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The training ground for community organizers – Midwest Academy
The Midwest Academy in Chicago is the institute for training organizers in unions and communities. Amazingly, I can’t find a photo of this “academy” anywhere on the web. Their address is a floor in a Chicago building.
Several of it’s board of directors are connected to SEIU and AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.)
A quick read of their board page and the connections these avowed progressives have with the current Obama regime and his supporters is pretty interesting:
For example, Jackie Kendall was part of the team that developed and delivered the first Camp Obama trainings for volunteers going to Iowa the summer of 2007 through the Iowa Caucuses.
Jacky Grimshaw was a member of the Energy and Transportation Task Force of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development and has been a longtime activist for social justice.
Cathy Hurwit currently serves as chief of staff to Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), where she also has responsibility for universal health care, senior and labor issues. Prior to joining Rep. Schakowsky’s staff in January 1999, she was a legislative affairs specialist at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Alicia Ybarra became part of the 1996 electoral political action drive of the Service Employee International Union member NY local 1199. She has also worked with Unite For Dignity and Jobs with Justice in Miami, Florida organizing and training Latino and Haitian immigrants. Alicia is currently working as the Training Director of SEIU International.
Don’t you love these names: Jobs for Justice and Unite for Dignity. Isn’t it interesting that they are working to organize Haitian and Latino immigrants – future democrat progressive voters?
They claim to have trained over 25,000 community organizers (most famous of whom is Andy Stern) since their creation in 1973, by co-founders Paul and Heather Booth. Paul Booth was a member of the SDS. It’s funded by The Woods Charitable Trust and Open Society Institute (George Soros.) Obama and Bill Ayers both sat on the board of The Woods Charitable Trust. And if you listen to NPR or watch PBS, you will recognize the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
As I’ve been reading in Radical-in-Chief by Stanley Kurtz, the same names all seem to keep showing up in one connection after another.
Ya gotta be on the sidewalk to protest? How about this SEIU? Terrorizing a teenager in his own home!
Mr. Obama, call off your dogs. Please.
Your thugs are terrorizing children, in their homes. What do people’s children have to do with any thing?
These are Obama’s minions: SEIU and ACORN members. Obama controls this with his vitriol and divisive language. He can stop this with one phone call and he should. Is this the civility that he was pining for and about just days ago on a university campus?
This is unconscionable, inexcusable, cruel, frightening and sinful. And one man can stop this, if he wanted to.
Mr. Obama, call off your dogs, they are terrorizing children!
The whole world hasn’t been watching closely enough
Marilyn Katz: Self described Marxist and former head of security for the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS.) She was a major player in the ’68 riots at the DNC in Chicago. She was a sorority girl turned mouthpiece of a terrorist organization turned anti-capitalist capitalist communist.
Read on, she’s been a major player in positioning the Manchurian president we have now.
Today, many claim that SDS was a “peaceful organization.” Take Marilyn Katz, who oversaw SDS security during the 1968 Chicago riots.
During the “Chicago Seven” trials, a police officer testified that on one chaotic night in Lincoln Park, Ms. Katz briefed a group of protesters on a new addition to their arsenal of anarchy — guerrilla nails.
“She had two types,” the officer recounted. “One was a cluster of nails that were sharpened at both ends and fastened in the center. It looked like they were welded or soldered. She said these were good for throwing or putting underneath tires. She showed another set that was the same type of nails, sharpened, but they were put through a Styrofoam cylinder. There was a weight put through the middle, another nail, held together with something that looked like liquid solder.”
Katz was communications director for Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. And is now owner of a communications firm and a paid, registered lobbyist, as well as a close personal friend of the Obamas. So much for her anti-capitalism marxist philosophy, eh?
Her list of friends is a Who’s Who of the powerful elite in Chicago, Washington and the White House.
Don Rose, another SDS member and avowed Marxist, who coined the famous battle cry of the ’68 riots – “the whole world is watching” – is a close friend and comrade of Katz and the mentor of David Axelrod. The three of them have a friendship and history that spans some 30 years.
Katz has long been acquainted with Obama supporter and former Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers. In April 2008 Katz told the Chicago Sun-Times that she had first met Ayers when he was a 17-year-old fellow member of Students for a Democratic Society, “a peaceful group from which the Weather Underground splintered.” (emphasis added) from DiscoverTheNetworks.org
It was Katz who organized the anti-Iraq war demonstration in Chicago, 2002 where Obama made his first anti-war speech. He was an invited speaker. It was his coming out party. And it was a speech that Obama referred to many times in his presidential campaign. Marilyn Katz, one of the event’s organizers, recalls the audience’s reaction. “The crowd was pretty much transfixed,” she said.
… Katz, a lifelong socialist revolutionary who said last August that she “probably” rejects violence, is a close friend of Jarrett — and of Barack and Michelle Obama. She even visited the White House this July.
It was Katz who introduced Michelle Obama to Valerie Jarret and the “very sophisticated inner social circle” of Chicago elite Marxists. … Michelle “was recognized as brilliant and beautiful, and immediately accepted into a very sophisticated social circle.”
[Liza] Mundy [biographer of Michelle Obama] writes Michelle “and Barack…enjoyed a range of relations with people who shared their lifestyle, as well as their progressive views and political involvement. ‘These are folks,’ says Marilyn Katz, a member of their social circle, ‘who talk to their friends a number of times a day.” Katz repaid her friend by becoming a campaign bundler for Obama ‘08.
…And possibly trying to buy Jarrett a senate seat. Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has indicated, after Obama’s presidential election, Katz contacted his wife, Patti, with a deal to name Valerie Jarrett to the open senate seat in exchange for a White House payoff, brokered through SEIU.
Despite the controversy, in late July Katz joined Valerie Jarrett and Susan Sher in Washington for the Obama administration’s celebration of the 37th anniversary of Title IX.
Given her radical history (beginning with SDS during the Days of Rage) and close association with our president and first lady, it may be that Katz helped introduce or reinforce [Dr. Quentin] Young’s arguments [for universal heath care] to the Obamas. They could have been sold socialist ideology by any number of their friends, acquaintances, and contacts. The relationship of Katz, Jarrett, Ayers, the Obamas, Young, Carl Davidson, the New Party, the late Rabbi Arnold Wolf, and many others are as hazy as they are disconcerting. It seems a constellation of Marxists hovers over the first couple at all times — and this is not by chance.
By all accounts, the Obamas are close with their friends — including Katz. The nation is at peril when the White House has an unrepentant ’60s radical on speed dial. NewsRealBlog.com
Media marginalizing and misreporting Tea Party events
Saturday’s Tea Party Express event in the hometown of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was downplayed by much of the media — perhaps because the only incidents of violent behavior among the large crowd seemed to come from angry supporters of Mr. Reid. Following a week in which charges and countercharges about which side in the health care debate has engaged in more objectionable rhetoric, the media’s treatment of the Tea Party event in Searchlight, Nev. was curious.
There was virtually no reports of eggs being hurled at the Tea Party buses or the threat of physical violence against Breitbart. I agree Mr. Fund, that is curious.
CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield certainly didn’t think the crowd was worth much of a mention, estimating that only “hundreds of people, at least dozens of people,” turned out for it. By contrast, Politco.com concluded that the event drew “as estimated 20,000 Tea Partiers” to a windswept desert lot.
I can attest that “hundreds of people, at least dozens” was a real understatement. When I left, before Palin stopped speaking, I waded through a sea of people. No question, there were thousands. But it works so much better as part of their narrative to understate and underestimate the numbers. Tea party people must be marginalized to the few thousand viewers that CNN and MSNBC have.
Andrew Breitbart, the conservative Internet entrepreneur who was one of several speakers at the rally, says the crowd was large enough that it raised the ire of local Reid supporters. He noticed one man holding a sign directing Tea Parties in the wrong direction. When Mr. Breitbart approached to chat with the Reid supporters, he saw several throwing eggs at the Tea Party Express buses. The protesters, he says, quickly surrounded him, including one who declared: “I’m going to have to go to jail today if this guy [Breitbart] doesn’t leave.”
These people have taken on a mob mentality, one that tea partiers don’t have. It’s frightening to think what could happen if only one had taken some kind of action against Breitbart.
“It’s unsettling to see them use threats and provocation like this,” he told me. He was especially peeved at what he witnessed given what he said were the unconfirmed accusations hurled at Tea Party protestors last week in Washington, including that some had used ugly and violent language against members of the Congressional Black Caucus. On stage at the Searchlight event, Mr. Breitbart offered to donate $100,000 to charity if anyone could provide video evidence that racial epithets were used against CBC members. Mr. Breitbart says he suspects the accusations were just a cynical attempt by the left and elements of the media to “marginalize” the Tea Party movement.
These congressmen took the deliberate and provocative step of doing their own mini “march on Selma” in order to make it a civil rights issue. It was an unnecessary move to do nothing but be provocative and to do nothing more than incite the protesters further. And really, does any of this rise to the level of Kenneth Gladney being beaten up by men dressed in SEIU shirts and also called the n-word? No it does not but no one is covering that story or the one of the man who got his finger bitten off at a rally, either. Neither of those stories got any national coverage but allegedly spitting on a congressman has turned into a major national event. But you know what? Congressmen and senators are not any more important than I am. I really don’t care what they were allegedly called or whether one was spit on. I no longer have any reverence or respect for the office they have held and tainted.
If so, it doesn’t seem to be working. The stage at the Nevada event was crowded with notables, including Sarah Palin. She brought cheers from attendees when she proclaimed that voters in the November election would fire Harry Reid. She added: “There’s something not quite right when Fidel Castro comes out and says he likes ObamaCare when we don’t.”
Another speaker was Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons, who told the audience: “Voters don’t want to see the Constitution trampled. They are angry, they deserve to be listened to and this is going to be heard nationally.”
No, Governor Gibbons, we do not deserve to be listened to. We demand it.
How a bill becomes law – nothing like Schoolhouse Rock
This is an incredible read. It’s disgusting and disheartening to find out the real deals and arm twisting, bullying and threats that went on last week to pull this horrible bill across the finish line. And if nothing illustrates the Alinsky rule – the ends justify the means, at any cost – this behavior by OUR elected officials does. We elected these liars, cowards and crooks. These people have no business in the hallowed halls of our Founders. There should be investigations and impeachments over these atrocious activities.
For me, this is all beyond belief. How can these people look in their mirrors every day? How could they have ever put their dirty hands on a Bible and committed to uphold the Constitution? There is no longer any question in my mind that every single one of these people have to go in November. There is no redemption for them as the descendants of our Founding Fathers. They have sullied their offices and the memory of the great men who provided them with the greatest nation on the face of the earth.
I am enraged.
Inside the Pelosi Sausage Factory
Last week Republican Rep. Mike Pence posted on his Facebook site that famous Schoolhouse Rock video titled “How a Bill Becomes a Law.” It’s clearly time for a remake.
Never before has the average American been treated to such a live-action view of the sordid politics necessary to push a deeply flawed bill to completion. It was dirty deals, open threats, broken promises and disregard for democracy that pulled ObamaCare to this point, and yesterday the same machinations pushed it across the finish line.
You could see it all coming a week ago, when New York Rep. Louise Slaughter let leak a breathtaking strategy whereby the House would not actually vote on the unpopular Senate bill. The House would instead vote on a “reconciliation” fix to that bill, and in the process “deem” the underlying legislation—with its Cornhusker kickbacks and Louisiana purchases—passed.
The Slaughter Solution was both blunt admission and warning. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not have 216 votes to pass the Senate bill, there never was going to be majority “support” for it, but they’d pass it anyway. The final days were a simple death watch, to see how the votes would be bought, bribed or bullied, and how many congressional rules gamed, to get the win.
President Obama flew to Pennsylvania (home to five wavering House Democrats), Missouri (three wavering), Ohio (eight), and Virginia (four) to hold rallies with small, supportive crowds. In four days, Mr. Obama held 64 meetings or calls with congressmen. The goal was to let undecideds know that the president had them in his crosshairs, that he still had pull with the base, and he’d use it against them. By Saturday the tactic had yielded yes votes from at least half the previously undecided members of those states.
As for those who needed more persuasion: California Rep. Jim Costa bragged publicly that during his meeting in the Oval Office, he’d demanded the administration increase water to his Central Valley district. On Tuesday, Interior pushed up its announcement, giving the Central Valley farmers 25% of water supplies, rather than the expected 5% allocation. Mr. Costa, who denies there was a quid pro quo, on Saturday said he’d flip to a yes.
Florida Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (whose district is home to the Kennedy Space Center) admitted that in her own Thursday meeting with the president, she’d brought up the need for more NASA funding. On Friday she flipped to a yes. So watch the NASA budget.
Democrats inserted a new provision providing $100 million in extra Medicaid money for Tennessee. Retiring Tennessee Rep. Bart Gordon flipped to a yes vote on Thursday.
Outside heavies were enlisted to warn potential no votes that unions and other Democrats would run them out of Congress. Al Lawson, a Tallahassee liberal challenging Blue Dog Florida Rep. Allen Boyd in a primary, made Mr. Boyd’s previous no vote the centerpiece of his criticism. The SEIU threatened to yank financial support for New York’s Michael McMahon. The liberal Working Families Party said it would deny him a ballot line. Obama deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand vowed to challenge South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin if she voted no. New York’s Scott Murphy was targeted as a part of a $1.3 million union-financed ad campaign to pressure him to flip. Moveon.Org spent another $36,000 on ads in his district and promised a primary. Messrs. Boyd and Murphy caved on Friday.
All the while Mrs. Pelosi was desperately working to provide cover with a Congressional Budget Office score that would claim the bill “saved” money. To do it, Democrats threw in a further $66 billion in Medicare cuts and another $50 billion in taxes. Huzzah! In the day following the CBO score, about a half-dozen Democrats who had spent the past months complaining the bill already had too many taxes and Medicare cuts now said they were voting to reduce the deficit.
Even with all this, by Friday Mrs. Pelosi was dealing with a new problem: The rule changes and deals winning her votes were losing her votes, too. The public backlash against “deem and pass” gave several wary Democrats—such as Massachusetts’s Stephen Lynch and California’s Dennis Cardoza—a new excuse to vote no.
Mrs. Pelosi jettisoned deem and pass. Once-solid Democrat yes votes wanted their own concessions. Oregon’s Pete DeFazio threatened to lead a revolt unless changes were made to Medicare payments to benefit his state. On Saturday Mrs. Pelosi cut a deal to give 17 states additional Medicare money.
By the weekend, all the pressure and threats and bribes had left the speaker three to five votes short. Her remaining roadblock was those pro-life members who’d boxed themselves in on abortion, saying they would vote against the Senate bill unless it barred public funding of abortion. Mrs. Pelosi’s first instinct was to go around this bloc, getting the votes elsewhere. She couldn’t.
Into Saturday night, Michigan’s Bart Stupak and Mrs. Pelosi wrangled over options. The stalemate? Any change that gave Mr. Stupak what he wanted in law would lose votes from pro-choice members. The solution? Remove it from Congress altogether, having the president instead sign a meaningless executive order affirming that no public money should go to pay for abortions.
The order won’t change the Senate legal language—as pro-choice Democrats publicly crowed within minutes of the Stupak deal. Executive orders can be changed or eliminated on a whim. Pro-life groups condemned the order as the vote-getting ruse it was. Nevertheless, Mr. Stupak and several of his colleagues voted yes, paving the way to Mrs. Pelosi’s final vote tally of 219.
Even in these waning minutes, Senate Democrats were playing their own games. Republicans announced they had found language in the House reconciliation bill that could doom this entire “fix” in the Senate. Since many House Democrats only agreed to vote for the Senate bill on promises that the sidecar reconciliation would pass, this was potentially a last-minute killer.
Senate Democrats handled it by deliberately refusing to meet with Republicans and the Senate parliamentarian to get a ruling, lest it be unfavorable and lose House votes. The dodge was a clear dereliction of duty, but Democrats figure the Senate parliamentarian won’t dare derail this process after ObamaCare passes. They are probably right.
So there you have it, folks: “How a Bill Becomes a Law,” at least in Obama-Pelosi land. Perhaps the most remarkable Democratic accomplishment this week was to make the process of passing ObamaCare as politically toxic as the bill itself.
President Obama was elected by millions of Americans attracted to his promise to change Washington politics. These were voters furious with earmarks, insider deals and a lack of transparency. They were the many Americans who, even before this week, held Congress in historic low esteem. They’ll remember this spectacle come November.
Ms. Strassel writes the Journal’s weekly Potomac Watch column from Washington. The Wall Street Journal
SEIU ad: Vote for Scott Brown – union members are
Funny thing about this SEIU ad – as I was watching it I was thinking “yes, I’d vote for this guy.” What the makers see as negatives about Scott Brown, are actually positives to me. And then connecting him to Sarah Palin, it’s a slam dunk! If I lived in this state that I cannot spell (and admit it, you guys can’t spell it either) this ad would convince me that Brown is the person to send to Washington.
Brown should pirate this ad, take out the last reference to Martha Coakley and use it for himself. This is a freebie for Brown, as far as I can see.
He’s pro life – check.
He’s anti-global warming – check.
He voted against the democrats 96% of the time – check.
He’s endorsed by the Tea Party – check.
He’s being associated with Sarah Palin – check.
And lastly, the ad was made by SEIU – check.
It’s a home run!
Of course, we are talking about citizens of the state I can’t spell, and they aren’t known for critical thinking skills if they keep sending Barney Frank and kept sending Ted Kennedy to Capitol Hill…
This video comes from Angel Fleming and Shane Hayes blog. Union worker admits to being paid $50 by the Coakley campaign to hold her sign but further intimates that he is, in actuality, voting for Scott Brown.
Interesting report on the Brown-Coakley debate from Fleming and Hayes blog.
Remember this? WH says “We’ll hit back twice as hard”
As Stage Right clearly lays out the story, there was an orchestrated effort that began in early August and culminated with the attack on Kenneth Gladney. It was led and directed by high level White House staffers with the message to Congressmen and women that “we’d have your backs” at the health care town hall meetings. And memos that laid out a precise strategy for the SEIU and HCAN foot soldiers.
This article illustrates how well-organized Obama’s Marxist street army is, unlike the so-called “tea baggers” who are just average folks, showing up and exercising their constitutional rights.
I’m pretty sure that the national tea party organizers are reading this and paying attention. And we might want to take a lesson from the little known Marion’s Brigade. During the revolutionary war, they were a group of Patriots who used guerrilla warfare against the British. They hid behind trees and ambushed the enemy with quick, hit and run attacks: much like how the Native Indians fought.
Now, I’m not suggesting that we hide behind trees and benches in the park, with loaded muskets, by any means. In fact, just the opposite. Non-violence has been the shining example of the tea party movement. But we know their tactics and we need to fight back in unexpected and non-violent ways.
There is no better example of where the SEIU is getting their marching orders from than the head taco, himself. Do you remember how presidential this was? He “will call you out” if you disagree with or fight his Marxist plans for this nation. And he encourages his followers to “get in the faces” of anyone who’s not in lock-step with The Plan.