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Obama’s Brown Shirts threaten health workers who divulge infectious diseases brought by tidal wave of illegals into America

Thousands and thousands of illegals from Central America, including gangsters and unaccompanied minors youths, are pouring across the Mexican border into America.

Note: As FOTM’s Trail Dust points out, calling these illegals “unaccompanied minors” is a misnomer — a calculated move by the Obama regime and their willing accomplices in the media to gain our sympathy. The truth is many of these “unaccompanied minors” are criminals and gangsters in their late teens who have perpetrated torture and murder. See “We need to re-define the term ‘minors’.

By now, we have ample evidence that not only is the federal government not securing our border, Obama is deliberately enabling the human tidal wave of illegals. So brazen is the POS that on Monday, he told Congress right to their faces that he would act on his own after House Speaker John Boehner said the House would not take up an immigration overhaul this year. The next day, the POS taunted the Republicans, daring them to “sue me.”

Obama gives America the finger

Not only is the human tidal wave inundating our border agents and the border states of Texas, Arizona, and California, the illegals pose a serious health risk to Americans because they are bringing in contagious diseases like tuberculosis, measles, scabies, chicken pox, strep throat, including risk of the horrific Ebola that’s devastating West Africa.

The latest: Doctors and nurses at a Texas refugee camp for illegal alien youths are being threatened with arrest if they divulge information about the illegals’ contagious diseases and the risk they pose to America.

Todd Starnes reports for Fox News, July 2, 2014, that a DHS-contracted security force from the Baptist Family & Children’s Services threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

Workers at the camp say the security forces call themselves the “Brown Shirts.”

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Note: Baptist Family & Children’s Services (BFCS) is at 7161 Columbia Gateway Dr., Ste. A, Columbia, MD 21046-2537. Phone (800) 621-8834; Fax (410) 872-1047. E-mail jack@baptistfamily.or.  Click here for the names of BFCS’s staff and Board of Trustees.

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In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details about the dangerous conditions at the camp. They said taxpayers deserve to know about the contagious diseases and the risks the children pose to Americans.

A psychiatric counselor said, “There were several of us who wanted to talk about the camps, but the agents made it clear we would be arrested. We were under orders not to say anything. It was a very submissive atmosphere. Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws.”

She said the workers were stripped of their cellphones and other communication devices. Anyone caught with a phone was immediately fired. “Everyone was paranoid,” she said. “The children had more rights than the workers.”

She said children in the camp had measles, scabies, chicken pox and strep throat as well as mental and emotional issues. “It was not a good atmosphere in terms of health,” she said. “I would be talking to children and lice would just be climbing down their hair.”

A former nurse at the camp said she was horrified by what she saw: “We have so many kids coming in that there was no way to control all of the sickness – all this stuff coming into the country. We were very concerned at one point about strep going around the base.”

Both the counselor and the nurse said their superiors tried to cover up the extent of the illnesses.

“When they found out the kids had scabies, the charge nurse was adamant – ‘Don’t mention that. Don’t say scabies,’” the nurse recounted. “But everybody knew they had scabies. Some of the workers were very concerned about touching things and picking things up. They asked if they should be concerned, but they were told don’t worry about it.”

The nurse said the lice issue was epidemic – but everything was kept “hush-hush.” “You could see the bugs crawling through their hair,” she said. “After we would rinse out their hair, the sink would be loaded with black bugs.”

The nurse became especially alarmed because their files indicated the children had been transported to Lackland on domestic charter buses and airplanes. “That’s what alerted me,” she said. “Oh, my God. They’re flying these kids around. Nobody knows that these children have scabies and lice. To tell you the truth, there’s no way to control it.”

That means Americans traveling in buses and passenger planes could have been and are exposed to lice and other contagions and infections.

The counselor described the refugee camp as resembling a giant emergency room – off limits to the public: “They did not want the community to know. I initially spoke out at Lackland because I had a concern the children’s mental health care was not being taken care of.” The breaking point came when camp officials refused to hospitalize several children who were suicidal. “I made a recommendation that a child needed to be sent to a psychiatric unit,” the counselor said. “He was reaching psychosis. He was suicidal. Instead of treating him, they sent him off to a family in the United States.”

She said she filed a Child Protective Services report and quit her job: “I didn’t want to lose my license if this kid committed suicide. I was done.”

The counselor kept a detailed journal about what happened during her tenure at the facility. “When people read that journal they are going to be astonished,” she said. “I don’t think they will believe what is going on in America.”

So it was not a great surprise, she said, when she received a call from federal agents demanding that she return to the military base and hand over her journal. She declined. “I didn’t go back to Lackland,” she said.

Both the counselor and the nurse said while they have no regrets, they want to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals.

“They’re going to crush the system,” the nurse said. “We can’t sustain this. They are overwhelming the system and I think it’s a travesty. This is just the beginning. It is a long-term financial responsibility.” (See the neo-Marxist “Cloward-Piven Strategy.”)

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Krista Piferrer

Baptist Children’s and Family Services (BCFS) spokeswoman, Executive VP of External Affairs Krista Piferrer said the agency takes “any allegation of malfeasance or inappropriate care of a child very seriously. There are a number of checks and balances to ensure children are receiving appropriate and adequate mental health care.” She said the clinicians are supervised by a federal field specialist from HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, and that BCFS have 58 medical professionals serving at Lackland.

As for those brown shirts, the BCFS said they are “incident management team personnel” – who happen to wear tan shirts.

ABC10 reports that 40 illegals are being quarantined at California’s Border Patrol Chula Vista Station with active scabies and head lice. The facility will provide them with showers, laundry service and bedding. Another 10 people, mostly children, were taken to local hospitals with unknown illnesses.

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~Eowyn

Texas acts to secure border against unprecedented tidal wave of illegals

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On Jan. 15, 2014, the imperial Obama told Senate Democrats that when Congress stands in his way, “I’ll act with or without Congress.” (AP)

Since then, the POS’s doing exactly that.

On May 31, 2014, Obama brazenly violated a federal law (Sec. 1035 of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act) by releasing 5 dangerous terrorists from Gitmo in exchange for U.S. Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl.

Next, since Congress could not pass an immigration reform amnesty law, the POS simply took matters into his own hands and let loose a tidal wave of illegals — of criminal gang members, sick people with infectious tuberculosis, unaccompanied minors youths including hundreds of toddlers — across the Mexican border into America.

Note: As FOTM’s Trail Dust points out, calling these illegals “unaccompanied minors” is a misnomer — a calculated move by the Obama regime and their willing accomplices in the media to gain our sympathy. The truth is many of these “unaccompanied minors” are criminals and gangsters in the late teens who have perpetrated torture and murder. See “We need to re-define the term ‘minors’.

The human wave is unprecedented. The state of Texas alone is inundated with 35,000 illegals a month. At this rate, the surge is expected to increase to up to 90,000 a month across the Southwest border by the end of the year. (Source: Los Angeles Times)

The human tidal wave pouring across the border is spurred by newspapers and television stations throughout Central America falsely reporting that amnesty will be theirs if they can just make it through the Mexican border — and that the time to do it is now.

The Obama administration isn’t doing anything to counter the false reporting or dissuade the incoming hordes. There hasn’t been a word from the White House or U.S. embassies urging families in Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador not to send their children alone through Mexico’s merciless badlands infested with cartel criminals to reach the U.S. And once they’re here, instead of deporting the unaccompanied minors youths, Obama’s Health & Human Services (HHS) is releasing them to their adult family members in the United States who are also here illegally. To add insult upon injury, HHS is not making even a minimum effort to determine the immigration status of the adult family members.

All of which led to the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers to declare that the human tidal wave is orchestrated. The association said: “Certainly we are not gullible enough to believe that thousands of unaccompanied minor Central American children came to America without the encouragement, aid and assistance of the United States government.

In a June 13, 2014 editorial, Investor’s Business Daily observed:

Not long ago, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a foe of illegal immigration, stated that based on evidence he’d seen and conversations he had with lawmen, there appeared to be an ongoing political campaign to destroy law enforcement at the border — something the former border agents called an effort to create “a failed state” on the border. If so, it’s a page straight out of the Cloward-Piven theory President Obama was so influenced by as a community organizer and at Columbia.

Cloward-Piven Strategy is a strategy of manufactured crisis. First proposed in 1966 and named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of welfare demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.

illegal childrenA San Antonio Air Force base, a California Navy base, and a makeshift detention center in Nogales, Arizona have become temporary shelters for children and youths caught crossing the border without their parents.

Now, after weeks of the unabated tidal wave of illegals pouring into Texas, the state’s leaders are taking action.

Anna M. Tinsley reports for the (Texas) Star-Telegram, that on June 18, 2014, Texas officials directed Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers to begin a surge to secure the Texas-Mexico border in the wake of a growing number of immigrants flooding into the southern part of the state.

Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement:

“Texas can’t afford to wait for Washington to act on this crisis and we will not sit idly by while the safety and security of our citizens are threatened. Until the federal government recognizes the danger it’s putting our citizens in by its inaction to secure the border, Texas law enforcement must do everything they can to keep our citizens and communities safe.”

Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus released a joint letter directing DPS officials to move forward with surge operations through at least the end of the calendar year, using any money allocated for the agency. The plan is to spend $1.3 million a week to try to combat the problem, even as a group of conservative state lawmakers asked them to call the legislature back to work in a special session to address the situation. An online petition launched last week has drawn more than 4,500 signatures from those who want the legislature called back to work.

Some Democrats have said adding resources to the border is not the solution, without offering an alternative to Perry et al.‘s plan. State Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso) said, “What is needed are not more ‘boots on the ground’ or any other euphemisms for the militarization that both impacts border residents’ daily lives and is inadequate to deal with the specific issue at hand.”

Republican State Rep. Jonathan Stickland is planning to head to the border next week. He said he would like the state legislature to first help children who are here illegally. Then he wants the state to “turn off all the benefits we can from the state level” — such as health care — to reduce the draw for immigrants. He also urges his fellow lawmakers to authorize a surge to identify and stop people benefiting from the immigration boom, such as sex or human traffickers.

Lastly, it is not just Amerika’s southern border that is being breached. FOTM just received this email from a reader:

I have 2 friends who work for TSA that confirmed we are getting plane loads from Iraq and Syria, by way of London and Paris. They [TSA agents] are being forced into mandatory OT [overtime]. Which is otherwise severely frowned upon.  It probably won’t be reported until somebody screams. It’s not just the southern borders. Canada refuses to take them BTW. But because we take in war refugees they are coming here.  You have more contacts than I do.  Be on the look out. Congress suffers from inertia

~Eowyn 

Obama takes another vacation as world falls apart

Iraq is spiraling into anarchy and civil war.

The Iraqi government has all but collapsed, its 300,000 troops fleeing their posts in the face of rapid territorial takeovers by the brutal ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants who are fast advancing on the capital Baghdad.

ISIS territoriesIn response, Iraq’s senior Shiite Muslim cleric broke years of support for the central government and issued a decree yesterday, calling on every able-bodied Shiite man to go to war against the Sunni ISIS. Thousands of Shiite Iraqis — many with militia experience from the sectarian war that pitted Sunnis against Shiites and killed thousands from 2006 to 2008 — are flooding the cities of Baghdad, Najaf and Karbala to receive weapons, enlist in organized units and receive their orders. (Source: McClatchyDC)

This morning, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Persian Gulf, readying it in case CIC Obama decides to pursue “a military option.” (Source: Reuters)

Oil industry analysts are warning the turmoil in Iraq could reduce the flow of Iraqi crude and  send gas prices soaring in the United States.

Already, the price of crude oil has shot up to $107 per barrel – the highest in 10 months – on reports that ISIS militants had captured two towns northeast of Baghdad. Oil industry analyst Phill Flynn said if Baghdad falls and the militants move further south, “the price you’re paying at the pump today is gonna look like a bargain in a couple weeks.” (Source: CBS Los Angeles)

Russian T-64 tankMeanwhile, Russian tanks are rolling into Eastern Ukraine in support of the separatists.

U.S. State Department officials said a convoy of three Russian T-64 tanks, several BM-21 multiple rocket launchers and other military vehicles crossed the border near the Ukrainian town of Snizhne. (Source: New York Times)

illegal childrenA San Antonio Air Force base, a California Navy base, and a makeshift detention center in Nogales, Arizona have become temporary shelters for children and youths caught crossing the border without their parents.

Here in Amerika, an unprecedented tide of unaccompanied  children and criminals are pouring across the MEXICAN border, at a rate of more than 35,000 a month into Texas alone.

The surge is expected to increase to up to 90,000 a month across the Southwest border by the end of the year. (Source: Los Angeles Times)

The human tidal wave of illegals pouring across the border is spurred by newspapers and television stations throughout Central America falsely reporting that amnesty will be theirs if they can just make it through the Mexican border — and that the time to do it is now.

But there hasn’t been a word from the White House or U.S. embassies urging families in Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador not to send their children alone through Mexico’s merciless badlands infested with cartel criminals to reach the U.S.

The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, after 50,000 apprehensions of border crossers in south Texas, declared this week that the human tidal wave is orchestrated. The association said: “Certainly we are not gullible enough to believe that thousands of unaccompanied minor Central American children came to America without the encouragement, aid and assistance of the United States government.

In a June 13, 2014 editorial, Investor’s Business Daily observes:

Not long ago, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a foe of illegal immigration, stated that based on evidence he’d seen and conversations he had with lawmen, there appeared to be an ongoing political campaign to destroy law enforcement at the border — something the former border agents called an effort to create “a failed state” on the border. If so, it’s a page straight out of the Cloward-Piven theory President Obama was so influenced by as a community organizer and at Columbia.

Cloward-Piven Strategy is a strategy of manufactured crisis. First proposed in 1966 and named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of welfare demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.

And what’s the POS’s response to all this?

Like Emperor Nero who fiddled while Rome burned, Barack Obama is off on another vacation while the world falls apart.

POS at Standing Rock Indian ReservationThe POS at the Standing Rock (Sioux) Indian Reservation on Friday (June 13).

As CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller reports:

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And yet, incredibly, as many as 45% of Americans in the latest Gallup Poll still regard the POS as “a strong and decisive leader,” 34% approve of his foreign policy, while 47% think he is “honest and trustworthy.” (H/t FOTM’s josephbc69)

~Eowyn

Obama administration promotes welfare to new immigrants

Yet more evidence Obama and the Democrats are hellbent on bankrupting the United States.

America’s national debt now exceeds $16 trillion and this country’s annual gross national product. After four years of Obama as President, more Americans than ever are on food stamps and Social Security Disability. The POS even gutted Bill Clinton’s work requirement for welfare.

But even all that isn’t enough. The Obama administration wants even more welfare dependents and is actively promoting welfare to new immigrants to America.      

 

Caroline May reports for The Daily Caller, Nov. 18, 2012, that “Welcome to USA.gov,” a website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to provide “basic information on how to settle in the United States” to new immigrants, prominently features a section on how new immigrants can access “government benefits” taxpayer-funded welfare.

The web page reads:

“Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs. Government assistance programs can be critically important to the well-being of some immigrants and their families. Frequently, however, there is a lack of information about how to access such benefits. Benefit programs can be complicated and you may be given misleading information about how they operate.”

Then the DHS page helpfully gives the links to government websites that explain how to access benefits including food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, Medicare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the “official website with information on all available federal benefit programs,” with a nonworking link to Benefits.gov.

WelcometoUSA.gov also boasts to immigrants that “[f]ree public education for children is one reason many immigrants come to the United States.”

Still doubt that Obama and the Dems are following the diabolical Cloward-Piven Strategy?

~Eowyn

SEIU Official Vows to Bring Down US Financial System

 

Frank Marshall Davis

Beginning in 2008 even before Obama was elected president, some of us already were alarmed by The One’s many Marxist associates, beginning with his childhood mentor, the American Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis, and onto his friends in adulthood such as unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers.

We sounded the warning that Obama’s goal is to cause such ruinage to America’s economy that the country will descend into chaos, which in turn will justify the government’s instauration of martial law and the suspension of the Constitution’s guarantee of civil liberties. This truly evil scheme is the brainchild of a husband-and-wife pair of Marxist Columbia University sociologists, Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven.Their plan carries the eponymous name of the Cloward-Piven Strategy.

The scheme sounds farfetched to many. But after more than two years of Obama’s “presidency,” the US military is stretched thin by Obama plunging us into a third “kinetic military operation” war, and our country is close to the point of insolvency as our national debt of more than $14 trillion is fast approaching 100% of America’s GDP. Last Tuesday, none other than a US Federal Reserve official, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher warned Americans that “If we continue down on the path on which the fiscal authorities put us, we will become insolvent, the question is when.”

The Cloward-Piven Strategy no longer sounds farfetched, especially in view of Piven’s recent call for a violent revolution and what a former official of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) said last week. SEIU is the fastest growing  labor union in the United States representing about 1.8 million workers. At a closed session of a Pace University forum, Stephen Lerner, who directed SEIU’s Justice for Janitors  and Financial Reform campaigns, described a secret plan to crash the U.S. financial system and so precipitate a crisis that will culminate in the instauration of full-fledged socialism and a redistribution of wealth in America.

Do not forget that on January 15, 2008, when Obama was still a mere senator, he said this to SEIU:

“[Political candidates] all sing we love the SEIU. The question you’ve got to ask yourselves is do they have it in their gut, do they have a track record of standing alongside you in picket fights, do they have a track record of going after the companies that aren’t letting you organize, do they have a track record of voting the right way but also helping you organize to build more and more power…. I come from an organized background, so I know. I’ve been working with SEIU before I was elected to anything….”

Folks, this is no longer the stuff of rumor and hearsay. This is real. Wake up!

~Eowyn & Steve

Obama with his SEIU pals

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Former SEIU Official Reveals Secret Plan To Destroy JP  Morgan, Crash The Stock Market, And Redistribute Wealth In America

Henry  Blodget|Business Insider – Mar. 22,  2011

A former official of one of the country’s most-powerful unions, SEIU, has a  secret plan to “destabilize” the country.

The plan is designed to destroy JP Morgan, nuke the stock market, and weaken Wall Street’s grip on power, thus creating the conditions necessary for a redistribution of  wealth and a change in government.

Former SEIU official Steven Lerner

The former SEIU official, Stephen Lerner, spoke in a closed session at a Pace  University forum last weekend.

The Blaze procured what appears  to be a tape of Lerner’s remarks. Many Americans will undoubtely sympathize  with and support them. Still, the “destabilization” plan is startling in its  specificity, especially coming so close on the heels of the financial  crisis.

Lerner said that unions and community organizations are, for all intents and  purposes, dead. The only way to achieve their goals, therefore–the  redistribution of wealth and the return of “$17 trillion” stolen from the middle  class by Wall Street–is to “destabilize the country.”

Lerner’s plan is to organize a mass, coordinated “strike” on mortgage,  student loan, and local government debt payments–thus bringing the banks to the edge of insolvency and forcing them to renegotiate the terms of the loans.  his destabilization and turmoil, Lerner hopes, will also crash the stock market, isolating the banking class and allowing for a transfer of power.

Lerner’s plan starts by attacking JP Morgan Chase in early May, with  demonstrations on Wall Street, protests at the annual shareholder meeting, and  then calls for a coordinated mortgage strike.

Lerner also says explicitly that, although the attack will benefit labor  unions, it cannot be seen as being organized by them. It must therefore be run  by community organizations.

Lerner was ousted  from SEIU last November, reportedly for spending millions of the union’s  dollars trying to pursue a plan like the one he details here.  It is not  clear what, if any, power and influence he currently wields. His main  message–that Wall Street won the financial crisis, that inequality  in this country is hitting record levels, and that there appears to be no  other way to stop the trend–will almost certainly resonate.

A transcript of Lerner’s full reported remarks is below, courtesy of The   Blaze. We have heard the tape, but we have not independently verified  that the  voice is Lerner’s.  You can listen  to the tape here.

Here are the key remarks:

Unions are almost dead. We cannot survive doing  what we do but the simple   fact of the matter is community organizations are  almost dead also. And   if you think about what we need to do it may give us  some direction   which is essentially what the folks that are in charge – the  big banks   and everything – what they want is stability.

There are actually extraordinary things we could  do right now to start   to destabilize the folks that are in power and start to  rebuild a   movement.

For example, 10% of homeowners are underwater  right their home they are   paying more for it then its worth 10% of those  people are in strategic   default, meaning they are refusing to pay but they are  staying in their   home that’s totally spontaneous they figured out it takes a  year to  kick  me out of my home because foreclosure is backed up

If  you could double that number you would  you could put banks at the edge of  insolvency again.

Students have a trillion dollar debt

We have  an entire economy that is built on debt and banks so the   question would be  what would happen if we organized homeowners in mass   to do a mortgage strike  if we get half a million people to agree  it   would literally cause a new  finical crisis for the banks not for us we   would be doing quite well  we  wouldn’t be paying anything…

We have to think much more creatively. The key  thing… What does the  other side fear the most – they fear disruption. They  fear uncertainty.  Every article about Europe says in they rioted in Greece the  markets  went down

The folks that control this country care about  one  thing how the stock  market goes what the bond market does  how the  bonuses goes. We have a very simple strategy:

  • How do we bring down the stock market
  • How do we bring down their bonuses
  • How do we interfere with there ability to be rich…

So a bunch of us around the country think who  would be a really  good  company to hate we decided that would be JP Morgan  Chase  and so  we are  going to roll out over the next couple of months  what would  hopefully be  an exciting campaign about JP Morgan Chase that is  really  about  challenge the power of Wall Street.

And so what we are looking at is  the first week  in May can we get  enough people together starting now to  really have an week  of action in  New York I don’t want to give any  details because I don’t know if  there are any police agents in the room.

The goal would be that we  will roll out of New York the first week of May. We will connect three ideas

  • that we are not broke there is plenty of money
  • they have the money  – we need to get it back
  • and that they are using Bloomberg and other people in government as the vehicle to  try and  destroy us

And so we need to take on those folks at the  same time. And that we will start here we are going to look at a week of civil  disobedience – direct action all over the city. Then roll into the JP Morgan  shareholder meeting which they moved out  of  New York because I guess they were  afraid because of Columbus.

There is going to be a ten state mobilization to  try and shut down  that  meeting and then looking at bank shareholder meetings  around the  country and try and create some moments like Madison except where we  are on  offense instead of defense

Where we have brave and  heroic  battles challenging the power of the giant corporations. We hope  to inspire a  much bigger movement about redistributing wealth and power  in the country and  that labor can’t do itself that community groups  can’t do themselves  but maybe  we can work something new and different  that can be brave  enough  and  daring and nimble enough to do that kind  of thing.

FULL TRANSCRIPT FROM THE  BLAZE

SPEAKER: Stephen Lerner. Speaker  at the Left Forum 2011 “Towards a Politics of Solidarity” Pace University March  19, 2011

Speaker Bio: Stephen Lerner is the architect  of the SEIU’s groundbreaking Justice for  Janitors campaign.  He led the  union’s banking and finance campaign and  has partnered with unions and groups  in Europe, South American and  elsewhere in campaigns to hold financial  institutions accountable. As  director of the union’s private equity project, he  launched a long  campaign to expose the over-leveraged feeding frenzy of private  equity  firms during the boom years that led to the ensuing economic  disaster.

TRANSCRIPT:

It feels to me after a  long time of being on defense that something is  starting to turn in the world  and we just have to decide if we are on  defense or offense

Maybe there  is a different way to look at some of theses questions  it’s  hard for me  to think about any part of organizing without thinking what  just happened with  this economic crisis and what it means

I don’t know how to have a  discussion about labor and community if we  don’t first say what do we need to  do at this time in history what is  the strategy that gives us some chance of  winning because I spent my  life time as a union organizer justice for janitors  a lot of things

It seems we are at a moment where the world is going to get much much worse  or much much better

Unions are almost dead we cannot survive doing what  we do but the simple  fact of the matter is community organizations are almost  dead also and  if you think about what we need to do it may give us some  direction  which is essentially what the folks that are in charge – the big  banks  and everything – what they want is stability

Every time there is  a crisis in the world they say, well, the markets are stable.

What’s changed in America is the economy doing well has nothing to do with  the rest of us

They figured out that they don’t need us to be rich they  can do very  well in a global market without us so what does this have to do  with  community and labor organizing more.

We need to figure out in a  much more through direct action more concrete  way how we are really trying to  disrupt and create uncertainty for  capital for how corporations operate

The thing about a boom and bust economy is it is actually incredibly  fragile.

There are actually extraordinary things we could do right now  to start  to destabilize the folks that are in power and start to rebuild a   movement.

For example, 10% of homeowners are underwater right their  home they are  paying more for it then its worth 10% of those people are in  strategic  default, meaning they are refusing to pay but they are staying in  their  home that’s totally spontaneous they figured out it takes a year to kick   me out of my home because foreclosure is backed up

If you could double  that number you would  you could put banks at the edge of insolvency  again.

Students have a trillion dollar debt

We have an entire  economy that is built on debt and banks so the  question would be what would  happen if we organized homeowners in mass  to do a mortgage strike if we get  half a million people to agree  it  would literally cause a new finical  crisis for the banks not for us we  would be doing quite well  we wouldn’t  be paying anything.

Government is being strangled by debt

The  four things we could do that could really upset wall street

One is if  city and state and other  government entities demanded to renegotiate their  debt

and you might say why would the banks ever do it  – because city  and  counties could say we won’t do business with you in the future if you   won’t renegotiate the debt now

So we could leverage the power we have  of government and say two things   we won’t do business with you JP Morgan  Chase anymore unless you do two  things: you reduce the price of our interest   and second you rewrite  the mortgages for everybody in the communities

We could make them do that

The second thing is there is a whole  question in Europe about students’ rates in debt structure. What would happen if  students said we are not going to pay.  It’s a  trillion dollars. Think  about republicans screaming about debt a trillion  dollars in student debt

There is a third thing we can think about what if public employee unions   instead of just being on the defensive  put on the collective  bargaining  table when they negotiate they say we demand as a condition  of negotiation that  the government renegotiate – it’s crazy that you’re  paying too much interest to  your buddies the bankers it’s a strike  issue  – we will strike unless you  force the banks to renegotiate/

Then if you add on top of that if we  really thought about moving the  kind of disruption in Madison but moving that  to Wall Street and moving  that to other cities around the country

We  basically said you stole seventeen trillion dollars – you’ve  improvised us and  we are going to make it impossible for you to operate

Labor can’t lead  this right now so if labor can’t lead but we are a  critical part of it  we  do have money we have millions of members who  are furious

But I don’t  think this kind of movement can happen unless community groups and other  activists take the lead.

If we really believe that we are in a transformative stage of  what’s  happening in capitalism

Then we need to confront this in a serious way  and develop really  ability to put a boot in the wheel  then we have to  think not about  labor and community alliances  we have to think about how  together we  are building something that really has the capacity to disrupt how  the  system operates

We need to think about a whole new way of thinking  about this not as a partnership but building something new.

We have to  think much more creatively. The key thing… What does the other side fear the  most – they fear disruption. They fear uncertainty. Every article about Europe  says in they rioted in Greece the markets went down

The folks that control this country care about one thing how the stock   market goes what the bond market does how the bonuses goes. We have a very  simple strategy:

  • How do we bring down the stock market
  • How do we bring down their bonuses
  • How do we interfere with there ability to be rich

And that means we have to politically isolate them, economically isolate  them  and disrupt them

It’s not all theory i’ll do a pitch.

So a bunch of us around the country think who would be a really good   company to hate we decided that would be JP Morgan Chase  and so we are   going to roll out over the next couple of months what would hopefully be  an  exciting campaign about JP Morgan Chase that is really about  challenge the  power of Wall Street.

And so what we are looking at  is  the first week in May can we get  enough people together starting now to  really have an week of action in New  York I don’t want to give any  details because I don’t know if there are any  police agents in the room.

The goal would be that we will roll out of  New York the first week of May. We will connect three ideas

  • that we are not broke there is plenty of money
  • they have the money  – we need to get it back
  • and that they are using Bloomberg and other people in government as the  vehicle to try and  destroy us

And so we need to take on those folks at the same time

and that  we will start here we are going to look at a week of civil disobedience – direct  action all over the city

then roll into the JP Morgan shareholder meeting  which they moved out of  New York because I guess they were afraid because of  Columbus.

There is going to be a ten state mobilization it try and shut down that   meeting and then looking at bank shareholder meetings around the country    and try and create some moments like Madison except where we are on   offense instead of defense

Where we have brave and heroic battles  challenging the power of the giant corporations. We hope to inspire a much  bigger movement about redistributing wealth and power in the country and that  labor can’t do itself that community groups can’t do themselves  but maybe we  can work something new and different that can be brave  enough  and daring  and nimble enough to do that kind of thing.

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