The Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, the nation’s second largest union, has united with an Islamic “peace” organization to protest everything from Fox News Channel to “corporate, and financial powers” to U.S. military aid to Israel.
The duo are also calling for trillions in funds for jobs and “quality single-payer healthcare.”
The Islamic group is being trained by an acolyte of radical community organizer Saul Alinsky. The acolyte worked for a socialist group that was an offshoot of an Alinsky training academy funded jointly in the 1990s by President Obama and Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers.
The so-called Muslim Peace Coalition, or MPC, is helping to organize a rally entitled “Rally Against the Wars at Home and Abroad,” set for this weekend in both New York City and San Francisco.
The rally is being organized under the banner of another group calling itself the United National Antiwar Conference.
An advertisement for the event defines the “war makers” that are the subject of the protest as “the government, corporate, and financial powers that wage war, ravage the environment and the economy and trample on our democratic rights and liberties.”
“[War makers] wage a fake ‘war on terrorism’ at home – the new McCarthyism – that promotes racism and Islamophobia aimed at destroying civil liberties and democratic rights,” stated the ad.
The protest will demand an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; a halt to U.S. aid to Israel; an end to “the racist persecution and prosecutions that ravage Muslim communities;” and the cessation of “police terror in Black, Latino and Native American communities.”
Along with the anti-war rhetoric are demands for the government to spend “trillions for jobs, education, social services, an end to all foreclosures, quality single-payer healthcare for all, a massive conversion to sustainable and planet-saving energy systems and public transportation and reparations to the victims of U.S. terror at home and abroad.”
One of this weekend’s slated rally leaders is Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, who is also a participating leader with MCP.
Mujahid in 2008 was named to the Democratic National Committee’s credentials committee, which coordinates selection of convention delegates and alternates.
The Muslim Peace Council was launched in September 2010 under the banner of the “One Nation” rally in Washington, D.C., which was a counter to an earlier, massive event held there by Fox News host Glenn Beck.
The “One Nation” event was endorsed by “Organizing for America,” Obama’s 2008 campaign website, which morphed into a fundraising arm of the Democratic National Committee.
The September event was sponsored by a slew of radical groups, including the Communist Party USA, the Democratic Socialists of America, NAACP, Code Pink, the National Council of La Raza, George Soros’ Campus Progress, the International Socialist Organization, the National Education Association, the Gray Panthers, the Soros-funded Institute for Policy Studies and Green For All, led by Van Jones, Obama’s former “green jobs” adviser, who resigned in 2009 after it was exposed he founded a communist organization.
The MPC, meanwhile, has taken a leadership position at protesting the recent hearings on Islamic radicalism led by Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.
The MCP often holds protests in front of the Fox News headquarters in New York, claiming the news network is “anti-Muslim.” The group’s website dedicates an entire section to what it calls “Protest Fox.”
The MCP is endorsed by SEIU and its division 1199 health care workers union, which has helped to promote this weekend’s planned protest. The 1199 SEIU is the largest, fastest-growing health care union in America.
In January, MPC leaders held a training summit for what they called “Muslim peace activists.”
One of the speakers at the training program was Zead Ramadan of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR.
The training program was led by Mike Gecan, who provided “organizing 101” training.
Gecan is a community organizer and the executive director of Industrial Area Foundation, founded in 1940 by Alinsky himself. Gecan was personally trained by Alinsky.
Gecan started off at the Citizens Action Program, which was founded by socialist activist Heather Booth, who also founded the Midwest Academy. Midwest teaches Alinsky tactics.
Midwest Academy morphed into Citizen Action.
Booth founded Midwest in the 1970s with her husband, Paul Booth, a founder and the former national secretary of Students for a Democratic Society, the radical 1960s anti-war movement from which William Ayers’ Weather Underground terrorist organization splintered.
The Woods Fund, a nonprofit on which Obama served as paid director from 1999 to December 2002, provided capital to the Midwest Academy. WND was first to report Obama sat on the Woods Fund board alongside Ayers.
In 1999, Booth’s Midwest Academy received $75,000 from the Woods Fund. In 2002, with Obama still serving on the Woods Fund, Midwest received another $23,500 for its Young Organizers Development Program.
Midwest describes itself as “one of the nation’s oldest and best-known schools for community organizations, citizen organizations and individuals committed to progressive social change.”
With research by Brenda J. Elliott