May Day Mayhem on Its Way
By Matthew Vadum
Occupy Wall Street supporters, labor activists, and other radicals calling for a general strike against capitalism across America on May 1 insist their activities will be peaceful.
As usual, they’re lying.
Protesters on May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, are going to commit “a lot of violent acts which they’re then going to blame police for,” former community organizer Brandon Darby, a leading expert on leftist tactics, told me in an exclusive interview.
As I revealed in my book Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers, Darby has been a target ever since it was publicly revealed that the former left-wing anarchist saved the lives of innocent Americans by thwarting the planned fire-bombing of the 2008 Republican Convention by two anarchists.
Occupy Wall Street and the satellite protests it has spawned in cities across the U.S. and around the world have been spectacularly violent. Radical activists are responsible for hundreds of serious crimes, including murder, assault, gang rape, arson, rioting, and robbery.
The actions planned for May 1 are part of what left-wingers are calling the “99% Spring.” They are designed to disrupt the U.S. economy and ultimately to extinguish what remains of Americans’ cherished economic freedoms in the increasingly socialist Obama era. Leaders also hope to press lawmakers to promote the fraud known as “green energy” and to give those with student loan debts a massive $1 trillion bailout at the expense of taxpayers.
MoveOn and former Obama green jobs czar Van Jones’s “Rebuild the Dream” group are just two of the major left-of-center organizations that are gearing up to inconvenience Americans and manufacture chaos next week. Though activists in various urban centers have different plans for this Tuesday, they are all united in their hatred of the economic system that made America great while uplifting its poorest citizens.
Los Angeles activists claim that on May 1 “[p]eople from all sectors of the city will have a chance … [at] helping to shut down the flow of capital while addressing the 99%’s major grievances.” After a day of agitation “that cripples capitalism in the city,” Occupy Los Angeles supporters will have yet another opportunity to perfect their up twinkle and down twinkle consensus-seeking hand signals at “a special General Assembly” in Pershing Square.
A spokesman for activists in New York told BigGovernment.com that Occupy Wall Street has been participating in “99 Pickets” since April 18 in an extended action that will conclude on May 1. Targets include Chase Bank, Standard and Poor’s, the New York Times Co., ABC, Wells Fargo, Blackrock, Fidelity, and Lazard.
SEIU, National People’s Action, and the ACORN front groups called Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) have all announced they will participate in the May Day protests.
Darby said that May Day activists will carry out “very deliberate provocations all across the country” and they will claim that whatever violence follows was instigated by police.
The Occupy Wall Street movement “is really just a re-branding of long-standing far left movements across the board that formed in the 1960s and 1970s and learned to reinvent themselves,” Darby said. “When you talk about the 99 percent versus the one percent, you’re talking about the proletariat versus the bourgeoisie and so forth.”
“You can expect a lot of violence on May 1, a lot of property destruction. The unions are part of it as well. They’re going to claim that it wasn’t them, it was this other faction who showed up at the march. The unions in general like SEIU are going to claim that it’s these rogue factions like they did at the 2008 Republican national convention. But you have to remember that [anti-capitalism activist] Lisa Fithian, for one example, is not only someone paid by the SEIU but she is one of their organizers.”
Fithian also led training sessions leading up the GOP convention four years ago. Some of the radicals she trained “later went on to make bombs against Republicans and law-enforcement officials in Minnesota,” Darby said.
Van Jones, who is still “very much a communist,” now sees himself as someone who is organizing a counterweight to the Tea Party movement, Darby explained. Jones, who has been very active in promoting the “99% Spring” and the May Day demonstrations, represents a particular camp within the far left “that is somewhere in-between the black nationalist camp and the more socialist and traditionally liberal camp.”
“What you’ll see is [Jones] speaking and then some of the people that he speaks to will no doubt do insane things and violate laws,” Darby said. “And then whenever they hit a cop in the face with a brick they’ll come back and say it was the police who instigated it or deserved it or somehow an FBI informant encouraged them to do it.”
Although activist groups claim 100,000 people will participate in the “99% Spring,” it is difficult to know how many people will actually be part of the festivities. Leftists have a special talent for exaggerating popular support for their causes. Groups like MoveOn consider anyone who subscribes to their regular emails to be a member.
Posters and literature promoting progressive events frequently contain long lists of groups that have endorsed the event. The bigger the list, the greater support the event or cause appears to have. The problem is that the groups, whether they’re West Side Vegan Grannies for Nuclear Disarmament or Differently Abled Transgendered Pet Owners’ Collective for a Living Wage, often have overlapping membership lists. This political recycling program can make an event supported by a paltry few activists appear to have the backing of thousands and thousands of supporters.
Activists have already disrupted the shareholder meetings of large corporations such as GE and Wells Fargo. More invasions by radical mobs are planned. Activists plan to shut down Verizon’s shareholder meeting on May 3 and Bank of America’s shareholder meeting on May 9. The shareholder meetings of Sallie Mae on May 24 and of Walmart on June 1 are also targeted.
Occupiers also plan to violently disrupt the G8/NATO summit in Chicago on May 19.