I have contended for some time that the grass roots organizing that brought President Obama to power was based on the tactics of long dead Chicago radical and father of “community organizing”-.
The Chicago strand of Alinkyism morphed into ACORN and Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), both of which played huge roles in the Obama movement.
In California, Alinskyism influenced the militant tactics of United Farmworkers labor leader .
I’ve always believed that Chavez’s famous slogan “Si Se Puede” (Yes We Can) was the real origin of Obama’s slogan.
Here’s the proof-from DSA’s Talking Union blog;
After electing the most pro-union President in decades, organized labor is being torn by internal fights. And on different sides of these conflicts are veterans of the United Farmworkers of America (UFW), whose strategic innovations have shaped today’s labor movement and whose “Si Se Puede” (”Yes We Can”) rallying cry became the hallmark of Barack Obama’s campaign.
Chavez was flanked by DSA members such as and Dolores Huerta.
Obama has been surrounded by DSA members for more than 20 years.
I wonder whose bright idea it was to anglicise Chavez’s old slogan for their new front man?