COMRADE OBAMA IS ALIVE AND WELL AND HE IS NOT DONE PROMOTING COLLECTIVISM (MARXISM, COMMUNISM, SOCIALISM, PROGRESSIVE, DEMOCRAT- ALL VIRTUALLY THE SAME)Read Now
Comrade Barack Obama shared his vision for the future with a Canadian crowd, promoting his Obama Foundation and its mission to "train a million Baracks and Michelles" to impact the international stage.
Speaking to 13,500 people in Winnipeg, Obama explained his mission to create a "university for social change.” Obama said, “If we could form a network of those young leaders, not just in the United States, but around the world, then we got something, if we can train a million Baracks and Michelles who are running around thinking they can change the world, hope is achievable."
Obama received a comprehensive course in Saul Alinsky during his years as a community organizer in Chicago, an experience Obama recalled as "the best education he ever had." Years later in 2007, an interviewer found him still "at home talking Alinskian jargon about 'agitation,'" and fondly recalling organizing workshops where he had learned Alinsky-esque concepts like "being predisposed to other people's power."
In those years, Obama was schooled by disciples of Alinsky himself, including Mike Kruglik, who remembered Obama as "the best student he ever had," a "natural ... undisputed master of agitation." Kruglik should know because he studied at the Industrial Areas Foundation, the community organizing school founded by Alinsky. Obama completed the national training course taught by the IAF in Los Angeles. He then went on to teach Alinsky concepts and methods at community organizing workshops and seminars in Southside Chicago. Obama also served on boards in Chicago, including the Woods Fund and Joyce Foundation, which dispensed grants to groups specializing in Alinsky-style agitation. Between 1995 and 1999, Obama led the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), which was founded by Obama's close friend Bill Ayers, and remained on the board until 2001.
A young Comrade Barack Obama gave a quite good definition of the core ideas behind community organizing:
Organizing begins with the premise that (1) the problems facing inner-city communities do not result from a lack of effective solutions, but from a lack of power to implement these solutions; (2) that the only way for communities to build long-term power is by organizing people and the money [they raise] around a common vision; and (3) that a viable organization can only be achieved if a broadly based indigenous leadership—and not one or two charismatic leaders—can knit together the diverse interests of their local institutions [and "grassroots" people.
The key to community organizing is that it's not about winning on any one issue. It's about creating broad coalitions, and training community members to conduct hardball campaigns that let them win on lots of issues. "Professional organizers focus on building community and power," it is stated. "Issues are simply tools for the building process."
One of Alinsky's insights was to realize how many stakeholders there were to organize. He saw that the same grievances connected ordinary citizens, labor unions, churches, small businesses, and more — and if you could somehow get all those groups together, they were almost unstoppable. And he did get them together.
Alinsky didn't just theorize about organizing. He was, himself, an organizer. A criminologist by training, Alinsky lived in Chicago, and began his work in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in the 1930s. He created the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, a group bringing together unions, religious leaders, and other stakeholders in that area. At its first meeting, Alinsky biographer Sanford Horwitt writes, the council passed resolutions calling for a new recreation facility, for child nutrition and disease prevention programs, and to ask the Armour meatpacking company to compromise with the nascent meatpackers' union. The council took on a permanent role in the community, and still exists.
Alinsky then scaled up his model: he formed the Industrial Areas Foundation, a still-extant group that helps local groups like the Back of the Yards council organize and conducts trainings for organizers-to-be. IAF helped spread Alinsky's tactics far beyond Chicago. The Community Service Organization, an IAF offshoot organizing Mexican-Americans in Los Angeles, launched the careers of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.
And now we are learning Comrade Obama, will take the best education he ever had, and put it to work to train a million Baracks and Michelles to continue the Comrades efforts to fundamentally transform the United States, and the world, to a totally conforming and equal classless society, or a Marxist totalitarian state under the Dictatorship of the Proletariat.