Vanguard America

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Vanguard America
Formation2015; 6 years ago (2015)
FounderDillon Hopper (a.k.a. Dillion Irrizay)
White supremacism
American nationalism
PurposePromoting neo-Nazism/fascism and a white supremacist version of American nationalism
  • United States
200+ (2017)

Vanguard America is an American white supremacist, neo-Nazi, neo-fascist organization. The organization is also a member of the Nationalist Front.[1][2] The group gained significant attention after it was revealed that James Alex Fields had marched with them at the Unite the Right rally before being arrested on murder charges.[3][4] The group has its roots in the alt-right movement.[5]


Vanguard America was founded in 2015, in California. The group was founded and is run by Dillon Irizarry. In 2017, Irizarry claimed membership of 200+ members. Irizarry also states that local branches exist in Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. In July 2017, it also created a women's division.[2][1]

The group had a presence in the Unite the Right rally in August 2017. James Alex Fields, who was later responsible for killing a counter protester and injuring 19 others in a vehicle-ramming attack, was seen marching with the group. The leadership later disavowed him, stating that he was not a member of the group.[1][3][4] The group took part in the "White Lives Matter" rally in October 2017.[6]

The group supports the right-wing nationalist concept of blood and soil.[7] The group has put up racist and anti-Semitic fliers at various universities.[8] On December 18, 2017, its account was suspended by Twitter.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c "Alleged Charlottesville Driver Who Killed One Rallied With Alt-Right Vanguard America Group". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Vanguard America". Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Vanguard America has increasingly become a neo-Nazi voice - NY Daily News". Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Vanguard America, a white supremacist group, denies Charlottesville ramming suspect was a member". Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  5. ^ "Deconstructing the symbols and slogans spotted in Charlottesville". Washington Post. August 18, 2017.
  6. ^ "Neo-Nazis held rallies in Tennessee. They were drowned out by hundreds of counter-protesters". The Independent. October 28, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  7. ^ "Patriot Front - Reclaim America". Patriot Front. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  8. ^ "Racist posters found on Rutgers campus and bus". New Jersey 101.5 – Proud to be New Jersey – New Jersey News Radio. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  9. ^ Luckerson, Victor (December 18, 2017). "Twitter Cracks Down on Hate-Mongerers". The Ringer.