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SEIU Partnering With ‘Occupy’ Protesters

From the Daily Caller:

Secretive SEIU network partners with Occupy movement, raises nationwide hell

Richard Pollock
March 8, 2012

During the past year, politically aggressive front groups founded by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have been partnering with regional “Occupy” groups to pressure businesses and politicians, The Daily Caller has learned.

The organizations — including This Is Our DC; Good Jobs, Great Houston; Good Jobs, Better Baltimore; Detroit’s Good Jobs Now; Fight for Philly; One Pittsburgh; Good Jobs LA; and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy — employ “flash demonstrations” and other tactics to deluge their political targets with protesters, sometimes numbering in the hundreds.

To be fair, the SEIU and Richard Trumka’s AFL-CIO have doing these kind of ‘grassroots’ demonstrations long before they latched on to the (phony) Occupy movement.

They were behind most of the ‘grassroots’ demonstrations for Obama-Care. They were behind the anti-Wall Street demonstrations in the spring and summer of 2010. Including the attacks on bank executives at their homes, which culminated in their swarming over the Connecticut house of a Democrat lawyer for Bank Of America.

The ‘Occupy Movement’ was just a new mask for these same old thugs.

[Occupy’s] elaborate and sometimes lavish protests, some with expensive-looking production values, advance the giant labor union’s interests without exposing the SEIU directly to criticism from the public.

Since Monday, TheDC has identified another organization in this network: “Working Washington,” whose Seattle-based website mentions nothing about its SEIU ties. That site, however — like those of the other front groups — is hosted on a server that TheDC traced back to the SEIU.

In keeping with the SEIU’s pattern, Working Washington’s corporate registration filed with the state government in Olympia, Wash. lists Secky Fascione as its registered agent. On her LinkedIn profile, Fascione identifies herself as an “Organizing Coordinator at SEIU.”

The union’s connection to its localized network is clear. An SEIU-tied Washington, D.C. law firm incorporated each group. Founding board members are SEIU executives and organizers, and the organizations’ founding addresses match those of SEIU locals in each city.

TheDC’s investigation has also revealed numerous instances of these groups working in concert with local offshoots of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

In November 2011, Good Jobs LA, a Los Angeles-based SEIU front group, joined forces with Occupy LA to demonstrate outside Bank of America locations

A month earlier, Occupy Pittsburgh joined with the SEIU-linked One Pittsburgh to protest outside the district office of Republican Sen. Pat Toomey. The demonstration was billed as an anti-Wall Street event, but with SEIU’s influence it became a protest against Toomey’s “no” vote on advancing President Obama’s American Jobs Act legislation — a failed bill that would have benefited unions

More recently, on Feb. 3, 2012 Occupy Baltimore partnered with MoveOn.org and the SEIU-connected Good Jobs, Better Baltimore for a protest at a Wells Fargo bank branch

Partnerships between Occupy groups and SEIU-founded organizations extend to other parts of the United States as well. In mid-December 2011, a group of activists from Houston traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in several days of protests organized by Occupy groups and the SEIU-linked This is Our DC organization

Describing an Occupy DC blockade of Washington’s famed K Street where police arrested 62 demonstrators, the activist wrote that “[t]he first human chain was made up of union members, including a Houstonian with SEIU.”

Fight for Philly, another SEIU-founded organization, participated in the same weekend-long protest event. “Join thousands of 99%-ers who are coming to Washington, DC December 5-9 to take back the Capitol from corporate control,” its website announced

Spurred on by its December success helping to galvanizing anti-capitalist protesters, including Occupy groups, This Is Our DC dispatched several hundred angry protesters in February to a Marriott hotel in Washington to “confront” attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference. The protest was organized by the SEIU front group, but billed in many places as an Occupy DC event

The article goes on to list dozens of other ‘astroturfed’ SEIU demonstrations.

The use of front groups is not a new phenomenon within the labor movement. Patrick Semmens, a spokesman for the National Right to Work Foundation, told TheDC that the SEIU has turned to the tactic to promote its messages because the labor movement itself is experiencing increased hostility from the public.

“Faced with an American public that is increasingly opposed to union bosses’ agenda that puts union politics ahead of taxpayers and individual worker rights,” Semmens contended, “the SEIU’s response is to create more front groups to provide the illusion of support for their big government agenda.”

Which is the textbook definition of ‘astroturfing.’ Which, coincidentally, is a David Axelrod specialty.

In reality, most of the Left’s ‘grassroots’ demonstrations are really just ‘astroturfed’ frauds, put on by a very small number of the usual suspects. The ‘Occupy Movement’ is just a new mask for these same old thugs. But our media watchdogs goes out of their way to pretend otherwise. In fact, you couldn’t have such blatant ‘astroturfing’ without a complicit news media. — But the media and the astroturfers are on the same side.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 8th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “SEIU Partnering With ‘Occupy’ Protesters”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    Forget the “militias”, organizations like SEIU and ACORN are the neo-Brownshirts.

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