Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thousands of ISIS Supporters Now in U.S. Cities

ISIS recently sent out a new video taunting America and threatening attacks. A new study says the U.S. should take those threats seriously.

The Islamic State has recruited thousands of supporters in the United States, far more than previously thought, according to a scathing new report, raising the likelihood that supporters of the terrorist army could be plotting attacks similar to those carried out in Paris.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

GRAPHIC FOOTAGE: Chicago police release dashcam footage of officer's shooting of Laquan McDonald

"Make no mistake, whereas these shootings of unarmed individuals by what Slate terms “trigger happy” cops used to take place primarily in big cities, that militarized, urban warfare mindset among police has spread to small-town America. No longer is this just a problem for immigrants, or people of color, or lower income communities, or young people who look like hooligans, out for trouble. We’re all in this together, black and white, rich and poor, urban and suburban, guilty and innocent alike. We’re all viewed the same by the powers that be: as potential lawbreakers to be viewed with suspicion and treated like criminals.

Whether you’re talking about police shootings of unarmed individuals, NSA surveillance, drones taking to the skies domestically, SWAT team raids, or roadside strip searches, they’re all part of a totalitarian continuum, mile markers on this common road we’re traveling towards the police state. The sign before us reads “Danger Ahead.” What remains to be seen is whether we can put the brakes on and safely reverse direction before it’s too late to turn back."  
-Civil Liberties expert from the Rutherford Institute, John Whitehead

Don't miss this!!!

RT America

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Florida: Daytona Beach YMCA to Become Mega Mosque

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." -Hosea 4:6


The former Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) complex will become a mega mosque complete with a segregated prayer area for second-class Muslims: women. They’ll be teaching young Muslims about the superiority of Muslim men very early too as there will be segregated boys and girls areas. 
There’s only one reason they need a bigger mosque – because the Islamic Society is expecting thousands more Muslims in the area in the near future. The elderly citizens interviewed for this article are quite oblivious. via New mosque planned at former Daytona YMCA building | 

DAYTONA BEACH — The vacant YMCA building in the north central area of the city, a beloved and bustling hub of activity for more than 30 years before it went dormant close to a decade ago, is poised to become a mosque.
The building’s owner, The Islamic Center of Daytona Beach, now located in a 4,500-square-foot building in the Midtown neighborhood east of Nova Road, plans to spread its wings in the 32,000-square-foot YMCA complex in the Derbyshire neighborhood. The vision is to create a much larger place of prayer, school, daycare center, thrift store, recreation center and Islamic heritage museum.
While some Derbyshire residents still mourn the YMCA’s decision to move out of the 43-year-old building located next to a heavily used park, they seem to be welcoming their new neighbor.
“It will be a needed addition to Daytona Beach,” said Derbyshire resident Norma Bland. “Islam is about love.”

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Bland, who said she embraces “all faiths because we praise the same God,” said she’s hearing only positive things from her neighbors, as is Derbyshire resident and City Commissioner Patrick Henry.
“I think it’s a good idea,” said the 55-year-old Henry, who has lived in Derbyshire since 1969 and remembers how much people loved using the old YMCA, the first in Volusia County. “The Muslim community has been an excellent friend. They’ve allowed us to use the fields around the (former YMCA) building, and that’s an indication to me they’ll be a good neighbor.”
The transformation of the once-state-of-the-art YMCA into a mosque could begin next year. Last month the city’s Planning Board members unanimously supported a request to rezone the 6.5-acre site to a planned development. On Nov. 4 and Nov. 18, Daytona Beach city commissioners will take their preliminary and final votes on the rezoning.
If the rezoning is OK’d, the mosque developers will then need to get a site plan approved and obtain building permits.
The Islamic Center of Daytona Beach bought its Midtown property at 347 S. Keech St. in 1985 for $30,000, according to Volusia County property appraiser records. The mosque’s one-story building went up in 1988, records indicate.
The Islamic Center of Daytona Beach, Inc., purchased the YMCA building at 825 Derbyshire Road in July 2007 for $1.15 million, records show. At some point the organization also purchased property in a nearby cemetery at 1300 Mason Ave.

Who was buying real estate during the greatest economic crash since the Great Depression? Who had the money? Who was willing to take the risk? Where did the mosque get it’s money?

The eight-year gap between the YMCA acquisition and the upcoming overhaul was due largely to the need to raise funds, Henry and others said.
It’s not clear if the Islamic Center is going to sell its Keech Street property, which has a just value of $258,410, down from $263,415 last year, according to property appraiser records. The center’s Imam Belal Alzuhiry Shemman said that it’s up to the “entire community” to decide whether to close the existing building.
Shemman, a 26-year-old father of three who has been in Daytona Beach for about two years, referred most other questions to Hassan Saboungi. Saboungi is the Islamic Center’s president and owner of Ormond Beach-based Saboungi Construction, the general contractor on the YMCA building project. Saboungi said he didn’t want to discuss the venture yet, and only mentioned that he hasn’t heard any concerns about the new facility.
“We’ve had very good, positive support,” Saboungi said.
City records and the organization’s website indicate the hope for the vacant property is to offer not only a mosque, but also a recreational center with everything from soccer to aerobics, a childcare facility for mosque members, medical clinic and private school that could open in August of next year. A new building could be built in a second phase for a thrift store or member-supported bakery, according to city records.
Henry, who said homeless people have broken into the old YMCA building a few times, has seen an artist’s rendering depicting planned changes and said “it’ll look very nice.”
Architectural drawings submitted to the city show the front of the main building taking on a new, more polished look with many more windows, decorative accents and palm trees. Landscaped islands would be added to the parking lot areas.
Floor plans filed with the city for the lower level show a large men’s prayer hall, a women’s prayer hall about half as big, a men’s social area, a women’s social area, separate kitchens for men and women, separate covered patios for men and women, separate activity areas for boys and girls, a racquetball court, volleyball court and gym.
The proposed second floor plan shows another large men’s prayer hall, gym, racquetball court, six classrooms, library, computer area, conference room and two multipurpose rooms.
Some Daytona Beach residents have been unhappy about fees charged to users of the city government-owned Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Educational Center and Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, and they’re hoping the mosque will offer free or less expensive activities.
Linda McGee, one of more than 1,000 members of the Daytona mosque and recreation manager for the city of Daytona Beach until she retired two years ago, said the community will be invited to use the new center and learn more about Islam. The 61-year-old McGee, who worked for the city for 38 years, said she’ll help develop programs at the new mosque.
“We all want to be one community, working together,” said McGee, who lives in Ormond Beach. “We welcome all faiths.”
There are Islamic centers and mosques throughout central Florida, including those in Sanford, Orlando, St. Augustine and Titusville, but there are only two in Volusia County. In addition to the Daytona Beach Islamic Center, there is also a mosque in west Volusia County.
According to its web site, the Islamic Center of Deltona includes a free medical clinic for any indigent person regardless of their beliefs, religious services offered to inmates of the Volusia County Branch Jail, services for educating Muslims about their civil rights and financial aid for needy Muslims. There is also a Muslim cemetery in Deltona, according to the web site.
Although the mosque uses Deltona in its name, it’s located on Summerhaven Drive in DeBary. In March of 2013, the DeBary City Council OK’d the opening of the west Volusia County mosque, which is also known as the Masjid Maryam, or Mosque of Mary.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fmr Terrorist Turned CIA Double Agent Says Terrorists Will Hit U.S. in 2 Weeks

I am not one to make predictions, but I am going to make one anyway: The closer we get to the end of Obama's term, the more danger this nation is in.  And Obama just may use terror, something this administration has helped to finance, to set us up for his final and greatest act of political terror against America.
I say this for basically four reasons; 
  • Barack Hussein Obama came into power illegally.  Therefore, staying in power illegally or through deceptive means, was likely the plan from the beginning, completing the coup d'état.   
  • We already know Obama to be a lawbreaker while in office with the propensity, skill and determination to destroy this nation, as he smiles for the camera.  If I am correct and he does stay in office in my opinion 35 to 40% of American's are deceived enough and are supportive enough of him already, to like the idea of Obama staying in power longer (especially once the mainstream spins it in his favor through lies and fear). Another 35 to 40% will hate it, but will just go along to get along, this is how we have been conditioned.  20 to 30% will fight, and many will end up imprisoned or dead. (Then again, the same fate or worse will likely happen to the other 70 or 80% that don't fight anyway)
  • There is strong evidence that his administration has manufactured events in the U.S. to further a political agenda, namely to push gun control.  Another manufactured event, that would bring about the "necessity" for Martial Law would make all the other staged events seem like practice runs, as certainly they have been that too. 
  • This government, has been stockpiling an obscene amount of weapons, armaments and ammunition for several years now, and they have been doing so for a reason.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

US Senate Passes Bill Approving Mandatory Vaccinations for Veterans


By Janet Phelan
Fundamentally, biological warfare is sneaky. 
It involves a microbial sucker punch to its intended target, often accomplished in a manner in which the aggressor can claim clean hands, while his victim may suffer or die.
Biological warfare can take a number of forms. The question—how can you get a bacteriological or toxic agent on board without the target being alerted– has been asked and answered. In addition to using humans and animals as vectors, biological warfare agents can be airborne, waterborne, foodborne or put into pharmaceuticals.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Saturday Matinee: JFK to 911 Everything Is A Rich Man's Trick

In light of what is going on inside of Paris today, and how to grasp it from the point of view of the New World Order, I believe this documentary film is in order.  From the Banskters to ruling class thugs, this world is not what we have been conditioned to believe it to be. 
No, I don't believe 100% of all the facts, but as you will see, certainly much of it is dead on.   I would have preferred they left out the last half an hour as some conclusions go off topic and are plain wrong, but all in all, this is a must watch film in helping us to understand the matrix. -W.E. 

Everything Is A Rich Man's Trick

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NWO and the United States: Agenda 21, FEMA Camps and Sustainable Development

“Participating in a UN advocated planning process would very likely bring out many of the conspiracy- fixated groups and individuals in our society… This segment of our society who fear ‘one-world government’ and a UN invasion of the United States through which our individual freedom would be stripped away would actively work to defeat any elected official who joined ‘the conspiracy’ by undertaking LA21. So we call our process something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth.” J. Gary Lawrence, Advisor to President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development.

As we now know, they decided to call it, "Sustainable Development"

The Deep State: The Unelected Shadow Government Is Here to Stay


Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government, owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
America’s next president will inherit more than a bitterly divided nation teetering on the brink of financial catastrophe when he or she assumes office. He will also inherit a shadow government, one that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country.
To be precise, however, the future president will actually inherit not one but two shadow governments.
The first shadow government, referred to as COG or continuity of government, is made up of unelected individuals who have been appointed to run the government in the event of a “catastrophe.”
The second shadow government, referred to as the Deep State, is comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling the shots behind the scenes right now.
The first shadow government, COG, is a phantom menace waiting for the right circumstances—a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, an economic meltdown—to bring it out of the shadows, where it operates even now. When and if COG takes over, the police state will transition to martial law.
Yet as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, it is the second shadow government, the Deep State, which poses the greater threat to our freedoms. This permanent, corporatized, militarized, entrenched bureaucracy is unaffected by elections, unaltered by populist movements, and beyond the reach of the law.
This is the hidden face of the police state.
These two shadow governments, which make a mockery of representative government and the “reassurance ritual” of voting, have been a long time in the making. Yet they have been so shrouded in secrecy, well hidden from the eyes and ears of the American people, that they exist and function in contravention to the principles of democratic government.
As the following makes clear, these shadow governments, which operate beyond the reach of the Constitution and with no real accountability to the citizenry, are the reason why “we the people” have no control over our government.
The COG shadow government plan was devised during the Cold War as a means of ensuring that a nuclear strike didn’t paralyze the federal government.
COG initially called for three teams consisting of a cabinet member, an executive chief of staff and military and intelligence officials to practice evacuating and directing a counter nuclear strike against the Soviet Union from a variety of high-tech, mobile command vehicles. If the president and vice president were both killed, one of these teams would take control, with the ranking cabinet official serving as president.
This all changed after the attacks of September 11, 2001, when it became clear that there would be no warning against a terrorist attack. Instead of waiting until an attack occurred to mobilize part-time bureaucrats and activate evacuation schemes, George W. Bush opted to change COG and establish a full-time, permanent shadow government, stationed outside the capital, run by permanently appointed (not elected) executive officials.
COG has since taken on a power—and a budget—of its own.
Incredibly, under the Obama administration, the plans for the shadow government have expanded and grown far more elaborate and costly than many realize. It is what investigative journalist William M. Arkin refers to as “the latest manifestation of an obsession with government survival.”
In much the same way that the nation was taken hostage after 9/11 by color-coded terror alerts and “See Something, Say Something” campaigns that transformed us into a fearful, watchful nation of suspects, the government’s efforts to prepare us for a so-called national disaster have, in turn, left us a constant state of near-emergency and acclimated us to the sight of militarized police, military drills on American soil, privatized prisons, the specter of internment camps, and the erosion of constitutional rights, especially as they pertain to so-called “extremists,” domestic or otherwise.
Study the COG plans carefully, however, and you’ll find that the concern isn’t so much about protecting our government as it is about protecting the nation’s governmental elite.
As Arkin reports: “Countless billions have been spent on this endeavor over the years, a secret orgy of preparedness going on behind the scenes, one that ensures Washington can defend itself, take care of its own, and survive no matter what.”
To this end, the government has invested heavily in the “architecture of fear”: massive underground bunkers—the size of small cities—which are sprinkled throughout the country for the government elite to escape to “in case of an imminent nuclear strike so that they can set up a kind of Administration-in-exile, directing every order of business from retaliation to recovery.”
These bunkers, strategically located around the nation’s capital and in key states, represent a who’s who on the shadow government’s payroll, with every department and agency represented, from the Department of Education and the Trademark Office to the Small Business Administration and the National Archives.
No sector has been overlooked: military, surveillance, counterintelligence, scientific, political, judicial, corporate contractors, as well as computer programmers, engineers, fire fighters, craftsmen, security guards, branch chiefs, financial managers, supply officers, secretaries and stenographers, all of whom have been entrusted with special ID cards allowing them clearance into the doomsday survival sites. They’ve even included individuals tasked with patent and trademark processing. They even have contingency plans to save priceless works of art.
The Federal Relocation Arc near Washington DC will reportedly serve as the emergency bunker for “every Cabinet department (and every government organization deemed essential).” Site R, a 700,000-foot facility inside Raven Rock Mountain near Camp David, will serve as a backup Pentagon. Peters Mountain near Charlottesville, Va., is the likely site for the nation’s domestic spies to hide out. Congress will retire to a subterranean facility near the posh Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, which served as an internment facility for Japanese, Italian and German diplomats during World War II. And a 600,000-square-foot complex inside Virginia’s Mount Weather is expected to be the primary relocation site for the White House, the Supreme Court and much of the executive branch.
Built into the side of a mountain, Mount Weather, near Bluemont, Va., is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This self-contained facility contains, among other things, a hospital, crematorium, dining and recreation areas, sleeping quarters, reservoirs of drinking and cooling water, an emergency power plant, a radio/television studio and a full-time police and fire department.
There is also an Office of the Presidency at Mount Weather, which regularly receives top-secret national security information from all the federal departments and agencies. This facility was largely unknown to everyone, including Congress, until it came to light in the mid-1970s. Military personnel connected to the bunker have refused to reveal any information about it, even before congressional committees. In fact, Congress has no oversight, budgetary or otherwise, on Mount Weather, and the specifics of the facility remain top-secret.
These facilities reinforce a troubling government mindset that treats the American people as relatively insignificant and expendable. Because you know who’s not on the list of key-individuals-to-be-saved-in-the-eventuality-of-a-disaster? You and me and every other American citizen who is viewed as a mere economic unit to be tallied, bought and sold by those in power.
Not to worry, however. The government hasn’t completely forgotten about us.
In the event of a “national emergency”—loosely defined as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions”—the executive branch and its unelected appointees will be given unchecked executive, legislative and judicial power.
In such an event, the Constitution will effectively be suspended, thereby ushering in martial law.
However, writing for Radar magazine, Christopher Ketcham suggests that the government won’t have completely forgotten about the rest of us. In fact, Ketcham believes that the government also has plans to imprison hundreds of thousands of “potentially suspect” Americans in detention camps.
Ketcham describes a program created by the Department of Homeland Security that relies on a database of Americans who might be considered potential threats in the event of a national emergency. Referred to by the code name Main Core, this database reportedly contains the names of millions of Americans who, “often for the slightest and most trivial reason, are considered unfriendly, and who, in a time of panic, might be incarcerated. The database can identify and locate perceived ‘enemies of the state’ almost instantaneously.”
Sounds unnervingly like the objectives of the government’s new Domestic Terrorism Czar and the Strong Cities network, which will be working to identify and target potential extremists, doesn’t it?
Under Ketcham's scenario, if a terrorist attack occurs, the president will declare a national emergency, activating COG procedures and throwing the country into martial law with the shadow government at the helm. The administration will then round up the “dangerous” Americans listed in Main Core and place them in one of the many internment camps or private prisons built for just such an eventuality.
For all intents and purposes, the nation is one national “emergency” away from having a full-fledged, unelected, authoritarian state emerge from the shadows. All it will take is the right event—another terrorist attack, perhaps, or a natural disaster—for such a regime to emerge from the shadows.
As unnerving as that prospect may be, however, it is the second shadow government, what former congressional staffer Mike Lofgren refers to as “the Deep State, which operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power,” that poses the greater threat right now.
Consider this: how is it that partisan gridlock has seemingly jammed up the gears (and funding sources) in Washington, yet the government has been unhindered in its ability to wage endless wars abroad, in the process turning America into a battlefield and its citizens into enemy combatants?
The credit for such relentless, entrenched, profit-driven governance, according to Lofgren, goes to “another government concealed behind the one that is visible at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue, a hybrid entity of public and private institutions ruling the country according to consistent patterns in season and out, connected to, but only intermittently controlled by, the visible state whose leaders we choose.”
This “state within a state” hides “mostly in plain sight, and its operators mainly act in the light of day,” says Lofgren, and yet the “Deep State does not consist of the entire government.”
Rather, Lofgren continues:

It is a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies: the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department. I also include the Department of the Treasury because of its jurisdiction over financial flows, its enforcement of international sanctions and its organic symbiosis with Wall Street.
All these agencies are coordinated by the Executive Office of the President via the National Security Council. Certain key areas of the judiciary belong to the Deep State, such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, whose actions are mysterious even to most members of Congress. Also included are a handful of vital federal trial courts, such as the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of Manhattan, where sensitive proceedings in national security cases are conducted.
The final government component (and possibly last in precedence among the formal branches of government established by the Constitution) is a kind of rump Congress consisting of the congressional leadership and some (but not all) of the members of the defense and intelligence committees. The rest of Congress, normally so fractious and partisan, is mostly only intermittently aware of the Deep State and when required usually submits to a few well-chosen words from the State’s emissaries.
In an expose titled “Top Secret America,” The Washington Post revealed the private side of this shadow government, made up of 854,000 contract personnel with top-secret clearances, “a number greater than that of top-secret-cleared civilian employees of the government.”
Reporting on the Post’s findings, Lofgren points out:

These contractors now set the political and social tone of Washington, just as they are increasingly setting the direction of the country, but they are doing it quietly, their doings unrecorded in the Congressional Record or the Federal Register, and are rarely subject to congressional hearings…
The Deep State not only holds the nation’s capital in thrall, but it also controls Wall Street (“which supplies the cash that keeps the political machine quiescent and operating as a diversionary marionette theater”) and Silicon Valley.
As Lofgren concludes:

[T]he Deep State is so heavily entrenched, so well protected by surveillance, firepower, money and its ability to co-opt resistance that it is almost impervious to change… If there is anything the Deep State requires it is silent, uninterrupted cash flow and the confidence that things will go on as they have in the past. It is even willing to tolerate a degree of gridlock: Partisan mud wrestling over cultural issues may be a useful distraction from its agenda.
Remember this the next time you find yourselves mesmerized by the antics of the 2016 presidential candidates or drawn into a politicized debate over the machinations of Congress, the president or the judiciary: it’s all intended to distract you from the fact that you have no authority and no rights in the face of the shadow governments.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

2015 Marine Corps Birthday Message | The Legacy Within

"It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who gave us the freedom to demonstrate

It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag.

And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag."

Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC

God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever led us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me of my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord."
General George Patton

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Empty the Prisons Bill Now on Fast Track

Yes, the Progressive left, i.e. Marxist demoncrats, believe emptying the prisons is a good idea, of course they do. Just like emptying Gitmo of all terrorists, doubling the national debt, illegal amnesty, open borders, abortion on demand, same sex marriage and anything that rips at the fabric of a sane, moral and law abiding nation, they support and push these causes (Not coincidentally, these are the same causes that Satan would support, just sayin'). What is most disconcerting however is when the party that is supposed to be the antithesis to the Progressive left, the GOP, joins them in their insanity. Of the twenty co-sponsors of the George Soros backed bill to release prisoners, seven Republicans including Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Lindsay Graham are joining ultra Progressives, Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer and Al Franken (see full list here)

This of course, is the state of American politics today.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Debt Ceiling Lifted, Same Day, Debt Jumps $339 Billion

When the American flag is displayed upside down, it is a sign of dire distress. I believe national suicide qualifies as "dire distress".
Of course, when a government purposely destroys its own economy, this is known as a "manufactured crisis".    -W.E.


The U.S. national debt jumped $339 billion on Monday, the same day President Obama signed into law legislation suspending the debt ceiling.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Bill Ayers to Black Lives Matter: Create a Fire


NEW YORK – Bill Ayers, the former colleague of President Obama who co-founded the domestic terrorist group Weather Underground, acknowledged in a radio interview the revolutionary ideology driving the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I have been very energetic in my support of Black Lives Matter,” Ayers told host Eugene Puryear of the online radio show “Liberation Radio,” produced by an activist group called the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
The interview with Ayers, a retired professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, took place Friday. In a September interview with the Yale campus paper, Ayers boast of his influence on the 2008 election of Obama and described himself as “a First Amendment fundamentalist that is also a socialist, anarchist and communist.”
In the interview Friday, he said Black Lives Matter is “one of the most hopeful signs in the last several decades of folks coming together and building a movement for fundamental change.”
At the beginning of the interview, Ayers placed the movement in the context of socialist revolutionary methodology.
“There’s a lot of mythology behind Black Lives Matter, assuming the only reason this is happening is because of social media and because of the use of cameras,” Ayers said. “That is fundamentally false. What is exciting is that the Black Lives Matter moment comes after decades and centuries of the serial assassination of black people.”
Ayers said the “driving force of Black Lives Matter is organized young people who have been mobilizing for years around a lot of issues.”
“Black Lives Matter’s focus is state violence against black people. Its focus is also decent education, ‘stop closing our schools,’ jobs for everybody, health care, mental health, drug programs.”
He called Black Lives Matters “a comprehensive movement” and said “the folks involved in it in Chicago are long-time organizers.”
Mobilizing masses
“There is no single issue or single struggle that amounts to the social upheaval we need,” Ayers explained. “What we need is a social movement that engages and mobilizes masses of people, and frankly Black Lives Matter is at this moment a pretty good beginning example of that.”
Ayers expanded on the theme, explaining how mobilizing masses of people on the theme of Black Lives Matter played into the power dynamics needed to propel a revolutionary movement to achieve social change.
“We have to see where all the issues are connected – that one thing is not the only thing that is going on,” he distinguished.
“So, you have to be aware in any movement that the response of power is always the same,” he said. “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they try to co-opt you with a few little reforms, then – if nothing else works – they beat the heck out of you. So, this is what is happening with Black Lives Matter, the attempt to co-opt it, the attempt to patronize it – by power, is what I mean.”
In this context, Ayers explained how he sees the role played by FBI Director James Comey in the Obama administration as that of a reactionary attempting to co-opt the Black Lives Matter movement from its true revolutionary goals.
“So, you have on the one hand, the reactionaries, the people like FBI Director Comey, who comes out and says, ‘Crime is up and the police are afraid because they have been targeted, that the scrutiny on police officers is causing problems in the community,’” Ayers said.
“What universe is he living in that he imagines policing in a free or democratic society involves saying to the cops, ‘Hey, do your dirty work and we won’t watch,’” Ayers asked rhetorically. “That’s ridiculous.
“In any free society, the police are under the control of the sovereign – that’s us, the people,” Ayers continued. “That’s not how Comey sees it. He literally says, ‘The police need more confidence, they need more force, they need good old fashioned go-up-to-a-group-of-guys-on-the-street-corner and say, ‘What are you doing here at 1 in the morning?’
“My response to that is to get out your camera and say to the cops, ‘Hey, what are you doing there at that corner at 1 o’clock in the morning?’” Ayers retorted. “How dare Comey say we don’t have the right to stand on a corner at 1 o’clock in the morning because the police are looking out for the safety of the community? That’s nuts.
“They’re going to turn off your water”
Revolutionary movement
In the next part of the interview, Ayers said Black Lives Matter as a revolutionary movement can spearhead widespread social change.
“It’s never a single or a simple issue,” he insisted.
“So what we have to do is connect militarized police and the militarized occupation of some communities,” Ayers explained, expounding on revolutionary methodology.
“We have to link that with the fact there are no jobs in those communities, that the mental health facilities in Chicago have all been closed in those communities, the hospitals have been stripped of their resources in those communities, and 50 public schools in Chicago were closed,” he continued. “And just this morning, the Chicago City Council just raised everybody’s taxes and for the first time in history charged a fee for garbage pickup.
“Now, I want to show you how crazy it is, just for one second,” Ayers interjected.
“Not only are they going to charge a fee for garbage pickup for the first time, the Chicago City Council is going to tie it to your water bill, which means if you don’t pay your garbage pickup fee, they are going to turn off your water,” he said.
“Where are we? What land are we living in?” he asked. “It really does feel in some communities – and that’s not even across America, so that we always understand that when we say, ‘The schools are in crisis,’ we don’t mean the schools in the wealthy communities or for the wealthy people.
“So, when we say that, some communities feel as if they’re occupied and they have the blue-light cameras going off and the police are confronting people on silly, petty things that they would never confront anyone on in a rich community,” he said.
“My heart is just bleeding for that young woman in South Carolina in the video with the cop dragging her from her desk,” he continued. “What did she do? Sitting in her classroom, she didn’t do anything, and yet violence against black children is just assumed to be OK.
“But that’s what we have to see,” he stressed, underlining what he believes is a major theme motivating the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Police in the schools in some communities, not all, but police attacking students in schools in some communities – this is commonplace in schools for the poor,” he said.
“The real issue is that we live in a society in which not only do you have the 1 percent and the 99 percent, we have a history of oppression and history based on race,” Ayers concluded.
“And it’s at the very center of the American story, not some side story, but it’s at the very center of our story since the beginning of this country until now,” he insisted. “And we need to see the way in which it expresses itself through unequal education, through unequal job opportunities, through taxation, and redlining and mass incarceration.”
Ayers trashes Teach for America
Given his career as a socialist educator, Ayers was asked to contrast Black Lives Matter with Teach for America, a non-profit program with annual revenue exceeding $300 million tasked with placing college graduates with a two-year commitment to teach in inner-city minority public schools. It’s a program many movement radicals like Ayers have castigated as a “classic liberal fraud.”
“We have to make a distinction, too, with Teach for America in that the folks who are drawn to Teach for America, the young people themselves, get involved for ideological reasons,” Ayers acknowledged.
“They want to give back, to be helpful, and they don’t see other vehicles to make a difference,” he continued. “That’s different than the structure of Teach for America and the political thrust of it. Teach for America is part of the market-driven idea that what is wrong with the schools isn’t about funding, it isn’t about curriculum, it isn’t about a kind of colonial education or an ignorance-based education.”
Ayers criticized Teach for America as a “liberal fix” derived from what he considers the erroneous idea that the problem in minority public schools centers around poor test scores, not decades of racism and oppression.
‘Teach for America is part of the move to privatize public schools, eviscerate teachers unions and to reduce teaching to a simple mechanical set of activities that lead to rising test scores, rising metrics on standardized tests,” he said dismissively.
“That is fundamentally backward and wrong,” he stressed, referencing a YouTube video from Mad TV called “Nice White Lady” that Ayers believes typifies the problem with Teach for America.

“It’s a funny, funny bit, just a few minutes long, with a camera zooming over an urban landscape, and the voice-over saying, ‘The American urban high school, there’s no where more dangerous,’” Ayers explained.
“Then the camera zooms into an urban classroom,” he continued.
“And the voice-over says, ‘Out of control classrooms,’ and you see these students sitting in their desks cleaning their pistols and sharpening their knives,” Ayers related. “‘Parents who don’t give a damn and lazy, incompetent teachers.’ And then the door to the classroom opens and this young, well-scrubbed woman looks in and says, ‘Hi, I’m Amy Little.’ And the voice-over says, ‘What could possibly save them?’
“They all growl at her with maximum urban attitude,” he continued.
“And one girl goes up in her face and says, ‘What do you know about me?’ And the girl tells the horrible litany of her life. And this Amy Little is taken aback and then she reaches for a pen and hands it to the student, and says, ‘Write that down,’” Ayers went on.
“Soon, everybody’s winning Pulitzer Prizes and giving up their pistols for pens,” he summed up. “In the end, they’re all dancing in the hallway, and the voice-over says, ‘How to save the schools? You don’t need more funding. You don’t need better curriculum, better physical plants. All you need is a few nice, white ladies.’”
He said the reason the satire works “is because that’s exactly what Teach for America represents.”
“Teach for America represents the idea that a few well-intentioned people with some idealism and some hopefulness, and a liberal arts education from Princeton or Harvard or Michigan can somehow change the fate of schools that are underfunded, overcrowded – too many kids, too little time, too few resources, a disrespecting teaching staff,” he said.
“Those are the things that should be addressed, and those are the things that Teach for America does not care about,” Ayers concluded. =“Again, let me make the distinction. Not the young people themselves, but the structure of Teach for America is completely cynical and completely backwards.”
Ayers contrasted that to his own experience working for decades to reshape public school education in a radical revolutionary direction.
“My work for the last two or three decades has been schools,” he began.
“We have to understand and make explicit that struggling for decent schools for the children of formerly enslaved people, and the children of immigrants from poor nations, and the children from the nation’s first people – that struggle is linked to the struggle for decent health care and opportunities for jobs,” he emphasized. “[We must learn] to act not as occupiers, but as public servants who are under citizen control, under citizen surveillance.
“We don’t live in that society,” he concluded. “That’s the society we have to build a massive movement in order to create.”
‘I plan to be there, even in a wheelchair’
Ayers showed how the revolutionary goals of Black Lives Matter are consistent with the revolutionary goals he has pursued in his career as a radical activist and socialist educator.
“I don’t really have advice for you or the activists [in Black Lives Matter],” Ayers said, answering a question posed by the moderator.
“I want to take advice from you,” he continued, referencing the Black Lives Matters activists. “I want to learn from you.”
He contrasted BLM with his disdain for Teach for America.
“I have been involved in a lot of movements,” he noted. “But frankly, I don’t think where you are going to look and find the real movement is from folks fighting battles 30 or 50 years ago.”
Ayers pledged his continuing commitment to revolutionary political activism.
“In my own activism, when the real big barricades are put up, I plan to be there, even if I am in a wheelchair,” he insisted.
“But the truth is that every social movement, it’s about being more than social activists, it’s about being good citizens and moral persons,” he explained.
“There is a rhythm that you have to follow – and we all know this,” he continued. “There’s an old saying that you have to open your eyes and see the world as it really is. And that’s not something you do once or twice and then put it on automatic pilot. The world is too dynamic and it’s too vast. You have to open your eyes every day and try to make sense out of what you’re seeing.
“The second step is that you have to be astonished at everything you see in front of you – astonished at the joy, the ecstasy, the love that’s taking place on hard surfaces, the beauty of people loving each other,” he said. “And you have to be astonished at the cruelty that human beings visit upon one another.
“And then the third step is that you have to act,” he continued. “You act imperfectly. You don’t know what you’re doing. Of course, you can’t see everything. You don’t know the consequences completely. But you must act. And then after you act, you must doubt.”
Ayers continued to elaborate on his revolutionary methodology.
“You must think and you must reconsider,” he said. “In that doubting, there’s an important standard. And the standard is: Did I educate and did I learn? Did I teach and did I learn? If I taught people something by the sacrifice I made or by the action I took, then that’s good. If I learned something from it, that’s also good.
“But if the only thing that happened from my action was that I looked good on TV, or I loved my pose as I hurled the block through the window, no, that’s not the standard that you’re trying to achieve as an organizer, as a activist, as a revolutionary,” he said.
He elaborated on the role a radical revolutionary must play as an educator, tying together his socialist ideology with his life experience.
“The goal is mass education,” Ayers stressed. “The goal is learning everyday, more about yourself, more about your capacity, more about your comrades, more about your movement.
“So, that’s where I start, as kind of a framework for thinking,” he concluded. “It doesn’t answer anything. It only tells you to keep open your eyes, keep being astonished. When I said to keep being astonished, what I mean is don’t become cynical. You know, ‘they have to tap our phones.’ No, No, No. If they tap our phones, that outrages me.
“So, I don’t want to be complacent, I don’t want to be cynical,” he insisted. “I want to be amazed at how beautiful we are and also how long the road is. And so, that’s my basic rhythm of activism.”
How Black Lives Matters extends 1960s revolution
In the concluding part of the interview, Ayers explained how he views Black Lives Matters as an extension of the civil rights movements that drove revolutionary activism of the 1960s.
“Now, let’s talk one minute about cooptation,” he began.
“Every movement, it’s not Black Lives Matter per se, it’s every movement ever in history, somebody moved in to try to contain it and co-opt it,” he said.
“Just look at the machinations and complexities – some of which were overcome, some of which we couldn’t – involved in the black freedom movement of the 1950s and 1960s,” he continued.
“That was a movement that threatened the very foundations of this country, ultimately,” Ayers stressed.
“Noteworthy is that Lyndon Johnson, who passed the most far-reaching civil rights legislation since reconstruction, was not part of the black freedom movement,” Ayers noted. “He was a cracker from Texas who responded to fire from below.
“Our job is to create the fire from below and to not allow ourselves to be used,” he said. “So note, Lyndon Johnson asked Martin Luther King to meet with him. King did not beg LBJ for a meeting. LBJ was trying to contain the revolution. So that’s the different in the relationship.
“Cooptation is as natural as rain,” he continued. “It just happens and our job is to keep our eye on the deeper issues we care about. So what do we care about in Black Lives Matter? We’re not fighting for cameras on police vests, anymore than we were fighting for buses to bus people to schools in 1964 and 1965. We were fighting for justice. We were fighting to end racism.
“And remembering that means we might take buses, but that’s not the end of the struggle,” he concluded. “That’s only a tactic. That’s only a concession. There’s more to do.”
“And getting deeper and going further, that’s always our job,” he stressed.
“Opening our eyes, educating people about what the real terms are, connecting the issues; and war and warming, racism and homophobia, these things are always connected and we have to fight them by connecting them all,” he said in closing. “But we start where we are and dive into the contradiction as forcefully as you can.”