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Marxist Organizing Continues as Archdiocese of Chicago Takes On The Arizona Diamondbacks

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Posted on August 26 2010 9:00 am
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog LisaGraas.com since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.

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Is there a coloring book edition of Alinsky for Dummies? If so, we need to send a copy STAT to Rey Flores, Director of Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Flores could also use a dictionary, a course in basic logic, and a friend willing to remove his blinders, if they’ve not already grown into his skull.

Can you say “MARXISM”?

Flores said recently that his goal at CCHD would be to “restore the campaign’s original approach of alleviating poverty with other measures besides community organizing”, but one wonders how Flores defines “community organizing”. As he offered that quote to the Chicago Tribune, Flores had already approved a  $15,000 grant to the Chicago Workers’ Collaborative (CWC) which is organizing protests against the Arizona Diamondbacks in response to Arizona’s newly enacted immigration law.

Protests against a private enterprise that has no authority whatsoever over Arizona’s laws are a blatant example of the war against capitalism being waged by Marxist community organizing groups that continue to be funded by the CCHD across the country. CWC protesters say they are protesting the Diamondbacks because family members of the team’s managing general, Ken Kendrick, have made donations to the Republican Party, but the Arizona Republic came up empty in an attempt to confirm the validity of that claim.

Many protestors cited those contributions, saying Kendrick was giving directly to the candidates who passed the law. However, initial research by The Republic did not find anyone in the Kendrick family who donated directly to the campaigns of current Republican state legislators who voted for SB1070.

My original article came about after I received an email from Flores inviting me to take a look at Chicago CCHD’s grant list. In response to what I thought was a charitable and thorough article mentioning some positive reform, but noting thousands given for anti-capitalist community organizing, Flores responded that charges of “Marxism” are “conspiracy theories”. Before, I wondered how he defines “community organizing”. I now also wonder how he defines “conspiracy theories”. It seems clear that a bizarre belief that the Arizona Diamondbacks are in some way responsible for Arizona’s immigration law is more aptly termed “conspiracy theory”.

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