White supremacists often talk of “traditionalism,” and while tradition by itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing, white nationalists and neo-Nazis use their narrow view of “tradition” to support their claims of superiority over other races and cultures. The most insidious aspect of this so-called “traditionalism” is how white supremacists use this to twist their own children into versions of themselves, perpetuating their hateful ideologies and fear. Just as the abused often because the abusers, these children grow up to be the racists of tomorrow.
In today’s article we will expose one such “trad” wife who has been involved in white nationalist activism for years and has now retreated her family to an isolated rural setting to pursue her white nationalist ambitions by creating a neo-Nazi “ladies club” of sorts on Telegram messenger named “Avalon Rising.” Calling herself “Clarion Wakefield” online, she has involved her own minor daughter in the group, as well as involving her with the white nationalist small press Antelope Hill Publishing. “Clarion Wakefield” has worked hard to keep her true identity a secret. Unfortunately for her, she did not work hard enough. “Clarion Wakefield” is, in fact, Amy Rachel Wainwright and this is our report.
The Telegram messenger channel called “Avalon Rising” was created on June 16, 2021 by a woman who called herself “Clarion Wakefield.” The channel is described as “a network of white women who are living their lives to benefit white people” and has over 1,200 subscribers with 93 members who take part in discussion at this time of writing. In the first post she wrote:
Welcome to Avalon Rising –
Avalon Rising is a network of white women who are living their lives to benefit white people.This online community is just a stop on the path –-our ultimate destination is irl regional communities with national meetups. Here, we will support each other in this antiwhite world, get to know each other, and gather together as we find women in your area to join together with. The Bot read you the rules. So, that’s taken care of. Now let’s get to making a community here that will become a community out there.
While some of the discussion involves various “trad” topics related to homesteading, gardening, knitting and the like, most of discussion goes towards organizing “pro-white” activism, paranoid theories of “white genocide” and blatantly racist discourse. In the post below “Clarion Wakefield” urged the channel subscribers to not donate to the Salvation Army, accusing them of being “antiwhite” for their stance against racism.
However unsubtle this is already, much of the discussion in Avalon Rising is blatantly pro-Nazi. The ladies of Avalon Rising make clear that Adolf Hitler is a figure they revere. In the posts below, “Clarion” requested recommendations for a print collection of Hitler’s speeches. In one post she explained that her daughter was to memorize and recite a speech for her home-school co-op.
In the example below a co-admin of the channel who goes by the alias “Allie Jay” (who we will elaborate on later in this piece) expressed her opinions on interracial relationships saying “blacks are the worst” and “at least no one thinks they [white men] will turn to n_ggers.”
The channel has also been used to spread anti-vaccination disinformation and ways to circumvent vaccination safety protocols. In the example below, a user who calls herself “卐 Bonnie🩸Lass ᛋᛋ ☀️♎️🌙♌️☝🏻♐️” (@lost_tribe) from South Carolina promoted a Telegram channel that offered counterfeit proof-of-vaccination cards.
“Clarion Wakefield” suggested that the source of the fake Covid vaccination cards “could be a honeypot.” User “Miche//e” suggested ways to circumvent identification like, “Use a new email when contacting them. Use an alias. Have it sent to a PO box.”
One of the pet projects for Avalon Rising is outreach for what they call “political prisoners,” which are, in fact, white nationalists and neo-Nazis who are incarcerated for violent crimes, not for their political positions. They have teamed up with the Global Minority Initiative, an outfit that aims to boost the morale of racist murderers in prison, murderers like Dylann Roof and Robert Bowers. In the post pictured below, “Clarion Wakefield” posts a method to send commissary and correspondence to these convicted felons without disclosing the identity of the sender. Pictured is James Alex Fields, convicted for murdering an antiracist protestor in 2017. While there is much to be critical about the US prison industry, these violent criminals are surely not “political prisoners,” nor should prison reform begin with neo-Nazis.
The administrators of Avalon Rising made a particular point to its members to avoid posting identifying information about themselves in the discussion portion of the channel. One of the channel admins who uses the alias “Branka Ryan” posted, “We just do not want to be the channel responsible for people being doxxed from.”
Despite this, we were able to identify a number of the chat participants, which we present at the end of this article. One important member we’ll discuss here, however, is this co-administrator of the group, “Branka Ryan.” This user is notable because besides being a chat admin, she is also the author of a book published by the white nationalist small press Antelope Hill Publishing and is “Clarion Wakefield”‘s real-life teenage daughter.
“Clarion Wakefield”s 18-year-old (as of February 14, 2021) daughter is one co-administrator of the channel and the author of a book title published by the white nationalist small press Antelope Hill Publishing.
Despite being a minor youth at the time, “Branka Ryan” was very active in the chat greeting new members. Keeping to the norms of the chat, “Branka Ryan” did not refrain from expressing her views about persons of color or those in the LGBT+ community, as well as her admiration of Adolf Hitler. In one post she wrote, “Adolf Hitler was a great man.”
What makes “Branka Ryan”‘s racist and homophobic comments particularly upsetting is the fact that this teenaged girl’s regular social media accounts have friends and followers listed who are persons of color and LGBTQ+ persons. These unsuspecting people have no idea that the person whom they consider to be a friend says these awful things and writes for a neo-Nazi publishing company. “Branka Ryan”‘s racism and homophobia can’t be excused, but they are the values instilled by her mother. “Clarion Wakefield” wrote: “My kids were raised WN [white nationalist]. They’ll never have to be ‘red pilled’. They’ll never have to unfuck their minds from antiwhite indoctrination. Very powerful.”
Although we have ascertained the full details of “Branka Ryan”‘s true identity, we are not revealing her real name in this report since her participation in this white nationalist movement was as a minor and we feel that her true name is less important than the factors that brought her into white nationalism. “Branka Ryan” was indoctrinated into a twisted ideology by her parents and we believe that she still has a chance to determine her own path given an opportunity. As for “Clarion Wakefield,” there is unfortunately little hope of changing her views, as she has had a long history of white nationalist activism.
A History of White Nationalism
“Clarion Wakefield”‘s ventures in white nationalism did not begin with her Telegram channel. We found earlier involvement with the defunct white nationalist group Identity Evropa (now rebranded as the “American Identity Movement”), as evident by Unicorn Riot’s Discord leaks.
During this time “Clarion” was living in Florida and was actively involved in organizing local white nationalist activism. Writing as “Clarion-FL” on Discord, she espoused her particular brand of antisemitic Christianity, something that carried over to Avalon Rising.
She was also a moderator of the AltRight Facebook group, which she also noted on the “About” page of her YouTube channel where she described being a “co-editor of the Alt Right facebook page [sic]” along with an individual called “James.”
“Clarion-FL” wrote in the chats that she was relocating her family from Florida and was considering Tennessee for a time. She eventually settled on Kentucky, purchasing a cabin on a rural property, which she wrote about in Avalon Rising in July, 2021.
Happy with her new surroundings, “Clarion” eagerly shared photos of their new property.
In the above post “Clarion Wakefield” mentioned that she “went to town and mailed White Nationalist calendars.” One of her projects this year, along with another white nationalist who calls himself “Apollo,” was the production of a white nationalist-themed 2022 calendar called “Our People Our Year.” This calendar, selling for $25 each, featured monthly pieces that supposedly celebrate the achievements of “white culture.” They noted on their website: “Unfortunately, due to hate speech laws, we cannot ship internationally. Remember what we’re fighting for. We know we won’t always have to live this way.”
“Clarion Wakefield,” “Apollo” and “Branka Ryan” appeared on the white nationalist podcast “Full Haus,” hosted by Matthew Q. Gebert (aka “Coach Finstock”) to shill the calendar. In this show, Clarion and Apollo explain that they are reclaiming “white” holidays, such as April 20th (4/20), which is often jokingly used as a holiday for enjoyers of marijuana, but is also the birthday of Adolf Hitler. They explained that there are no “Jewish” holidays printed in this calendar and this calendar was produced entirely by “white people.”
“Branka Ryan,” between some creepy prying by Gebert into this 17-year old’s relationship status and gushing personal comments about her looks, appeared on the show to promote a book she wrote and illustrated for the white nationalist small press Antelope Hill Publishing (we have previously reported on Antelope Hill writers Ben Welton and Jesse Ogden). Her book, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, is the first in Antelope Hill Publishing’s line of books intended for children. In this podcast she specified that this book is intended for “white children.”
Apollo and Clarion were secretive about the payment methods for purchasing the calendars. They required customers to inquire through an email to which they would reply with further instructions. We learned that money order or cash payments were to be sent to a UPS store in Somerset, Kentucky. This refined what we knew of Clarion’s location, but there were other clues that Clarion unwittingly provided that would pinpoint her exact location and even her real name.
Connecting the dots
“Clarion” was secretive about her true identity, but nevertheless inadvertently dropped several clues about her past. In this post on Avalon Rising she posted a photo of her spice rack. One of the spice jar lids was decoratively labeled with a portion of a map that read “Albuquerque,” which indicated that she may have had a past in New Mexico.
Despite being shy about posting photos and information about herself, “Clarion Wakefield” eagerly shared barely-obfuscated photos of her daughter “Branka.” While “Branka”‘s participation in the chat diminished as the chat grew, “Clarion” seemed intent on making her the poster child for white nationalist “trad” life, sharing nearly-identifiable images and posting updates on her various activities. One might call this a “Doxhausen by Proxy” situation. Due to the various clues that Clarion provided we were able to identify “Branka Ryan.” Since we knew “Branka” was Clarion’s oldest daughter, it was not long before we were able identify “Clarion Wakefield” and trace her back to her former life in Florida.
Amy Rachel (Vanworth) Wainwright, born May 28, 1975, in a former life was a lawyer, earning her law degree from the University of New Mexico in 2002 after previously earning a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and minoring in Women’s Studies. Her law career however did not last long for various reasons. After one short-lived marriage and subsequent divorce, she met and married Ross Holden Wainwright, who was a very active member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (MEBA) since at least 2001 and worked for Waterman Steamship.
Amy and Ross Wainwright lived in various places before they settled in Myakka City, Florida, where Amy Wainwright supported white nationalist activities with Identity Evropa, as mentioned above. It was also during this time that Amy Wainwright ran the “AltRight” Facebook group as she described in the Discord Leaks and mentioned above. We located her Facebook profile but found that despite it having existed for many years it was devoid of any personal photos. Also, it is interesting to note that the Facebook page Amy Wainwright currently uses actually once belonged to her husband Ross Wainwright. We know this because of early replies to posts addressing her husband’s name and the fact that she never changed the profile’s pronouns. We can only guess that her original profile may have been suspended and she took over her husband’s Facebook page. The two appeared to be in the process of scrubbing their presences on the internet anyway, so the loss of one Facebook account was likely of little importance. Still, Amy Wainwright would not completely distance herself from her Florida friends.
Many of Amy Wainwright’s Facebook posts hinted at her white nationalism but were “normie” enough to not indicate how involved she was in the white nationalist movement. She was well aware that it would take a softer touch to move her socially-conservative friends further to the right into white nationalist spheres. In the post below she made a joke about making appearances to fit into mainstream society.
Many of her posts could not be seen as anything other than racist, however. In one post she wrote, “Anyone who tries to shame you for caring about your people is an immoral antiwhite,” using the usual conflation white nationalists have with antiracism being “antiwhite.” In another post Amy Wainwright used another common racist trope of “white victimhood,” writing, “White people are the only race that modern social standards allow to be vilified…” This, of course, is objectively not true, but white nationalists frequently promote the idea of the victimizer being the victimized.
Despite these little “winks and nods” that thinly veiled her full involvement in white nationalist activism, Amy Wainwright, either from carelessness or overconfidence, could not completely separate her true identity from her “Clarion Wakefield” persona. In one Facebook post she proudly posted a screen shot of a phone text message from her daughter. As it happens, she also posted the exact same screenshot in another “Clarion Wakefield” Telegram channel which has now gone private.
Furthermore, Amy Wainwright also chose to post an image on Avalon Rising that she uses (at the time of writing) as the banner image of her Facebook profile: a quote, “You will suffer. Do. It. Anyway.”
It appears that Amy and Ross Wainwright have spent a considerable effort removing personally identifying information from online sources. Photo sources for the couple are scarce, however it is interesting to note that while they took particular effort to maintain their own privacy they were less than willing to put in the same effort for their daughter “Branka” or their newly-acquired Kentucky property, as indicated by the many photos Amy Wainwright posted on Avalon Rising.
Despite the fact that they (perhaps deliberately) chose to settle in a county from which it is difficult to obtain public property information, we were able to identify this property. Images posted on Avalon Rising match those of a property near Mount Vernon, Kentucky that was recently up for sale and was purchased around the same time that Amy Wainwright (as “Clarion Wakefield”) announced their arrival in Kentucky. Satellite imagery of the area’s topography confirmed that we had correctly identified the property.
The video panorama posted on Avalon Rising on December 31, 2020 matches satellite imagery, confirming that we had correctly identified the property.
Also, despite the fact that Amy Wainwright took conspicuous effort to remove images of herself online, we were able to locate photos from the yearbooks of Sandia High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from which she graduated in 1992.
Likewise, photos of Ross Holden Wainwright are scarce, but photos posted by Amy Wainwright on her Telegram channels are likely that of her husband.
The Fall of “Avalon Rising”
Amy Wainwright is now forty-six years of age. Although our mission is to combat racism and fascism wherever we find it, we would pay less attention to her if she simply lived out her live-action-role-playing racist frontier fantasies on her own, far from polite society. But this is not the case. Amy Wainwright as “Clarion Wakefield” organizes with other other white nationalist groups to advance their agenda. She and her fellow neo-Nazi women in Avalon Rising provide moral support to violent incarcerated racists through white nationalist groups like the Global Minority Initiative and promote fascist ideology through unabashed neo-Nazi outfits like Antelope Hill Publishing. Perhaps worst of all, she uses her own children as pawns in her war against a more tolerant society by filling their minds with warped ideas of an “anti-white conspiracy” under the pretense of “protecting the white race.”
It is fortunate, then, that Wainwright and her neo-Nazi ladies club were not as careful as they thought. Those that seek to spread hateful ideologies rarely are, and as long as they do we will be there to shine a light on them.
Bonus Feature: The Ladies of Avalon Rising
As mentioned earlier, despite the fact that the chat admins wrote that they did “not want to be the channel responsible for people being doxxed from,” it’s kinda what they were. Were we able to identify many of the participants of Avalon Rising, some of whom we detail below.
“Allie Jay” (@Allie_Jay) a.k.a Alisia J. (Jezierny) Collett
“Allie Jay” is one of the admin members of Avalon Rising. We have identified her as Alisia J. Collett (née Jezierny), born December 28, 1978, of Bedford, Pennsylvania, formerly of Raleigh, North Carolina. She goes by “@Collett_Alisia” on Twitter. Collett moved to Pennsylvania following the dissolution of her previous marriage and remarried to Daniel J. Strang who himself is no stranger to white nationalism. To our knowledge she retains the surname of her previous marriage “Collett.”
As one of the administrators of the channel, Alisia Collett has the privilege of adding and removing members of the chat. She is also one of the more vocal participants of the chat and does not hold back from racist dialogue, as evident by her carefree use of racial slurs.
When not participating in racist discussion on Avalon Rising, Alisia Collett teaches women’s self-defense courses for Centerpoint Safety and Training, a private self-defense and firearms school based in Everett, Pennsylvania. She explained in one post how this opens up opportunities to “white pill” other “normies” (ie, recruit people into white nationalist ideology):
…Then, Saturday morning, I taught one of the women’s self defense classes that I teach for a self defense training company. The owner of the company generally doesn’t dive into race; its not that he is completely racially unaware (he’s a former big city police detective, so he IS aware), but more that we live in a majority white area, and most sexual and physical assaults come from people the victim knows. But this time, he brought up that this is changing. He said that in the UK this year, sexual assaults by strangers have exceeded those by people whom the victims knows, and it’s entirely because of the migrant crisis in Europe. He said that the majority of assaults are coming from Middle Eastern and African migrants, and that we can expect this to become a trend in America, as well, because of our own migrant crisis.
This opened up the door for me to bring up the completely different cultural and moral norms of western society and people of the third world, and we can’t expect that they will live by our standards, and they pose a threat to us and our communities.
“Chosen Ginger” (@chosenginger), a.k.a. Allyson McKevitt
Another notable participant in this chat is Allyson McKevitt, who goes by the alias “Chosen Ginger” and was identified by the SPLC as the wife of Michael McKevitt, a US Army veteran and co-host of a neo-Nazi podcaster (under the alias “Potato Smasher“) with disgraced former US State Department employee Matthew Q. Gebert (a.k.a. “Coach Finstock“). Allyson McKevitt ran a homemade soap business called “Day of the Rope Soap,” a reference to a common phrase in the white nationalist circles, referring to an event in the neo-Nazi novel The Turner Diaries where all “race traitors” are publicly hanged.
“Kira Karamazova” (@kira_mazova), a.k.a. Kristen Hatten
We were not surprised to find anti-choice activist and white nationalist Kristen Hatten in the member list of Avalon Rising. Hatten had made a name for herself protesting abortion rights but emerged as a white nationalist, as reported by the Huffington Post. These days it seems she goes by the alias “Kira Karamazova” and has changed her appearance, as indicated by her Telegram profile pictures.
Michelle Widdowson (@MWTasmania)
Michelle Widdowson (aka Michelle Caudlle or Michelle Caudle) is from Launceston, Tasmania and has a long history of racism and antisemitism. On Avalon Rising, Widdowson has used her international contacts to bring in new members to the group. Widdowson also maintains an account on the social media site VKontakte on which she incessantly posts racist, antisemitic, Islamophobic and anti-LGBTQ+ messages.
“KrystalKatt” (@SilverMeadowWolf), a.k.a. Kristie Lynn Robinson (a.k.a.Kristie Rowland)
Kristie Lynn Robinson (also known as Kristie Rowland) of Overton, Nevada, a 50-year-old grandmother, made a post on Facebook in 2017 with the statement: “No Place For Hate.” Fast forward to December 2021, Kristie Robinson/Rowland is complaining about African-American representation in the Christmas holiday and re-posting Telegram messages from established white nationalist accounts.
Writing as “KrystalKatt,” she exposed her true identity herself by putting her name with a photo of herself in a Telegram messenger profile photo, as well as using a real photo of herself on her Gab account, which she also posted on her Facebook page. Kristie Lynn Robinson represents the dangerous slide from Trump-era extreme conservatism to full-on white nationalism. Her Facebook content during the time of Trump’s presidency prominently consisted of Trump worship posts and QAnon conspiracy promotion. While she may be considered a victim of Trump-era hysteria, there is no doubt about her current positions on race relations or the LGBTQ+ community. In the Telegram post pictured below she responds to a post discussing homosexuality with a video of a noose.
:ᚠᚱᛖᛃᚫᛋᛏᛖᚫᚱ: (@freyjastear) a.k.a. Adrienne (de Backer) Dohrmann
A relative newcomer to the Avalon Rising chat, Adrienne Dohrmann, who often uses the alias “Freyjastear,” is no newcomer to white nationalism, having been involved in white nationalist movements for a number of years. A resident of New Bern, North Carolina, Dohrmann runs a freelance graphic design business from which she sells custom-made decals on Etsy, many featuring white nationalist symbolism.
Adrienne Dohrmann is married to U.S. Marine sergeant Karl August Dohrmann who himself show sympathies to white nationalist movements. In one photo posted on Adrienne Dohrmann’s public Facebook page he may be seen wearing a t-shirt featuring a “wolfsangel,” another symbol that is commonly utilized by white nationalists and was a feature of several World War II Nazi military units.
“卐 Bonnie🩸Lass ᛋᛋ ☀️♎️🌙♌️☝🏻♐️” @lost_tribe
“Miche//e” is a mother of five girls who lives in Florida and has some interesting ideas on immigration, writing: “Whites are 40% of the country now, correct? We only need half of the blacks to go back. That’s a large enough number to make a substantial change in Africa and america. With that many people leaving it will balance out the illegal immigrants. We can even allow some type of DACA / amnesty crap to pacify the left.”
These are just a few examples of the Avalon Rising members. For a group that did “not want to be the channel responsible for people being doxxed from,” they did a rotten job of it. Which is fine by us.