Just in case you had any doubt whatsoever about Occupy being a communist movement, the Brecht Forum can alleviate that doubt for you right now. Take a look at one of their upcoming events:
November 21st, 2011 7:30 PM
From #occupy to revolution
Jed Brandt, Mike Ely, Eric Riebellarsi
Jed Brandt is an editor with the Occupied Wall Street Journal, and together with Eric Ribellarsi, has recently returned from deep investigations into the “movement of the squares” in Greece and the revolutionary movement in Nepal.
Mike Ely is a veteran revolutionary whose political life started with the early SDS and the Black Panther Party in the 1960s, and covers decades of experience attempting to build revolutionary organization, including among coal miners in the wildcat strike movements of the 1970s.
All three are participants in the Kasama Project — a communist effort to re-imagine and regroup for revolution in the U.S. All have been active in the Occupy Together movement in different cities.
Take note that these are the people producing the OWS Journal and themselves say they are active in the movement in various geographical locations. If that’s not quite enough for you, here is a little blurb from Kasama’s own site that might help:
”Kasama is first of all a communist project.
By that we mean: The problems of humanity require communism - a global change that passes through the radical overthrow of a society of rich and poor, the development of a socialist sustainability to save the biosphere, the liberation of women from ancient subordination, the final overthrow of racist oppressions in the U.S., the vicious demonization of same-sex relationships, an abrupt end to this militarized empire (its global networks of mercenary forces, its torture camps and endless wars), the social takeover of monster banks and corporations – all of which requires radically new forms of democratic control by previously powerless people.”
Certainly, there are many ill informed participants and supporters who truly don’t realize who is running the show, but to doubt it now is to close your eyes to what is being placed right in front of you. And Barack Obama continues to back this movement.
Occupy Pakistan broke out Wed. Oct. 27th, just days after the International Youth Conference & Festival (IYCF) took place in Islamabad. The timing being what it was, it appears that Pakistani youth received the very best training just in time for the big event.
The 2nd annual IYCF, which wrapped up less than a week ago in Islamabad, Pakistan, is co-sponsored by both AYM (movements.org) and our very own State Dept. Although the State Dept. logo is no longer evident on the movements.org site, it is clear from this event that they are still working on the same projects. Google and YouTube, movements.org sponsors, are also sponsors of this event.
According to their program, it looks like our dedicated Arab Spring training team wants to be sure these kids are well trained in all aspects of resistance. A few of the sessions include:
Digital Activism 101 – Citizen Journalism – Twitter Power – Building a Movement
“Resistance Through Cultural Expression” Workshops:
Street Art – Music – Filmography – Political Theatre
One of the attendees highlights some of the event opportunities like this on his Twitter feed:
@ SaadGH: 12 workshops from how to use street art for resistance, to how to manage a movement (from people who have done it) is the crux.
# IYCF2011 Film Screening- “A Force More Powerful” and Q & A with Ivan Marovic (International Centre for Non-Violent Conflict) theme 05
Dr. Ackerman was the Executive Producer of the PBS-TV documentary, “Bringing Down a Dictator”, on the fall of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic.
In this brief overview, it should be clear that those looking for the same brand of “change” in Pakistan as our occupiers here have certainly been well prepared. If there is any doubt, consider this tweet from S. Rudak, one of the event’s speakers (also a co-founder of AYM movements.org):
The strike has begun in Islamabad. Nonviolent conflict 101 is in full effect & I love it! I stand in solidarity with Pakistani’s.
It’s clear that AYM and the State Dept. have not dropped the ball after the Egyptian revolution. There is much more work to be done.
In record time, the unions have apparently recruited their own private army to march on select greedy corporations without even receiving any union benefits. Such a deal! They call their new unpaid army “Occupy Wall Street” (OWS.)
This Friday, according to the union’s own websites, OWS has agreed to join forces with the Communications Workers of America (CWA), backed by other area unions including the IBEW. Plans have been made to meet and rally on Fri., Oct. 21st against Verizon. The striking CWA has yet to reach an agreement with Verizon, and OWS comes at such an opportune time!
On Thursday, every steward at every work location will be explaining to every member how we will join forces with the “99% group” and the “Occupy Work Street Group” to fight this Company. Verizon – the Poster Child for Corporate Greed - must never be allowed to destroy our future.
On Friday, CWA and the Occupy Wall Street protestors will join forces and go on a field trip. Call your Local or ask your steward to sign up for this trip. Call a retiree and get a commitment that they will join the fight by joining the trip.
Their rallying flyer explains:
Occupy Wall Street supports our struggle—they have joined our info picket lines and leafleted at VZ Wireless stores. They are heeding our call not to upgrade to Apple’s iPhone4S on Verizon’s network until Verizon and Verizon Wireless stop trying to downgrade our jobs.
Is this what a lot of the “occupiers” had in mind when they signed up for this gig? Did they expect to become unpaid and uncovered marching numbers for unions? How many of them are familiar with this strike and what the demands and negotiotions have been so far? Maybe it’s time for the OWS Army to wake up and smell the politically correct Fair Trade coffee.
Along with the many socialist and communist groups battling for a piece of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we would be remiss to leave out the contributions from the Marxist Brecht Forum, host of well known radical speakers such as Frances Fox Piven and Stephen Lerner. Their fingerprints appear to be found in multiple places.
Being the educators they are, our first connection was found in a special workshop put on just for OWS attendees on Oct. 4th, according to their event listings:
October 4th, 2011 5:30 PM
People’s University at #OccupyWallStreet
@ Freedom Square (Liberty Plaza) Corner of Liberty and Broadway
Economic Update with Rick Wolff
Occupy Wall Street continues to capture the imagination of millions across the globe. Join us for a series “People’s University at Occupy Walls Street” as we connect the dots, build bridges and move forward for a world free of capitalism and war!
As promoted on his own site, Professor Wolff describes it as a “teach-in”:
October 4, 2011 – 18:00 – 19:30
Zuccotti Park, Broadway and Liberty, New York, NY
Professor Wolff will participate in a teach-in at Occupy Wall Street. His talk will focus on Marxism today and in light of the crisis. He will speak about possible, practical solutions.
You can view Prof. Richard Wolff speaking at OWS here and also appearing on Russia Today (RT) to further stress the need for society to question capitalism and learn more about socialism. He teaches at the Brecht Forum and serves on its’ Left Forum board with Frances Fox Piven.
Fellow Brecht Forum thinker, Arun Gupta, was shown recently when The Blaze posted this video, also from Russia Today, where he describes the failure of capitalism:
Arun Gupta happens to be one of the primary faces behind the “Occupied Wall Street Journal” produced by his own Indypendent.org. Although The Blaze points out the funding connections to Soros, Tides, Code Pink and more, we need to recognize the support received from the Brecht Forum, where Brecht’s facilities serve as their workspace:
They worked through the night Thursday into Friday and will reconvene this afternoon to wrap up the production work at The Indypendent’s temporary workspace at The Brecht Forum, a Marxist culture center on the West Side Highway not far from the demonstration site.
Arun Gupta’s projects, according to The Baltimore Free School, include the following:
Arun Gupta has been an editor of The Indypendent (New York) since 2000 and was an editor of The Guardian (New York) from 1989-1992. He was active in the anti-apartheid divestment and Central America solidarity movements in the 1980s and studied philosophy, history and mathematics at the University of Maryland. Gupta’s writing has also appeared in AlterNet, Z Magazine, and other publications. In 2010, Arun Gupta was a Lannan Foundation Writing Resident.
Some of Gupta’s more disturbing writing includes a piece called “Off With Their Heads! Let’s Celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton by Reviving Another Timeless Tradition.” In this piece, he apparently advocates a return to the guillotine:
What better way to help the English to topple a government rooted in medieval despotism, overcome their class deference and end a culture of hereditary idiocy than chopping off a few royal heads?
Plus, imagine putting the Queen’s head in a jar on public display. It would be the ultimate tourist attraction.
In another piece called “The Merchants of Hate,” he is somehow able to find a way to blame every crazy killer in recent history on conservatives, including Jared Loughner of course. It’s quite a wild list of accusations, seen here.
The right thrives on mobilizing group resentment, and the range of its targets over the last 50 years is astonishing: gays and lesbians, African-Americans, Latinos, feminists, welfare recipients, reproductive-rights activists, Muslims, undocumented immigrants, government officials, prisoners, intellectuals, liberals, antiwar activists and unions.
Gupta has also apparently worked with Alberto Lopez, who we previously described as part of the October2011 movement in Washington, DC and mentor for progressive techies. Gupta and Lopez have worked together as hosts for a Brecht Forum event to honor Bhairavi Desai, the Executive Director of the Taxi Workers Alliance, held at SEIU headquarters in Nov., 2010. Both Gupta and Lopez have both appeared on Brecht’s Left Forum panels along with others such as Stephen Lerner, recently captured speaking at the Left Forum about using economic terrorism to crash the system.
Many fingerprints are to be found all over every aspect of OWS, but when assigning credit (or blame), surely the Brecht Forum and Friends are enjoying their share of this opportunity for “change.”
Whenever planning to attend an event, it’s always important to know who your hosts are. Sometimes you are dragged along to a party and have no idea who is hosting, and that can end up being a disaster. In the case of this month’s “October2011″ event planned to begin at the end of this week in Washington, DC, you may find some of the hosts quite interesting.
On their Facebook page, one wall post says “We will not co-opted! While we seek support from everyone agrees with our agenda, we will not be co-opted by political parties or organizations tied to them.” However, when visiting their site, October2011.org, you’ll find Code Pink, FireDogLake and others among the many involved organizations listed. The person who registered their website is David Swanson, currently the director of Washington’s progressive Democrats.com. Is it just me, or does that sound a bit political? In addition to the not-so-bipartisan David, the site itself (as well as David’s own site) is hosted by MayFirst.org, operated by Marxist Alfredo Lopez.
So we can get to know the hosts, here is a brief resume for each:
David currently works as the Washington director of Democrats.com, but has many other accomplishments including creating the radical site AfterDowningStreet, authoring “The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush,” by Dennis Kucinich (2008), working for ACORN, creating websites for CODEPINK and Cindy Sheehan and much much more.
You can view his many reccommendations here including former employer ACORN, where he was a Communications Coordinator. Also available are references from unions such as the AFL-CIO and former employer Dennis Kucinich.
Alfredo, it may come as no surprise, is a 1960′s activist. He was a top leader in the Puerto Rican Socialist Party in the 70′s. In more recent years, he has worked to harness the power of the internet as well as win over the techies to the progressive cause. Very union oriented, he worked to get NY unions an online presence in the late ’90′s. He has taught at various institutions including Columbia University.
Alberto is co-founder of MayFirst.org where progressives can have their sites hosted. They work directly with riseup.net, where many Marxist and anarchist groups coordinate. As recently as March 2011, MayFirst.org sponsored a panel discussion at the LeftForum (board member Frances Fox Piven) entitled “The Revolution Just *Might* Be Televised,” at Pace University in NYC.
Apparently he is not too big on national sovereignty and borders. An example of his philosophy might be found in this quote:
Alfredo Lopez writes about our first event in Bolivia, “Through this work, we challenge the false and destructive border and national divisions imposed on the indigenous peoples of our Hemisphere and continuously imposed on us all. We will make this conference a truly Hemispheric conference.”
In his “Organic Internet” video, Alfredo references his mentor as having been Arthur Felberbaum of the Marxist Brecht Forum. In explaining the definition and uses of the “organic internet,” he states:
“Capitalism has never produced a thing in its’ entire history…”
Alfredo’s current focus appears to be organizing the techies and the internet worldwide:
With over a billion people engaging in a collective activity, today’s Internet is one of humanity’s largest social movements, reflecting the kind of social interaction and collective achievement activists like us struggle for world-wide: fundamentally collaborative, democratic and based almost entirely on tools and software that has been produced collaboratively, developed by large, democratic communities and distributed freely. It is truly international and resilient against constant attempts to control its direction and curtail its positive growth. Techies have been fundamental to this movement and will continue to play an increasingly important role in the progress of humanity.
In learning just a bit about only two of the many organizers of these events, we have to be very aware of who they are and what kind of nation they would plan to fill the void with. Unless you are a supporter of a global, Marxist government, I suggest taking an in-depth look at the “hosts” behind your next Occupation.
As progressives nationwide jump on board the Occupy Wall Street bandwagon, I visited the San Antonio “Occupy Wall Street” Facebook page to see what was going on in Texas. One of their commenters had posted a list of “11 Things the Wealthiest Americans Could Buy for the U.S.” MoveOn.org has a copy of the same poster as seen here.
The list was produced by United for a Fair Economy (UFE). One of their main projects is called “Responsible Wealth,” co-founded in 1997 by Bill “Planned Parenthood” Gates, Sr. They are self described as “advocates for economic justice” with “membership (is) open to those in the top five percent of U.S. income earners and asset holders…” The page also quoted Bill Gates, Sr.:
American society has made it possible for [wealthy] individuals to have an elegant life, first class education, and virtually unlimited options about where to go and what to do. Society does have a just claim on these fortunes, and it goes by the name of the Estate Tax.
You may remember some of the big players involved at the time, as they proudly shared the headlines of the day in their April 2001 newsletter:
The Philadelphia Inquirer called it “The Shot Heard ‘Round the Country Club.” The Los Angeles Times front page headline proclaimed “Drive to Kill Estate Tax Loses Steam.” Every major news organization reported the news: Bill Gates, Sr., George Soros, and several members of the Rockefeller family had joined with Responsible Wealth members in issuing a public “Call to Preserve the Estate Tax.”
Needless to say, Warren Buffett is part of the Responsible Wealth/UFE as well, along with the aforementioned Soros and Rockefellers.
Gates, Sr. and co-founder Chuck Collins spoke with PBS’ Bill Moyers about their movement in 2001:
“There’s a campaign to restore the inheritance tax. And it’s being led, believe it or not, by some of the country’s richest people including Bill Gates, Sr., the patriarch of the Gates family who heads the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Chuck Collins, an heir to the Oscar Meyer fortune who founded the organization called Responsible Wealth.”
COLLINS: “We believe that people who accumulate great wealth also have been lucky, have had the benefit of growing up and living in the United States, and have benefited from this enormous public investment.
One of our leaders in Responsible Wealth was standing next to President Clinton when he vetoed the repeal of the estate tax and he said, look, I grew up in New York City, I went to public schools and public libraries and museums. Someone else paid for those.
I went to a college; someone else paid for that. I went into the technology field, a whole infrastructure that had been built with public investment that someone else had paid for. I started a company and I hired professional people who had been trained through a subsidized education system. And I made $40 million. And you’re telling me society doesn’t have a claim on my wealth? You know… “
Wow, that sounds exactly like the philosophy of Elizabeth Warren. What are the odds?
“I hear all this, you know, ‘Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever. No. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own — nobody.
“You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police-forces and fire-forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory — and hire someone to protect against this — because of the work the rest of us did.
“Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea. God bless — keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”
Of course, they both fail to point out that the wealthiest Americans also paid much more in taxes to construct those roads and pay those teachers, but little details like that just spoil the argument, don’t they? But certainly, people of their stature would surely be aware of that. Could they possibly have something else in mind besides helping the little people? This interesting exchange between Moyers and Gates, Sr. helps clarify how it would work:
GATES: “You earned it” is really a matter of “you earned it with the indispensable help of your government.”
MOYERS: But isn’t it true that wealth helps create wealth? I mean, some rich people do very good things with their money. Andrew Carnegie built all of those libraries. I served on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation, they’re helping to nurture the Green revolution. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation crusading for public health around the world. I mean, would you be able to do that if your money were confiscated by the government?
GATES: Well, as you know, Bill, that choice is available to everyone. We’re not arguing about something that would change that whatsoever. The charitable gifts will be still be a deduction in computing estate taxes. So a wealthy person has an absolute choice as to whether they pay the tax or whether they give their wealth to their university or their church or their foundation.
Ohhh….a foundation. Like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation? Or Open Society? Doesn’t that enable you to avoid paying taxes while manipulating society with your progressive grants to support every global cause that you have deemed correct for society? Wouldn’t that cut back on the amount of money you would pay in tax after all? Something’s wrong with this picture.
Finally, back to the Responsible Wealth page. Coincidentally, it links at the bottom to Occupy Wall Street; what it is and how you can join. In addition to all of the other progressives promoting a revolution, it looks like the Billionaires Club is on board just as they always are. Some of the protesters out there might find it curious that the fat cats they are protesting appear to be the same people motivating the entire movement. Strange bedfellows, indeed.
Let the media spin begin, following this week’s ruling by a federal judge which allows most of the Alabama Immigration Law to go forward. On Thursday evening’s ABC World News, Diane Sawyer incorrectly referred to the law as the Alabama “Anti-Immigrant” law, which would almost give her viewers the impression that Alabama’s citizens are against people rather than for the economic survival of their state.
ABC talked with sympathetic principals and worried students. One of the students interviewed said “What is the definition on a citizen?” He clearly felt entitled to the benefits of citizenship, and who can blame him? There has been no serious enforcement of immigration law for a very long time, and ICE has refused to properly enforce it.
Strangely, when looking for an official definition of citizenship to offer this student, I found that official government sites such as the IRS still use the term “alien.” I thought we weren’t allowed to use that word anymore:
“You should first determine whether, for income tax purposes, you are a nonresident alien or a resident alien. Figure 1-A will help you make this determination.”
Wikipedia offered a basic definition which appears to require some specific guidelines for qualification as a citizen:
Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United State Constitution provides that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the juurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State Wherein they reside.”
Alabama will be attacked relentlessly by the left for enforcing the rule of law, yet no one is stepping up to take responsibility for the situation. These school kids are in this position because no one has been enforcing the immigration laws of this country, nor offering a common sense solution to the problem. Meanwhile, states are expected to absorb the overwhelming costs of support for non-citizens to the tune of $113 billion a year, according to a 2010 study:
The cost of harboring illegal immigrants in the United States is a
staggering $113 billion a year — an average of $1,117 for every
“native-headed” household in America — according to a study conducted by
the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
In addition to the economic impact, states are encouraged to turn the other way while the less-than-honorable among them break our laws and many are not deported even after breaking the law.
We may or may not agree with the version of enforcement Alabama has chosen, but it is a matter of following the rule of law and presenting the topic of immigration honestly, which MSM anchors like Diane Sawyer apparently choose not to do. You may recall back in May 2010, during the media uproar over the Arizona law, the head of ICE, John Morton, had this to say regarding enforcement:
Morton said his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants
referred to them by Arizona officials. The best way to reduce illegal
immigration is through a comprehensive federal approach, not a patchwork of
state laws, he said.
“I don’t think the Arizona law, or laws like it, are the solution,” Morton
But that really isn’t his job, is it? ICE is to enforce law, not pick and choose. The states can’t wait for that “comprehensive federal approach” he advocates because it is not forthcoming.
Not surprisingly, overwhelming us with uncontrolled immigration appears to have been recommended by radicals as far back as the Marxist Frankfurt School (point 5 below). These rules, according to Timothy Matthews from Catholic Insight are:
1. The creation of racism offences.
2. Continual change to create confusion.
3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children.
4. The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority.
5. Huge immigration to destroy identity.
6. The promotion of excessive drinking.
7. Emptying of churches.
8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime.
9. Dependency on the state or state benefits.
10. Control and dumbing down of media.
11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family.
Rather than refuse to follow the laws voted in by the representatives of this land, it seems like the sincere immigrant advocate would be working with shortening the cost and process of becoming a legal citizen rather than attacking those who want our laws enforced.
If the illegal immigration advocates are truly concerned for this segment of the population, why are they not proposing smart, common sense reform that would have a chance of passing? By refusing to address this huge and devastating problem, the federal government is forcing states to take action, yet attacking them when they do. One might think their intent could be to stir up discontent (and votes), not solve the problem nor enforce the law of the land. Maybe those who like to label others as “anti” immigrant should consider being a little more “pro” active in coming up with some real solutions. Any ideas, Diane?
This week, the Palm Beach Post published a story on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) increased use of the phrase “federal family” in addressing their preparedness for Hurricane Irene. If the federal government is to be our family, it’s got to be the kind of dysfunctional family with the crazy uncle and addicted sister-in-law.
This is not the first administration to use the phrase and considering the level of competence they have shown in the past, it is understandable why they would want a warmer image. However, according to the article, the use of this phrase has increased considerably under the Obama administration:
A Google search shows the phrase appearing 10 times on FEMA’s website during the Bush years. Since Obama took office, “federal family” has turned up 118 times on fema.gov, including 50 Irene-related references.
It should come as no surprise that the Obama administration would be fond of this phrasing. The far Left has always had the desire to replace our family structure and traditions, for they stand in the way of the power and agenda they would like to enforce upon us. Karl Marx pointed out the importance of eliminating the competition, as discussed in an article from Godonomics.com:
He advocated in the Communist Manifesto for the “forcible overthrow” of all existing social conditions. In other words, Marx says: Eliminate God, Family, and Church, and replace them with Statism and Government.
Obama himself showed disdain for the power held by traditional family values in this statement during his state senate campaign:
The right wing, the Christian right, has done a good job of building these organizations of accountability, much better than the left or progressive forces have. But it’s always easier to organize around intolerance, narrow-mindedness, and false nostalgia. And they also have hijacked the higher moral ground with this language of family values and moral responsibility.
It is also evident in his desire to have control of the minds of our children at an earlier and earlier age; from birth, if possible. This was the starting age group in his “Children’s First Agenda” educational funding plan which he proposed during his campaign. Why wait until parents have spoiled their little minds with religious myth and conservative values and traditions? It takes too long to overcome those things. Why wait?
This is nothing new. Humanist, psychiatrist and the first Secretary General of the UN World Health Organization, Dr. Brock Chisholm, was quoted as saying this back in 1946:
It has long been generally accepted that parents have a perfect right to impose any points of view, any lies or fears, superstitions, prejudices, hates or faith on their defenseless children…These things cause neuroses…”
In one final example from the federal dysfunctional family, you’ll undoubtedly remember Al Gore’s quote speaking to a group of youths in an attempt to discredit parents:
“There are some things about our world that you know that older people don’t know…”
The federal dysfunctional family has already succeeded in making many single mothers, unemployed workers and many others dependent on them for their most basic needs, but they won’t stop until they become the Big Daddy (or the meddling mother-in-law) for us all. Considering their own words, they may not have the best interests of their children in mind.