“I’m proud and excited to be a part of One Nation Working Together,” says prominent leftist actor, Danny Glover. “Exciting news! We’re thrilled that Mr. Glover will be participating,” say the organizers. Hardly surprising when you take a look at the celebrity’s activites and affiliations. In August 2004 he endorsed an anti “Bush Team” Protest at the Republican National Convention in New York, organized by Not In Our Name, an organization closely associated with the anti-capitalism, Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party. A good friend of Hugo Chavez, Glover also signed a statement circulated by the Partisan Defense Committee calling for the release of convicted “cop-killer” Mumia Abu-Jamal (who by the way, serves on the National Exec for the National Lawyers Guild). Glover also joined with Barbara Ehrenreich and others in initiating Progressives for Obama.
Cliff Kincaid writes of the protest,
The “peace director” of the October 2 “One Nation Working Together” rally says that the U.S. should immediately withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan, military aid to Israel should be ended, and that Iran has the right to develop nuclear weapons as long as the U.S. has them. He also says that Marxists are invited to participate at his upcoming rally.
Michael McPhearson, one of the key organizers of the event and former executive director of Veterans for Peace, tells Accuracy in Media, “I’m not all that concerned if you’re a Republican, Democrat, or Marxist or Communist, whatever,” he said. “I just want us to work together to make our country better. That’s what I look at—not if you’re a socialist.”
The October 2 rally in Washington, D.C. is designed to counter the Tea Party, a grass roots movement of citizens devoted to limited government, and the recent “Restoring Honor” rally in the nation’s capital sponsored by Fox News personality Glenn Beck.
Below I have listed a mere handful of the plethora of leftist organizations which are backing this march:
- American Federation of Teachers
- Jim Wallis‘s Sojourners
- American Friends Service Committee
- American Rights at Work
- Campaign for Peace and Democracy
- Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
- Communist Party USA
- Democratic Socialists of America
- Safe Schools’ Czar, Kevin Jennings‘ Gay,_Lesbian,_Straight_Education_Network
- Institute for Policy Studies
- International Socialist Organization
- Jobs with Justice
- People for the American Way
- Queers for Economic Justice
- Unite Here
- Veterans for Peace
- Young People For
“This one is going to be big!” say the organizers of the planned demonstration. “Be there and help write a new page in the history of social struggle in the U.S.” The demands of the protest will be as follows:
- Jobs, Peace, Justice
- Bring Our Troops and War Dollars Home
- Fund Jobs, Not War
- End War, Rebuild America
- End the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Now!—Bring Our War Money Home
Kincaid’s article continues,
The “national campaign manager” of the October 2 demonstration is Reverend Leah Daughtry, described on her website as “a nationally recognized teacher, preacher, speaker, organizer, leader, and Democratic strategist.” Her work for the Democratic Party includes serving as Chief Executive Officer of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee and Chief of Staff of the Democratic National Committee.
The mainstream media, however, can be expected not to highlight the fact that the Democratic Party and its constituency groups, which are running the rally, have made common cause with communist groups dedicated to the destruction of the American system and withdrawing U.S. military power from the Middle East in the face of global Islamic terror.
McPhearson, controversial in his own right, confirmed his participation in the 2008 national convention of the Black Radical Congress, a gathering that included representatives of the Communist Party, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America. The theme of the event was “Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century.”
Be sure to visit Cliff’s original article and read the entire thing – I’ve only posted small excerpts here.