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  • Meet the Radical Group Handling 'Occupy Wall Street' Finances

    A story in a communist group's newspaper, obtained by Heritage at Zuccotti Park, implores protesters to "smash" Wall Street..

    Shortly after the Occupy Wall Street protests gained national attention, donations from supporters began pouring in. Lacking the infrastructure to manage the hundreds of thousands of dollars reportedly donated, the protest group enlisted the services of a non-profit organization called the Alliance for Global Justice.

    The group takes a 7 percent commission of all donations it manages. According to its secretary, the Alliance for Global Justice is processing hundreds of times as many donations as it did prior to partnering with the Occupy protestors.

    The AFGJ provides “grassroots” support for organizations that pursue “a socially, ecologically and economically just world,” according to its website. Among its initiatives are efforts to encourage American soldiers to desert and an anti-George Bush organization founded by members of the Revolutionary Communist Party.

    The organization’s president, Katherine Hoyt, leads the Alliance’s Nicaragua Network program, which supports the country’s Marxist Sandinista political party – and was founded for the explicit purpose of overthrowing the country’s government. Hoyt previously worked for the Sandinista government, and has written numerous scholarly works lauding the group. The Sandinistas ruled from 1979 to 1990. Their leader, Daniel Ortega, was elected again in 2006.

    The Nicaragua Network is one of the Alliance’s four “core” projects, but it also funds a variety of extreme leftist organizations and efforts. Courage to Resist, for instance, encourages American soldiers to “resist illegal war” through tactics that include “going AWOL” and “publicly refusing to fight.”

    Another Alliance-backed project, The World Can’t Wait, was founded by members of the Revolutionary Communist Party to oppose the Bush administration. With Bush’s successor in office, its mission statement has shifted to “stop[ping] the fascist direction initiated by the Bush Regime.”

    Given the radical nature of many of its projects, it is perhaps unsurprising that the Alliance receives money from a host of progressive individuals and organizations. Chief among them is George Soros’s Open Society Institute, which has given the group $100,000.

    The AFGJ has also received tens of thousands of dollars from the Foundation for Deep Ecology, which holds “the emphasis upon economic growth as a panacea” to be “fundamentally incompatible with ecological or biological sustainability.” It is explicitly anti-economic growth, in other words.

    Much hay has been made over organizations and individuals that have endorsed the Occupy protests. They include the American Nazi Party, the government of North Korea, the Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah, and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Kohmeini. But the Occupy folks have no control over who endorses or voices support for them.

    But in their decision to enlist the Alliance for Global Justice, the Occupy Wall Street leadership affirmed its support for the group and its principles. Those principles are radical, well outside the mainstream of American public opinion, and certainly not representative of the 99% of Americans for whom the protestors claim to speak.

    Heritage’s Brian Darling, who spent the day at Zuccotti Park on Friday, said the affirmative support for such a radical group didn’t surprise him. “The Occupy Wall Street movement has embraced the far left like the Alliance for Global Justice,” he said. “I witnessed a sign supporting the movement from the Workers’ World Party and other far left wing groups.”

    Critics note that the presence of radicals at a protest does not denote a protest movement’s endorsement. But the affirmative relationship between Occupy Wall Street and the Alliance for Global Justice does – it speaks directly to the political vision of the movement’s leaders.

    H/T Matthew Vadum

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities, Scribe [slideshow_deploy]

    6 Responses to Meet the Radical Group Handling 'Occupy Wall Street' Finances

    1. Norma says:

      From everything I've read or seen on TV,internet,etc.this is no surprise.I personally have no sympathy for these people and they darn sure don't speak for me.

    2. astra says:

      Critics note that the presence of radicals at a protest does not denote a protest movement’s endorsement.

      • harvey5050 says:

        Astra,you are right.The so called Occupy wall street movement has more communist groups involved with it than anyone knew there was in the United States.These people that are leading this bunch of fools are meaning to destroy our Nation and they have a President and a Political Party supporting them.
        Yes our President and the democratic party are openly supporting these people.Along with Obamas refusal to enforce our Nations Laws,(immigration,The Defense of Marriage Act,selling guns to the Mexican Drug Dealers)there is more than enough to not only Impeach him,but he should be arrested and placed in Prison where he cant do this Nation anymore harm.

    3. Bobbie says:

      Never thought I'd see the day AMERICANS HAVING THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES HATING THEIR FELLOW AMERICANS!!! So sad how educated minds are so easily driven by greedy hippiecritters of the world! George Soros, Michael Moore and their communist, racist regimes, government goons and union gunk can't wait to see all America controlled by government! Especially the private sector! Totalitarianism!

      We're not part of the one percent but there's freedom and hope (and the government run state lottery who will be funding at tax payers expense, gamblers anonymous someday for government's irresponsible acts to promote entertainment that effects behavior government ethics wouldn't think to take part in if personal dignity is coming to be expected once again!…whew!)

      We're about the freedom to become 2%, 3% or 4! (American prosperity could be at the door…sorry) or accept the fact we're not able and live with what we make of ourselves, not the freedom to refuse and retaliate! Blaming any American achiever but the main source government! Minds have been damaged! And the ones with degrees have to be evaluated!

      Life happens, we're not rich but that's not the point! In our separate upbringings, we were taught responsibility to, of and for ourselves to survive to live free. Taking on matters in our lives without depending on the ugly looks of government but using personal resources we as life come to know! What used to be an American concept! Government expenses are making it impossible to live up to that concept as we would be living better affording the responsibilities to our own lives and children than adding everyone elses to ours, forcing us to sacrifice our own! Lets clean up the socialist, fascist, communist, dictator agitators and mindsets. We need America back and many removed!

    4. TheBalancedRepublic says:

      Left and Right have misguided members. OWS and Tea Party have misguided members. What is important to focus on is how big government / big business / big power collude in a systemicly corruptive manner, hijacking our democracy. It will take a coalition of both sides to resolve the core issue. It is going to be very very challenging. So it is good to point out where the other side is going wrong … [it is part of the dialogue] … but it's even more important for all of us to hold our noises and keep our eyes on the prize. The politicians that sell our government for votes and campaign donations and the special interests that pay for insider influence both want us to fail — they are very pleased when the people remain confused and divided because that means we will not be able to stop them. We will regain and rebuild our democracy, but as Americans and citizen-leaders, not as Left and Right. Regards, The Balanced Republic

    5. Bob says:

      illicit proof of the Soros connection!

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