Volksfront is a white supremacist group that evolved from a prison gang, founded in 1994 by Randal Lee Krager and Richard Arden in the Oregon State Penitentiary. It has been called "neo-Nazi" and a "racist skinhead group" in press reports. The Anti-Defamation League has called the group "one of the most active skinhead groups in the United States." The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has added Volksfront to its list of hate groups.
Volksfront has expanded to four continents and seven countries: Spain, Portugal, Germany, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Official supporter chapters abroad exist in Croatia, Italy, Switzerland, and New Zealand. Volksfront has chapters in states such as Oregon, Massachusetts, Arizona, California, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Illinois, Missouri, Florida, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Virginia. As of 2009, they had approximately 600 members worldwide.
The gang formed an alliance with the violent European Kindred prison gang in 1997 and has gained the support of the Hammerskin Nation and Aryan Nation.
In 1994, the Volksfront is founded by Randal Lee Krager and Richard Arden in the Oregon State Penitentiary. (Gang Intelligence 101)
In December 2000, Volksfront members brutally attack an African-American man in Jacksonville, Florida. (Associated Press)
In April 1998, Volksfront member Brian Zauber is charged with ordering a brutal assault on three lesbian women in Arizona. (Associated Press)
In 2001, Volksfront members and Richard Butler of the Aryan nation host a skin head rally in Arizona. (Associated Press)
On January 25, 2003, five Volksfront members brutally beat a 17-year-old black youth in Vancouver, Washington. (Associated Press)
On March 23, 2003, several members of the Volksfront gang brutally beat and murder Randy Townsend, a black homeless man in Tacoma, Washington. (State v. Monschke, 135 P.3d 966 (Wash. App., 2006)
On June 4, 2004, Volksfront member Gabriel Kurtis Monschke is sentenced to life in
prison for the March 23, 2003 murder of Randall Mark Townsend.
In 2004, Stuart McBeth establishes a Volksfront chapter in Australian. (Associated Press)
On October 5, 2007, Volksfront and the Hammerskin Nation organize a skin head rally. (Associated Press)