Obama/McKnight Connection: Indoctrinating Our Children K-12 grades! Saul Alinsky Would Be Proud!

I was reading an article on “Green Energy” and the McKight Foundation, when a twinge went up my spine (no not like the MSNBC anchors up the leg)……This was an OMG twinge.

I happened to “fall into” a website that just made me go OMG……by clicking around in different links to John McKnight.

A little history of the John McKnight and Obama connection: Then the indoctrination plan at end of blog…….

John L. McKnight

For nearly three decades, John McKnight has conducted research on social service delivery systems, health policy, community organizations, neighborhood policy, and institutional racism. He currently directs research projects focused on asset-based neighborhood development and methods of community building by incorporating marginalized people.

He also has been a longtime, devoted disciple of the radical organizing tactics taught by the late Saul Alinsky, a Chicago Marxist whose motto was: “The most effective means are whatever will achieve the desired results.”

In the early to mid-1980s, McKnight helped train Barack Obama in the agitation/infiltration tactics of Alinsky, whose Reveille for Radicals has been a blueprint for the revolutionary activism of “community organizers” since its 1946 publication, as has Alinsky’s 1972 book Rules for Radicals. From McKnight and other expositors of the Alinsky method, Obama today claims to have received the “best education I ever had, better than anything I got at Harvard Law School.”

In the late 1980s, Obama asked McKnight to write a letter of recommendation on his behalf to Harvard Law School, where Obama would ultimately be admitted in 1988. McKnight complied, but not before cautioning the young Obama not to “compromise” his principles.

Just prior to setting off for Harvard, Obama published an article titled, “After Alinsky: Community Organizing in Illinois,” wherein he praised McKnight and his organizing tactics.

In his 2006 memoir, The Audacity of Hope, Obama alludes to McKnight as a “friend” and as an “older man who had been active in the civil rights efforts in Chicago in the sixties” — but never identifies him by name.
In addition to his aforementioned duties at NU, McKnight today is a board director of the Chicago-based Gamaliel Foundation, a subsidiary of which Obama worked for as a community organizer in the 1980s.
McKnight also sits on the board of National People’s Action (NPA), an organization that employs the aggressive street tactics of Alinskyite organizing.
Much of his recent work on asset-based community development is captured in McKnight’s co-authored book, Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets (1993), which has circulated through a broad range of community, government, business, nonprofit, and educational institutions in the United States and Canada. Articles McKnight has written over the past two decades were published in The Careless Society (1995). McKnight serves on the Board of Directors of numerous community organizations including the Gamaliel Foundation and The National Training and Information Center. Before joining Northwestern, McKnight directed the Midwest office of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
McKnight has been associated with many of the Institute’s major research projects since he joined the organization in 1969. These have included research on the urban determinants of health, law enforcement, urban disinvestment and metropolitan government, deinstitutionalized child welfare services, police anticrime programs, and the effects of the perception of crime upon community responses. He also directed the Chicago Innovations Forum, an IPR-based dialogue among neighborhood leaders and innovators in economic, political and social development.
A former ACLU director, John L. McKnight is a Professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University (NU). He is also co-director of NU’s Asset-Based Community Development Institute, where he “directs research projects focused on asset-based neighborhood development and methods of community building by incorporating marginalized people.”
McKnight, who has worked with NU since 1969, was in charge of enforcing early governmental affirmative-action programs in the 1960s for then-AttorneyGeneral Robert Kennedy.


John McKnight along with Kretzman have written several papers on community building.

Current Projects

The Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute. This institute grew out of a project that evaluated the interrelationships of local associations, enterprises, and nonprofit organizations in cities around the country, and the effect of large public and private system policies upon their functions. Theories based on nationwide data gathered from over 100 neighborhoods in 20 cities on the community development potential of local assets such as schools, churches and parks, were refined and published in the book Building Communities from the Inside Out.


McKnight part of the League……Obama connected to McKnight……

Asset-Based Community Development Institute

The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD), established in 1995 by the Community Development Program at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research, is built upon three decades of community development research by John Kretzmann and John L. McKnight. The ABCD Institute spreads its findings on capacity-building community development in two ways: (1) through extensive and substantial interactions with community builders, and (2) by producing practical resources and tools for community builders to identify, nurture, and mobilize neighborhood assets.


Note here:  Michelle Obama was on the board of ABCD

The ABCD Faculty Members:

Domestic Faculty Members: In 2007


The next phase of the project involved a study of the uses and outcomes of the book’s model capacity inventory in neighborhoods across the United States. The workbook Guide to Capacity Inventories: Mobilizing the Community Skills of Local Residents (1997) documents the results of this investigation.

McKnight’s research team has also produced 10 additional guides to community building:

A Guide to Mapping and Mobilizing the Economic Capacities of Local Residents (1996)

A Guide to Mapping Local Business Assets and Mobilizing Local Business Capacities (1996)

A Guide to Mapping Consumer Expenditures and Mobilizing Consumer Expenditure Capacities (1996)

A Guide to Evaluating Asset-Based Community Development: Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities (1997)

A Guide to Creating a Neighborhood Information Exchange: Building Communities by Connecting Local Skills and Knowledge (1998)

City-Sponsored Community Building: Savannah’s Grants for Blocks Story (1998)

Newspapers and Neighborhoods: Strategies for Achieving Responsible Coverage of Local Communities (1999)

A Guide to Mapping and Mobilizing the Associations in Local Neighborhoods (1999)

Leading by Stepping Back: A Guide for City Officials on Building Neighborhood Capacity (1999)

The Organization of Hope: A Workbook for Rural Asset-Based Community Development (2001)



John McKnight – My Student – Barack Obama





Go to this website and just browse around……..

League Points:
See how much good is going around. 1 point = $1 of value returned to the community which adds up to great news for cities and towns around the nation.


Lesson plan for PHILANTHROPY grades K-2:

1.A Planting We Will Go

The learners will use their time, talent, and treasure for the common good by transplanting trees in a common area. (K-2)

2.A Potting We Will Go

Learners will use their time and talent to pot and care for young trees.  They will identify the needs of the trees.  They will discuss possible common areas to plant the trees.  (K-2)

3.A Shredding We Will Go

After studying the process of composting, learners will recycle paper from their school to be taken to a compost pile in a local nursery.  A return visit to the nursery will show students how their paper has become part of the compost … (K-2)

4.ABCs of Giving (The)

The purpose of this lesson is to practice philanthropic acts at home. (K-2)

5.African Tale (An)

Students read an African version of the Cinderella story so that they can compare versions and increase their sense of story. (K-2)

6.Alphabody ABCs of Giving

The students will develop a list of ABCs related to giving and work cooperatively to create alphabet letters with their bodies. (K-2)



Grade: K
Subject: Philanthropy
I Definitions of Philanthropy
II Philanthropy and Civil Society
III Philanthropy and the Individual
IV Volunteering and Service
Will these plans be place into the PLANS for EDUCATION???
See if any schools in your state/city are participating in THE LEAGUE

“I have no country to fight for: my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world.”

Debs, Eugene V. Labor organizer and socialist (1855-1926)

“We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.”

“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”




The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.




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