From 2003 through the early months of 2015, I wrote more than 200,000 words about anti-Semitism/anti-Zionism,” says Prof. Phyllis Chesler in the introduction of her recently released book, “Living History: On the Front Lines for Israel and the Jews 2003-2015” (Gefen Publishers).
This admission should come as no surprise to anyone even tangentially familiar with the voluminous amount of essays and articles that Dr. Chesler has written on the subject over the last 13 years, donning an impressive variety of hats. As an astute political analyst, researcher and investigative journalist, she has honed these skills in her quest to offer her reader a meticulous examination of a panoply of hot button geo-political issues pertaining to Israel and the Jewish people.
In this anthology-style compendium that contains the corpus of her work in non-redacted form, Chesler prodigiously confronts the seemingly eternal scourge of global anti-Semitism/anti-Zionism, the pernicious nature of radical Islam, the proliferation of visceral Jew hatred and incessant Israel bashing on university campuses, the exposure of the most egregious forms of propaganda in films and books, the truth about the nefarious agenda of multicultural relativism and critiques the role of the left-liberal media in creating the “perfect storm.”
Chesler throws down the gauntlet and debunks the “Big Lies” in a brutally honest manner. Crafting cogent arguments with the trademark depth and aplomb that has come to define her writing since 1972, she takes no hostages.
As she takes us on a sojourn that unravels the “slow motion holocaust” that is being perpetrated against the Jew but nary acknowledged or even discussed in “polite circles,” Chesler explains that this cognitive war against the Jewish nation is predicated on a corruption of the truth. Fueled by unsavory alliances between the denizens of the leftist/progressive camp and radical Jihadists of all stripes, anti-Zionism (which is tantamount to anti-Semitism, says Chesler) is no longer considered an odious worldview but one that smacks of a perverse sense of moral rectitude; straight out of an Orwellian-style groupthink salon..
Case in point: Chesler speaks directly to her erstwhile colleagues in the Western feminist movement who ostracized her for blowing the lid off the anti-Israel sentiment in its ranks. Shining a light on their misplaced invective against the Jewish state, Chesler writes, “Since 1972, I have been explaining to Ms. feminists that we should not hold the only Jewish state to a higher or different standard than we hold all other nations states; when we do, it is called racism, Jew-hatred, or anti-Semitism.”
While Israel continues to be the world’s ‘bogeyman’; its detractors are clearly multiplying at blinding speed as evidenced in Chesler’s writings The Jew is classified by the intellectual elite as the “aggressor’, the “cruel occupier” of Palestinians and the ruthless engineer of an apartheid state through a series of sophist arguments and Goebbels-like agitprop.
Chesler writes that Western academics haves became increasingly “Stalinized and Palestinianized.” Addressing the burgeoning phenomenon of academic boycotts that emanate from world class universities, Chesler clarifies the gravitas of the situation by writing “they have disinvited Israeli scholars, fired Israeli academics, rejected university applications from Israeli students, refused to stage exhibits by Israeli artists or sell textbooks to Israeli universities, written inflammatory and defamatory editorials in prestigious journals condemning Israel for massacres that never occurred, etc”
Chesler’s writing exudes passion, pathos, optimism and melancholy combined with the blunt force of realism. What is most remarkable and at times quite eerie is the degree to which prescience plays a significant role in her assessment of the abysmal failure on the war on terror. In a 2008 essay, in which she offers a critique of then presidential contender Barack Obama, she writes: “He is a United Nations-style anti-American and postmodern multicultural relativist, and that means Obama may refuse to call barbarism by its rightful name if that barbarism is practiced by Muslims,” this years before anyone even heard of “Jihadi John.”
Most troubling to Chesler is the rapid succession of horrifying events that may indeed presage the type of calamitous scenario that she warns of in terms of lethal Jew hatred. In 2004, she wrote: “Today, the danger to Jews is far graver and more complex than it ever was before, including the 1930s,” Lest we forget the murders of the four Jewish men in a kosher grocery store in Paris in January of 2015, the murder of a Jew in Copenhagen earlier this year and the attacks on synagogues throughout Europe.
Dr. Chesler exhorts us to lift our heads out of the sand. Denial by Western liberals of the real threat that Islamic jihadism poses to the glorious civilization they have built and the hard core fact that Israel and the Jews are in existential peril, will, says Chesler, lead us into “a Dark Age.”
This page turner is a must read for anyone who wishes to make sense of a world gone mad. With dismal news swirling around us, the keen clarity, vision, and indomitable spirit that Chesler’s imparts is a light in a dark tunnel.
There is MORE, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, and OBS.
Remember Ella Baker? If not, then you may remember Van Jones, the Green Czar that was exposed by Glenn Beck and snuck out of the White House in the middle of the night. Yes, that guy. Van Jones carries the torch for Ella Baker.
So, this OBS and MORE with Next Revolution is based on Ella Baker’s legacy and you saw their work in Ferguson, Missouri.
Does this logo appear rather militant?
Or this one?
Do you wonder about their application and approval by the IRS?
There is paid training, travel expenses and protest instructions. Enter OBS…
OBS, Organization for Black Struggle has some interesting partners. They include: Advancement Project, Black Workers for Justice, Black Youth Project, Black Lives Matter, Dream Defenders, Jobs with Justice, Justice for Reggie, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, Ohio Student Association, Peace Economy Project, Sankofa, SisterSong and there are more as listed here.
Oh joy, they have a fellowship program too. But apply quickly, the next class begins on May 22, 2015.
1. By joining the program, fellows agree to go through a 5-week long organization building module, to be supervised by a Youth Director.
2. Each week of the program covers crucial knowledge on how to build an organization, develop programs and campaigns, and create coalitions using Black Liberation framework.
3. Each fellow will schedule twice weekly sessions with a mental health counselor for the duration of the program. We’ve all been through a lot these past few weeks and we have to care ourselves if we hope to transform our communities.
4. Each fellow will complete weekly benchmarks.
5. After each successfully completed week, each fellow will receive a $100 stipend.
6. At the end of program, each fellow gets $500 to start an organization or project.
7. To get the start up, each fellow must meet each weekly benchmark. If all benchmarks are not successfully met during the program, they must be met within 30 days of program end date, without the stipend.
8. This program is limited to 12 fellows per session.
At the end of this program, fellows will be fully equipped to take their skill-sets back into their communities and start to organize for the change that they want to see. The hope is that during the program, fellows will become familiar enough each other so that at the end of the program, some may decide to work together, pool their resources, or create organizations with their peers.
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Hat Tip: Right Side News (JB supplied detailed and extensive research for this post.)
Aggressive: These protesters were carrying an anti-police banner as they marched through Seattle.
Seattle is no stranger to riots. They occur there almost on a yearly basis, with anarchists being the biggest organizers and instigators by far. But this year, the May Day riot had an even more thuggish bent to it as you can see in the picture above. The desire to murder police officers was aggressively advertised.
The festivities were centered in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. Residents were warned to take cover and stay inside. Businesses were advised to vacate and protect what they could.
Three officers were attacked and hurt. Two had to go to the hospital with serious injuries. In retaliation, the police hit protesters with pepper spray and flash-bang grenades. Police for the most part were on bicycles. 15 protesters were arrested amid the violence.
25 or so cars were damaged by protestors. A number of businesses had their windows smashed and fires were set. Dumpsters were overturned. Art in the parks was marked with the Anarchist symbol – one person was even spray painted because he would not move.
Let’s look at some of the organizers who came out to play…
BLACK LIVES MATTER
A common thread you will find through all the protests now is Black Lives Matter. Here is what they laid out for the Seattle protest:
Black Lives Matter May Day 2015 — 10:30 AM — MLK Memorial Park — 2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. and at 2:30 PM 20/Jackson
JOHN CARLOS: was a 1968 Olympic Bronze medalist who raised his black gloved fist in a statement of struggle and resistance on the medal stand and became a global icon in the fight against racism, co-author of “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed The World.” He is a Black Power icon.
ARETHA BASU: Community Activist in the Black Lives Matter movement and Women of Color for Systemic Change.
JESSE HAGOPIAN: Member of SEE: Social Equality Educators, Advisor for the Garfield High School Black Student Union, editor and contributing author of “More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing.”
GERALD HANKERSON: President of the Seattle-King County NAACP.
MARISSA JENAE: Community Activist in the Black Lives Matter movement and Outside Agitators 206.
DAVE ZIRIN: Host of Edge of Sports, co-author of “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Movement That Changed The World.” He is a sports writer for The Nation Magazine.
The gathering was hosted by the Garfield H.S., Seattle, Black Student Union.
Sponsored by the Seattle International Socialist Organization, Outside Agitators 206, Social Equality Educators, Women of Color for Systemic Change, Seattle Transit Riders Union, No New Jim Crow Coalition, Stand Against Foreclosures and Evictions (SAFE in Seattle).
Black Lives Matter May Day 2015 — 10:30 AM — MLK Memorial Park — 2200 Martin Luther King Jr Way S (info) We’re responding to an urgent call from our comrades in Baltimore United and Ferguson Action who are organizing with us under the Black Lives Matter network.We stand with our brothers and sisters in Baltimore, Chicago and across the country. We demand justice for #FreddieGrey #RekiaBoyd #MyaHall and all victims of police terrorism.We demonstrate on this day of May 1st in acknowledgement of the people who were killed by the state in 1886 during the Haymarket affair. When strikers demonstrated at Haymarket Square in Chicago, they were shot at by police, a bomb was thrown, and a court ordered the execution of the strike organizers.
We encourage Black folks and non-Black allies and accomplices who are devote to supporting Black Liberation to join us for the day’s events.
First we’ll be meeting at MLK Memorial Park at 10:30am and then will be at the intersection of 20th and Jackson at 2:30pm. From there we’ll march to the end destination of the International Workers and Immigrants Day March rally at the Federal Courthouse in Downtown Seattle (700 Stewart St). At 6pm we’ll meet at Seattle Central College. UPDATE: CHS has updated this event with a more recent description provided by organizers.
MAY FIRST ACTION COALITION
The May 1st Action Coalition (formerly known as the Washington Immigrant Rights Action Coalition) is a coalition geared towards working on specific actions to deal with the indiscriminate immigration enforcement that is affecting our immigrant communities and our greater community.
Their blog is used to compile meeting notes and announce events and actions.
Organizations involved with direct mobilization for the march were Students for Farm Worker Justice, MEChA, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and parishioners from St. Mary’s Church, the Mexica Danza Group Ce Atl Tonalli and Community Alliance for Global Justice, among many more.
PRESS RELEASE FROM: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition
For Immediate Release: Friday, May 1, 2015
Contact: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition,
ph: 206.650.2106 and 206.696.1348, em: [email protected], Twitter Tag: #May1stSea, #MayDayPNW.
Thousands take to the streets of Seattle for the Annual May Day March and Rally for Immigrant and Workers Rights.
SEATTLE – An estimated 4,500-5,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Seattle to participate in the 2015 May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights. The events began at Judkins Park at 2:00 p.m., with a brief program that included music, speeches, and logistical announcements for the march. Participants then filed westbound, on Lane Street to start the March at 3:00 pm. At around 3:30, the march departed from St. Mary’s Church, with Danza Ce Atl Tonalli, setting the tone.
The march swelled, with contingents joining along the way on Jackson Street and 20th Avenue, along Boren Avenue, as well as on several street corners along First Hill, and Downtown Seattle. Included among these groups, were contingents for organized labor as well as participants who opted to join the march as it made its way through middle of the city. In all, over 50 organizations and community groups endorsed the 2015 march and provided the resources to mobilize their own members, in addition to others in the community. Organizations involved with direct mobilization for the march were Students for Farm Worker Justice, MEChA, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, and parishioners from St. Mary’s Church, the Mexica Danza Group Ce Atl Tonalli, and Community Alliance for Global Justice, among many more.
The march ended at the U.S. District Courthouse in Downtown Seattle. The selection of the site was very deliberate, as organizers made note to demonstrate in opposition to the U.S. District 5 Court’s challenge to the DACA/DAPA program, which if implemented by the Obama administration, would have provided relief and a temporary deferral of deportation for many undocumented students and their parents. Likewise, also of note in this year’s March was the focus on police brutality with the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner as well as the most recent slaying of Antonio Zambrano Montes at the hands of police in Pasco, Washington.
“It’s important to acknowledge these shared struggles,” noted Anna Hackman, an organizer for the May 1st Action Coalition. “Many immigrants experience not only discrimination based on their documented status, but are also relegated to the social and economic margins. Many are forced into low paying jobs, and have interactions with law enforcement that closely resemble the interactions that native born people of color experience with police.” Many in attendance echoed the same concerns, especially in recent days, as evidenced in the City of Baltimore where institutional neglect and police violence created a sense of animosity and distrust that boiled over into riots with the killing of Freddie Gray.
According to organizer Jorge Quiroga, the march was a great collaborative effort, even with a slightly smaller turnout for 2015. Mr. Quiroga attributed the decline in participation to the proliferation of news reports about possible “infiltration” of the afternoon march. “We’ve had this march since 1999. Over 16 years, we’ve always been organized and nothing bad has ever occurred. My concern with the stories that the Seattle Police Department are spreading, is that it is creating a chilling effect on participation.” Quiroga further noted, “It is very deceptive, very unprofessional, and amounts to little more than fear mongering.” “It is an attempt to silence and mute our organizational efforts.” It is not known to what degree the effect of SPD media outreach is intentional, but one thing all organizers did agree on, is that there is a very real need to continue organizing in spite of hurdles or impediments. There is little room for error as organizers take it upon themselves to be responsible for helping better social conditions to ensure that future generations are able to live a dignified existence.
EDUCATE, ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE.
For more information, contact the following: El Comité and the May 1st Action Coalition, ph:206.650.2106 and 206.696.1348, em: [email protected], Twitter Tag: #May1stSea, MayDayPNW.
Marcha Y Manifestacion Anual del 1o de Mayo 2015 – 2015 May Day March & Rally — 2 PM Rally — 3 PM March — Judkins Park to Downtown (info) Thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets of Seattle on Friday, May 1, 2015 for the Annual May Day March and Rally for Workers and Immigrant Rights. In the spirit of unity and solidarity with communities across the country, organizers in Seattle will continue with the central theme of justice for immigrant workers, as well as justice for marginalized communities at the local, national, and international levels.
May Day Anticapitalist March 2015 — 6 PM — Starts at Seattle Central (info) May 1st is International Workers Day, or May Day. In October 1884, a convention held by the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions unanimously set May 1, 1886, as the date by which the eight-hour work day would become standard. As the chosen date approached, U.S. labor unions prepared for a general strike in support of the eight-hour day.
Protests continued into the night, and saw demonstrators start fires in a college campus.
Evidently, a number of these so-called grassroots activist protestors are being bused and flown in. They are being paid a lot of money to incite chaos and unrest as well. Try 5k a month. It’s widely known that Ferguson activists were flown to New York City, Wisconsin and even the West Bank to spread racial hatred. So, what do you want to bet that they were sent to Seattle as well?
May Day Demonstrators sit across Broadway and Pine. (Photo by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
Police surround a convertible that was driving near Third Avenue and Wall Street, protecting
it from May Day demonstrators. (Photo by Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)
May Day demonstrators surround and sit on top of a Volkswagen sedan near Wall Street and Second
Avenue. (Photo by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
Crowds march past a bus window that was broken by May Day protesters at Sixth Ave and Pike Street.
(Photo by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
Protesters begin to march from Seattle Central College Plaza in the Capitol Hill May Day
Concert. (Photo by Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times)
Crowds in the 14th annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights arrive at
Westlake Park at Fourth and Pike. (Photo by John Lok/The Seattle Times)
Crowds march in the 14th annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights at Eighth
and Madison. (Photo by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)
The “International Worker’s Day” turned into a full blown riot in Seattle. Hardly surprising. And it’s not surprising that people are being brought in and paid. But it still pisses me off.
And in true upside down fashion, the chairman of the City Council’s public-safety committee grilled Seattle police officials over a bike officer’s aggressive arrest of a protester during the May Day march on Capitol Hill, suggesting the move was unnecessary and “created a melee” that followed. But that protestor had attacked a police officer earlier. Hey Seattle – way to go blaming the cops instead of the thugs in your streets. The City Council went so far as to blame the officers for the riots and the destruction that ensued. Idiots.
Seattle and each of the cities set on fire this spring and summer are orchestrated episodes of chaos. As America burns, it gives the government impetus to further their agenda to nationalize our police forces. Look behind the scenes and you see the same Marxists, Progressives, Communists, Anarchists and other radicals that you see each and every time another riot explodes. The American Spring is bursting into flame – let’s just hope it doesn’t burn America to the ground.
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