreme antigovernment groups that were active in 2021, down from 566 in 2020. Of these groups, 92 were militias, 75 sovereign citizen, three constitutional sheriff, and 52 conspiracy propagandist groups. The number of antigovernment groups peaked in the 2010s and has declined since, but the current decrease in organized group numbers is not reflective of a lack of broad support or activity. In 2021, the conspiratorial and permanently dubious view of government was pervasive, as evidence by the movement’s popularity on such issues as COVID-19 regulations, local school curriculum, the “Big Lie” voter fraud, border security and various technological advances such as 5G cell service. Antigovernment imagery, such as the Gadsden flag and the Three Percenter logo, was commonly displayed by adherents across the country. Antigovernment groups were linked up with other hard-right groups in 2021, as they often targeted the same marginalized communities and engaged in actual or threats of political violence.
The Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and attempt to stop the democratic transfer of power through the formalized counting of electoral votes was the most public moment for the antigovernment movement since the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Of the over 700 people charged with offenses ranging from trespassing to seditious conspiracy for the actions on Jan. 6, at least 25 were members of identified antigovernment organizations.
Faced with greater scrutiny and deplatforming, antigovernment groups reorganized and were dispersed in communities focused on localized activities – a mainstay tactic of the antigovernment movement. Some local chapters of national organizations disbanded or unaffiliated, including chapters of Oath Keepers, the American Patriots Three Percent, III% United Patriots, the Three Percenters/III%ers, and the State of Jefferson Formation.
Ammon Bundy’s People’s Rights activists held a variety of small-scale demonstrations for individual grievances and organized a series of stunts disobeying COVID-19 public health measures, one resulting in Bundy’s arrest, throughout 2021.
In the Southwest, militias and other extremists set up camps in the desert engaging in vigilante activities including harassing migrants and humanitarian aid groups and coordinating with border patrol agents.
Conspiracy propagandists, including the John Birch Society, found a niche audience with COVID-19 vaccine skeptics, using existing antigovernment mistrust and a historical relationship with the natural-health sector to push the conspiracies around population and government control. Likewise, constitutional sheriff organizations promoted COVID-19 conspiracy theories and refused to enforce health guidelines enacted by their lawmakers. Some of these sheriffs teamed up at events alongside QAnon adherents, antisemites and sovereign citizens."


AZ Patriots Leader Jennifer Harrison Arrested In Tempe, Suspected Of Pepper Spray Attack
The incident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. on July 3 when a group of protesters near Mill Avenue and University Drive were pepper-sprayed by someone from a vehicle, according to a news release from the Tempe Police Department.
Jul. 7, 2022
AZ Patriots Are Back To Harassing Migrants At The Border. No One Is Stopping Them
"A federal lawsuit over migrant harassment, a felony charge for identity theft, a ban from the Arizona House of Representatives — none of it appears to have deterred Jennifer Harrison, far-right activist and leader of AZ Patriots, from returning to the U.S.-Mexico border to harass asylum-seekers."
Nov. 12, 2021
Arizona Patriots | Terrorist Groups | TRAC
'Patriot' Leader Jennifer Harrison Cuts Deal To Avoid Felony Identity Theft Charge
Dec. 22, 2020
Jennifer Harrison, Arizona Patriot Leader, Charged With Felony Identity Theft
"Several notable Republicans were part of the group, including Dave Giles, who is seeking a seat in Congress, and Merissa Hamilton, who is running for mayor of Phoenix."
Oct. 20, 2020
'Patriot Movement AZ' Listed As Hate Group
Feb. 20, 2019
Extremist Group Patriot Movement AZ Agrees To Settle Federal Lawsuit With Valley Churches
Jan. 21, 2020
Extremists Go Knocking On Dems' Doors - Police Are Returning The Favor
Jan. 31, 2019
Arizona Right-Wing Group Sends Armed Man Into Church To Yell At Volunteers For Helping Migrants
"The guys involved appear confused about their president's handling of asylum-seekers, and very eager to scream at somebody else about it."
Jan. 7, 2019
Patriot Movement AZ Founder: Yes I'm 'Pretty Hateful'
Jan. 2, 2019
"Patriot" Movement | Defining Extremism | ADL
Patriot Movement AZ Leader Arrested For Assault At 'Free Speech' Rally
Nov. 27, 2018
Leader Of AZ Patriots Appointed As Precinct Committee Member Of Republican Party
Nov. 9, 2018

Photo via Twitter. The white supremacist second from the left flashing the white power signs is Patriot Movement AZ founder Lesa Antone. The White Supremacist third from the left is Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.

Patriot Movement Members Sue Katie Hobbs Over Ducey Tweet
Oct. 17, 2018
Letter To The Editor: Dissatisfied With Patriot Movement Presence, City Council Rejection Of SB 54
Apr. 19, 2018
5 Things You Should Know About The Upcoming "Trump Unity Rally" In Arizona
"From the outside, it might look like an ordinary red-state gathering of Donald Trump superfans."
Mar. 19, 2018
Horrifying Videos Show Racist Moms Teaching Kids To Be ‘Patriots’ By Vandalizing A Mosque
Mar. 15, 2018
Phoenix, AZ: Antifascists Respond To ‘Patriot’ Attempts At Flyering On Campus
Mar. 14, 2018
Group Questions Arizona Lawmakers’ Immigration Status Outside Capitol
Feb. 1, 2018
"Patriot" Movement
"A collective term used to describe a set of related extremist movements and groups in the United States whose ideologies center on anti-government conspiracy theories. The most important segments of the “Patriot” movement include the militia movement, the sovereign citizen movement and the tax protest movement. Though each submovement has its own beliefs and concerns, they share a conviction that part or all of the government has been infiltrated and subverted by a malignant conspiracy and is no longer legitimate. Though there is some overlap between the “Patriot” movement and the white supremacist movement, that overlap has shrunk over time; there are, in fact, people of color within the “Patriot” movement, particularly within the sovereign citizen movement."
Jun. 26, 2017
Feds Arrest Gun-Toting, Anti-Government Activist
Feb. 22, 2017
The 'Patriot' Movement Timeline | Southern Poverty Law Center
Operation Counter Jade Helm: Are Rogue Militants Preparing For War On American Soil?
"On patrol with the Patriot Movement to find out"
Aug. 4, 2015
Far-Right Anti-Government Group Plans Political Takeover Of Arizona County
Dec. 16, 2014
They Called Themselves The Arizona Patriots, And They...
"They called themselves the Arizona Patriots, and they planned to use arrows with exploding tips, homemade mortars and sleeping gas to attack an armored car filled with Nevada casino money."
Jan. 25, 1987

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