Michael Hill – League of the South

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Protect Our Communities

As an antifascist, anti-rapist collective, we expose hate and bigotry in our area in order to protect our communities. For this reason, we’re making the public aware of a violent hate group that is active in our area so that people can be informed of local threats and to cultivate safety. Here, we present a fascist organization that’s headquartered here in Alabama, the League of the South, and its violent and bigoted leader Michael Hill.

The League of the South is a violent Southern “white nationalist” fascist neo-confederate group that’s headquartered in Wetumpka, Alabama. The group is led by Michael Hill who lives in Killen. The League advocates for Southern secession and a racist version of Christian theocracy. Like other fascist movements and groups, it espouses a “white European” cultural hegemony and it refers to itself as an “identitarian” movement, meaning, it advocates for a nationalist “white identity”, an ethnostate comprised of “white people.” The League of the South’s ideology is centered on racism and romanticization of the Confederacy and Confederate symbols. Along with its white and black “X” logo, similar to the white and red Alabama flag, members can often be seen sporting the Confederate flag and protesting its removal from public spaces, as well as protesting the removal of Confederate monuments. In the same vein, the group has advocated for slavery.

Michael Hill is the leader of the League of the South. Ironically, Hill was a professor of British history at a historically black college, Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, before founding the group in 1994. Under Hill, the group has rallied for a race war and formed a paramilitary unit. Nowadays, the League can be seen spreading anti-Semitic propaganda, burning Talmuds, and throwing Hitler salutes. On August 11th and 12th, the League traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia to attend a neo-Nazi rally named Unite the Right. On the night of the 11th, the League attended a tiki torch rally there where fascists of various organizations surrounded and committed violence against a small group of protesters, and they could be heard chanting “Jews will not replace us.” The following day, August 12th, they were at Unite the Right wherein they clashed with protesters and antifascists in the streets. The event culminated with neo-Nazi terrorist James Alex Fields Jr. running his car into a crowd of people on a narrow street which killed one, Heather Heyer, and severely wounded a number of others.

After Unite the Right, the League along with other violent fascists that attended were subjected to a prominent blowback of the violent event in the media and were widely doxxed by antifascists. Salient examples include members of the military who attended being outed and discharged.

Recently as a result of the fallout of Charlottesville where fascists have been widely fired from their jobs and deplatformed, the League has gathered secretly in places to hold quick demonstrations and photoshoots without an audience, presumably so that they won’t draw the attention of antifascist activists and have these quick events shut down. The League has become largely weakened but they’re still active and they’re still organizing in our communities. The League has its national headquarters in Wetumpka, Alabama and the building is operated as a sort of church where unassuming casual racists and fascists, such as your next door neighbor or uncle or family friend, gather.

Here’s what we know about Michael Hill: he lives at 146 Bridgewood Dr. Killen, Alabama 35645; his possible phone numbers are 256-757-8287 and 205-553-4624. The national headquarters is located at 12868 AL-53.

On the Trial of Double Springs Middle School Teacher and Rapist Jarod Chase Cantrell

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In 2017, Double Springs Middle School teacher, Chase Cantrell, was arrested on school grounds for engaging in sexual acts with a 15-year-old student. At some time before Chase’s arrest, he had entered through a window of the student while their family was home. A parent noticed his truck on the property and called the police. He faced charges of committing sex acts with a student under 16, statutory rape, and third-degree burglary.

His case was evidently ongoing up until February 21st, 2019, where the judge granted a mistrial motion due to two violations of a court order. The court order excluded utterances of the word “rape” “except in wording used to describe actual filed charges and during opening statements and closing arguments. This also meant the word ‘rape’ was not to be used in witness statements.” Additionally, the court order suppressed all confessions, statements, and admissions from Chase during and immediately after his arrest in 2017, due to his Miranda rights allegedly not being explained.

The two violations of the court order are as follows: A police officer, Tim Hale, was called to the witness stand, and his testimony consisted of the word “rape” which violated the court order. During a cross-examination, the State had asked Chase about a prior statement he made, which was suppressed by the court order.

The mistrial resulted from these statements being uttered and due to potential prejudice on the part of the jury as a consequence of them. The court document states,

The State’s actions greatly prejudiced the Defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Due to the totality of the circumstances, the Defendant’s motion for mistrial was due to be granted…The possibility of a guilty person, charged with serious offenses, potentially escaping punishment weighs heavy on the conscience of the Court. But the possibility of an innocent person being convicted because the trial was not fair, is far worse.

A statement from the Winston County District Attorney’s Office reads,

The Office of the District Attorney will evaluate this ruling, moving forward as appropriate. In doing so, we will continue to protect the rights of Alabama crime victims.

A comment made by Chase’s lawyer, Stella J. Wennberg, says,

My client was looking forward to having his name cleared regarding these allegations and moving on with his life.  However, there is nothing more important to a criminal defendant than the right to a fair trial, and I will continue to do everything in my power to protect that right for Chase.

So, let’s unpack what just took place. There was a court order instituted which prohibited any use of the word “rape” and which suppressed any statement or confession from Chase during and immediately after his arrest in 2017 due to his Miranda rights not being explained. Both points of the court order were violated which resulted in a mistrial because of concern that the jury would then be prejudiced against Chase. Read this part again: the defense issued a court order against the word “rape” (and Chase’s 2017 statements during arrest) because they didn’t want the jury to be biased against a rapist who snuck through a window of a 15-year-old student and committed statutory rape. 

This is corroborated by an issue of newspaper Northwest Alabamian

This is patently, unequivocally, systematic protection of a rapist by the State. The court document states concern about “fairness” in this legal system and negating prejudice–as if it were unfair to call a literal rapist a rapist, one who sneaks into 15-year-olds’ bedrooms. The Winston County District Attorney’s Office feigns concern about protecting victims while being complicit in the protection of a rapist. The defense lawyer, Stella J. Wennberg, is utterly and wholly guilty of aiding a rapist escaping punishment and having his name cleared, all while pontificating about so-called fairness–that it’s just so unfair for a rapist to be called a rapist and to face responsibility for his actions. Above all, this is repugnant, morally bankrupt, and oppressive to actual victims. This is the systematic practice by the State of rape culture. 

Well, we don’t accept the ruling of a mistrial. There was clear evidence of sexual abuse by Chase starting when he decided to climb through the window of a 15-year-old. We can’t count on the State to punish abusers or protect victims, especially when it’s a corrupt project that actively protects abusers. The defense and protection of our communities are up to us; we protect us. Therefore, we’re releasing Chase’s doxx.

Contact Info Updated 6/21/2019

Social media: You can find his Facebook right here (archive). He also has a Twitter (archive) that was last updated May 2019.

Address: Chase is married to Kelsy R. Cantrell (maiden name is Alexander). Chase’s last known address as of his arrest date is 16062 County Road 41
Addison, AL 35540-2214. However, this may be inaccurate as his current residence. His wife lives at 502 7th NE St Carbon Hill, AL 35549-412. Because they are married it is presumed that they live with each other in Carbon Hill.

Phone number: (205) 412-3297.