Obama Adviser, Eliseo Medina, on Exploiting Immigrants for Socialist Power

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By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Cross posted from KeyWiki Blog.

Eliseo Medina, SEIU Vice President and Democratic Socialists of America Honorary Chair, was the lead speaker at last weekend’s 2010 Netroots Nation discussion of Civil Rights in the Modern Era.

Here Medina tugs on the heartstrings and plays on the emotions as he urges the gathered, mainly young “progressives” to unite behind the illegal immigrant community. Medina is very careful to blur the line between illegal immigrants and Latino Americans.

His message is that by exploiting the Latino vote, “progressives” can carry several key states in November. To do that, the left must portray any resistance to illegal immigration as an attack on all Latinos.

Eliseo Medina at Netroots Nation: Unite to Defeat anti-immigrant, anti-Hispanic movements from Talking Union on Vimeo.

Medina has more influence than most Marxist activists.

In 2008 he served the Obama campaign as a member of Barack Obama’s National Latino Advisory Council. As a vice president of the D.S.A. dominated SEIU, Medina can put tens of thousands of activists on the streets to promote his socialist agenda.

Speaking at the 2009 America’s Future Now! conference in Washington DC, Medina was more matter of fact, more honest. This was an older crowd of hard core “progressives.” They didn’t need the violins, they just wanted the numbers.

Here Medina plainly states that his campaign is purely about votes. Medina is pursuing “immigration reform” for one reason only: 8 million new Democratic voters.

His aim is to “create a governing coalition for the long term.”

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