Encyclopedia of Modern Worldwide Extremists and Extremist Groups

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Sahara Club

The Sahara Club is an anti-environmentalist organization which uses violence against environmentalists. Louis McKey and Rick Sieman, both avid motorcycle bikers, founded the Sahara Club in Southern California in the fall of 1987 to protest the cancellation of the Barstow-to-Vegas Motorcycle Race in the early 1980s. They blamed environmentalists for cancellation of the event and vowed revenge. In 1987, when members of Earth First! sabotaged a motorcycle race, the leadership of the Sahara Club renewed their pledge to get even. In 1988 they founded a newsletter and attacked both Earth First! and the Sierra Club. Although this group has remained small, with only about a dozen activists and nearly a hundred supporters, Sahara Club members believe in direct action. Using their biker contacts, members of the Sahara Club have targeted the Bureau of Land Management, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and Earth First! for special harassment by means of protests, disruptions, hate phone calls, and death threats. They specialize in dirty tricks such as forging licenses with wrong year stickers and then informing the police to stop and ticket the victims who are environmentalists. The Sahara Club's newsletter has offered a $100 bounty to any member who can get an environmental activist arrested by any means. Whereas there is no direct evidence that the Sahara Club receives more than moral support from other anti-environmentalist organizations, it serves as the direct-action element of the anti-environmentalist movement. See also Earth First!; Radical Environmentalism.

Suggested readings: Michael Connelly, “The Greens Have Them Seeing Red, ” Los Angeles Times (December 12, 1990), p. B1; Michael Connelly, “Sahara Club Revving Up to Claim Ecology Groups' Turf, ” Los Angeles Times (December 10, 1990), p. B3; Russ Nichols, “Here's the Dirt on Sahara Club, ” San Diego Union-Tribune (September 2, 1991) p. A3; Susan Zakin, Coyotes and Town Dogs: Earth First! and the Environmental Movement (New York: Viking Press, 1993).

Salvi, John C. III (1973-1996)

John Salvi, an anti-abortion activist, was responsible for one of the worst massacres of abortion providers in history. Born in 1973, he was raised in Ipswich, Massachusetts. His father made and marketed dentures, and his mother taught piano. Family members were staunch Catholics, and his early education took place in parochial schools. At age eleven, in 1983, the Salvi family relocated to Naples, Florida. Salvi attended Naples High School where he was an indifferent student, interested mostly in wrestling. Most of his

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Chronology of Events vii
  • Introduction xxi
  • A 1
  • B 26
  • C 57
  • D 80
  • E 89
  • F 96
  • G 110
  • H 123
  • I 137
  • J 142
  • K 149
  • L 166
  • M 184
  • N 215
  • O 230
  • P 238
  • Q 252
  • R 253
  • S 267
  • T 291
  • U 301
  • V 304
  • W 306
  • Y 326
  • Z 328
  • Selected Bibliography 331
  • Index 339
  • About the Author 375
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