Preaching Marxism Through Faith: Featured Profile of Tim Yeager, Chairperson of the Religion Commission of the Communist Party USA

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From Keywiki/Trevor Loudon:

Tim Yeager

Chicago based activist Tim Yeager , serves as Chairperson of the Religion Commission of the Communist Party USA, the body charged with organizing the Party’s work and propaganda, inside country’s religious communities.

Other members of the Party’s Religious Commission include Northern California Catholic activist activist Hank Millstein, Chicago educationalist Pat Flagg, and former Baltimore hospital chaplain, and convicted student loan fraudster, Rev. Pierre L. Williams.

A union lawyer in his day job, Yeager serves on the Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns, and the Advocacy Center of The Episcopal Church, in Illinois.

Tim Yeager is a member of Grace Church in Oak Park, Illinois, where he serves as assistant organist. He is the Chair of the Peace & Justice Committee of the Diocese of Chicago.

Yeager is the Financial Secretary/Treasurer of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, United Autoworkers Local Union 2320, which represents nearly 4,000 lawyers, support staff, social workers and other employees working in legal and human services agencies across the country.

“Jesus called upon his people to be bold for justice,” Yeager told the Communist party’s People’s World. “He says the same thing that Karl Marx says at the end of the Communist Manifesto: fear not, stand up, move into this new era, be free, you have nothing to lose but your chains.”.

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Supported Communist Party call

In May 1992 the Communist Party USA newspaper Peoples Weekly World published a May Day supplement which included a call to “support our continuing struggle for justice and dignity”

Endorsers of the call included Tim Yeager, Organizer, Local 65, UAW.[3]

Church activism

Tim Yeager is a member of Grace Church in Oak Park, Illinois, where he serves as assistant organist. Tim Yeager is the Chair of the Peace & Justice Committee of the Diocese of Chicago[4].

Tim has served one three-year term on the NEC where he has been a member of the human resources committee and an EPF representative to the Consultation. He is concerned that the Church finds and uses its prophetic voice to advocate for a more just and peaceful socioeconomic order, and feels that there has never been a greater need for all people of good will to join together in the struggle against poverty, violence and fear.

UAW

He is the Financial Secretary/Treasurer of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW Local Union 2320, which represents nearly 4,000 lawyers, support staff, social workers and other employees working in legal and human services agencies across the country.

Communist Party’s May Day Salute

In 1995 the Communist Party USA newspaper People’s Weekly World, published a “May Day salute” to the “heroes in the class war zone”. More than 100 unionists/activists endorsed the call, mostly known affiliates, or members of the Communist Party.

Tim Yeager, UAW Local 2320 Chicago, was one of those listed[5].

Chicago Communist Party banquet

According to the Peoples Weekly World October 3 1998, Congressman Danny K. Davis interrupted his campaign work for United States Senate candidate Carol Moseley Braun and gubernatorial candidate Glenn Poshard to present an award at the 1998 Chicago Peoples Weekly World banquet. Davis praised Communist Party USA member and Hani-Lozano Award winner Harry Gaynor‘s “active role in tearing city’s segregated walls and working for peace”.

Attendees included;

This event raised $10,000 towards keeping the Communist Party paper afloat.[6].

Paul Robeson 100th Birthday Committee

In 1998 Tim Yeager was listed as a volunteer and intern of Paul Robeson 100th Birthday Committee.[7]

Richard Criley Memorial

In 2000, Tim Yeager served on the welcoming committee for the Chicago Memorial Service for Richard Criley, a long-time activist with the Communist Party USA and a leader of the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights.[8]

Honoring Frank Wilkinson

Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights organized a “Celebration of the The Dynamic Life of Frank Wilkinson (1914-2006)” on Sunday October 29, 2006. Wilkinson had been a leader of the Communist Party USA, the New American Movement and Democratic Socialists of America[9].

Honoring Committee members included Tim Yeager.

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Beyond Alinsky: This is not your father’s (or your mother’s) community organizing.

By Danny Duncan Collum

Congregation-based community organizing has its roots in the work of Saul Alinsky, who, 38 years after his death, remains a controversial figure. But, as one community organizing leader told me, “I don’t think Alinsky would recognize community organizing today.”
Beginning in the 1930s, Alinsky had great success building neighborhood organizations founded on the democratic principle that the people of a community should have a say in the decisions that affect their lives. He founded the IAF to train organizers and spread the organizing gospel. One of the organizers trained in Chicago was Ernesto Cortes Jr.

Cortes worked in the 1970s with the San Antonio organization Communities Organized for Public Service. From that experience emerged a few key insights that revolutionized community organizing. The first was that there was often no community to organize anymore. Long before Bowling Alone, community organizers knew that the ties that once bound us to lodge, civic club, union, or political party were all but dissolved. So the job of the organizer wasn’t just to equalize power within what Cortes calls “the civic culture.” The job was to rebuild civic culture itself.

Also, as cities devolved into collections of suburbs, the geographic community that was the focus of Alinsky’s neighborhood organizing became less relevant. Today organizers strive to create federations of member organizations that span an entire metropolitan area or region, and thus bridge the inner city-suburb divide.

Cortes and other organizers also saw that it was futile to knock on doors, as they had once done, trying to recruit atomized individuals. Hence the move to building “organizations of organizations,” unearthing the remnants of civic culture where they still existed. It turned out that the most important institutions in which people still met face to face to consider questions of value and meaning were churches, synagogues, and mosques.

When organizing moved into churches, it also started to lose some of the rough edges that were hallmarks of the Alinsky style. For instance, Alinsky’s method called for “personalizing” the issue, making one individual the face of the enemy. Today organizers are more likely to talk in terms of building relationships, even with public officials or business leaders who might be the current adversary.

What remains from the Alinsky playbook is the basic goal of building organizations that have the power to bring low- and moderate-income people to the table where big public decisions are made.

(Source:http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&issue=soj1009&article=why-does-glenn-beck-hate-community-organizers)

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For those unacquainted with Communism’s 45 Steps, I strongly advise that you study them.

Congressional Record
Appendix, pp. A34-A35
January 10, 1963

EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, January 10, 1963

Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.

At Mrs. Nordman’s request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following “Current Communist Goals,” which she identifies as an excerpt from “The Naked Communist,” by Cleon Skousen:

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev’s promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

***==>27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

***==>28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use [“]united force[“] to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

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