I’ve had a long simmering suspicion towards “community organizers”. Might have been since college. While I preferred to listen to people, I watched career minded organizers come in with their own agenda, rally people around it, and kick out anyone who disagreed.
Then came the Iraq War. I was opposed to it – even though I’m not a pacifist, I didn’t like being lied and manipulated into a war. I organized MoveOn movie nights because it was a great way to find like-minded people and try to amplify our opposition that way. But MoveOn quickly became an organizing agent for the Democratic party, and when our discussions were replaced with “Bush as an Idiot” slogans, I backed off and dropped out.
Now, it seems, such “community organizing” has taken a toxic turn. In the past few years I’ve seen first J-Street appear, and then Jewish Voice for Peace. These groups have no organic connection with the Jewish community. Their only real connection is with the Democratic apparatus, their only unifying factor a desire for Democrat coattails.
I’ll leave J-Street alone for another day, I’d like to focus on JVP for now. The articles about them are damning, and yet I wonder how long they’re going to last. Their own website looks like they’re a bunch of slick internet hacks. First of all, it’s only available in HTTPS, which means you can’t track or verify any of their traffic. But it looks like they’re disputing their Wikipedia page, which points out that their only claim to fame is giving the anti-Israel lobby some cover against the charge of anti-Semitism.
Of course, that doesn’t stop other groups from revealing who they are. The ADL has a whole page devoted to their tactics. Forward magazine also has a great article about them.
And if they were recognized as such, that would be one thing. But Democrats like Karen Bass are starting to give them an air of legitimacy. And that’s what concerns me. Note: she originally posted this on her Facebook page, but once I commented with the ADL link, she took it down. Luckily, the internet loves to archive pages. And so do I.
Overall, my IT pro analysis is that they’re great at overinflating their numbers and influence, claiming to not only speak for Jews, but questioning whether established groups like AIPAC, ADL, etc. actually represent them. This is what makes them valuable for the Democratic party, and why the Obama campaign has been really pushing them to the forefront as an alternative to those pesky established Jewish organizations with their pesky demand that Israel remain a safe haven for Jews.
And see, here’s the ultimate difference between a “community organizing” group like JVP and an established community group like ADL. It’s the daily advocacy and work that groups like ADL, AIPAC, Hillel, Chabad, do on a daily basis for Jews. Charity work, research work, going out of your way for other Jews, taking complaints about slurs and hate crimes against Jews, taking them seriously, advocating on different governmental levels. The political programs are only an extension of this daily work. And that’s why all these Jewish groups are tireless advocates for Israel. They know how desperately Jews need a safe haven in this world that so quickly aligns against them.
I can tell you without any more than a peek at JVP that they do NONE of this. That’s what makes them a fraud. That’s what makes them toxic to this country, and why they need to be outed.
We don’t even need to make this about Jews, either. I’m sure other races and people have similar issues. Whereas the organic community has their own organizations and culture, ruling class representatives go in with foundation money, not to advocate for that community, but to push their own agenda on them. The community is just a stepping stone to a political or intellectual career.