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Vigilantes Inc.: Trump Plan for 2024 Taken from KKK Plan of 1946
If We Don’t Expose It, this Old Klan Scam Will Pick Your President

I cannot make this up. 

In 1946, the Ku Klux Klan incorporated itself in Georgia as “Vigilantes Inc.” – specifically to eliminate every Black citizen from the voter rolls.  It worked. “Vigilantes Inc.,” a private group, elected their Klan strategist, Eugene Talmadge, as Governor.

FBI-Negro list

And now, a new Vigilantes Inc. operation is back—for Trump.  The exact same plan as the KKK 1940’s scheme—now powered by billionaires’ loot.

In 2022, the Palast Investigative Fund put out a short, early version of our film Vigilante, aimed specifically to warn Georgia voters of the GOP’s test-run of this old Klan con. Georgia public radio said, Sen. Raphael Warnock’s victory in the pivotal battleground Georgia Senate race “would not have happened without the work of Greg Palast.” (Note: We are non-partisan—we trust voters, not vigilantes, to make the right choices.)

But look out!  Right wing groups have launched new “vigilante” challenge operations in swing states Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Texas and (again in) Georgia and are signing up over 100,000 “volunteers” to challenge a million – yes, a million – voters of color.

True the Vote Founder & Vigilante Catherine Engelbrecht

That is why we are making “Vigilantes Inc.” into a national film—hunting down the “Klan-Lite” operatives in Phoenix, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit and again in Atlanta.

The new national film will be narrated by Rosario Dawson and produced by Martin Sheen, Oscar winner (“Best Documentary”) Maria Florio, and George DiCaprio—and taken across the nation by our front-line partners in the Black Voters Matter Fund, NAACP, ACLU, RainbowPUSH and the Hispanic organizers of the SW Voter Registration & Education Project.

“A POWERFUL, A GREAT, GREAT FILM.”  – Jamie Foxx

How the Klan Plan works
Federal law prohibits states from any mass purge of voters within 3 months of an election. But in 1946, Jim Crow laws allowed groups to challenge other citizens’ right to vote on Election Day itself.  The KKK incorporated “Vigilantes Inc” to industrialize the ethnic purge.  We just unearthed FBI files disclosing that, “The entire list of Negro voters was challenged.”  While the Klan elected their man Talmadge as Governor, he only escaped arrest by the FBI by drinking himself to death.

But the Klan Plan is back
To our investigators’ horror, we found that, in 2021, after Trump’s fit over losing Georgia, the state passed a law returning the right of individuals (i.e. vigilantes) to challenge an “unlimited” number of other voters’ right to a ballot right up through Election Day!

One Republican County Chairman, literally dressed as Vigilante Doc Holliday, with loaded 6-guns, challenged Black soldiers based at Fort Benning, Georgia.  One, whom you’ll meet in our film, MAJ. Gamaliel Turner, had to fly thousands of miles and bring in a Washington lawyer to have his 2022 ballot counted.  Unfortunately, 4,000 other Black victims of “Doc Holliday” lost their vote.

Luckily, our short film about the Georgia vigilante law, shown in churches and theaters throughout Georgia by the NAACP, student groups and ministers beat back almost every one of the 180,000 challenges filed by 80 GOP operatives.  And working with Black Voters Matters and Rosario Dawson, we re-registered tens of thousands more and brought legal action in alliance with RainbowPUSH and the NAACP.  The Senate election was saved.

Unfortunately, courts are allowing right-wing groups to mount these new mass attacks in dozens of other swing states—and again in Georgia.

While most of the press is busy blathering about whether another Trump conviction will affect the vote, literally a million voters are losing their ballots with hardly a peep in the press.  Major Turner’s voting rights lawyer, Mark Elias, is losing his mind over the failure of the press to see the #1 threat to democracy in 2024:  hundreds of thousands of vigilante challenges taken from lists created from uber-Right-wing groups led by True the Vote, the group that produced film 2,000 Mules, seen by millions, which purports to prove that literally hundreds of thousands of Black men were paid $10 each to stuff ballots into drop boxes.

Donald Trump called 2,000 Mules, “the most impactful documentary of our time.” And this time, he’s right!  And that’s why we have to fight it.

Since its release at Mar-a-Lago, 2,000 Mules has been supremely effective at getting states to all but eliminate dropbox voting in Black districts which has dropped by way over one million since the film came out.

That’s why we’re including this campaign against this important method of voting by minorities in our new national film.

While the distributor of 2,000 Mules, the “fraudulent voter” witch-hunt film, appropriately named Salem Media, apologized to one Black man they called a criminal “mule” allegedly casting fraudulent ballots, its KKK-created line still has led to laws and court rulings in swing states that shutter ballot boxes and allow “mules” to be challenged.  (Alleged ‘ballot stuffing’ by Black men was the excuse for creating the Klan’s 1946 Vigilantes Inc. operation—and now the new vigilante laws.)

Our answer to 2,000 Mules is Vigilantes Inc.:  America’s New Vote Suppression Hitmen

We take apart 2,000 Mules frame by frame.  And then we’ll take you to places where 2,000 Mules has not only changed the law, suppressed the vote but has literally led to armed showdowns.  

We go to Houston where a vigilante literally put a loaded gun to the head of a driver supposedly carrying “fraudulent” ballots; to the Arizona ballot drop boxes where armed vigilantes challenge Hispanic voters’ citizenship; to the most dangerous vigilantes of all…the nice GOP official dressed in Nancy-Reagan-red heels with thumb-drives filled with the names of Black neighbors whose votes she would block.

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YOU MUST STEP UP NOW.   Frankly, we weren’t sure of the need to complete the film this year—but once we saw the explosive expansion of the vigilante challenge to America, we knew we had to step up.  

And once again, The Palast Fund will provide expert testimony in court cases, lists to groups of “challenged” voters to get them re-registered, billboard, PSA and celebrity campaigns to warn voters, few of whom have any idea they are about to lose their right to have their vote counted.

I know this sounds like a crazy promise:  but we truly can save America.  YOU can.  Not someone else.  YOU.  NOW.  Hit the pledge button and, for the love of this nation, pass this on!

Greg Palast (Rolling Stone, Guardian, BBC) is the author of The New York Times bestsellers, Armed Madhouse, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits and the book and documentary, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.
His latest film is Vigilante: Georgia's Vote Suppression Hitman

Palast is currently working on a new documentary Long Knife, exposing the Koch Brothers' theft of Osage oil, to be released in 2024.

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