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Alinskyian agitators stir discontent in Ferguson, Missouri

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“…the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has given MCU the following national grants: $25,000 (2007-2008); $30,000 (2008-2009); $30,000 (2009-2010); $40,000 (2010-2011); $45,000 (2011-2012); $55,000 (2012-2013).”
By Stephanie Block
Rev. Tracey Blackman, speaking on “webinar video” (below) about the Gamaliel Foundations’s activism in Ferguson,[i] said that the Gamaliel-involved clergy must be “protectors of the narrative” and that they would be the ones to tell what really happened in Ferguson.
In an era when media regularly “shape” the news for their own political ends, we understand what Rev. Blackman means by a “narrative.” The facts – that a young Missouri man, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a policeman or that “communities of color” suffer disenfranchizement, disproportionate unemployment, and substandard education – are rarely presented in unadorned form.   They are “embroidered” with unsubstantiated claims.  One hears from one source that “Michael Brown was weaponless and unresisting” and from another that “Michael Brown had gunpowder on his hands.”  Eyewitnesses say he was shot despite having his hands in the air; eyewitness say he didn’t have his hands in the air.
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Gamaliel wants to be sure that its “narrative” is the one broadcast across the country – that Michael Brown was a victim of police brutality and a racist system that targets young black men.  This narrative counters another that would dismiss Michael Brown’s  neighborhood as violent, crime-riddled, disrespectful of the law, and trying to blame the police for its problems.
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In between these two “narratives” sits a frightened, long-suffering community with far more of its share of problems than anyone deserves.
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In true Alinskyian fashion, the Gamaliel Foundation is “rubbing raw the sores of discontent” to further its own ends.  On the webinar, Rev. Blackman says that violence not coming from the men of Michael Brown’s neighborhood but from outsiders.  That’s an important point to her – an example, she says, of what she means by “controlling the narrative.”
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Organizing the people of Michael Brown’s neighborhood for non-violent protest is also coming from “outsiders,” however.  The Gamaliel local in St. Louis, Metropolitan Congeregations United (MCU), staged a Call to Action – an “organized resistence” of people joining “those already standing in Ferguson” – during October 10-13, calling it a “Weekend of Resistence.”
People from around the country were asked to travel to Ferguson for an October 10 training in nonviolent resistence, in preparation for a march the following day.  Gamaliel’s National Campaign Director wrote after the event that: “Luminaries, old guard civil rights leaders, and out-of-state activists poured into St. Louis for the Mass Mobilization on Oct 11-13, wanting to participate in, or organize, what they may be deem to be the latest incarnation of the civil rights movement.”[ii]
Sunday, October 12 was designated as “Hands Up Sabbath.”  The clergy of “faith communities” were asked to address speak about the issues of police brutality and racism, using materials specially prepared by a coalition of groups that include another Alinskyian organzing network, PICO.  The  “Hands Up Sabbath Toolkit” contains “reflections” and prayers for congregational use, such as a liberationist “Prayer Patterned after the Lord’s Prayer” with the stunningly twisted and telling petition: “May our will be done on earth and in heaven and in the church in the United States.” [emphasis added.][iii]
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Then, on Monday, Gamaliel called for clergy-led civil disobedience, with the plan being that many would go to jail, presumably gaining national media coverage by the act.
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Lastly, protestors encouraged the signing of a national petition directed at local county executive candidates. [iv]  MCU’s – and Gamaliel’s – demands are that, whoever wins the election, will “within 30 days of taking office… hold a summit for the 90+ mayors of St. Louis County municipalities and all heads of law enforcement divisions. MCU wants the summit to focus on commitments from each mayor and police chief to implement community policing procedures, reform excessive traffic fines and abolishing the unjust debtor prison system, so that traffic violators, especially those of low income, are not being exploited to boost city coffers.”[v]
Debtor prison?  Boost city coffers?  Really?
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Gamaliel rhetoric is inflammatory and rousing.  One speaker on the webinar called the shooting of Michael Brown an act of genocide and that “Jesus was martryed in same manner as a lot of our black men… we have churches that are ready to get out there on the front line but other churches are ready to retreat and close their doors…as an organizer, I have to navigate that tension between those that are ready to be there.”
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Another, Rev. John Welch, chair of Gamaliel’s board of directors, said in response to a pointed question that it was not the role of clergy to be “peacemakers” but “developers of disturbance.”
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Is this a “narrative” that best serves a beleagured people or is there, perhaps, still another, yet to be explored?  Is there “good news” that clergy might carry, petitioning God’s will rather than Gamaliel’s?  Are there ways to help hurting people that don’t perpetuate structures of injustice?
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If Gamaliel were a purely secular political organization, such questions would make no sense.  As an organization with clergy among its leadership and that is funded by religious institutions,[vi] these questions are not merely reasonable – they are long overdue.
Stephanie Block also edits Los Pequenos – a newspaper based in New Mexico – and is the author of the four-volume ‘Change Agents: Alinskyian Organizing Among Religious Bodies’, which is available at Amazon.
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Note:
[i] Gamaliel webinar video, ““MCU and Gamaliel’s October Push for Ferguson” October 7, 2014: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgGE3gfJwcM&feature=youtu.be (accessed 10-15-14).  Link to the video appeared on the Gamaliel Foundation homepage: http://www.gamaliel.org (also accessed 10-15-14).
[ii] Laura Barrett, “A Generational Divide Between Organizers in Ferguson,” Rooflines (Shelterforce blog), 10-15-14.
[iv] Gamaliel petition, “After Ferguson, We Must Change Police and Court Practices in St. Louis County, To: County Executive Candidates Rick Stream and Steve Stenger:”
action.groundswell-mvmt.org/petitions/change-police-and-court-practices-in-st-louis-county
[v] Laura Barrett, “A Generational Divide Between Organizers in Ferguson,” Rooflines (Shelterforce blog), 10-15-14.
[vi] To give an example, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has given MCU the following national grants: $25,000 (2007-2008); $30,000 (2008-2009); $30,000 (2009-2010); $40,000 (2010-2011); $45,000 (2011-2012); $55,000 (2012-2013).

Pass up this weekend’s ‘second collection’ due to funding of groups inconsistent with Catholicism

PICO sunflower protestersIt is best to pass up the second collection at Mass today and tomorrow.  This second collection is for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD.)  For years your contributions to the CCHD have gone to many organizations who advocate for abortion, redefinition of Marriage and socialism (rejected in Catechism section 2425.)

Beneficiaries of CCHD money are;  affiliates of PICO National Network, affiliates of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) which was founded by Saul Alinsky and still revered by them, among others (see others here.)  See IAF reading list below:

IAF West Southwest

Below is an excerpt of a story I wrote about last June (click here) about a group who receives your contributions named, ‘PICO National Network,’ that protested in the front doorway of the home of the Kansas Secretary of State:

This is a scandal made possible with the money of unwitting Catholics across the United States.  The 300 protesters that were led by bull-horn in the front doorway of the home of the Kansas Secretary of State on Saturday June 15, 2013 are from the community organization called PICO National Network and its affiliate, “Communities Creating Opportunity” (CCO) and a partner named “Sunflower Community Action.”  On March 5, 2012 PICO National Network was granted $150,000 from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) anti-poverty agency, known as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD.)

Please pass up the second collection at Mass today and tomorrow.  Instead, support a group you know who stays consistent with Catholic teaching.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

List of 87 Catholic Grants Given to Alinsky-Inspired Community Organizations in 2011-2012

In 2011-2012 at least 87 Catholic Campaign for Human Develpoment (CCHD) grants were given to Saul Alinsky-Inspired (socialist) community organizations. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) collection is this weekend November 17 and 18th.  Instead of giving to the CCHD in the second collection, give extra in the first collection to your own parish or give to a charity you can be sure will help the poor and vulnerable.  75% of the CCHD collection does go to the national CCHD office.  So, your money is going to these organizations.

Alinsky founded the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF.)  Here are five major national Alinsky-Inspired community organizations whose affiliates received CCHD grants in 2011-2012:

1.  Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)  www.industrialareasfoundation.org
2.  Gamaliel  www.gamaliel.org
3.  People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO)  www.piconetwork.org
4.  Direct Action & Research Training (DART)  www.thedartcenter.org
5.  Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ)  www.iwj.org

Alinsky intended to use the Catholic Church to gain power for atheistic and marxist ideas.  Alinsky wrote Rules for Radicals, where he dedicated the book to Lucifer and on pg. 94 he ridicules the Catholic Church and describes how he deceived the Church.

The following is the numerical breakdown of the CCHD grants given to Alinsky-Inspired organizations in 2011-2012:

  • 23 grants given to affiliates of the Industrial Areas Foundation
  • 23 grants given to affiliates of Gamaliel
  • 23 grants given to affiliates of People Improving Communities through Organizing
  • 10 grants given to affiliates of Interfaith Worker Justice
  • 8 grants given to affiliates of Direct Action & Research Training
  • 87 total

Below is the list of CCHD grantees by Archdiocese or Diocese for 2011-2012.  The left column are affiliates of Alinsky-Inspired organizations who received the grants and the right column are their national Alinsky organizations.  The affiliates received grants ranging from $25,000 to $70,000:

CCHD 2012 Grantees by Arch/Diocese Alinsky-Inspired Organization Affiliation
Food and Medicine
Portland, ME
IWJ
Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
Boston, MA
IAF
Brockton Interfaith Community
Boston, MA
PICO
United Interfaith Action of Southeast Massachusetts
Fall River, MA
PICO
Able NH
Manchester, NH
Gamaliel
Camden Churches Organized for People
Camden, NJ
PICO
New Labor Education & Training Institute, Inc.
Newark, NJ
IWJ
Brooklyn Congregations United
Brooklyn, NY
PICO
Queens Congregations United for Action
Brooklyn, NY
PICO
Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope
Buffalo, NY
Gamaliel
VOICE – Buffalo, Inc.
Buffalo, NY
Gamaliel
Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, Inc.
New York, NY
Gamaliel
Tompkins County Workers Center
Rochester, NY
IWJ
Moving in Congregations, Acting in Hope MICAH
Syracuse, NY
PICO
Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse
Syracuse, NY
Gamaliel
Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild
Philadelphia, PA
PICO
Pittsburg Interfaith Impact Network
Pittsburgh, PA
Gamaliel
Lake County Center for Independent Living
Chicago, IL
IAF
Developing Communities Project, Inc.
Chicago, IL (Barack Obama was their executive director)
Gamaliel (formerly)
Lake County Sponsors
Chicago, IL
IAF
DuPage Sponsors
Joliet, IL
IAF
United Congregations of Metro-East
Springfield, IL
Gamaliel
Faith Coalition for the Common Good
Springfield, IL
Gamaliel
Calumet Project For Industrial Jobs
Gary, IN
IWJ
Indianapolis Congregation Action Network
Indianapolis, IN
PICO
People Acting Together in Howard
Baltimore, MD
IAF
Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength
Detroit, MI
Gamaliel
Michigan Organizing Project
Kalamazoo, MI
IWJ
Joint-religious Organizing Network for Action and Hope
Kalamazoo, MI
Gamaliel
The Ezekial Project of Saginaw
Saginaw, MI
Gamaliel
Metropolitan Congregations United
Saint Louis, MO
Gamaliel
Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center
Cincinnati, OH
IWJ
Building Responsibility Equality and Dignity
Columbus, OH
DART
Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Our Neighborhoods (ACTION)
Youngstown, OH
Gamaliel
Justice Organization Sharing Hope & United for Action
Green Bay, WI
Gamaliel
ESTHER
Green Bay, WI
Gamaliel
JONAH, Inc.
LaCrosse, WI
Gamaliel
AMOS, Inc.
LaCrosse, WI
Gamaliel
Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope
Milwaukee, WI
Gamaliel
Common Ground Inc.
Milwaukee, WI
IAF
Racine Interfaith Coalition
Milwaukee, WI
Gamaliel
Broward Organized Leaders Doing Justice
Miami, FL
DART
People Acting for Community Together, Inc.
Miami, FL
DART
Fighting Against Injustice Towards Harmony (FAITH)
Orlando, FL
DART
Polk Ecumenical Action Council for Empowerment
Orlando, FL
DART
Federation of Congregations United to Serve
Orlando, FL
PICO
People Engaged in Active Community Efforts
Palm Beach, FL
DART
Interfaith Coalition for Action Reconciliation and Empowerment
Saint Augustine, FL
DART
Atlantans Building Leadership for Empowerment
Atlanta, GA
Gamaliel
Citizens of Louisville Organized & United Together
Louisville, KY
DART
Together Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, LA
PICO
The Jeremiah Group
New Orleans, LA
IAF
The MICAH Project
New Orleans, LA
PICO
Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith
Shreveport, LA
IAF
Jackson Metro Sponsoring Committee
Jackson, MS
IAF
Triangle CAN (Congregations Associations and Neighborhoods)
Raleigh, NC
IAF
Workers Interfaith Network
Memphis, TN
IWJ
Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center
Little Rock, AR
IWJ
Quad Cities Interfaith
Davenport, IA
Gamaliel
AMOS Institute of Public Life
Des Moines, IA
IAF
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha
Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN
IWJ
Albuquerque Interfaith, Inc.
Santa Fe, NM
IAF
Oklahoma Sponsoring Committee (renamed VOICE OKC)
Oklahoma City, OK
IAF
Austin Interfaith Sponsoring Committee
Austin, TX
IAF
Valley Interfaith Leadership and Educational Council
Brownsville, TX
IAF
Dallas Area Interfaith Sponsoring Committee
Dallas, TX
IAF
El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization
El Paso, TX
IAF
ACT Human Development Fund
Fort Worth, TX
IAF
Merced Organizing Project
Fresno, CA
PICO
Faith in Action Kern County, Inc.
Fresno, CA
PICO
Faith in Community
Fresno, CA
PICO
Ventura County Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice
Los Angeles, CA
IWJ
Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action
Monterey, CA
IAF
GENESIS
Oakland, CA
Gamaliel
Oakland Community Organizations
Oakland, CA
PICO
Congregations Organizing for Renewal
Oakland, CA
PICO
Orange County Congregation Community Organization
Orange, CA
PICO
Sacramento Area Congregations Together
Sacramento, CA
PICO
Placer People of Faith Together
Sacramento, CA
PICO
Sacramento Valley Organizing Community
Sacramento, CA
IAF
Inland Congregations United for Change
San Bernardino, CA
PICO
PACT: People Acting in Community Together
San Jose, CA
PICO
North Bay Organizing Project
Santa Rosa, CA
IAF
North Bay Sponsoring Committee
Santa Rosa, CA
IAF
Congregations Building Community
Stockton, CA
PICO
People and Congregations for Stockton, Inc.
Stockton, CA
PICO
Las Vegas Valley Interfaith Sponsoring Committee
Las Vegas, NV
IAF