Moreno Valley, CA – James Hart Stern, a 54-year-old civil rights activist with a history of infiltrating white supremacist groups, is the new leader of a longstanding Detroit-based National Socialist Movement group.
Jeff Schoep, former president of the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement, turned the group’s leadership over to Stern amid infighting by the group’s core members, and to also escape the threat of a lawsuit filed against NSM for its’ alleged role in the violent 2017 clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Schoep, who had run the NSM since 1994, initially wanted to dissolve the organization, but Stern convinced him otherwise. “I told him if he dissolves it, someone else is just going to get it and re-incorporate it, and rebrand it. I said if you gave it to me, that won’t happen, and at least you will know who has it.” Without notifying his followers or even his inner circle, the longtime president of the Detroit-based group signed over its control to Stern.
Schoep claims he was “deceived” by Stern, but admits to the “paper appointment” of Stern as president. Schoep claims Stern “convinced him that in order to protect our membership from the ongoing lawsuit, I should sign over NSM’s presidency to him.”
It remains unclear how NSM will be able to maintain its organizational infrastructure with Stern legally at the helm of the corporation. In his statement, Schoep said he intends to challenge Stern’s ownership.
Stern says he plans to transform the hate group’s website into a space for Holocaust history lessons. “My plans and intentions are not to let this group prosper. It’s my goal to set some hard records right,” said Stern.