Communists Against the Military

A coalition of far-Left organizations that includes avowed “revolutionary communists,” Islamists, marriage-abolitionists, and cop-killer advocates has launched a crusade against the U.S. military – and San Francisco school children could get caught in the crossfire. An organization known as “College Not Combat” seeks to place a resolution before Bay City voters on the November ballot, declaring “that the people of San Francisco oppose U.S. military recruiters using public school, college and university facilities to recruit young people into the armed forces.” The non-binding measure would encourage the city’s high schools to deny military recruiters access to their student directories, from which recruiters attempt to find new volunteers. Such an action, undertaken in the name of “the children,” would constitute a violation of section 9528 of the “No Child Left Behind” Act and could end up denying the offending schools access to government funds.

The group submitted petitions containing more than15,000 signatures to the Department of Elections on Monday, nearly 5,000 more than needed. If enough signatures are validated, the measure will be placed before voters. In part, the draft declares:

a de facto “economic draft” forces tens of thousands of low and middle-income students to join the military in order to get money to go to college or get job or technical training…

the Federal government shows no sign of ending the occupation of Iraq or bringing the troops safely home and, in fact, is threatening military action against other nations…

San Francisco should oppose the military’s “economic draft” by investigating means by which to fund and grant scholarships for college and job training to low-income students so they are not economically compelled to join the military!

The measure’s wording reflects its constituents’ radical socialist orientation. The organizations that have endorsed this proposition represent a veritable Who’s Who of the Unholy Alliance. A partial list includes:

  • Al-Awda (San Francisco) – A Palestinian organization dedicated to the “right of return,” that Israel will absorb some five million Arabs into its midst. Its members endorse the Hamas statement, “Palestine will be free from the river to the sea.”
  • American Friends Service Committee – A putatively Quaker organization with a long history of support for Communist causes, foreign and domestic, its membership often overlapped with that of the Communist Party USA. AFSC refrained from criticizing the Soviet Union and called reports of Pol Pot’s killing fields a “misinformation campaign.” More recently, the Soros-funded organization encouraged city councils to oppose the Patriot Act and joined with other leftist radicals to oppose the liberation of Iraq.
  • International ANSWER (Bay Area) – A front for the Workers World Party’s International Action Center headed by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark (who recently volunteered to serve as Saddam’s lawyer), International ANSWER has supported such madmen as Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic, and Kim Jong-il. ANSWER was also the prime sponsor of the large “antiwar” rallies before Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Code Pink – A far-Left group of faux housewives established by omnipresent pro-Castro activist Medea Benjamin, the founders met while agitating on behalf of Nicaragua’s communist Sandanista government. Benjamin, with Communist Party USA member Leslie Cagan, founded the International Occupation Watch in Baghdad, an organization dedicated to getting U.S. GIs to declare themselves conscientious objectors and get themselves sent home. Code Pink spokesperson “Sand” Brim flew a surgeon into El Salvador to operate on Marxist guerrilla leader Nidia Diaz’s hand shortly after guerrillas under her command murdered American troops. Co-founder Jodie Evans is a Democratic Party fundraiser with ties to eco-terrorists. Late last year, the group traveled to Iraq to donate $600,000 in cash and supplies to the terrorist stronghold of Fallujah. They made headlines this year by bursting into John Bolton’s confirmation hearings. Furthering the Left’s incestuous relationship, Medea Benjamin’s Code Pink is also a member of Leslie Cagan’s United for Peace and Justice, which became the “mainstream” voice of the anti-American Left opposed to the War on Terror.
  • Free Palestine Alliance – A leftist Palestinian organization demanding “an immediate end to all U.S. aid to Israel,” it seems to exist only as a member of International ANSWER’s “steering committee.” (Its contact information is the same as the IAC.)
  • Global Exchange – Another organization founded by Medea Benjamin, which takes credulous left-wingers on trips to Potemkin villages around the world, to demonstrate the glories of socialism (in places like Cuba) or the evils of U.S. foreign policy (in locales such as Iraq and Afghanistan).
  • Green Party – Ralph Nader’s political vehicle in 2000, this Red-Green alliance supports radicalization of the U.S. economy under the guise of preserving the environment. Meanwhile, its foreign policy would have kept Saddam Hussein in power and catered to Kim Jong-il. Their candidate in 2000 for California’s U.S. Senate seat was none other than the ubiquitous Medea Benjamin.
  • Gray Panthers – This group of gray Reds denounced the 2004 vote as “the second Presidential election in a row which failed to be free and fair,” implied that America deposed Haitian Marxist Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and fear-mongered last March that President Bush might reinstate the draft (five months after the Republican-controlled Congress defeated a bill to do just that, introduced by leftist Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-NY).
  • International Socialist Organization – Despite supporting Trotskyite Communism, the ISO supports (or supported) the USSR, Communist China, Cuba, and North Korea (Stalinist or Maoist nations all), because of those nation’s united opposition to the world’s real enemies: the United States and capitalism. Also a member of UFPJ.
  • Lesbian And GAy Insurrection, (LAGAI) – A quite muddled political program seems to revolve around the Communist goal of abolishing the institution of marriage. LAGAI declares, “we feel that the queer liberation position is to oppose marriage as the central institution of patriarchy, not to try to get married ourselves.” “Assimilation is not Liberation!” their flyer shouts.
  • Louisiana Activist Network – A radical “antiwar” organization that reproduces a quotation from revolutionary Emma Goldman on its frontpage and links to Lyndon LaRouche’s political organization on its “friends” page.
  • Malcolm X Grassroots Movement – A radical black “liberation” organization demanding the release of “political prisoners” like Sundiata Acoli, Robert Seth Hayes, Jalil Muntaquin, Herman Bell and Russell Maroon Shoats – and commemorating those who “died for the cause” (in prison, of natural causes): Teddy “Jah” Heath, Albert “Nuh” Washington. All except Heath were Black Panthers convicted of murdering policemen, and all are justified or excused by MXGM. For instance: “In 1970, along with 5 others, Maroon was accused of attacking a police station, which resulted in an officer being killed. This attack was said to have been carried out in response to the rampant police brutality in the Black community.” The website decries Heath’s “racist” conviction on multiple charges, including kidnapping, because, “The kidnapping ended peacefully and without injury to anyone.” (And they still imprisoned him?) The MXGM opposes U.S. Army recruiting but favors the domestic terrorism of the Black Liberation Army.
  • National Lawyers Guild (SF/Bay Area) – Once described by Congress as “the legal bulwark of the Communist Party,” the most violent disagreements within the NLG broke out between Maoists and Stalinists. The NLG has recently whitewashed North Korea’s brutal human rights violations. Convicted terror-enabler Lynne Stewart gave the keynote speech at the NLG’s 2003 national convention, in which she hailed “modern heroes” like “Ho and Mao and Lenin, Fidel and Nelson Mandela…[and] Che Guevara.” Upon her conviction in passing on messages from Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman to Egyptian terrorists, the NLG called for a “national day of outrage.” NLG is also active in UFPJ and is a vital part of the Open Borders Lobby.
  • Not in Our Name (NION) – Founded by Maoiost radical C. Clark Kissinger of the Revolutionary Communist Party – an organization considered extremist and violent even by fellow Maoists – this “antiwar” coalition produced a “Statement of Conscience,” signed by thousands of leftists, condemning America’s “openly imperial policy towards the world.” NION showed its patriotic spirit this year in a Fourth of July rally for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, at which it distributed an American flag emblazoned with the phrase, “Torture is immoral and unpatriotic!” (Also present were former detainees, their lawyers, Code Pink, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and feminist idols Gloria Steinem and Eve Ensler.) After Bush’s re-election, NION issued a statement accusing the Bush administration of seeking “unquestioned world supremacy” and laboring to “impose a narrow, intolerant, and political form of Christian fundamentalism as government policy.” It has also supported Sgt. Kevin Benderman, who refused to return to Iraq and stands accused of desertion and larceny, and calls convicted Iraq deserter Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia “a prisoner of conscience.” NION is a member of UFPJ.
  • Peace and Freedom Party – A California-based “feminist and socialist” political party that nominated Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver for president in 1968, Benjamin Spock in 1972, and convicted cop-killer Leonard Peltier in 2004.
  • Party for Socialism and Liberation – A party that proudly proclaims, “we aim for revolution in the United States.” The most recent issue of their magazine hails the Iraqi terrorists’ “determination and ability to resist.” And they explicitly wish to play a role in our defeat in the region: “The experience of the Vietnam War proved that the anti-war movement in the United States can gain confidence from the resistance of the oppressed peoples standing up to and defeating the largest military power in the world.”
  • Peter Camejo – Ralph Nader’s Green Party running mate in 2004. As a member of the Young Socialist Alliance, California Governor Ronald Reagan named him one of the ten most dangerous revolutionaries in the state. Like Reagan, Camejo ran for president in 1976, Camejo running on the Socialist Workers Party ticket. Camejo is, next to George Soros, perhaps the most prominent far-Left agitator ever to become a professional stock broker.
  • Queers Undermining Israeli Terror (QUIT) – A homosexual organization opposed to Israel, as though their fate would be better in an Islamic society.  QUIT took part in the attempted 2004 sabotage of the Oakland Port, which ships military material to the Iraqi front.
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (Local 790) – The largest union in the AFL-CIO, SEIU President Andrew Stern was a New Leftist protégé of avowed socialist Michael Harrington who studied union organization under former members of the radical Students for a Democratic Society.
  • Socialist Action – A Trotskyite “group of revolutionary socialists committed to the emancipation of working and oppressed people everywhere!” that believes in “permanent revolution.”
  • Socialist Organizer – Another Trotskyite organization and member of the Fourth International and founder of The Labor Party, SO dedicates a webpage to the writings of such distinguished intellectuals as V.I. Lenin, Karl Marx, John Reed, Eugene V. Debs, and, naturally, Leon Trotsky.
  • The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (SF Chapter) – The ADC is a veteran campaigner at the state and local ordinances, having spearheaded the movement to pass city resolutions condemning the Patriot Act or vowing a city’s non-compliance. The ADC also condemned the detention of terrorist detainees and the use of military tribunals, referring to American actions as “disappearances.” A member of UFPJ.

Another prominent resident to endorse the measure is Cindy Sheehan, the founder of Gold Star Families for Peace who demands an “immediate withdrawal of American and Coalition Forces from Iraq.” GFSP, “an affiliate of Military Families Speak Out,” works with UFPJ, September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, and Veterans for Peace.

Aimee Allison, a Green Party activist who gained Medea Benjamin’s coveted endorsement, supports the resolution, as does the Justice in Palestine Coalition, a group called “Revolution Youth,” and two left-wing music groups: Loco Bloco and Bateria Lucha (which also supports the “Dyke Rally and March”).

Joining this motley crew of leftist extremists are two chapters of the American Federation of Teachers: AFT Local 61 and AFT Local 2121. What is a coalition of educators doing joining hands with radicals whose advice would lead to the firing of several of its members? Why would any organization that puts the interests of its students first support a measure that would deny them funding and the right to an adequate public education? The San Francisco Unified School District shut military recruiters out of its schools for years before the “No Child Left Behind” Act deprived federal funds to schools that do so – a troubling sign that these teachers place political activism before education. It is their children who may pay up if their activism pays off.

The (Sometimes Violent) Wave of the Future

The movement to oppose military recruitment is nothing new, even at the high school level. Earlier this year, the Parent Teacher Student Association at Seattle’s Garfield High School passed a resolution calling on the school district to block recruiters. PTSA president and University of Washington professor Amy Hagopian explained, “We can’t physically stop [military recruiters], and we can’t legally stop them, but we can stand at the doors and explain that they’re not welcome.” (Remember, one must never question the fact that the Left supports the troops.)

However, the “counter-recruitment” movement has had its greatest success on college campuses –often earned through violence and physical intimidation. On March 9, some 20 protestors, barred from holding a rally at the City College of New York (part of CUNY), entered a job fair under false pretenses and began shouting at military recruiters. Three students and a CCNY secretary then attempted to brutalize the college’s guards. CCNY President Gregory Williams, who is assuredly no conservative, classified their actions as “physical assault.” After the university suspended the quartet, the International Socialist Organization, United for Peace and Justice, the NY chapter of the ACLU, and Professional Staff Congress (CUNY’s far-Left professional union) protested on their behalf – many of the same organizations spearheading the San Francisco measure.

At Chicago’s Northeastern Illinois University, protestors physically prevented the military from speaking to interested students. Protestors have harried recruiters out of Seattle Central Community College and San Francisco State University, Southern Connecticut State University, and numerous other institutions.

In the Ivy League, physical disruption has sometimes given way to politically correct legal maneuvers. Yale Law School successfully sued Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to bar military recruiters from campus, because the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy violates the Ivy League school’s “non-discrimination” policy. A U.S. District Court ruled in favor of Yale, despite the fact that the Solomon Amendment cuts off federal funding to any college that closes its doors to the U.S. Armed Forces.

Now the Hate America Left is reviving the successful tactic is took in fighting the Patriot Act and federal immigration policy: ignoring federal law. With “lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification,” anti-American activists has taken to the city and precinct level to overturn the law of the land. The Radical Left hopes to first take its case to friendly, left-wing school districts and city councils, building up a “critical mass” of endorsers, before going mainstream. Counter-recruiter organizations have already told their activists which kinds of arguments to use in conservative vs. liberal areas. One such group says in conservative areas, the “most effective issues” are “student & family privacy, government intrusion on the lives of students, and truth about military service. An anti-military or anti-Bush approach may be very harmful to the campaign.” The radicals hope this facetious attempt to be all things to all men will help press its case against the “occupational” U.S. military.

Their campaign shows no more consideration for the troops than it does for the students deprived of a decent education. Lower recruitment means exhausted GIs who have already served their tour of duty must stay longer. As Medea Benjamin revealed in The Nation magazine, the Left has a multi-pronged strategy that includes drying up troop reserves, depressing morale, working with murderous Iraqi “insurgents,” and eroding public support for the military in order to cause the “occupation” to collapse and the Great Satan to return home defeated. When Bill Clinton withdrew U.S. troops from Somalia in 1993, it emboldened a budding multi-millionaire terrorist named Osama bin Laden to attack the great Paper Tiger. The Left’s psychological operations against the military only further endanger American lives at home and abroad.

This article originally appeared as the lead story on Thursday, July 14, 2005, on FrontPage Magazine.