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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).

The 13 anti-Catholic “power tactics” of Saul Alinsky, (Barack Obama) and community organizations

alinskysmallIn his book Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky states “Tactics are those conscious deliberate acts by which human beings live with each other and deal with the world around them.  In the world of give and take, tactics is the art of how to take and how to give.  Here our concern is with the tactic of taking; how the Have-Nots can take power away from the Haves.” p.126

Saul Alinsky’s 13 “power tactics” are inconsistent with Catholic teaching and prove to be anti-Catholic as you will see below.  Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and current community organizers have followed and do follow the “power tactics.”  These tactics are found on pages 127-134 of Rules for Radicals:

1.  “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”

2.  “Never go outside the expertise of your people. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear and retreat.  It also means a collapse of communication, as we have noted.”

3.  “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.  Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.

4.  “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

5.  Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule.  Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

6.  “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.  If your people are not having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with tactic.”

7.  “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time, after which it becomes a ritualistic commitment, like going to church on Sunday.

8.  “Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.”

9.  “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”

10.  “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.”

11.  “If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside;  this is based on the principle that every positive has its negative.”

12.  “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.  You cannot risk being trapped by the enemy in his sudden agreement with your demand and saying “You’re right – we don’t know what to do about this issue.  Now you tell us.””

13.  Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that the organizer should always regard as universalities.  One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and “frozen.”…  Obviously there is no point to tactics unless one has a target upon which to center the attacks…  Furthermore, any target can always say, “Why do you center on me when there are others to blame as well?”  When you “freeze the target,” you disregard these arguments…  Then, as you zero in and freeze your target and carry out your attack, all the ‘others’ come out of the woodwork very soon. They become visible by their support of the target.”

If a community organization on this list (click here) is in your Catholic diocese and has any of its parishes as members, then they use the anti-Catholic “power tactics” listed above.  Take these steps (click here) to remove them.

Change Agents V1To learn more about the history and damaging influence of Saul Alinsky on prominent Catholic clergy and laity click on → Change Agents: Alinskyian Organizing Among Religious Bodies, which is available at Amazon.  By Stephanie Block.

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

Peter L. Hodges Sr.

Don’t Give Up Chocolate for Lent! Resolve to Defend Your Church’s Religious Freedom for Lent!

Giving up chocolate for Lent will not save our Church and will not save our country from the loss of religious freedom that radical secularism demands.  Resolving to defend our Church and country from this error are the only hope to restoring our freedom of religion.  So, get out of your comfort zone because the alternative to religious freedom is extremely uncomfortable.

The time has passed for insignificant resolutions during the Lenten season.  Our Church needs us and our Pope has called us to action:

“Here once more we see the need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed CATHOLIC LAITY endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church’s participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the FUTURE OF AMERICAN SOCIETY.”

What do we need to do to defend the Church?  We need to work now to remove false community organizations from our parishes.  We need to  educate many more Catholics about community organizations manipulation of Catholic social teaching and how it fools Catholics into acting and voting against a Catholic conscience.  The manipulation by these community organizations leads to illegal mandates like President Obama’s HHS contraception, sterilization and abortifacient mandate.  President Obama is a product of this manipulation of Catholic social teaching through the community organization known as GamalielHe worked for Gamaliel in Chicago.

So, how can a Catholic implement a Lenten resolution of defense?  By taking action on the “11 Steps to Remove Socialist Community Organizing from your parish and diocese.”

Defend our Church with these steps and you will do tremendous good.

You can even eat chocolate while you do it.

O Holy Spirit, strengthen us to defend all that is holy.
Peter L. Hodges Sr.