This blog may be long, but I promise I will give you some eye-opening information.
From: Trevor Loudon at http://newzeal.blogspot.com/
Obama File 68
Shortly after winning the November 2008 election President-Elect Barack Obama appointed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to his Transition Economic Advisory Board.
Obama, Antonio Villaraigosa and the Harry Bridges Connection
Formerly Hillary Clinton’s campaign co-chair, the appointment of Villaraigosa was seen as a unifying move, a nod to Clinton Democrats, to Latino voters and to Los Angeles, California and the West Coast.
It was even more than that. It was a gesture of solidarity to the California left, second only to Chicago as a crucible of the “peoples movement” that brought Obama to power.
It was a salute to a man whose rise to power, in many ways paralleled Obama’s own.
Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961, Tony Villar as he was known then, was born in Los Angeles in 1953.
Obama was mentored as a teenager by Frank Marshall Davis, a writer and Communist Party member who had moved from Chicago to Hawaii in 1948. Davis was close to the communist controlled International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) which dominated Hawaiian politics for decades. Davis was close to ILWU head, San Francisco based secret party member Harry Bridges. When contemplating moving to Hawaii Davis “wrote to Harry Bridges, whom I had met at Lincoln School. Bridges suggested I get in touch with Koji Ariyoshi, editor of the Honolulu Record...
The Lincoln School was run by the Chicago Communist Party. Koji Ariyoshi was a leader of the Hawaiian party which controlled the ILWU affiliated Honolulu Record- which Davis went to work for.
Australian born Harry Bridges was a long time leader of the ILWU. The US government fought for years to deport Bridges for his ties to the Communist Party-which Bridges understandably would never admit.
Years later it was revealed that Bridges was not only a party member but served on the party’s powerful Central Committee.
Antonio Villar like Obama was raised without a father and went off the rails as a teen, before straightening himself out to study law.
According to the New Yorker, Antonio Villaraigosa has a long friendship with serving California state senator Gilbert Cedillo-who is a close associate of Obama’s new Labor Secretary, Communist Party linked Hilda Solis.
Gilbert Cedillo met Villaraigosa at Roosevelt High, and they became close friends…
Through an Upward Bound program, Cedillo was accepted at U.C.L.A.; Villaraigosa went to East Los Angeles College and then transferred to U.C.L.A… They both became active in Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán , a campus Chicano-rights group. And both attended the Peoples College of Law, a night school dedicated to producing public-interest lawyers. (Villaraigosa took the bar exam four times, but never passed.)
MECHA leader Tony Villar circa 1974 (Picture)
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MECHA) is a radical Chicano seperatist group with a strong Marxist-Leninist underpinning.
Peoples College of Law was founded in 1974 “by people and organizations, including the Asian Law Collective, the La Raza National Lawyers Association (LRNLA), the National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL), and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG).
The NLG was for decades closely associated with the Communist Party.
The New Yorker continues;
Villaraigosa visited Cuba with the Venceremos Brigade, a radical group.
And he and Cedillo became deeply involved in Centros de Acción Social Autónomo, or CASA, an immigrant’s-rights organization led by the Mexican-American labor activist Bert Corona, and worked on its newspaper, Sín Fronteras. “At CASA, we wanted to organize the undocumented into unions, instead of seeing them as a threat,” Cedillo said.
The Venceremos Brigades were founded in the 1960s by activists, many of whom would later join the terrorist Weather Underground Organisation. Later it became (and remains) a largely Communist Party operation and still sends an annual quota to Cuba to harvest sugar cane and at least in the past, undergo terrorist training.
Bert Corona, who died in 2001, was an icon of the Californis left. Most sources claim that Corona never joined the Communist Party, but did work with party members and fronts for many years.
Other sources claim he was indeed party member, at least for a time in the 1940s.
During the 1940’s, Corona was an organizer for the International Longshoreman’s and Warehouseman’s Union (ILWU) and was identified in Congressional testimony as a Communist Party USA inside that union.
That’s right Frank Marshall Davis’s favourite union, the ILWU. How long Corona remained in the Communist Party is unclear, but there is no doubt that Corona was very close to Harry Bridges.
According to Democratic Socialists of America member and Communist Party associate David Bacon;
Corona came to Los Angeles to study at USC, where he went to work and was caught up in the labor ferment of the late 1930s. He became president of Local 26 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and a political ally of Harry Bridges, one of U.S. labor’s most progressive and democratic leaders.
After Corona was fired from ILWU position union over an internal dispute Harry Bridges, also a major figure within the communist dominated Congress of industrial Organisations (CIO) offered Corona a job as a CIO organizer.
Barack Obama and Antonio Villaraigosa have a common benefactor in Harry Bridges.
Had Bridges not helped Frank Marshall Davis and Bert Corona back in the 1940s, the Obama and Villaraigosa might not hold the positions they do today.
I wonder if that thought ever occured to them as they sat across a table planning America’s future?
LOS ANGELES — Former Speaker of the California Assembly and L.A. mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa sharply criticized America’s growing economic inequality and the impact of the war on drugs on minority communities brought about by the New Democrat agenda.
August 15, 2000
Villariagosa, progressives rip New Democrat agenda
Speaking at the Shadow Convention, Villaraigosa said, “The Democratic Party used to be known as the big tent… We have to build coalitions because only then can we begin to have an impact.”
As the fundraising activities by the Democratic Party win nearly as much media attention as the convention itself, Villaraigosa said “We must take back America so that it is not just for the rich or privileged.”
The mayoral candidate remarks come at time of a growing rift within the Democratic Party between liberals and progressives — one quarter of whom will be voting for Nader, according to last week’s Public Policy Institute Poll of California voters — and New Democrat moderates and conservatives who have pushed the party to compete with the Republican Party for contributions and adopt many Right-Wing Republican positions.
Critics of the Clintonian New Democrats say that the Democratic Party has moved to the right, and away from the party values laid down by Presidents FDR, JFK and LBJ.
Progressive Democrats are making their voices heard at the Shadow Convention highlighting issues that they say neither of the two parties are addressing: the persistence of poverty in the midst of prosperity and the growing wealth gap of the new economy, the failed war on drugs, and the influence of big special interest money in politics.
Villaraigosa was joined by Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) in using a discourse of values to frame their speeches.
Jackson, son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, declared, “We are here at the Shadow Convention to recognize that the Democratic and Republican parties have failed to deliver upon the basic rights of citizens.”
“Imagine the day,” Jackson said, “and it is soon coming, when corporate America is locked out of the convention and we the people are inside determining our nation’s destiny. This is the last convention that we are locked out.”
We don’t live in a political democracy, we live in a corporate democracy,” Senator Russell Feingold (D-WI) said a stinging assault by three of the Democratic Party’s most notable reform-oriented figures on their party’s own politics.
Joined by former Senator Gary Hart (D-CO), once the party’s frontrunner for president, and Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN), one of the nation’s leading populists, Feingold said the Democratic convention will join the lately concluded Republican convention as “the worst display of money and corruption in American history.”
“How is it,” asked Sen. Wellstone, “with this record economy, that so many Democrats say we can’t change our social arrangements, that we allow our children to be the most poverty-stricken people in America? Both parties are controlled by the same set of heavy-hitters,” referring to corporate and wealthy campaign contributors
“Let the people decide!,” he declared.
Following the senators, author Cornell West of Harvard University applauded their statements, noting, “We can have a concentration of wealth in the hands of the few or we can have democracy, but we can’t have both.”
THEN ADD THIS:
AMERICA COMING TOGETHER
- The Shadow Party’s grassroots get-out-the-vote network
- Organized by leftwing government union bosses
- “The largest voter contact program in history”
- Employed 1,400 full-time paid canvassers, many of whom were convicted felons
- Ceased operations in 2005
America Coming Together (ACT) organized the Democratic Party‘s Government Union wing, which is represented by such leftist labor unions as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and AFSCME. ACT was one of the 33 “progressive” member organizations constituting the America Votes coalition. It was also a member group of the so-called Democrat Shadow Party, a nationwide network of non-profit activist groups pursuing leftist agendas and campaigning aggressively for Democrat political candidates.
The original President of ACT was Ellen Malcolm. The Chief Executive Officer was Steven Rosenthal. The Treasurer (and also a Board Member) was Carl Pope. The Assistant Treasurer was Brian Foucart. Other Board Members included Ellen Malcolm (also an Assistant Treasurer), Anne Bartley, Hillary Clinton, Gina Glantz, Rob Glaser, Jonathan Lewis, Rob McKay, Minyon Moore, Cecile Richards, Jonathan T. Soros, and Antonio Villaraigosa.
During the 2004 election, ACT ran what its website called “the largest voter contact program in history,” with over 1,400 full-time paid canvassers — many of whom were discovered to be felons convicted of violent crimes — as well as thousands of volunteers working from 55 offices, contacting voters door-to-door and by phone.
To ensure that the voters it mobilized would cast their ballots only for Democrats, ACT canvassers focused on “swing” voters (which it defined as “pre-retirement women” and “younger voters,” who ACT believed were less likely to be politically informed than other demographic groups), as well as what it called “Democratic base voters” — such as blacks and Hispanics — “who vote Democratic but need extra contact to persuade them to vote.”
ACT used intrusive, high-pressure tactics to register and mobilize such voters, both by phone and by door-to-door canvassing. Not only did its canvassers register voters, but they compiled extensive personal dossiers on the latter — including such private information as their drivers’ license numbers and social security numbers — information which could be retrieved on demand through the canvassers’ hand-held Palm Pilots.
On June 23, 2004, the Associated Press revealed that an undetermined number of ACT’s fulltime canvassers were felons, convicted for crimes ranging from drug dealing to burglary, assault, and sex offenses.
THEN ADD THIS:
Vol 1, No. 2November 2005
A publication of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
by Marian Gordon
The So. Cal. chapter of CCDS has been active, meeting every 2-3months.
Our meetings feature discussions by members and friends, usuallywith a kick-off presentation by aninvited speaker, on subjects such as the elections, the war in Iraq, developmentss in Cuba and Venezuela.
CCDS members were in the campaign last spring to win a TREMENDOUS VICTORY in electing our first Latino mayor in many generations, Anthony Villaraigosa. We walked precincts, phone banked, did the necessary office work. This was a major victory not only in the election of a very progressive mayor, but in building unity of Latino, African-American, Asian, white working class unity and progressive unity.
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism Newsletter – Page 3
AND LASTLY THIS:
After Bumpy Tenure Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa Is Reelected
The first Hispanic mayor in more than a century wins a second, four-year trip to City Hall despite an uneven first term that saw the defeat of his signature plan to reform city schools.
No Republicans ran for mayor. But Slay will face Libertarian Robb E. Cunningham, who ran unopposed, and Elston McCowan, who won the Green Party primary.
In Los Angeles, crime is going down and the charismatic Villaraigosa helped push through higher taxes to fund transit projects, but his tenure was slowed by the failure of his plan to take control of city schools and the disclosure of his long-running relationship with a TV newscaster. His wife filed for divorce.
The son of a Mexican immigrant, the 56-year-old mayor promised nothing less than to transform a city of nearly 4 million long divided by geography, wealth and color. But the city faces a possible $1 billion budget gap by 2010, traffic is considered the most congested in the nation and a one-in-three school dropout rate remains unchanged.
The election confirmed again the city’s prevailing attitude toward local politics: a collective yawn. In a hotly contested mayoral primary four years ago, turnout didn’t break 30 percent. It appeared considerably lighter this year.
The contest attracted scant public attention. There were no debates. Villaraigosa built up a commanding advantage in money and TV advertising, all but eclipsing the field.
As he looks toward a possible run for governor in 2010, the mayor is not saying if he will serve his full term as mayor.
“I’m not going to make a promise I can’t keep,” he said in a recent interview.
If this is true: In a hotly contested mayoral primary four years ago, turnout didn’t break 30 percent.
It appeared considerably lighter this year.
The contest attracted scant public attention.
My question is: How did he…Villaraigosa built up a commanding advantage in money and TV advertising, all but eclipsing the field.
Where did all the $$$$ come from for Villaraigosa to do the above?
Will Villaraigosa be appointed by Obama to some “CZAR” [sounds so much like we are in Russia] position within the White House?