Skip to comments.The Ward Churchill Money Trail
Posted on 02/23/2005 11:39:03 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
To the casual observer, now-infamous University of Colorado professor Ward Churchillwho labeled 9/11 victims little Eichmannswould seem little more than an unfortunate speck on the fringe of the far left.
An investigestion by this journalist, however, uncovered substantial evidence suggesting otherwise.
The media was quick to describe Ward Churchill's 2002 essaywhere he also wrote of the gallant sacrifices of the combat teams that killed almost 3,000 Americansas little noticed. (USA Today, February 9) It was, however, noticedand honoredby a liberal organization last year.
Churchill adapted his essay into a book, On the Justice of Roosting Chickens, which earned honorable mention for a human rights award from the Gustavus Myers Center in Bostonthe third time the group had so honored the embattled professor.
At first blush, the Gustavus Myers Center could seem like a wacky, far-left ivory tower creation. Receiving honorable mention for its 2003 award, for example, was a picture book of classic gay erotica. Witness the groups own description of the book: Pencil, ink and chalk drawings claiming an erotic past as extremely important for notions of identity and community.
Careful examination, however, reveals that the Myers Center is anything but fringe. Listed on its website as sponsors (a term that is not defined) are mainstream liberal organizations such as the NAACP, the Urban League, the Center for Democratic Renewal, and the United Church of Christ.
And the foundations that fund the Myers Centers sponsors are key financial backers of the American left, such as George Soros Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation, and the Public Welfare Foundation (which contributed to the anti-Bush Americas Coming Together).
The top funders of the Myers Centers sponsors, and the amounts they gave in total since 2000, are:
· $650,000 from the Public Welfare Foundation, which has given over $5 million to reproductive causes and nearly $1.7 million to various gun control groups. It even gave $100,000 directly to the Blue Mountain abortion clinic in Montana, which has also received $50,000 from the (Ted) Turner Foundation.
· $1.3 million from the Open Society Institute
· almost $5 million from Lilly Endowments, which was founded by heirs of the Eli Lilly pharmaceutical fortune. Though not typically known as a left-wing foundation, it has given, for example, more than $700,000 to Planned Parenthood.
· over $12.1 million from the Ford Foundation, most of which came in the form of $10.4 million in grants to the NAACP
Despite being sponsored by prominent, mainstream liberal organizations, the Myers Centers honoring of Ward Churchills screed does not appear to be out the groups character.
Taking top honors for 2004, for example, is Civil Rights in Peril: The Targeting of Arabs and Muslims, which, according to the Myers Center web site, is about the relationship between accelerated repression of Muslims and Arabs domestically... and U.S. empire building abroad. Rants from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) aside, there is scant evidence to suggest accelerated repression of Muslims and Arabs in America.
The center itself is led by a woman who seems to share a worldview similar to Prof. Churchills. The Myers Centers director, Loretta Williams, wrote in the magazine Response (published by United Methodist Women) in June 2002 that President Bushs rhetoric on the war on terror was bloodthirsty and vengeful and that it dehumanizes... Muslims, immigrants, and those with darker skin.
Williams hinted later in the same piece that the United States also perpetrates terrorism: Terrorism can be used by the weak against the powerful or by the powerful against the weak. She also opposed military action in Afghanistan after 9/11, praising the courage of communist sympathizer Barbara Lee (D-CA), the sole Congressional vote against that war.
Though the statements of Williams and Churchill would likely be patently offensive to most in the American electorate, they dont seem that outside of a Democratic Party that embraces Michael Moore, the man who compared Iraqi terrorists to the Minutemen who helped win Americas independence.
Since news broke that Churchills little Eichmanns essay was honored by the Gustavus Myers Center, the group does not appear to have lost any of its sponsors. Still listed are all 12 sponsors listed previously, including, oddly enough, BNai Brith International. (BNai Brith did not immediately return a call seeking comment.)
It is not clear what role sponsors play in, or how much they donate to, the Myers Center, and calls seeking comment from the center were not returned. The Myers Center does not appear to file independent tax returns under its name, making it difficult to determine the groups overall budget or the total amount of grants it has received.
Worth noting is that most of the uproar over Prof. Churchills venomous essay has come from family members of 9/11 victims, conservatives, and GOP politicians such as New York Gov. George Pataki and Colorado Gov. Bill Owens.
Perhaps it is not surprising that the party of moveon.org and Michael Moore does not condemn loudly Prof. Churchills equating 9/11 victims to Nazis. But why havent the groups that sponsor the center that honored him for making that very comparison? And what about the funders who indirectly helped make such an honor possible?
...? Different story; author; and source.
related article, not the same one
Its from the Honolulu newspaper
oo-oo-oo,..."get BACK Loretta"[Williams] they just keep diggin'
Thanks for this thread.
Next Nancy Pelosi will be promoting the directive "every speck must count".
more money, including Soros.
The new saying: All fundings lead to Soros.
I don't have time at the moment... but years back I did find numerous front organizations as being "sponsors" were in fact fronts for the same old "standard" evil, capitalistic, leftwing sponsors.
Soros is investing all this money into these groups in order to affect a financial capital gain. It can't be because he's philanthropic (as billed), that's not what moves the man, IME.
If you read the list out loud it sounds just like the end of a PBS show.
United Church of Christ--another so-called church that belongs to the National Council of Churches. I even have naive family members that attend this "church".
"The Myers Center does not appear to file independent tax returns under its name, making it difficult to determine the groups overall budget or the total amount of grants it has received."
Thanks! Good digging by Mowbray.
Interesting post. Thank you.
Churchill and Jordan, what a pair. Both single-handedly dropping 'trau' exposing the vicious leftists in academia and journalist activists.
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