In an attempt to link immigration issues to the ongoing Mike Brown incident in Ferguson, Missouri, NDLON (National Day Laborer Organizing Network) posted the following, linked from Twitter:
NDLON @ndlon 6h
Why the fight for #ImmigrantRights includes the fight for #MikeBrown & Ferguson #NMOS14 http://ndlon.org/en/pressroom/press-releases/item/1078-ferguson/1078-ferguson …
Their link takes us to the following announcement:
NDLON Calls for Immigrants and Latinos to Join Protests Against Police Brutality, for Justice in Ferguson
August 15th, 2014 – Phoenix, AZ
In response to the events related to the shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO and the violent police response to the outpouring of protest, Marisa Franco, lead of the #Not1More Campaign for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, issued the following statement:
“As a movement that is fighting criminalization to stop deportations and detention, Latinos and immigrants have a duty to stand alongside those who have been fighting it far longer. On the streets of Ferguson, people have bravely sounded an alarm on the crisis of violence besieging the Black community.
As we defend our own families, we must answer the call not simply to be in solidarity but because the problems our communities face and the solutions we seek are linked together.
Last night, across the country, thousands held their words in a moment of silence to remember the life of Mike Brown and in a pledge to never be silent again in the face of injustice. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends and we urge those within the immigrant rights movement to attend the rallies and protests in the coming days. Black lives matter and any movement against dehumanization must affirm and defend that truth.
Mike Brown is not the first but the latest in an epidemic of violence. We say, not one more Black person murdered by police, not one more struggle fought alone, not one more life criminalized as we continue our struggle for not one more deportation.”
A partial list of upcoming events can be found at: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/solidarity-actions-for-mike-brown and by following #BlackLivesMatter, #NMOS14, and #MikeBrown on twitter.
The list of action sites they refer to is found here: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/solidarity-actions-for-mike-brown . The Action Network organizing these nationwide protests aka Corporate Action Network, is directed by Mark Fleischman, former SEIU Vice-president, along with many other professional organizers:
Having spent 25 years in the labor movement, primarily as an organizing director for large union campaigns, most recently Mark served as Vice President of the Service Employees International Union.
NDLON is supported by the CCR, Center for Constitutional Rights.
According to DiscoverThe Networks, The CCR was founded by pro-Castro radicals in the 60’s.
All four founders were longtime supporters of communist causes, were well known for their pro-Castro politics, and, as David Horowitz and Peter Collier write in their 1989 book Destructive Generation, state that the CCR founders “had long histories of public support for communist causes,” and that by “representing such paramilitary groups as the Baader-Meinhof gang and the Black Liberation Army,” they “had attempted to justify terrorist acts and criminal violence by indicting America and its democratic allies as partners in a system of economic oppression and social injustice.”
Further, Vadum explains CCR’s passionate anti-Americanism: “CCR lawyers … ritualistically denounce the U.S. for its supposed hegemony and imperialism, denying that America has a right to defend itself and regulate its borders. … [To them,] America is a land of breadlines, racism, and totalitarian tyranny.” As a result of this worldview, CCR historically has geared its efforts toward opposing and undermining American interests wherever possible.
DTN further shows that their funding includes Soros’ Open Society Institute, Tides and CAIR.
It did not surprise to find that Obama and Eric Holder also have ties to CCR, and CCR defended Guantanamo detainees including Sufyan Ben Qumu, who was implicated in the Benghazi attack (HT: JammieWearingFool):
The major law firms working on detainee cases do not downplay their connections to Ratner; to the contrary, many embrace him. One firm listed in CCR’s 2008 annual report as part of its “Global Justice Initiative” is Jenner & Block, where Obama associate attorney general Thomas Perrelli served as managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office.According to Jenner’s website, the firm has worked with CCR, which it describes as “spearheading the coordinated efforts of all counsel” in Guantánamo cases. Jenner and Ratner also share a client: Jose Padilla.
Another firm working with CCR is Covington & Burling, Eric Holder’s law firm for eight years before he became Barack Obama’s attorney general. The firm’s website proudly notes that in 2008 it received the Center for Constitutional Rights’s “Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year” award. According to the American Lawyer, Covington & Burling lawyers spent 3,022 hours on Guantánamo litigation in 2007, more than on any other pro bono effort that year.At an average rate of $400 per hour, that comes to more than $1.2 million in donated legal services. Other well-known law firms working with CCR in its Global Justice Initiative include Morrison & Foerster; Wilmer Hale; Sullivan & Cromwell; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Holland & Hart; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman; Shearman & Sterling. And there are many, many others.
NDLON, supported by CCR, also joined forces with the AFL/CIO back in 2006 and they are still affiliated.
Landmark Partnership Marks New Chapter in American Social Justice Movement
A new national partnership agreement signed today by the AFL-CIO and the largest network of worker centers serving low-wage, often immigrant workers will help promote and advance the workplace rights of all workers, both organizations said.
To sum it up, you have a group organizing “stir the racial pot” protests nationwide. That union affiliated group is supported by the very radical CCR who has close connections to Obama, Holder and are funded by money from Soros and Tides, among others. Since Obama and Holder seem to be very familiar with these people and groups, they might want to just give them a call and suggest that fanning the flames of racial unrest might not be in the best interest of the country. Then again, the best interest of the country does not appear to be CCR’s priority.
SOROS, UNIONS & RADICALS BEHIND ACTION TO FUEL THE FLAMES IN MISSOURI