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To recruit members and spread its beliefs, the American Front has collaborated with various neo-Nazi and skinhead groups to stage protests and rallies that demonize Jews, blacks, and other minorities. Under Lynch’s leadership, the group has also staged public events and assisted with efforts to support, and disseminate the views of imprisoned members of the Order (also known as the Bruder Schweigen or the Silent Brotherhood), a white supremacist terrorist group. The Order carried out armed robberies, assassinations and other crimes during the 1980s that included the assassination of Alan Berg, a Jewish talk radio host, in Denver in June 1984. 

To further spread its propaganda, several American Front members based in Sacramento formed a white power band in 2005. They named the band Stormtroop 16 (the 16 being a reference to American Front, with 1 signifying the first letter of the alphabet, A, and 6 signifying the sixth letter, F).  

In order to strengthen the position of American Front, David Lynch has sought to forge alliances with other racist skinhead groups. Since assuming leadership of American Front in 2002, Lynch solidified relations with the prominent Pacific Northwest racist skinhead group Volksfront, and he has also been supportive of the Vinlanders Social Club, a rival racist skinhead group, and its umbrella organization Blood and Honour Council 28.  In California itself, Lynch has ties to a number of racist skinhead groups, including the Sacto Skins, Bay Area Skinheads, the Confederation of Racialist Working Class Skinheads, the United Society of Aryan Skinheads, and the Berdoo Skins.

In addition to staging public events, American Front published several short-lived newspapers and bulletins, including the Arizona-based “Solidarity,” published by the so-called Open Revolt Press.  In the 1990s, the American Front had a presence on the Internet with electronic mailing lists and, later, some short-lived Websites.  It also distributed racist flyers and leaflets in areas where it had membership, particularly the Bay Area until the group’s founder, Robert Heick, moved north to Oregon.  The American Front also ran telephone hotlines, as a number of other white supremacist groups did in the 1980s and 1990s, before the Internet subsumed such activities.

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