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The President's Advisor Condemning America Two Days After 9/11

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Posted on September 7 2009 9:09 am
David Horowitz is the editor-in-chief of NewsReal Blog and FrontPage Magazine. He is the President and CEO of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. His most recent book is Reforming Our Universities
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Here’s an item from the communist (small “c”) Indy news media covering a rally held in Oakland on September 13, 2001 at which Van Jones was one of the speakers condemning the United States. These are people who identify with the enemies of the United States, carrying on a long dishonorable tradition within the “revolutionary” left. (Hat tip: Alan Favish)

Community Gathers in Oakland to Mourn and Organize Against Racist Violence
Committed by US Government

Oakland, CA (September 13) – Hundreds of people gathered at Snow Park in
Oakland tonight to mourn, provide support for each other, and speak out
against violent United States policies at home and abroad, which they say
are the underlying reasons for unprecedented terrorist attacks in New York
City and Washington DC. Organizing against a growing climate of racism,
nationalism and anti-Arab bigotry was a focus of the rally.

Organized by youth and people of color in Oakland and San Francisco,
solidarity speakers included supporters of Palestine, people returning from
the WCAR in South Africa, police brutality activists, anarchists and
socialists, anti-gentrification activists and other people representing
dozens of cultures and ethnicities. International solidarity was the theme
as community and activist groups stood together against the threat of more
US violence. Michael Franti of Spearhead also spoke, saying that “we need to
be in a war against war.”

In addition to an open mic, people at the rally talked with friends and
strangers, cried, and began coming to terms with the events of the last
three days. Many people who attended have family members still missing on
the east coast. And many others have been the target of increased racism and
discrimination during times of crisis in the United States, like the
Oklahoma City bombing or Gulf War.

A recurring theme of the speakers was the brutal violence committed by or
supported by the United States government on a daily basis. “The bombs the
government drops in Iraq are the bombs that blew up in New York City,” said
Van Jones, director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, who also
warned against forthcoming violence by the Bush Administration. “The US
cannot bomb its way out of this one. Safety at home requires justice
abroad.”

In a diverse international community shocked by recent world events, deep
feelings about the United States government were expressed. A young Puerto
Rican person said that “the belly of the beast had something back to eat.” A
young Filipino human rights activist said that “when we found out what kind
of place got hit, we were kind of glad to see the Pentagon burning. But we
also know that thousands of Puerto Ricans, Haitians and other workers were
in those buildings.” An African-American man who works on gentrification
issues in West Oakland said that “we’re always seeing Americans drop bombs
on people. We watch the Vietnamese get bombed, Iraqis get bombed,
Palestinians get bombed, now it has come home to roost.” Japanese-Americans
spoke about internment camps and the nuclear holocaust brought on by US
militarism.

Violence and repression within the United States was also talked about. A
representative of TransAction said, “We know what it’s like to experience
police violence on a daily basis.” Mesha Monge-Irizarry, the mother of
Idriss Stelley (who was killed by SFPD in June), also spoke: “We pray for
many lives killed by this government, of black people, and of innocent black
people in the third world who will be slaughtered with this terrorism
retaliation.”

United States support, in the form of arms and funding, for apartheid in
Israel was also discussed. “You want to know why they hate us?” asked one
woman. “Forty Israeli tanks just entered Jericho tonight.”

Those present were determined to make their voices heard in an increasingly
hostile, war-mongering climate scripted by the government and recited by
corporate media. They also vowed to fight within their own communities
against racism and hostility towards Arab-Americans. Everyone sensed that
this was an important time in history, and that the stuggle against
injustice requires international solidarity. “Everyone should be as wise as
these inner-city youth here today,” Van Jones concluded. “We all have more
in common with the working people of the earth than we do with George Bush
or Colin Powell.”

An African-American man summarized his feelings: “We don’t want innocent
people dying. But that’s the price we pay for the government in this
country.”

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