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utoh

Festus, MO

#1 Mar 4, 2011
http://tinyurl.com/4tq47nn
progressives:
SALSA LABS
Washington, DC
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Technology organization that provides organizing tools for the progressive movement
Has worked for more than 1,000 progressive groups and Democratic organizations

Founded in 2003, Salsa Labs was designed to provide the progressive movement with “a next-generation technology platform for online communication, advocacy, community building, and organizing.” Salsa Labs is composed of two subgroups that administer its network to the progressive community:

(1) Democracy In Action (DIA) describes itself as “a progressive nonprofit whose core activity is providing online organizing tools and support to other progressive nonprofits — for pennies on the dollar.” In other words, if a group is registered as a 501(c3), DIA furnishes it with its Salsa technological network which provides:

"online advocacy, including district-targeted write-your-rep campaigns and letter-to-the-editor campaigns";

"online fundraising, processing gifts directly from a hosted database capable of managing all your donor records"; and

"events management, including grassroots events your supporters put on for you."

(2) Wired For Change (WFC) provides its network to progressive organizations and Democratic political campaigns in an effort to:

"enable campaigns and organizations to effectively use the Internet as a tool to connect and inspire individuals";

"develop an infrastructure that can facilitate the growth and vitality of local, state, and national campaigns by enhancing their ability to connect with constituents, raise money, and encourage participation in the democratic process"; and

"empower Democratic and progressive candidates — and help them win."

April Pedersen and Chris Lundberg are the founders and leaders of Salsa, DIA, and WFC. They have developed a staff of young activists with connections to the Democratic Party and to the progressive movement as a whole. These activists include John Brougher, former New Media Communications Manager for the Democratic Governors Association and a Fellow with the New Leaders Council; John Cluverius, formerly of the Missouri Democratic Party; Yonathan Haregot, a Web developer for Greenpeace; Anupama Pillalamarri, formerly of the Democratic National Committee and Catalist; Adam Rosenberg, formerly of the Center for Democracy & Technology and APCO Worldwide; Jeanette Russell, a Director at the New Leaders Council and co-founder of the National Forest Protection Alliance; Brett Schenker, former Special Assistant to Senator John Kerry and Administrator for former Virginia governor Mark Warner’s "Forward Together PAC"; Jason Strautman, a former analyst for the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and Catalist; Christopher Tiwald, a field organizer for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign; Alli Treman, a former contractor for the House of Representatives; Jim Walsh, former employee of the South Carolina Democratic Party; and Jason Zanon, former Interim Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
utoh

Festus, MO

#2 Mar 4, 2011
progressives:
SALSA LABS
Washington, DC
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Through DIA and WFC, Salsa Labs has worked with more than 1,000 progressive groups, political campaigns, and media organizations, including: Campaign for America’s Future, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the Michigan Democratic Party, ACORN, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the American Oceans Campaign (Oceana), MomsRising, Robert Greenwald’s "Brave New Films," the NAACP, TrueMajority, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, 1 Sky, Code Pink, the Energy Action Coalition, Public Citizen, the National Council of La Raza, Reform Immigration For America, Young Democrats of America, Emily’s List, The Nation, CommonDreams.org , AlterNet’s Wiretap Magazine, Media Channel, Alliance for Community Media, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Faith in Public Life, CIVIC, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, The Peace Alliance, Excelencia in Education, the Center for Biological Diversity, CA Forward, Clean Water Action, and the Surfrider Foundation.

In addition, Wired for Change has helped to run or organize the individual political campaigns of Democrats such as New York Senator Chuck Schumer, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown (2010), California Attorney General candidate Chris Kelly (2010), and Ohio Senate candidate Lee Fisher (2010).

In March 2010, in a new effort called “Salsa Labor,” Salsa Labs partnered with the AFL-CIO and hundreds of the Federation’s affiliated unions in an effort to “revolutionize the labor movement.”
utoh

Festus, MO

#3 Mar 4, 2011
CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE (CAF)
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"Progressive organization that supports increased taxes to pay for an ever-growing number of social welfare programs
Has received funding from George Soros

Working to "revitalize a progressive agenda" and to “expose the conservative agenda that has made things worse,” Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that supports tax hikes, socialized medicine, and a dramatic expansion of social welfare programs. UndueInfluence.com describes CAF as a "labor-dominated lobbying and electoral network heavily influenced by progressive plutocrats and secret donors working on anti-corporate, anti-military, welfare-state, and other 'progressive' programs."

CAF was co-founded in 1996 chiefly by:(a) Robert Borosage, who previously served as Director of the Institute for Policy Studies and founded the Progressive Majority political action committee; and (b) Roger Hickey, who co-founded the Economic Policy Institute and was the Media Director for the National Center for Economic Alternatives.(Borosage and Hickey also co-founded CAF's sister organization, Institute for America's Future or IAF, in 1999.) All told, some 130 people played a role in founding CAF. Among the other notables were Mary Frances Berry, Julian Bond, Heather Booth, Robert Borosage, John Cavanagh, Richard Cloward, Peter Dreier, Barbara Ehrenreich, Betty Friedan, Todd Gitlin, Tom Hayden, Denis Hayes, Roger Hickey, Patricia Ireland, Jesse Jackson, Joseph Lowery, Frances Fox Piven, Robert Reich, Mark Ritchie, Arlie Schardt, Susan Shaer, Andrew Stern, John Sweeney, and Richard Trumka.

CAF (in conjunction with IAF) focuses its efforts on the following major issues and projects:

(a) Healthcare for All:“47 million Americans remain uninsured and millions of families are plunged into bankruptcy when serious illness strikes. Everyone in America deserves high quality, affordable health insurance. That’s why [CAF] is launching a national effort to discuss and debate progressive solutions to the [challenge] of covering all Americans.”

(b) Revitalizing Education: While criticizing the Bush Administration’s “No Child Left Behind Act” of 2001, CAF supports an across-the-board increase in federal funding for public education. Specifically, the organization calls for "universal pre-school care [including] health and nutritional programs in addition to traditional academic development activities”; “the expansion of Head Start to all qualified applicants”; “immediate increases in federal school construction and maintenance funds”; “a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1”; higher pay for new teachers and for “skilled/experienced teachers … working in disadvantaged areas”; “universal access to after-school programs [which] will require increased investment at the local, state and national level”; and more "grants and subsidized loans" for higher education.

(c) Protecting Social Security: CAF seeks to “educate the public about Social Security and the pitfalls of privatization.”

d) Accountable Congress: In 2005, CAF purchased television airtime to broadcast commercials demanding the removal of then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay for ethics violations. The ads solicited donations of up to $2,500. Says CAF: "Tom DeLay is finally gone, and we're not stopping there. We're turning our guns on DeLay's successors—with the same unapologetic and sustained campaigns to expose their corruption and make them accountable to their constituents."

(e) Straight Talk: CAF produces both online and print media “designed to serve up ammunition to progressives who have the opportunity to challenge the grip that the right has had on our imaginations and our policies over the past quarter century.”
utoh

Festus, MO

#4 Mar 4, 2011
CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE (CAF)
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(f) Energy Independence: CAF helped create the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of labor, environmental, and social justice groups professing a commitment to the development of “good jobs and energy independence.” United by their belief that America is a chief source of worldwide “environmental disruption, rising social inequity, and … fundamentalist anger,” Apollo Alliance’s endorsing organizations and partners include Greenpeace, the League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Wildlife Federation, the Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and ACORN. Apollo Alliance’s National Steering Committee and National Advisory Board members include, among others, Robert Borosage, Carl Pope of the Sierra Club, Julian Bond of the NAACP, Gerry Hudson of the Service Employees International Union, and U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. Apollo Alliance has also received strong support from the socialist Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, and from New York Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

(g) Each year, CAF holds a “Take Back America” conference, which the organization describes as “a catalyst for building the infrastructure to ensure that the voice of the progressive majority is heard.” In 2005, prominent speakers at this conference included Howard Dean, Antonio Villaraigosa, John Edwards, Jesse Jackson, Arianna Huffington, and Bill Moyers. CAF credits “Take Back America 2006” with helping to secure progressive wins in that year's midterm congressional elections. Participants in the 2006 event included John Kerry, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Russ Feingold, Bernie Sanders, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jan Schakowsky, Barbara Lee, Maxine Waters, and AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. Topping the agenda for CAF’s “Take Back America 2007” event were the issues of “affordable education and health care for all”; “the right to join a union”; and “pushing for a vote to get U.S. troops out of the middle of the civil war in Iraq.”

In the 2004 presidential election, CAF partnered with both the Democratic Party and a number of far-left special interest groups in a campaign to oppose tax cuts. The Democratic National Committee stated,“The Democratic Party is partnering with MoveOn.org , People for the American Way, Campaign for America's Future, and dozens of other groups representing millions of Americans to organize a massive public mobilization …[J]oin us by calling and emailing your representatives in Congress to let them know that the majority of Americans oppose more irresponsible tax cuts ...”

CAF also endorsed “Invest in America,” an anti-tax-cut statement supported by: ACORN; Alliance For Justice; the American Friends Service Committee; the Center for Community Change; the Center For Women's Policy Studies; the Children’s Defense Fund; the Democratic Socialists of America; the Environmental Working Group; the League of United Latin American Citizens; the League of Women Voters; the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund; the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy; the National Council of La Raza; the National Lawyers Guild; the National Organization for Women; the National Women's Law Center; the Older Women's League; Peace Action; Physicians for Social Responsibility; Planned Parenthood; Public Citizen; the Service Employees International Union; the United States Student Association; Veterans For Peace; and Women’s Action for New Directions.

A notable Senior Fellow for CAF is Rick Perlstein, a political commentator for the Village Voice.

CAF has received funding from George Soros, the Agnes Gund Foundation, the Arca Foundation, and the Rockefeller Family Fund.

utoh

Festus, MO

#5 Mar 4, 2011
CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE (CAF)
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In March 2008, CAF presented its Lifetime Leadership Award to Norman Lear, recognizing him “for his work as both a groundbreaking television producer and an outspoken progressive activist and benefactor”; for “fighting the rising influence of the religious right in American politics”; and for founding People for the American Way,“an organization that has been a staunch critic of the right and a fierce defender of the principle that progressive Americans must have their faith and their patriotism acknowledged and respected.” CAF also honored Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky “for her advocacy in Congress.”

At its March 2008 “Take Back America” conference in Washington, DC, CAF joined six fellow leftist organizations in announcing plans for “the most expensive [$350 million] mobilization in history this election season”-- an initiative that focused on voter registration, education, and get-out-the-vote drives. The other members of CAF’s coalition included MoveOn.org , Rock the Vote, ACORN, the National Council of La Raza, the Women's Voices Women Vote Action Fund, and the AFL-CIO.

In June 2010, CAF held an “America’s Future Now” conference in Washington, DC, which featured such guest speakers as Andrew Stern, Arianna Huffington, Van Jones, and Nancy Pelosi. Sponsors and partners for the event included the National Education Association Foundation and the AFL-CIO.

CAF's board of directors includes MoveOn or president Eli Pariser and NAACP Washington bureau director Hilary Shelton.
utoh

Festus, MO

#6 Mar 13, 2011
from another poster:

How Did We Ever Make It Before Nanny Government?
by Walter Williams (July 23, 2003)

Whenever someone says that this or that government program is absolutely necessary, I always wonder, "What did people do and how did they survive before the program?"

If someone says food stamps are absolutely necessary for poor people's survival, I wonder how America's millions of poor immigrants made it.
Unless I missed something, mass starvation is not a part of our history. Was there a stealth food stamp program during the 1700s and 1800s?

Then there's the question: How did we manage to build the world's greatest cities without the help of the 1965-created U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development? Did cities become worse off or
better off afterward?

Or, how did we manage to produce energy to fuel the world's richest economy before the 1977 creation of the Department of Energy?

Recently, I received an email titled, "We Made It." It had to do with the federal safety edicts of agencies like the U.S. Product Safety
Commission, established in 1972, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, established in 1966. Congress created these and other agencies to "protect the public against unreasonable risks of injuries and deaths." That's how toys, cribs, child car seats and childproof medicine bottles came to be regulated. Considering we were a nation
for nearly 200 years before Congress started protecting us against "unreasonable risks of injuries and deaths," a natural question is how
we managed to survive and grow from a population of 4 million to the 280 million of us today.
According to my email's author, if we listen to Washington, those of us still around who were children during the '40s,'50s and '60s
probably should be dead. Nonetheless, there are 58 million of us born in 1945 or earlier who are still kicking. Our parents allowed us to sleep in cribs beautified with lead-based paint. They drove us around in cars that had neither seatbelts nor airbags. They permitted us to ride our bicycles without helmets, just as adults rode motorcycles
without helmets. And, horror of horrors, there were no childproof medicine bottles that, by the way, are sometimes so difficult to open that some people summon their children to open them.

The fact that these safety edicts saved some lives and prevented some injuries doesn't provide justification for them anymore than mandating
that, because some Americans have headaches, aspirin be put in the water supply.

In a free society, government has the responsibility of protecting us from others, but not from ourselves. Before government got into the
business of protecting us from ourselves, we did have a greater measure of protection from others. Yesteryear's children rode their bikes or walked to a friend's house, knocked on the door and let
themselves in. Many families didn't lock doors until the last family member was home for the evening, and they did that in poor neighborhoods like the one I grew up in.
Yesteryear, when we went off to school, parents might have worried about our crossing streets safely. Today's parents have a different
set of worries, such as whether their child will be shot, stabbed, robbed, raped or given drugs in school. During the pre-1960 years,
neighborhoods -- including poor neighborhoods -- were safe enough for women to walk the streets after dark. In fact, in places like Harlem,
N.Y., hot, humid nights saw children and adults sleeping on fire escapes and rooftops. Doing the same today might lead to arrest for attempted suicide.
Speaking of crime, if children did have a scrape with the law, our parents sided with the police.
Don't you wonder how so many Americans made it without today's oppressive, caring, nanny government?
Born in Philadelphia in 1936, Walter E. Williams holds a bachelor's degree in economics from California State University (1965) and a
master's degree (1967) and doctorate (1972)
utoh

Festus, MO

#7 Mar 20, 2011
http://tinyurl.com/398n2u9
The Progressive Jihad Against Israel
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The Gaza Flotilla incident, which would really be more aptly called the Hamas Flotilla incident, needs to be viewed from a wider perspective to be more fully understood and appreciated for what it represents – A Marxist-Progressive Jihad on Israel, and by proxy, the United States, wherein the American Progressive Left is engaged in an open and working relationship with Islamist radicals.

The Hamas Flotilla action was not an isolated event. It was but the latest in a carefully programmed series of actions that have been taking place since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in a violent coup in 2007, designed by community organizations that have been operating in the region since at least the mid-1990s.

The umbrella organization of this recent series of actions is called the Free Gaza Movement, and represents several international organizations, as well as many prominent American Progressive organizations.

The international organizations include George Galloway’s Viva Palestina, IHH, and the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

The American Progressive community is organized against Israel under the banner of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

The US Campaign to end the Israeli Occupation is a co-production of Global Exchange/CodePink/United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ)(All founded by Medea Benjamin), and a group called the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR).

The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) has been organizing on the ground in Palestinian territories since 1996.

One of the mainstream Progressive organizations that has pledged its support to this anti-Israel movement is the Progressive Democrats of America, a group organized by Rep. Maxine Waters, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Donna Edwards, Tom Hayden (founder of SDS), and Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans of Global Exchange/CodePink.

The Progressive Democrats of America are but one in a slew of mainstream American Progressive groups taking part in these actions against Israel on behalf of Hamas.

Another Progressive organization whose board members are helping Hamas with this program of actions is the Movement for a Democratic Society, or (MDS). Their members include a who’s who of 1960s domestic radicalism.

The full list of the November 2006 MDS board members is available here, but some names jump right off the page:

Bernardine Dohrn – Domestic Terrorist, Northwestern University Professor.
Rashid Khalidi – Very close friend of President Obama,(details at the link). Sits on the Advisory Board of the US Campaign To End The Israeli Occupation.
Carl Davidson – Former SDS. Co-organized the anti-war protest where Barack Obama came out against the Bush Administration.
Tom Hayden – Former leader of SDS, member of Progressive Democrats of America.
Alan Haber – First President of SDS

Below is a diagram of major Progressive groups responsible for the Free Gaza marches and flotillas (Click to view full size image):

These groups have attracted a great deal of public support from some very interesting people and organizations.

When America elected President Barack Obama, more than anything else, they were getting a community organizer. Given that he marketed himself on this particular credential, this is not at all a racist slander (as some have suggested of any criticism of his Presidency), but merely an empirical observation.

Until Barack Obama ran for the Presidency, most people didn’t have the faintest clue as to what a community organizer was, let alone the name of one of their groups. That made it very difficult for most people to understand the choice they were making when they pulled the lever for Barack Obama. It didn’t help that the mainstream media in this country had neither the will nor the skill to educate the American public about community organizing beyond an altruistic and sterilized fairytale of selfless volunteerism.
utoh

Festus, MO

#8 Mar 20, 2011
The Progressive Jihad Against Israel
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These are the days of Google, however, and with a little bit of time and curiosity (something absent in alleged news organizations like Tribune), anyone can answer for themselves such questions as: who organized the Gaza-Hamas flotilla? Or, who organized the bank protests? Or, who organized the violent protests during the 2008 Republican National Convention? Or, who organized the violent protests in Seattle during the 1999 meeting of the World Trade Organization? Or, who organized all those Jihad photo-ops of children throwing rocks at tanks?

In each and every single case mentioned above, the answers to those questions lead to the same core group of people in the American social organizing community. They are easy to identify and their motives are clear because they frequently write openly about what they are doing.

If the people of the United States are to understand the presidency of Barack Obama and today’s Progressive-controlled Democrat party, they can only do so by knowing and trying to understand the American/global community organizing industry. There are several community organizing mega-corporations in America, and they each have their key players.

This article will attempt, in very basic terms, to offer a foundational knowledge of these groups, their leaders, and their actions. Hopefully this information will aid people’s understanding of incidents like the Gaza Flotilla, as well as the actions and programs that have come before it – and that will surely follow.

GROUP: Global Exchange

CAMPAIGNS/ORGS: CodePink, United For Peace and Justice, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Global Citizen Center

BACKGROUND: Founded by Medea Benjamin and her husband Kevin Danaher, Global Exchange has launched several entities over the years, including CodePink, but more notably, United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ).

UFPJ was the umbrella organization for almost ALL of the large scale “anti-war” marches that unfolded in America. They are also responsible for the protests that took place in Denver and St. Paul during the Democrat and Republican conventions.

Among the members of the UFPJ steering committee is Marilyn Katz, former SDS head of “security” during the ‘68 Chicago riots. Katz is also a big money bundler for President Barack Obama, and a member of his National Finance Committee. Katz, along with former SDS Carl Davidson, organized the 2002 anti-Iraq war rally in Chicago where Barack Obama came out publicly against the War.

The US Campaign to End Israeli Occupation is the Grand Central Station of US Marxist Progressive community organizing directed against Israel. We shall return to that in a moment.

Through the US Campaign To End Israeli Occupation, Global Exchange and CodePink staged the Gaza Freedom March and the Flotilla. Many notable people and groups either supported or took part in this action. Among them, the Progressive Democrats of America, Author Alice Walker (Color Purple), Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.

Medea Benjamin sits on the Advisory board of Progressive Democrats of America.

It is also worthwhile to mention that Van Jones, former Obama Green Jobs Czar, sits on the board of Global Citizen Center, Global Exchange’s environmental organization.

Global Exchange also has significant ties to Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. Read their detailed and gushing blog post describing their interactions with Hugo.

So let us take a moment to acquaint ourselves with the motive power behind these various entities. Here is a video of Medea Benjamin at a Gaza border check point. Be sure to catch the part at the front where she openly talks about her working relationship with the Hamas terrorist government of Gaza.
utoh

Festus, MO

#9 Mar 20, 2011
The Progressive Jihad Against Israel
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Empowering Communities for Sustainable Transformation..

GROUP: Alliance of Community Trainers (ACT) & Root Activist Network Trainers (RANT)

CAMPAIGNS/ORGS: US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, 1999 Seattle WTO Protests, 2004 Republican Convention Protests in NYC, 2008 DNC/RNC Convention protests

BACKGROUND: Founded by Lisa Fithian, Starhawk, and Juniper.

Their specialty appears to be ‘direct action’ protests designed to cause significant confrontation. Together with UFPJ and the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World), they organized the Anarchy movement and made it a key component of their street confrontations with police in Seattle, St. Paul, and elsewhere.

RANT has been a member of the UFPJ Steering Committee since its inception.

Co-founder Starhawk took part in CodePink’s Gaza actions in 2009/2010

Co-founder Starhawk is a board member of the radical Movement for a Democratic Society.
utoh

Festus, MO

#10 Mar 20, 2011
The Progressive Jihad Against Israel
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GROUP: International Solidarity Movement (ISM)

CAMPAIGNS/ORGS: UFPJ (Steering Committee), US Campaign To End Israeli Occupation.

BACKGROUND: Founded in 2001 by Huwaida Arraf and her husband Adam Shapiro as an international component to US Campaign To End Israeli Occupation, among ISM’s chief tasks is to organize Americans and other Westerners to go serve as human shields in places like Iraq and Israel.

Regarding Jihad terrorism, Arraf and Shapiro have written:

“Palestinian resistance must take on a variety of characteristics, both violent and nonviolent. But most importantly, it must develop a strategy involving both aspects. Nonviolent resistance is no less noble than carrying out a suicide operation.”

For a disturbing look inside the US recruiting program of the ISM, read the article at FrontPage Mag entitled Solidarity With Terror.

ISM gained notoriety back in 2003 when one of its organizers, Rachel Corrie, was killed by an Israeli bulldozer. According to Israel, she was accidentally killed while they were destroying smuggling tunnels leading from Egypt into Gaza. According to the Organizing Industry, the Israeli Bulldozer ran her over on purpose. Either way, Rachel Corrie is dead and now the ISM names their boats after her.

The sea vessel Rachel Corrie was last seen attempting to run Israel’s blockade of Hamastan, in the ISM-orchestrated Free Gaza Flotilla. The Flotilla was merely the latest in a series of Actions run under the Free Gaza program.

ISM Founder Huwaida Arraf Chairs the Free Gaza Movement.

ISM Founder Huwaida Arraf currently sits on the advisory board, and has served on the Steering Committee of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

ISM Founder Huwaida Arraf is a member of Global Exchange’s Speakers bureau.

ISM also organized people on the ground at the Democrat and Republican party conventions in 2008.

GROUP: Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO)

CAMPAIGNS/ORGS: Organizing trips to Cuba, US Campaign To End Israeli Occupation

BACKGROUND: Founded in 1967, they have been dedicated to busting the US blockade/sanctions against Cuba. Their contemporary claim to fame is coordinating congressional visits to Cuba. From their website:

2000: Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) traveled to Cuba in a February delegation organized by IFCO. They cut the ribbon at the opening of the first-ever US-Cuba Medical Trade Fair. They dedicated the trade fair to Elián González and all the Cuban children who were deprived of medicines because of the US economic blockade.

The second official delegation of the Congressional Black Caucus, organized by IFCO, visited Cuba in May-June 2000.

Most recently, IFCO has coordinated funds for the American arm of Viva Palestina, the George Galloway component of the Free Gaza Movement.
utoh

Festus, MO

#11 Mar 20, 2011
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GROUP: Center for Economic and Social Rights

CAMPAIGNS/ORGS: Research/Education (Propaganda) related to the Palestinian Territories. US Campaign To End Israeli Occupation.

BACKGROUND: Founded in 1993 by Roger Normand, Sarah Zaidi and Chris Jochnick, this group works with the Jihadis to produce research that they then use for propaganda educational tours in America and elsewhere. They also handle fundraising for the umbrella group US Campaign To End Israeli Occupation.

Since 2001, together with Global Exchange and their other partners under the US Campaign To End Israeli Occupation, they have organized many direct action campaigns against Israel, the latest being the Free Gaza Movement in all of its incarnations.

GROUP: USAction

CAMPAIGNS/ORGS: Health Care For America Now (HCAN), TrueMajority.org , Showdown in America

BACKGROUND: Founded by former 60s radicals Heather and Paul Booth as Illinois Public Action Council, it eventually grew into a national network called Citizen Action. The national organization folded after numerous scandals including Teamstergate, and a multi-million dollar embezzlement conviction against Obama campaign organizer Bob Creamer, then Citizen Action treasurer. Most of the locals renamed and reorganized under the new national banner of USAction.

In 2005 the president of USAction, William McNary, delivered a rousing keynote address to the CPUSA (Communist Party of the United States) that had the crowd roaring. President Obama worked for William McNary organizing a Get Out The Vote campaign, ostensibly for Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.

During the Clinton administration, Heather Booth was hired to coordinate organizing for the DNC.

President Obama’s now deceased Doctor Quentin Young (regarded as the godfather of Obamacare) was an important member of Illinois Citizen Action.

In 2008-2010, USAction used HCAN (Healthcare for America Now) to stage rallies to spearhead the successful effort to push the health care bill through congress.

Their most recent work includes co-organizing the Showdown in America protest actions, including the ones that terrorized a teenager alone in his home, and stormed into Federally-regulated bank buildings.
utoh

Festus, MO

#12 Mar 20, 2011
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GROUP: Movement for a Democratic Society

CAMPAIGNS/ORGS: New SDS

BACKGROUND: Founded by former members of the original 1960s Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and their spin-off terrorist group, Weather Underground. Some of the more prominent ones are Bernardine Dohrn, Rashid Khalidi, Carl Davidson, Tom Hayden, Alan Haber, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Noam Chomsky, Mark Rudd, Jeff Jones, Bert Garskof, and Starhawk.

Bernadine Dohrn and her husband Bill Ayers have taken part in Free Gaza Movement Actions, and were members of the Weather Underground terrorist organization.

Tom Hayden is on the board of Progressive Democrats of America, and was a member of the Weather Underground terrorist organization.

Rashid Khalidi is on the Advisory Board of the US Campaign To End The Israeli Occupation.

Bill Fletcher is on the Advisory Board of the US Campaign To End The Israeli Occupation.

Noam Chomsky is on the board of advisers for the Free Gaza Movement, a sub-group of the US Campaign To End The Israeli Occupation.

Marc Rudd was a member of the Weather Underground terrorist organization.

Jeff Jones was a member of the Weather Underground terrorist organization.

Bert Garskof was a member of the Weather Underground terrorist organization.
utoh

Festus, MO

#13 Mar 20, 2011
The Progressive Jihad Against Israel
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two posts on The New Party
post 1

GROUP: The New Party / Working Families Party

CAMPAIGNS/ORGS: Running 3rd party and fusion candidates in targeted races.

BACKGROUND: The Progressive movement – not unlike the Libertarian movement – felt locked out of a one party system masquerading as a 2 party system. They set out to take control of the Democrat party where they couldn’t defeat it outright.

The New Party collapsed in the 1990s when they lost a Supreme Court case involving the backbone of their strategy, fusion voting. They re-organized as the Working Families Party, and boast such prominent members as Hillary Clinton, Elliot Spitzer, and John Edwards.

An excellent background resource for the New Party can be found here, but for the purposes of this article, the pertinent point is that President Barack Obama was an important member of the New Party, and still is a member of the Working Families Party.

If you look at the list of New Party members, you will see that a large number of them are involved in the Gaza actions against Israel, as outlined above.

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From storming banks and personal property, to rioting in Seattle and St. Paul, to Palestinian children throwing stones at tanks in Israel, the groups listed above (among others) are the community organizers responsible for most of it.

Don’t like health care being pushed through? Too bad, that’s what community organizing looks like.

Don’t like protesters storming bank lobbies and private residential property? Too bad, that’s what community organizing looks like.

Don’t like anarchists rioting in Seattle or St. Paul? Too bad, that’s what community organizing looks like.

Don’t like CodePink organizing marches and flotillas in support of Hamas? Too bad, that’s what community organizing looks like.

These groups and their leaders are openly Marxist and virulently opposed to Capitalism.

Consistent with their worldview that all means are justified by their ends, they have intentionally organized Anarchists into their movements.

Consistent with their worldview that Capitalist America is the evil empire and Israel is her colony built on land stolen from indigenous peoples, they have organized the Jihadis. They hide behind the language of human rights and justice, but their bias is betrayed by the complete lack of honesty when it comes to representing the narrative of that region. Absent from their movement is any mention of the word Hamas. Search their English websites and you will be hard pressed to find a single mention of the Iran-supported terrorist government of Gaza, Hamastan. It is as if Hamas has gone missing. Come to think of it, there isn’t much mention of Jihad either. Or Sharia, Or Dhimmitude.

Their thin cloak of human rights legitimacy is torn to shreds when their tactics include weapon wielding ‘peace activists’ invoking ‘death to the Jews’:

The Marxists explain that the only reason the terrorist groups gain traction is because outside Western empire powers stole that land for the Jews, who have turned it into a militarized apartheid state. They fail to mention that within the concepts of Sharia and Dhimmitude, Jewish self-determination has been a non-starter for the Arabs since day one. Also, no mention of the repeated and relentless stream of Jihad terrorist attacks against innocent men, women, and children, guilty of nothing more than being Jews, and who were hoping only for the dignity of self-determination on one tiny shred of their ancestral homeland, among a sea of Sharia states demanding dhimmitude for ‘peace’. Also, no mention of the Palestinian involvement in the Holocaust. Nope. Just racist-evil-maniacal Israel – colony of America.

The Marxists and their Islamist clients like to say that it is all about the occupation. This has nothing to do with occupation. This decades-long Jihad against the Jews began long before the occupation. Long before the Holocaust.
utoh

Festus, MO

#14 Mar 20, 2011
The Progressive Jihad Against Israel
Page 7
two posts on The New Party
post 2

GROUP: The New Party / Working Families Party

The Marxists and their Islamist clients like to say that it is all about the occupation. This has nothing to do with occupation. This decades-long Jihad against the Jews began long before the occupation. Long before the Holocaust.

The Jews, who by chronological logic were there first, are the tiniest minority in an ocean of Muslim countries. All they want is to have one small piece of their birthplace and to be safe there, but the bigotry of dhimmitude will not allow it. Never has, never will.

And the Marxists have fooled the world into thinking the Israelis are maniacal aggressors beating up on innocent defenseless Muslims.

Some of the President’s closest friends and financial supporters are admittedly working with and supporting Jihad terrorists in an effort to defeat the Little Satan – Israel. Are we supposed to assume that they will stop there? Or will they work together to also defeat the Great Satan?

Is it okay to question their patriotism yet?
utoh

Festus, MO

#15 Jun 18, 2011
Bill Ayers''gay' agenda for your kids
By Linda Harvey Oct.2008
page 1

Editor's warning: Some readers may take offense to graphic content in this column.

About eight years ago, while researching the astonishing rise of homosexual-positive programs and curricula in schools, I came across a book called "Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue about Sexualities and Schooling" by William J. Letts IV and James T. Sears.

It's a collection of essays by radicals in the teaching profession, who believe adults and small children must be taught to "think queerly." The book's foreword was written by Kevin Jennings, then president of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, or GLSEN, whose core mission is to convince as many troubled kids as possible to declare themselves homosexual and start "gay" clubs in their schools, assisted by activist on-site teachers and the ACLU, and unopposed by clueless school boards.

What jumped off the back cover of this book was the name of one of its endorsers: William Ayers of the University of Illinois at Chicago. I remembered Bill Ayers' name from the 60s bomb-throwing group, the Weathermen. At the time, that was all his name meant to me.

But as this election drama unfolds, the Ayers connection with this despicable movement to sexualize our kids needs to be examined closely. Spellbound people are drawn to Barack Obama and are choosing to ignore key elements of his ideological pedigree. We need to bring this aspect of Ayers/Obama radicalism into the foreground. Ayers is not just a terrorist who attacked government buildings. He's an advocate of revolution in America by indoctrinating and sexually corrupting the next generation.

Remember his comments about smashing monogamy? Remember his confession in the New York Times article on 9/11 about the Weathermen's sexual experimentation, including his own sex with his male best friend? Ayers is a recognized authority on "social justice" education. It's time we uncovered what that really means.

Ayers' blurb is the first one listed on the back cover. It says:

Queering Elementary Education is an important contribution to nourishing the ethical heart of teaching, reminding us how anemic and cold and partial our embrace of our students has too often been. For some readers this collection will be an affirmation, for others a surprise and challenge. But it is a book for all teachers and parents, indeed for anyone concerned with the healthy development of children and schools. And, yes, it has an agenda: it stands straight and strong for fairness, for respect, for humanity, for simple decency.…
What constitutes "simple decency" in this book is quite a stretch from what Joe and Helen Average American might call decency. Obama was the first chairman of Ayers' Chicago Annenberg Challenge, so one can safely assume they share quite a few ideas about children and educating about "social justice."

Queering" includes essays about the need to affirm "sissy boys" in middle school, re-educating parents who object to teaching grade-schoolers about homosexual-headed families, in spite of the fact that some critics are the "rabid and self-appointed moral police" and the benefit of classrooms that don't observe Mother's Day or Father's Day. Another author, discussing "queer theory," tells us that "presumed heterosexuality … is an artifact of oppression." Thus, we get down to some specifics about so-called social justice education.

Other authors illustrate the need to use songs about homosexuality in grade schools ("Mama, What's a Dyke?"), and the need to incorporate literature into the curriculum that affirms comfortable friendships between young boys and adult homosexual men.

utoh

Festus, MO

#16 Jun 18, 2011
Bill Ayers''gay' agenda for your kids
page 2

One of the most revealing essays in "Queering Elementary Education" tells us about a young girl named Steph. Her mom writes the essay describing the benefits of 8-year-old Steph's world of "mobility and ambiguity." Steph "attends queer events with her parents' friends," and "her father is now primary caregiver supported by a network of multicultural and multisexual friends."

Steph's mom relates a conversation with Steph about what's missing from her sex education classes at school: "… the clitoris!" For by the time she was 7, Steph was "taught that it is the clitoris that gives her pleasure when she masturbates." Of course, this isn't surprising, since in another passage, Steph and her mother agree that, while watching a group of young girls, they are both attracted to the same 12-year-old. Steph has a teen girlfriend who regularly stays at their house for sleepovers who has confided she's a lesbian.

Children need to challenge any environment that is too "heteronormative, Anglocentric and phallocentric," according to Steph's mom, who sees that "'queerly raised' children are agents" using "strategies of adaptation, negotiation, resistance and subversion."

This book isn't the only involvement Ayers has with the pro-homosexual school agenda. He's an advocate within the profession of standards to force "LGBTQ" priorities on schools – that's " lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning." Again, this often falls under the umbrella of "social justice."

In 2007, a group from the American Educational Research Association, or AERA, including Ayers, demanded major accrediting organization for schools, colleges, and departments of education include categories of "social justice, sexual orientation and gender identity" in its standards. Ayers and colleagues called their effort "Call to Action: A RED Campaign for Social Justice and Queer Lives." Ayers, formerly vice president for curriculum of the AERA, was the spokesman on behalf of the effort, calling on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, or NCATE, to include these categories.

What would an Obama administration do? The record shows that Obama supported Illinois Senate Bill 99 in 2003, which, despite denials by Obama and false claims by the mainstream media, was not a bill to protect children from sexual predators. It was a sweeping, comprehensive sex-education bill that lowered the age of instruction from sixth grade to kindergarten, gutted an abstinence emphasis and prohibited "bias" based on "sexual orientation." The term "sexual predator" is nowhere in the bill, with inappropriate touching by peers included in a laundry list of the many aspects of explicit sex ed.

Would all schools in the U.S., under the muscle of an Obama administration, be forced to drill youth in the talking points of "gay" sex and gender–switching, calling it "justice"? Would Ayers' idea that America is an oppressive regime with way too much heterosexuality become a core tenet of your child's value system?

Someone needs to ask Obama how he defines social justice teaching to children. What will be the specifics of the next version of "No Child Left Behind"?

And let's hope he will tell us the truth before Election Day.
utoh

United States

#17 Jul 3, 2011
Communist Manifesto
Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes."

Nazi Party Platform
We demand an agrarian reform in accordance with our national requirements, and the enactment of a law to expropriate the owners without compensation of any land needed for the common purpose. The
abolition of ground rents, and the prohibition of all speculation in land."

progressive/liberals
The stripping away of land from private owners. Liberalism today demands "eminent domain" on property.
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Communist Manifesto
"A heavy progressive or graduated income tax."

Nazi Party Platform
"We demand the nationalization of all trusts...profit-sharing in large industries...a generous increase in old-age pensions...by providing maternity welfare centers, by prohibiting juvenile labor...and the creation of a national (folk) army."

Progressive/liberals
The points raised in the Nazi platform demand an increase in taxes to support them. Liberalism today demands heavy progressive and graduated
income taxes.
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Communist Manifesto
"Abolition of all rights of inheritance."

Nazi Party Platform
"That all unearned income, and all income that does not arise from work, be abolished."

Progressive/liberals
Liberalism today demands a "death tax" on anyone inheriting an estate.
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Communist Manifesto
"Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels."

Nazi Party Platform
"We demand that all non-Germans who have entered Germany since August 2, 1914, shall be compelled to leave the Reich immediately."

The Nuremburg Laws of 1934 allowed Germany to take Jewish property.
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Communist Manifesto
"Centralisation of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly."

Nazi Party Platform
"We demand the nationalization of all trusts."

Progressive/liberals
Central control of the financial system.
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Communist Manifesto
Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State."

Nazi Party Platform
"We demand that there be a legal campaign against those who propagate deliberate political lies and disseminate them through the press...editors and their assistants on newspapers published in the
German language shall be German citizens...Non-German newspapers shall only be published with the express permission of the State...the
punishment for transgressing this law be the immediate suppression of the newspaper..."

Progressive/liberals
Central control of the press. Liberals today demand control or suppression of talk radio and Fox News.
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Communist Manifesto
"Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c, &c."

Nazi Party Platform
"In order to make it possible for every capable and industrious German to obtain higher education, and thus the opportunity to reach into
positions of leadership, the State must assume the responsibility of organizing thoroughly the entire cultural system of the people. The
curricula of all educational establishments shall be adapted to practical life. The conception of the State Idea (science of citizenship) must be taught in the schools from the very beginning. We
demand that specially talented children of poor parents, whatever their station or occupation, be educated at the expense of the State."

Progressive/liberals
Central control of education, with an emphasis on doing things their way. Liberals today are doing things their way in our schools.
utoh

Festus, MO

#18 Jul 13, 2011
BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION

Assets:$33,498,185,159 (2009)
***Grants Received:$1,633,304,452 (2009)
***Grants Awarded:$3,626,100,000 (2009)

"The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was created in January 2000 by multi-billionaire Bill Gates and his wife. The Foundation took form through the merger of the Gates Learning Foundation, which worked to expand access to technology through public libraries, and the William
H. Gates Foundation (named after Bill's father), which focused on improving global health. William H. Gates is now the President of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

This Seattle-based Foundation has an endowment of approximately $24 billion, making it the largest charitable organization in the world.

The Gates Foundation is so enormous that the financial portion of its 990-PF form submitted to the IRS, which lists all of its investments,
fills nearly 1,500 pages.
While the Foundation’s grantmaking is by no means exclusively targeted toward the political left, among the groups it supports are:

the Friends of Nelson Mandela
the Progressive Policy Institute
the Tides Center
the Tides Foundation
the National Council of La Raza
the Progressive Policy Institute
Global Justice
the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)
the Council on Foundations
Planned Parenthood
Africare
the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation
Physicians for Human Rights
Population Action International
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
the International HIV/AIDS Alliance
the Funders Network on Population,
FareStart
Reproductive Health and Rights
EngenderHealth
Pathfinder International
the Gay Men's Health Crisis
the Low Income Housing Institute
World Neighbors
the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
the Aspen Institute
the Refugee Womens Alliance
the United States Student Association
Earth Conservation Corps
the United Nations
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
the Funders Concerned About AIDS
Population Services International
the Alan Guttmacher Institute
the United Nations Foundation
the International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Facing the Future: the Center for Global Development
World Vision International
the International Center for Research on Women Population
Communications International
the Organization of Chinese Americans
People and the Planet
the Urban League
the Foundation for Reproductive Health and Family Education (Haiti)
the Population Resource Center
the Ethnic Support Council
the World Resources Institute
AVSC International
and the Carter Center."
utoh

Festus, MO

#19 Oct 11, 2011
By Richard Poe..Discover The Networks..2005

Working Families Party: Agendas, Activities, and Alliances
Page 1

The Working Families Party (WFP) is a front group for the radical cult ACORN. It functions as a political party in New York State and Connecticut, promoting ACORN-friendly candidates. Unlike conventional political parties, WFP charges its members dues – about $60 per year – a policy characteristic of ACORN and its affiliates.

According to the party’s Web site, WFP is a coalition founded by ACORN, the Communications Workers of America, and the United Automobile Workers. However, ACORN clearly dominates the coalition. New York ACORN leader Steven Kest was the moving force in forming the party. WFP headquarters is located at the same address as ACORN’s national office, at 88 Third Avenue in Brooklyn.

“The [Working Families Party] was created in 1998 to help push the Democratic Party toward the left,” noted the Associated Press on March 28, 2000. In pursuit of this goal, WFP runs radical candidates in state and local elections. Generally, WFP candidates conceal their extremism beneath a veneer of populist rhetoric, promoting bread-and-butter issues designed to appeal to union workers and other blue-collar voters, Republican and Democrat alike.

The Working Families Party benefits from a quirk of New York State election law, which allows parties to “cross-endorse” candidates of other parties. Thus when Hillary CLINTON ran for the Senate in 2000, she ran both on the Democratic Party ticket and on the Working Families Party ticket. Of the 3.4 million popular votes Hillary received from New Yorkers, the Working Families Party delivered 103,000.

The power to grant or deny its endorsement – and the votes that go with it – gives WFP leverage over mainstream candidates. New York politicians, from Republican governor George Pataki to Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer, go out of their way to court WFP’s favor and to avoid offending the fledgling party.

“Candidates know that when they’re on our line, they’re committed to certain things,” explains Bertha Lewis, who moonlights as WFP co-chair and New York ACORN executive director. Speaking days before Hillary won her Senate seat in 2000, Lewis noted, "Hillary knows that if she wins, we're going to be knockin' on her door. She won't be able to hide." (quoted in The Village Voice, November 1-7, 2000)

On occasion, WFP will endorse Republican candidates who support them on specific issues. However, its candidates are overwhelmingly Democratic. Indeed, shortly after WFP’s launch in 1998, party co-founder Bob Master – who is also New York political director of the Communications Workers of America (CWA)– told the Albany Times Union,“We’re very clear that we are not abandoning the Democratic Party.” Rather, the Working Families Party is attempting to move the Democrats “toward the progressive end of the spectrum,” as another WFP organizer put it.

The strategy appears to be working. For instance, in a special May 1999 Rockland County election for an open State Senate seat, the WFP teamed up with Greens and Democrats to give a three-way endorsement to leftwing Democrat Ken Zebrowski. WFP brought in five percent of Zebrowski’s total votes, prompting Rockland county Democratic chairman Paul Adler to comment that a Green-WFP-Democrat coalition,“could help push the Democrats back to the left.”

On March 12, 2003, the New York City Council passed a resolution opposing US plans to invade Iraq.“We are sending a message to the president today, at least I am… that you can no longer use 9/11 as an excuse for war...,” declared Brooklyn Democrat and former Black Panther Charles Barron. Councilwoman Yvette Clark added,“If we’re looking for a fight, let’s fight poverty, let’s fight firehouse foreclosures, let’s fight racism and sexism.”
utoh

Festus, MO

#20 Oct 11, 2011
Working Families Party: Agendas, Activities, and Alliances
Pg 2
Foreign news services had a field day with New York’s anti-war resolution.“The 31-17 vote in the city hardest hit by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks came after… 100,000 to 350,000 people turned out in the city last month for one of the nation's largest anti-war demonstrations,” noted China’s Xinhua News Agency.“Local councils in more than 100 U.S. municipalities large and small have passed similar resolutions,” exulted Germany’s Deutsche Presse-Agentur.“The City Councilors believe that declaring war on another nation was not the way to solve the crisis,” reported Channel NewsAsia.“New York says no,” proclaimed the Liverpool Daily Echo in England.“The resolution backed war only if `other options for achieving UN compliance calling for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction have failed.’”

Of course, many New Yorkers opposed the resolution. Or rather, they would have opposed it had they known about it. To this day, most New Yorkers are unaware that their elected representatives ever issued such an anti-war statement. Local media downplayed the event to the point of invisibility.

Almost alone among her media colleagues, New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser accused the City Council of “disgracing the memory of nearly 3,000 souls who perished in the World Trade Center.” Peyser lamented the blow to US troop morale in Iraq, where GIs had named a base in Kuwait City “Camp New York” in honor of the city’s sacrifice. Regarding the 31 city councilors who had voted for the resolution, Peyser wrote,“To say these people make me sick would be an insult to disease… For shame.”
Several council members publicly denounced the resolution, including Democrat Peter Vallone, Jr. of Queens, who said,“Just blocks from the Ground Zero, we debate… the financial costs of a war. What is the cost of 3,000 lives? In the next attack, when we lose 10,000 people, will that justify the cost? New York City was attacked by terrorists. Saddam Hussein supports terrorists. He is a terrorist.” In the same vein, Staten Island Republican Andrew Lanza told his fellow council members,“...I suggest that you take a walk down the street and take a long, hard look at that gaping hole in the ground, at that gaping hole in our lives...”

For the most part, however, such voices of reason were smothered in a blanket of media silence.

Clearly the City Council no longer spoke for ordinary New Yorkers. An invading force had taken the city government by stealth. That force was radical cult ACORN, operating under cover of one of its many front groups, The Working Families Party. ACORN’s invasion of New York City began in 1982, when organizer Francine Streich arrived in Brooklyn, setting up shop in the Reverend David Dyson’s Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church – a hotbed of inner-city activism. At that time, illegal squatters were moving en masse into the thousands of vacant buildings which the city had siezed for delinquent taxes during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s. Streich decided that squatters’ rights “was the obvious issue.”

She promptly led a sit-in at the office of Brooklyn Borough Pres. Howard Golden, demanding that the city turn over vacant buildings to the poor. When the sit-in failed, ACORN protesters occupied 25 city-owned buildings in Brooklyn. Police raided the buildings in August 1985, arresting eleven people, including leftwing State Senator Thomas J. Bartosiewicz, a Democrat, whom police accused of striking an officer.

ACORN had lost a battle, but ultimately won the war. In subsequent negotiations, the city turned over 58 buildings to the ACORN squatters, who had now organized themselves into a so called
collective. Dubbed the Mutual Housing Assoc of New York (MHANY), ACORN’s “housing collective” was appointed to run the buildings and received $2.7 million in city loans for renovation. The city also awarded the "collective" title to the land on which the buildings stood.

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