Socialists, quietly working in collaboration of members of the US’ largest Marxist organization Democratic Socialists of America, have effectively taken over Los Angeles.
Meyerson, now a columnist with the Washington Post, was incidentally, one of the first non-Chicago journalists to introduce long time DSA ally Barack Obama to the wider American public.
In his email, Tarzynski listed 25 people he thought should be on an “A-list” of “25 or so leaders/activists/intellectuals and/or “eminent persons” who would gather periodically to theorize/strategize about how to rebuild a progressive movement in our metropolitan area that could challenge for power.”
Some members of this group did indeed meet, through several Progressive LA conferences in 1998 and the Progressive Los Angeles Network which came out of them.
While PLAN evolved into less of a formal network over the years, the network members and task forces that came out of the PLAN process remained active players in areas of “social and economic justice, livability and democracy in L.A.”
Some of those listed below have also worked to deliberately expand Latino immigration into California and to massively turn out the Latino vote to turn even some of the staunchest Republican areas into permanent Democrat strongholds.
Look at the names on the list above and try to tell me that these Marxists haven’t succeeded in taking over governance of one of America’s second most populous cities.
Those listed included:
- Karen Bass – U.S. Representative for California’s 33rd congressional district. Long time pro-Cuban socialist and leading Los Angeles “community organizer.”
- Gary Phillips – Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, once involved with the Communist Party USA spinoff, Committees of Correspondence.
- Larry Frank – Los Angeles City Deputy Mayor. He serves as Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood and Community Services in the Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. As a senior staff member, Frank is responsible for several city departments (the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment Community Development Department and the Bureau of Contract Administration), the Mayor’s field operations, constituent services, volunteer services, external Labor issues, workforce development and the city anti-poverty programs. A long time socialist activist with the United Farmworkers Union and the National Lawyers Guild.
- Torie Osborn – has served as a senior policy adviser to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on homelessness, poverty and economic development. She initiated the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships that implements joint projects between government and philanthropy. A former Democratic Party state assembly candidate and one time member of the Marxist New American Movement.
- Aris Anagnos – real estate magnate, donor to leftist causes, on the Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America potential donors list in the early ’90s.
- Abby Arnold – a community organizer and advocate for social justice. She works as a consultant to nonprofit social service agencies and local government and has served on a wide variety of boards of directors, including the California Board of Registered Nursing, the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Commission and the Coalition for Clean Air. She has served as Executive Director of the Santa Monica AIDS Project, the Health Officers Association of California and the Santa Monica Neighborhood Support Center. She has developed programs for youth, victims of domestic violence and people living with HIV. During the first Jerry Brown administration, she worked for the California Senate Committee on Local Government and served as a consumer member of the California Board of Registered Nursing. She has been a member of Democratic Socialists of America Feminist Commission.
- Rick E. Brown – UCLA School of Public Health, Progressives for Obama website. Has been a member of Democratic Socialists of America.
- Stanley Sheinbaum – married into the Warner Brothers fortune. Funder of socialist causes, Democratic Party power broker, Progressives for Obama endorser. Has been a member of Democratic Socialists of America.
- Jim Conn – former mayor of Santa Monica. Has been a member of Democratic Socialists of America.
- Peter Dreier – professor of politics and director of the Urban & Environmental Policy program, at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Member of Democratic Socialists of America. Heavily involved in Los Angeles political campaigns.
- Maria Elena Durazo – California’s most powerful labor leader. Democratic Party power broker, Obama supporter. Close affiliate of Democratic Socialists of America.
- Mike Davis – teaches at the University of California (Irvine). Former member of the Communist Party USA, turned Trotskyite.
- Bill Gallegos – Executive Director of Communities for a Better Environment, one of the leading environmental justice organizations in the country. Since becoming Executive Director at CBE, the organization has “achieved landmark regulation of oil refinery flaring (the highly toxic practice of burning off excess gases into the air), and in leading local campaigns that could have a significant impact in reducing greenhouse gases and co-pollutants, improving public health and advancing the transformation to clean alternative energy.” Currently a member of the California Environmental Justice Advisory Committee, which is advising the state on how to achieve the ambitious goals of the state’s historic greenhouse gas legislation in a way that safeguards and “improves the health and environment of low income and communities of color.” A leader of the Maoist Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
- Bob Gottlieb – currently working with the Investigative Journalism Project of the Community Information Project, a local public interest group in Los Angeles. One time member of the Marxist New American Movement.
- Kent Wong – Director of the Center for Labor Research and Education at UCLA, where he teaches Labor Studies and Asian American Studies. Key player in linking US labor unions to Chinese and Vietnamese communist unions. Close associate of LA Democratic Party Congresswoman Judy Chu. Close affiliate of Democratic Socialists of America and former member of the Maoist Communist Workers Party. Progressives for Obama endorser.
- Bong Hwan Kim – currently Executive Director of Pasadena Neighborhood Housing Services. Mr. Kim was the General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment for the City of Los Angeles. DONE is an historic initiative approved by a majority of voters in a city wide election to effect the way government responds to communities by, in part, creating a system of independent Neighborhood Councils. DONE’s role is to provide education, training and other enabling support to nurture neighborhood-based leadership and civic participation. Prior to this, he served as the Executive Director of the MultiCultural Collaborative and the Korean Youth and Community Center in Los Angeles. He serves on a number of government commissions and corporate advisory boards. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Workplace Hollywood, an organization established to diversify the entertainment industry workforce. He has served as the co-chair of the Black Korean Alliance, the California Attorney General’s Violence Prevention Policy Council and the National Immigration Forum. He has been a lecturer at the University of California Los Angeles teaching in the areas of leadership and community building.
- Paula Litt – a philanthropist, community activist. Has been a member of Democratic Socialists of America.
- Peter Olney – International Longshore and Warehouse Union, served on the advisory board of UC Berkeley Labor Center. Marxist and affiliate of Democratic Socialists of America.
- Derek Shearer – currently Chevalier Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He also serves as Director of Global Affairs, handling the college’s international relations and directing the expansion of its international affairs programs. Previously married to Santa Monica City Councillor Ruth Yanatta Goldway.
- Clancy Sigal – screenwriter and novelist in Los Angeles. Democratic Party activist and Democratic Socialists of America donors list member.
- Anthony Thigpenn – runs an organization in California called Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education. Thigpenn is involved in “community organizing and environmental justice, and has worked to build alliances with labor and community organizations.” Thigpenn has been active in the Black Panther Party and the Black Radical Congress. Thigpenn ran the field campaign for mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa.
- Mark Ridley-Thomas – member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. A long time socialist activist.
- Gloria Romero – a former California State Senator. Obama supporter.
- Jackie Goldberg – two-term State Assemblywoman representing the 45th District in Los Angeles. Goldberg served on the Los Angeles City Council for two terms, where she authored Los Angeles’ Living Wage Ordinance. Democratic Socialists of America affiliate.
- Gil Cedillo – a California State Assembly member, representing the 45th district. He resides in Los Angeles. A prominent immigration activist and long time Communist Party USA affiliate. Obama supporter.
- Tom Hayden – iconic socialist activist. California Democratic Party power broker. Progressives for Obama founder.
- Antonio Villaraigosa – Mayor of Los Angeles. Long time socialist activist. Former Obama Transition Economic Advisory Board member. Democratic Socialists of America affiliate.
- Paul Rosenstein – former mayor of Santa Monica and a Democratic Socialists of America member.
- Xavier Becerra – a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 31st district of California. Democratic Socialists of America and Communist Party USA connections. Former member of Obama’s National Latino Advisory Council.
- Henry Waxman – Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 30th district of California. Once endorsed by Democratic Socialists of America.
- Maxine Waters – Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 35th district of California. Democratic Socialists of America and Communist Party USA affiliations.
Hows that? The wish list compiled by Tarzynski in 1998 includes the current Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, four local Congressmembers and key players in organized labor, local government, philanthropy, academia, environmentalism and the Democratic Party.
Many of those on the list were part of the leftist led citywide coalition which elected Antonio Villaraigosa to the Los Angeles Mayoralty in 2005.
Are at least some of them still working together to make LA a permanent power base for the Democratic Party and a bastion of socialism? You bet they are!!!
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