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New Initiative Seeks to End JROTC Programs to ‘Counter the Dangerous Nature of Conservatism and Militarism in Public Schools’


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By Danette Clark

In an effort to remove anything and everything resembling patriotism and military-style discipline and teamwork from public schools, a new initiative has been launched that specifically targets JROTC, Starbase, Young Marines, and several other voluntary school programs.

“A National Call: Save Civilian Public Education”, launched late last year, is the effort of several progressive organizations to “confront the conservative, corporate, and military influences in our educational system” and to counter their “dangerous nature.”

From the website, SaveCivilianEducation.org:

The signers of this statement believe it is urgent for all advocates of social justice, peace and the environment to recognize the dangerous nature of this problem and confront it with deliberate action.

The most aggressive outside effort to use the school system to teach an ideology with ominous long-term implications for society comes from the military establishment.

On the site’s “Where Do We Go From Here?” page, a call is made to others to join their efforts:

Progressive individuals, organizations, foundations and media all have important roles to play in confronting the conservative, corporate and military influences in our educational system.

To that end, the initiative provides a list of “ideas for action,” which includes speakers pools to address youth groups, classrooms and youth conferences, and the support of outreach and educational initiatives that “teach progressive values to young people.”

“Organizations supporting efforts to introduce history and civics lessons from a progressive perspective” are also recommended. Among those are Communist Howard Zinn’s Zinn Education Project and Rethinking Schools, an organization whose curriculum editor, Bill Bigelow, admits that he wants to “tell students that they shouldn’t necessarily trust the ‘authorities,’” and says that he sees “teaching as a political action… to equip students to build a truly democratic society.”

Bigelow, an endorser of the Save Civilian Education initiative, also teaches that George Washington was not a hero, but a war criminal.

One particular Rethinking Schools resource, Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years, was banned from Tucson, Arizona classrooms because it was found to be extremely hostile toward whites and depicted America, in general, as a racist and oppressive nation.

Other endorsers of the initiative are Iraq Veterans Against the War, Code Pink co-founder Madea Benjamin, former California Senator and former Weather Underground Organization leader Tom Hayden, and far left MIT professor Noam Chomsky, all of whom have partnered for years in their anti-U.S. military efforts.

Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) is a Communist-led anti-war organization that continually works to increase its presence in public school classrooms.

Both IVAW and Code Pink partner with some of the most radical anti-Israel organizations in the world, like Al-Awda, for example, an organization that denies Israel’s right to exist.

IVAW speakers have been known to show graphic war images to students while blaming U.S. soldiers for murdering innocent civilians.

For example, as recently reported, U.S. military veteran and IVAW member Ethan McCord can be seen in a video telling high school students that U.S. soldiers are trained from day one to dehumanize the enemy and also “to dehumanize civilians here at home”. Later in the video, McCord refers to military recruiters as pimps and the army as their whore.

In a 2011 resolution on Palestine, IVAW described the United States’ military support of Israel as a “coordinated strategy to dominate the Middle East.”

Another endorser of the initiative, Countering the Militarisation of Youth, says they oppose any U.S. military presence and influence in education as well as in social media, entertainment, fashion, and even public events such as parades and memorials.

The group says their work is “breaking the cycle of teaching violence to young people”, yet ironically, they partner with groups like the Muslim Students Association, an organization founded by the jihadi terrorist group, the Muslim Brotherhood.

Save Civilian Education claims that some military programs sneak into schools under the cloak of STEM education, and therefore, calls for an end to those as well.

Also a ‘threat’, they say, are lesson plans and coloring books created by tea party groups that “teach a conservative interpretation of the Constitution, where the federal government is a creeping and unwelcome presence in the lives of freedom-loving Americans.”

According to the group, the problem with this kind of curriculum and with programs like JROTC, Young Marines, and Starbase, is that they have the “effect of popularizing military values, soldiering and, ultimately, war.”

JROTC is a voluntary program that says it exists to teach students character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, and diversity, while preparing them for college and to be leaders in a diverse workforce.

The JROTC curriculum includes “education in citizenship, leadership, social and communication skills, physical fitness and wellness, geography, and civics.”

Starbase, also a voluntary program, says its mission is to expose the nation’s youth to the “technological environments and positive civilian and military role models found on Active, Guard, and Reserve military bases and installations, nurture a winning network of collaborators, and build mutual loyalty within communities…”

Through the Starbase program, students can “study Newton’s Laws and Bernoulli’s principle; explore nanotechnology, navigation and mapping” and “use the computer to design space stations, all-terrain vehicles, and submersibles.”

The Starbase website says the program seeks to “motivate students to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)” and “serves students that are historically under-represented in STEM, such as those who live in inner cities or rural locations, are socio-economically disadvantaged, low in academic performance or have a disability.”

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‘Tens of Thousands of Students’ Expected to Join Communists and Socialists for Climate March this Weekend


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My EAGnews.org exclusive:

Tens of thousands of students from more than 300 school campuses are expected to join the People’s Climate March this Sunday, September 21st in New York City.

The Green Schools Alliance, a coalition of hundreds of schools throughout the U.S. and more than 4,000 schools nationwide, is a coordinating partner for the event.

According to the global climate change organization, 305.org:

In response to the United Nations’ Emergency Climate Summit, an unprecedented surge of tens of thousands of students from more than 300 campuses will join the People’s Climate March, which is anticipated to be the largest demonstration on climate change in history. Students have built a movement on hundreds of campuses to demand fossil fuel divestment and local solutions, and they’re joining the movement to demand bold climate action and an end to extractive industries as President Obama and world leaders meet at the United Nations.

President Obama, several world leaders, and as many as 120 heads-of-state are slated to gather Tuesday, September 23rd for the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit. The People’s Climate March is intended to preclude the summit to draw attention and support.

Not unlike most climate change events, Sunday’s march through the streets of Manhattan will be attended by a slew of anti-war activists and Israel haters — indicating once again that, at least for many of those in the lead, the save the planet movement is not really about saving the planet.

For example, according to Peoplesclimate.org, partnering organizations in coordinating the march include Code Pink, International Socialist Organization, Freedom Socialist Party, SEIU, AFL-CIO, and the Communist Party USA.

Frightening to think, isn’t it, that thousands of students will be marching alongside organizations like these?

Code Pink, an extreme anti-Israel organization shown to have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, has announced that there will be a Peace, Justice and Climate rally before the march. Speakers at the rally will include Code Pink founder, Medea Benjamin, and Tom Hayden, former California senator and former member of the 1960s domestic terrorist group, the Weather Underground.

Also a coordinating partner is the BlueGreen Alliance (formerly known as the Apollo Alliance), an organization whose New York office is led by yet another former member of the Weather Underground organization, Jeff Jones.

Van Jones, the former Obama “green jobs czar” who once proclaimed himself a communist, is also with BlueGreen Alliance.

According to its website, People’s Climate plans to have a “Free Palestine Block” at the march to highlight the “genocide” and “grave injustices committed by Israel against the Palestinian people.”

The organization claims the reason they decided to include the Free Palestine Block is because it came to their attention that the march is “being endorsed by several Zionist organizations that support the occupation and destruction of Palestine.”

Peoplesclimate.org goes on to say:

…given the current massacre of the Palestinian people at the behest of a US/Israeli military-industrial complex that is one of the largest consumers of fossil fuels in the world— having Zionists at a climate justice march doesn’t seem to make sense.

Does any of this even make sense?

Regardless of anyone’s stance on global warming or man-made climate change, it doesn’t make sense that schools and even entire school districts are partnering with organizations that would coordinate with and march along side communists and terrorists in the name of climate change.

Parents be warned about this march. It promises to be a very radical event.

Part 4 – The Reparation Agenda: Obama Friend Sponsored City Ordinance Used to Extort Millions from Corporations with ‘Ties to Slavery’


By Danette Clark    August, 2012

This is the fourth article in a series on President Obama’s reparation agenda. Previous articles revealed several of Obama’s appointees and White House Fellows and their connection to the reparations movement.

Several long-time friends and colleagues of the president are known for advocating reparations through marches, conferences, and speaking engagements. Others have been moving the agenda forward by working on the legal aspects of reparation claims, to build cases that might succeed where previous lawsuits have failed.

In 2002, Dorothy Tillman, former Chicago City Council member, proposed the Slavery Era Disclosure Ordinance, the first city ordinance in the U.S. to require companies wishing to do business with the City of Chicago to research its records to determine whether they or their predecessors profited from slavery.

Although Tillman claimed that, under the ordinance, companies found to have ties to slavery would not be prevented from bidding on contracts, several sources reported that the city council made it very clear they believed companies should pay for profiting from slavery and that any information obtained from them through the ordinance would be immediately turned over to attorneys for use in reparation lawsuits.

The Los Angeles Times reported on the passing of the ordinance stating that Alderman Edward Burke announced from the council floor that CSX Railroad, a company whose predecessors were believed to have used slave labor, would not be granted zoning approvals unless they paid reparations.

Tillman, a long-time friend of Obama, admits the ordinance was originally designed to gather information to make a case for reparation lawsuits. She declared in the Louis Farrakhan/Nation of Islam publication, Final Call, “It’s much more than businesses acknowledging they received profits from slavery. This is about black labor and white wealth… Financial institutions wouldn’t be anything without the backs of black people”.

Sound familiar? Doesn’t that sound like ‘You didn’t build that’?

Among many other outrageous statements regarding slavery, Tillman has also been quoted as saying, “Americans have a shame that they have to look at. We built this country. Can you imagine owning a business with free labor, 400 years of free labor and 150 years of Jim Crow?”.

Again, ‘You didn’t build that’.

Tillman modeled the Chicago ordinance after California legislation that passed two years earlier requiring insurance companies to research and reveal any slavery ties they might have.

The California legislation –- get this –- was written by then Senator Tom Hayden, former member of the 1960s domestic terrorist group, the Weather Undergound, which was co-founded by Obama friend and neighbor, Bill Ayers. What are the odds? Out of approximately 40 California state senators, anti-capitalist Hayden was the one to introduce legislation that has the potential to cripple scores of America’s largest corporations.

Several cities, including Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, have since followed Chicago’s lead and enacted their own slave disclosure ordinances. As a result, dozens of corporations, including JP Morgan Chase, Aetna, Wachovia, and Fleet Boston, have admitted ties to slavery. Their names have been released to the public and they’ve all been named as defendants in lawsuits.

How do corporations that didn’t exist prior to the 1900s have ties to the slave trade? They don’t. Nonetheless, modern-day companies are expected to be responsible for the 150-year-old activities of their predecessors, no matter how distant or tenuous the connection.

For example, according to a report from the National Legal and Policy Center, Dorothy Tillman accused Bank of America of lying when it responded to the city ordinance by reporting it had no past ties to slavery. Tillman contended that Bank of America was complicit in the slave trade because John Brown, a co-founder of Providence Bank in 1791, was a slave-owner. Providence Bank became part of Fleet Boston sometime over the next 200 years and then Bank of America acquired Fleet Boston in 2004.

Bank of America argued that Brown’s personal connection to slavery was irrelevant because it did not mean Bank of America profited from slavery. Tillman proceeded to threaten to cancel a $500 million refinancing contract that existed between Bank of America and the city if the bank did not admit that it profited from slavery.

FleetBoston is also being sued for reparations. The company can be traced to hundreds of predecessor banks but only one has been found to have links to slavery.

In a short time, several corporations began to cave to the extortion tactics used by city council members and others like the NAACP, who threatened boycotts and protests if the companies refused to come to the table to talk reparations. In an attempt to appease activists, corporations began issuing formal apologies and donating millions to African American organizations.

In 2005, however, when JP Morgan Chase issued its apology and created a $5 million college scholarship fund for African American students in Louisiana, reparation advocates denounced the donation as a “joke” and “insulting”. Reparation plaintiffs attorney, Lionel Jean Baptiste, said, “To give back $5 million does not begin to make up for the tremendous wealth that JP Morgan Chase extracted from enslaved Africans”.

Bank of America’s written apology and $5 million donation was also met with a negative response from council members. Tillman said Bank of America’s report was “disingenuous” and insisted she had evidence that Providence Bank was involved in manufacturing leg irons for slaves.

The San Francisco and Oakland ordinances both included the establishment of a fund for “the collection of voluntary contributions from Contractors subject to the ordinance… to be used to ameliorate the legacy of the Slavery Era”. No pressure there.

One thing slave-era ordinances and state laws currently in effect have in common is that they all require companies to submit the names of any slaves and slave holders discovered in their records. Those names are then provided to the public for use in reparation lawsuits.

Because of the failure of previous lawsuits that demanded reparations for an unspecified group of people, “the descendants of slaves”, for example, attorneys and lawmakers learned that the courts require specifically-named plaintiffs and defendants. That’s where slave-era disclosure laws and web sites like Ancestry.com and Rootsweb.com come in.

If you recall in my most recent article in this series, I mentioned Obama appointee, James Wagner. Wagner is president of Emory University, home to a trans-Atlantic slave trade database used to locate the names of slaves.

Ironically, back in 2000, the same year the California slave-era legislation passed, a reporter with CBS in Chicago ran a piece on the passing of a resolution proposed by Dorothy Tillman calling on Congress to consider payments to the descendants of slaves. This piece included an interview with then Professor Barack Obama, whom the reporter referred to as an expert on the matter. In the interview, Obama said, “Generally, the Supreme Court has a philosophy that you have to identify a clear wrongdoer and a clear victim.”

The clip of Obama is no longer available through CBS Chicago but can be viewed at the end of this video. The video was posted to YouTube by a reparation activist who claims he saw Obama at the 2000 committee meeting and that Obama stood and spoke in support of reparations to the descendants of slaves that day.

President Obama’s long-time friend and mentor, Charles Ogletree, is the head of the Reparations Coordinating Committee, which has been actively pursuing claims against the corporations named through disclosure laws.

Ogletree, a member of Obama’s Black Advisory Council during his 2008 Presidential Campaign, has served as legal advisor to Dorothy Tillman.

Several other members of the Reparations Coordinating Committee have a connection to President Obama. For example, RCC members Cornel West and Marable Manning are believed to have been members of the New Party alongside Obama. Cornel West also served as an advisor to Obama’s 2008 campaign.

As shameful and cruel as slavery was, it is today’s CEOs, shareholders, and employees, many of whom are African American, who will suffer under the weight being placed on these companies.

So many questions come to mind. Why has this extortion racket been allowed to continue? Aren’t discrimination laws being violated by cities and states against corporations for actions carried out before the corporation existed? Will the courts be willing to punish companies for actions that weren’t even a crime when they were carried out?

I’m sure former Alderwoman Tillman and many others would argue no corporations have been denied a contract based on their connection to slavery and, therefore, no one has been discriminated against. However, the City of Los Angeles allows some companies to request an exemption from complying with its slavery disclosure ordinance. The exemption request form states that exemptions may be awarded if the “goods or services are… only available from a single source” or if “the City would suffer a financial loss or that City operations would be adversely impacted unless exempted.”

In other words, companies the city needs financially are exempt and companies they don’t need to keep the city running have to comply with the ordinance.

It’s pretty obvious extortion tactics have been used by people with a personal connection to President Obama. Whether or not Obama has been involved directly is unclear, but not without question. Something that raises an eyebrow with regard to several of the companies targeted for shakedown is this -– they were among the top contributors to President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, in some cases, donating more than twice as much to Obama than to McCain.

Even more interesting is the fact that several of the CEOs and/or chairmen who actually submitted the heart-felt apologizes for their companies’ involvement with slavery and signed off on multi-million dollar donations to the African American community, are now serving or have served appointment positions in the Obama White House.

Later, to finish out this series, I will explain the specific legal hurdles, both in federal and international courts, that reparation activists have been working to overcome and how President Obama is helping them.