01/9/20

‘White House Reds’: Pre-order Trevor Loudon’s New Book

By: Trevor Loudon | New Zeal

On March 1, 2020, Trevor Loudon is releasing his new book:

White House Reds: Communists, Socialists & Security Risks Running for US President, 2020

Donald Trump, Jr. recently told Fox & Friends that the 2020 election will be about “communism versus freedom.” Trevor Loudon’s new book has the evidence needed to prove that contention.

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01/5/20

Socialists Infiltrate Texas Judiciary

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

The Harris County Courthouse in Houston, Texas, on April 1, 2017. (Patrick Feller via Wikimedia Commons)

American Marxists are seriously targeting judicial positions in key states—Texas among them.

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has already elected some comrades to key positions in the Lone Star State and is targeting several more positions in upcoming races.

The Marxists understand that it’s not always who makes the laws but who interprets the laws that counts. Influencing the legal process in favor of the left is a revolutionary act.

So far Houston DSA has elected two comrades to local judgeships.

DSA member Franklin Bynum won his bid for judge in Houston in November 2018 with an endorsement and electoral support from Houston DSA.

His platform “includes plans to stop jailing those who can’t pay bail, an end to ‘plea mill’ practices that coerce guilty pleas from defendants in exchange for freedom, support for diversion programs to reduce arrest, an end excessive to court appearances, and providing more police oversight in the courtroom,” according to Jacobin magazine.

He believes “capitalism drives the horrors of this [justice] system.”

At the same election DaSean Jones, a self-described “criminal justice reformer,” was elected as a judge for the 180th criminal court in Houston. He’s also a member of the Houston DSA.

On Jan. 31, 2019, Bynum, Jones, and Tarsha Jackson of the Communist Party-influenced Texas Organizing Project participated in a Houston forum “The end of policing: putting abolition into practice” — ”a conversation” with anti-police activist Alex Vitale.

A former Houston DSA member, Vitale is a professor of sociology and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. “He has spent the last 25 years writing about policing and consults both police departments and human rights organizations internationally,” according to People’s World. “He also serves on the New York State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.”

Vitale is a personal friend of Bynum and is active in the “close Rykers Island” and the “End Gang Database” campaigns in New York.

Comrade Vitale has also advised Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign concerning the candidate’s “Justice and Safety for All” proposal—so you can guess how “just” and “safe” these proposals may be.

In November 2019, Vitale gave a similar presentation at the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library in Berkeley, California—sponsored by the Northern California Communist Party,

According to the People’s World account of the event:

“In his recent work, ‘The End of Policing,’ Vitale gives a scathing critique of police reformism and presents realistic alternatives to policing, such as restorative justice and harm reduction programs implemented in various departments around the world. The book attempts to spark a public discourse by telling the racist and anti-labor origins of modern policing as a tool of social control, in which police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice, and public safety.

“Vitale says, ‘The origins and function of the police are intimately tied to the management of inequalities of race and class. The suppression of workers and the tight surveillance and micromanagement of black and brown lives have always been at the center of policing. Any police reform strategy that does not address this reality is doomed to fail.’

“An example is the reformist idea of ‘community policing,’ which focuses on police accountability, diversity, training, and community relations which so far do not produce positive results, either alone or in combination. ‘The problem,’ Vitale says, ‘is not police training, police diversity, or police methods. The problem is the dramatic and unprecedented expansion and intensity of policing in the last 40 years, a fundamental shift in the role of police in society. The problem is policing itself.’”

Imagine a prosecutor trying to bring a case before a judge imbued with this type of judicial philosophy?

Recently, Houston DSA endorsed Audia Jones (wife of DaSean Jones) in her bid for Harris County District Attorney—that’s Houston’s top prosecutor.

According to her campaign website, while working in the Harris County DA’s office, Audia Jones noticed:

“… courts disproportionately filled with the poor, people of color, intellectually disabled, and people suffering with addiction standing accused of non-violent offenses. It became clear that the criminal justice system was sorely broken and was not working for the benefit of our largest and most vulnerable communities.”

Unsurprisingly, Audia Jones has also secured the endorsement of socialist and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors.

A couple of hours away in the state capital Austin, the 1,000-comrade-strong Austin DSA chapter is also endorsing and backing two socialists for high judicial office in Travis County.

According to Austin DSA’s Facebook page:

“Austin DSA is proud to endorse Dominic Selvera for Travis County Attorney and Jose Garza for DA. Our criminal justice system needs to change. People in Travis County deserve real reform, champions who will end mass incarceration and the war on drugs, eliminate wealth-based detention, protect immigrants, fight racism, and restore integrity to the way victims are treated. If Jose and Dominic win, things are going to change. And we will be the ones changing them.”

How would you like to be a property owner or businessperson in Austin with people like this running the legal system?

The DSA’s infiltration of the Texas judicial system has nothing to do with justice in the traditional American sense. This is a quest for revolutionary justice. It’s an attempt to seize the power of the courts to weaken the “capitalist” system and private property rights to pave the way for worker’s revolution.

This is not justice. It’s subversion. The Justice Department should be investigating and countering the DSA’s penetration of the judiciary before it becomes even more entrenched

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

01/5/20

Billionaire Presidential Candidate Tom Steyer Hired Socialist State Director

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer speaks at the National Action Networks Southeast Regional Conference in Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 21, 2019. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer hired a bona fide socialist, Mike Morrill, to run his vital New Hampshire operation.

Low-polling Steyer must do well in New Hampshire to remain a viable candidate. Hiring a radical like Morrill as his state director could be something of a risk in the fairly evenly divided Granite State.

And Morrill is definitely a radical socialist.

Based for decades in rural Berks County, Pennsylvania, Morrill has been involved in left organizing since childhood, working for numerous unions, leftist civic organizations, and political campaigns.

According to a bio on Netroots Nation, “[Morrill] has served as executive director of Keystone Progress, Pennsylvanians United for Quality Care, Pennsylvania’s Campaign for Choice, Pennsylvania Citizen Action and Christian Churches of the Tri-County Area. He has written extensively with numerous articles in publications around the world and has appeared frequently in state and national media as a spokesperson for working families.”

In 2000, Morrill was a leader of the Reading, Pennsylvania, branch of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). In that capacity, Morrill organized a major militant protest against that year’s Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.

According to DSA’s Democratic Left Fall 2000 issue:

“One of the major events of the summer was R2K, a series of demonstrations and other actions during the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. … DSA, particularly the Greater Philadelphia Local, was deeply involved in the organizing of most facets of R2K.

“When the convention was announced last fall, a coalition of groups convened by Mike Morrill, Reading DSA member and executive director of the Pennsylvania Consumer Action Network (PCAN), decided to work together to create one large event, a march and rally, under the banner of UNITY2000.”

The UNITY2000 march brought together 25,000 to 30,000 activists to march against the Republican gathering.

Endorsing organizations included ACT-UP, the Pennsylvania Consumer Action Network, NOW, the Philadelphia NAACP, AFSCME District Council 47, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the International Socialist Organisation, United Students Against Sweatshops, the Green Party, the Communist Party USA, the Industrial Workers of the World, national DSA and Greater Philadelphia DSA.

“Marchers carried placards and banners dealing with globalization, capitalism, the death penalty, the military industrial complex, [defending] Mumia Abu Jamal, the environment, unionizing, the growing divide between rich and poor, and more.

“Street theater portrayed Bush and Gore mud wrestling for corporate dollars under a capitalist pig; ‘Billionaires for Bush (or Gore),’ a street theater group associated with United for a Fair Economy, swaggered down the street in tuxedos and gowns, satirically proclaiming ‘Cut taxes for the rich;’ and ‘Plutocracy, not Democracy!’; and someone wearing a box on his head with life-size photos of George W. on each side begged passersby to ‘Stop me before I kill again.’”

And Morrill put it all together.

In 2002 Morrill was the Green Party USA nominee for Pennsylvania governor, receiving 38,000 votes—1 percent of the total.

Morrill was also suggested by some Socialist Party USA activists as a possible Socialist Party presidential nominee for 2004. However, the nomination did not go ahead as more high-profile socialists threw their hats in the ring.

In 2008, Morrill founded Keystone Progress, one of the largest left-wing activist groups in Pennsylvania. Morrill served as executive director until he left the organization in 2017. Keystone board members included Eileen Connelly, formerly of the far-left U.S. Labor Against the War, and John Meyerson, a former member of the District Committee of the Pennsylvania Communist Party.

Morrill went on to run a small operation with a big-sounding name—Greyroots Action—from his Reading, Pennsylvania, base:

“Greyroots Action is the national network of American Elders fighting for progressive values. Together we are building a network that will fight to stop ageism, racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia.”

In 2018, Greyroots Action endorsed Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in their respective U.S. Senate races, as well as far-left gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum (Florida), Stacey Abrams (Georgia), and Ben Jealous (Maryland).

Morrill then moved South to serve as interim executive director of leftist pressure group Progress South Carolina.

In July 2018, Morrill represented Progress South Carolina at the Progressive Leadership Institute’s State Strategy Forum in Washington. Morrill scored himself a photo op with Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee, two DSA comrades who later won seats as Democrats in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

In May 2019, Morrill ran for Berks County Commissioner in Pennsylvania on a pro-illegal immigrant platform.

According to his campaign bio:

“Mike Morrill is a lifelong union organizer and progressive leader who is running for Berks County Commissioner. He is running on a bold progressive platform and promises to focus on shutting down the Berks County Refugee Family Detention Center – the only county-run ICE detention center in the country.”

Morrill lost the primary against an incumbent by only 32 votes.

Why would a life-long “true believer“ socialist like Morrill work for a billionaire like Tom Steyer rather than for Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren?

What does Morrill know about Steyer that the rest of us don’t?

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

01/5/20

40 Million New Democrat Voters: Will the ‘State Power Caucus’ Destroy America?

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Voting booths are set up at the Yuengling Center on the campus of the University of South Florida as workers prepare to open the doors to early voters in Tampa, Fla, on Oct. 22, 2018. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A shadowy new alliance led by pro-China communists plans to mobilize 40 million new Democratic voters for the 2020 election.

This group, firstly known as the State-based Power Caucus and now simply the State Power Caucus, has the ability to mobilize thousands of volunteers and paid staff in New York, California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Mississippi, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, and Texas.

The State Power Caucus has already had a major political impact in Virginia, Florida, Kentucky, Texas, California, and several other states. This alliance could decide the 2020 election—yet it’s operating almost completely “under the radar.”

In July 2017, 20 state-based organizations from 13 states united to form the State-Based Power Caucus. The organization has no website and has generated very little publicity. We don’t even know its full roster of member organizations or the identities of most of its leaders.

What we do know is that most of its identified leaders come from “orbit” of Liberation Road—the United States’ main pro-China communist party. We also know that at least 22 major organizations in at least 15 states have now joined the caucus.

Leaders

Most known leaders of the State Power Caucus have some connection to Liberation Road. Known until recently as the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Liberation Road is descended from radical Maoist groups from the 1960s and ‘70s. While no longer exclusively Maoist in outlook, Liberation Road maintains ties to China, Cuba, and other communist nations and movements.

Identified leaders of the State Power Caucus include:

Jon Liss—co-chair of the New Virginia Majority, national chair of State Power Caucus. Long-time member of Liberation Road.

Andrea Mercado—co-chair of The New Florida Majority, leadership team State Power Caucus.

Bob Wing—organizing committee State Power Caucus. Former member of Maoist grouping Line of March. A long-time Liberation Road affiliate.

Anthony Thigpenn—founder and president of California Calls and leadership team member of the State Power Caucus.

Claire Tran—State Power Caucus staff. Long-time Liberation Road member.

Member Organizations

Most of the State Power Caucus affiliates are led by Liberation Road cadre or supporters. Some of the organizations are former affiliates of ACORN, the discredited “community organizing” organization exposed by Project Veritas, Glenn Beck, and others.

Confirmed organizations affiliated to the State Power Caucus include:

California Calls is a California-wide alliance with includes the renamed ACORN affiliate Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, several Liberation Road influenced organizations including Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Community Coalition, Strategic Concepts in Organizing Policy Education, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, Oakland Rising, San Francisco Rising Alliance plus California Federation of Teachers, Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement, Dolores Huerta Foundation, and several others. These groups have signed up hundreds of thousands of mainly “minority” voters to turn California into one the most heavily Democratic states in the country.

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth claims 7,500 members across the state and played a role in the recent defeat of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. One of Democratic Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s first actions was to restore voting rights to 100,000 Kentucky felons—a move lobbied for by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. One of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth’s key leaders, Meta Mendel-Reyes, was involved with the pro-China League of Revolutionary Struggle in the 1980s and has served on the board of the Liberation Road-led Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee.

New Virginia Majority can claim credit more than any other organization for turning reliably Republican Virginia into a Democratic state. In 10 years of solid organizing New Virginia Majority claims to have signed up more than 200,000 Democratic-leaning “minority” voters. The group also worked closely with former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to re-instate voting rights to more than 200,000 disenfranchised felons.

The New Florida Majority, like its Virginia cousin, is a front for Liberation Road. The New Florida Majority has signed up tens of thousands of “minority” voters for the Democratic Party and has helped elect several state-level politicians in Southern Florida. In 2018, the organization also worked with Organize Florida (formerly Florida ACORN) to pass a referendum re-enfranchising 1.4 million felons for the 2020 election. The New Florida Majority almost succeeded in electing the leftist Mayor of Tallahassee to the Florida Governor’s Mansion in 2018.

Washington Community Action Network is the state chapter of USAction. The group claims that in May 2019, Gov. Jay Inslee signed “their” Eviction Reform Bill into law. Washington Community Action Network executive director Mary Le Nguyen was a 2017 alumna of the Liberation Road-affiliated Rockwood Leadership Institute, an Oakland, California-based school for “community organizers.”

The Plan

It’s no secret that the communist rulers of China would love to see President Donald Trump defeated in 2020.

Therefore, it’s not surprising that Beijing’s American franchise has a plan to do just that.

According to State Power Caucus leader Jon Liss writing in Organizing Upgrade:

“Inspired by the disaster of Trump and Trumpism two years out most organizers are engaged in barroom or coffee shop speculation about the 2020 election. …

“All of it is idle speculation unless ‘we’ collectively organize tens of millions of the 108 million eligible voters who didn’t vote in 2016. That’s right, one hundred and eight million eligible voters chose not to register or to vote in 2016. The non-voting block is disproportionately young, poor and people of color.”

So how does Liberation Road plan to harvest these millions of potential Democrat voters? They claim credit for nearly 4 million new voters in 2016—but the target is way higher for 2020.

“Over the last twenty-five years, state power organizations have grown to fill the political space created by the decline of Democratic Party local organization, the breakup and collapse of ACORN, and low levels of voter turnout. …

“These organizations have deep strategic knowledge and practice in their particular states. Starting in the summer of 2017 many leading state-power organizations have come together as a caucus to support peer-to-peer learning and incubate innovate organizing practices. …

“The State Power Caucus has worked to first analyze the collective reach of the national networks who engage in electoral and civic engagement work. …

“We’ve also begun to assess the collective impact of state-based organizations. Looking at 2016, our rough estimate is that at most 4 million people were contacted and encouraged to vote. This is our high-water estimate. The actual number who actually voted is probably much lower still.

“Now, recall the 108 million people who were eligible but not voting? They are largely our ‘core’ constituency, or in other terms, they are our unorganized social base. This 108 million when compared to the voting electorate is more Black, more immigrant, more working class and poor.

“If we initially target just half of the 108 million, and we acknowledge that some in that half are going to disagree with our values and politics, some aren’t going to vote no matter what, and some are in geographies that we just can’t reach, we believe our real voter mobilization target number is 40 million, and we’ve agreed as a caucus to that number as our target. That’s our natural consistency.

“These are the voters or potential voters who put AOC and Ilhan Omar into Congress. They are our friends and family, and they are the everyday members and supporters of our organizations that fight for racial justice at the state and local level.”

The State Power Caucus believes that 40 million new anti-Trump voters is both realistic and achievable.

“The State Power Caucus is committed to working more effectively, efficiently and collaboratively with national social justice networks. Together, we look to take a big leap forward and move from mobilizing 4 million and organizing many less to mobilizing and organizing many times more.

“The long game to defeat white nationalism and move past neo-liberal corporatism is by building a bottom up movement of 40 million people.

“At a minimum that is a movement where people vote consistently and consciously. Where people share our values for racial, gender and social justice and where people believe they have the capacity to rule.”

Does the Republican Party even understand what’s coming? While President Trump is confronting China on trade and challenging China’s military in the Pacific, his voter base is being undermined by pro-China communists in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Arizona. If Liberation Road can flip only two or three states in the South, a China-appeasing Democrat takes the White House in 2020.

Permanent Socialism

The United States stands one election away from permanent socialism—otherwise known as “communism.” If the Democrats win in 2020 they will use the organs of the state to destroy their enemies. They will flood the country with immigrants, legal and illegal, and they will swamp the conservative voting base. They will consolidate their power just like they did in Cuba and Venezuela, and a free America will be over forever.

And all this could happen because a few hundred pro-China communists, with mountains of money from the Democracy Alliance, unions, and tax-free foundations are allowed to out-organize Trump and the Republicans in the South.

It’s perfectly legal to sign up “minority” voters for the Democratic Party. It’s not legal to do that to the advantage of a hostile foreign power.

The State Power Caucus and their constituent groups should become the number one priority for federal and state investigative bodies.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

01/2/20

Hard Core Radicals Take Key Sanders Campaign Spots

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) listens to a question as he speaks at the NALEO Candidate Forum in Miami, Fla., on June 21, 2019. (Joe Skipper/Getty Images)

The Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign team is filling key spots with battle-hardened socialist organizers. These campaign hires re-affirm Sanders’ commitment to a grassroots campaign rather than the traditional Democratic route of big donors and multi-million-dollar ad buys.

These new “Sandernistas” have socialist street-cred and strong movement connections—including to enemies of the Constitution: foreign and domestic.

Winnie Wong and Claire Sandberg are campaign senior adviser and national organizing director, respectively. Both are veterans of the 2011 “Occupy” movement and Sanders 2016 campaign.

A “veteran anarcho-syndicalist,” Wong joined the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) in mid-2017. Before Sanders ran in 2016, Wong was part of the “draft Elizabeth Warren” movement. She was active in “Ready for Warren” and “Artists for Warren,” but when Warren declined to run, she became a New York leader of “People for Bernie.”

In 2018, Sandberg was deputy campaign manager for Abdul El-Sayed, a DSA ally and far-left Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for governor of Michigan.

In June 2017, Wong and Sandberg were in Norway to build bridges between the Sanders organization and the “Red Party”—formerly known as the Workers’ Communist Party. The Red Party is rooted in 1970’s Maoism and Pol Pot hero worship but is now largely an electoral group that models itself on the Bernie Sanders movement.

In September 2018, Wong and Sandberg were in Berlin as guests of Die Linke, a re-incarnation of the Socialist Unity Party—more commonly known as the East German Communist Party.

Somewhat embarrassed about their Stalinist past, the Berlin Wall, barbed wire, guard dogs, Stasi informants, labor camps, and the like, Die Linke now claims to be a “democratic socialist” party and is all in for Bernie Sanders. Some members of Die Linke have, however, been under German security service surveillance, and continue to support Russia—including Putin’s annexation of parts of Ukraine.

Becca Rast and Nick Martin are Sanders campaign national field director and deputy national field director, respectively. Both are also “Occupy” movement veterans and hail from the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area, where both have been active in leftist politics since the early 2000s.

Rast co-founded “Lancaster Stands Up,” a group affiliated with Sanders’ Our Revolution and Liberation Road, the United States’ main pro-China communist group. Rast also managed Democrat Jess King’s unsuccessful 2018 congressional campaign against Republican Rep. Lloyd Smucker. She was also a top organizer for 350.org in the campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota.

At high school in Lancaster in the mid-2000s, Rast and Martin founded a local branch of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Modeled on the 1970s Maoist-leaning anti-Vietnam War organization, the new SDS was largely a front for the Freedom Road Socialist Organization—part of which is now Liberation Road.

According to The Intercept, after years of “social justice” work, including organizing against mountaintop removal in West Virginia, Martin returned to Pennsylvania to become a leading organizer with Lancaster Against Pipelines. He then started as the regional field director for the local Sanders campaign and also served under Rast in the Jess King for Congress campaign.

Melissa Byrne, also an ex-“Occupy” activist, is now California grassroots director for Bernie Sanders 2020. Byrne is a leader of the movement to abolish student loans. She helped Sanders win the New Hampshire Democratic primary in 2016 as his digital director and then served as MoveOn’s state director the same year when Hillary Clinton and Sen. Maggie Hassan both won by less than 1,000 votes. Byrne ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic National Committee vice-chair in 2016.

Tomas Kennedy is an Argentine immigrant who now serves as national events program organizer for the Sanders campaign.

Kennedy was, until recently, co-chair of Miami DSA and a chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party Progressive Caucus.

He has also been a deputy political director of Florida Immigrant Coalition Votes and a former “community organizer” at The New Florida Majority—a Liberation Road-connected group that recently endorsed Elizabeth Warren for president.

Kennedy was also a leader of the 2018 Andrew Gillum for Governor campaign.

New Democratic Party

A new generation of young socialists who cut their teeth in the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 2016 Sanders presidential campaign are now on the verge of becoming the dominant force in the Democratic Party.

Sanders, in a surprise to many, including me, has laid the groundwork for a new hard-left Democratic Party. It’s very similar to what the DSA-friendly “Momentum” faction did to make far-leftist Jeremy Corbyn the leader of the British Labour Party.

The DSA, Communist Party USA, and Our Revolution, and some elements of Liberation Road are backing Sanders.

Some Liberation Road front groups and the Working Families Party have thrown in with Warren. If Warren continues to sink, much of her support will likely flip to Sanders. Unless former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick breaks out to claim the Obama mantle that should have gone to Kamala Harris or Cory Booker, it will likely come down to Bernie versus Biden.

Given Sanders’ superior organizational base and more consistent messaging, Biden would then be in deep trouble.

If the Republican Senate doesn’t betray President Donald Trump with a vote to impeach, he will go on to beat Sanders as badly as Boris Johnson beat Jeremy Corbyn.

If it comes down to President Pence with no Trump base versus candidate Sanders with an energized communist base, the whole country will be in for grief.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

01/2/20

Why Communists and Socialists Are Electing District Attorneys Across the Nation

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner speaks to a reporter at the election party of public defender Tiffany Caban running in the Queens District Attorney Democratic Primary election, in the Queens borough of New York City, on June 25, 2019. (Scott Heins/Getty Images)

Far-left district attorneys have been elected to several major jurisdictions across the United States.

In a recent interview with New York magazine, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani blamed leftist billionaire George Soros, saying: “He’s elected eight anarchist DAs in the United States.”

It’s likely that Soros and his friends in the ultra-secretive Democracy Alliance have helped finance at least some of these races. However, these victories could not have been achieved without on-the-ground support from the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and their pro-China communist friends from Liberation Road and LeftRoots.

The hard left is electing socialist DAs for several reasons—all revolutionary.

Respect for the rule of law is essential to the functioning of a free constitutional republic such as the United States of America. Socialist DAs, rightly or wrongly, claim a lot of discretion over which laws they enforce and which they don’t.

By not enforcing laws against vagrancy, street prostitution, public drug use, shoplifting, and petty vandalism, more serious crime soon becomes endemic. By heavily penalizing businesses and landlords for even the smallest failure, good businesses are forced out or are closed down. Soon poverty and homelessness increases, and police forces become demoralized and corrupt.

Discontent becomes the order of the day: “See the capitalist system is failing you,” the left says.

Lawlessness makes misery, and misery makes revolution.

Marxists also believe that crime is not the fault of the individual but is the result of the oppressive class structure of the “capitalist” system. Therefore, it’s illogical and unjust to penalize people for committing crimes that society is actually responsible for.

The police and the courts are not there to protect and serve the people. They’re there to protect “capitalism” and private property. And, as any good Marxist will tell you, “private property is theft.”

Therefore, a revolutionary DA sees it as a duty to reduce or eliminate penalties for property crime and to hamstring the police as much as possible to prevent them from oppressing the “people” on behalf of the “ruling classes.”

Larry Krasner

According to DSA-linked Jacobin magazine, “In Philadelphia, Larry Krasner, a self-described ‘completely unelectable’ defense attorney with a history of suing the city’s police department and representing Black Lives Matter and Occupy activists pro bono, became the city’s top prosecutor” in 2017.

Krasner ran on a radical platform: “With a campaign spearheaded by former Bernie Sanders volunteers and pledges to end to [sic] cash bail, the death penalty, and mass incarceration, he won by a three-to-one ratio, thanks largely to the votes of the city’s communities of color.”

The “former Bernie Sanders supporters” were in fact mainly DSA activists. Philadelphia DSA endorsed Krasner and threw hundreds of comrades into Krasner’s race.

DSA comrade Zach Campbell was Larry Krasner’s field director for the Working Families Party. DSAer Amanda McIllmurray was the lead organizer for the Reclaim Philadelphia contingent backing Krasner. DSA comrade James Cersonsky led the Philadelphia Student Power Network for the Krasner campaign.

Liberation Road backed Krasner through their 215 People’s Alliance. Old Maoists such as Ron Whitehorne and younger LeftRoots radicals such as Bryan Mercer were all out pounding the pavement for Krasner.

Public defender Tiffany Caban, then a candidate for Queens District Attorney, speaks with supporters in Jackson Heights, Queens hours before polls closed for the borough’s Democratic primary election, in the Queens borough of New York City, on June 25, 2019. (Scott Heins/Getty Images)

Tiffany Cabán

In 2019, directly inspired by Krasner, a virtually unknown public defender, Tiffany Cabán, ran for DA in Queens, New York. Cabán built a grassroots campaign that brought in community organizations, such as Liberation Road-aligned Make The Road New York, plus the Working Families Party, Citizen Action, and the DSA.

New York DSA member Oren Schweitzer revealed the extent of DSA involvement in the Caban campaign in The Call.

“Cabán is a career public defender and DSA member who is running a racial justice campaign with a clear class-struggle message. Her campaign is focused on ending the use of cash bail, declining to prosecute a plethora of crimes of poverty such as jumping turnstiles, ending the war on drugs and sex workers, and demilitarizing the police. Moreover, Cabán has promised to use the Queens County District Attorney’s office to prosecute abusive landlords and despotic ICE agents, set up participatory budgeting for the district attorney’s office, and launch a wage theft unit to take on hyper-exploitative bosses.

“DSA-sponsored events accounted for thousands of the signatures needed to get Cabán on the ballot, and DSA members also contributed significantly to non-DSA petitioning events. And just recently, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Cabán, throwing the campaign onto the national stage.”

Schweitzer also makes it clear that the DSA sees “criminal justice reform” as a critical component of socialist revolution.

“Criminal justice reform, and ultimately destroying the existing prison system, is central to any socialist program—especially because of the role that incarceration plays in racial oppression. Black and Latinx people make up 56% of those in prison and jail despite comprising only 28% of the total US population. People of color are also disproportionately victims of police violence and murder, and ICE routinely terrorizes immigrant communities of color.

“Ultimately, as socialists, we fight for the elimination of police and prisons in their current form. In the current moment, that means organizing explicitly toward ending mass incarceration and demilitarizing the police in order to build greater consciousness about the need for even more radical reforms. Tiffany Cabán’s campaign is so powerful because it builds off the example being set in Philadelphia by Larry Krasner and pushes precisely these immediate reforms forward. …

“That message was front and center at the first canvass I attended for Cabán. The DSA members leading the training advocated that at the door, we explicitly point out the ludicrousness of charging people for jumping turnstiles while landlords throughout Queens get away with illegally denying their tenants heat during the winter. The canvass was an excellent reminder of how DSA members, by working alongside other activists and speaking to thousands of people, can explicitly connect class-conflict politics with the fight for criminal justice.”

In the end, while Cabán was ahead on the night of the June primary, she narrowly lost to a slightly more moderate Democrat when the final votes were tallied.

The shopkeepers and upstanding citizens of Queens must have breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Chesa Boudin

Schweitzer explicitly connected the recent election of Chesa Boudin to San Francisco DA to the Cabán race:

“New York is by no means the only city in dire need of radical criminal justice reform. And Tiffany Cabán is by no means the only progressive running for District Attorney. Chesa Boudin, a proud socialist, is running for San Francisco District Attorney on a platform similar to Cabán’s.”

When Boudin narrowly won, DSA’s Eric Wimer and presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) both offered congratulations.

Wrote comrade Wimer on Facebook:

“A lot of DSA members worked hard for this campaign, Tiffany Caban among them (a consolation for her loss is that she helped Boudin win), and for Dean Preston for Supervisor, which we endorsed. Happy that the late ballots pulled them over the top!!”

Wrote comrade Sanders on Facebook:

“Now is the moment to fundamentally transform our racist and broken criminal justice system by ending mass incarceration, the failed war on drugs and the criminalization of poverty. Congratulations Chesa Boudin for San Francisco District Attorney on your historic victory!”

Chesa Boudin is the son of Kathie Boudin and David Gilbert, former Weather Underground terrorist leaders who were jailed in connection with an attempted robbery of a Brink’s armored car in 1981 that resulted in the death of two police officers and a guard. Chesa was raised in Chicago by Weather Underground leaders and long-time Obama friends Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

Chesa Boudin’s maternal grandfather was New York communist attorney Leonard Boudin.

Chesa Boudin will likely be the most radical DA in a very long line of leftist San Francisco DAs—including youthful communist sympathizer Terence Hallinan and his successor “red diaper baby” Kamala Harris.

The crime and filth infested streets of San Francisco are not likely to improve much with Chesa Boudin running the prosecutor’s office.

More and more businesses and affluent taxpayers will likely leave San Francisco over the next few years. Once the greatest tourist city on the West Coast, it’s sinking into crime, misery, and disease.

And misery is just what the revolutionaries are aiming for.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

12/23/19

American ‘Red’ Attacks Trump at International Communist Youth Conference

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

A view of Nicosia, Cyprus, in February 2008. The city hosted the 20th Conference of the World Federation of Democratic Youth during the first week of December 2019. TomasNY via Wikimedia Commons

Ohio Communist Party leader Maicol Lynch attacked President Trump and pledged allegiance to the international communist movement at the recent 20th Conference of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Lynch affirmed the American communist’s place in the world revolutionary movement and outlined some of the recent activities of the Communist Party USA and the Young Communist League.

According to Lynch’s contribution to the Communist Party USA website:

“The Young Communists of the United States of America salute you in this time of revolutionary change and resistance! This particular gathering of the 20th general assembly of the World Federation of Democratic Youth in Cyprus is taking place precisely at a time that the youth of the United States of America, like in many other parts of the capitalist world, are facing a crisis. American capitalism has been intensified over the past three years as a result of the neo-fascist, anti-immigrant, anti-labor, and anti-people policies of the Trump administration.

“For the past three years, our organization has stood firm against the policies of Trump and worked alongside young workers and students in the resistance who are growing more and more frustrated with the political situation and are looking for revolutionary alternatives.

“In the midst of this year’s strike wave led by teacher and autoworker unions, our organization joined the picket lines and offered solidarity and support. …

“Our organization rallied with the masses of young workers and students for the international Youth Climate Strike in which we condemned global capitalism’s neglect to put people and planet before corporate profits.”

According to Lynch, the Young Communist League is using Democrat impeachment hearings against Trump to further ramp up propaganda against the president:

“The U.S. has entered a new political moment. The fight against the Trump administration is now centered on the impeachment hearings. Young Communists are working for what we call a ‘workers’/people’s and youth impeachment.’ On campuses and in workplaces all over the country, young people are taking a stand against Trump by holding up banners at football games, stopping traffic, kneeling during the National Anthem, and so forth.”

Lynch, like most American communists, is a Democratic Party supporter. Speaking to his international comrades, he emphasized the importance of the Democratic Party’s seemingly permanent shift to the far left and its role in radicalizing more American youth—all with an admirable flexibility with the truth:

“Inspired by Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, our country’s youth flocked to the polls a year ago to back candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib: women of color who pose a threat to Trump’s racist, anti-labor domestic policies and his imperialistic foreign policy to the point where they themselves, progressive Democrats, were red-baited this past July by being called ‘communists’ and were later met with threats of deportation by Trump himself.

“Progressive candidacies like these have motivated U.S. youth to search for more revolutionary and socialist alternatives to capitalism on the Left, which often brings them to the ranks of our organization. It is estimated by recent polls that as much as 40% or more of the U.S. millennial population believe that some form of socialism is better than the system we have right now. This number grows each day as youth realize that we need more than a temporary bandage on our problems both domestically and internationally. The march to the ballot box began last year, which resulted in the biggest defeat of the GOP in recent U.S. history, and is continuing.”

Founded in 1945, WFDY was for many years run as the Soviet Union’s main international youth front organization. After several lean years after the “collapse” of the Soviet Union, WFDY is on the rebound.

Today, WFDY gathers young communists from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, Vietnam, Japan, Nepal, India, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Greece, France, Great Britain, Angola, South Africa,  Namibia, Australia, the Philippines, and many other countries to coordinate revolutionary activities world-wide.

Every three or four years, WFDY convenes a World Festival of Youth and Students. The last gathering was held in October 2017 in Sochi, Russia, and attracted more than 30,000 young communists from all over the world to mark the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Attendees included more than 50 Americans from the Young Socialists, Communist Party USA/Young Communist League, and Students and Youth for a New America. Russian President Vladimir Putin personally intervened to secure the Sochi venue and went on to keynote the event.

WFDY was one of the first organizations granted general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and also enjoys operational relations with UNESCO.

Lynch rounded off his speech to the WFDY comrades with a rousing call to arms:

“Our organization will continue to seek the broadest unity possible to take down Trump, the extreme right, and all the other reactionary neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan-like forces that fuel their fires of hatred and division. We will continue to combat Trump’s imperialist policies against Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, and others.

“We will fight within the belly of the beast and never abandon our international comrades in their struggles, which are our struggles as well. We have a long road ahead of us, but we shall overcome! Long live socialism, long live international solidarity, and long live WFDY!”

Is Lynch advocating giving “aid and comfort” to enemies of the United States? Surely not—that’s illegal. Shame on me.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

12/17/19

Flipping Florida: How Pro-China Communists Plan to Turn the Sunshine State Blue in 2020

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Trays of election ballots are seen at the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Election Warehouse in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Nov. 15, 2018. Michele Eve Sandberg/AFP via Getty Images

America’s main pro-China communist party Liberation Road is working overtime to win Florida for the Democratic Party in the 2020 presidential election.

With 29 Electoral College votes—behind only California and Texas and tied with New York—Florida may well decide the 2020 election. California and New York are deeply blue states and Texas is moderately red, so purplish Florida will be heavily targeted as the most significant “swing state” in the nation.

Liberation Road Maoists finally turned Virginia blue in 2020. They’re now using similar tactics to flip Florida.

Liberation Road (until April this year known as Freedom Road Socialist Organization or FRSO) flipped Virginia by signing up at least 300,000 new minority voters over the last several years and working with then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe to restore voting rights for an estimated 200,000 former felons.

Working through the New Florida Majority and allied organizations FRSO/Liberation Road has signed up hundreds of thousands of new minority voters in Florida and helped pass a referendum giving 1.4 million “Sunshine State” former felons the right to vote.

They also helped to raise the Democratic vote for their friend Andrew Gillum in the 2018 governor’s race. Gillum only lost because Donald Trump endorsed Republican Ron DeSantis who called Gillum out for the socialist he undoubtedly is. Given that Gillum is now working with the Florida left to sign up another million minority Democratic voters, it’s entirely possible that China’s American franchise Liberation Road may well decide who wins the 2020 election.

FRSO Infiltrates Florida

FRSO has been active in Southern Florida since at least 1999 when the Miami Workers Center was founded by FRSO affiliates Gihan Perera and Tony Romano.

Though never FRSO’s strongest section, the Miami branch has been reinforced in recent years with comrades from North Carolina, California, and the Northeast.

Perera founded Miami-based The New Florida Majority circa 2009 (as Florida New Majority). He would staff his new organization with Maoist comrades, including political director Badili Jones—one of the very few open FRSO members.

Perera trained in 2005 at the FRSO-connected and Oakland California-based “community organizer” school Rockwood Leadership Institute. The New Florida Majority’s current executive director Andrea Mercado trained at Rockwood in 2013. Andrew Gillum served his time there in 2012.

In 2007, Perera (who now runs programs for the Ford Foundation) and John Liss of New Virginia Majority, established a nationwide umbrella group for FRSO-affiliated community groups called the Right to the City Alliance.

Moving Florida Left

The New Florida Majority immediately set out to harness the power of minority voters to move Florida left.

From the allied Florida Immigrant Coalition website:

“Through street-level organizing, The New Florida Majority is overcoming the dark days of racism and divisiveness in the Sunshine State to bring the new light of fairness and equity to all residents.

“In 2012, The New Florida Majority’s mobilization efforts resulted in the election of ten new progressive Federal and State legislators in Florida. Through our Breakthrough campaign, we reached more than 250,000 voters across the state, 76% of which turned out on election day.

“This year, The New Florida Majority organizers are mobilizing leaders to significantly expand democratic rights for communities that have been historically marginalized, excluded, and silenced. The key components of the campaign are voting rights, immigration reform, fighting mass incarceration, and standing up for women and our young people.”

Victories included Orlando area congressman Darren Soto and Miami area State Sen. Dwight Bullard—who now serves as the New Florida Majority’s political director.

In recent years, the New Florida Majority has chalked up victory after victory—local and state-wide. All apparently under the nose of the Florida Republican Party.

According to the group’s website the ”Majority” can claim credit for:

“• 31,000 new voter registrations in low-income black & brown neighborhoods, with 32,277 voters contacted, in 2017 alone.

• Helped to win $15/hr living wage legislation in the City of Miami.

• Citizen-lobbying effort led to creation of low-income community representative on the City of Miami Sea Level Rise Committee.

• Led effort to collect 127,000 petitions to get campaign finance reform on 2018 ballot.

• Won lawsuit to extend voter registration period after Hurricane Matthew, which enabled 108,000 additional people to register during this election cycle.

• Field programs helped to win important down-ballot races including Opa Locka City Commissioner Matthew Pigatt, State Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez, State Representative Robert Ascencio.”

Socialist SWAG

But by far the New Florida Majority’s most important campaigns to date were the almost successful Gillum campaign and the concurrent push to pass Amendment 4—which gave most convicted felons the right to vote.

“In 2018, New Florida Majority made history with the passage of Amendment 4, which restored voting rights to over 1.4 million Floridians with felony convictions. Our work, along with the work of so many other groups who fought so hard for that win, continues today as the state legislature attempts to roll back our hard-won victory.”

Both campaigns saw the New Florida Majority deepen its ties with several allied organizations across the state through a new umbrella organization the Statewide Alliance Group (SWAG).

The new alliance included:

• The New Florida Majority
• Dream Defenders—a black-led pro-Palestine group closely affiliated to Liberation Road.
• Organize Florida—led by Stephanie Porta, former leader of Florida ACORN.
• Florida Immigrant Coalition—led by Maria Rodriguez, a 2009 Rockwood Leadership Institute alumni and close affiliate of Liberation Road.
• SEIU—heavily penetrated by Liberation Road and other communist groups.
• Faith in Florida—part of Faith in Action, formerly known as the PICO National Network, which is closely affiliated to some Liberation Road supporters.
• Central Florida Jobs with Justice—led by Denise Diaz, who is closely affiliated to Liberation Road and the Communist Party USA.

Defending Gillum

SWAG’s first job was to defend Gillum from his Republican opponent DeSantis’ well-justified and very effective “red-baiting.”

Liberation Road calls the conservative, Christian, Republican-leaning South the “New Confederacy”—and Gillum was supposed to help the Maoists defeat the New “Confederates” in Florida.

JoHanna Thompson, a Miami-based FRSO comrade, wrote a facetiously entitled article on the group’s website “Don’t Let the Socialists Take Over Florida!

“Gillum seemed like someone who comrades could work with in office.

“Falling in line with the New Confederacy, DeSantis was less concerned with changing liberal minds than attacking liberal ideologies, making inaccurate associations of his opponent, and getting conservative voters to the polls.

“One door hanger asked the question, ‘Does this sound familiar?’ It depicted a picture of a street mural, by a local artist, of Andrew Gillum. Underneath the picture were the words, ‘Andrew Gillum: Another Big Government, Socialist Dictator’ followed by three more street murals of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chavez. It boldly proclaimed, ‘Don’t let the socialists take over Florida! Republicans must vote, there’s too much at stake.’

“On one hand, the door hanger was laughable, while on the other, it spoke to the intentional decision of grassroots organizations and a union to work collectively as Statewide Alliance Group …”

The attacks on Gillum worked. Although SWAG lifted the Democratic Party vote by a staggering 40 percent over the 2014 elections, DeSantis so boldly called out Gillum’s socialism that the Republican vote rose even more. Florida was saved from a socialist governor by razor thin 33,000 votes.

Anti-communism works.

FRSO did better with Amendment 4, however, which passed 64 percent to 34 percent.

Thompson explained how the Florida left came together to pass Amendment 4:

“The Dream Defenders (DD) took a deep dive in community to create an ideology reminiscent of the Black Panther Party Ten Point Program with seven freedoms. DD launched the #freedompapers, claiming #thisistheyear, focusing on building with community to target private prison corporations, like GEO Group, and transform the Florida political landscape.

“Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) along with Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and United We Dream focused on immigrant rights and abolishing ICE. The New Florida Majority (NFM), SEIU, Faith in Florida, Jobs with Justice, and the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) Electoral Justice Project appealed to their vast membership bases.

“In addition, the Miami Workers Center (MWC) centered the Movement for Black Women and Girls with Soul Sista’s. Power U Center for Social Change continues to inform youth. Community Justice Project (CJP) supported Poetry for the People’s, Maroon Poetry Festival, which amplified the Black Arts Movement and use of art in activism.

“The age old social justice organizations such as NAACP, ACLU, Faith in Florida, PACT, and the likes, also joined the effort to get Amendment 4 passed. All used the same messaging in their conversations which advocated for a Yes Vote on Amendment 4. The strategy was to restore the rights of over 1.4 million voters as freedom voters.

“It was a brilliant, coordinated strategy in alignment and consistent communication that is beginning to consolidate a united front against the New Confederacy in Florida.”

Can Florida Be Saved From Socialism?

Most Florida voters who supported Amendment 4 thought they were simply being kind to people who had paid their debt to society. Many of the Amendment 4  “Yes” voters also voted against socialism and for Ron DeSantis. They had no real idea of who was behind the ballot initiative or why.

FRSO Maoists and their allies basically fooled several million compassionate Floridians into voting for their own destruction. It was never about restoring rights to the formerly incarcerated. It was all about several hundred thousand new potential Democratic voters.

Old-line Maoists believed that all power sprang “from the barrel of a gun.” Modern Liberation Road Maoists know that such crude tactics won’t work in the United States. They believe that total power can be better achieved by mobilizing minority voters to give a hard-left Democratic Party an unbeatable majority. Different tactics—same eventual result.

Liberation Road/The New Virginia Majority used Democratic-leaning ex-felons to turn “The Old Dominion” blue. You can bet that Liberation Road/The New Florida Majority is out there right now registering Florida’s ex-felons for the same purpose.

President Donald Trump would be well advised to hold several large rallies in Florida next year. His Sunshine State base loves him like a chocolate. If he’s there for them, they will turn out for him.

Donald Trump, Jr. recently told Fox and Friends that the 2020 election would be “communism versus freedom.” Florida will prove him correct.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

12/17/19

Bay Area Pro-China Communists Aim to Flip Arizona ‘Protect’ Nevada in 2020

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Arizona voters wait in line to cast their ballot at a polling place during the midterm elections in Phoenix, AZ, on Nov. 6, 2018. Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Fresh off winning Virginia for the Democratic Party, helping to elect a Democratic governor in Kentucky, and winning a city council seat in Philadelphia, pro-China communists from the Liberation Road group are turning their attention to Arizona and Nevada.

Liberation Road is marshaling all its resources to defeat President Donald Trump. Turning Republican-leaning Arizona blue and holding swing state Nevada for the Democrats would go a long way to achieving that goal and permanently altering the “balance of power” in the United States.

Liberation Road is the main representative of the American Maoist movement. Formed as Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) in 1985, Liberation Road joined the remnants of several Maoist groups—the Proletarian Unity League, Revolutionary Workers Headquarters, Bay Area Revolutionary Union, Robeson-Cabral Collective, League of Revolutionary Struggle, Communist Workers Party, Line of March, and others—into one unified organization.

Confusingly, in 1999, more traditional Maoist FRSO comrades in Illinois and Minnesota broke away to form a new organization also called Freedom Road Socialist Organization. The majority FRSO faction oriented more to electoral work and racial politics—through movements like Black Lives Matter and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ).

In April, the majority FRSO re-named itself Liberation Road—partly to differentiate themselves from their former comrades and partly to make it easier to work with the Democratic Party.

Arizona is a must-win state for Trump in 2020. Once reliably Republican, socialists have exploited Arizona’s growing Latino minorities to move the state toward the left. Communist Party-backed Democrat Kyrsten Sinema narrowly won her U.S. Senate race in 2018, and incumbent Republican Sen. Martha McSally faces a strong challenge from Democrat Mark Kelly—a former astronaut.

Nevada would be a solidly Republican state if it wasn’t for Clark County—Las Vegas. With a huge population of Latino and Asian service workers, leftist groups such as the Maoist-rooted Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) have signed up thousands of new Democratic voters to dominate statewide politics.

Liberation Road has had a lock on San Francisco Bay politics for many years. Almost every leading San Francisco and Oakland politician owes something to Liberation Road or its affiliated groups such as Bay Resistance, Bay Rising, San Francisco Rising Alliance, Oakland Rising, or the Chinese Progressive Association.

Consequently, Liberation Road is able to devote resources and personnel to nearby states such as Arizona and Nevada.

Seed the Vote

Bay Area Liberation Road and its satellite organization LeftRoots have established a political action committee, or PAC, to carry out electoral work both in state and out of state.

Everyday People PAC is a “social justice organization committed to mobilizing our communities to elect candidates that share our values,” its website states.

A subsidiary group “Seed the Vote” is a “project of Everyday People PAC, and it is supported by Bay Resistance, Bay Rising Action, San Francisco Rising Action Fund, and other organizations and individuals throughout the Bay Area committed to building political power in our communities.”

According to the Seed the Vote website, Seed the Vote is supported by Liberation Road cadre Sarah Jarmon and Michelle Foy and LeftRoots members Emily Lee of San Francisco Rising Alliance and Adam Gold of the Center for Popular Democracy Action.

Other supporters include Kimi Lee of Bay Rising Action, Lara Kiswani of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Jill Shenker of San Francisco Rising Action Fund, Rose Mendelsohn of Bay Resistance, and ex-Line of March leader Max Elbaum.

Seed the Vote education team member Calvin Cheung-Miaw is also a leader of the Left Inside Outside Project, a national alliance of Liberation Road, LeftRoots, Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, and Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism established to further infiltrate the Democratic Party and defeat Trump in 2020.

Another Seed the Vote leader Jason Negrón-Gonzales was once a supporter of Bay Area Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), as was Adam Gold, also named above.

According to Negrón-Gonzales, writing on Liberation Road-affiliated website “Organizing Upgrade”:

“The Trump era has been all about the naked aggression of the far right, but cracks are appearing. Trump is battling impeachment, a result not only of his criminality but of the changes that the blue wave brought to Congress. Last month we saw further losses for the right in Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania — the result of sustained organizing by hundreds if not thousands. That work didn’t start this year; it’s the culmination of many years of work. None of this was spontaneous. When we organize, we can win. When we step up to fight, we can win.

“Those are the lessons of last year, and this week — lessons that we have to apply to 2020. Seed the Vote is a project in the Bay Area attempting to create a vehicle to do just that. We want to leverage the experience, capacity, and expertise of organizers and activists in California in support of long-term organizing in our neighboring states.

“Our goal is not just to push Trump out of office, but to help shift the balance of power in the states where we are working in favor of communities of color, social justice organizations, and labor. We want to be tactically and politically smart, and move our politics and organizations forward.”

To this end, according to Negrón-Gonzales, the decision was made to shift resources from local races in 2020 to focus on Arizona and Nevada—and to build a small army to do it.

“The possibility of Trump’s re-election in 2020 is a real one. And it’s one we are determined to stop. When we — a group of left activists rooted in community and labor organizing in the San Francisco Bay Area — gathered this spring, it was with the urgency that came from seeing our communities under relentless assault from a white nationalist, authoritarian administration.

“But we also knew that 2020 — with the size, energy, and leftward shift among the opposition to Trumpism — would give us an opportunity: if we plan carefully and think big, we can make a difference at the ballot box in 2020, the kind of difference the Left failed to make in 2016. And we thought we could do this while building a stronger and more cohesive Left.

“So we launched Seed the Vote. Our practical focus is centered on bolstering 2020 electoral efforts to defeat Trump and the GOP in two key states, Nevada and Arizona.

“We are already building infrastructure and recruiting to (1) deploy several hundred Bay area activists to work with partnering unions and community-based organizations in Nevada and Arizona for two-week periods in October 2020; and (2) connect volunteers with remote call-in and text efforts from the Bay Area to register voters, protect voting rights and increase turnout in key constituencies in November 2020.”

The plan is to not just win in 2020, but to permanently change U.S. politics in favor of the left:

“This effort is not only designed to impact the 2020 election outcome. We are including a training component to provide our volunteers with the skills and experience to lead electoral engagement work, ranging from advanced canvassers to team leaders who can train and supervise others, to campaign managers.

“And our program is crafted to increase the capacity and reach of partner organizations in Nevada and Arizona, as well as participating organizations in the Bay.

“Seed the Vote is an active investment in the long-haul work of building the independent electoral strength of social justice organizations rooted in communities of color and the working class.”

Several hundred dedicated Bay Area communists working with already established leftist voter registration and Get Out the Vote groups in two key swing states could very well decide the 2020 election.

Couple that with Liberation Road’s disciplined and focused work across the South in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida, and we have a perfect Maoist storm brewing up.

China’s communist leaders could risk hundreds of billions of dollars trying to defeat Trump in a trade war. Or risk hundreds of millions of lives (including their own) in a shooting war of indeterminate outcome. Or they could defeat Trump by encouraging their U.S. communist “franchise” to spend a few million dollars flipping three or four Southern and Southwestern states to the Democrat column—all under the radar.

Which option would you choose if you led the Communist Party of China?

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.

12/13/19

Socialists Run for US Senate 2020

By: Trevor Loudon | The Epoch Times

Community organizers Cristina Tzintzún Ramírez (L) and Brittany Packnett share how they’ve built a social movement, at The Summit on Race in America at the LBJ Presidential Library on April 9, 2019. Tzintzún is the founder and director of Jolt, a Texas-based organization that builds the political power and influence of Latinos. Ralph Barrera/LBJ Library via Wikimedia Commons

As the Democratic Party moves ever further to the left, it has become normal to see communists and socialists running for office on the party’s ballot line.

Usually, Marxists run for county commissions, school boards, state legislatures, and Congress.

Now they are starting to run even for the U.S. Senate in 2020.

Sema Hernandez is standing in the U.S. Senate Texas Democratic primary to hopefully take on incumbent Republican Sen. John Cornyn in 2020.

Hernandez, a health care worker, is an activist with the Poor People’s Campaign. She is also a member of both Houston Democratic Socialists of America and the Houston branch of the Communist Party USA.

Hernandez stood in the Democratic primary in 2018 against Beto O’Rourke and earned a respectable 250,000 votes—probably the best in recent times for a Communist Party comrade in Texas.

It’s still technically illegal to stand for public office as a communist in Texas—but it’s apparently OK for a communist to stand for office as long as they call themselves a Democrat.

Yana Ludwig is the only Democrat so far declared in the primary to stand for an open U.S. Senate seat in overwhelmingly Republican Wyoming.

Both she and her husband, Matt Stannard, the former debate coach at the University of Wyoming, are active in SE Wyoming Democratic Socialists of America.

A Laramie resident, Ludwig has been active in the “gay” and “feminist” movements since the early 1990s.

She has participated in numerous women’s marches, “peace” protests, and many “ecological activist actions,” including the People’s Climate March in New York City in 2014, according to her campaign website.

Ludwig has also been the director of numerous nonprofits, including Project Grow Community Gardens, Recycling Jackson, and the Center for Sustainable and Cooperative Culture.

It’s hard work being a socialist in Wyoming and almost impossible to win statewide office as a Democrat—let alone as an open Marxist.

Betsy Sweet is standing in the Maine Democratic Senate primary in the hope of challenging left-wing Republican incumbent Susan Collins in 2020.

Sweet said that “a women’s right to choose, health care for all, and climate change” are the main reasons why she decided to challenge Collins.

Sweet lost the Democratic primary for governor in 2018, even though she had the endorsement and active support of the Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America.

Sweet is a former director of the Maine Women’s Lobby and the Maine Commission for Women.

In the early 1980s, she represented the far-left Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom on the Communist Party USA-controlled U.S. Peace Council—an affiliate of the Soviet-controlled World Peace Council.

Paula Jean Swearengin is standing in the West Virginia Democratic Senate primary to hopefully challenge incumbent Republican Shelley Moore Capito in 2020.

In the 2018 primary, she unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.

Swearengin was formerly active with the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and the Keepers of the Mountain Foundation. She has addressed the United Nations and spoken at rallies and colleges across the country on environmental issues.

An early Bernie Sanders supporter, Swearengin attended the DSA-run Chicago People’s Summit in 2017. She was also the subject of a documentary alongside DSA and Congress member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DSA Nevada congressional candidate Amy Vilela, and DSA and Communist Party USA-affiliated Missouri congressional candidate Cori Bush.

Swearengin was also supported in 2018 by far-left Justice Democrats and DSA-influenced Brand New Congress.

Cristina Tzintzun is, like Hernandez, standing in the U.S. Senate Texas Democratic primary to hopefully take on Cornyn in 2020. Of all the candidates profiled in this article, she is by far the one most likely to succeed.

Tzintzun founded and ran the Austin-based Workers Defense Project, a leftist immigrants’ rights group in the orbit of the Maoist-leaning pro-China group Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO).

In 2013–14, Tzintzun spent a year studying with the FRSO-affiliated Rockwood Leadership Institute, an Oakland, California-based school for “community organizers.”

Tzintzun has worked closely with DSA activists in Austin, Texas, including Alice Embree, the Fetonte family, and the late Glenn Scott.

As the founder of Jolt Texas, Tzintzun organized the enrollment of thousands of new Democratic-leaning Hispanic voters across the state.

She was recruited out of Jolt Texas to stand for the U.S. Senate by well-connected former Bernie Sanders senior staffers Becky Bond and Zach Malitz and former ACORN Texas leader Ginny Goldman.

Bond and Malitz were both senior staffers in the 2018 Beto O’Rourke Senate campaign. They are also both colleagues of wealthy San Francisco socialist Michael Kieschnick—who is also a big fan of Tzintzun.

Bond is the co-author of “Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything.”

Malitz, a DSA affiliate, will serve as a senior adviser on the Tzintzun senate campaign. Goldman, lately a leader of the Communist Party USA-infiltrated Texas Organizing Project, will serve as Tzintzun’s campaign chair.

The other Democrats in primary, and probably Cornyn, are in for a tough race.

Trevor Loudon is an author, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For more than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist movements and their covert influence on mainstream politics.