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Domestic terrorism in the United States – Wikipedia

Domestic terrorism in the United States consists of incidents confirmed as terrorist acts. These attacks are considered domestic because they were carried out by U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.[1]

The statutory definition of domestic terrorism in the United States has changed many times over the years; also, it can be argued that acts of domestic terrorism have been occurring since long before any legal definition was set forth.

Under current United States law, set forth in the USA PATRIOT Act, acts of domestic terrorism are those which: “(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.”[2] [3] [4]

Anti-abortion violence, considered a form of terrorism, is often committed in the United States against individuals and organizations that provide abortions or abortion counseling. Incidents have included crimes against people, such as murder, assault, kidnapping, and stalking; crimes affecting both people and property, such as arson or bombing; and property crimes such as vandalism. Perpetrators may defend their actions as necessary to protect fetuses, and are often motivated by their Christian beliefs, leading to anti-abortion violence’s identification as Christian terrorism; it is also associated with Antifeminism.[citation needed]

Notable incidents of anti-abortion violence include the murders of a number of doctors and clinic staff in the 1990s.

According to the FBI in June 2008, eco-terrorists and extreme animal rights activists represent “one of the most serious domestic terrorism threats in the U.S. today”. They committed over 2,000 crimes and caused over $110 million in damages since 1979, against targets including lumber companies, animal testing facilities and genetic research firms.[8]

Alpha 66 (still existent) and Omega 7 (now defunct) were two affiliated Cuban exile action groups who have carried out many bombings and acts of sabotage. While many of these attacks have historically been directed at Cuba and the Castro government, many of them occurred domestically, especially during the period of Cuba-US diplomacy and negotiations in the 1970s known as “el Dilogo” (the dialogue) when powerful anti-Castro figures in Miami attempted to terrorize those in their community who favored a more moderate approach. Luciano Nieves, for instance, was killed for advocating peaceful coexistence with Cuba. WQBA-AM news director Emilio Milian lost his legs in a car bomb after he publicly condemned Cuban exile violence. These cases of terrorism were documented extensively in the book Miami by Joan Didion. Human Rights Watch released a report in 1992 in which it claimed that the more extreme exiles have created a political environment in Miami where “moderation can be a dangerous position.”

Animal Liberation Front (ALF) is a name used internationally by activists who engage in direct action against persons and/or organizations which the activists perceive are harming animals. This includes removing animals from laboratories and fur farms, and sabotaging facilities involved in animal testing and other animal-based industries. According to ALF statements, any act that furthers the cause of animal liberation, where all reasonable precautions are taken not to endanger life, may be claimed as an ALF action. The group is listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a domestic terrorist organization.

The Army of God (AOG)[9] is a loose network of individuals and groups connected by ideological affinity and the determination to use force to end abortion in the United States. Acts of anti-abortion violence increased in the mid-1990s culminating in a series of bombings by Eric Robert Rudolph, whose targets included two abortion clinics, a gay and lesbian night club, and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Letters sent to newspapers claim responsibility for the bombing of the abortion clinics in the name of the Army of God.

Aryan Nations (AN) is a white nationalist neo-Nazi organization founded in the 1970s by Richard Girnt Butler as an arm of the Christian Identity group known as the Church of Jesus Christ-Christian. As of December 2007 there were two main factions that claimed descent from Butler’s group. The Aryan Nations has been called a “terrorist threat” by the FBI,[10] and the RAND Corporation has called it the “first truly nationwide terrorist network” in the United States.[11]

A splinter group made up of the more radical members of the Black Panther Party, the Black Liberation Army (BLA) sought to overthrow the US government in the name of racial separatism and Marxist ideals. The Fraternal Order of Police blames the BLA for the murders of 13 police officers. According to a Justice Department report on BLA activity, the group was suspected of involvement in over 60 incidents of violence between 1970 and 1980.

The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (CSA) was a radical Christian Identity organization formed in 1971 in the small community of Elijah in southern Missouri, United States. One of its members, Richard Wayne Snell was responsible for the murder of a pawnshop owner and a Missouri state trooper. The CSA collapsed following an FBI and ATF siege in 1985.

The Earth Liberation Front has been classified as a top “domestic terror” threat in the United States by the Federal Bureau of Investigation since March 2001.[12]

The Jewish Defense League (JDL) was founded in 1968[13] by Rabbi Meir Kahane in New York City. FBI statistics show that, from 1980 to 1985, 15 terrorist attacks were attempted in the U.S. by JDL members.[14] The FBIs Mary Doran described the JDL in 2004 Congressional testimony as “a proscribed terrorist group”.[15] The National Consortium for the Study of Terror and Responses to Terrorism states that, during the JDL’s first two decades of activity, it was an “active terrorist organization.”[16][17] Kahane later founded the far right Israeli political party Kach.

During reconstruction at the end of the civil war the original KKK used domestic terroristic methods against the Federal Government and against freed slaves. During the 20th century, leading up to the Civil Rights Movement, unrelated Ku Klux Klan (KKK) groups used threats, violence, arson, and murder to further their anti-Black, anti-Catholic, anti-Communist, anti-semitic, and white-supremacist agenda. Domestic terrorists with agendas similar to the KKK include neo-Nazis and white power skinheads.

The May 19 Coalition (also variously referred to as the May 19 Communist Coalition, May 19 Communist Organization, and various alternatives of M19CO), was a US-based, self-described revolutionary organization formed by members of the Weather Underground Organization. The group was originally known as the New York chapter of the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee (PFOC), an organization devoted to legally promoting the causes of the Weather Underground. This was part of Prairie Fire Manifesto change in Weather Underground Organization strategy, which demanded both aboveground mass and clandestine organizations. The role of the clandestine organization would be to build the “consciousness of action” and prepare the way for the development of a people’s militia. Concurrently, the role of the mass movement (i.e., above ground Prairie Fire Collective) would include support for, and encouragement of, armed action. Such an alliance would, according to Weather, “help create the ‘sea’ for the guerrillas to swim in.”[18]

The Order, also known as the Brder Schweigen or Silent Brotherhood, was an organization active in the United States between 1983 and 1984. The Order, a white nationalist revolutionary group, is probably best known for the 1984 murder of radio talk show host Alan Berg, but the group also carried out several bank and car robberies, three murders, and money counterfeiting until their leader, Robert Jay Mathews, was killed in a shootout with FBI agents on Whidbey Island, Washington, in December 1984.

The Phineas Priesthood (Phineas Priests) is a Christian Identity movement that opposes interracial sex, the mixing of races, homosexuality, and abortion. It is also marked by its anti-Semitism, anti-multiculturalism, and opposition to taxation. It is not considered an organization because it is not led by a governing body, there are no gatherings, and there is no membership process. One becomes a Phineas Priest by simply adopting the beliefs of the Priesthood and acting upon those beliefs. Members of the Priesthood are often called terrorists for, among other things, planning to blow up FBI buildings, abortion clinic bombings, and bank robberies.[citation needed]

The Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) was an American self-styled, far left “urban guerrilla warfare group” that considered itself a revolutionary vanguard army. The group committed bank robberies, two murders, and other acts of violence between 1973 and 1975. Among their most notorious acts was the kidnapping of the newspaper heiress Patty Hearst.

The United Freedom Front (UFF) was a small American Marxist organization active in the 1970s and 1980s. It was originally called the Sam Melville/Jonathan Jackson Unit, and its members became known as the Ohio 7 when they were brought to trial. Between 1975 and 1984 the UFF carried out at least 20 bombings and nine bank robberies in the northeastern United States, targeting corporate buildings, courthouses, and military facilities.[19] Brent L. Smith describes them as “undoubtedly the most successful of the leftist terrorists of the 1970s and 1980s.”[20] The group’s members were eventually apprehended and convicted of conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, and other charges. Two, Tom Manning and Jaan Laaman, remain incarcerated today.

The Weather Underground Organization was a far left organization active from 1969 to 1975. It originated in 1969 as a faction of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)[21] composed for the most part of the national office leadership of SDS and their supporters. The group collapsed shortly after the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam in 1975.

The Mountain Meadows massacre was a series of attacks on the BakerFancher emigrant wagon train, at Mountain Meadows in southern Utah. The attacks began on September 7 and culminated on September 11, 1857, resulting in the mass slaughter of the emigrant party by members of the Utah Territorial Militia from the Iron County district, a Mormon group, together with some Paiute Native Americans. Intending to leave no witnesses and thus prevent reprisals, the perpetrators killed all the adults and older children about 120 men, women, and children in total. Seventeen children, all younger than seven, were spared.

The Los Angeles Times bombing was the purposeful dynamiting of the Los Angeles Times building in Los Angeles, California, on October 1, 1910 by a union member belonging to the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers. The explosion started a fire which killed 21 newspaper employees and injured 100 more.

The Milwaukee Police Department bombing was a November 24, 1917 bomb attack that killed ten people including nine members of local law enforcement. The perpetrators were never caught but are suspected to be an anarchist terrorist cell operating in the United States in the early 20th century. The target was initially an evangelical church in the third ward and only killed the police members when the bomb was brought to the police station by a concerned member of the public. The bombing remained the most fatal single event in national law enforcement history for over 80 years until the 9-11 attacks.

The Wall Street bombing was a terrorist incident that occurred on September 16, 1920, in the Financial District of New York City. A horse-drawn wagon filled with 100 pounds (45kg) of dynamite was stationed across the street from the headquarters of the J.P. Morgan Inc. bank. The explosion killed 38 and injured 400. Even though no one was found guilty, it is believed that the act was carried out by followers of Luigi Galleani.

On May 31 and June 1, 1921, a white mob started the Tulsa race riot, attacking residents and businesses of the African-American community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in what is considered one of the worst incidents of racial violence in United States History. The attack, carried out on the ground and by air, destroyed more than 35 blocks of the district, did $30 million (2017 dollars) in damages, left 10,000 people homeless and up to 300 dead in a town considered the wealthiest black community in the nation.

From 1978 to 1995, Harvard University graduate and former mathematics professor Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski known by the codename “UNABOM” until his identification and arrest by the FBI carried out a campaign of sending letterbombs to academics and various individuals particularly associated with modern technology. In 1996, his manifesto was published in The New York Times and The Washington Post,[22] under the threat of more attacks. The bomb campaign ended with his capture.

In a 2004 congressional testimony, John S. Pistole, Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence for the Federal Bureau of Investigation described the JDL as “a known violent extremist Jewish Organization.”[23] FBI statistics show that, from 1980 through 1985, there were 18 terrorist attacks in the U.S. committed by Jews; 15 of those by members of the JDL.[24] Mary Doran, an FBI agent, described the JDL in a 2004 Congressional testimony as “a proscribed terrorist group”. Most recently, then-JDL Chairman Irv Rubin was jailed while awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy in planning bomb attacks against the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City, California, and on the office of Arab-American Congressman Darrell Issa. In its report, Terrorism 2000/2001, the FBI referred to the JDL as a “violent extremist Jewish organization” and stated that the FBI was responsible for thwarting at least one of its terrorist acts.[25]

This truck bomb attack by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols killed 168 people on April19, 1995 the deadliest domestic-based terrorist attack in the history of the United States since the era of mass lynchings[26][bettersourceneeded] and race riots[27][bettersourceneeded]. It inspired improvements to United States federal building security.

The Centennial Olympic Park bombing was a terrorist bombing on July 27, 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States during the 1996 Summer Olympics, the first of four committed by Eric Robert Rudolph, former explosives expert for the United States Army. Two people died, and 111 were injured.

On August 5, 2012, Wade Michael Page fatally shot six people and wounded four others in a mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Page was an American white supremacist and a United States Army veteran from Cudahy, Wisconsin. All of the dead were members of the Sikh faith.

On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs detonated 12 seconds and 210 yards apart at 2:49 p.m., near the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring several hundred others, including 16 who lost limbs.

On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist, went into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina and shot and killed nine people. Roof was a known to be a white supremacist and owned a website where he wrote a manifesto in which he outlined his views toward blacks, among other peoples.

On December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and 24 injured in a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, United States. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik targeted a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health training event and holiday party of about 80 employees in a rented banquet room. Farook was an American-born citizen of Pakistani descent, while his wife was a Pakistani-born legal resident of the U.S. He had attended the event as an employee before the shooting. Both had become radicalized through jihadist material on the internet, and stockpiled supplies in their home.[citation needed]

On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed and 58 were injured at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida by a 29-year-old Omar Mateen,[28] and a person of interest to the FBI in 2013 and 2014. This was, at the time, the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history, later eclipsed by the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. Additionally, it was the deadliest confirmed terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the 9/11 attacks.

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The last thing that the JDL posted was my appearance last night at a private meet and greet event. They took down their Facebook page also. This is sharia and antisemitism.

The JDL is, of course, not alone. Facebook has blocked my newsfeed, slashing daily referrals from my followers from 100,000 to under 4,000. Twitter shadowbans me, make referrals to the Geller Report from Twitter non-existent.

Not only that, but Google has scrubbed its search results of sites and posts critical of jihad and sharia. Fifteen years of work, forty thousand plus posts of mine, just disappeared from Google search. Poof. Its criminal. Google Adsense has suspended my account and Pinterest has blocked my links from being shared. YouTube deleted my account (only to reinstate it after a huge public outcry).

Congress must take action against these social media dhimmis.

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Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of PamelaGeller.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administrations War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.

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Leftists Respond To Charlottesville: A Field Guide For Anti-Fascist Organizing – Shadowproof (blog)

The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, including an attack by a neo-Nazi that resulted in 19 injuries and the death of Heather Heyer, brought into focus the danger of white supremacy. It reminded Americans of the legacy of slavery and racism in the United States.

It also catapulted resistance to white nationalism into the limelight, resistance which has taken many forms: Black Lives Matter; INCITE!; subdivisions of socialist organizations; Refuse Fascism, sponsored by Revolutionary Communist Party organization, and leftist parties like Workers World Party and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Each has worked tirelessly to resist not only physical displays of racism but systematic abuses perpetuated by the state.

I spoke to members of the Workers World Party, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Democratic Socialists of America, and Refuse Fascism about the ongoing struggle against a system that actively seeks to further marginalize a number of communities, and destroy a growing left movement. They outline not only what a leftist response to white supremacy should look like but also why white nationalist groups will not simply crumble and disappear if they are ignored.

Lane Silberstein, 29-years-old

NYC; member of DSA JSC, and IfNotNow

Emily Lever, 24-years-old

NYC; member of DSA JSC, and the Socialist Feminist Working Group

Chamseddine: After Charlottesville and other efforts by white supremacists to mobilize, do you believe that anything has changed in terms of the lefts response to their violence?

Silberstein: The JSC believes in self-defense, direct action, and materialist analysis. Howeverand this might be a dissatisfying answerthe JSC also comes together with liberal Jewish groups to form coalitions against fascism. The left will have to really think about when and how to organize alongside liberal groups, but not be afraid to call them to task. DSA is holding rallies with [International Socialist Organization], [Industrial Workers Of the World] and [Movement For Black Lives], et al, in attempts to unite the left; but JSC exists in part to radicalize liberal Jews and inform them of Jewish socialist history and praxis [which is enacting or putting theory into practice].

Lever: There is even more of a sense of urgency than there was before and a renewed understanding that the left needs to set aside ideological differences and pull together. DSA may be the largest socialist organization in the country, but 25,000 members is still tiny in the grand scheme of things.

The left needs to both grow, including by calling to action progressives who are on the precipice of being leftists but might not know how to get involved, and present a united front. For me and those around me, that might mean gathering and talking to DSA members who have a tendency to punch left.

Personally, I also think the left needs to think hard about self-defense. Theres a diversity of tactics people can adopt, from secure communication and getting members not to shoot their mouths off online to having security at public events and, where appropriate and well-considered, open carrying.

Chamseddine: What does a modern leftist response to white supremacy look like?

Silberstein: First, I think it begins with education. DSA has political education committees that organize readings, and we have been centering work by feminists and black women, like the Combahee River Collective.

I actually dont think its per se a problem that DSA is so white and male. White males need to be organized, and we need to be socialists. We just cant be ignorant socialists. And then we need to turn this theory into praxis, and recognize that if our work isnt benefiting people at the intersection of different forms of oppression, what good are we doing?

Lever: [We need] one, political education that is grounded in theory and history but designed to teach comradely, anti-racist, socialist, feminist behavior in day-to-day life. Two, Direct services to working-class communities of color that fill the gaps left by capitalism, neoliberalism, and planned neglect. Three, coalitions with leftist groups that are people of color-led and specifically oriented toward racial justice.

Chamseddine: How have you and your organization worked to challenge public perception when it comes to fighting white supremacists? Weve seen people take a passive tone when it comes to confronting them, especially in the streets, so what can we do to challenge this?

Silberstein: One of the reasons our caucus exists is to push back against members of the Jewish community who ignore our history and seek to compare fascists to anti-fascists.

The legacy of the Jewish Labor Bund informs a lot of our work. These radical men and women, under witness of their comrades, would swear an oath of life or death in their commitment to defeating capitalism and fascism. They would be imprisoned by the Czar and, later, hunted by Nazis.

Members of the Jewish Solidarity Caucus will never forget that a non-Jewish woman gave her life protesting neo-Nazis. Heather Heyer joins the ranks of martyrs of world-historical struggles. She paid an ultimate sacrifice and yet there are people in our community who want to make these comparisons between fascists and antifa (Greenblatt of the ADL, Peter Beinart). So it is crucial for this caucus to stand up and give this historical Jewish socialist perspective.

Chamseddine: What makes the leftist position on challenging white supremacy different than the mainstream American liberal position?

Silberstein: In my opinion, there is a connection between the inability of liberal members of our community to present a positive vision for a better world and the emergence of the far right. Liberals simply dont have the political drive to improve material conditions, which would undercut the rise of right wing populism.

We formed this caucus because the mainstream Jewish community is uninterested in challenging the false idols of capitalism and nationalism. The complicity of liberals in failing to challenge Zionism, for example, I see as connected to the rise of extremist groups, like the JDL [Jewish Defense League]. Because at the end of the day, liberal Jews see Zionism as the only legitimate form of political Jewish agency.

Liberals have this in common with the far right. We fight back with solidarity and internationalism.

The JSC also understands that anti-semitism is a crucial mechanism within capitalism. C.L.R. James wrote about this, a form of colonialism within Europe. Its a shame Jewish liberals dont get it.

Additionally, if youve followed recent work by Jewish Voice for Peace, theyre highlighting the role that groups like the ADL have in collaborating with the police both here and in Israel/Palestine. Liberals arent interested in exposing that because they dont think theres a problem with the police in the first place.

Photo by Mark Dixon

Lever: Liberals tend to not want to see the root causes of oppressionwell, some of them do, but all theyll do about it is call their senators, show up to rallies, donate money, and vote for the lesser evil. Someone needs to do these things, of course, but leftists, by definition, think of oppression structurally and understand that incremental reforms will never change the fundamental character of oppressive institutions. They can state the problem in what I believe is a more persuasive and clear-cut way.

While leftists reject incrementalism, many still think reform and revolution are indissociable aspects of the struggle. In order to improve material conditions today, we fight for transformative reforms that challenge capitalism and white supremacy (though we might disagree among ourselves about whats really transformative).

That said, a lot of leftists started out as liberals, and more generally, we are all steeped in the alienating morass of neoliberalism, individualism, and performativity. We cant necessarily go around thinking weve got it all figured out, and were nothing like those milquetoast liberals because we dont always embrace tactics as radical as our stated beliefs either. But were getting there.

Chamseddine: What can people do to show solidarity with comrades facing legal repercussions?

Silberstein: A lot of the people who are just now getting into activism have never had any interactions with the police and are really afraid of the legal system and of running afoul of it. A good way to get these peoples feet wet is get them to participate in jail support and pack the courtroom at comrades arraignments and trials (which is of course a good thing to do in general).

Setting up bail funds is already happening but should be more common. If a comrade is in jail, watching their kids or helping out their family in any other way they need (particularly if the comrade is losing wages by being in jail) should happen in a concerted way. I also really loved the action people took in Durham where thousands turned themselves in for toppling the Confederate statue in an I am Spartacus kind of moment.

Devin, 23-years-old

Florida; Workers World Party candidate member, president of World Party candidate member, president of Strive (Social Trans Initiative, Pensacola), Director of Operations of Florida Transgender Alliance.

Taryn Fivek, 32-years-old

NYC; member of Workers world Party, and the International Action Center

Nate Peters, 31-years-old

NYC; member of Workers World Party, Peoples Power Assemblies, and NYC Shut It Down

Chamseddine: After Charlottesville and other efforts by white supremacists to mobilize, do you believe that anything has changed in terms of the lefts response to their violence?

Devin: Yes. The left is [recognizing] the unhelpful practice of strict sectarianism in organizing against fascist violence and mobilizing together to fight off Nazis and white supremacists. Of course, left unity is problematic in that it can easily ignore working class unity or proletarian unity (and it often does), but when Nazis and white supremacists come out in masses, the oppressed masses (us), must rise together to fight back.

Fivek, Peters: We are unafraid. We are strategic. We realize its not just 500 racists but the thousands of cops mobilized to protect them like they were in Charlottesville.

We are up against the greatest threat to humanity, the largest and most deadly imperialist state in history. Our strength is in our righteous anger and in the masses who have our back.

Its one thing to go to a rally carrying a gun, like the right wing did, but quite another to spit in the face of a Klansman holding an AR-15. The right are cowards, and hide behind the police or inside a 4,000-pound hunk of metal they slam into unarmed anti-racist protesters. We will continue in the tradition of Harriet Tubman, Korryn Gaines, Malcolm X, Sandra Bland, Fred Hampton, John Brown, Gabriel Prosser andof courseHeather Heyer. We are on the right side of history.

Chamseddine: What does a modern leftist response to white supremacy look like?

Devin: The action in Durham, along with Bree Newsomes action in 2015, are what is necessary now at the highest stage of countering white supremacy.

At the lowest stage, rallies, marches, and vigils can be great and comforting in times when we lose a comrade or a victim of senseless, white supremacist violence, but it cant stop there. We must escalate the action and commit ourselves to civil disobedience wherever we can.

If the fuckers in the government are going to drag their feet on removing monuments or removing white supremacists, then we must tread where there is foot-dragging and where there is oppression and do it ourselves.

Fivek, Peters: It can be anything from a Black Lives Matter button to the sort of courageous and righteous action we saw in Durham on Monday. Communists took down that altar to white supremacy, a communist Black queer woman in particular, and dont let anyone tell you otherwise.

Photo by Rodney Dunning

To struggle against white supremacy, were going to have to struggle against the system that gave us prisons, killer cops, Jim Crow, ICE prisons, and imperialist wars against black, brown and indigenous people abroad. Were going to have to drag the whole damn system down and replace it with something built on justice, not genocide.

Chamseddine: Has your organization faced any backlash from the police? Have any members been specifically targeted for raids? If not, have you all prepared yourselves for this?

Devin: Workers World Party Durham Branch, has suffered an onslaught of state-sanctioned surveillance and harassment since Takiyah Thompsons revolutionary act of bringing the statue down in Durham. Members homes were raided and many were arrested, but the Partys disciplined approach and response to continued police brutality has allowed for all members arrested to be freed. And there is now a movement to have all charges dropped against Takiyah, as well as other members arrested.

Fivek, Peters: Members of our organization have had to deal with arrests, raids, and outrageous charges for doing what I figure to be a public service. The sanitation department in Durham should pay them for their time. While these charges are serious, we have millions of people on our side who smiled when they saw the video of the statue come down in Durham. It would help if they chipped in some money for the defense efforts.

Chamseddine: How have you and your organization worked to challenge public perception when it comes to fighting white supremacists? Weve seen people take a passive tone when it comes to confronting them, especially in the streets, so what can we do to challenge this?

Devin: Workers World Party has worked in the struggle against white supremacy for over half a century. WWP has taken to the streets time and time again to fight back against white supremacy, fascism, and racism; to unite the struggle against all of these oppressive factors.

Additionally, WWP has avoided the plague that is liberalism and now, neoliberalism as well, which many leftist groups have not been able to avoid.

One of the biggest problems among the masses is that many do not recognize that liberalism and neoliberalism are just as complicit in white supremacy as conservative ruling class systems. Liberalism promotes a message of passivity. It allows the working class to be trodded on and for oppressive systems to continue. Workers World Party has continuously avoided this plague.

Fivek, Peters: The Workers World Party has a long anti-fascist and anti-racist tradition. Our first action in New York City was against the founder of the American Nazi Party, George Lincoln Rockwell, and we ran him out of town. Members of the party mortgaged their houses to send money to Robert F. Williams.

When the Black Panther Party was under attack from the state, WWP was the only Marxist tendency to really defend them. People in the movement today dont know this in relation to the Panthers. We are strongly against the death penalty and worked tirelessly to get Mumia off death row. The party organized the massive marches on Washington against the Iraq War. Our partys fundamental analysis of Marxism, vis a vis a comrade named Sam Marcy, is against white supremacy. Our actions in Durham are a proud continuation of that legacy.;

We believe strongly that white supremacy will not fade away on its own, that it must be confronted and smashed by the resistance of the masses. I think the best way to challenge the passive liberal response to open white supremacy is to lead by example. When we confronted the Klan and neo-Nazis in the streets of Charlottesville, when we pulled down the Confederate monument in Durham, we set a clear example of how to fight white supremacy.

Chamseddine: What makes the leftist position on challenging white supremacy different than the mainstream American liberal position?

Fivek, Peters: The liberal position on white supremacy is that it will wither away if left alone and ignored, and that the free speech rights of white supremacists should be protected because their positions would be rejected in the marketplace of ideas if they are allowed to express them openly.

The liberal position on white supremacy is that it exists as a character flaw, as a bad taste joke. They dont really acknowledge that it is part and parcel of the system we live in, part and parcel of capitalism, not just in this country, but across the world. They dont acknowledge the connection between the so-called criminal justice system and racism, or the connection between racism and capitalism. They want to keep it compartmentalized. They want to defend capitalism or the system of governance we have now, and they dont want to admit that well have to do away with capitalism to do away with racism.

The leftist position rejects all of these points. White supremacy grows, whether we ignore it or not, and needs to be met head on if we are to defeat it. Furthermore, oppressed people have the right to defend themselves against white supremacy by any means they deem necessary. We should do everything we can to restrict the speech of white supremacists because hate speech does not exist in an abstract marketplace of ideas. It serves as incitement to very real acts of racist violence. We work to expose racism as an inherent aspect of capitalism, not a moral shortcoming that can be reformed away with laws or elections.

Chamseddine: What can people do to show solidarity with comrades facing legal action?

Fivek, Peters: Call the Durham DA at 919-808-3010 and demand all charges relating to the toppling of the Confederate monument be dropped and that no more arrests or raids be made in connection to the case.

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Mark Tinkleman, 30-years-old

Philadelphia; member of Refuse Fascism, supporter of the Revolutionary Communist Party

Chamseddine: After Charlottesville and other efforts by white supremacists to mobilize, do you believe that anything has changed in terms of the lefts response to their violence?

Tinkleman: I think the biggest change is concentrated in the clergy statements, including Cornel Wests statement, where many who have harbored only private or theoretical sympathies or been somewhat antagonistic to the notion of self-defense are now embracing it.

One of the other noticeable changes has been the willingness for many who have theoretically embraced radical notions to begin seriously thinking this through beyond notions of just getting ripped for the revolution or organizing their small crews.

In that light, Carl Dixs statement that what is/was going on in Charlottesville was the outlines of a new civil war in this country is really prescient. Its not just Antifa vs the alt-right, or even the left vs the right. Everyone is having to choose a side and its on us to connect with and lead those on the side of humanity. This is what Bob Avakian was referring to in his 2005 work, The Coming Civil War and Re-Polarization for Revolution.

Chamseddine: What does a modern leftist response to white supremacy look like?

Tinkleman: Theres two parts both of which have their complexities and contradictions and cant be confused with each other: politically mobilizing people en masse to drive the fascist Trump/Pence regime from power and getting organized for an actual revolution.

Chamseddine: Has your organization faced any backlash from the police? Have any members been specifically targeted for raids? If not, have you all prepared yourselves for this?

Tinkleman: We have been as prepared as possible for this from the get go. The only backlash we faced in the immediate was when we took one of the Charlottesville fascists Trump flag to the White House on the way home and burned it right at the gate. We were briefly detained by the Secret Service, but we made clear that we knew our rights and engaged the crowd, who were overall sympathetic, and we were let go. There are videos of this up on the Refuse Fascism Philly Facebook page.

Chamseddine: How have you and your organization worked to challenge public perception when it comes to fighting white supremacists? Weve seen people take a passive tone when it comes to confronting them, especially in the streets. So what can we do to challenge this?

Tinkleman: Whats needed most nowand this was definitely reinforced by the events in Charlottesville and the events in Bostonis more people with more determination.

At this moment, what is needed is to be able to mobilize truly massive numbers of people, more than we had in Charlottesville, to overwhelm them, and to educate people that this is beyond a question of white privilege, as horrendous and pervasive as that is. This is a fight over whether there will be another genocide in this country or not. The tactics of confrontation vs non-confrontation flow out of this. Otherwise, were just fronting.

Chamseddine: What makes the leftist position on challenging white supremacy different than the mainstream American liberal position?

Tinkleman: There are many positions on challenging white supremacy amongst people on the left and amongst liberals. I think theres something of a category error at work on that question, tbh. It could take dissertation to tease them all apart. In general I dont think this distinction, as its colloquially understood, is very useful or accurate.

Chamseddine: What can people do to show solidarity with comrades facing legal action?

Tinkleman: Come back stronger. When we get arrested for this shit, we need thousands to take our place on the front lines. This is true in normal times but these days it is even more acute.

We have a small window of opportunity before this regime slams shut all possibilities of resistance. On November 4th, Refuse Fascism is calling for a day of mass action across the country which do not stop until our one demand is met: the Trump/Pence regime must go! The fact is that there will be repression. But there is historical precedent for that repression to be turned on its head.

In the movement to drive out the shah of Iran in 1979, each attack against the protestersarrests, torture, murdersmagnified the resistance. They were able to create a political crisis, where their demand started small but on a political and ideological level.

There was literally nothing the rulers could do to stop it from gaining ground exponentially. There is also historical precedent for movements being crushed. The key thing is the ideological and political work to create and meet a crisis head on and give the people broadly the conceptual tools to fight.

Money, too. Honestly, people in our moral universe often shy away from fundraising here, almost as much as they do for other organizing efforts. People need their bail paid. People need to pay their bills and deal with their jobs. They need good lawyers (and the best lawyers, the ones who will fight for us pro-bono usually are not drowning in money so they need whatever we can raise).

Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville Vigil, Madison, Wisconsin 8/13/17 (Photo by depthandtime)

Alex Munger, 22-years-old

Atlanta, GA; member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation

Eugene Puryear, 31-years-old

Washington D.C.; Party for Socialism and Liberation central committee member, Stop Police Terror Project-DC, author of Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America

Chamseddine: After Charlottesville and other efforts by white supremacists to mobilize, do you believe that anything has changed in terms of the lefts response to their violence?

Puryear: The most important factor really in terms of analyzing what has changed is the growth of the left, broadly defined. At the same time, there is a loose fascist trend trying to cohere as a street movement. Socialist, communist, and other radicals are becoming more numerous within a broader politically charged progressive moment.

Left-wing anti-fascist activity has had a pretty much unbroken existence when fascist movements have tried to rise since the 1930s. So I dont know if the basic positions and arguments and discussions on tactics have changed in a major way, but the social weight, or if you prefer, influence of varying positions [changed].

Theres also been an emergence of people willing to defend communities against fascists. Thats not new. Its just both sides are much larger than they have been in some time, and thus more relevant which appears to us as new.

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Thousands in NYC: ‘No Trump! No KKK! No Racist USA!’ – Liberation

Thousands gathered near Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan on Aug. 14, aheadof President Trumps returning home to New York that evening. The protesters stood against Trumps bigotry and in solidarity with the victimsof the white supremacist terror attack in Charlottesville, Va.

The crowd was very diverse, with both older and younger folks, people of all nationalities and genders, and encompassing a wide range of political tendencies. The protesters were unified in their incredible energy and defiant attitude in response to Trumps bigotry and continued attacks on immigrants, women, the LGBTQ community, and people of color.

People held signs that read White Silence = Violence, From Charlottesville to the White House, Shut Down White Supremacy, and Make Racists Afraid Again. Several attendees held pictures of Heather Heyer, the anti-fascist martyr who was killed in Charlottesville on Aug.12.

Massive police presence doesnt dampen outrage

As always, the New York Police Department was in full force. They used metal barricades to section off protestors within each of the many blocks that the rally spanned. While this impeded the massive crowds ability to mobilize a march, demonstrators made sure their voices were heard. They chanted, No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!, Charlottesville, Weve Got Your Back, and The People United Will Never be Defeated!

This impressive display of solidarity and people power was met by a small group of counterprotesters. The Trump supporters harassed a young Jewish woman, calling her the the Devil. Another bigot grabbed a queer youth by the arm and told her she was infected and diseased.

Ironically, siding with these racists and anti-Semites were members of the far right Jewish Defense League. Just a few hours earlier, the so-called defense leaguers had heckled a rally in support of Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian community organizer who is unjustly being deported by the U.S. government. They arrived at the anti-Trump rally holding a Blues Lives Matter flag and shouting anti-immigrant slogans. They were soon outnumbered and quickly driven out.

Despite these vile and bigoted attacks, the people resisted. The right wingers were drowned out by the relentless anti-racist and anti-bigotry chants from the protesters and by several powerful speeches made by those in the crowd.

I want to network with like-minded people

Rachel Silang, an organizer with Peoples Congress of Resistance, agitated on the need to stay active in the struggles against white supremacy and fascism. She exclaimed, We all need to be out in the streets and fighting! It is not just today. It is tomorrow and the next day and the next day!

The crowd responded by cheering and chanting. Many signed up to receive more information about the Congress, and many more took flyers and newspapers discussing it.

Rally attendee and Peoples Congress convener Celina Atoyaatl said, I came to Trump Tower to protest the current administration and white supremacy that has existed here since the colonizers stepped on my peoples soil. As a brown Indigenous trans woman, its important for me to take up space within organizations to make sure that no one is speaking for me and people like me. She said she looks forward to attending the Congress in September because, I want to learn and network with like minded people on ways to build a better future for all marginalized and oppressed communities.

Though the thousands of protesters who showed up werent able to take the streets, they made their message loud and clear to Trump and the white supremacist far-right forces.The fear that these fascists wanted to strike in the resistance movement through their terror in Charlottesville has had the exact opposite effect. Instead of cowering, people have continued to hit the streets in large numbers to demand an end to white supremacy and hatred in every form.. The mood in New York on Aug. 14 set the tone for nothing short of continued resistance. The people have the power when we unite and organize No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA!

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Small-time mob boss Joe Colombo’s great civil rights crusade – New York Daily News

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Monday, August 14, 2017, 6:00 AM

Since at this point every other aggrieved special-interest group in the firmament was glomming onto the emerging politics of victimization, a dodge that quite usefully absolved everybody of everything, it occurred in the spring of 1970 to 47-year-old Joseph Colombo, boss of what had once been the Profaci crime family and was by now the Colombo crime family, that perhaps he might grab a piece of this action himself. The Mafia. La Cosa Nostra. What the hell was it with all that stuff? Why, there was no such thing as the Mafia. It was just something the FBI had made up. It was just a dirty slur against all the good, honest, hardworking Italian-American people, that’s what it was. Joe Colombo wasn’t going to stand for it.

How come everybody the FBI arrested had Italian names? Therefore, all Italians were mobsters, was that it? Was that what the FBI was imputing? This was like arguing that all Italians were New York mayors, since Fiorello LaGuardia had been one once, but legions of pols immediately rushed in to join the crusade all the same. “Stigmatizing an entire ethnic group!” roared Bronx Rep. Mario Biaggi. “A psychological burden on all of us!” The FBI couldn’t believe its ears. Mobsters were complaining now that they were being discriminated against?

The freshly minted Italian-American Civil Rights League got to work in April, coincidentally enough just minutes after one of Colombo’s three sons, 23-year-old Joseph Jr., was charged with melting down coins for resale as silver ingots. Suddenly there were hundreds of picketers outside FBI headquarters at Third Ave. and 69th St., protesting the federal persecution of all Italians everywhere. This extraordinary spectacle went on for weeks. Neighborhood residents finally went to court to demand some peace and quiet.

Now, all at once, the league was chartering chapters all over the Northeast. On June 29, nearly 100,000 people rallied in Columbus Circle to hear chest-thumping speeches from Biaggi, longshoreman boss Tony Scotto and hoodlum Vincent Gigante’s priest brother Louis. Shortly, U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell deemed it enlightened to ban such words as “Mafia” from Justice Department communications: “There is nothing to be gained by using these terms,” Mitchell ordered, “except to give gratuitous offense” to “many good Americans of Italian-American descent.”

In Albany, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller directed the state police to amend its vocabulary as well. Ford Motor Co. chief Lee Iacocca pledged that the offending words would no longer be heard on the Ford-sponsored TV series “The FBI.” Producers of the forthcoming film “The Godfather” agreed to drop them from the script. In November, 5,000 guests at a black-tie league event at the Felt Forum ponied up a half million dollars in contributions as Frank Sinatra, Jerry Vale, Connie Francis and Vic Damone entertained.

Joe Colombo had discovered something. In 1970s America, all you had to do was cry out Ethnic bias! and everybody around you would cave in on the spot.

It was really quite brilliant. Considering that Joe Colombo was, after all, a Mafia boss.

And not even much of one at that. Joe’s fellow bosses just rolled their eyes. Hands-down the most featherweight boss the mob had ever known, Joe had spent his life running craps games until fortune beckoned in the early ’60s, when Joe Bonanno handed him a contract to whack Carlo Gambino and the up-and-coming Colombo realized it was in his better interests to tip off his target instead and then accept his gratitude after Bonanno was deposed. Just a cheesy little bust-out guy, that’s all Colombo had ever been, and now his new patron Gambino was throwing him a whole family. Nobody could believe it.

And now, for God’s sake, he was also the loudest and most headline-happy boss the mob had ever known. Like so many populist demagogues before him, Joe Colombo was finding that he quite enjoyed the attention. On the night of March 22, 1971, he threw himself a testimonial banquet, and more than 1,400 supporters assembled at the Huntington Town House in Huntington, L.I., to hail him as “the guiding spirit of Italian-American unity” and to salute him for “restoring dignity, pride and recognition to every Italian.”

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Comic Tom Poston emceed. Enzo Stuarti sang. “We are building a stairway to heaven!” the feted Colombo cried out. “Peace and brotherhood, that is all I seek! There is a conspiracy against all Italian-Americans!” As it happened, he was due in court the next day on a perjury matter. “My conscience is clear!” he bellowed. The silver-ingot case against Joe Jr., meanwhile, had recently collapsed, by reason of a key witness’ abrupt inability to remember anything about anything.

Through the spring the juggernaut noisily rolled on under the stewardship of 26-year-old Anthony Colombo, who liked to denounce “self-loathing Italians” such as state Sen. John Marchi, who regularly informed the public that the league was plainly nothing but a con. “Italian-Americans have been had,” Marchi sighed.

Anthony also sued WCBS-TV for $1 million for reporting that he was a “reputed Mafia chief.” Quite a glib fellow, he suffered only one small embarrassment, when the federals seized what they said were loansharking records and he angrily replied that in fact they were lists of benefit-ticket buyers, then had to try to explain why an anti-defamation group would identify one of those individuals as “Johnny the Wop.”

In May, the Colombos announced they were joining forces with Rabbi Meir Kahane and the Jewish Defense League, and that they would all be fellow freedom fighters together.

John Marchi was not the only New York Italian deeply troubled by the league. Another was Don Carlo Gambino, who was becoming increasingly unhappy with his one-time protege Joe Colombo. What was Don Carlo supposed to do with a crime boss who kept holding press conferences?

On Monday morning the 28th of June, there were just 3,000 supporters at the second annual unity rally in Columbus Circle, but it was early yet. Presiding over events, Joe Colombo at 11:15 a.m. was striking poses for photographers when one of them pulled a gun and pumped three slugs point-blank into his head and neck, whereupon he himself was instantly gunned down by other parties who then instantly vanished.

Mob war, cops agreed. The dead shooter was one Jerome Johnson, a black ex-con presumably linked to the recently disimprisoned Crazy Joey Gallo. Everybody knew Crazy Joe had been openly plotting to move in on the Colombo Brooklyn rackets with his newly built black army. This was something Carlo Gambino could easily have stopped if he’d felt like intervening.

Anthony Colombo, for one, found this law-enforcement theory distasteful, since its premise was that there were rival Italian crime families in the first place and was therefore defamatory to Italian-Americans. His own position was that his grievously wounded father had been cut down by shadowy historical forces, like President John F. Kennedy had been.

“They need patsies,” he suggested darkly.

“The CIA has done this before,” nodded the Rev. Louis Gigante.

Comatose Joseph Colombo lingered on for several more years. So did the Italian-American Civil Rights League, under new management, the younger Colombos having promptly abandoned the group after the shooting.

Crazy Joey Gallo was rubbed out in Little Italy in April 1972.

The three Colombo sons pleaded guilty in 1986 to federal racketeering charges and went to prison. “I have not admitted that I am a member of organized crime,” Anthony Colombo declared.

First published onOctober 27, 1998as part of the “Big Town” series on old New York. Find more stories about the city’s epic history here.

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US Diplomacy: When failure became an accepted option – Arutz Sheva

Its been said by many, in various forms, thathindsight is everyones favorite perspective.The problem is, few grasp when it is happening until it has happened.

Political analysts and pundits are seemingly in concert: the most disquieting crisis that confronts our world today is the realization that North Korea presents a horrifying threat that remains unchecked. It didnt have to be.

When Susan Rice, President Obamas National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2017, admitted this past week that the two-decade-old US strategy on preventing North Korea from obtaining a nuclear capability was a failure, our hindsight was offered some unclouded perspective.

And yet, it was her other comments that made us understand that the lessons of history remain unlearned. Rice, with a criticism directed at President Donald Trump, opined that pragmatism dictates that we should simply accept, and tolerate, a nuclear North Korea.Worse was the quiet acquiescence:The fact of the matter is, that despite all of these efforts, the North Korean regime has been able to succeed in progressing with its program, both nuclear and missile. Thats a very unfortunate outcome; but we are where we are. Rice added: It will require being pragmatic.

Pause to laugh, and cry.

Trump, luckily, did not hire Rice as an adviser, and saidwhat he thought.

In 1967, a couple of years before he achieved notoriety as the controversial founder and voice of the Jewish Defense League, Rabbi Meir Kahane coauthoreda book The Jewish Stake in Vietnamwhose implications were largely ignored. One might still find it on the shelves of some antiquarian book store, but the book is largely lost. Its relevance, decades lately, offers food for serious thought.

While the books theoretical message was clear, the practical implications remain undeniable.

The radical rabbi argued that the anti-Vietnam war sentiment that had targeted the hearts and minds of a confused American population that was increasingly drawn to slogans of peace, liberation, and democratic freedom would pressure its government to abandon an ally, South Vietnam. The implication, seemingly unthinkable even to Jewish liberals in the aftermath of Israels victory in the Six Day War, was that if the United States could not stand firm in its commitment to support an ally in Southeast Asia, it would one day be willing to abandon its commitment to its only ally in the Middle East as well. Ergo, the Jewish State.

Times have changed, and with it, Americas foreign policy. Israel is no longer considered Americas only ally in a still-troubled Middle East. In fact, the United States counts many, mostly as a result of a misbegotten reinterpretation of what allies are, thanks in great measure to the US State Departments purposeful redefinition of American interests in the region.

One recalls the comment most often attributed to Charles de Gaulle: Nations dont have friends, only interests.

Despite the very strong relationship that ostensibly exists between President Trump and Israel at great contrast with that of his predecessor his State Department and the National Security Council are still adherents of interests before friends. And, they mistakenly and quite foolishly attribute American interests to the wrong side. Governed by the belief that the occupied territories and the settlements are the reason of the impasse to the conflict between Muslims and Jews, Trump is ready to dispatch his son-in-law to once again bridge the unbridgeable gap.

In an oil-thirsty world, the Muslim states (we include here of course, the Islamic Republic of Iran) seemed to have gained a leverage that was simply unthinkable in 1967. The Europeans seemed the first to turn the other cheek when Arab terror spread, still in its nascent stages mostly one would think, because it was not their cheeks that were being most often slapped.

Over the years, the terror in Europe proliferated. And correlatively, so did the finger of blame that was directed at Israel. As long as the Muslim antipathy was directed at the Jewish State and more telling, Jews everywhere the Europeans would assuage the perpetrators. It was Israel that was called to make compromises, territorial and (axiomatically) ideological. The more threatening and damaging the terror, the more shrill the calls for Israeli capitulation.

Undeniably, the greatest threat to the ever-elusive peace in the Middle East, and the invariable spill-over of violence into a Europe that is fast becoming a battlefield, is the terror that so many of its nations have voluntarily imported with the jihadis who carry the torch of Islam.

Yes, allies are often sacrificed on the mantle of political expedience. The US national security apparatus prefers to call it pragmatism. For what its worth, future historians will judge the North Korean crisis as the less significant one of our generation simply because China is able to control it. The more formidable and dangerous threat is the nuclearization of Iran. The occasional terror attacks in Europe, murderous as they are, pale in comparison.

In kind, the geopolitical threat that has already been unleashed remarkably with more support than opposition by the West is the facilitation of an Iranian nuclear capability. With the overt and covert support of the Obama Administration despite its denials the Iranians were fast changing the rules of the game. Unless stopped forcibly in the next year or two, Iran will be in possession of the bomb. Correction: bombs.

Meanwhile, the new Trump foreign policy team, despite its frequent criticism of the Obama-Iran nuke deal, has yet to do anything significant. Worse, it has twice certified that Iran remains compliant. Of a deal that Trump called the worst in diplomatic history.

Yes, allies are often sacrificed on the mantle of political expedience. The US national security apparatus prefers to call it pragmatism.

And count on it. Susan Rice will one day again be interviewed by theNew York Timesand CNN, in a joint appearance with President Trumps National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, admittinganotherfailure. This will be the statement that they will issue:The fact of the matter is, that despite all of these efforts, the Iranian regimebeen able to succeed in progressing with its program, both nuclear and missile. Thats a very unfortunate outcome; but we are where we are. McMaster,resplendent in his uniform and its military regalia, will add:It will require being pragmatic.

After all, we are where we are!

Today, despite the unmistakable danger that Iran poses to Israel directly, it is more than simply a Jewish stake. This is an American interest. The message is quite clear. The practical implications are quite ominous.

Pause to cry.

Meir Jolovitz is a past national executive director of the Zionist Organization of America, and formerly associated with the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies.

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A Tale of Two Very Different School Board Meetings – OB Rag

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By Thomas Ultican / Tultican

Its not always pretty when the public gets a chance to voice its opinion, but it is democratic. Recently, I attended the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) and the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) school board meetings. It was reminiscent of Dickens depiction of Paris and London.

Sweetwater, which has been living a nightmare for most of the previous decade, was like being at camp sitting around a bonfire singing John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt. It wasnt quite Kumbaya, but it was close.

SDUSD was the opposite. Parents, teachers and various community leaders came to engage in public debate. It was a war of words and philosophy. It was far from a kumbaya moment. People made their case in a public forum and with one dreadful exception, they did so in a respectful manner.

At SDUSD it was Sex and Islamophobia

There were two contentious issues at the SDUSD meeting; sex education and protecting Muslim students from bullying. At the July 24 school board meeting, the sex education issue was raised under the agenda item E.1, called Vision 2020 Quality Schools in Every Neighborhood or LCAP goal four.

Let me explain some school-speak. There was a 2013 change in how California divides up money to districts. The new system was named the local control funding formula (LCFF). It required money earmarked for certain categories of spending for example, bilingual teacher training programs to be bundled and distributed to districts under a certain set of rules for how the money is spent.

The California Department of Education describes the Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP),

The LCAP is an important component of the LCFF [Local Control Funding Formula]. Under the LCFF all LEAs [Local Education Agencies] are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how they intend to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities identified pursuant to EC Section 52060(d).

In other words, these are the plans that allow districts to spend money that used to be earmarked for certain state directed categories of spending.

LCAP goal four focuses on SDUSDs wellness initiative including health education and the sexual health curriculum. When the district staff finished their presentation for this initiative, the public comment period allowed anyone who wanted to make a comment speak for three minutes. To speak, all people were required to do is fill out a small request form and hand it to a Board staff member.

It was like living the movie Back to the Future where our DeLorean had just arrived in good old 1955.

It was like living the movie Back to the Future where our DeLorean had just arrived in good old 1955. A relatively large group of people apparently from the same Christian sect started denouncing the sex education curriculum as pornographic and against Gods Law. People in the audience were holding up Bibles and cheering on their speakers. The speakers were protesting the curriculum from Advocates for Youth that SDUSD adopted.

One of the main points many speakers made is that some research used by Advocates for Youth comes from the University of Indianas, Kinsey Institute. The institutes website tells readers, Learn more about the science-based discoveries both past and present that reveal the complexity of sexuality and relationships. It also says, Since Dr. Alfred Kinseys groundbreaking research in 1948, the Kinsey Institute has changed the worlds understanding of human sexuality. Many of the opponents of Advocates for Youth indicated that the research at the Kinsey Institute is evil.

One speaker who identified himself as John Moore, a retired engineer, said we cannot trust SDUSD to select a good curriculum because they are doing such a bad job of educating students. To bolster his point, he claimed that in the latest high school exit exam (2014) there was only a 30 percent pass rate. A check of state education department statistics revealed that public schools in San Diego Unified had a more than 94 percent pass rate.

A well-coiffed handsome man in his forties said that he was Mr. Brookes here on behalf of Ernie Sanders or at least it sounded like he said Ernie Sanders. I am pretty sure it wasnt Bernie Sanders.

Meetings of publicly elected school boards are incubators of Americana.

Mr. Brookes said that this sex education program was against Gods Law and that it promoted deviance and rebellion. He cited Mathew 7:12 as evidence. How do unto others as you would have done unto yourself fits this debate is unclear. He also said that Planned Parenthood is evil and that they support this curriculum.

More speakers advocated for the sex education curriculum than spoke against it. A teacher who taught the program refuted many of the claims as being misinformed or just untrue. Other speakers made the case that this is a well-researched and widely used program. Advocates for Youth is the basis for sex education in major cities throughout America.

Although disagreeing with the opposition to the new sex education curriculum, my impression was that these were moral people who truly care about their community and family. For one who values democracy, seeing this free exchange of ideas was witnessing community-based democracy at its essence. Meetings of publicly elected school boards are incubators of Americana.

The Environment Became Disrespectful

Agenda item E.2 was called Addressing Tolerance Through the Comprehensive School Counseling and Guidance Plan. The summary in the Board Documents says:

the District will not tolerate the bullying of any student; and clarifies that our Muslim students will be treated equally with respect to bullying. A calendar of observances to be created shall include holidays of all faiths for the purpose of enhancing mutual understanding and respect . Staff have not been assigned specifically to address the bullying of students of any single religion; rather, . The Districts instructional materials are and will continue to be consistent with state standards which address all major world religions in the context of world history and culture. Finally, staff is redirected from forming a formal partnership with CAIR to forming an intercultural committee which shall include representatives of from all faiths and cultures and which shall provide input to District staff on issues of cultural sensitivities and the individual needs of various subgroups within our diverse community.

This statement modifies much of the stance the school board took on April 4 when it adopted its plan to deal with Muslim students being bullied. The board document summary covering this topic said:

This report will focus on the districts plan to address Islamophobia and discrimination against Muslim students and their families, as directed by the Board of Education on July 26, 2016. This plan, developed in collaboration with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and in alignment with AB 2845, is being brought forward for formal board adoption.

That April 4, staff presentation listed several actions the district would take including:

Charles LiMandri, President and chief counsel for the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, filed a lawsuit in federal court May 22 on behalf of Citizens for Quality Education San Diego; San Diego Asian Americans for Equality Foundation; Scott Hasson; Haoyin He; Xuexun Hu; Kevin and Melissa Steel; and Jose Velazquez. The individuals all were on behalf of their minor children. The key complaint in the lawsuit is:

Under the guise of this antibullying program, Defendants have fallen in with the aforementioned religious organization to set up a subtle, discriminatory scheme that establishes Muslim students as the privileged religious group within the school community. Consequently, students of other faiths are left on the outside looking in, vulnerable to religiously motivated bullying, while Muslim students enjoy an exclusive right to the School Districts benevolent protection.

Charles Limandri, the Rancho Santa Fe lawyer who filed this lawsuit is a well-known activist in conservative causes. He was a vocal supporter of Proposition 8, the 2008 California initiative that banned same-sex marriage. His Defense Fund profile says of Limandri:

Since 1983, he has handled numerous high-profile civil law and pro-bono religious liberty cases including defending the Mt. Soledad Cross, San Diego Firefighters, Priests for Life, JONAH and many other organizations in state and federal courts, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. Currently, Mr. LiMandri is defending David Daleiden, Founder of the Center for Medical Progress, who is being investigated for his Human Capital Project, which used undercover video to expose the abortion industrys buying and selling of aborted baby body parts.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on some of Limandris comments about this lawsuit.

LiMandri said parents and his law firm have other problems with the districts actions, including its partnership with the Council for American-Islamic Relations, which he said has a mission to change American society and advance radical Islam.

Of particular concern is the School Districts active collaboration with CAIR, which has longstanding, verified ties to radical Islam, LiMandri said in a statement .

LiMandri said the lawsuit against the district is not asking for any monetary relief, although San Diego Unified could face a hefty legal fee if the case continues into a lengthy fight.

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund which runs out of LiMandris law office in Rancho Santa Fe is associated with a national network of conservative legal organizations under the umbrella of The Alliance Defending Freedom. This association of more than fifty organizations includes The Heritage Foundation, National Organization for Marriage, and the Federalist Society.

The San Diego Asian Americans for Equality Foundation which put its name on the lawsuit seems to be an active political organization in San Diego working to protect the rights and further the interests of Asian Americans. The other organization that is party to the lawsuit, Citizens for Quality Education San Diego was founded by Mary Baker and is almost non-existent with no web page or Facebook page.

Mary Baker is acting president of the San Diego/Orange County Chapter of the non-profit organization, Citizens Alliance for Property Rights and is co-founder and a member of Citizens for Quality EducationSan Diego. Mary serves on two Executive Boards as President of California Federation of Republican WomenSouthern Division and Rancho Bernardo Republican Women Federated.

At the school board meeting, so many people signed up to speak on this issue that the board limited everyone to one minute. Almost all speakers spoke in support of the boards original April decision and urged the board to continue with its plan to create a formal partnership with Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

A man in the audience started screaming: obey the law you criminals, we dont want sharia law, youre a bunch of criminals thats why you are being sued

The speaker representing the Jewish Defense League said that if one community is unsafe then all communities are unsafe.

The San Diego Education Association representative called for profession development highlighting the needs to combat Islamophobia.

Mr. Contreras from the San Diego High School PTA urged the board to work with CAIR and address Islamophobia.

A former SDUSD student said that Muslim hate crimes have increased 800% since 2001 and that his little sister in middle school was being bullied including having students try to pull off her hijab.

Board member, John Lee Evans, made the point that all students needed to be protected from bullying but from time to time in America, certain communities become targets and they need special attention.

A man in the audience started screaming: obey the law you criminals, we dont want sharia law, youre a bunch of criminals thats why you are being sued. He continued angrily screaming over speakers especially board members for an extended period.

A very frustrated looking school board President Richard Barrera responded, If we are getting this kind character attack, we can see what our students are dealing with.

All the board members of SDUSD seem to be quality reasoned people. They clearly backed down on this issue and I dont blame them. Even if they feel the lawsuit against them is without merit, they must deal with the reality of budget constraints. Limandri said he is not asking for any monetary relief, but pointed out that SDUSD could face a hefty legal bill if a lengthy fight ensues. Limandris allies have very deep pockets and this seems to be an issue they want to embrace.

A Trauma-Informed District

community members who used to battle against a corrupt (SUHSD) board are giving heartfelt praise.

In Chula Vista, the new school year has started with many words of praise for the school board and Superintendent Karen Janney. For many years construction company money influenced board elections and successive superintendents had used access to that money to control board members. Through these dark times, people like Nick Marinovich of the Bond Oversite Committee spoke out about the excesses and blocked many corrupt actions by publicly airing them at board meetings.

Eventually, members of the construction industry, the superintendent of schools and four of five board member of Sweetwater Union High School (SUHSD) district pleaded guilty to felony corruption charges. A newly elected board has been in place for three years and they have brought such positive change that Marinovich and several other community members who used to battle against a corrupt board are giving heartfelt praise. At the same time, saying they will still be watching and taking positions that the board and the superintendent might not like.

The big news at the July 24 board meeting was that SUHSD starting this school year will be a 100 percent trauma-informed district. A new district discipline policy was presented. The presenter made it clear that this was not a plan in which students can do whatever they want with no consequences, but a constructive plan that includes restorative justice principles. Dr. Joe Fulcher and his team have been working on this plan for the past two years and they feel ready for full implementation in the 2017-2018 school year.

Only at public schools with elected school boards, is the public allowed meaningful participation. Democracy is messy but it engenders the wisest outcomes. Dont allow public schools to be stolen from your community by fantasy reform like Betsy DeVoss siren song of school choice.

Thomas Ultican taught high school physics and mathematics in a school with more the 50 percent English Language and 75 percent Title 1 students. He said, In 1999, I got tired of doing research in Silicon Valley and decided to teach. It is the hardest job I ever had and I liked it!

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A Tale of Two Very Different School Board Meetings – San Diego Free Press

File photo: SDUSD School Board

By Thomas Ultican / Tultican

Its not always pretty when the public gets a chance to voice its opinion, but it is democratic. Recently, I attended the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) and the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) school board meetings. It was reminiscent of Dickens depiction of Paris and London.

Sweetwater, which has been living a nightmare for most of the previous decade, was like being at camp sitting around a bonfire singing John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt. It wasnt quite Kumbaya, but it was close.

SDUSD was the opposite. Parents, teachers and various community leaders came to engage in public debate. It was a war of words and philosophy. It was far from a kumbaya moment. People made their case in a public forum and with one dreadful exception, they did so in a respectful manner.

At SDUSD it was Sex and Islamophobia

There were two contentious issues at the SDUSD meeting; sex education and protecting Muslim students from bullying. At the July 24school board meeting, the sex education issue was raised under the agenda item E.1, called Vision 2020 Quality Schools in Every Neighborhood or LCAP goal four.

Let me explain some school-speak. There was a 2013 change in how California divides up money to districts. The new system was named the local control funding formula (LCFF). It required money earmarked for certain categories of spending for example, bilingual teacher training programs to be bundled and distributed to districts under a certain set of rules for how the money is spent.

The California Department of Education describes the Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP),

The LCAP is an important component of the LCFF [Local Control Funding Formula]. Under the LCFF all LEAs [Local Education Agencies] are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how they intend to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities identified pursuant to EC Section 52060(d).

In other words, these are the plans that allow districts to spend money that used to be earmarked for certain state directed categories of spending.

LCAP goal fourfocuses on SDUSDs wellness initiative including health education and the sexual health curriculum. When the district staff finished their presentation for this initiative, the public comment period allowed anyone who wanted to make a comment speak for three minutes. To speak, all people were required to do is fill out a small request form and hand it to a Board staff member.

It was like living the movie Back to the Future where our DeLorean had just arrived in good old 1955.

It was like living the movie Back to the Future where our DeLorean had just arrived in good old 1955. A relatively large group of people apparently from the same Christian sect started denouncing the sex education curriculum as pornographic and against Gods Law. People in the audience were holding up Bibles and cheering on their speakers. The speakers were protesting the curriculum from Advocates for Youth that SDUSD adopted.

One of the main points many speakers made is that some research used by Advocates for Youth comes from the University of Indianas, Kinsey Institute. The institutes website tells readers, Learn more about the science-based discoveries both past and present that reveal the complexity of sexuality and relationships.It also says, Since Dr. Alfred Kinseys groundbreaking research in 1948, the Kinsey Institute has changed the worlds understanding of human sexuality.Many of the opponents of Advocates for Youth indicated that the research at the Kinsey Institute is evil.

One speaker who identified himself as John Moore, a retired engineer, said we cannot trust SDUSD to select a good curriculum because they are doing such a bad job of educating students. To bolster his point, he claimed that in the latest high school exit exam (2014) there was only a 30 percent pass rate. A check of state education department statistics revealed that public schools in San Diego Unified had a more than 94 percent pass rate.

A well-coiffed handsome man in his forties said that he was Mr. Brookes here on behalf of Ernie Sanders or at least it sounded like he said Ernie Sanders. I am pretty sure it wasnt Bernie Sanders.

Meetings of publicly elected school boards are incubators of Americana.

Mr. Brookes said that this sex education program was against Gods Law and that it promoted deviance and rebellion. He cited Mathew 7:12 as evidence. How do unto others as you would have done unto yourself fits this debate is unclear. He also said that Planned Parenthood is evil and that they support this curriculum.

More speakers advocated for the sex education curriculum than spoke against it. A teacher who taught the program refuted many of the claims as being misinformed or just untrue. Other speakers made the case that this is a well-researched and widely used program. Advocates for Youth is the basis for sex education in major cities throughout America.

Although disagreeing with the opposition to the new sex education curriculum, my impression was that these were moral people who truly care about their community and family. For one who values democracy, seeing this free exchange of ideas was witnessing community-based democracy at its essence. Meetings of publicly elected school boards are incubators of Americana.

The Environment Became Disrespectful

Agenda item E.2 was called Addressing Tolerance Through the Comprehensive School Counseling and Guidance Plan. The summary in the Board Documents says:

the District will not tolerate the bullying of any student; and clarifies that our Muslim students will be treated equally with respect to bullying. A calendar of observances to be created shall include holidays of all faiths for the purpose of enhancing mutual understanding and respect . Staff have not been assigned specifically to address the bullying of students of any single religion; rather, . The Districts instructional materials are and will continue to be consistent with state standards which address all major world religions in the context of world history and culture. Finally, staff is redirected from forming a formal partnership with CAIR to forming an intercultural committee which shall include representatives of from all faiths and cultures and which shall provide input to District staff on issues of cultural sensitivities and the individual needs of various subgroups within our diverse community.

This statement modifies much of the stance the school board took on April 4 when it adopted its plan to deal with Muslim students being bullied. Theboard document summary covering this topic said:

This report will focus on the districts plan to address Islamophobia and discrimination against Muslim students and their families, as directed by the Board of Education on July 26, 2016. This plan, developed in collaboration with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and in alignment with AB 2845, is being brought forward for formal board adoption.

That April 4, staff presentation listed several actions the district would take including:

Charles LiMandri, President and chief counsel for the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund,filed a lawsuit in federal court May 22 on behalf of Citizens for Quality Education San Diego; San Diego Asian Americans for Equality Foundation; Scott Hasson; Haoyin He; Xuexun Hu; Kevin and Melissa Steel; and Jose Velazquez. The individuals all were on behalf of their minor children. The key complaint in the lawsuit is:

Under the guise of this antibullying program, Defendants have fallen in with the aforementioned religious organization to set up a subtle, discriminatory scheme that establishes Muslim students as the privileged religious group within the school community. Consequently, students of other faiths are left on the outside looking in, vulnerable to religiously motivated bullying, while Muslim students enjoy an exclusive right to the School Districts benevolent protection.

Charles Limandri, the Rancho Santa Fe lawyer who filed this lawsuit is a well-known activist in conservative causes. He was a vocal supporter of Proposition 8, the 2008 California initiative that banned same-sex marriage. His Defense Fund profile says of Limandri:

Since 1983, he has handled numerous high-profile civil law and pro-bono religious liberty cases including defending the Mt. Soledad Cross, San Diego Firefighters, Priests for Life, JONAH and many other organizations in state and federal courts, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. Currently, Mr. LiMandri is defending David Daleiden, Founder of the Center for Medical Progress, who is being investigated for his Human Capital Project, which used undercover video to expose the abortion industrys buying and selling of aborted baby body parts.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on some of Limandris comments about this lawsuit.

LiMandri said parents and his law firm have other problems with the districts actions, including its partnership with the Council for American-Islamic Relations, which he said has a mission to change American society and advance radical Islam.

Of particular concern is the School Districts active collaboration with CAIR, which has longstanding, verified ties to radical Islam, LiMandri said in a statement .

LiMandri said the lawsuit against the district is not asking for any monetary relief, although San Diego Unified could face a hefty legal fee if the case continues into a lengthy fight.

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund which runs out of LiMandris law office in Rancho Santa Fe is associated with a national network of conservative legal organizations under the umbrella of The Alliance Defending Freedom. This association of more than fifty organizations includes The Heritage Foundation, National Organization for Marriage, and the Federalist Society.

The San Diego Asian Americans for Equality Foundation which put its name on the lawsuit seems to be an active political organization in San Diego working to protect the rights and further the interests of Asian Americans. The other organization that is party to the lawsuit, Citizens for Quality Education San Diego was founded by Mary Baker and is almost non-existent with no web page or Facebook page.

Mary Baker is acting president of the San Diego/Orange County Chapter of the non-profit organization, Citizens Alliance for Property Rights and is co-founder and a member of Citizens for Quality EducationSan Diego. Mary serves on two Executive Boards as President of California Federation of Republican WomenSouthern Division and Rancho Bernardo Republican Women Federated.

At the school board meeting, so many people signed up to speak on this issue that the board limited everyone to one minute. Almost all speakers spoke in support of the boards original April decision and urged the board to continue with its plan to create aformal partnership with Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

A man in the audience started screaming: obey the law you criminals, we dont want sharia law, youre a bunch of criminals thats why you are being sued

The speaker representing the Jewish Defense League said that if one community is unsafe then all communities are unsafe.

The San Diego Education Association representative called for profession development highlighting the needs to combat Islamophobia.

Mr. Contreras from the San Diego High School PTA urged the board to work with CAIR and address Islamophobia.

A former SDUSD student said that Muslim hate crimes have increased 800% since 2001 and that his little sister in middle school was being bullied including having students try to pull off her hijab.

Board member, John Lee Evans, made the point that all students needed to be protected from bullying but from time to time in America, certain communities become targets and they need special attention.

A man in the audience started screaming: obey the law you criminals, we dont want sharia law, youre a bunch of criminals thats why you are being sued. He continued angrily screaming over speakers especially board members for an extended period.

A very frustrated looking school board President Richard Barrera responded, If we are getting this kind character attack, we can see what our students are dealing with.

All the board members of SDUSD seem to be quality reasoned people. They clearly backed down on this issue and I dont blame them. Even if they feel the lawsuit against them is without merit, they must deal with the reality of budget constraints. Limandri said he is not asking for any monetary relief, but pointed out that SDUSD could face a hefty legal bill if a lengthy fight ensues. Limandris allies have very deep pockets and this seems to be an issue they want to embrace.

A Trauma-Informed District

community members who used to battle against a corrupt (SUHSD) board are giving heartfelt praise.

In Chula Vista, the new school year has started with many words of praise for the school board and Superintendent Karen Janney. For many years construction company money influenced board elections and successive superintendents had used access to that money to control board members. Through these dark times, people like Nick Marinovich of the Bond Oversite Committee spoke out about the excesses and blocked many corrupt actions by publicly airing them at board meetings.

Eventually, members of the construction industry, the superintendent of schools and four of five board member of Sweetwater Union High School (SUHSD) district pleaded guilty to felony corruption charges. A newly elected board has been in place for three years and they have brought such positive change that Marinovich and several other community members who used to battle against a corrupt board are giving heartfelt praise. At the same time, saying they will still be watching and taking positions that the board and the superintendent might not like.

The big news at the July 24board meeting was that SUHSD starting this school year will be a 100 percent trauma-informed district. A new district discipline policy was presented. The presenter made it clear that this was not a plan in which students can do whatever they want with no consequences, but a constructive plan that includes restorative justice principles. Dr. Joe Fulcher and his team have been working on this plan for the past two years and they feel ready for full implementation in the 2017-2018 school year.

Only at public schools with elected school boards, is the public allowed meaningful participation. Democracy is messy but it engenders the wisest outcomes. Dont allow public schools to be stolen from your community by fantasy reform like Betsy DeVoss siren song of school choice.

Thomas Ultican taught high school physics and mathematics in a school with more the 50 percent English Language and 75 percent Title 1 students. He said, In 1999, I got tired of doing research in Silicon Valley and decided to teach.It is the hardest job I ever had and I liked it!

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Antifa calls Jewish Defense League Nazis at free speech rally – The Rebel

Free speech rallies have been occurring across Canada in reaction to dangers of government legislated political correctness. I attended one in Hamilton, Ontario so I could hear from both sides of this issue.

The pro-free speech crowd that included members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) were peaceful. Within their ranks were men, women, natives, and Jews. They were happy to calmly discuss why they were participating in a public demonstration.

The anti-free speech leftists from Antifa were far less open. Those cowards hid their faces behind mask and signs, and were unable to justify their claims of “racism” and “fascism”.

WATCH my video to see how Antifa used the swastika in an attack on a Jewish organization!

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Domestic terrorism in the United States – Wikipedia

Domestic terrorism in the United States consists of incidents confirmed as terrorist acts. These attacks are considered domestic because they were carried out by U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.[1] The statutory definition of domestic terrorism in the United States has changed many times over the years; also, it can be argued that acts of domestic terrorism have been occurring since long before any legal definition was set forth. Under current United States law, set forth in the USA PATRIOT Act, acts of domestic terrorism are those which: “(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.”[2] [3] [4] Anti-abortion violence, considered a form of terrorism, is often committed in the United States against individuals and organizations that provide abortions or abortion counseling. Incidents have included crimes against people, such as murder, assault, kidnapping, and stalking; crimes affecting both people and property, such as arson or bombing; and property crimes such as vandalism. Perpetrators may defend their actions as necessary to protect fetuses, and are often motivated by their Christian beliefs, leading to anti-abortion violence’s identification as Christian terrorism; it is also associated with Antifeminism.[citation needed] Notable incidents of anti-abortion violence include the murders of a number of doctors and clinic staff in the 1990s. According to the FBI in June 2008, eco-terrorists and extreme animal rights activists represent “one of the most serious domestic terrorism threats in the U.S. today”. They committed over 2,000 crimes and caused over $110 million in damages since 1979, against targets including lumber companies, animal testing facilities and genetic research firms.[8] Alpha 66 (still existent) and Omega 7 (now defunct) were two affiliated Cuban exile action groups who have carried out many bombings and acts of sabotage. While many of these attacks have historically been directed at Cuba and the Castro government, many of them occurred domestically, especially during the period of Cuba-US diplomacy and negotiations in the 1970s known as “el Dilogo” (the dialogue) when powerful anti-Castro figures in Miami attempted to terrorize those in their community who favored a more moderate approach. Luciano Nieves, for instance, was killed for advocating peaceful coexistence with Cuba. WQBA-AM news director Emilio Milian lost his legs in a car bomb after he publicly condemned Cuban exile violence. These cases of terrorism were documented extensively in the book Miami by Joan Didion. Human Rights Watch released a report in 1992 in which it claimed that the more extreme exiles have created a political environment in Miami where “moderation can be a dangerous position.” Animal Liberation Front (ALF) is a name used internationally by activists who engage in direct action against persons and/or organizations which the activists perceive are harming animals. This includes removing animals from laboratories and fur farms, and sabotaging facilities involved in animal testing and other animal-based industries. According to ALF statements, any act that furthers the cause of animal liberation, where all reasonable precautions are taken not to endanger life, may be claimed as an ALF action. The group is listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a domestic terrorist organization. The Army of God (AOG)[9] is a loose network of individuals and groups connected by ideological affinity and the determination to use force to end abortion in the United States. Acts of anti-abortion violence increased in the mid-1990s culminating in a series of bombings by Eric Robert Rudolph, whose targets included two abortion clinics, a gay and lesbian night club, and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Letters sent to newspapers claim responsibility for the bombing of the abortion clinics in the name of the Army of God. Aryan Nations (AN) is a white nationalist neo-Nazi organization founded in the 1970s by Richard Girnt Butler as an arm of the Christian Identity group known as the Church of Jesus Christ-Christian. As of December 2007 there were two main factions that claimed descent from Butler’s group. The Aryan Nations has been called a “terrorist threat” by the FBI,[10] and the RAND Corporation has called it the “first truly nationwide terrorist network” in the United States.[11] A splinter group made up of the more radical members of the Black Panther Party, the Black Liberation Army (BLA) sought to overthrow the US government in the name of racial separatism and Marxist ideals. The Fraternal Order of Police blames the BLA for the murders of 13 police officers. According to a Justice Department report on BLA activity, the group was suspected of involvement in over 60 incidents of violence between 1970 and 1980. The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (CSA) was a radical Christian Identity organization formed in 1971 in the small community of Elijah in southern Missouri, United States. One of its members, Richard Wayne Snell was responsible for the murder of a pawnshop owner and a Missouri state trooper. The CSA collapsed following an FBI and ATF siege in 1985. The Earth Liberation Front has been classified as a top “domestic terror” threat in the United States by the Federal Bureau of Investigation since March 2001.[12] The Jewish Defense League (JDL) was founded in 1968[13] by Rabbi Meir Kahane in New York City. FBI statistics show that, from 1980 to 1985, 15 terrorist attacks were attempted in the U.S. by JDL members.[14] The FBIs Mary Doran described the JDL in 2004 Congressional testimony as “a proscribed terrorist group”.[15] The National Consortium for the Study of Terror and Responses to Terrorism states that, during the JDL’s first two decades of activity, it was an “active terrorist organization.”[16][17] Kahane later founded the far right Israeli political party Kach. During reconstruction at the end of the civil war the original KKK used domestic terroristic methods against the Federal Government and against freed slaves. During the 20th century, leading up to the Civil Rights Movement, unrelated Ku Klux Klan (KKK) groups used threats, violence, arson, and murder to further their anti-Black, anti-Catholic, anti-Communist, anti-semitic, and white-supremacist agenda. Domestic terrorists with agendas similar to the KKK include neo-Nazis and white power skinheads. The May 19 Coalition (also variously referred to as the May 19 Communist Coalition, May 19 Communist Organization, and various alternatives of M19CO), was a US-based, self-described revolutionary organization formed by members of the Weather Underground Organization. The group was originally known as the New York chapter of the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee (PFOC), an organization devoted to legally promoting the causes of the Weather Underground. This was part of Prairie Fire Manifesto change in Weather Underground Organization strategy, which demanded both aboveground mass and clandestine organizations. The role of the clandestine organization would be to build the “consciousness of action” and prepare the way for the development of a people’s militia. Concurrently, the role of the mass movement (i.e., above ground Prairie Fire Collective) would include support for, and encouragement of, armed action. Such an alliance would, according to Weather, “help create the ‘sea’ for the guerrillas to swim in.”[18] The Order, also known as the Brder Schweigen or Silent Brotherhood, was an organization active in the United States between 1983 and 1984. The Order, a white nationalist revolutionary group, is probably best known for the 1984 murder of radio talk show host Alan Berg, but the group also carried out several bank and car robberies, three murders, and money counterfeiting until their leader, Robert Jay Mathews, was killed in a shootout with FBI agents on Whidbey Island, Washington, in December 1984. The Phineas Priesthood (Phineas Priests) is a Christian Identity movement that opposes interracial sex, the mixing of races, homosexuality, and abortion. It is also marked by its anti-Semitism, anti-multiculturalism, and opposition to taxation. It is not considered an organization because it is not led by a governing body, there are no gatherings, and there is no membership process. One becomes a Phineas Priest by simply adopting the beliefs of the Priesthood and acting upon those beliefs. Members of the Priesthood are often called terrorists for, among other things, planning to blow up FBI buildings, abortion clinic bombings, and bank robberies.[citation needed] The Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) was an American self-styled, far left “urban guerrilla warfare group” that considered itself a revolutionary vanguard army. The group committed bank robberies, two murders, and other acts of violence between 1973 and 1975. Among their most notorious acts was the kidnapping of the newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. The United Freedom Front (UFF) was a small American Marxist organization active in the 1970s and 1980s. It was originally called the Sam Melville/Jonathan Jackson Unit, and its members became known as the Ohio 7 when they were brought to trial. Between 1975 and 1984 the UFF carried out at least 20 bombings and nine bank robberies in the northeastern United States, targeting corporate buildings, courthouses, and military facilities.[19] Brent L. Smith describes them as “undoubtedly the most successful of the leftist terrorists of the 1970s and 1980s.”[20] The group’s members were eventually apprehended and convicted of conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, and other charges. Two, Tom Manning and Jaan Laaman, remain incarcerated today. The Weather Underground Organization was a far left organization active from 1969 to 1975. It originated in 1969 as a faction of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)[21] composed for the most part of the national office leadership of SDS and their supporters. The group collapsed shortly after the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam in 1975. The Mountain Meadows massacre was a series of attacks on the BakerFancher emigrant wagon train, at Mountain Meadows in southern Utah. The attacks began on September 7 and culminated on September 11, 1857, resulting in the mass slaughter of the emigrant party by members of the Utah Territorial Militia from the Iron County district, a Mormon group, together with some Paiute Native Americans. Intending to leave no witnesses and thus prevent reprisals, the perpetrators killed all the adults and older children about 120 men, women, and children in total. Seventeen children, all younger than seven, were spared. The Los Angeles Times bombing was the purposeful dynamiting of the Los Angeles Times building in Los Angeles, California, on October 1, 1910 by a union member belonging to the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers. The explosion started a fire which killed 21 newspaper employees and injured 100 more. The Milwaukee Police Department bombing was a November 24, 1917 bomb attack that killed ten people including nine members of local law enforcement. The perpetrators were never caught but are suspected to be an anarchist terrorist cell operating in the United States in the early 20th century. The target was initially an evangelical church in the third ward and only killed the police members when the bomb was brought to the police station by a concerned member of the public. The bombing remained the most fatal single event in national law enforcement history for over 80 years until the 9-11 attacks. The Wall Street bombing was a terrorist incident that occurred on September 16, 1920, in the Financial District of New York City. A horse-drawn wagon filled with 100 pounds (45kg) of dynamite was stationed across the street from the headquarters of the J.P. Morgan Inc. bank. The explosion killed 38 and injured 400. Even though no one was found guilty, it is believed that the act was carried out by followers of Luigi Galleani. On May 31 and June 1, 1921, a white mob started the Tulsa race riot, attacking residents and businesses of the African-American community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in what is considered one of the worst incidents of racial violence in United States History. The attack, carried out on the ground and by air, destroyed more than 35 blocks of the district, did $30 million (2017 dollars) in damages, left 10,000 people homeless and up to 300 dead in a town considered the wealthiest black community in the nation. From 1978 to 1995, Harvard University graduate and former mathematics professor Theodore “Ted” Kaczynski known by the codename “UNABOM” until his identification and arrest by the FBI carried out a campaign of sending letterbombs to academics and various individuals particularly associated with modern technology. In 1996, his manifesto was published in The New York Times and The Washington Post,[22] under the threat of more attacks. The bomb campaign ended with his capture. In a 2004 congressional testimony, John S. Pistole, Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence for the Federal Bureau of Investigation described the JDL as “a known violent extremist Jewish Organization.”[23] FBI statistics show that, from 1980 through 1985, there were 18 terrorist attacks in the U.S. committed by Jews; 15 of those by members of the JDL.[24] Mary Doran, an FBI agent, described the JDL in a 2004 Congressional testimony as “a proscribed terrorist group”. Most recently, then-JDL Chairman Irv Rubin was jailed while awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy in planning bomb attacks against the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City, California, and on the office of Arab-American Congressman Darrell Issa. In its report, Terrorism 2000/2001, the FBI referred to the JDL as a “violent extremist Jewish organization” and stated that the FBI was responsible for thwarting at least one of its terrorist acts.[25] This truck bomb attack by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols killed 168 people on April19, 1995 the deadliest domestic-based terrorist attack in the history of the United States since the era of mass lynchings[26][bettersourceneeded] and race riots[27][bettersourceneeded]. It inspired improvements to United States federal building security. The Centennial Olympic Park bombing was a terrorist bombing on July 27, 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States during the 1996 Summer Olympics, the first of four committed by Eric Robert Rudolph, former explosives expert for the United States Army. Two people died, and 111 were injured. On August 5, 2012, Wade Michael Page fatally shot six people and wounded four others in a mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Page was an American white supremacist and a United States Army veteran from Cudahy, Wisconsin. All of the dead were members of the Sikh faith. On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs detonated 12 seconds and 210 yards apart at 2:49 p.m., near the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring several hundred others, including 16 who lost limbs. On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist, went into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina and shot and killed nine people. Roof was a known to be a white supremacist and owned a website where he wrote a manifesto in which he outlined his views toward blacks, among other peoples. On December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and 24 injured in a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, United States. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik targeted a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health training event and holiday party of about 80 employees in a rented banquet room. Farook was an American-born citizen of Pakistani descent, while his wife was a Pakistani-born legal resident of the U.S. He had attended the event as an employee before the shooting. Both had become radicalized through jihadist material on the internet, and stockpiled supplies in their home.[citation needed] On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed and 58 were injured at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida by a 29-year-old Omar Mateen,[28] and a person of interest to the FBI in 2013 and 2014. This was, at the time, the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history, later eclipsed by the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. Additionally, it was the deadliest confirmed terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the 9/11 attacks.

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Twitter suspends the Jewish Defense League’s account after …

The last thing that the JDL posted was my appearance last night at a private meet and greet event. They took down their Facebook page also. This is sharia and antisemitism. The JDL is, of course, not alone. Facebook has blocked my newsfeed, slashing daily referrals from my followers from 100,000 to under 4,000. Twitter shadowbans me, make referrals to the Geller Report from Twitter non-existent. Not only that, but Google has scrubbed its search results of sites and posts critical of jihad and sharia. Fifteen years of work, forty thousand plus posts of mine, just disappeared from Google search. Poof. Its criminal. Google Adsense has suspended my account and Pinterest has blocked my links from being shared. YouTube deleted my account (only to reinstate it after a huge public outcry). Congress must take action against these social media dhimmis. Pamela Geller’s shocking new book, “FATWA: HUNTED IN AMERICA” is now available on Amazon. It’s Geller’s tell all, her story – and it’s every story – it’s what happens when you stand for freedom today. Buy it. Now. Here. Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of PamelaGeller.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administrations War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.

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Leftists Respond To Charlottesville: A Field Guide For Anti-Fascist Organizing – Shadowproof (blog)

The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, including an attack by a neo-Nazi that resulted in 19 injuries and the death of Heather Heyer, brought into focus the danger of white supremacy. It reminded Americans of the legacy of slavery and racism in the United States. It also catapulted resistance to white nationalism into the limelight, resistance which has taken many forms: Black Lives Matter; INCITE!; subdivisions of socialist organizations; Refuse Fascism, sponsored by Revolutionary Communist Party organization, and leftist parties like Workers World Party and the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Each has worked tirelessly to resist not only physical displays of racism but systematic abuses perpetuated by the state. I spoke to members of the Workers World Party, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Democratic Socialists of America, and Refuse Fascism about the ongoing struggle against a system that actively seeks to further marginalize a number of communities, and destroy a growing left movement. They outline not only what a leftist response to white supremacy should look like but also why white nationalist groups will not simply crumble and disappear if they are ignored. Lane Silberstein, 29-years-old NYC; member of DSA JSC, and IfNotNow Emily Lever, 24-years-old NYC; member of DSA JSC, and the Socialist Feminist Working Group Chamseddine: After Charlottesville and other efforts by white supremacists to mobilize, do you believe that anything has changed in terms of the lefts response to their violence? Silberstein: The JSC believes in self-defense, direct action, and materialist analysis. Howeverand this might be a dissatisfying answerthe JSC also comes together with liberal Jewish groups to form coalitions against fascism. The left will have to really think about when and how to organize alongside liberal groups, but not be afraid to call them to task. DSA is holding rallies with [International Socialist Organization], [Industrial Workers Of the World] and [Movement For Black Lives], et al, in attempts to unite the left; but JSC exists in part to radicalize liberal Jews and inform them of Jewish socialist history and praxis [which is enacting or putting theory into practice]. Lever: There is even more of a sense of urgency than there was before and a renewed understanding that the left needs to set aside ideological differences and pull together. DSA may be the largest socialist organization in the country, but 25,000 members is still tiny in the grand scheme of things. The left needs to both grow, including by calling to action progressives who are on the precipice of being leftists but might not know how to get involved, and present a united front. For me and those around me, that might mean gathering and talking to DSA members who have a tendency to punch left. Personally, I also think the left needs to think hard about self-defense. Theres a diversity of tactics people can adopt, from secure communication and getting members not to shoot their mouths off online to having security at public events and, where appropriate and well-considered, open carrying. Chamseddine: What does a modern leftist response to white supremacy look like? Silberstein: First, I think it begins with education. DSA has political education committees that organize readings, and we have been centering work by feminists and black women, like the Combahee River Collective. I actually dont think its per se a problem that DSA is so white and male. White males need to be organized, and we need to be socialists. We just cant be ignorant socialists. And then we need to turn this theory into praxis, and recognize that if our work isnt benefiting people at the intersection of different forms of oppression, what good are we doing? Lever: [We need] one, political education that is grounded in theory and history but designed to teach comradely, anti-racist, socialist, feminist behavior in day-to-day life. Two, Direct services to working-class communities of color that fill the gaps left by capitalism, neoliberalism, and planned neglect. Three, coalitions with leftist groups that are people of color-led and specifically oriented toward racial justice. Chamseddine: How have you and your organization worked to challenge public perception when it comes to fighting white supremacists? Weve seen people take a passive tone when it comes to confronting them, especially in the streets, so what can we do to challenge this? Silberstein: One of the reasons our caucus exists is to push back against members of the Jewish community who ignore our history and seek to compare fascists to anti-fascists. The legacy of the Jewish Labor Bund informs a lot of our work. These radical men and women, under witness of their comrades, would swear an oath of life or death in their commitment to defeating capitalism and fascism. They would be imprisoned by the Czar and, later, hunted by Nazis. Members of the Jewish Solidarity Caucus will never forget that a non-Jewish woman gave her life protesting neo-Nazis. Heather Heyer joins the ranks of martyrs of world-historical struggles. She paid an ultimate sacrifice and yet there are people in our community who want to make these comparisons between fascists and antifa (Greenblatt of the ADL, Peter Beinart). So it is crucial for this caucus to stand up and give this historical Jewish socialist perspective. Chamseddine: What makes the leftist position on challenging white supremacy different than the mainstream American liberal position? Silberstein: In my opinion, there is a connection between the inability of liberal members of our community to present a positive vision for a better world and the emergence of the far right. Liberals simply dont have the political drive to improve material conditions, which would undercut the rise of right wing populism. We formed this caucus because the mainstream Jewish community is uninterested in challenging the false idols of capitalism and nationalism. The complicity of liberals in failing to challenge Zionism, for example, I see as connected to the rise of extremist groups, like the JDL [Jewish Defense League]. Because at the end of the day, liberal Jews see Zionism as the only legitimate form of political Jewish agency. Liberals have this in common with the far right. We fight back with solidarity and internationalism. The JSC also understands that anti-semitism is a crucial mechanism within capitalism. C.L.R. James wrote about this, a form of colonialism within Europe. Its a shame Jewish liberals dont get it. Additionally, if youve followed recent work by Jewish Voice for Peace, theyre highlighting the role that groups like the ADL have in collaborating with the police both here and in Israel/Palestine. Liberals arent interested in exposing that because they dont think theres a problem with the police in the first place. Photo by Mark Dixon Lever: Liberals tend to not want to see the root causes of oppressionwell, some of them do, but all theyll do about it is call their senators, show up to rallies, donate money, and vote for the lesser evil. Someone needs to do these things, of course, but leftists, by definition, think of oppression structurally and understand that incremental reforms will never change the fundamental character of oppressive institutions. They can state the problem in what I believe is a more persuasive and clear-cut way. While leftists reject incrementalism, many still think reform and revolution are indissociable aspects of the struggle. In order to improve material conditions today, we fight for transformative reforms that challenge capitalism and white supremacy (though we might disagree among ourselves about whats really transformative). That said, a lot of leftists started out as liberals, and more generally, we are all steeped in the alienating morass of neoliberalism, individualism, and performativity. We cant necessarily go around thinking weve got it all figured out, and were nothing like those milquetoast liberals because we dont always embrace tactics as radical as our stated beliefs either. But were getting there. Chamseddine: What can people do to show solidarity with comrades facing legal repercussions? Silberstein: A lot of the people who are just now getting into activism have never had any interactions with the police and are really afraid of the legal system and of running afoul of it. A good way to get these peoples feet wet is get them to participate in jail support and pack the courtroom at comrades arraignments and trials (which is of course a good thing to do in general). Setting up bail funds is already happening but should be more common. If a comrade is in jail, watching their kids or helping out their family in any other way they need (particularly if the comrade is losing wages by being in jail) should happen in a concerted way. I also really loved the action people took in Durham where thousands turned themselves in for toppling the Confederate statue in an I am Spartacus kind of moment. Devin, 23-years-old Florida; Workers World Party candidate member, president of World Party candidate member, president of Strive (Social Trans Initiative, Pensacola), Director of Operations of Florida Transgender Alliance. Taryn Fivek, 32-years-old NYC; member of Workers world Party, and the International Action Center Nate Peters, 31-years-old NYC; member of Workers World Party, Peoples Power Assemblies, and NYC Shut It Down Chamseddine: After Charlottesville and other efforts by white supremacists to mobilize, do you believe that anything has changed in terms of the lefts response to their violence? Devin: Yes. The left is [recognizing] the unhelpful practice of strict sectarianism in organizing against fascist violence and mobilizing together to fight off Nazis and white supremacists. Of course, left unity is problematic in that it can easily ignore working class unity or proletarian unity (and it often does), but when Nazis and white supremacists come out in masses, the oppressed masses (us), must rise together to fight back. Fivek, Peters: We are unafraid. We are strategic. We realize its not just 500 racists but the thousands of cops mobilized to protect them like they were in Charlottesville. We are up against the greatest threat to humanity, the largest and most deadly imperialist state in history. Our strength is in our righteous anger and in the masses who have our back. Its one thing to go to a rally carrying a gun, like the right wing did, but quite another to spit in the face of a Klansman holding an AR-15. The right are cowards, and hide behind the police or inside a 4,000-pound hunk of metal they slam into unarmed anti-racist protesters. We will continue in the tradition of Harriet Tubman, Korryn Gaines, Malcolm X, Sandra Bland, Fred Hampton, John Brown, Gabriel Prosser andof courseHeather Heyer. We are on the right side of history. Chamseddine: What does a modern leftist response to white supremacy look like? Devin: The action in Durham, along with Bree Newsomes action in 2015, are what is necessary now at the highest stage of countering white supremacy. At the lowest stage, rallies, marches, and vigils can be great and comforting in times when we lose a comrade or a victim of senseless, white supremacist violence, but it cant stop there. We must escalate the action and commit ourselves to civil disobedience wherever we can. If the fuckers in the government are going to drag their feet on removing monuments or removing white supremacists, then we must tread where there is foot-dragging and where there is oppression and do it ourselves. Fivek, Peters: It can be anything from a Black Lives Matter button to the sort of courageous and righteous action we saw in Durham on Monday. Communists took down that altar to white supremacy, a communist Black queer woman in particular, and dont let anyone tell you otherwise. Photo by Rodney Dunning To struggle against white supremacy, were going to have to struggle against the system that gave us prisons, killer cops, Jim Crow, ICE prisons, and imperialist wars against black, brown and indigenous people abroad. Were going to have to drag the whole damn system down and replace it with something built on justice, not genocide. Chamseddine: Has your organization faced any backlash from the police? Have any members been specifically targeted for raids? If not, have you all prepared yourselves for this? Devin: Workers World Party Durham Branch, has suffered an onslaught of state-sanctioned surveillance and harassment since Takiyah Thompsons revolutionary act of bringing the statue down in Durham. Members homes were raided and many were arrested, but the Partys disciplined approach and response to continued police brutality has allowed for all members arrested to be freed. And there is now a movement to have all charges dropped against Takiyah, as well as other members arrested. Fivek, Peters: Members of our organization have had to deal with arrests, raids, and outrageous charges for doing what I figure to be a public service. The sanitation department in Durham should pay them for their time. While these charges are serious, we have millions of people on our side who smiled when they saw the video of the statue come down in Durham. It would help if they chipped in some money for the defense efforts. Chamseddine: How have you and your organization worked to challenge public perception when it comes to fighting white supremacists? Weve seen people take a passive tone when it comes to confronting them, especially in the streets, so what can we do to challenge this? Devin: Workers World Party has worked in the struggle against white supremacy for over half a century. WWP has taken to the streets time and time again to fight back against white supremacy, fascism, and racism; to unite the struggle against all of these oppressive factors. Additionally, WWP has avoided the plague that is liberalism and now, neoliberalism as well, which many leftist groups have not been able to avoid. One of the biggest problems among the masses is that many do not recognize that liberalism and neoliberalism are just as complicit in white supremacy as conservative ruling class systems. Liberalism promotes a message of passivity. It allows the working class to be trodded on and for oppressive systems to continue. Workers World Party has continuously avoided this plague. Fivek, Peters: The Workers World Party has a long anti-fascist and anti-racist tradition. Our first action in New York City was against the founder of the American Nazi Party, George Lincoln Rockwell, and we ran him out of town. Members of the party mortgaged their houses to send money to Robert F. Williams. When the Black Panther Party was under attack from the state, WWP was the only Marxist tendency to really defend them. People in the movement today dont know this in relation to the Panthers. We are strongly against the death penalty and worked tirelessly to get Mumia off death row. The party organized the massive marches on Washington against the Iraq War. Our partys fundamental analysis of Marxism, vis a vis a comrade named Sam Marcy, is against white supremacy. Our actions in Durham are a proud continuation of that legacy.; We believe strongly that white supremacy will not fade away on its own, that it must be confronted and smashed by the resistance of the masses. I think the best way to challenge the passive liberal response to open white supremacy is to lead by example. When we confronted the Klan and neo-Nazis in the streets of Charlottesville, when we pulled down the Confederate monument in Durham, we set a clear example of how to fight white supremacy. Chamseddine: What makes the leftist position on challenging white supremacy different than the mainstream American liberal position? Fivek, Peters: The liberal position on white supremacy is that it will wither away if left alone and ignored, and that the free speech rights of white supremacists should be protected because their positions would be rejected in the marketplace of ideas if they are allowed to express them openly. The liberal position on white supremacy is that it exists as a character flaw, as a bad taste joke. They dont really acknowledge that it is part and parcel of the system we live in, part and parcel of capitalism, not just in this country, but across the world. They dont acknowledge the connection between the so-called criminal justice system and racism, or the connection between racism and capitalism. They want to keep it compartmentalized. They want to defend capitalism or the system of governance we have now, and they dont want to admit that well have to do away with capitalism to do away with racism. The leftist position rejects all of these points. White supremacy grows, whether we ignore it or not, and needs to be met head on if we are to defeat it. Furthermore, oppressed people have the right to defend themselves against white supremacy by any means they deem necessary. We should do everything we can to restrict the speech of white supremacists because hate speech does not exist in an abstract marketplace of ideas. It serves as incitement to very real acts of racist violence. We work to expose racism as an inherent aspect of capitalism, not a moral shortcoming that can be reformed away with laws or elections. Chamseddine: What can people do to show solidarity with comrades facing legal action? Fivek, Peters: Call the Durham DA at 919-808-3010 and demand all charges relating to the toppling of the Confederate monument be dropped and that no more arrests or raids be made in connection to the case. Support Takiyah Thompson, who is unable to work due to concerns for her safety by donating via Venmo or PayPal. You can also donate to the Durham Solidarity Center bond fund. If youd like to support the party directly so we can keep doing all this great work, you can sign up for our resistance fund on Patreon. Mark Tinkleman, 30-years-old Philadelphia; member of Refuse Fascism, supporter of the Revolutionary Communist Party Chamseddine: After Charlottesville and other efforts by white supremacists to mobilize, do you believe that anything has changed in terms of the lefts response to their violence? Tinkleman: I think the biggest change is concentrated in the clergy statements, including Cornel Wests statement, where many who have harbored only private or theoretical sympathies or been somewhat antagonistic to the notion of self-defense are now embracing it. One of the other noticeable changes has been the willingness for many who have theoretically embraced radical notions to begin seriously thinking this through beyond notions of just getting ripped for the revolution or organizing their small crews. In that light, Carl Dixs statement that what is/was going on in Charlottesville was the outlines of a new civil war in this country is really prescient. Its not just Antifa vs the alt-right, or even the left vs the right. Everyone is having to choose a side and its on us to connect with and lead those on the side of humanity. This is what Bob Avakian was referring to in his 2005 work, The Coming Civil War and Re-Polarization for Revolution. Chamseddine: What does a modern leftist response to white supremacy look like? Tinkleman: Theres two parts both of which have their complexities and contradictions and cant be confused with each other: politically mobilizing people en masse to drive the fascist Trump/Pence regime from power and getting organized for an actual revolution. Chamseddine: Has your organization faced any backlash from the police? Have any members been specifically targeted for raids? If not, have you all prepared yourselves for this? Tinkleman: We have been as prepared as possible for this from the get go. The only backlash we faced in the immediate was when we took one of the Charlottesville fascists Trump flag to the White House on the way home and burned it right at the gate. We were briefly detained by the Secret Service, but we made clear that we knew our rights and engaged the crowd, who were overall sympathetic, and we were let go. There are videos of this up on the Refuse Fascism Philly Facebook page. Chamseddine: How have you and your organization worked to challenge public perception when it comes to fighting white supremacists? Weve seen people take a passive tone when it comes to confronting them, especially in the streets. So what can we do to challenge this? Tinkleman: Whats needed most nowand this was definitely reinforced by the events in Charlottesville and the events in Bostonis more people with more determination. At this moment, what is needed is to be able to mobilize truly massive numbers of people, more than we had in Charlottesville, to overwhelm them, and to educate people that this is beyond a question of white privilege, as horrendous and pervasive as that is. This is a fight over whether there will be another genocide in this country or not. The tactics of confrontation vs non-confrontation flow out of this. Otherwise, were just fronting. Chamseddine: What makes the leftist position on challenging white supremacy different than the mainstream American liberal position? Tinkleman: There are many positions on challenging white supremacy amongst people on the left and amongst liberals. I think theres something of a category error at work on that question, tbh. It could take dissertation to tease them all apart. In general I dont think this distinction, as its colloquially understood, is very useful or accurate. Chamseddine: What can people do to show solidarity with comrades facing legal action? Tinkleman: Come back stronger. When we get arrested for this shit, we need thousands to take our place on the front lines. This is true in normal times but these days it is even more acute. We have a small window of opportunity before this regime slams shut all possibilities of resistance. On November 4th, Refuse Fascism is calling for a day of mass action across the country which do not stop until our one demand is met: the Trump/Pence regime must go! The fact is that there will be repression. But there is historical precedent for that repression to be turned on its head. In the movement to drive out the shah of Iran in 1979, each attack against the protestersarrests, torture, murdersmagnified the resistance. They were able to create a political crisis, where their demand started small but on a political and ideological level. There was literally nothing the rulers could do to stop it from gaining ground exponentially. There is also historical precedent for movements being crushed. The key thing is the ideological and political work to create and meet a crisis head on and give the people broadly the conceptual tools to fight. Money, too. Honestly, people in our moral universe often shy away from fundraising here, almost as much as they do for other organizing efforts. People need their bail paid. People need to pay their bills and deal with their jobs. They need good lawyers (and the best lawyers, the ones who will fight for us pro-bono usually are not drowning in money so they need whatever we can raise). Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville Vigil, Madison, Wisconsin 8/13/17 (Photo by depthandtime) Alex Munger, 22-years-old Atlanta, GA; member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation Eugene Puryear, 31-years-old Washington D.C.; Party for Socialism and Liberation central committee member, Stop Police Terror Project-DC, author of Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America Chamseddine: After Charlottesville and other efforts by white supremacists to mobilize, do you believe that anything has changed in terms of the lefts response to their violence? Puryear: The most important factor really in terms of analyzing what has changed is the growth of the left, broadly defined. At the same time, there is a loose fascist trend trying to cohere as a street movement. Socialist, communist, and other radicals are becoming more numerous within a broader politically charged progressive moment. Left-wing anti-fascist activity has had a pretty much unbroken existence when fascist movements have tried to rise since the 1930s. So I dont know if the basic positions and arguments and discussions on tactics have changed in a major way, but the social weight, or if you prefer, influence of varying positions [changed]. Theres also been an emergence of people willing to defend communities against fascists. Thats not new. Its just both sides are much larger than they have been in some time, and thus more relevant which appears to us as new. Chamseddine: What does a modern leftist response to white supremacy look like?

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Thousands in NYC: ‘No Trump! No KKK! No Racist USA!’ – Liberation

Thousands gathered near Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan on Aug. 14, aheadof President Trumps returning home to New York that evening. The protesters stood against Trumps bigotry and in solidarity with the victimsof the white supremacist terror attack in Charlottesville, Va. The crowd was very diverse, with both older and younger folks, people of all nationalities and genders, and encompassing a wide range of political tendencies. The protesters were unified in their incredible energy and defiant attitude in response to Trumps bigotry and continued attacks on immigrants, women, the LGBTQ community, and people of color. People held signs that read White Silence = Violence, From Charlottesville to the White House, Shut Down White Supremacy, and Make Racists Afraid Again. Several attendees held pictures of Heather Heyer, the anti-fascist martyr who was killed in Charlottesville on Aug.12. Massive police presence doesnt dampen outrage As always, the New York Police Department was in full force. They used metal barricades to section off protestors within each of the many blocks that the rally spanned. While this impeded the massive crowds ability to mobilize a march, demonstrators made sure their voices were heard. They chanted, No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!, Charlottesville, Weve Got Your Back, and The People United Will Never be Defeated! This impressive display of solidarity and people power was met by a small group of counterprotesters. The Trump supporters harassed a young Jewish woman, calling her the the Devil. Another bigot grabbed a queer youth by the arm and told her she was infected and diseased. Ironically, siding with these racists and anti-Semites were members of the far right Jewish Defense League. Just a few hours earlier, the so-called defense leaguers had heckled a rally in support of Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian community organizer who is unjustly being deported by the U.S. government. They arrived at the anti-Trump rally holding a Blues Lives Matter flag and shouting anti-immigrant slogans. They were soon outnumbered and quickly driven out. Despite these vile and bigoted attacks, the people resisted. The right wingers were drowned out by the relentless anti-racist and anti-bigotry chants from the protesters and by several powerful speeches made by those in the crowd. I want to network with like-minded people Rachel Silang, an organizer with Peoples Congress of Resistance, agitated on the need to stay active in the struggles against white supremacy and fascism. She exclaimed, We all need to be out in the streets and fighting! It is not just today. It is tomorrow and the next day and the next day! The crowd responded by cheering and chanting. Many signed up to receive more information about the Congress, and many more took flyers and newspapers discussing it. Rally attendee and Peoples Congress convener Celina Atoyaatl said, I came to Trump Tower to protest the current administration and white supremacy that has existed here since the colonizers stepped on my peoples soil. As a brown Indigenous trans woman, its important for me to take up space within organizations to make sure that no one is speaking for me and people like me. She said she looks forward to attending the Congress in September because, I want to learn and network with like minded people on ways to build a better future for all marginalized and oppressed communities. Though the thousands of protesters who showed up werent able to take the streets, they made their message loud and clear to Trump and the white supremacist far-right forces.The fear that these fascists wanted to strike in the resistance movement through their terror in Charlottesville has had the exact opposite effect. Instead of cowering, people have continued to hit the streets in large numbers to demand an end to white supremacy and hatred in every form.. The mood in New York on Aug. 14 set the tone for nothing short of continued resistance. The people have the power when we unite and organize No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA! Watch video from the protest here.

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Small-time mob boss Joe Colombo’s great civil rights crusade – New York Daily News

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, August 14, 2017, 6:00 AM Since at this point every other aggrieved special-interest group in the firmament was glomming onto the emerging politics of victimization, a dodge that quite usefully absolved everybody of everything, it occurred in the spring of 1970 to 47-year-old Joseph Colombo, boss of what had once been the Profaci crime family and was by now the Colombo crime family, that perhaps he might grab a piece of this action himself. The Mafia. La Cosa Nostra. What the hell was it with all that stuff? Why, there was no such thing as the Mafia. It was just something the FBI had made up. It was just a dirty slur against all the good, honest, hardworking Italian-American people, that’s what it was. Joe Colombo wasn’t going to stand for it. How come everybody the FBI arrested had Italian names? Therefore, all Italians were mobsters, was that it? Was that what the FBI was imputing? This was like arguing that all Italians were New York mayors, since Fiorello LaGuardia had been one once, but legions of pols immediately rushed in to join the crusade all the same. “Stigmatizing an entire ethnic group!” roared Bronx Rep. Mario Biaggi. “A psychological burden on all of us!” The FBI couldn’t believe its ears. Mobsters were complaining now that they were being discriminated against? The freshly minted Italian-American Civil Rights League got to work in April, coincidentally enough just minutes after one of Colombo’s three sons, 23-year-old Joseph Jr., was charged with melting down coins for resale as silver ingots. Suddenly there were hundreds of picketers outside FBI headquarters at Third Ave. and 69th St., protesting the federal persecution of all Italians everywhere. This extraordinary spectacle went on for weeks. Neighborhood residents finally went to court to demand some peace and quiet. Now, all at once, the league was chartering chapters all over the Northeast. On June 29, nearly 100,000 people rallied in Columbus Circle to hear chest-thumping speeches from Biaggi, longshoreman boss Tony Scotto and hoodlum Vincent Gigante’s priest brother Louis. Shortly, U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell deemed it enlightened to ban such words as “Mafia” from Justice Department communications: “There is nothing to be gained by using these terms,” Mitchell ordered, “except to give gratuitous offense” to “many good Americans of Italian-American descent.” In Albany, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller directed the state police to amend its vocabulary as well. Ford Motor Co. chief Lee Iacocca pledged that the offending words would no longer be heard on the Ford-sponsored TV series “The FBI.” Producers of the forthcoming film “The Godfather” agreed to drop them from the script. In November, 5,000 guests at a black-tie league event at the Felt Forum ponied up a half million dollars in contributions as Frank Sinatra, Jerry Vale, Connie Francis and Vic Damone entertained. Joe Colombo had discovered something. In 1970s America, all you had to do was cry out Ethnic bias! and everybody around you would cave in on the spot. It was really quite brilliant. Considering that Joe Colombo was, after all, a Mafia boss. And not even much of one at that. Joe’s fellow bosses just rolled their eyes. Hands-down the most featherweight boss the mob had ever known, Joe had spent his life running craps games until fortune beckoned in the early ’60s, when Joe Bonanno handed him a contract to whack Carlo Gambino and the up-and-coming Colombo realized it was in his better interests to tip off his target instead and then accept his gratitude after Bonanno was deposed. Just a cheesy little bust-out guy, that’s all Colombo had ever been, and now his new patron Gambino was throwing him a whole family. Nobody could believe it. And now, for God’s sake, he was also the loudest and most headline-happy boss the mob had ever known. Like so many populist demagogues before him, Joe Colombo was finding that he quite enjoyed the attention. On the night of March 22, 1971, he threw himself a testimonial banquet, and more than 1,400 supporters assembled at the Huntington Town House in Huntington, L.I., to hail him as “the guiding spirit of Italian-American unity” and to salute him for “restoring dignity, pride and recognition to every Italian.” 15 photos view gallery Comic Tom Poston emceed. Enzo Stuarti sang. “We are building a stairway to heaven!” the feted Colombo cried out. “Peace and brotherhood, that is all I seek! There is a conspiracy against all Italian-Americans!” As it happened, he was due in court the next day on a perjury matter. “My conscience is clear!” he bellowed. The silver-ingot case against Joe Jr., meanwhile, had recently collapsed, by reason of a key witness’ abrupt inability to remember anything about anything. Through the spring the juggernaut noisily rolled on under the stewardship of 26-year-old Anthony Colombo, who liked to denounce “self-loathing Italians” such as state Sen. John Marchi, who regularly informed the public that the league was plainly nothing but a con. “Italian-Americans have been had,” Marchi sighed. Anthony also sued WCBS-TV for $1 million for reporting that he was a “reputed Mafia chief.” Quite a glib fellow, he suffered only one small embarrassment, when the federals seized what they said were loansharking records and he angrily replied that in fact they were lists of benefit-ticket buyers, then had to try to explain why an anti-defamation group would identify one of those individuals as “Johnny the Wop.” In May, the Colombos announced they were joining forces with Rabbi Meir Kahane and the Jewish Defense League, and that they would all be fellow freedom fighters together. John Marchi was not the only New York Italian deeply troubled by the league. Another was Don Carlo Gambino, who was becoming increasingly unhappy with his one-time protege Joe Colombo. What was Don Carlo supposed to do with a crime boss who kept holding press conferences? On Monday morning the 28th of June, there were just 3,000 supporters at the second annual unity rally in Columbus Circle, but it was early yet. Presiding over events, Joe Colombo at 11:15 a.m. was striking poses for photographers when one of them pulled a gun and pumped three slugs point-blank into his head and neck, whereupon he himself was instantly gunned down by other parties who then instantly vanished. Mob war, cops agreed. The dead shooter was one Jerome Johnson, a black ex-con presumably linked to the recently disimprisoned Crazy Joey Gallo. Everybody knew Crazy Joe had been openly plotting to move in on the Colombo Brooklyn rackets with his newly built black army. This was something Carlo Gambino could easily have stopped if he’d felt like intervening. Anthony Colombo, for one, found this law-enforcement theory distasteful, since its premise was that there were rival Italian crime families in the first place and was therefore defamatory to Italian-Americans. His own position was that his grievously wounded father had been cut down by shadowy historical forces, like President John F. Kennedy had been. “They need patsies,” he suggested darkly. “The CIA has done this before,” nodded the Rev. Louis Gigante. Comatose Joseph Colombo lingered on for several more years. So did the Italian-American Civil Rights League, under new management, the younger Colombos having promptly abandoned the group after the shooting. Crazy Joey Gallo was rubbed out in Little Italy in April 1972. The three Colombo sons pleaded guilty in 1986 to federal racketeering charges and went to prison. “I have not admitted that I am a member of organized crime,” Anthony Colombo declared. First published onOctober 27, 1998as part of the “Big Town” series on old New York. 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US Diplomacy: When failure became an accepted option – Arutz Sheva

Its been said by many, in various forms, thathindsight is everyones favorite perspective.The problem is, few grasp when it is happening until it has happened. Political analysts and pundits are seemingly in concert: the most disquieting crisis that confronts our world today is the realization that North Korea presents a horrifying threat that remains unchecked. It didnt have to be. When Susan Rice, President Obamas National Security Advisor from 2013 to 2017, admitted this past week that the two-decade-old US strategy on preventing North Korea from obtaining a nuclear capability was a failure, our hindsight was offered some unclouded perspective. And yet, it was her other comments that made us understand that the lessons of history remain unlearned. Rice, with a criticism directed at President Donald Trump, opined that pragmatism dictates that we should simply accept, and tolerate, a nuclear North Korea.Worse was the quiet acquiescence:The fact of the matter is, that despite all of these efforts, the North Korean regime has been able to succeed in progressing with its program, both nuclear and missile. Thats a very unfortunate outcome; but we are where we are. Rice added: It will require being pragmatic. Pause to laugh, and cry. Trump, luckily, did not hire Rice as an adviser, and saidwhat he thought. In 1967, a couple of years before he achieved notoriety as the controversial founder and voice of the Jewish Defense League, Rabbi Meir Kahane coauthoreda book The Jewish Stake in Vietnamwhose implications were largely ignored. One might still find it on the shelves of some antiquarian book store, but the book is largely lost. Its relevance, decades lately, offers food for serious thought. While the books theoretical message was clear, the practical implications remain undeniable. The radical rabbi argued that the anti-Vietnam war sentiment that had targeted the hearts and minds of a confused American population that was increasingly drawn to slogans of peace, liberation, and democratic freedom would pressure its government to abandon an ally, South Vietnam. The implication, seemingly unthinkable even to Jewish liberals in the aftermath of Israels victory in the Six Day War, was that if the United States could not stand firm in its commitment to support an ally in Southeast Asia, it would one day be willing to abandon its commitment to its only ally in the Middle East as well. Ergo, the Jewish State. Times have changed, and with it, Americas foreign policy. Israel is no longer considered Americas only ally in a still-troubled Middle East. In fact, the United States counts many, mostly as a result of a misbegotten reinterpretation of what allies are, thanks in great measure to the US State Departments purposeful redefinition of American interests in the region. One recalls the comment most often attributed to Charles de Gaulle: Nations dont have friends, only interests. Despite the very strong relationship that ostensibly exists between President Trump and Israel at great contrast with that of his predecessor his State Department and the National Security Council are still adherents of interests before friends. And, they mistakenly and quite foolishly attribute American interests to the wrong side. Governed by the belief that the occupied territories and the settlements are the reason of the impasse to the conflict between Muslims and Jews, Trump is ready to dispatch his son-in-law to once again bridge the unbridgeable gap. In an oil-thirsty world, the Muslim states (we include here of course, the Islamic Republic of Iran) seemed to have gained a leverage that was simply unthinkable in 1967. The Europeans seemed the first to turn the other cheek when Arab terror spread, still in its nascent stages mostly one would think, because it was not their cheeks that were being most often slapped. Over the years, the terror in Europe proliferated. And correlatively, so did the finger of blame that was directed at Israel. As long as the Muslim antipathy was directed at the Jewish State and more telling, Jews everywhere the Europeans would assuage the perpetrators. It was Israel that was called to make compromises, territorial and (axiomatically) ideological. The more threatening and damaging the terror, the more shrill the calls for Israeli capitulation. Undeniably, the greatest threat to the ever-elusive peace in the Middle East, and the invariable spill-over of violence into a Europe that is fast becoming a battlefield, is the terror that so many of its nations have voluntarily imported with the jihadis who carry the torch of Islam. Yes, allies are often sacrificed on the mantle of political expedience. The US national security apparatus prefers to call it pragmatism. For what its worth, future historians will judge the North Korean crisis as the less significant one of our generation simply because China is able to control it. The more formidable and dangerous threat is the nuclearization of Iran. The occasional terror attacks in Europe, murderous as they are, pale in comparison. In kind, the geopolitical threat that has already been unleashed remarkably with more support than opposition by the West is the facilitation of an Iranian nuclear capability. With the overt and covert support of the Obama Administration despite its denials the Iranians were fast changing the rules of the game. Unless stopped forcibly in the next year or two, Iran will be in possession of the bomb. Correction: bombs. Meanwhile, the new Trump foreign policy team, despite its frequent criticism of the Obama-Iran nuke deal, has yet to do anything significant. Worse, it has twice certified that Iran remains compliant. Of a deal that Trump called the worst in diplomatic history. Yes, allies are often sacrificed on the mantle of political expedience. The US national security apparatus prefers to call it pragmatism. And count on it. Susan Rice will one day again be interviewed by theNew York Timesand CNN, in a joint appearance with President Trumps National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, admittinganotherfailure. This will be the statement that they will issue:The fact of the matter is, that despite all of these efforts, the Iranian regimebeen able to succeed in progressing with its program, both nuclear and missile. Thats a very unfortunate outcome; but we are where we are. McMaster,resplendent in his uniform and its military regalia, will add:It will require being pragmatic. After all, we are where we are! Today, despite the unmistakable danger that Iran poses to Israel directly, it is more than simply a Jewish stake. This is an American interest. The message is quite clear. The practical implications are quite ominous. Pause to cry. Meir Jolovitz is a past national executive director of the Zionist Organization of America, and formerly associated with the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies.

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A Tale of Two Very Different School Board Meetings – OB Rag

File photo: SDUSD School Board By Thomas Ultican / Tultican Its not always pretty when the public gets a chance to voice its opinion, but it is democratic. Recently, I attended the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) and the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) school board meetings. It was reminiscent of Dickens depiction of Paris and London. Sweetwater, which has been living a nightmare for most of the previous decade, was like being at camp sitting around a bonfire singing John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt. It wasnt quite Kumbaya, but it was close. SDUSD was the opposite. Parents, teachers and various community leaders came to engage in public debate. It was a war of words and philosophy. It was far from a kumbaya moment. People made their case in a public forum and with one dreadful exception, they did so in a respectful manner. At SDUSD it was Sex and Islamophobia There were two contentious issues at the SDUSD meeting; sex education and protecting Muslim students from bullying. At the July 24 school board meeting, the sex education issue was raised under the agenda item E.1, called Vision 2020 Quality Schools in Every Neighborhood or LCAP goal four. Let me explain some school-speak. There was a 2013 change in how California divides up money to districts. The new system was named the local control funding formula (LCFF). It required money earmarked for certain categories of spending for example, bilingual teacher training programs to be bundled and distributed to districts under a certain set of rules for how the money is spent. The California Department of Education describes the Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP), The LCAP is an important component of the LCFF [Local Control Funding Formula]. Under the LCFF all LEAs [Local Education Agencies] are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how they intend to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities identified pursuant to EC Section 52060(d). In other words, these are the plans that allow districts to spend money that used to be earmarked for certain state directed categories of spending. LCAP goal four focuses on SDUSDs wellness initiative including health education and the sexual health curriculum. When the district staff finished their presentation for this initiative, the public comment period allowed anyone who wanted to make a comment speak for three minutes. To speak, all people were required to do is fill out a small request form and hand it to a Board staff member. It was like living the movie Back to the Future where our DeLorean had just arrived in good old 1955. It was like living the movie Back to the Future where our DeLorean had just arrived in good old 1955. A relatively large group of people apparently from the same Christian sect started denouncing the sex education curriculum as pornographic and against Gods Law. People in the audience were holding up Bibles and cheering on their speakers. The speakers were protesting the curriculum from Advocates for Youth that SDUSD adopted. One of the main points many speakers made is that some research used by Advocates for Youth comes from the University of Indianas, Kinsey Institute. The institutes website tells readers, Learn more about the science-based discoveries both past and present that reveal the complexity of sexuality and relationships. It also says, Since Dr. Alfred Kinseys groundbreaking research in 1948, the Kinsey Institute has changed the worlds understanding of human sexuality. Many of the opponents of Advocates for Youth indicated that the research at the Kinsey Institute is evil. One speaker who identified himself as John Moore, a retired engineer, said we cannot trust SDUSD to select a good curriculum because they are doing such a bad job of educating students. To bolster his point, he claimed that in the latest high school exit exam (2014) there was only a 30 percent pass rate. A check of state education department statistics revealed that public schools in San Diego Unified had a more than 94 percent pass rate. A well-coiffed handsome man in his forties said that he was Mr. Brookes here on behalf of Ernie Sanders or at least it sounded like he said Ernie Sanders. I am pretty sure it wasnt Bernie Sanders. Meetings of publicly elected school boards are incubators of Americana. Mr. Brookes said that this sex education program was against Gods Law and that it promoted deviance and rebellion. He cited Mathew 7:12 as evidence. How do unto others as you would have done unto yourself fits this debate is unclear. He also said that Planned Parenthood is evil and that they support this curriculum. More speakers advocated for the sex education curriculum than spoke against it. A teacher who taught the program refuted many of the claims as being misinformed or just untrue. Other speakers made the case that this is a well-researched and widely used program. Advocates for Youth is the basis for sex education in major cities throughout America. Although disagreeing with the opposition to the new sex education curriculum, my impression was that these were moral people who truly care about their community and family. For one who values democracy, seeing this free exchange of ideas was witnessing community-based democracy at its essence. Meetings of publicly elected school boards are incubators of Americana. The Environment Became Disrespectful Agenda item E.2 was called Addressing Tolerance Through the Comprehensive School Counseling and Guidance Plan. The summary in the Board Documents says: the District will not tolerate the bullying of any student; and clarifies that our Muslim students will be treated equally with respect to bullying. A calendar of observances to be created shall include holidays of all faiths for the purpose of enhancing mutual understanding and respect . Staff have not been assigned specifically to address the bullying of students of any single religion; rather, . The Districts instructional materials are and will continue to be consistent with state standards which address all major world religions in the context of world history and culture. Finally, staff is redirected from forming a formal partnership with CAIR to forming an intercultural committee which shall include representatives of from all faiths and cultures and which shall provide input to District staff on issues of cultural sensitivities and the individual needs of various subgroups within our diverse community. This statement modifies much of the stance the school board took on April 4 when it adopted its plan to deal with Muslim students being bullied. The board document summary covering this topic said: This report will focus on the districts plan to address Islamophobia and discrimination against Muslim students and their families, as directed by the Board of Education on July 26, 2016. This plan, developed in collaboration with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and in alignment with AB 2845, is being brought forward for formal board adoption. That April 4, staff presentation listed several actions the district would take including: Charles LiMandri, President and chief counsel for the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, filed a lawsuit in federal court May 22 on behalf of Citizens for Quality Education San Diego; San Diego Asian Americans for Equality Foundation; Scott Hasson; Haoyin He; Xuexun Hu; Kevin and Melissa Steel; and Jose Velazquez. The individuals all were on behalf of their minor children. The key complaint in the lawsuit is: Under the guise of this antibullying program, Defendants have fallen in with the aforementioned religious organization to set up a subtle, discriminatory scheme that establishes Muslim students as the privileged religious group within the school community. Consequently, students of other faiths are left on the outside looking in, vulnerable to religiously motivated bullying, while Muslim students enjoy an exclusive right to the School Districts benevolent protection. Charles Limandri, the Rancho Santa Fe lawyer who filed this lawsuit is a well-known activist in conservative causes. He was a vocal supporter of Proposition 8, the 2008 California initiative that banned same-sex marriage. His Defense Fund profile says of Limandri: Since 1983, he has handled numerous high-profile civil law and pro-bono religious liberty cases including defending the Mt. Soledad Cross, San Diego Firefighters, Priests for Life, JONAH and many other organizations in state and federal courts, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. Currently, Mr. LiMandri is defending David Daleiden, Founder of the Center for Medical Progress, who is being investigated for his Human Capital Project, which used undercover video to expose the abortion industrys buying and selling of aborted baby body parts. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on some of Limandris comments about this lawsuit. LiMandri said parents and his law firm have other problems with the districts actions, including its partnership with the Council for American-Islamic Relations, which he said has a mission to change American society and advance radical Islam. Of particular concern is the School Districts active collaboration with CAIR, which has longstanding, verified ties to radical Islam, LiMandri said in a statement . LiMandri said the lawsuit against the district is not asking for any monetary relief, although San Diego Unified could face a hefty legal fee if the case continues into a lengthy fight. The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund which runs out of LiMandris law office in Rancho Santa Fe is associated with a national network of conservative legal organizations under the umbrella of The Alliance Defending Freedom. This association of more than fifty organizations includes The Heritage Foundation, National Organization for Marriage, and the Federalist Society. The San Diego Asian Americans for Equality Foundation which put its name on the lawsuit seems to be an active political organization in San Diego working to protect the rights and further the interests of Asian Americans. The other organization that is party to the lawsuit, Citizens for Quality Education San Diego was founded by Mary Baker and is almost non-existent with no web page or Facebook page. Mary Baker is acting president of the San Diego/Orange County Chapter of the non-profit organization, Citizens Alliance for Property Rights and is co-founder and a member of Citizens for Quality EducationSan Diego. Mary serves on two Executive Boards as President of California Federation of Republican WomenSouthern Division and Rancho Bernardo Republican Women Federated. At the school board meeting, so many people signed up to speak on this issue that the board limited everyone to one minute. Almost all speakers spoke in support of the boards original April decision and urged the board to continue with its plan to create a formal partnership with Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). A man in the audience started screaming: obey the law you criminals, we dont want sharia law, youre a bunch of criminals thats why you are being sued The speaker representing the Jewish Defense League said that if one community is unsafe then all communities are unsafe. The San Diego Education Association representative called for profession development highlighting the needs to combat Islamophobia. Mr. Contreras from the San Diego High School PTA urged the board to work with CAIR and address Islamophobia. A former SDUSD student said that Muslim hate crimes have increased 800% since 2001 and that his little sister in middle school was being bullied including having students try to pull off her hijab. Board member, John Lee Evans, made the point that all students needed to be protected from bullying but from time to time in America, certain communities become targets and they need special attention. A man in the audience started screaming: obey the law you criminals, we dont want sharia law, youre a bunch of criminals thats why you are being sued. He continued angrily screaming over speakers especially board members for an extended period. A very frustrated looking school board President Richard Barrera responded, If we are getting this kind character attack, we can see what our students are dealing with. All the board members of SDUSD seem to be quality reasoned people. They clearly backed down on this issue and I dont blame them. Even if they feel the lawsuit against them is without merit, they must deal with the reality of budget constraints. Limandri said he is not asking for any monetary relief, but pointed out that SDUSD could face a hefty legal bill if a lengthy fight ensues. Limandris allies have very deep pockets and this seems to be an issue they want to embrace. A Trauma-Informed District community members who used to battle against a corrupt (SUHSD) board are giving heartfelt praise. In Chula Vista, the new school year has started with many words of praise for the school board and Superintendent Karen Janney. For many years construction company money influenced board elections and successive superintendents had used access to that money to control board members. Through these dark times, people like Nick Marinovich of the Bond Oversite Committee spoke out about the excesses and blocked many corrupt actions by publicly airing them at board meetings. Eventually, members of the construction industry, the superintendent of schools and four of five board member of Sweetwater Union High School (SUHSD) district pleaded guilty to felony corruption charges. A newly elected board has been in place for three years and they have brought such positive change that Marinovich and several other community members who used to battle against a corrupt board are giving heartfelt praise. At the same time, saying they will still be watching and taking positions that the board and the superintendent might not like. The big news at the July 24 board meeting was that SUHSD starting this school year will be a 100 percent trauma-informed district. A new district discipline policy was presented. The presenter made it clear that this was not a plan in which students can do whatever they want with no consequences, but a constructive plan that includes restorative justice principles. Dr. Joe Fulcher and his team have been working on this plan for the past two years and they feel ready for full implementation in the 2017-2018 school year. Only at public schools with elected school boards, is the public allowed meaningful participation. Democracy is messy but it engenders the wisest outcomes. Dont allow public schools to be stolen from your community by fantasy reform like Betsy DeVoss siren song of school choice. Thomas Ultican taught high school physics and mathematics in a school with more the 50 percent English Language and 75 percent Title 1 students. He said, In 1999, I got tired of doing research in Silicon Valley and decided to teach. It is the hardest job I ever had and I liked it!

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A Tale of Two Very Different School Board Meetings – San Diego Free Press

File photo: SDUSD School Board By Thomas Ultican / Tultican Its not always pretty when the public gets a chance to voice its opinion, but it is democratic. Recently, I attended the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) and the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) school board meetings. It was reminiscent of Dickens depiction of Paris and London. Sweetwater, which has been living a nightmare for most of the previous decade, was like being at camp sitting around a bonfire singing John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt. It wasnt quite Kumbaya, but it was close. SDUSD was the opposite. Parents, teachers and various community leaders came to engage in public debate. It was a war of words and philosophy. It was far from a kumbaya moment. People made their case in a public forum and with one dreadful exception, they did so in a respectful manner. At SDUSD it was Sex and Islamophobia There were two contentious issues at the SDUSD meeting; sex education and protecting Muslim students from bullying. At the July 24school board meeting, the sex education issue was raised under the agenda item E.1, called Vision 2020 Quality Schools in Every Neighborhood or LCAP goal four. Let me explain some school-speak. There was a 2013 change in how California divides up money to districts. The new system was named the local control funding formula (LCFF). It required money earmarked for certain categories of spending for example, bilingual teacher training programs to be bundled and distributed to districts under a certain set of rules for how the money is spent. The California Department of Education describes the Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP), The LCAP is an important component of the LCFF [Local Control Funding Formula]. Under the LCFF all LEAs [Local Education Agencies] are required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how they intend to meet annual goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities identified pursuant to EC Section 52060(d). In other words, these are the plans that allow districts to spend money that used to be earmarked for certain state directed categories of spending. LCAP goal fourfocuses on SDUSDs wellness initiative including health education and the sexual health curriculum. When the district staff finished their presentation for this initiative, the public comment period allowed anyone who wanted to make a comment speak for three minutes. To speak, all people were required to do is fill out a small request form and hand it to a Board staff member. It was like living the movie Back to the Future where our DeLorean had just arrived in good old 1955. It was like living the movie Back to the Future where our DeLorean had just arrived in good old 1955. A relatively large group of people apparently from the same Christian sect started denouncing the sex education curriculum as pornographic and against Gods Law. People in the audience were holding up Bibles and cheering on their speakers. The speakers were protesting the curriculum from Advocates for Youth that SDUSD adopted. One of the main points many speakers made is that some research used by Advocates for Youth comes from the University of Indianas, Kinsey Institute. The institutes website tells readers, Learn more about the science-based discoveries both past and present that reveal the complexity of sexuality and relationships.It also says, Since Dr. Alfred Kinseys groundbreaking research in 1948, the Kinsey Institute has changed the worlds understanding of human sexuality.Many of the opponents of Advocates for Youth indicated that the research at the Kinsey Institute is evil. One speaker who identified himself as John Moore, a retired engineer, said we cannot trust SDUSD to select a good curriculum because they are doing such a bad job of educating students. To bolster his point, he claimed that in the latest high school exit exam (2014) there was only a 30 percent pass rate. A check of state education department statistics revealed that public schools in San Diego Unified had a more than 94 percent pass rate. A well-coiffed handsome man in his forties said that he was Mr. Brookes here on behalf of Ernie Sanders or at least it sounded like he said Ernie Sanders. I am pretty sure it wasnt Bernie Sanders. Meetings of publicly elected school boards are incubators of Americana. Mr. Brookes said that this sex education program was against Gods Law and that it promoted deviance and rebellion. He cited Mathew 7:12 as evidence. How do unto others as you would have done unto yourself fits this debate is unclear. He also said that Planned Parenthood is evil and that they support this curriculum. More speakers advocated for the sex education curriculum than spoke against it. A teacher who taught the program refuted many of the claims as being misinformed or just untrue. Other speakers made the case that this is a well-researched and widely used program. Advocates for Youth is the basis for sex education in major cities throughout America. Although disagreeing with the opposition to the new sex education curriculum, my impression was that these were moral people who truly care about their community and family. For one who values democracy, seeing this free exchange of ideas was witnessing community-based democracy at its essence. Meetings of publicly elected school boards are incubators of Americana. The Environment Became Disrespectful Agenda item E.2 was called Addressing Tolerance Through the Comprehensive School Counseling and Guidance Plan. The summary in the Board Documents says: the District will not tolerate the bullying of any student; and clarifies that our Muslim students will be treated equally with respect to bullying. A calendar of observances to be created shall include holidays of all faiths for the purpose of enhancing mutual understanding and respect . Staff have not been assigned specifically to address the bullying of students of any single religion; rather, . The Districts instructional materials are and will continue to be consistent with state standards which address all major world religions in the context of world history and culture. Finally, staff is redirected from forming a formal partnership with CAIR to forming an intercultural committee which shall include representatives of from all faiths and cultures and which shall provide input to District staff on issues of cultural sensitivities and the individual needs of various subgroups within our diverse community. This statement modifies much of the stance the school board took on April 4 when it adopted its plan to deal with Muslim students being bullied. Theboard document summary covering this topic said: This report will focus on the districts plan to address Islamophobia and discrimination against Muslim students and their families, as directed by the Board of Education on July 26, 2016. This plan, developed in collaboration with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and in alignment with AB 2845, is being brought forward for formal board adoption. That April 4, staff presentation listed several actions the district would take including: Charles LiMandri, President and chief counsel for the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund,filed a lawsuit in federal court May 22 on behalf of Citizens for Quality Education San Diego; San Diego Asian Americans for Equality Foundation; Scott Hasson; Haoyin He; Xuexun Hu; Kevin and Melissa Steel; and Jose Velazquez. The individuals all were on behalf of their minor children. The key complaint in the lawsuit is: Under the guise of this antibullying program, Defendants have fallen in with the aforementioned religious organization to set up a subtle, discriminatory scheme that establishes Muslim students as the privileged religious group within the school community. Consequently, students of other faiths are left on the outside looking in, vulnerable to religiously motivated bullying, while Muslim students enjoy an exclusive right to the School Districts benevolent protection. Charles Limandri, the Rancho Santa Fe lawyer who filed this lawsuit is a well-known activist in conservative causes. He was a vocal supporter of Proposition 8, the 2008 California initiative that banned same-sex marriage. His Defense Fund profile says of Limandri: Since 1983, he has handled numerous high-profile civil law and pro-bono religious liberty cases including defending the Mt. Soledad Cross, San Diego Firefighters, Priests for Life, JONAH and many other organizations in state and federal courts, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. Currently, Mr. LiMandri is defending David Daleiden, Founder of the Center for Medical Progress, who is being investigated for his Human Capital Project, which used undercover video to expose the abortion industrys buying and selling of aborted baby body parts. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on some of Limandris comments about this lawsuit. LiMandri said parents and his law firm have other problems with the districts actions, including its partnership with the Council for American-Islamic Relations, which he said has a mission to change American society and advance radical Islam. Of particular concern is the School Districts active collaboration with CAIR, which has longstanding, verified ties to radical Islam, LiMandri said in a statement . LiMandri said the lawsuit against the district is not asking for any monetary relief, although San Diego Unified could face a hefty legal fee if the case continues into a lengthy fight. The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund which runs out of LiMandris law office in Rancho Santa Fe is associated with a national network of conservative legal organizations under the umbrella of The Alliance Defending Freedom. This association of more than fifty organizations includes The Heritage Foundation, National Organization for Marriage, and the Federalist Society. The San Diego Asian Americans for Equality Foundation which put its name on the lawsuit seems to be an active political organization in San Diego working to protect the rights and further the interests of Asian Americans. The other organization that is party to the lawsuit, Citizens for Quality Education San Diego was founded by Mary Baker and is almost non-existent with no web page or Facebook page. Mary Baker is acting president of the San Diego/Orange County Chapter of the non-profit organization, Citizens Alliance for Property Rights and is co-founder and a member of Citizens for Quality EducationSan Diego. Mary serves on two Executive Boards as President of California Federation of Republican WomenSouthern Division and Rancho Bernardo Republican Women Federated. At the school board meeting, so many people signed up to speak on this issue that the board limited everyone to one minute. Almost all speakers spoke in support of the boards original April decision and urged the board to continue with its plan to create aformal partnership with Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). A man in the audience started screaming: obey the law you criminals, we dont want sharia law, youre a bunch of criminals thats why you are being sued The speaker representing the Jewish Defense League said that if one community is unsafe then all communities are unsafe. The San Diego Education Association representative called for profession development highlighting the needs to combat Islamophobia. Mr. Contreras from the San Diego High School PTA urged the board to work with CAIR and address Islamophobia. A former SDUSD student said that Muslim hate crimes have increased 800% since 2001 and that his little sister in middle school was being bullied including having students try to pull off her hijab. Board member, John Lee Evans, made the point that all students needed to be protected from bullying but from time to time in America, certain communities become targets and they need special attention. A man in the audience started screaming: obey the law you criminals, we dont want sharia law, youre a bunch of criminals thats why you are being sued. He continued angrily screaming over speakers especially board members for an extended period. A very frustrated looking school board President Richard Barrera responded, If we are getting this kind character attack, we can see what our students are dealing with. All the board members of SDUSD seem to be quality reasoned people. They clearly backed down on this issue and I dont blame them. Even if they feel the lawsuit against them is without merit, they must deal with the reality of budget constraints. Limandri said he is not asking for any monetary relief, but pointed out that SDUSD could face a hefty legal bill if a lengthy fight ensues. Limandris allies have very deep pockets and this seems to be an issue they want to embrace. A Trauma-Informed District community members who used to battle against a corrupt (SUHSD) board are giving heartfelt praise. In Chula Vista, the new school year has started with many words of praise for the school board and Superintendent Karen Janney. For many years construction company money influenced board elections and successive superintendents had used access to that money to control board members. Through these dark times, people like Nick Marinovich of the Bond Oversite Committee spoke out about the excesses and blocked many corrupt actions by publicly airing them at board meetings. Eventually, members of the construction industry, the superintendent of schools and four of five board member of Sweetwater Union High School (SUHSD) district pleaded guilty to felony corruption charges. A newly elected board has been in place for three years and they have brought such positive change that Marinovich and several other community members who used to battle against a corrupt board are giving heartfelt praise. At the same time, saying they will still be watching and taking positions that the board and the superintendent might not like. The big news at the July 24board meeting was that SUHSD starting this school year will be a 100 percent trauma-informed district. A new district discipline policy was presented. The presenter made it clear that this was not a plan in which students can do whatever they want with no consequences, but a constructive plan that includes restorative justice principles. Dr. Joe Fulcher and his team have been working on this plan for the past two years and they feel ready for full implementation in the 2017-2018 school year. Only at public schools with elected school boards, is the public allowed meaningful participation. Democracy is messy but it engenders the wisest outcomes. Dont allow public schools to be stolen from your community by fantasy reform like Betsy DeVoss siren song of school choice. Thomas Ultican taught high school physics and mathematics in a school with more the 50 percent English Language and 75 percent Title 1 students. He said, In 1999, I got tired of doing research in Silicon Valley and decided to teach.It is the hardest job I ever had and I liked it!

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Antifa calls Jewish Defense League Nazis at free speech rally – The Rebel

Free speech rallies have been occurring across Canada in reaction to dangers of government legislated political correctness. I attended one in Hamilton, Ontario so I could hear from both sides of this issue. The pro-free speech crowd that included members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) were peaceful. Within their ranks were men, women, natives, and Jews. They were happy to calmly discuss why they were participating in a public demonstration. The anti-free speech leftists from Antifa were far less open. Those cowards hid their faces behind mask and signs, and were unable to justify their claims of “racism” and “fascism”. WATCH my video to see how Antifa used the swastika in an attack on a Jewish organization!

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