Intrepid blogger Donald Douglas of American Power waded into dangerous waters yesterday to take photos of yesterday’s protest in Phoenix. One of his photos revealed that a Marxist group, Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL.org) were in attendance. Here’s that photo:
The picture reveals that an organization that Douglas refers to as a neocommunist entity ANSWERLA (or more simply, ANSWER)is present, but Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSLWEB.Org) makes no bones about it. While it’s not certain, the stark similarities in print could mean that the placards were back-to-back and that the organizations are run by the same people. Douglas, who’s done yeoman’s work on covering activist activity in the southwest, probably already knows this.
PSL’s has a mission statement. Here’s part of it:
The PSL has been created to be a vehicle for the multinational working class in the struggle for socialism.
Revolutionary Marxism requires a revolutionary party to flourish and develop. Marxism is not an abstract doctrine but rather a guide to action. It must be constantly tested by action and in debate.
Our party seeks to bring together leaders and organizers from the many struggles taking place across the country. The most crucial requirement for membership is the dedication to undertake this most important and most necessary of all tasks — building a new revolutionary workers party in the heart of world imperialism.
The long and corrosive history of slavery and racism in the United States places special demands on the party of the working class. In all our preparation, we strive to build working class unity by putting the struggle against racism as a central priority in the day-to-day work of the Party and the movement, and by affirming in practice Lenin’s principles of the rights of nations to self-determination and revolutionary, working-class internationalism. Only a multinational party can create the unity necessary to defeat the most powerful capitalist class the world has ever seen.
ANSWERLA’s involvement in the recent protest is no secret. It’s web site provides press releases and announcements of boasts of the coordination of meetings between leftist entities in planning these. One such planning meeting was held in Los Angeles to organize for the planned March 20 anti-war protest. Along with PSL the meeting included another Marxists organization that’s affiliated with ANSWERLA in Latino Movement USA. Interestingly ANSWERLA said the Los Angeles chapter of FMLN a leftist group from El Savador was also in attendance at the February 20 meeting. Here’s ANSWERS post regarding the meeting:
“Last Saturday, Feb. 20, a meeting of the March 20 Coalition Planning Committee was held at the headquarters of United Teachers Los Angeles.
In addition to the ANSWER Coalition, the March 20 Planning Committee meeting was attended by representatives and members of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Office of the Americas, National Lawyers Guild, Veterans for Peace, Palestinian American Women’s Association, Military Families Speak Out, March Forward!, Students for Justice in Palestine, Alliance for Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines, Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition, Latino Movement USA, AF3RM, Students Fight Back, Free Palestine Alliance, Kmb – Pro-People Youth, Party for Socialism and Liberation, U.S. Labor Against the War, UTLA, Topanga Peace Alliance, Coalition for Peace and Democracy in Honduras, FMLN-LA, FSLN, CISPES, Muslim Student Association-West, and others.
Student organizers from various campuses also attended, representing UC Irvine, Cerritos College, Cal State Long Beach, UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, Glendale Community College, Cal State Northridge, Pasadena City College, Jefferson High School, Cal State LA, and others.
In addition to those in attendance at the Feb. 20 planning meeting, over 1,500 organizations and individuals have endorsed the March 20 National Anti-War Marches. Click here to add your/your organization’s name to the growing list of endorsers.
People will be coming by bus, van, car, train and plane from across Southern California and the Southwest to be in LA on Saturday, March 20. If you are interested in organizing transportation, click here to fill out the Transportation Form.The March 20 protest in Los Angeles will coincide with the National March on Washington, as well as a regional march in San Francisco.
March 20 is the seventh anniversary of the criminal war of aggression launched against Iraq. The demonstration will demand the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan and Iraq. Instead of war, we will demand funds so that every person can have a job, free and universal health care, decent schools, and affordable housing. We’ll also demand freedom for Palestine and reparations, not occupation, for Haiti.
The March 20 Coalition Planning Committee discussed a scenario for the March 20 action. People will gather at Hollywood and Vine, 12 noon, and march down Hollywood Blvd. for a rally in front of the Kodak Theatre with speakers, music, performers and a dramatic action to illustrate the effects of war on occupied peoples.
Dozens of volunteers have been working diligently everyday to build this important action. Recently, a mailing was sent out to 2,000 people, and volunteers have distributed more than 40,000 flyers in the past 6 weeks. But more help is needed. Find out how to get involved today!
Above is a photo from the meeting. The Placards on the table intended for the March 20 meeting are of the same size and print as this past weekend’s Phoenix immigration activism protest.
So the same organization that organized for an anti-war demonstration in Los Angeles on March 20 is also present and involved in immigration protest in Phoenix at the end of May. ANSWERLA makes no effort to hide their associations with Marxists, radical islamist groups, illegal immigrant activists and shadowy leftist groups. It is in fact serving as a major facilitator of such protests. Equally troubling is the indoctrination of high school students into their protests. ANSWERLA indicates that students from at least 30 high schools took part in the March 20 protest.
Time Magazine’s Joe Klein recently said that Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck are guilty of sedition. To Klein, Palin’s rallies and appearnaces at Tea party events are seditious, but these protests are not. Klein furthermore would tell you that Beck, who often reports on the facts of such protests is seditious, while these are not. Even the most apologetic members of the MSM won’t be able to resolve this whopper.
In the end though, leftist entities like ANSWERLA enjoy the blurring of the lines between themselves and other like minded groups. But the fact that they appear at each other’s rallies and planning meetings is evidence on the coordination of shared long term agendas.
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This post was written by bobsikes on May 31, 2010