April Gaede is trying to make some of her neighbor’s worst fears come true.
This summer, residents of the south Kalispell neighborhood to which the Gaedes recently moved went door to door with flyers that read “No Hate Here” on one side and explaining something about the Gaedes’ beliefs on the other.
April Gaede’s twin teenage daughters form the white pride band Prussian Blue, and April is a member of the self-described “white nationalist” group National Vanguard. The family had appeared in numerous national news media outlets after being exposed in a documentary on American white supremacists, Louis and the Nazis.
The Gaedes’ Kalispell reception has received much attention on National Vanguard’s online forums.
Posts on the forum, so laden with racial epithets for Jews and African-Americans they appear to have been co-authored by Mel Gibson and Michael Richards, mostly trash those who outed the Gaedes and promulgate a Flathead Valley Jewish conspiracy theory.
More recently, April has begun using the forum to invite Vanguard members to move to Kalispell.
It started a couple weeks ago with a post reading “Wanna see why I moved here” with a link to a Big Mountain photo page.
Other members responded by posting individual photos from the page on the forum, commenting on how nice the Flathead looks.
Then, one week ago, April wrote, “Anyone [who] wants real estate and job info for my town email me and I will send it to you. This town is great. I want more of you here.”
The invite generated buzz on the forum, and more photos were posted.
As of press time, April’s most recent post states, “I am serious when I say that I will help fellow Wns [white nationalists] by sending you information to get you to move here.”
Rebecca Leinberger, a Helena-based organizer for the Montana Human Rights Network (MHRN), says her group is taking April’s posts “very seriously.”
Leinberger notes that it is April Gaede’s right to invite people to move to the Flathead, but adds, “we also get to voice what kind of community we want to live in.”