An activist publicity firm run by a communications director for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign now represents Detention Watch Network, which has been leading protests and activism in support of illegal aliens.
Just Wednesday, members of the network marched to the Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Washington, D.C., to demand what they called an “end to militarization of the border.”
Last week, the publicity firm FitzGibbon Media reportedly sent out an email alert about a Detention Watch Network protest scheduled for the Jack Harwell Detention Center in Waco, Texas. The event was calling for better conditions at the detention facility, including a legal library and on-site medical facility.
FitzGibbon Media, which represents Detention Watch, is run by progressive activist Trevor FitzGibbon, who served as a communications director for Obama’s 2008 campaign.
His firm represents a who’s who of progressive clients, including the radical MoveOn.org, the pro-abortion NARAL group, Amnesty International, the Daily KOS blog and Wisconsin Progress.
The firm also represents Color of Change, the environmental activist group founded by Obama’s controversial former “green” jobs czar Van Jones as well as Jones’ latest inception, an activist group called Rebuild the Dream.
“At FitzGibbon Media, we only work for clients whose causes we truly believe in,” states the group’s website.
Curiously, FitzGibbon’s work on Obama’s campaign is missing from his official bio on the FitzGibbon Media website.
Also missing from his bio is that FitzGibbon formerly worked for years in a senior capacity at Fenton Communications, which is the ground zero of publicity for hundreds of major progressive organizations.
Fenton represents clients financed by the George Soros-funded Tides Foundation.
Tides also funds the Detention Watch Network. Tides is the nation’s biggest funder of far-left groups, including MoveOn.org and previously the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.
FitzGibbon Media’s managing director is former Fenton executive Doug Gordon.
WND reported Gordon’s contact information was once listed on an Occupy Wall Street press release announcing a march past millionaires’ homes in New York in 2011.
Fenton Communications has been behind the public relations strategy of Soros himself, along with Health Care for America Now, MoveOn.org and a litany of anti-war groups.
Fenton first made its name representing communist dictatorships in the 1980s.
Fenton’s founder is tied to President Obama and to a slew of Saul Alinsky-style community organizing groups directly involved in U.S. street protests, including in Wisconsin and New York.
Fenton Communications was founded in 1982 by David Fenton, an activist who served as a photographer for Bill Ayers’ domestic Weather Underground terror group.
Fenton Communications works in conjunction with the Soros-funded Tides Center that funded Adbusters, which was reported to have started the concept of Occupy Wall Street.
Fenton used the Tides Center to set up Environmental Media Services in 1994. Tides reportedly originally ran daily operations for EMS.
David Fenton serves on the board of numerous Tides-funded groups, while his firm represents more than 30 Tides Center grantees, as well as Soros himself and the billionaire’s Open Society Institute. Fenton helped to craft Moveon.org’s attacks on Gen. David Petraeus.
While David Fenton first photographed Ayers in the 1960s, he later served alongside both Ayers and Obama on the board of the Woods Fund, a Chicago nonprofit that channeled money to numerous progressive groups, including the Tides Center and the Alinsky-style Midwest Academy training outfit. Obama served as a paid director on the Woods Fund board from 1999 to 2002.
DHS secretary meets with Soros-funded illegal alien
The Detention Watch Network, meanwhile, is co-directed by Catalina Nieto, who serves as the group’s field director.
WND reported Nieto in March met with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and that she may be a case study of the status of some illegal aliens in the country and the true nature of some of their leading activists.
Nieto, a self-described illegal alien, met in March with Johnson as part of a delegation from the radical Code Pink.
In a blog post on Code Pink’s website, the group’s leaders said Nieto identified herself to Johnson as an “illegal alien” and questioned the DHS chief about his immigration policies, including what she claimed were horrid conditions at detention centers for illegals.
“I’m an ‘illegal alien,’ that’s how you refer to us in all your documents, right?” Nieto asked Johnson, according to Code Pink.
Continued Nieto to Johnson: “Well you are meeting one in person right now. Have you met with people going through detention and deportation? Have you met with the families of those who are being deported? You talk about conducting a review to make immigration enforcement more ‘humane,’ but let me tell you that there is nothing humane about enforcement, even from the way you refer to us, as aliens, not even humans.”
Nieto said there is nothing “humane about drones at the border, a border patrol that is out of control, or operation streamline.”
“There is nothing humane,” she said, “about putting someone in deportation proceedings, then locking them up in a cage, away from their families and any support system, making it almost impossible to get legal counsel, without any due process rights, in horrible conditions, and then deporting them. There is nothing humane about that.”
Nieto, however, does not appear to be a victim of policies targeting illegal aliens.
She has reportedly been present illegally in the U.S. since 2000, when she migrated from Colombia.
Nieto was a national grass-roots organizer at Witness for Peace, which claims to support “peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas.” The group was founded by Rev. Jim Wallis’ socialist Sojourners group.
Wallis, described as a spiritual adviser to President Obama, was a member of the White House “faith council.” He is a socialist activist who has championed communist causes and once labeled the U.S. “the great captor and destroyer of human life,” as WND reported.
Wallis’ Sojourners publishes a magazine that actively lobbied for communist regimes that seized power in Latin America in the late 1970s, including the Sandinista dictatorship in Nicaragua. Sojourners in the 1980s was a fierce opponent of the U.S. nuclear buildup, claiming the policy was “an intolerable evil” irreconcilably at odds with Christianity.
Discover the Networks notes Sojourners originally formed a socialist commune in Washington, D.C., where members shared finances and launched anti-capitalist activism.
Meanwhile, it is unclear who paid for Nieto’s education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She also attended the School for International Training located in Washington, D.C., and in Vermont.
In 2003, it was reported she was awarded a $1,500 Rotary District 6440 Vocational Scholarship “to help her prepare for a career in photography.”
In 2007, Nieto moved to Nashville after being accepted to the Soros and Tides-funded Center for Community Change’s Generation Change internship program.
With research by Brenda J. Elliott.