Today at 5 p.m. a group of women in Memphis will assemble at the corner of Union and Cooper. They are part of a worldwide group called “One Billion Rising.” They say they are assembling to dance and hold a candlelight vigil to protest the rape of women that goes on throughout the world. In fact, women across the world will be doing the same thing at various locations and they purposely chose Valentine’s Day to do it.
Sounds fine because every normal, decent person is against rape. However, there is more to this movement than anger about violence to women. According to the Memphis Flyer, one of the women behind it is Allison Glass, training director at the Mid South Peace and Justice Center, home to ACORN here. What is a training director, by the way; training to do what?
Glass says of the event, “We are all about lifting up women’s voices against abuse of privilege, against all forms of oppression, against economic exploitation. And we welcome all genders and orientations to support a community of equality, empowerment, dignity, and liberation. There are a myriad of different issues that affect women. It’s well known that poverty affects women more than men, because it’s mostly women who are taking care of their families. War affects women in the same way. Issues about education, all kinds of things.
One Billion Rising was the idea of Eve Ensler on the 15th anniversary of her Vagina Monologues.” It was prompted, too, by the gang rape of a young girl in India recently, Glass says.
If this reminds you of the war on women, it should. Some of the same people pushing that are behind this, too, along with other radicals such as Leo Gerard, a union man and then some.
Take a look at this video from him. You probably haven’t heard of him, but he’s a big player.
Gerard is a radical union organizer and some say the power behind the Obama presidency. Gerard was behind the Occupy Wall street movement and, according to the Independent Sentinel:
Gerard is also a member of the AFL-CIO’s executive committee and chairman of its public policy committee. He has won an honorary college degree and attended galas in his honor – he’s quite elite and would undoubtedly never sleep in Zuccotti in a tent.
He has served on the board of the Apollo Alliance (Source: Ulsterman Report). WND describes Apollo as an organization of radicals including communist Van Jones. Apollo helped write the Obama Stimulus and served on the board of the Economic Policy Institute, a George Soros front.
Gerard heads the tony-sounding Blue-Green alliance [in which he is an investor], which links labor to wealthy environmentalists who profit from Obama’s largesse with taxpayer dollars.
He is a member of the IMF and ICEM global labor federations and was instrumental in creating Workers Uniting – the first GLOBAL labor union. They are socialists, communists, and other assorted statists who have gone worldwide (as have the OWS).
Gerard played a significant role in the WTO protests that took place in Seattle in 1999.
Gerard is a fan of communist Frances Fox Piven. Piven, a member of the Progressives (commies) for Obama group, is co-author of the Cloward–Piven strategy, which calls for overloading the U.S. economy to precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty. In other words, just like the OWS, she wants a salary for everyone regardless of whether they work or not. That’s what Obama’s expanding welfare program is about.
Gerard is the appointed adviser to President Obama’s National Commission on Energy Policy and President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations. Gerard is not merely “connected” – he appears to in fact be the direct link between labor unions, globalization, radical environmentalism, and the highest levels of American politics.
He IS one of the Obama socialist elite. Socialists are elitists who keep their favored members smaller and more preferential than capitalists. They eliminate the nuisance of having the lower echelon working their way up the economic ladder to prosperity. It’s a class system where everyone is dragged down into poverty except the elite.
Source: Front Page Magazine: Gerard said, “In my own naiveté I was dumb enough to assume that a Democratic Congress and a Democrat in the White House would put us on a different path,” he said. He wants more government spending on green everything for the fantasy jobs it would create.
If Obama won’t move forward with big new spending plans then it’s time to bring out the baseball bats, Gerard said. “We better face up to the fact that we have to hit the streets, kick some ass, and mobilize to do something about it,” he said.
To Gerard, it is not radical leftist agitation that leads to violence but capitalism itself. Economic “inequality,” he says, “leads to instability and violence.”
And unions are on a holy mission to combat the evils of the market, he argues. “Unions are instruments of social and economic justice, and they’re instruments of democracy.”
Gerard has close ties to the neo-communist Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and to Canada’s socialist party, the New Democratic Party (NDP).
In 2009 and 2010, Leo Gerard, the globalist, engaged in an aggressively hostile labor strike against Brazilian mining giant Vale, and its then-CEO Roger Agnelli. Within a year of that strike’s conclusion, the Brazilian government ousted Agnelli as Vale CEO, and President Barack Obama was promising billions in U.S. taxpayer-paid aid to the Brazilian government and affiliated corporations. Coincidence?
It appears Leo Gerard set off to break the back of former Vale CEO Roger Agnelli – himself a far stronger proponent of free markets than most of Brazil’s government-controlled CEO’s, and replace him with the far more cooperative and union-friendly Murilo Ferreira.
Regarding Ferreira, Gerard said the following…he’s very accessible and always ready to listen to the concerns of the union.
The one to close the deal was none other than Barack Obama – who in essence, jumped at the demand of union leader Gerard that the American president travel to Brazil post-haste with the promise of U.S. dollars – not only in the form of a multi-billion dollar loan package – but the further promise to purchase billions more of Brazil’s natural resources, all of which will further grow the power and influence of the Brazilian government and its now quickly growing labor unions – headed by none other than Leo Gerard.
The Brazil deal is yet another in a long line of examples of how American labor leaders are not in fact opponents of world free trade as they so often indicate – but are rather strong supporters of world trade that they and their unions control. No other president in the history of the United States has given so much of that control to union groups as has Barack Obama.
So, was today a heartfelt expression of sympathy for women or a calculated plan to organize more people behind the progressive movement? You decide.