Government Uncovered: Did the Leftist Encouraging Economic Terrorism Have Access to Obama’s White House?


by Jim Campbell

Clandestine footage filmed by FOX news and others presented on Glenn Beck program show this loud and clear.  Beck offered a great deal of hope and ways to beat these fools. See video, and comments at http://www.glennbeck.com/

Beck missed what seemed obvious to me.  His following, listeners and viewers far outnumber these elitist thugs and we are not going to allow this to happen.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C.

The Blaze

As we brought you earlier Tuesday, newly surfaced audio has captured disturbing evidence of radical leftists plotting to deliberately wage war on American capitalism in order to redistribute the nation’s wealth. Leading the group of leftist organizers is (reportedly former) SEIU director of financial reform efforts and international executive board member.

“It seems to me that we’re in a moment where we need to figure out in a much more, through direct action, much more concrete way how we really are trying to disrupt and create uncertainty for capital, for how corporations operate,” Lerner said during the progressive conference last weekend in New York.

 

Stephen Lerner

So what kind of influence does Lerner have in progressive circles? As it turns out, quite a lot.

Not only does Lerner maintain the clout of being a former SEIU executive, but his influential position seems to have gained him access to the Obama White House on more than one occasion. According to White House visitor logs, “Stephen Lerner” has visited the White House four times over the past two years.

Two of these visits were for public gatherings: a large group’s private White House tour and a White House Hanukkah celebration. But at least two other visits were scheduled for private meetings with high-level executive offices.

Lerner’s Justice for Janitors campaign has been particularly praised for its use of disruptive demonstration tactics to deliver its message.  The campaign also demanded so-called “master contracts” which would apply contract benefits to all unionized janitors across the market rather than localized, disjointed union organizations.

As a former organizer of the United Farm Workers (UFW), Lerner applied UFW tactics to the SEIU’s JfJ campaign, including street theater, hunger strikes, vigils, public blockades, sit-ins, clergy-labor alliances and community organizing.  (Sound familiar?)

On May 22, 2010, Lerner met with a presidential personnel officer who manages economic agencies. While the minimal information in the WH visitor log offers no real information on what this meeting was about, it’s distressing to know a) anyone in the White House would meet with the kind of man who could openly call for the deliberate dismantling of the American economy, and that b) that White House official works to recruit personnel for the federal government’s economic agencies.

Perhaps more telling, the Stephen Lerner listed in the White House logs had an October 16, 2010 appointment scheduled by Tara Corrigan, executive assistant to then-WH political director Patrick Gaspard. Like Lerner, Gaspard spent much of his career working as a lobbyist and executive vice president for SEIU‘s Local 1199 in New York one of the union’s most powerful and notoriously militant chapters. You may recall that Gaspard announced his departure from the White House earlier this year in order to focus on the upcoming 2012 campaign. He now serves as executive director of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) under chairman Tim Kaine.

We have asked the White House to confirm that the reported “Stephen Lerner” is indeed the veteran SEIU organizer, however we still have received no response.

In addition to securing White House access, Lerner’s reputation precedes him in the progressive movement as well. The union organizer has a long history of leading labor strikes and demonstrations.

During the 1970s, Lerner worked with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union to orchestrate a year-long strike in South Carolina.  In the 1980s, Lerner worked with Justice for Janitors through the SEIU’s building service division.  His work in organizing the bottom-up protest model based on geographical area propelled Lerner to progressive stardom, receiving praise for his innovative style and success as the labor movement struggled to increase membership.

Lerner’s Justice for Janitors campaign has been particularly praised for its use of disruptive demonstration tactics to deliver its message.  The campaign also demanded so-called “master contracts” which would apply contract benefits to all unionized janitors across the market rather than localized, disjointed union organizations.

As a former organizer of the United Farm Workers (UFW), Lerner applied UFW tactics to the SEIU’s JfJ campaign, including street theater, hunger strikes, vigils, public blockades, sit-ins, clergy-labor alliances and community organizing.  (Sound familiar?)

Lerner — who was recruited to the SEIU at the same time as former president Andy Stern — has also expanded the unions’ views to a global scale.  In spearheading the JfJ campaign, Lerner focused on a bigger strategy than grassroots rank-and-file protests.  “There was literally a worldwide plan to win,” he wrote in 2005.

“From Denmark, where the key cleaning contractor was based; to pension funds in New York that owned buildings; to immigrant, community and religious groups that united in support for the campaignthere was a comprehensive plan and large-scale resources to support the struggle. The Los Angeles campaign demonstrated that undocumented workers would take incredible risks to lift their families and communities out of poverty if there was a plan that gave them the confidence that they could beat a multinational corporation with hundreds of thousands of workers around the globe.”

Don’t like the new globalized focus of your union?  Too bad.   When local SEIU officials refused to participate in Justice for Janitor campaigns, their union supervisors would simply remove them from office, and replace them with trustees to run the locals and later run the trustees for the presidency.

It’s this global strategy that Lerner most recently worked to expand in other areas of the SEIU and the labor movement as a whole — to much success.  “It is clear that what unions are doing isn‘t working for union members or the tens of millions of workers who aren’t in unions. The labor movement’s structure, culture, and priorities stand in the way of workers winning,” he said.

As noted above, reorienting the country‘s religious groups to union support is among Lerner’s top priorities.  “The months and years ahead are our chance, our moment to be part of making history,” Lerner said on the eve of President Obama’s 2008 election victory to a progressive Jewish group.

Lerner is “exerting an outsized influence, working at the front end of some of the most innovative, and occasionally divisive, union campaigns of today,” Foward the Jewish Daily noted at the time.

“When you are there, you physically experience the number of Jews in Washington who are in the labor movement — but also the larger passion for social justice that is driving that,” Lerner said.

Lerner’s wife, Marilyn Sneiderman, has also been a longtime union organizer, including nearly a decade of work as the AFL-CIO’s director of field mobilization.  Similar to her husband, she worked to launch a national initiative designed to unite unions and religious, civil/immigrant rights group to campaign for social and economic justice.  Last summer, she took a position as executive director of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, a group dedicated to social justice.

Protesters descend on the home of Bank of America executive Greg Baer (Photo: Nina Easton)

Sneiderman and Lerner now host an annual Yom Kippur Break Fast event “to make the link for people who work in the labor movement and are Jewish, so that they see that it’s not by accident that they are doing this work — and that is tied to their roots and values,” she has said.

Their annual guest lists include movers and shakers like Andy Stern and Paul Booth, a top official at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.  Anna Burger, chair of the Change To Win coalition of unions, is a regular, and John Sweeney, president of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations, has also attended.

“It seemed like every other person there was a senior leader in the labor movement,” said Jacob Feinspan, the young Jews United for Justice leader, who attended the 2008 event.

Lerner‘s fingerprints are all over today’s labor movement, including protesters’ confrontational tactics.  You may recall when busloads of SEIU demonstrators descended on a Bank of America executive’s own front yard last year.

When the executive’s neighbor, Fortune‘s Nina Easton, asked Lerner about the controversial intimidation tactic, he accused of her of being too “emotional” and insisted it‘s the union’s role to confront “people in powerful corporations” about the “damage they are doing.”

A year later, protesters in Madison, Wisc., practiced their own street theater and sit-ins at the state capitol building.  On Monday, we brought you the story of SEIU protesters who stormed a Pennsylvania bank to protest the CEO.  In each instance, SEIU organizers are taking marching orders directly from Lerner’s protester playbook.

We have officially crossed into a new era of politics — the politics of intimidation — and it looks like we have Stephen Lerner to thank for it.

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10 responses to “Government Uncovered: Did the Leftist Encouraging Economic Terrorism Have Access to Obama’s White House?

  1. The Leftists did! They are pure evil and suicidal for our Country!

  2. I think I’ve reached a point where nothing that happens in this administration surprises me. It seems Lerner & his wife hold the same views as Obama regarding how to dismantle this country and redistribute wealth, so it’s likely he was able to get any information he wanted from the White house.

    Is there no end to the corruption in this administration? Now we have the Unions to deal with on top of the middle east; our own Judges following sharia law without any backlash about the illegality of it; the Mexicans bringing dangerous drug cartels into our country unchecked; and our excessive debt (thanks to Obama). We have lack of jobs; pay higher taxes; Higher grocery and gasoline costs; mandatory health care; and next they want our social security, which will probably work well with the parts of the healthcare bill that instruct us on “how to end your life peacefully” and ‘coverage denied’ if the government doesn’t feel it’s necessary for you.

    Interesting that back in JFK’s presidency, he & the Attorney General did everything they could to end the corruption of Union thugs. Now, with government encouragement, they can intimidate and even fire people who disagree with their tactics and their purpose.

    Governor Walker in WI has even received hideous death threats to himself and his family. I never heard anything being done about that either, but our DOJ doesn’t care about the average person or the people who don’t tow the line, so why bother?

    This is why Obama received that Nobel Prize I guess. For destroying the greatest country in the world!

    Why hasn’t Congress made a move to stop him? Are they more impressed with money than the country that has elected and trusted them to serve us?
    Or are they that afraid of the Muslims???

    • Agree Loral and both Kennedy’s paid the price. I think Obama has been schooled at the knee of Learn and his sumbag ilk. I also don’t think we have much to worry about because the Exposure on Beck was way more than these elitist could ever gather to make their move. They won’t beat us, Jim

  3. Why the hell is Beck this ONLY one in the media reporting this? Sure they knew nothing of it before Monday’s show…..but it should be headline news today! We are a commee nation now….and stupid people don’t even know.

  4. An indication of this exposure getting traction would be that Indianan hiding Senators would be going home. Don’t hold your breath on Holder or the FBI doing anything , A few members of congress have generated some TOKEN paper , We are about to find out just how screwed we truly are .

  5. I still hold that Beck trumps these assholes. JC

  6. Just now they’re talking about economic terrorism and they’re still not pointing the finger at the ONE who has used every weapon at his disposal against us and our constitution, made a mockery of the justice, has shown us NO Mercy or loyalties or allegiance for the people or our land, our our resources. He will poison everything he can and he will turn us over to communist forces.

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