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- 04-22-2012, 11:37 AM #1
Left-Wing Teachers Plan to ‘Occupy’ Justice Department to Defend Cop-Killer
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The memo has gone out, the date has been saved.
This coming Tuesday, radicals of all stripes will descend upon the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. to rally in support of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Organizers are hoping to speak with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about why Mumia should be set free. They’re also planning acts of civil disobedience to draw media attention to their cause.
Officially known as "Occupy the Justice Department," the event is endorsed by the usual group of malcontents, including "Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal" – a collection of left-wing teachers from across the country.
Among Mumia’s many well-wishers in the K-12 community is Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association President Bob Peterson, the entire Chicago Teachers Union, and the Rethinking Schools crew who produce anti-American lesson plans and teaching materials that are used in countless classrooms.
To understand why responsible Americans should find it troubling that Mumia has become a folk hero to much of the teaching community, a little background is in order.
Mumia was a founding member of the Philadelphia Black Panther Party, and was working as a cab driver in that city in 1981.
On the night of Dec. 9, his brother, William Cook, was pulled over by police for driving the wrong way on a one-way street without headlights. Mumia apparently came across the scene in his cab and claimed the officer was beating Cook with a flashlight.
Mumia injected himself into the struggle, which resulted in both the police officer and Mumia getting shot. The officer, Daniel Faulkner, died, and Abu-Jamal was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
Three eyewitnesses testified that they saw Mumia shoot the officer. Another witness testified that he angrily confessed to the shooting in the hospital.
A gun registered to Mumia with five spent rounds was found at the scene, and bullet fragments in the cop's body were consistent with the type used in that weapon. Neither Mumia nor his brother chose to testify at the trial.
Abu-Jamal a left-wing cause célèbre
After years of left-wing activism on his behalf, Mumia's fortunes took an upswing five months ago when Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams dropped the death penalty against him.
Emboldened by their success, leftists have moved on to the next phase of their plan, as the organizers’ memo reveals: "Short term goal: release Mumia. Long term goal: end mass incarceration."
The memo then devolves into a greatest hits compilation of left-wing causes.
"Twenty-first century social movements around the world are illuminating the root causes of social crises, class inequality, bigotry, human rights violations, and environmental degradation," organizers write.
How predictable: The "Free Mumia" movement is just part of the left's larger efforts to delegitimatize America's free market economy.
Mumia’s guilt or innocence is unimportant to these radicals. They’re only interested in his case because it serves as a useful cudgel that they can use to attack American capitalism. The leftists have determined that Mumia's race and religious beliefs (Islam) are useful in agitating a whole bunch of people and bringing them into their anti-American fold. Should Mumia ever be set free, they’ll just move on to the next cause on their list.
We mention all this to remind readers about the type of questionable people who are teaching our children, writing the textbooks, shaping the curriculum, and leading the teacher unions.
As the memo reads, "On that day (April 24), we will say that we are all Mumia."
They might as well say, "We are all murderers of police officers." How charming.
By the way, the reason the "occupiers" chose April 24 is that it’s Mumia’s 58th birthday. Or as respectable people prefer to call it: "Tuesday."
Van Jones, the operator of the "Occupy Movement" for the Socialist Democrats has been a supported of this cop killer for years. From 2009.
Free Mumia Movement a Project of Van Jones’ Ella Baker Center
Posted by Brenda J. Elliott
Coming up for air after a couple days of fast and furious posting about avowed communist (small c) and “green jobs” czar (small c) Van Jones, RBO discovered that Jones’ connection to Mumia Abu-Jamal (right) is all the buzz.
All those so shocked! shocked! we say to learn this should have been reading RBO long ago — since we wrote about the Jones-Ella Baker Center-Mumia Abu-Jamal connection on April 6.
First, though, let’s give credit to JammieWearingFool, who writes:
- Now we find Jones also has a thing for the cop-killing darling of the left, Mumia Abu Jamal. This is from 10 years ago, obviously pre-dating Jones’ later hook-up with other radicals in the Truther movement.
- Supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a death row inmate convicted for the 1981 shooting death of a Philadelphia police officer, said the protest was called after the Supreme Court on Monday rejected claims that Abu-Jamal, a former radio journalist and Black Panther, did not receive a fair trial. “We knew there was another event going on, but the timing of the court decision is what dictated when the protest was held,” said Van Jones, a San Francisco civil rights lawyer who helped coordinate the protest march.
But, you see, as always, there’s more to the story as part of the Mumia Abu-Jamal support movement was coordinated with Third Eye Movement 510 as a “project” of Jones’ Ella Baker Center.
On April 6, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Mumia Abu-Jamal’s original conviction 28 years ago would stand.
A former Black Panther activist, Mumia Abu-Jamal was “convicted and sentenced to death for the 1981 killing of Philadelphia policeman Daniel Faulkner.” (Also see the Discover The Networks article.)
On May 10, 1999, contact Kiilu Nyasha messaged on behalf of a group desiring “to build a democratic coalition that embraces all organizations and individuals moving to free Mumia Abu-Jamal.”
- To date, a number of organizations have been working to free Mumia, including the Black Radical Congress; Jericho; the Mobilization to Free Mumia; the National Peoples Campaign; the People of Color Task Force to Free Mumia; Refuse and Resist; the Santa Cruz Coalition to Free Mumia and many others. Now is the time for all of us to come together to share our strength, resources, and ideas in order to create a powerful movement that functions on principles of unity.
The message was sent out via the Black Radical Congress, which Trevor Loudon wrote about in some detail October 4, 2008. The BRC was formed in June 1998 and the membership includes several avid Obama supporters. Trevor wrote:
- Manning Marable, Bill Fletcher Jr. and Cornel West were all leaders of the New Party. Manning Marable was elected MDS [Movement for a Democratic Society] chairman in February 2007.Bill Fletcher Jr., Robin D.G. Kelley, Gerald Horne, Charlence Mitchell, Angela Y. Davis and Akbar Muhammad Ahmed have all served on the board of Movement for a Democratic Society.
Bill Fletcher Jr. was the initiator of Progressives for Obama, while Robin D.G. Kelley, Cornel West and James Campbell are endorsers of the organisation. Prexy Nesbitt is a signatory of P4O’s online petition.
Many of those listed have been busily supporting Obama, directly or indirectly.
Amiri Baraka doesn’t like Obama-haters.
Michael Dawson spoke with Obama at a 1996 forum on Economic Insecurity sponsored by the University of Chicago DSA Youth Section, Chicago DSA and University Democrats.
Gerald Horne, who has studied the Communist Party in Hawaii was the first to publicly link Barack Obama with his boyhood mentor, long time CPUSA member Frank Marshall Davis in the CPUSA journal Political Affairs.
Gerry Hudson is now a senior official of the Service Employees International Union, which endorsed Barack Obama
Robin D.G. Kelley will deliver Hampshire College’s eleventh annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture on October 15th in the Robert Crown Center. His talk will be titled “Confronting Obama: A Primer on Race and Empire for the New U.S. President.”
Manning Marable strongly endorsed Obama in a January 2008 article entitled “Barack Obama’s Problem – And Ours”
Dee Myles penned this pro-Obama piece for the Illinois Communist blog.
Leith Mullings is a signatory of the February 2008 Feminists for Peace and Barack Obama petition
Salim Muwakkil is a prominent propagandist for Barack Obama.
Barbara Ransby spoke at this forum in Chicago at The Center for Public Intellectuals & The University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) April 19-20, 2002 with Bill Ayers, Salim Muwakkil and Barack Obama.
In an October 4, 1999 communication that former radio reporter Abu-Jamal’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court had been denied, and that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge would be issuing a new death warrant within the next 30 days, the Third Eye Movement (formerly the People of Color Task Force to Free Mumia formed in May 1999) called for a general organizational meeting in the San Franciso Bay Area:
- It’s time to turn on our emergency response networks. HOOK UP WITH YOUR LOCAL FOLKS QUICK!! DON’T WAIT FOR THE WARRANT TO BE SIGNED TO ACT!!! GET WORD OUT – THIS IS IT…………..
A 2002 Youth Media Council and the non-profit We Interrupt This Message publication, “Speaking for Ourselves,” describes Third Eye Movement 510 as a “project” of the Ella Baker Center:
- Let’s Get Free, formerly known as Third Eye Movement 510, is organizing Bay Area high-school youth against police brutality, and is currently leading a campaign to stop Alameda County from building the largest per capita juvenile hall in the country. A project of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, LGF is a primary partner in the Youth Media Council.
So, please folks, quit it with the tidbits and do some real research. The picture is bigger and the roots run deeper.
Free Mumia Movement a Project of Van Jones’ Ella Baker Center « RBO
by D.R. Berry 5 days ago 173 post a comment
There were about 35 people there. We met in a building on campus. Two women appeared to be in their early twenties, one was African American. One man that co-led the event appeared to be around thirty. Everyone else seemed to be fifty- to sixty-year old white people. I felt like I was at a tea party for Socialists.
I am a 54-year-old conservative trying not to look too conspicuous. Keeping my mouth shut was really tough.
It started off as most of these things do, with introductions around the room. Four of the people were professors from colleges in other towns. One said he also wrote for a Socialist paper, and had been active in the Wisconsin protests. One of the most outspoken and zealous participants was a man who said he was the head of the social justice committee in his church.
Hand outs were distributed and you can find the PDF copies online at this link: Training Materials - The 99% SpringThe 99% Spring
We started out by writing on these posters about who we were as people, what was our personal struggle, what did we want to change, how did we want our future to be. At the end, the leaders took some information from the posters and started to compile "A Story of Us."
It began by saying we are Americans that are concerned about..then it was interrupted by several of the professors who objected to use of the term"Americans." They preferred to just be "people". The leader continued and was stopped again at a passage that said "freedom and rights." The Socialist math professor said freedom was an overused word and it didn't have much truth in its meaning. They decided "rights" would be okay to leave in, but insisted we added (the talking point) "people not profits."
I might have focused more on what the math professor was saying had he not taken his shoes off the entire time so that he could share his bare feet freely with the room.
In watching the video, a couple of things came to mind. First, this is a very well-funded group, the video was slick and it's dialogue was like Van Jones channeling Saul Alinsky. Complete propaganda film, perfect to suck in those who just don't know the true facts.
At one point, when we were broken into smaller groups of four, I had the opportunity to speak to two sisters who worked for a family-owned business. Both were talking about how up to now they had never been politically involved, but of late had found that their business was suffering; they had to lay off six people, none of the owners were able to pay themselves, and they were losing their retirement funds. They decided they needed to do something, "to get involved."
I found it interesting that they turned to Occupy. I kept thinking that everything they were saying you could hear at a tea party--concerns about gas prices, food prices, jobs, the economy. The difference was that I have never been to a tea party where the people there played the victim role. At a tea party you hear,"What can we do to change this to make it better," and at Occupy it seems to be everyone has taken a victim stance--it's not so much about how to make things better, but how to get me what I deserve or what I feel I have been cheated out of.
One of the most disturbing pieces of video came at the beginning. The camera flashed from person to person, they would briefly say they were a teacher, nurse, whatever, and then say "I AM the 99%!" The last person it flashed on was a young African American male in a hoodie. He immediately started talking about how George Zimmerman had murdered Trayvon Martin in cold blood, and ended with the boy looking at the camera and saying," Trayvon Martin IS the 99%!"
It just struck me that everyone from Jesse Jackson, to Al Sharpton, to Van Jones to President Barack Obama has grabbed onto this tragedy for personal gain and is completely exploiting the death of this young man. It was disgusting.
The training ended with plans for the group leaders (who are also members of the Coffee Party ) to schedule another meeting for two weeks from now to plan the first group action locally. I wanted a look into the workings of these Van Jones-inspired trainings, and I got what I went for. These people aren't Zucotti, they aren't defecating on cop cars. But the fact that you can find them even meeting in a small Midwest town on a Saturday afternoon says something about the scope of this plan.
As the man who worked in social justice at his church said, "This thing (Occupy) is going to make the 60s look tame. You wait and see."
Van Jones Trains Occupy: 'This Will Make the '60s Look Tame'