Weekly Featured Profile – Jamala Rogers
Jamala Rogers is a Missouri activist and s leading member of the Maoist Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
As an activist at Tarkio College, Rogers was a leader of the black student organization. She tried to join the Kansas City chapter of the Black Panther Party during the time that its leader, Pete O’Neal, was leaving the country. After earning her B.S. degree in education in 1972, Rogers taught elementary school in her old Kansas neighborhood.
The Organization for Black Struggle was founded in St. Louis, Missouri in 1980 by Rogers and other community activists, students and union organizers to help the black working class and extol the principles of Black Power.
In 1993, Rogers was appointed Director of the City of St. Louis’ Office of Youth Development by Mayor Freeman Bosley, Jr., serving until 2001. During this period, Rogers also served as Chairperson of the St. Louis Black Leadership Roundtable.
Rogers is Co-Chair of the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression and sits on numerous boards of youth and education oriented agencies.
Jamala Rogers writes a weekly column for the St. Louis American, an award-winning Black newspaper in St. Louis, MO.
In 1998, Rogers joined with Angela Davis, William Strickland and 20,000 other activists to form the Black Radical Congress in Chicago. Rogers has served in a number of leadership capacities with the BRC, including as a coordinating committee member and as national conference coordinator.
Members of the Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression held a press conference in front of the St. Louis City Hall on June 13, 2006, to call attention what they claim are serious violations to the state’s Sunshine Law by the St. Louis Police Board.
In 2007, Rogers was part of a U.S. delegation invited by Presidente Chavez to Venezuela.
I was able to see first hand the efforts of the Bolivarian Revolution, like the land reclamation projects. I was struck by the engagement of the people in their society, many of them carried their dog-eared Venezuelan Constitution in their pockets every day. And why not? They had helped to create it. They were genuinely excited about building futures. The knowledge of African and African American History as well as the Black Liberation Movement by the Venezuelan people was remarkable. We were treated like dignitaries while in the country and were given access to the people and to many of the country’s programs like the Comités de Tierra Urbana (Urban Land Committees or CTU).
Jamala Rogers, claims to have a “long relationship with” both Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed and Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr.
Bill de Blasio Pushes Forward with a Leftist Revolution
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Politicker.com: Bill de Blasio at last night’s fund-raiser.
I absolutely agree with Jack Cashill… New York City will see a radical increase in crime over the next few years and you can lay it at the feet (clad in red sneakers) of their newly elected Marxist Mayor Bill de Blasio.
De Blasio seems to be taking to heart advice from comrade Van Jones. He has actively asked for advice from ex-cons on how to update and reform city police procedures. Chief among these suggestions is emasculating police tactics that were successful in radically reducing the crime rate. It is a safe bet that New York City will revert to the crime rates of the 1970s and it may get much worse than that. Progressive Marxism allows criminals to run rampant, while handcuffing the populace and preventing them from protecting themselves. It brings chaos, violence and corruption home to roost and that is exactly what de Blasio and his Marxist brethren want.
I’m not sure New York realizes what is about to happen to them, but they have roundly earned it. They are jubilant in their Progressive election results:
Last night Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was again the darling of the left.
Headlining a Brooklyn fund-raiser for the group New York Communities for Change, Mr. de Blasio was hailed as a progressive hero and the fruit of a more than decade-long battle by labor groups, grassroots organizations and the Working Families Party to crown one of their own.
“I am so appreciative of not just the support I received and my campaign received, I’m appreciative of all the people who were given hope by New York Communities for Change, who were shown their own power,” said Mr. de Blasio, speaking at the Transport Workers Union Local 100′s headquarters in Brooklyn.
The fund-raiser drew hundreds of attendees, including many of the city’s political elite, allowing for the awkward collision of the Democratic powers-that-be and the strident, anti-establishment rhetoric of some of the event’s speech-makers. Chris Shelton, a vice president with the Communication Workers of America, urged the attendees noshing on brie cheese to join a “revolution” against the “bankers, billionaire and brokers of Wall Street.”
In particular, the fund-raiser honored the late Jon Kest, a founder NYCC who also helped launch the WFP, and served as a coming-out party for the city’s many liberal activists feeling emboldened by Mr. de Blasio’s ascension. Staunch de Blasio allies like George Gresham, the president of the powerful healthcare workers’ union, and Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon were honored, too, as well as Mr. de Blasio himself.
“We are in a progressive moment right now,” declared East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, an early endorser of Mr. de Blasio and a leading candidate for council speaker. “This honoree [Mr. de Blasio] represents the culmination of Jon’s tireless, brilliant and visionary work to build our city’s progressive infrastructure and to build coalitions across groups that made our movement stronger … It was this infrastructure that was built that just about a month ago enabled our city to elect its first progressive Democratic mayor in 20 years, our Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.”
Careful what you wish for in the Big Apple… de Blasio is a stone cold Marxist worm who will now control a city already rotten to the core. He will populate the political power structure there with others that will move the city even further left and deeper into misery.
The Mayor reserved much of his praise for the corrupt NYCC (New York Communities for Change), once called ACORN. That’s a hint of what is to come to New York. He has also been wining and dining influential businessmen and bankers, hoping to woo them into staying in New York. With ever higher taxes, leftishly insane policies such as charging delivery trucks $102 to cross into Manhattan and regulations that would choke a massive pachyderm, I wouldn’t count on it.
And as is the norm of Marxists, de Blasio speaks/lies out of both sides of his mouth. While he is wooing business, he headlined a fundraiser for the leftist New York Communities for Change, where Communication Workers of America spokesman Chris Shelton urged a “revolution” against “bankers, billionaire (sic) and brokers of Wall Street.” That is the true Progressive vision and intent of de Blasio and his cadre.
Race riots won’t be far behind all this either. Not only is the power structure of New York being fully stocked with Marxists, they are racists and anti-semites. There is literally plenty of hate to go around there:
There is a new City Council member from the neighborhood in Brooklyn called Crown Heights, which is ethnically the city’s most interesting—a mix of blacks mostly of Caribbean origin and ultra-Orthodox Jews mostly from the Lubavitch Hasidic sect. Her name is Laurie Cumbo, and this week she decided to take to Facebook to express some thoughts about the recent spate of violent “knockout game” attacks in which passers-by find themselves being struck hard in the face by someone’s fist for no reason. She reports that at a community meeting called to discuss the violence, she said this:
many African American/Caribbean residents expressed a genuine concern that as the Jewish community continues to grow, they would be pushed out by their Jewish landlords or by Jewish families looking to purchase homes. I relayed these sentiments at the forum not as an insult to the Jewish community, but rather to offer possible insight as to how young African American/Caribbean teens could conceivably commit a “hate crime” against a community that they know very little about.
Her insight into why a thug would punch a 19 year-old Hasidic kid in the face in the middle of her district while his friends watched, in other words, boils down to Jewish money. Cumbo knows she is treading on delicate ground here, so she attempts to mitigate the damage: “I respect and appreciate the Jewish community’s family values and unity that has led to strong political, economic and cultural gains.” And then she went all in: “While I personally regard this level of tenacity, I also recognize that for others, the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success.”
We are about to see racism and religious hatred spread in this country as never before. New Yorkers elected these people. They are sanctioning their actions, stances and views. It would seem many have learned nothing at all from history. Hate and jealousy are their comfort; violence and evil are their succor.
Commentary Magazine puts it plainly:
It was in the very neighborhood Cumbo now represents that the worst anti-Jewish event in modern American history took place: A three-day riot in 1991 following the accidental killing of an African-American child by a limousine driven by a Hasidic man. Two men were killed, stores were looted, and homes were targeted by Molotov-cocktail throwers through spotting the mezuzot on the doorfames. It was a shattering event for the city, not least because the mayor at the time, David Dinkins, seemed to feel as though he was powerless to act as the riot spread. His conduct during Crown Heights was so shameful it came to be one of the key reasons Rudy Giuliani ousted Dinkins from City Hall—even though the election took place two years later.
One thing New Yorkers knew in the wake of the Giuliani election was this: Acts of violence were going to be addressed, not excused; and anti-Semitic conduct would be greeted with roars of protest and outrage from City Hall. Eight years of Giuliani stilled and calmed the city; 9/11 created a new era of good common feeling; the perpetuation of Giuliani policies under Michael Bloomberg helped keep the urban peace. Now, only a month before the inauguration of DeBlasio, something ugly and evil is rearing its head. Who is there to speak out against Cumbo’s words?
Bill de Blasio is pushing forward with his Leftist revolution in New York City. The Progressive Marxists are fervently praying that it spreads nationwide. America cannot allow this dark anti-Constitutional nightmare to engulf our country. Marxism kills.
Watcher’s Council Nominations – Lawless Edition
The Watcher’s Council
Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.
This week, our friend and Council mate Hube over at the Colossus of Rhodey celebrated a real milestone… ten years of blogging! Congrats, Amigo!
Former Council fixture and esteemed member of the Watcher’s Council community, David Gerstman, let me know about a wonderful event in his family… his first grandchild. Mazel Tov and behatzlechah gadol, habibi.
Our friend and Council mate Michael over at The Political Commentator participated in a unique event last week, boxing for charity. Not only did he show us that his skills extend to the Sweet Science and win his bout, but the event raised over $300,000 for some excellent causes, so that’s two victories with one blow, we can congratulate him on. Respect, Micheal… very, very, well done.
And this week, Ask Marion, Boker Tov Boulder, Right Truth and The Pirate’s Cove took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status with some great articles.
You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.
Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning.
It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members, while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?
Okay, let’s see what we have this week…
Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that!
Fox News Sees the Light on Snowden
By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
Catherine Herridge, chief intelligence correspondent for Fox News Channel, reports, “A review of the NSA leaks by Fox News shows the majority of the leaks since June now deal with sources, methods and surveillance activities overseas, rather than the privacy rights of American citizens.”
In other words, NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who has been charged with espionage, stole NSA documents and leaked them for the express purpose of weakening America’s defenses against terrorism. To put it another way, Snowden was never the “whistleblower” he claimed to be, but has been serving the interests of America’s enemies and adversaries.
This represents a sharp turnaround for Fox News, whose anchor and correspondent Eric Bolling has featured two interviews with Glenn Greenwald, the primary handler for Edward Snowden and the documents he stole from the NSA. Bolling had actually encouraged Greenwald to appear on Fox News to disclose more classified information.
As more awareness is emerging over the damage that Snowden has done, one of the latest political figures to speak out is Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). He says Snowden “is a traitor who has sought assistance and refuge from some of the world’s most notorious violators of liberty and human rights.” By contrast, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has refused to denounce the former NSA contract employee and has promised to sue the NSA over alleged violations of privacy.
Rubio and Paul are considered possible Republican candidates for president in 2016.
Suggesting more anti-American terrorism in the future on American soil, former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden said on “Fox News Sunday” that Snowden’s disclosures are “catastrophic for the safety and the security of the American nation…”
At the same time, leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence committees said Sunday on CNN that terrorists have gained ground in the past two years and that the United States is less safe than it was two years ago.
Meanwhile, Snowden’s disclosures are being timed for release to do maximum damage to America’s relationships with friendly or allied nations.
Paul Calandra, parliamentary secretary to Stephen Harper, the prime minister of Canada, has accused the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) of “lining [the] Brazilian bank account” of Greenwald after paying him for a story claiming that Canada colluded with U.S. intelligence to monitor delegates to the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto.
Calandra called Greenwald “the Brazilian-based former porn executive,” a reference to his involvement in a business which marketed videos on such sites as “hairystuds.com” and “studmall.com.” Greenwald is an American who lives in Brazil with his homosexual partner.
The CBC paid Greenwald, despite the fact that he left The Guardian newspaper in October to join a new media venture funded by billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. It is reported that the Iranian-American businessman is pouring $250 million into the activities of Greenwald and his associates.
Greenwald recently gave a video address to a conference of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim Brotherhood front. Greenwald hailed CAIR for its “patriotic work” and highlighted an AIM article labeling him a “useful idiot” for CAIR.
Interestingly, however, the Al Jazeera America website has published an article by Alice Speri comparing Snowden to Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy, who lived in the Soviet Union for several years. The story quoted Peter Savodnik, author of a book about Oswald’s time in the Soviet Union, as saying about Snowden, “If he doesn’t already want to leave, he’s going to want to leave very soon.” Savodnik also said about Snowden, “He’s always going to be monitored and watched.”
Speri noted, “William Martin and Bernon Mitchell, two NSA cryptologists, defected to the Soviet Union in the 1960s, but later regretted their decision and tried to leave. Victor Norris Hamilton, a former code analyst with the NSA, resurfaced in the 1990s at a Moscow psychiatric hospital, where he spent 21 years.”
The story quoted Yuri Felshtinsky, a Russian scholar living in the West who has written extensively about the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), as saying that the FSB is now in complete control of Snowden. “We know at this point that he’s not free,” he said of Snowden. The FSB is the successor to the KGB.
Felshtinsky is the author of such blockbusters as Blowing up Russia, about the FSB’s role in alleged Islamic terrorism, and The Age of Assassins, about corruption and murder in Putin’s Russia. He was one of the last people to speak to KGB dissident Alexander Litvinenko before he succumbed to radioactive poisoning in London. Litvinenko blamed his slow and agonizing death on Putin and the FSB.
In sharp contrast to Eric Bolling’s sycophantic handling of Greenwald, Lt. Col. Oliver North, Fox News’ “War Stories” host, said flatly on the Fox Business Network that “Snowden is in the hands of the Russian intelligence services.” He said that after the FSB is done using Snowden for its own purposes, “the Russians will kill Edward Snowden. And we will be blamed for it.”
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at email@example.com. View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.
China Threatens Military Action Against Japan
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
With no major world power posing any kind of a threat to them, China is donning their war paint and swaggering towards conflict. On the eve of Joe Biden visiting Japan, China ratcheted up the rhetoric of war and militarily threatened Japan over China’s newly declared air defense zone. They boldly state they will ‘enforce’ new aircraft controls in a maneuver that amounts to a dare to Japan to step over this midair red line. Poke, poke, threaten, dare – repeat until something happens:
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yangsheng accused Japan in a statement of “making trouble” and he warned Chinese military aircraft would enforce the newly imposed air defense identification zone, or ADIZ.
“Japan’s actions have seriously harmed China’s legitimate rights and security interests, and undermined the peace and stability in East Asia,” Geng said through the official Xinhua news agency. “China has to take necessary reactions.”
Geng listed a series of actions by Japan he said had increased tensions, including Tokyo’s frequent dispatch of ships and aircraft to areas near the disputed Senkaku islands, threats to shoot down Chinese drones, and overall escalation of regional tensions.
Without mentioning the United States, Geng also said other countries must “correct wrong remarks and wrongdoings,” he said.
“Other parties should not be incited, or send wrong signals to make a very few countries go further on the wrong track, which will follow the same old disastrous road and undermine regional and world peace,” Geng said, insisting that China adheres to peaceful development and defensive policies.
The comments were the most forceful by a Chinese government spokesman since Beijing unilaterally declared the ADIZ that overlaps Japan’s air defense zone and covers the Senkakus, which China calls Diaoyu.
Of course, the US has already seemingly capitulated to China, who owns us, by telling American Airlines and others to submit and comply with the ‘so-called’ Chinese air space demands. In essence, hanging our allies Japan and South Korea out to dry and at the mercy of the Chinese communists. It’s a complete turn around from Obama’s previous stance of supporting Japan on this issue, invoking defense commitments under the U.S.-Japan defense treaty.
This weakness and now capitulation to China is drawing strong rebuke from leaders:
“In an obvious attempt to placate China, the United States is sacrificing the assurance to our allies in the region that we are a reliable and steadfast security partner,” Sen. James Inhofe (R., Okla.) said in a statement to the Free Beacon.
Inhofe noted that 2012 marked the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-Japan defense treaty.
“The belated invocation of our treaty obligation clearly falls well short of an appropriate response to this latest provocation by China that would be consistent with the spirit and intent of the treaty,” Inhofe said. “Unfortunately, this follows a pattern of fumbled reactions by the Obama administration in other regions of the world, especially in the Middle East and North Africa.”
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon also called the Chinese air zone “bullying” by China that risks a military miscalculation.
“I am glad to see that China’s blatantly aggressive actions aren’t affecting how the U.S. military conducts operations in the region, and I’m pleased to hear that U.S. military flight operations are continuing as planned,” McKeon said in a statement.
“It’s important the United States stand with its long-time treaty ally, Japan, against this kind of international bullying,” McKeon said. “I encourage Vice President Biden to call on Beijing to retract this antagonist claim during his visit there later this week.”
Of course, Biden (with a spine of molten steel) declared how concerned the US was over this. He blathered on about ‘accidents’ and ‘miscalculations,’ but not a peep about war which this could very well result in. Don’t want to commit to that now, do we? I mean they are just allies — China, after all, is our banker.
“If you’ll forgive a personal reference, my father had an expression. He said, the only conflict that is worse than one that is intended is one that is unintended. The prospect for miscalculation mistake is too high,” Biden said.
But not too high to do a damn thing about. What a weasel. Scratch two more allies. I think the US is down to about — let’s see – zero.
China could also poke the badger further by announcing another air defense zone over the South China Sea. That would really hack off Vietnam, the Philippines and other states. Looks to me like China is just itching for a conflict. They feel emboldened and are starting to play global RISK for real, by taking over more airspace and by de facto, countries as well. China is calling for Japan to “correct mistakes” in the air zone. In other words, surrender the space to us, or we will hit Japan. This is not a game folks. This is the foreplay of war and we are definitely involved here. China is not going to back down on this. Period.
China is claiming self-defense over this, but we all see this for what it is… a move to conquer and take over countries and extend power. What? You thought war was passe?
China’s Communist Party-affiliated newspaper Global Times, a booster of Chinese militarism, continued its recent inflammatory rhetoric on the East China Sea dispute
“The U.S.’s stance of feigning fairness while actually backing one side between China and Japan seems established, but if Biden’s tricks in Japan go too far, this will seriously affect the atmosphere of his next visit to China,” the newspaper said in an editorial.
“The confidence of Chinese society is declining on whether the U.S. and Japan really have no intention to provoke a war in the western Pacific.”
Earlier on Nov. 27 Global Times warned that “maybe an imminent conflict will be waged between China and Japan.”
“We should carry out timely countermeasures without hesitation against Japan when it challenges China’s newly-declared ADIZ,” the newspaper said. “If Tokyo flies its aircraft over the zone, we will be bound to send our plane to its ADIZ.”
“If the trend continues, there will likely be frictions and confrontations and even tension in the air like in the Cold War era between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. It is therefore an urgent task for China to further train its air force to make full preparation for potential conflicts.”
Much of this also goes towards commercial benefit. As Russia is doing the same, China is making moves on gas and oil reserves.
According to military sources in Taiwan, China’s next move in the East China Sea will be challenging the middle line dividing China and Taiwan along the 100-mile wide Taiwan Strait. China will most likely press Taiwan to permit civilian flights to cross the middle line. It’s a move to take Taiwan over and a definite move towards war.
China feels she owns the US and in many respects, at least economically, she does. She is threatening any and all who stand in her way. Witness what was said to Britain just this week:
But a leading state newspaper launched an attack on Cameron Tuesday, saying Britain should recognise it is not a major power but “just an old European country apt for travel and study” in an editorial under the headline “China won’t fall for Cameron’s ‘sincerity’”.
China has allied herself with a new axis of evil comprised of China, Russia and Iran as well as others who want global power. The US is a weakling now who seems to be content to let dictators and communists run amok, while redistributing wealth, preaching Marxism and actively destroying their own Republic. Our whacky leaders have gone villainous on us and are enabling monsters.
While China threatens military action against Japan, loopy Biden and his Marxist buds declare an emphatic meh and shrug as the Chinese start to make their global move.