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A COMMUNIQUE REGARDING J20 AND PROGRESSIVE GROUPS IN GENERAL 10 Feb. 2017 PDF  | Print |  E-mail

A COMMUNIQUE REGARDING J20 AND PROGRESSIVE GROUPS IN GENERAL

10 Feb. 2017

Dear Friends and Patriots,

We have to know our enemies.  I know mine.  I know I’m an anti-progressive.  Perhaps you are as well, but maybe not.  If you aren’t, but you consider yourself a patriot, you might want to invest a bit of time with this communique.  You might want to do more and invest some time in looking at the links I provide below to verify what I tell you and learn even more.

America is under siege.  Not so much from without, but certainly from within.  We have a significant, embedded cadre of people we refer to as radical activists whose intent is to disrupt our government, and if possible, bring it to ruin.  Recently a new group formed in our country.  These groups form, re-from, disband, then reappear with a new identity.  This group is the loose-knit J20 coalition.   There are J20s in many cities of our country.  They claim they operate off volunteer effort and donations.  There’s no defined financial source.  Indeed they make statements specifically to refute any allegation they’re in any way linked to George Soros.

J20 was present in Washington D.C. on Inauguration Day.  Their people, along with members of other activist groups, are the ones responsible for blockading entrances to the D.C. mall so that inauguration attendees had a hard time getting in.  They were the force behind much of the protest activities along the inauguration parade route.  The D.C. chapter of J20 is known as DisruptJ20.  This link takes you directly to their website:

http://www.disruptj20.org/

What follows is excerpted from their website, from a report on the DisruptJ20 activities on Inauguration Day:

“On the day of Inauguration, DisruptJ20 had 12 direct actions: one at each of the security checkpoints leading onto the inaugural parade route and the commencement ceremony. At seven of these checkpoints, activists’ explicit goal was to prevent people from passing through, and they achieved that goal. In total, we estimate that more than 2,400 folks were willing to risk arrest that morning to prevent folks from peacefully attending the inaugural ceremonies. At noon, more than 5,000 people marched from Union Station to McPherson Square, where DisruptJ20 had an ongoing presence all day, including 30 local organizations tabling under our warming tent. These numbers do not include the numerous autonomous actions that happened throughout DC, including the anti-capitalist bloc, Workers World Party marches, a march by Refuse Fascism blocking Route 395, and many others.

We achieved all of this through facilitating a consensus process. A consensus process is one in which everyone who is present is allowed to have equal input into decisions, and decisions must be approved by everyone. It does not always mean that everyone agrees but that everyone trusts that the decisions going forward and will help us reach our goals, not hinder them.

This brings us to our three goals, and we believed we achieved all of them.

Our goals were:

  1. 1.Set a tone of resistance against the Trump administration;
  2. 2.Disrupt the normal flow of the inauguration; and
  3. 3.Empower local organizers in DC and give them skills and relationships to continue their work.

Our tactics for the day were a mixture of permitted actions, including the Festival of Resistance, and true conflict-based direct action. We did not step back from inconveniencing Trump supporters, and we did not worry about what the right wing would say. We did not adapt our tactics based on anyone else’s media narrative. We were not concerned about being portrayed as too aggressive or too radical by the press. In several press conferences and news events in the weeks before J20, and in written material sent out to the press, we simply presented straightforward plans and the groups involved, including our radical politics, movement thinking, and our commitment to diversity of tactics. The press seemed to understand that this is an authentic movement and many reported our lines verbatim. We enjoyed widespread news coverage that didn’t bend our straightforward story much, which helped us advance our goals.

We worried about the safety of the participants and not what the Trump supporters would think of us. We wanted to win in the streets that day, and we did. The checkpoint actions were not coordinated with the police, but weren’t a surprise either. We were public on what we were planning in order to be as inclusive to as many people as possible. We had no permission to be at the checkpoints, and we certainly did not have permission to block people from entering them. We didn’t ask for it, and we didn’t want it. We wanted to create conflict that day. We wanted to disrupt the inauguration.

One set of guiding organizing principles, or “values”, to use traditional nonprofit language, were the DC Organizing Principles. These principles came from the DC community and were built on lessons learned of being situated in the capital city of this empire; this community knows the process in which we organize is just as important as our goals. We worked with more than 15 local organizations, including the Movement for Black Lives, the Washington Peace Center, the Muslim Women’s Policy Forum, and many others. We did not go to these groups and say: “come to our rally,” or, “come get arrested.” We asked these groups to get involved in our process, and we offered them resources and trainings to make it possible. Our action framework was designed to empower them to make decisions for themselves and to build stronger relationships within their own organizations, while, at the same time, working with all DisruptJ20 organizers towards the same unifying goal of disrupting the inauguration.

Our biggest lesson learned was that when we put our fears of organizing aside, and when we do not worry about adapting our plans to fit mainstream narratives, be that in the media or in the opposition, we are able to create the revolutionary change that we as a people desperately need. We are able to create real movement moments that are laser-focused on one thing: the liberation of our communities.

Currently we are assessing our next steps; we saw the strengths and weaknesses of local organizing in DC and we want to continue to improve our community. We have a crop of new organizers looking to move along the ladder of engagement, hone their skill, and run their own campaigns to win real victories. We have set the tone of resistance to Trump, and we will do everything in our power to keep that tone going in the coming years. 

Robby Diesu is a long term organizer in Washington, DC and has been part of several social movements. He is the former board chair/queen of the Washington Peace Center and currently is a member of the DC Action Lab Collective. They don’t understand how Twitter works but they made one many years ago. You can follow them @52diesu but don’t expect them to tweet.

Emmelia Talarico is an organizer with DisruptJ20 as well as being a member of other local groups. Emmelia started organizing as a salt and quickly moved up to being a labor organizer for Change to Win, organizing federally contracted fast food working to go on strike for 15 and a union. Emmelia, currently is the field organizer for Global Trade Watch winning on campaigns such as the Stop The TPP fight.”

          Did that tell you much about what they did, why they did it, and who helped them?  Let’s move on to another part of their website and see what else they think they should brag about and learn of more of their allies. This is excerpted from the DisruptJ20 Media page:

“Many groups are allied with DisruptJ20 in sending a clear message during the J20 week. A climate-specific day of action will occur on Thursday, January 18, culminating in a Earth2Trump Roadshow with performers and speakers. Antifascist groups are planning a protest at the “Deploraball,” a Trump celebration planned by white supremacists, Nazis, and rape apologists on January 19 at the National Press Club. The ANSWER Coalition is planning a large rally on January 20. A #Trump420 event planned by the DC Marijuana Justice Coalition will feature people handing out marijuana joints. Through the evening, the Peace Ball, the UnNagural, and the Unity Ball will all provide entertainment, music, and libations while standing opposed to Trump’s agenda. The All in Service DC campaign has coordinated, during the lucrative weekend, for bars and restaurants to give donations to local nonprofits serving at-risk communities. The People’s Inaugural Ball onJanuary 20 and People’s Inauguration on January 21 are being planned by #StayWokeAndFight with Howard University to call for racial justice. The Women’s March on Washington will occur on Saturday, January 21.

From January 14 to January 16, DisruptJ20 will hold the DisruptJ20 Action Camp, a series of trainings and workshops in DC to prepare people for upcoming actions, particularly those around the Inauguration. The trainings aim to provide space for participants to collectively analyze and discuss why resistance and action is important under the Trump administration, how we can resist, and what future our actions are building towards.”

          Well, that was refreshing, wasn’t it?  Let’s continue on in our journey of radical exploration and see what was going on out west at the same time.  This is the link to the Berkeley Against Trump (Formerly known as Berkeley J20) web site:

https://berkeleyvstrump.org/

This is who they say they are, via the “About” link:

“We are a coalition of members from UCB student groups from under-represented (Black, Brown, undocumented, LGBTQQI, Muslim) communities, campus unions and campus staff, lecturers, faculty and Berkeley community allies, who have come together to build resistance against Trump and everything he stands for.”

Their words, not mine.  Now, let’s examine their “demands statement” that was put out as part of their student walkout last month.  Please note that this activity was supported by the United Auto Workers (UAW) as indicated by a letter posted by their Local 2865, which represents student workers on California campuses.  Here’s what is on their web page:

“Beginning January 20th

Against Fascism and Attacks on Public Education, Students, and Workers

FRIDAY, 20 JANUARY 2017: INAUGURATION DAY

NO SCHOOL!

WE DEMAND THAT THE UC ADMINISTRATION:

1) Denounce Donald Trump’s government

2) Restore free education

3) End state policies that enable racial segregation at all levels of education

4) Designate Sanctuary School status to protect undocumented members of our community

5) Grow, not cut, independent science funding; support for increased federal science funding

6) Fully demilitarize UC campuses

7) Fully divest from toxic UC investments

8) Make the UC budget fully transparent.

9) Implement survivor-led process for holding people accountable who commit acts of gender-based and sexual violence

10) Commit to providing free and accessible trans and reproductive healthcare, including abortion access, to students and workers

11) Democratize the Regents

Dear Members,

We are at a historic crossroads. The current state of affairs has been, and under a Trump presidency will only increase in being, untenable for us and our loved ones. We must take action as students, workers, faculty, and staff against the racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and ableism that Trump has normalized in this country, both structurally and rhetorically. We (un)welcome him to office by pledging not to comply with any policies he and his supporters pass that would harm us and our loved ones.

We are a broad and diverse union committed to social justice that works to unite and center the needs and demands of many communities, including immigrants, refugees, undocumented folks, workers, Muslims, poor people, indigenous folks, queer and trans folks, Black folks, Chicanx/Latinx folks, Asian and Pacific Islander folks, Jews, women, survivors of sexual violence, labor activists, people with disabilities, public education activists, civil rights activists, and many others. In these troubling times, we reiterate that an injury to one is an injury to us all.

Many members of our union are part of struggles that have been centuries in the making against structures of white supremacy, xenophobia, and colonial dispossession. In these years, we have witnessed the power of collective action as seen in movements such as the Movement for Black Lives and the Native American-led campaign for justice in Standing Rock. All students at our university have been affected by the chronic defunding and privatization of public education in this country. All workers at our university have been affected by the insidious culture of “right-to-work,” a campaign supported by Trump that undermines workers’ living wages, healthcare, and many other rights and protections by making unions unable to function. While Trump talks about reforming trade deals ostensibly in order to help U.S. workers, we know he will not restore millions of his companies’ jobs back to the United States, we know he will not support a $15 minimum wage, and we know it will continue to be profitable for him to exploit documented and undocumented workers alike through dangerous, poverty-level jobs. We must prepare for the anti-labor climate ahead, including direct threats to the survival of our Union, and we must fight back by centering an understanding of the intersections among labor exploitation, settler colonialism, and white supremacy.

UAW 2865 endorses the UC-Wide Walkout and Direct Action as an explicit refusal of these policies and structures based on hate and profit. Our labor as students and workers plays a key role in providing Trump with a material basis for his power in the presidency, most evident in the military research and production that takes place throughout UC campuses. This military research and production plays a crucial role in the national economy and also lays the foundation for the state’s monopoly on violence. When Trump is talking about mandating Muslims to register in a national database, deporting undocumented migrants, bringing “law and order” to “inner cities,” and “bombing the shit out of ‘em,” he is talking about utilizing the machinery that is produced as a result of our own labor.

We take action against the Trump administration to declare our noncompliance as long as he is in office.

We say, “NO!”

Why We Take Direct Action against UC Administration

The University of California (UC) administration has been complicit in creating the conditions for Trump’s rise to power. UC Regents and administrators are the who’s who of America’s billionaire class, and like Donald Trump, have made massive sums of money through fraud, laundering, and ponzi schemes. UC administration actively courts military contracts, invests in private prisons, collaborates with surveillance firms, and more, all of which are now managed by Donald Trump. Our university has also been complicit with Trump’s anticipated regime of mass deportations. Our current UC President Janet Napolitano served as Secretary of Homeland Security (2009-13) during a period in which this country, through DHS programs like “S-Comm,” deported the highest number of people, both documented and undocumented, in its history.

Meanwhile, the UC administration has cried broke and tripled the cost of education over the past decade. The tuition hikes have only further excluded students from historically underrepresented communities from attending school at our universities: while Black, Native, and Chicanx/Latinx students make up 48% of the total state population, they comprise less than 20% of the UC student body. Administration has structurally excluded youths from working class communities of color from attending the university for the sake of profit by upholding a historically-rooted unequal access to resources along racial lines. Through such policies, what was once legal segregation is now racialized economic segregation. Meanwhile, savvy administrators have appropriated social justice language to offer an illusion of progress. Without having affirmatively intervened in these historically-rooted conditions, the UC administration has minoritized Black, Native, and Chicanx/Latinx students on campus, leaving these populations vulnerable to the types of escalating hate crimes suffered UC-wide in the past year, all while using students of colors’ faces in promotional brochures and alumni fundraising pamphlets. In the first week after Trump’s election, dozens of reports of physical and verbal attacks on UC students from historically underrepresented populations have surfaced throughout social media. UC administrators have not once adequately responded.

It is time UC administrators intervene affirmatively in the interests of our most vulnerable campus and local populations.

We walkout for the purpose of achieving the following immediate demands of the UC Administration:

1) Denounce Donald Trump’s government as racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, and ableist. These dynamics have been repeatedly exemplified by the emergence of an empowered and energized white supremacist/alt-right presence on our campuses, whose xenophobic hate speech and propaganda have escalated throughout Trump’s campaign. We demand that all members of the UC’s administrative class clearly and unambiguously denounce the Trump government, circulating this message widely.

2) Restore Free Public Education to undo the structural-level exclusion of students from historically underrepresented communities and to ensure that a UC education becomes legitimately accessible. Structural-level exclusion is the product of inequitable access to resources, such as a university-level education, and bigoted discourse is its byproduct. In mid-November, the UC Regents met to discuss a ten-year plan for tuition increases, set to begin this year. The UC Regents must not only refrain from increasing the cost of public education, which further contributes to the structural-level inequities endorsed by the Trump government, but the Regents must vote to provide fully subsidized, free education to all students: in-state, out-of-state, and international people regardless of citizenship or visa status. We are encouraged by the statewide renewal of Proposition 55 this past November, which taxes high income earners to help fund public education. However, we know that this funding alone will not be sufficient to enable fully subsidized public education for all. To fully support this demand, we call for immediate salary reductions of our system’s most highly paid administrators and for the redirection of these funds to support student and worker housing, healthcare, food access, education, and fair compensation of the labor these services require.

3) End state policies that enable racial segregation at all levels of education, beginning with three key steps. We demand the end of state policies that enable racial segregation at all levels of education and the implementation of policies that better serve our communities, as outlined in the three following points. 3a) the UC administration publicly and clearly support the reversal of Proposition 209 and the reinstatement of affirmative action-based student admissions and employment; 3b) the UC administration publicly and clearly support the reversal of Proposition 13, which has exacerbated the under-resourcing of K-12 education in communities of color and low-income communities, thereby compounding the inaccessibility of these groups to higher education; and 3c) Grant the UC system Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status to increase the number of undergraduate, state-labeled “Hispanic” students enrolled to meet the 25% criteria for additional federal funding. HSI status further requires that at least 50% of the student population be eligible for federal student aid. This would ensure an increase of students from other underrepresented backgrounds (Black and Native, especially) because the university would be responsible to engage under-resourced communities, of which a large proportion are nonwhite. At campuses where this status has already been granted, we call for the formation of student-led offices to coordinate outreach and funding opportunities for these communities.

4) Designate true sanctuary school status to protect all communities under attack by the Trump government, including but not limited to: undocumented members of our community, Muslims, Arabs, LGBTQQI folks, Palestinians, all refugees (including those from Syria), Black folks, Native folks, Latinx/Chicanx folks, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Jews, and others who have been viciously targeted in language and action by Trump and his alt-right (white supremacist) supporters. By sanctuary we mean ensuring that the UC police, UC administration, and the Governor of California: 1) refuse to cooperate with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other deportation agencies or share any student or worker information or collaborate with any identification or ethnic/religious registration process; 2) publicly declare that ICE and any other police enforcement agency will not be granted physical access to UC campuses, dorms, or other public property under any circumstance; 3) publicly acknowledge that all students, faculty, staff, and other workers be exempt from any and all forms of retribution for taking action to provide safety for students vulnerable to laws of any kind that criminalize undocumented or “illegal” immigrants, as we know that no one is illegal. Finally, in order to ensure that the undocumented members of our community can continue to afford living, studying, and working at the UC, we call upon the UC administration and Governor of California to designate secure funding for undocumented students who will no longer be able to work if DACA is repealed. We also demand the UC apply AFSCME 3299 immigrant rights provisions to all UC workers. We demand UC prohibit the use of E-Verify and expand work authorization provisions, including those related to Social Security “no-match” letters.

5) Grow, not cut, independent science funding. The Trump government has promised to cut important funding to scientific research, especially targeting independent research on the escalating effects of climate change. We acknowledge the importance of maintaining scientific research, and all fields of academic inquiry, that is resolutely independent from corporate agendas that place profit over knowledge. We call on the UC administration and the Governor of California to protect these vital sources of independent funding for research, including that which is desperately needed in the struggles for climate, health, and economic justice. We call on the UC administration and the Governor to also actively and publicly combat any cuts to federal science funding.

6) Fully demilitarize UC campuses. We will no longer accept the surveillance, criminalization, prosecution, repression of public protest, and targeting of particular student and worker groups (such as the Black Student Union, Afrikan Black Coalition, Students for Justice in Palestine, Muslim Students Association, labor unions, among many others) that has become all-too common on our campuses in recent years. The deployment of increasingly heavily armed law enforcement officers equipped with riot gear, militarized vehicles, other military-style technologies, and both lethal and non-lethal weapons is a threat to the kind of supportive and peaceful environment requisite for learning and teaching. We demand immediate disarmament of all police, including campus police agencies, and an end to the research that further enables the technologization of perpetual war. In service of demilitarizing UC campuses, we also demand that the UC cease to receive research funding from entities seeking to profit from warfare enhanced by UC research. The University of California receives roughly a half billion dollars annually from the United States Department of Defense. Combined with another half billion dollars from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and an unknown amount from private military contractors (i.e., Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Los Alamos National Security LLC, and more), military-related research funding makes up at least one billion dollars of the annual UC budget. The military technologies produced by UC-based research are used to disproportionately exert force on communities of color, both at home and abroad.The STEM fields are so much more than factories for the production of death and destruction–our creativity and skill sets could be much better utilized to solve the world’s most pressing problems, not to create more of them in the name of war and surveillance.

7) Fully divest from toxic UC investments, including fossil fuels, prisons, and companies that benefit from settler colonial occupation and apartheid. We instead demand a reprioritization of investments and research objectives to solely reflect a commitment to social justice, rather than applied military research used in the service of wars that devastate communities. Moreover, all of these investments are protected through heightened militarization of our campuses, which produces a war-like climate in institutions of education. We demand the UC make its investments public and respond to our demands for divesting from violence.

8) Make the UC budget fully transparent. The importance of full budgetary and investment transparency at the UC parallels our concerns about Donald Trump’s financial conflicts of interest that threaten to direct US domestic and foreign policy. We know that Regents and high-level donors have influenced decisions to undertake large capital projects on numerous UC campuses, putting our campuses in debt and using student tuition as leverage. We demand that the UC system-wide budget, and every campus budget, be made fully available to the public. We further demand a moratorium on capital projects.

9) Implement a survivor-led and trauma informed process for holding people accountable who commit acts of gender-based and sexual violence, including harassment. The rampant and under-addressed acts of gender-based and sexual violence that routinely take place within the UC system impact every layer of our campus communities. In most cases, when survivors seek to address these problems, their/our voices are disappeared down bureaucratic channels, as the safety and job security of the people who commit these acts of violence are prioritized over the people they harm. To illuminate the structural nature of this problem, we now know that several of our university’s highest administrators to whom we are made to appeal, including UC Regent Norm Pattiz, have themselves routinely violated the safety particularly of working class women of color, trans women, and people whose gender identities do not conform to a binary. This pattern is structured in systems of white heteropatriarchy, now including “President” Trump among high-ranking authorities who have committed acts of sexual violence. We recognize that the criminal justice system is profoundly flawed in its instrumentalization of sexual violence to cage and incarcerate men of color at disproportionate levels. We seek the implementation of an alternative survivor-led, trauma-centered accountability model that provides resources for survivors and holds their well-being as more important than preserving institutional power or personal prestige.

10) Commit to providing free and accessible trans and reproductive healthcare, including abortion, to students and workers. Given the rhetoric and track record of “President” Trump and his alt-right cabinet-members, we call upon the UC to pledge that its student health centers and insurance will provide continued, accessible, affordable, and high-quality health care coverage, including covering all necessary health care costs for trans folks and reproductive health care costs for women, including the ability to terminate pregnancy. We call upon the UC to guarantee access to these services for undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, lecturers, librarians, and all campus staff, as well as their dependents.

11) Democratize the Regents and other UC administration. The governing body of our University should be chosen by faculty, students, and workers, not by the Governor, and the Regents should be held accountable to these constituents. The necessity of a new model of governance at this University is especially evident given conflicts of interest that parallel Donald Trump’s and news about Regent Pattiz’s serial objectification and harassment of women. We call for democratic elections of all university administrators where students, workers, and faculty have a direct vote in the governance of our institution.

Our above-listed demands are the minimal structural changes that the UC administration can implement in order to translate their rhetoric into concrete action. Now is the time for our administration to demonstrate whether they stand on the side of students and workers, or on the side of a racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, and ableist government.

We will mobilize now and continuously, beyond elections and candidates, to normalize effective tactics for disruption and dissent. We must target Trump’s government through the channels we can access and where we are located, in the UC system, at the forefront of the national economy and within a nexus of federal and corporate capital flow.

Campus bureaucracy and privatized public universities are not the answer to fascism. We reject both. We will build towards a new university, one that centers economic equity, racial justice, receptivity to gender non-conformity, community collaboration, and global peace at a structural level, not just in rhetoric. Today, we commit to continuing this work, started generations before us, and we walk out with our friends and allies across the UC system in support of these key demands for collective justice.

January 20, 2017, NO SCHOOL! We will fight for another university.

In solidarity,
The UAW 2865 Joint Council”

          What you may not realize is the close ties the UAW has to socialist groups in the country.  I found the following tidbit at the Socialist Worker site:

https://socialistworker.org/2014/12/15/uaw-2865-makes-history

It’s a bit dated, but somewhat revealing, I think.  Take a look and decide for yourself:

UAW 2865 makes history

December 15, 2014

United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2865, which represents 13,000 academic workers at the University of California, has become the first U.S. union to pass by a rank-and-file vote a resolution honoring the Palestinian call for a boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The resolution calls on the University of California and UAW International to divest from companies involved in Israeli apartheid and U.S. military aid to Israel. Here, we reprint Local 2865's statement announcing the outcome of the vote.

This is a decisive victory for justice for Palestinians. After months of campaigning, we are inspired that so many members participated in this vote and made their voices heard. This is a testament to our membership's engagement with matters of social justice. This vote was a first step in our commitment to solidarity with Palestinians under occupation and facing discriminatory laws, and we will continue to take steps to make that solidarity concrete as part of our involvement in anti-racist and anti-colonial struggles broadly.
-- Kumars Salehi, member

We are committed to linking student and labor movements in the United States to student and labor movements in other parts of the world, including Palestine. As student-workers fighting the attacks on education here in California as well as the decades-long crackdown on labor in the U.S. generally, we know that international labor solidarity makes us stronger, and we support Palestinian students, workers and broader society in their decades-long struggle against dispossession, occupation and apartheid.
-- Loubna Qutami, member

UAW 2865, a labor union representing over 13,000 teaching assistants, tutors and other student-workers at the University of California, has become the first major U.S. labor union to hold a membership vote responding to the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israeli occupation and in solidarity with Palestinian self-determination. The vote passed, with 65 percent of voting members in support. Over 2,100 members voted, a testament to union democracy.

The measure calls on:

1) the University of California to divest from companies involved in Israeli occupation and apartheid;
2) the UAW International to divest from these same entities; and
3) the U.S. government to end military aid to Israel.

Fifty-two percent of voting members also pledged not to "take part in any research, conferences, events, exchange programs, or other activities that are sponsored by Israeli universities complicit in the occupation of Palestine and the settler-colonial policies of the state of Israel" until such time as these universities take steps to end complicity with dispossession, occupation, and apartheid.

In total, 1,136 members pledged to observe the academic boycott, a reflection of the ways student laborers are taking concrete actions to practice solidarity.”

          That was sort of breath-taking, wasn’t it?  It taught me a few things, how about you?  Let’s journey on and draw back to a higher level.  If you want to do some independent research into progressive groups, a good categorized place to start is StartGuide.  You’ll find them on-line at:

http://www.startguide.org/orgs/orgs00.html

StartGuide has a listing by category of the 500 most important progressive groups in America.  The organization type is linked to the blowout of the list of organizations and a short description of each organization’s main area of interest.  If you’re dealing with any organized group at all that gives you pause and the thought that they may actually be a progressive organization, look them up at StartGuide.  You might just be right!

Another place to go to research is Source Watch at The Center for Media and Democracy.  Their list can be found at:

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/List_of_progressive_organizations

          Whatever you do, do it with knowledge.  Do it with understanding of your adversaries.  Know who they are, what their interest area is, and what their organization’s own statements are regarding what they’ve done and what they intend to do.

          This is the kind of knowledge all patriots have to commit to.  We are now actively engaged in fighting for our country.  We are fighting for the restoration of our Constitution.  If we fight with full knowledge and understanding of our opponents, we will prevail.  But, it won’t be easy, and it won’t be quick.  Progressives have been quietly infiltrating all American institutions since before 1930.  For us to prevail we have to find them and find ways to expose them for who and what they are.  We have to be educated, strong, and doggedly determined.  We have one initial advantage going for us – their side doesn’t think we are watching them.  They believe they can do what they will with impunity.  It’s up to us to demonstrate they are wrong.  To do that we all have to do our homework.  

          Get to it!

In Liberty,
Steve