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Robin Spellman Fahlberg

Peoria, IL

#22 Nov 16, 2009
While I was working with Natlfed (National Labor Federation), I did not know Peggy or Mary. But, their blog certainly rings true given the experiences I had.
Is Western Massachusetts Labor Action (WMLA)part of Natlfed? Take a look at the Natlfed calendar they sell every year. Take a look at their current and back issues of newsletters. WMLA admits this in print.
Is WMLA a front group for the Communist Party Provisional Wing (CPUSA-P)? Is it a cult? Read the many firsthand accounts available on the Internet from former full-time volunteers. Then decide for yourself.
Does WMLA do admirable and needed work in the community. I think readers will find ample evidence of this as well. But, again, decide for yourselves.
KMM says that he/she? knows I'm lying about WMLA because he/she volunteered there and knows the people who run it. Most volunteers do not know WMLA's affiliation with Natlfed and CPUSA-P until they've volunteered awhile and can be counted on to agree with everything CPUSA-P puts forth. If they don't, they aren't told. Again, read the FBI file on Natlfed, read the hundreds of volunteer accounts available and then decide for yourself.
I think we would all be surprised at what we would learn about anyone if we could read their thoughts or see a film about their lives. Simply "knowing someone" is not sufficient to know whether or not WMLA is part of Natlfed and whether what I wrote is true.
Again, I would advise those interested to investigate WMLA yourselves. Read what is out there from former volunteers, mental health professionals, and journalists. Talk to the full-time volunteers there and ask them the hard questions. Ask them for a financial statement so you know where your money IS going. Ask them for an accounting of what accomplishments they've made over the past year. Ask for facts not just anecdotes.
There are many groups you can volunteer your time with if you want to assist low income people, or want to change things in the country. Check out other alternatives besides WMLA and you may find you can meet your objectives more fully with another group.
KMM - if you are Karl Malbrain, you should be honest about this and simply give your opinion based on your participation. I might disagree with it but I'd respect it.
DTF - Are you by chance affiliated with the Rochester, NY Eastern Service Workers Association, another Natlfed affiliate? Perhaps you should tell people who you are, what work you've done, and what your honest opinion is as well?
Mary Struggler

Eugene, OR

#23 Nov 17, 2009
DTF, you are cordially invited to post a rebuttal on our blog. You will need a real e-mail address to set up an account on Wordpress. Once you do that, I will give you access to the blog where you can write as many articles as you'd like. Or, you can simply post comments on our unmoderated Discussion Board. I tried contacting you again but you deactivated your e-mail account. Please contact me via the blog.
Mary Struggler

Eugene, OR

#24 Nov 18, 2009
DTF, I'd like to set the record straight. Nowhere on my blog do I say that I am a card carrying communist. You are cordially invited to become a contributing author. Just contact me. You have my e-mail address.

United States

#25 Dec 5, 2009
years ago i worked briefly with california homemakers association. i got involved because of supposed benefits we were creating for unrepresented piecemeal workers and help we work supposedly giving to people in need after a flood in the mountains near santa cruz. within a few weeks i witnessed various forms of intimidation, mind games and deprivation tricks being played by organizers on new recruits. the organizational structure was excessively hierarchical. the "scripts" to be spoken during canvassing were to be spoken without personal inflection or interpretation etc. there were immediate attempts to isolate individuals and have them conform in ridiculous ways to ridiculous tasks. my intuition began to tell me that the game was toward control, not benefits. everybody i came across inside was tired, overworked stressed and chain smoking. not a pretty picture and it did appear that violence was around the corner. when i was threatened directly i put a few choice words to the brainwashed guy threatening me, left and never looked back.

i came to all these conclusions for myself far before reading anything about it. do yourself a favor- stay away from any of these organizations!

cult is the correct word and the rant of "mr true above is evidence of it. true: slow down for a moment and look into yourself and ask: am i being driven by fear? there are appropriate fears and there are once driven into the head for purposes of control. get your life back, man. before you see 20 years slip away...

Pittsfield, MA

#26 Jan 27, 2010
People are suffering,
the government offers no solutions,
the way to change this is through organization,
end of story.
While some are sitting, staring at a box moving fingers around real others are doing real things to change these situations.
Robin Fahlberg


#27 Jan 28, 2010

Yes people are suffering.
Actually, the government does offer some solutions. I don't happen to agree with them, but they are offering them. Will they solve all problems. No. But then again nothing does.(And yes I'm including Natlfed in the nothing column).
Who says the way to change this is through organization? I think there are many ways to change things. Some of them take organization. Some of them do not.
Some of us, in addition to moving our fingers while staring at a box, actually do do things and give to things that we think will change things in what we consider a better way. I happen to disagree with the premises that no one but those in Natlfed do anything to change things for people who suffer. That's arrogant. It's arrogant to think that you have the only solution and the only way to ever change things. It's arrogant to think that no one in the history of the world ever knew or tried the things Natlfed is doing.
We move our fingers while staring at a box because we disagree that Natlfed is a viable way of ending suffering. I personally think that Natlfed does more harm than good. I do this because we think that people should not be lied to. I do this because we think people should not be abused.

Current Volunteer

Rensselaer, NY

#28 Sep 8, 2010
Jane Tim

Albany, NY

#29 Sep 26, 2013
Your organization is misconstructed and unaware of the possible ways to
overcome social disasters in these hard economic increased infaltion times.
There are not enough weekend fund drives and community effort to care
about thouse you graved.

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