03/26/17

Weekly Featured Profile – Tom Tilden

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Tom Tilden

Tom Tilden, is 2nd Associate-chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party. A position he won in 2016. He is also a Marxist, a leader of the recently founded Omaha Democratic Socialists of America.

Tom Tilden, a longtime activist in Omaha, was one of the key Sanders grassroots leaders in Nebraska. After some encouragement from the Progressive Democrats of America, Tom Tilden, is among those Democratic Socialists of America members setting up shop for socialism deep in Trump country. Tilden is a DSA veteran, having joined when he lived in Chicago in the late ’80s. But when he moved to Nebraska in 1993, Tilden says, he didn’t consider starting a new chapter there, though he remained a member of the national organization. When people talk about “the Left” in conservative Nebraska, Tilden explains, they’re referring to “people in the middle of the Democratic Party leftward. ‘The Left’ is progressive. People don’t usually think in terms of socialist.”

Tilden sees potential in building institutions outside the Democratic Party, but is also a firm believer in trying to stage a takeover from the inside. This fall, he joined Keystone XL pipeline opponent Jane Kleeb on the ticket to run Nebraska’s Democratic Party. She’s now the party’s state chair. Tilden is second associate chair and has similar goals for his work in this position as he does as a local DSA organizer: Reaching working-class voters, especially those who went for Trump, but might yet be won over to the kind of anti-racist, anti-capitalist movement that DSA hopes to build.

“People in rural Nebraska are more progressive than they realize,” Tilden reasons. While door-knocking during the Sanders campaign, he and other volunteers found that many rural voters took firm stands against corporate agriculture and attacks on public education. “I think once we work with them on their issue, they’ll see that the people on their side are not the Republicans.”

Bold Nebraska protesters held a rally in Omaha on January 20th, 2016 to convince senators to reject some of president-elect Trump’s cabinet picks.

The group held a rally at Sen. Deb Fischer‘s office as part of a nationwide “Day Against Denial,” calling on all 100 U.S. Senators to reject President-elect Trump’s climate-denying cabinet selections.

Those in attendance said they were fighting against Trump’s cabinet picks including Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon, for Secretary of State, Scott Pruitt for the EPA Administration, Ex-Gov. Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy and Rep. Ryan Zinke for the Department of Interior.

“I want to make sure the Senator knows that this is important issue and there is a lot of people who care about the climate and the choice is here are you on the side of science or are you on the side of Exxon, big energy companies, are you for them or for science? It’s one of the other,” said demonstrator Tom Tilden.

Rally goers said anyone who denies climate change shouldn’t be in the White House cabinet.

(Tom Tilden|more…)

03/16/17

Weekly Featured Profile – Chauncey Robinson

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Chauncey Robinson is a member of the National Board of the Communist Party USA. She is also one of the coordinators for the Women’s Collective, the African-American Commission and until its recent dissolution, the Young Communists Collective.

Robinson graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts in 2015. She is a member of the editorial collective of the People’s World and acts as the Social Media manager for the publication, managing its presence and brand online. Chauncey has spoken on a number of panels and led a variety of workshops on the question of gender oppression and women’s liberation.[1]

Previously, Robinson was a leader of the pro-Cuba Young Socialists and a member of the Socialist Workers Party in San Francisco. She accompanied the Socialist Workers Party candidate for President Roger Calero on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2012.

She also attended the communist front World Federation of Democratic Youth Youth Festival in Venezuela.

In April 2016, Communist Party USA leaders John Bachtell, David Trujillo, Roberta Wood and Chauncey Robinson, participated in a Party delegation to communist Vietnam.

The comrades visited the Vietnam Confederation of Labor and other government controlled organizations.

(Chauncey Robinson|more…)

03/3/17

Weekly Featured Profile – Brad Crowder

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Brad Crowder

Brad Crowder is a leader of the Austin Socialist Collective, the Austin, Texas branch of Socialist Alternative, an organization “dedicated to the advancement of socialist, independent working-class politics.”

In September 2008, as the Republican Party kicked off its national convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, David McKay and Bradley Crowder, a pair of activists from Midland, Texas traveled to the city.

St. Paul was their first large-scale protest, “and when they arrived they were taken aback: Rubber bullets, flash-bang grenades, tumbling tear-gas canisters—to McKay and Crowder, it seemed like an all-out war on democracy. They wanted to fight back, even going so far as to mix up a batch of Molotov cocktails.”

Just before dawn on the day of Sarah Palin’s big coming out speech, a SWAT team working with federal agents raided their crash pad, seized the Molotovs and arrested McKay, alleging that he intended to torch a parking lot full of police cars.

After taking a plea bargain, Crowder was sentenced to two years in federal prison.

(Brad Crowder|more…)

03/1/17

#EnemiesWithin: Trevor’s Schedule for March: Idaho, Washington State, Michigan, Ohio, Canada!

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Trevor rocks the crowd at CPAC 2017

Trevor Loudon will be screening his film, the Enemies Within throughout March. He also has some speaking engagements during this time. If you are in town, please join us!

IDAHO

  • FRIDAY, MARCH 3 2017 | Pachyderm Meeting | 414 E 1st Ave | Post Falls, ID | 83854 | 12:00 pm
  • SATURDAY MARCH 4 2017 | Private Event
  • MONDAY MARCH 6 2017 | Sandpoint Patriots | Sandpoint Community Hall | 204 S 1st Ave | Sandpoint, ID 83864 | 6:30 PM

WASHINGTON

  • TUESDAY, MARCH 7 2017 | Act Eastside | Cedar Park Assembly Church | 16300 112th Ave NE | Bothell, Washington | 7:00 PM

MICHIGAN

  • SATURDAY, MARCH 18 2017 | ACT for America | 203 East Main Street | Fremont, MI 49412 | 7:00 PM  | For more information or to register by phone call: 231-924-4050 or email: [email protected]

OHIO

  • MONDAY MARCH 20 2017 | Mansfield North Central Ohio Tea Party | 1164 Wyandotte Ave | Mansfield, OH 44906 | 7:00 PM | email: [email protected]
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 21 2017 | ACT Cleveland | Club Motor Estates | 1000 E. Edgerton Road | Broadview Heights | Ohio 44147 | 7:00 pm
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 2017 | ACT Columbus – North & UA912 Event | 3525 Heritage Club Drive | Hilliard, OH 43026 | email:[email protected] | $5.00 at door | 7:00 PM
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 23 2017 | ACT Southwest Ohio & Northern Kentucky Tea Party | Holiday Inn Express | 7905 Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042 |  6:30 PM

CANADA

  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 2017 | ACT for Canada | Ottawa Public Library | 120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2, Canada
  • THURSDAY, MARCH 30 2017 |ACT for Canada | Montreal (TBD)

Would you like Trevor Loudon to speak at your event?

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03/1/17

Loudon gets between the covers of the Rolling Stone

By: Trevor Loudon | New Zeal

Wow. I made it! Not “on the cover of the “Rolling Stone” like Dr Hook…

But at least between the covers!!!

From Sarah Posner at Rolling Stone, commenting on my recent appearance at CPAC:

The Alt-Right? A left-wing movement. Putin? He’s the one “causing mayhem on the streets of America” by funding anti-Trump “riots,” according to Trevor Loudon, a conspiracy theorist who appeared on a panel moderated by Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who says that “paid protesters” and “subversives” tried to delegitimize Trump at his inauguration. Later, Loudon screens his film America Under Siege: Civil War 2017, which purports to expose the “puppet masters guiding the chaos unfolding on America’s streets,” including a trail that Loudon is confident leads right to Putin. These same forces, whom Loudon says have long followed Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse Tung, “have been organizing protests and riots in the United States from the Vietnam War to Ferguson, Missouri.” Yet some people, Loudon complains on the panel, “have the insolence” to accuse Trump of ties to the Russian president.

At least Sarah got my name right.

02/21/17

Rep. Karen Bass Admits to Communist Party Mentor

By: Trevor Loudon | New Zeal

Los Angeles Congresswoman Karen Bass owes her career to a Communist Party USA mentor.

Rep. Karen Bass, second from left

According to the Congressional Record:

HON. KAREN BASS OF CALIFORNIA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, Monday, January 30, 2017;

Ms. BASS. Mr. Speaker, I would like to honor the life and memory of my friend and mentor, Oneil COneil Marion Cannon]], who passed away on January 20, days before his 100th birthday….

“Oneil was instrumental in supporting my own work as a community organizer early in my life, and without his help my life would have taken a very different path…

I would like to salute Oneil Cannon for his longstanding commitment to serving and uplifting others, and for a century of fighting to make the world a better place.”

Oneil Cannon

The late Oneil Cannon in question was a fixture of the Los Angeles left.

According to the Peoples World:

As a member of the Communist Party, he became the education director in the Southern California District, and a member of the Party’s Southern California and National Central Committees…

Oneil was committed to electing Black and Latino representatives at all levels of government. He helped to elect Augustus Hawkins, Tom Bradley, Ed Roybal, Diane Watson, Maxine Waters, and Karen Bass.

Cannon campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008, and wept with joy along with millions of others when he was elected. He died peacefully, wearing one of his Obama T-shirts.

With decades of communist activity under her belt, Karen Bass would fail an FBI background check to work as a realtor or a school bus driver.

But that’s okay, there are no security checks to serve on any Congressional Committee: not the Armed Services, not Homeland Security, not even the Intelligence Committee.

If American voters understood how bad the infiltration is they would be horrified. There are many, many more like Karen Bass, trashing your Constitution every day.

To really understand how bad the problem is, check out my movie The Enemies Within.

01/29/17

Trevor Loudon in Texas! Speaking and showing ‘The Enemies Within’ this week!

By: Trevor Loudon | New Zeal

New Zealand author and film maker Trevor Loudon will be speaking and showing his documentary, The Enemies Within, around Texas the next week and a half.

Please join us!

  • 1/28/2017: 6:00 PM, Village Parkway Baptist Church, San Antonio, Act for America, San Antonio.
  • 1/30/2017: 11:30 Am (new mini-documentary screening): Austin, Texas State Capitol, Room E2.014, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
  • 1/30/2017: 6:30 PM, Collin College Trustee Boardroom, 3452 Spur 399 McKinney, TX 75069 Allen Area Patriots / Frisco Tea party.
  • 1/31/2017: 6:30 PM, Flower Mound ACT for America, Lewisville, Innovate Flower Mound, 650 Parker Square, Flower Mound, TX
  • 2/1/2017: 6:30 PM, 4512 Sherwood Way, San Angelo, TX 76901
  • 2/2/2017: 6:00 PM, Granbury, Granbury City Council Chambers.  116 W. Bridge Street 76048
  • 2/4/2017: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM: Ft Worth 912 Project, Elk’s Lodge, 3233 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, Texas

01/28/17

Lloyd Doggett: Texas Representative finally comes out of the socialist “closet”

By: Trevor Loudon | New Zeal

Rep. Lloyd Doggett

Lloyd Doggett, a long time Texas congressman from the Austin/San Antonio area, has finally come out of the socialist “closet.”

Dogget has held office as a legislator in the Texas State Senate and served as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court, before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994.

Now after more than 20 years in Congress,  Representative Doggett has finally joined the socialist Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Founded in 1991 by the Marxists of Democratic Socialists of America and their decades-long ally Bernie Sanders, the Progressive Caucus is now 74 members strong and is far and away the most powerful faction in the Democratic Party.

DSA backed Lloyd Doggett before he was even a congressman.

In July 1984, Houston DSA members decided to support that year’s election campaign, by then State Senator Lloyd Doggett.

According to the August 1984 newsletter of the Houston Democratic Socialists of America:

At the July meeting we decided that DSA should provide identifiable DSA campaign workrs to the Lloyd Doggett campaign this Fall.

Sen. Doggett is certainly a candidate we can all support enthusiastically…

If you would like to be a DSA Doggett volunteer, call Bruce Griffiths at….

But Rep. Doggett would never openly support DSA’s congressional front group.

In 2014, DSA front group Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and Senator, Tim Duda, a one time leader of San Antonio Democratic Socialists of America, was assigned as the contact for Rep. Doggett.

Since 2015, DSA’s Austin local has re-formed and is now several hundred members strong. It has huge influence in the Travis County Democratic Party and has forged a strong alliance with Rep. Doggett, partially through its front group, the Austin local of Texas Alliance for Retired Americans.

Doggett with Danny Fetonte, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans and Democratic Socialists of America

Dogget, and Glenn Scott, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, Democratic Socialists of America

According to DSA member Glenn Scott, President of the Austin Chapter of Texas Alliance for Retired Americans:

“Austin Reports a Terrific Medicare Event”, June 2015;

We had a terrific event on Saturday. We have put Austin TARA on the Austin/Central Texas political and advocacy map! Over 147 people attended the event which means we met our goal of 150! In part due to Congressman Doggett’s great reputation, we brought in many new faces. We went well beyond the TARA contact list for this event.

We built stronger ties with labor groups through this event. At least 8 unions or CLC and Building trades council contributed $. One key to turnout was our list of over 30 endorsing organizations. Most of the endorsing organizations sent at least 1 or 2 and some brought as many as 8 to 10. Austin DSA got 10 members there and TSEU brought the most with at least 12 or more. Congressman Doggett’s staff was another factor, – they did a letter to constituents and sent emails and did press for us in addition to our own efforts…

Maybe Rep. Doggett feels that his DSA comrades have more than earned his open support? Maybe after more than 30 years in public office, it’s time for Lloyd Doggett to nail his socialist colors to the mast?