Skip to comments.Charlie Rangel celebrates birthday with fundraiser
Posted on 08/09/2011 4:12:59 PM PDT by clove
As Rep. Charlie Rangel prepares to celebrate his 81st birthday with a gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on Wednesday night, the veteran lawmaker faces a far different political landscape than he did just a year ago.
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I have no doubt that Charlie would not want to repeat his 80th birthday.
Living proof that the good die young. ;-)
JOE GARCIA AND HIS CORRUPT, PRO-CASTRO FRIEND CHARLIE RANGEL (D-NY):
"Rangel is an avowed admirer of the former Cuban President Fidel Castro. In April 1993, the congressman introduced legislation to repeal the Cuban Democracy Act of 1992, which ended U.S. assistance to the Castro government, and to lift the American embargo against Cuba. When Castro toured Harlem in October of 1995, Rangel greeted him with a bear hug at an event in a local church, where the congressman joined in a prolonged standing ovation for the visiting dictator."
From the Rutgers University history dept...
Fidel Castro in Harlem
By Carolyn A. Brown, on the AfrLabor list,
25 October 1995
To Afrlabor Members
I must apologize. I was at the Castro speech at Abyssynia and had begun to write a report only to get side tracked. At any rate it was quite an event. The historic importance was underscored by several people who recalled his earlier visit 35 years ago. It was also significant that many people there felt that the African American community has always welcomed Fidel. The room was filled with left dignataries such as Angela Davis, Amiri Baraka, even Leonard Jeffries attended with Gil Nobel. The politicians included Charlie Rangel and Serrano of the Bronx. He also made a number of comments about his attire (he put on the fatiques to come to Harlem, as he had before rather than the business suit).
Apparently he also went by the Hotel Theresa which now is an office building. It was quite an event. The audience was quite mixed w/ a number of whites as well as the majority Latinos and African Americans. Rev. Calvin Butts the minister of Abyssynia, chided Fidel for attending church when Butts (and Jessie Jackson) visited Cuba w/ a group of ministers several years ago. Butts said he asked Fidel if he believed in God. Fidel, he said, answered, "I like church!". The very moving piece of the speech was when he spoke about how many Cubans had gone to Angola and confronted the nuclear power South Africa. He also said that the South African nuclear warheads are still under the control of some right wing groups there.
Those of us in New York were quite angry that our Mayor Guiliani had chosen to snub Fidel in such an immature macho way. (Of course none of us think Guiliani is really a "strong" macho but a "whimp".) We also note that he somehow feels he can shape U.S. foreign policy by "uninviting" Arafat to Lincoln Center for a concert. (He actually did give invites addressed to "Palestine"to the PLO) He actually had someone go in and ask Arafat to leave. Of course the Chinese remained although they had run over students in Tianamen square [another example of brutal communist totalitarian behavior...Castro has done similiar things in Cuba -ETL]. Even though Fidel wasn't invited to Clinton's luncheon (all praises to the Florida vote!) he was wined and dined by the Council on Foreign Relations with an all star cast of participants including a Rockefeller.
Fidel spent the next day in the South Bronx meeting with Puerto Rican politicians.
Carolyn A. Brown
Dept of HIstory
Anyone else, ANYONE, would have been enjoying a prison sentence, not a birthday party.
Shouldnt he be in jail?
Note: the page (on the Workers World Party website) with this photo has recently been removed.
But here's other evidence of his speaking at the event:
"Among the many speakers were elected representativesU.S. Rep. Charles Rangel and New York City Council members Charles Barron and Margarita Lopezwho have bucked their party to come out against the war. Barron has also introduced a Troops Out Now resolution in the City Council."--Workers World Party
Workers World Party: From Harlem to mayors mansion, marchers say, ''Bring the troops home now!'
55 W. 17 St., NY, NY 10011
Troops Out Now Coalition
55 W. 17th St. #5C
NY NY 10011
"Dear Comrade Kim Jong Il...
With his leadership [Kim Il Sung], the Korean people defeated the Japanese colonial occupation and soon after brought about the first defeat of the U.S. imperialist military machine. ...
Workers World Party values our close, comradely relations with the Workers Party of Korea very highly. We are proud to have known Kim Il Sung as a great leader and a comrade in the international communist movement. ..."
With comradely solidarity, Sam Marcy Chairperson, Workers World Party" (1994):
Also speaking at the rally above was communist attorney/terrorist defender, Lynne Stewart. The event marked the 2nd anniversary of the start of the Iraq war (March 19, 2005).
Is there ANYTHING that these bastards do that ISN’T associated with fundraising???
Like my grandfather. The kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back. Died at 74 of heart failure (ok, 74 isn’t young, but it’s not real old either).
Talk about a "HOBBIT"!
Old Charlie needs to spend more time in Puerto Rico.
Lol! The “TROOPS” part of the group’s name is washed out by sunlight. It’s the same podium where Rangel was speaking from (see photo above).
Yes, in a just world he would be in jail. He has some nerve going on TV talking about how the rich should pay more taxes. What a lying crook!