TYT’s Eric Byler (htp://Twitter.com/EricByler) takes you behind the scenes of the counter-sting operation that exposed James O’Keefe, Allison Maass and their propaganda outlet, Project Veritas. Video and audio catch Maass offering to pay money for the incitement of riots at Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Links referenced in this piece:
The Undercurrent’s 2nd release of footage damaging to Project Vertias: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WDWL…
Here is the video from The Undercurrent that first broke this story:
Ryan Grim breaks counter-sting story for Huffington Post:
US Code barring solicitation of illegal acts:
James O’Keefe pays $100,000 to ACORN employee for fraudulent sting operation:
Allison Maass caught after infiltrating Bernie Sanders campaign: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a…
Another excellent article is found at the Daily Kos https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/1/16/1621252/-O-Keefe-Caught-Trying-to-Bribe-Protestors-to-Riot-at-Inauguration
Posted over at the Shoeleather History Project an excellent article written by Steve Thornton is a great read for this week. As Amerikkka prepares to inaugurate Donald Trump as president we shudder and say, Yes it could happen here and we must, all of us build a united front against the political and religious right in this country.
It Can’t Happen Here, the play by Sinclair Lewis had a run in theaters in 1936.
The Shoeleather History Project’s article opens this way
“On Oct. 27, 1936, Connecticut theater-goers watched It Can’t Happen Here, performed by the Federal Theater Project, one of the New Deal’s progressive jobs programs. The Nobel prize winner Sinclair Lewis had refashioned his dystopian novel into a dramatic play. It premiered simultaneously in 21 cities across the country, including Hartford and Bridgeport.
Americans in the 1930s were being groomed to accept fascism as a macho solution to the troubles faced by the United States. Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here was a roadblock to that disturbing movement. A quote attributed to Lewis describes the danger he wanted to capture: “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”
The Shoeleather History Project goes on to say this:
“Today, there is a resurgence in fascist ideology dressed as Americanism, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). It is called by many names, but it’s not monolithic and the groups have some ideological differences. They include the Alt-Right movement, neo-Nazis, the Traditional Workers Party, national anarchists, white nationalists, White Lives Matter, and “third position” adherents. They have a racist, anti-Semitic, totalitarian essence in common, heavy on armed resistance (hence their Second Amendment fetish).”
The article ends this way:
“This year, monitors report a spike in far-right activity. If this presidential election cycle teaches us anything, it is that under the right circumstances, the unthinkable can happen anywhere.”
As a queer blog we must say
We Remember………..Never Again
BUILD A UNITED FRONT AGAINST THE RIGHT!
Another article also published on The Shoeleather History Project is Fascism In Fashion, a very good read.
Jimmy & Lorraine is back in 2017!
Jimmy and Lorraine is a meditation on the American political climate of the late 50’s and early 60’s through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. Writer Talvin Wilks through his research and collaboration with HartBeat Ensemble members, including director Brian Jennings, will develop this new work and explore the lives of these two artists and social activists. Through insights from Jimmy and Lorraine, this new play hopes to hold up a mirror to America’s history and shed light on the issues of race, art and politics in an ever-changing multicultural society.
$25 General Admission
$20 Seniors & Let’s Go! Arts Members
***No one turned away for lack of funds tickets available
January 27th – January 29th, 2017
Friday-Saturday @ 7:30pm
Sunday @ 2:00pm
University of St. Joseph
Autorino Center for the Arts
1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford
For more information and to purchase tickets go to HERE.
It is critically important that we keep building a larger grassroots movement against war, militarism, racism, anti-immigrant scapegoating and neoliberal capitalism’s assault against workers’ living standards and the environment.