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Tracking Down A Fifth Column Front [Who Funds the Anti-War Commies? (Mine)]
FrontPageMag ^ | September 18, 2002 | Edward Immler

Posted on 01/19/2003 12:32:45 AM PST by dware

Tracking Down A Fifth Column Front
By Edward Immler | September 18, 2002

Vietnam-era anti-war protestors continue their demonstrating today, most recently in San Francisco against a potential Iraq war, but the sponsorship, partnerships, and funding of these groups raise questions about their real purpose. They are very organized, have a significant Internet presence, and actively raise large amounts of money.

This all started when I saw the name of a protest group listed in an AP wire story. I wondered a bit about this and tried to find out about this group via the Internet. I found that I could trace it back at least to 1987 (in various forms, though at the same address). Note that if a foreign country wanted to fund anti-war activism regarding Iraq, all they'd need to do is donate to a day care center in New York (and it's deductible).

This is the AP story that piqued my curiosity:

SEPTEMBER 14, 17:02 ET

5 U.S.-Born Terror Suspects Charged


Associated Press Writer

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Five American-born men accused of operating a terrorist cell linked to al-Qaida appeared in court Saturday and were charged with providing material support to terrorists.


Just before the hearing in U.S. District Court, a carload of people drove by the federal building chanting: ``U.S.A! U.S.A!'' Three members of the protest group Act Now to Stop War and End Racism silently held signs reading ``Stop the racist witch hunt'' across the street...

So, what on earth is the group "Act Now to Stop War and End Racism?" I did a Google search and came up with a website:

They call themselves International A.N.S.W.E.R (acronym for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). Looks like an old anti-war group from the Vietnam era, complete with Ramsey Clark speaking at a rally (look at the upper right hand side of the webpage). I did a little digging and turns out this is an Iraqi support group. The name changes but the address and phone remains the same.

Domain Name..........
Creation Date........ 2001-09-18
Registration Date.... 2001-09-18
Expiry Date.......... 2002-09-18
Organisation Name.... International Action Center
Organisation Address. 39 West 14th Street, Room 206
Organisation Address.
Organisation Address. New York
Organisation Address. 10011
Organisation Address. NY
Organisation Address. UNITED STATES

A Google search on the phone number (212) 633-6646 brings back something that I had to take from the Google archives...the link is no longer any good. Note that the address of the Iraq Sanctions Challenge is the same as the WHOIS address above. Do a Google search on the phrase using that phone number and you bring up all sorts of things. Must be an interesting office, what with the Free Mumia crowd, the Iraq Sanctions Challenge, U.S. Out of Korea Committee, and the Coalition to Stop U.S. Intervention in the Mideast, among others.

Formerly found at:

Delegation Delivers Over $4 Million of Medicine to Iraq

Press Release - 13 May 1998

The 100 strong Iraq Sanctions Challenge delegation has returned after delivering over $4 million worth of medicine to Iraq in defiance of the genocidal U.S.-led U.N. Sanctions.

Below are the press releases that have been sent out by the Iraq Sanctions Challenge office in New York with day by day updates on the Challenge's

activities and progress.

Iraq Sanctions Challenge
39 West 14 Street, Suite 206
New York, NY 10011
(212) 633-6646
Fax (212) 633-2889

For Immediate Release

Attention: Assignment Editor

Contact: Deirdre Sinnott
Greg Butterfield
(212) 633-6646

Iraq Sanctions Challenge Delegation Returns to Home With No Governmental Interference. New phase in the Struggle to End Sanctions is Opened. "We must force the U.S. government to end the sanctions policies, " said Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, from Baghdad.

From May 6 to 13, 100 Iraq Sanctions Challenge delegates visited Iraq in defiance of the U.S.-led United Nations sanctions. The delegates brought more than $4 million worth of medicines for the Iraqi people. They visited hospitals, schools, water sanitation facilities, and other areas hard-hit by sanctions. More than 1.5 million people have died as a result of the sanctions, mostly children and the elderly.

The Iraq Sanctions Challenge has an email address and a WHOIS for gives another organization at the same address:

International Action Center (IACENTER2-DOM)
39 West 14th Street, #206
NY, NY 10011
Administrative Contact:
Flounders, Sara (SF1171) iacenter@IACENTER.ORG
International Action Center
39 West 14th Street, Room 206
New York, NY 10011
(212) 633-6646 (FAX) (212) 633-2889

A September 25, 2001 New York Post article lists several more organizations at that same office.

Mumiacs for Terror -- Chez, 18:50:20 09/25/01

THE organizers of Saturday's "vigil against racism and war" in Union Square Park - and a rally there the next day in solidarity with "Arab and Muslim sisters and brothers" - are being led by Ramsey Clark. Clark, who was LBJ's attorney general, is chairman of the International Action Center, an umbrella group which shares its West 14th Street office and its telephone with such groups as Iraq Sanctions Challenge; Peace for Cuba; U.S. Out of Korea Committee; Coalition to Stop U.S. Intervention in the Mideast, which was created in 1990 before the Gulf War; and Millions for Mumia, which works to free cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Clark and his comrades, including the pro-Palestinian group Al-Awda, now have a new committee, Answer: Act Now to Stop War and Racism. They march on Washington, D.C., next week.

Here's another group that uses that address and phone number:

Peoples Video Network

International Action Center

Workers World Party


SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2001, - 3:00 p.m.

55 W. 17 St., Fifth Floor, NYC

R.S.V.P. Peoples Video Network

212-633-6646 extension 15

Ellen Andors, Ph.D., videographer, anthropologist, teacher, socialist, political organizer, and single working parent, died on August 2, 2000, at the age of 54.

As a teacher of anthropology in the City University system for 25 years, Ellen used multi-media as a way to educate about capitalism's ills and the need to struggle against them.

In 1994, Ellen became a member of Workers World Party, and joined the Peoples Video Network. She became a driving force in producing progressive videos documenting numerous struggles. She produced and edited many political videos that are broadcast around the globe.

The stunning Metal of Dishonor is a groundbreaking expose of the Pentagon's use of depleted uranium weapons. The Prison-Industrial Complex: An Interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal features the political prisoner and award-winning journalist speaking from Pennsylvania's death row with Monica Moorehead and Larry Holmes.

At the time of her death, Ellen was compiling footage for a comprehensive video exposing the dangers NATO poses to the peoples of the world. The Peoples Video Network is committed to finishing this important project...

*Tax-deductible donations to complete production of the video about NATO that Ellen began can be sent to People's Rights Fund/Ellen Andors Memorial Fund, at 39 W. 14 St., Suite 206, New York, N.Y. 10011. For information: Call 212-633-6646

Who provides their funding? From their donations link:

The People's Rights Fund is a fiscal sponsor for the International Action Center and A.N.S.W.E.R., including demonstrations, teach-ins and other activities held in Washington on September 29, 2001, and April 20 and the recent June 1 National Anti-war conference in New York City and a protest at FBI headquarters on June 29 as well as the upcoming Independent Commissions of Inquiry into U.S.-backed Israeli War Crimes. The People's Rights Fund is sponsoring the holding of educational events to inform the people of the U.S. about the dangers of a new war initiated by the U.S. government, about the racist attacks in this country, and concerning the threats to civil liberties to the people of this country. The Fund is also sponsoring the production of educational materials on these subjects.

And who is this?

People's Rights Fund

The People's Rights Fund is a small foundation with limited resources that has channeled its support to projects often considered too controversial for more traditional funders. This has included the production of educational material opposing sanctions against defenseless populations, and combating racism and anti-Arab bigotry during the buildup to the Gulf War against Iraq. Its grants allowed the production of leaflets and other materials for the first U.S. demonstrations against the Gulf War. It has also helped provide informational material for major rallies against the blockade of Cuba.

A grant from the People's Rights Fund initiated the work on this book, the children are dying.

The People's Rights Fund is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, educational organization. It depends on contributions from people who understand that grassroots activism can mobilize progressive public opinion into a powerful force. It has supported projects that use literature and/or video and have mobilized both small groups and great public assemblies to protect and advance the rights of the poor, the powerless, and the oppressed.

For more information or to send a donation, write to:

People's Rights Fund
39 West 14th Street, #206
New York, NY 10011, USA

The People’s Rights Fund (fiscal sponsor for the International Action Center) has a website. You can see that they have branches across the nation and plan events long in advance.

The People's Rights Fund is a reporting charity, claiming to be a day care center at one time (at least to get IRS approval), apparently.

Found via:

Peoples Rights Fund, Inc.
NEW YORK, NY 10011

Information in this report is derived from IRS Form 990 or IRS Form 990-EZ, an annual report filed by nonprofit organizations.

Who We Are

Day care center

Program / Activities

Education N.E.C.

Financial Info

Fiscal Year: 2000

Assets: $92,737

Income: $382,377

This organization files an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

more financial information

EIN: 13-3270831

Ruling Year: 1987

These five contributions shown below were pretty hefty no matter what scale is used. Anti-war activism is clearly no small enterprise. The obvious question is, who donated that money and what was the original source? Was it overseas money laundered through a US citizen?

This was foound at page 13:

Peoples Rights Fund, Inc 13-3270831
Schedule A: Identification of Excess Contributions included on Part IV, line 26B
*** Not Open To Public Inspection ***

Total Contribution/Excess Contribution

60,000. 38,285.
74,000. 52,285.
60,000. 38,285.
25,000. 3,285.
30,000. 8,285.

Total Excess Contributions to Schedule A, Line 26B

Is it possible to link the International Action Center to Iraq? Very easily, as it turns out. Iraq’s ambassador, Dr. Saeed Hasan, participated in a program sponsored by the International Action Center in 1999:

Program: First Hearing of the Independent Commission of Inquiry to Investigate U.S./NATO War Crimes Against the People of Yugoslavia

July 31, 1999 • New York City

[We are preparing transcripts of as many speeches and papers as possible from the Initial Hearing; watch this page for links to individual names]


10:00 am - 11:00 am Opening Plenary
11:15 am - 1:00 pm Panel Discussions
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch in the Hall
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Panel Discussions
3:45 pm - 6:00 pm Closing Plenary featuring Ramsey Clark


Opening Plenary: The Case for an Independent War Crimes Tribunal
Moderator: Sara Flounders, International Action Center


David Jacobs, attorney, Canadian lawyers group
Michel Chossudovsky, economist and author
Roland Keith, OSCE monitor in Kosovo
Monica Moorehead, Workers World newspaper and Mumia Awareness Week introducing a taped message from Mumia Abu-Jamal
Dr. Saeed Hasan, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Iraq to the UN

There is an excellent article about Ramsey Clark, head of the International Action Center here. This article describes the relationship between Clark, the International Action Center, and the Workers World Party (described as an orthodox Stalinist sect). The policies of the Workers World Party add a level of complexity here. Are we still fighting the Cold War? Or is the Workers World Party simply a funding device? If it is the latter, then the immediate question is about the source of funds. The next question is, why? The International Action Center is able to raise significant amounts of tax-deductible money, that’s clear. The purpose is not so simple. Is this a means for the Workers World Party to develop an anarchistic atmosphere in the United States? Divide the population and jump into the gap to gain political control?

Louis J. Freeh, Director of the FBI, stated in testimony before the Committees on Appropriations, Armed Services, and Select Committee on Intelligence: From:

“Anarchists and extremist socialist groups -- many of which, such as the Workers' World Party, Reclaim the Streets, and Carnival Against Capitalism -- have an international presence and, at times, also represent a potential threat in the United States. For example, anarchists, operating individually and in groups, caused much of the damage during the 1999 World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Seattle.”

The International Action Center is not a one-pony show. There are many elements of it beyond the anti-Iraq war aspect (North Korea/Cuba/Mumia/etc.). I believe they are acting to disable and destruct society’s institutions in order to forward an agenda. The oath of enlistment of a soldier in the US Army begins, "I WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC;..." Dissent is one thing, and is a Constitutional right, but we must not forget that there can be domestic enemies.

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1 posted on 01/19/2003 12:32:46 AM PST by dware
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2 posted on 01/19/2003 12:34:53 AM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: dware
Wow. This is a nice piece of research, and very informative.

I wish the author would have been able to explore the Internet presence of these groups, more.

It certainly shows why we can't let the anti-war types go unchallenged, especially when it comes to finances.

3 posted on 01/19/2003 12:51:40 AM PST by unsycophant
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Wow. This is a nice piece of research, and very informative. I wish the author would have been able to explore the Internet presence of these groups, more. It certainly shows why we can't let the anti-war types go unchallenged, especially when it comes to finances. 3 posted on 01/19/2003 0:51 AM PST by unsycophant [

DITTO ! thank goodness for google search!

4 posted on 01/19/2003 12:56:18 AM PST by timestax
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To: *Blackshirts; *Communist Subversion
5 posted on 01/19/2003 1:02:20 AM PST by Djarum
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To: unsycophant
Is there any simliarly murky organization to defend our country against domestic agents that seek to destroy our Republic?
6 posted on 01/19/2003 1:08:13 AM PST by I_dmc
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To: unsycophant; timestax
Here's a little more info on the "board of directors" (according to IRS Form 990, filed Jan. 15, 2002):

Kathleen Durkin, President
220 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011

Sharyn Finkelman, Vice-President
40 Waterside Plaza
New York, NY 10010

Susan Davis, Secretary-Treasurer
258 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

The books are kept by:

William Sacks, Esq.
7 Penn Plaza, Suite 830
New York, NY 10001

According to the IRS document, excess contributor info is not open to public inspection. However, I think this is probably the most important info, and I have several sources to check at this point.

7 posted on 01/19/2003 1:12:02 AM PST by dware (I sometimes have trouble finishing what I....)
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8 posted on 01/19/2003 1:12:56 AM PST by WSGilcrest (I love them! I actually look forward to my periods.)
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To: I_dmc
Well, it's not quite murky, but I think is a hell of a start.
9 posted on 01/19/2003 1:15:38 AM PST by dware (I sometimes have trouble finishing what I....)
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10 posted on 01/19/2003 1:19:06 AM PST by SoDak (> /dev/null)
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11 posted on 01/19/2003 1:24:51 AM PST by dware (I sometimes have trouble finishing what I....)
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This is just off the top of my head, but ...

I wonder if these have a direct link to Physicians and Nurses for Social Responsibility and another group, Voices in the Wilderness. The former is one of the group which vilated restrictions in the 90s and traveled to Iraq with "medications and toys" - and it is the group that is linked via a friend to Fed of American Scientists member Rosenberg , who for a while there was active in trying to cast suspicion on Dr. Steven Hatfill. This was done using a report written by Rosenberg's friend, a woman who belongs to Phys & Nurses for Soc Resp.

12 posted on 01/19/2003 1:36:14 AM PST by piasa (Sheep! It's what's for supper.)
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Thousands of groups and individuals have endorsed A.N.S.W.E.R.'s January 18, 2003 National March on Washington Against the War in Iraq, among them:

The National Lawyers Guild
Dr. Hans Christof von Sponeck (former director of the UN Oil for Food Program)
Ramsey Clark (former U.S. Attorney General)
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.
New York City Labor Against the War
Patti Smith
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (Dem., Georgia)
Black Voices for Peace
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton (Auxiliary Bishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit)
Rev. Herbert Daughtry, National Pastor, House of the Lord Pentecostal Church
Rev. John Dear
Rev. Graylan Hagler (Sr. Minister, Plymouth Cong. Church)
Global Exchange
Howard Zinn
The Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
Green Party USA
Charles Barron, NYC City Councilmember
IFCO/Pastors for Peace *
Free Palestine Alliance *
Partnership for Civil Justice - LDEF *
Bayan USA-International *
Nicaragua Network *
Muslim Student Association of the US/Canada *
Korea Truth Commission *
International Action Center *
Kensington Welfare Rights Union *
Middle East Children's Alliance *
Mexico Solidarity Network *

* A.N.S.W.E.R. Steering Committee
13 posted on 01/19/2003 1:40:56 AM PST by unsycophant
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To: dware
OUTSTANDING RESEARCH! One solitary soul with gritty determination does more first rate investigatory reporting than the entire corrupt (and lazy) multi-billion dollar lame-stream media. This is the Internet at its best, a la Drudge.
14 posted on 01/19/2003 1:46:07 AM PST by friendly
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To: unsycophant; All
This is the best! Thanks.
15 posted on 01/19/2003 1:47:08 AM PST by friendly
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To: unsycophant
Interesting that the National Lawyer's Guild supports them - they received a grant of $200.00 from the People's Rights Fund, Inc. according to IRS documentation.
16 posted on 01/19/2003 1:50:20 AM PST by dware (I sometimes have trouble finishing what I....)
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To: unsycophant; friendly
Take note: the following organizations received grants from PRF, Inc. in 2002:

Democracy in Haiti Commission ($2,532.00)
All Peoples Congress ($8,000.00)
Peoples Video Network ($7,950.00)
Center for United Labor Action ($8,000.00)
Students and Youth Against Racism ($5,800.00)
Texas Coalition on the Death Penalty ($345.00)
AIDS Research and Development Fund ($8,200.00)
International Action Center A.N.S.W.E.R. ($43,497.00, $9,450.00, $46,000.00, $1,000.00)
Job Is a Right Campaign ($1,550.00, $23,250.00)
World View Forum ($17,750.00)
National Peoples Campaign ($3,000.00, $1,025.00)
Carribean/Central American Education Project ($9,000.00)
Harriet Tubman School ($5,000.00)
National Lawyers Guild ($200.00)
The Poetry Calendar ($2,500.00)

On Monday, I am going to contact the NY Attorney General's Office to find out which, if any, financial statements held by the State would contain donor info. Then, I am going to file a Freedom of Information Act request for those documents. If any of you in New York know of anyone that would be willing to view the documents in the office, that would save me on copying costs.

17 posted on 01/19/2003 2:00:16 AM PST by dware (I sometimes have trouble finishing what I....)
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18 posted on 01/19/2003 2:01:59 AM PST by friendly
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To: dware
And that will do it for me's now 0300 hours, and I am zonked. See you in the morning (late, late morning...)!
19 posted on 01/19/2003 2:02:19 AM PST by dware (I sometimes have trouble finishing what I....)
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Program: First Hearing of the Independent Commission of Inquiry to Investigate U.S./NATO War Crimes Against the People of Yugoslavia
July 31, 1999 • New York City
[We are preparing transcripts of as many speeches and papers as possible from the Initial Hearing; watch this page for links to individual names]


3:45 pm - 6:00 pm Closing Plenary featuring Ramsey Clark Why would Ramsey Clark be participating in a non-profit sponsered inquiry into war crimes of a force he supposedly commanded?

20 posted on 01/19/2003 2:44:41 AM PST by meadsjn
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To: dware
My goodness Sir, that was good work! May the Most High God bless you and keep you.
21 posted on 01/19/2003 2:58:04 AM PST by Iris7
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22 posted on 01/19/2003 3:41:09 AM PST by dasboot
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To: dware
bump FYI
23 posted on 01/19/2003 9:08:14 AM PST by timestax
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To: Iris7
I wish I could take credit for all of this. After becoming enraged at these guys, I started sniffing around the 'Net & found this article. I am hoping to take it further, however, and find out who, exactly, is funding these guys.
24 posted on 01/19/2003 9:09:41 AM PST by dware (I sometimes have trouble finishing what I....)
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To: piasa
Voices in the Wilderness has a webpage hosted by the International Action Center at:

The following statement is from their site:

We oppose the development, storage and use—in any country—of any weapons of mass destruction, be they nuclear, chemical, biological or economic. We advocate active development of effective nonviolent methods of social struggle.

25 posted on 01/19/2003 9:22:17 AM PST by dware (I sometimes have trouble finishing what I....)
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Why would Ramsey Clark be participating in a non-profit sponsered inquiry into war crimes of a force he supposedly commanded?

I believe you're thinking of General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Allied Commnder of Europe for NATO.

Ramsey Clark was Attorney General in the LBJ administration.

26 posted on 01/19/2003 9:27:53 AM PST by Jarhead_22
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To: Jarhead_22
Thanks for the correction.
27 posted on 01/19/2003 9:32:49 AM PST by meadsjn
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To: dware
"On Monday, I am going to contact the NY Attorney General's Office to find out..."

Monday is a Federal holiday. I enjoy celebrating the birth of Robert E. Lee on this holiday and wonder what that honorable man would make of the traitorous organizations listed in this post.
28 posted on 01/19/2003 9:48:00 AM PST by NewRomeTacitus
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To: unsycophant
If I am not mistaken it was David Corn who recently brought up the fact that the anti war rallies are being funded by communist groups.

In a recent column he warned the left to beware of who is organizing these rallies.

29 posted on 01/19/2003 9:52:01 AM PST by mware
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To: dware
Character from the TV show, Twin Peaks.
30 posted on 01/19/2003 10:04:06 AM PST by SoDak (> /dev/null)
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To: dware
Nation magazine has said that ANSWER is supported by the World Workers Party, an international communist organization.

I was at the health club yesterday, and already annoyed by the surfeit of lefties protesting on every freeway overpass, when coverage of the protest in DC came on the tv. I just couldn't stop myself, I had to comment rhetoricly, but I knew the woman who had been watching animal planet would respond. I remarked that I would like to ask the stupid protesters what the difference is between using military force on Milosovic and on Sadam, was Milosovic worse than Saddam? The animal planet lady answered with a smile, "It's all about oil." I said, " No it's not, we could buy all the oil we wanted from Iraq." Kosovo was more about oil than Iraq. She dithered a bit and then just smiled and said, well there's an election coming up and it's really all about that. She also admitted to being a leftist herself.
31 posted on 01/19/2003 10:06:36 AM PST by Eva
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To: dware
I came across that list (oops, forgot to link it, but it is on their website). It's very interesting to see who their supporters are, particularly the ones identified as part of the *steering panel.

I hope Rush discusses some of this on his show this week. People really need to understand what some of these groups are up to, where the funding comes from--especially WHY.

32 posted on 01/19/2003 10:13:43 AM PST by unsycophant
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To: mware
The left needs to be educated. As is typical of most things, it's up to us on the right to do it.
35 posted on 01/19/2003 10:19:52 AM PST by unsycophant
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Some of these orgs seem to be nothing more than fronts for ways of easily moving money around from one entity to another. dware found some information that seemed to show how one of them had started as a daycare (DAYCARE??) center--now defunct, and replaced by a radical fringe group.

WHAT is going on? I'm all for free speech, but I am not willing to allow fringe groups that are being funded by foreign interests to undermine our country by manipulating a bunch of leftist 60s crackpots with fried brains.

36 posted on 01/19/2003 10:31:10 AM PST by unsycophant
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37 posted on 01/19/2003 11:28:08 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Impeach Governor Gray Davis!)
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To: NewRomeTacitus
Oops...didn't think about that one. Guess it'll have to wait until Tuesday.
38 posted on 01/19/2003 11:36:20 AM PST by dware (I sometimes have trouble finishing what I....)
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To: dware
However, I think this is probably the most important info, and I have several sources to check at this point.

Strange. I think one of these folks (not naming any names) was what as known as a "tenant activist," and lived in my building on the Upper West Side. He refused to buy his apt. when it went coop - because he owned other property and it would have been a tax liability. So we, the owners, essentially covered the shortfall in his rent-controlled rent with our maintenance payments, so that he could reap his tax benefits elsewhere.

Why am I not surprised?

42 posted on 01/19/2003 2:06:22 PM PST by livius
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43 posted on 01/19/2003 2:11:15 PM PST by Travis McGee (--------------------------- WAR SOLVED HITLER! -------------------------)
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To: dware
See also, form

International A.N.S.W.E.R. is a post-9/11 creation of the International Action Center, one of many front groups for the Workers World Party. The Workers World Party:
» supported the Chinese government's 1989 Tienanmen Square massacre
» supports the "socialist" North Korean dictatorship of Kim Jong Il
» and views Iraq's Saddam Hussein as a beacon of anti-imperialist resistance
» defends the genocidal Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic

For these reasons, as well as Workers World's poor track record of relations with other groups, some people refuse to attend A.N.S.W.E.R. events, including the January 18 anti-war protest.

On the pro side, A.N.S.W.E.R. has proven skill at organizing massive demonstrations. Most who attend the group's protests know nothing about their actual political leanings and merely wish to express their opposition to war in Iraq

And many people and groups who are repulsed by A.N.S.W.E.R.'s support for genocidal dictators choose to attend their anti-war protests anyway, because they feel it is so urgent to stop the Iraq war.

See, for example, Z Magazine's Q&A on the topic (A.N.S.W.E.R. is discussed in #8):

To help you make up your mind, we've assembled links to a range of writings on the topic - some more factual, some more polemical, from various points on the political spectrum:
Lengthy, detailed expose of International Action Center's politics
Anarchist critique of Workers World Party
David Corn critique of A.N.S.W.E.R.'s October 26 D.C. anti-war march
Salon reporter's critique of A.N.S.W.E.R. and other far-left anti-war groups
A critical response to Corn and other A.N.S.W.E.R. detractors
An example of A.N.S.W.E.R.'s relations with other groups
Why the A.N.S.W.E.R. style of political mobilization is inherently disempowering

brought to you by International A.O.W.C.U.T.G.D.F.P.

44 posted on 01/19/2003 2:15:27 PM PST by RonDog
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45 posted on 01/19/2003 2:16:05 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: RonDog
Nice! Thank you.
46 posted on 01/19/2003 2:19:11 PM PST by dware (I sometimes have trouble finishing what I....)
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To: dware
See also, from the left-wing LA Weekly:
NOVEMBER 1 - 7, 2002

Behind the Placards
The odd and troubling origins of today’s anti-war movement
by David Corn

FREE MUMIA. FREE THE CUBAN 5. FREE JAMIL AL-AMIN (that’s H. Rap Brown, the former Black Panther convicted in March of killing a sheriff’s deputy in 2000). And free Leonard Peltier. Also, defeat Zionism. And, while we’re at it, let’s bring the capitalist system to a halt.

When tens of thousands of people gathered near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for an anti-war rally and march in Washington last Saturday, the demands hurled by the speakers extended far beyond the call for no war against Iraq. Opponents of the war can be heartened by the sight of people coming together in Washington and other cities for pre-emptive protests. But demonstrations such as these are not necessarily strategic advances, for the crowds are still relatively small and, more importantly, the message is designed by the far left for consumption by those already in their choir.

In a telling sign of the organizers’ priorities, the cause of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the taxi driver/radical journalist sentenced to death two decades ago for killing a policeman, drew greater attention than the idea that revived and unfettered weapons inspections should occur in Iraq before George W. Bush launches a war. Few of the dozens of speakers, if any, bothered suggesting a policy option regarding Saddam Hussein other than a simplistic leave-Iraq-alone. Jesse Jackson may have been the only major figure to acknowledge Saddam’s brutality, noting that the Iraqi dictator “should be held accountable for his crimes.” What to do about Iraq? Most speakers had nothing to say about that. Instead, the Washington rally was a pander fest for the hard left.

If public-opinion polls are correct, 33 percent to 40 percent of the public opposes an Iraq war; even more are against a unilateral action. This means the burgeoning anti-war movement has a large recruiting pool, yet the demo was not intended to persuade doubters. Nor did it speak to Americans who oppose the war but who don’t consider the United States a force of unequaled imperialist evil and who don’t yearn to smash global capitalism.

This was no accident, for the demonstration was essentially organized by the Workers World Party, a small political sect that years ago split from the Socialist Workers Party to support the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956. The party advocates socialist revolution and abolishing private property. It is a fan of Fidel Castro’s regime in Cuba, and it hails North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il for preserving his country’s “socialist system,” which, according to the party’s newspaper, has kept North Korea “from falling under the sway of the transnational banks and corporations that dictate to most of the world.” The WWP has campaigned against the war-crimes trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. A recent Workers World editorial declared, “Iraq has done absolutely nothing wrong.”

Officially, the organizer of the Washington demonstration was International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism). But ANSWER is run by WWP activists, to such an extent that it seems fair to dub it a WWP front. Several key ANSWER officials — including spokesperson Brian Becker — are WWP members. Many local offices for ANSWER’s protest were housed in WWP offices. Earlier this year, when ANSWER conducted a press briefing, at least five of the 13 speakers were WWP activists. They were each identified, though, in other ways, including as members of the International Action Center.

The IAC, another WWP offshoot, was a key partner with ANSWER in promoting the protest. It was founded by Ramsey Clark, attorney general for President Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s. For years, Clark has been on a bizarre political odyssey, much of the time in sync with the Workers World Party. As an attorney, he has represented Lyndon LaRouche, the leader of a political cult. He has defended Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzic and Pastor Elizaphan Ntakirutimana, who was accused of participating in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Clark is also a member of the International Committee To Defend Slobodan Milosevic. The international war-crimes tribunal, he explains, “is war by other means” — that is, a tool of the West to crush those who stand in the way of U.S. imperialism, like Milosevic. A critic of the ongoing sanctions against Iraq, Clark has appeared on talking-head shows and refused to concede any wrongdoing on Saddam’s part. There is no reason to send weapons inspectors to Iraq, he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “After 12 years of brutalization with sanctions and bombing they’d like to be a country again. They’d like to have sovereignty again. They’d like to be left alone.”

It is not redbaiting to note the WWP’s not-too-hidden hand in the nascent anti-war movement. It explains the tone and message of Saturday’s rally. Take the question of inspections. According to Workers World, at a party conference in September, Sara Flounders, a WWP activist, reported war opponents were using the slogan “inspections, not war.” Flounders, the paper says, “pointed out that ‘inspections ARE war’ in another form,” and that she had “prepared party activists to struggle within the movement on this question.” Translation: The WWP would do whatever it could to smother the “inspections, not war” cry. Inspections-before-invasion is an effective argument against the dash to war. But it conflicts with WWP support for opponents of U.S. imperialism. At the Washington event, the WWP succeeded in blocking out that line — while promoting anti-war messages more simpatico with its dogma.

WWP shaped the demonstration’s content by loading the speakers’ list with its own people. None, though, were identified as belonging to the WWP. Larry Holmes, who emceed much of the rally from a stage dominated by ANSWER posters, was introduced as a representative of the ANSWER Steering Committee and the International Action Center. The audience was not told that he is also a member of the secretariat of the Workers World Party. When Leslie Feinberg spoke and accused Bush of concocting a war to cover up “the capitalist economic crisis,” she informed the crowd that she is “a Jewish revolutionary” dedicated to the “fight against Zionism.” When I asked her what groups she worked with, she replied that she was a “lesbian-gay-bi-transgender movement activist.” Yet a May issue of Workers World describes Feinberg as a “lesbian and transgendered communist and a managing editor of Workers World.” The WWP’s Sara Flounders, who urged the crowd to resist “colonial subjugation,” was presented as an IAC rep. Shortly after she spoke, Holmes introduced one of the event’s big-name speakers: Ramsey Clark. He declared that the Bush administration aims to “end the idea of individual freedom.”

Most of the protesters, I assume, were oblivious to the WWP’s role in the event. They merely wanted to gather with other foes of the war and express their collective opposition. They waved signs (“We need an Axis of Sanity,” “Draft Perle,” “Collateral Damage = Civilian Deaths,” “Fuck Bush”). They cheered on rappers who sang, “No blood for oil.” They laughed when Medea Benjamin, the head of Global Exchange, said, “We need to stop the testosterone-poisoning of our globe.” They filled red ANSWER donation buckets with coins and bills. But how might they have reacted if Holmes and his comrades had asked them to stand with Saddam, Milosevic and Kim? Or to oppose further inspections in Iraq?

One man in the crowd was wise to the behind-the-scenes politics. When Brian Becker, a WWP member introduced (of course) as an ANSWER activist, hit the stage, Paul Donahue, a middle-aged fellow who works with the Thomas Merton Peace and Social Justice Center in Pittsburgh, shouted, “Stalinist!” Donahue and his colleagues at the Merton Center, upset that WWP activists were in charge of this demonstration, had debated whether to attend. “Some of us tried to convince others to come,” Donahue recalled. “We figured we could dilute the [WWP] part of the message. But in the end most didn’t come. People were saying, ‘They’re Maoists.’ But they’re the only game in town, and I’ve got to admit they’re good organizers. They remembered everything but the Porta-Johns.” Rock singer Patti Smith, though, was not troubled by the organizers. “My main concern now is the anti-war movement,” she said before playing for the crowd. “I’m for a nonpartisan, globalist movement. I don’t care who it is as long as they feel the same.”

The WWP does have the shock troops and talent needed to construct a quasi mass demonstration. But the bodies have to come from elsewhere. So WWPers create fronts and trim their message, and anti-war Americans, who presumably don’t share WWP sentiments, have an opportunity to assemble and register their stand against the war. At the same time, WWP activists, hiding their true colors, gain a forum where thousands of people listen to their exhortations. Is this a good deal — or a dangerous one? Who’s using whom?

“Organizing against the silence is important,” Bob Borosage, executive director of Campaign for America’s Future, a leading progressive policy shop in Washington, said backstage at the rally: “This [rally] is easy to dismiss as the radical fringe, but it holds the potential for a larger movement down the road.” Borosage did add that the WWP “puts a slant on the speakers and that limits the appeal to others. But history shows that protests are organized first by militant, radical fringe parties and then get taken over by more centrist voices as the movement grows. They provide a vessel for people who want to protest.”

That’s the vessel-half-filled view. The other argument is that WWP’s involvement will prevent the anti-war movement from growing. Sure, the commies can rent buses and obtain parade permits, but if they have a say in the message, as they have had, the anti-war movement is going to have a tough time signing up non-lefties. When the organizers tried and failed to play a recorded message from Al-Amin, Lorena Stackpole, a 20-year-old New York University student, said, “This is not what I came for.” And an organizer for a non-revolutionary peace group that participated in the event remarked, “The rhetoric here is not useful if we want to expand.” After all, how does urging the release of Cubans accused of committing espionage in the United States — a pet project of the WWP — help draw more people into the anti-war movement? (In a similar reds-take-control situation, the “Not in My Name” campaign — which pushes an anti-war statement signed by scores of prominent and celebrity lefties, including Jane Fonda, Martin Luther King III, Marisa Tomei, Kurt Vonnegut and Oliver Stone — has been directed, in part, by C. Clark Kissinger, a longtime Maoist activist and member of the Revolutionary Communist Party.)

Let’s be real: A Washington demonstration involving tens of thousands of people will not yield much political impact — especially when held while Congress is out of town and the relevant legislation has already been rubber-stamped. (The organizers claimed 200,000 showed, but that seemed a pumped-up guesstimate, perhaps three or four times the real number.) The anti-war movement won’t have a chance of applying pressure on the political system unless it becomes much larger and able to squeeze elected officials at home and in Washington.

To reach that stage, the new peace movement will need the involvement of labor unions and churches. That’s where the troops are — in the pews, in the union halls. How probable is it, though, that mainstream churches and unions will join a coalition led by the we-love-North-Korea set? Moreover, is it appropriate for groups and churches that care about human rights and worker rights abroad and at home to make common cause with those who champion socialist tyrants?

At the rally, speaker after speaker declared, “We are the real Americans.” But most “real Americans” do not see a direct connection between Mumia, the Cuban Five and the war against Iraq. Jackson, for one, exclaimed, “This time the silent majority is on our side.” If the goal is to bring the silent majority into the anti-war movement, it’s not going to be achieved by people carrying pictures of Kim Jong-Il — even if they keep them hidden in their wallets.

As yet another WWP-in-disguise speaker addressed the crowd, Steve Cobble, a progressive political consultant, gazed out at the swarm of protesters and observed, “People are looking for something to do.” Good for them. But they ought to also look at the leaders they are following and wonder if those individuals will guide them toward a broader, more effective movement or toward the fringe irrelevance the WWPers know so well.

Jonathan H. Miller contributed to this report.

47 posted on 01/19/2003 2:45:01 PM PST by RonDog
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To: dware; RonDog; dix
Thanks for the info and the links. The mainstream newsmedia is failing to do its job - to inform the people. Every American should know about the anti-American, pro-terrorist quotes, history and foreign influences of these "peace" activists before the press acts as chief socialist promoter - reporting dates, times and locations of anti-American events as if they were covering the weekend movies. That's bunk. One could reasonably conclude that AP is willfully helping these groups hurt our President and our country. What else are we to think? These groups lie to our young people, to everyone and they are not being held accountable by our "crack" investigative reporters.

Also, the international peacenik campus organization is as devious and deceitful as any cult recruiting in history, imho. Lies and more damn lies, supported by the administrations of these schools...and taxpayers.

Who funds the left?
Peacenik contacts, events.
CHEW ON THIS, Christopher Hitchens.

48 posted on 01/19/2003 3:00:24 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl (F.R. Made possible through the generous donations of regular people like you.)
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To: dware
Well Done!
49 posted on 01/19/2003 3:14:45 PM PST by cmsgop ( I am not gonna see Lord of the Rings Jhoffa !!!!!!)
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