On Eve of Recalls, WEAC Turns to Alinsky Disciples For Community Organizing Help

MacIver News Service | March 15, 2012

[Madison, Wisconsin] Gearing up for increased political activism on the cusp of a campaign to recall Governor Scott Walker, the State’s teachers’ union is being guided by the philosophy of radical leftist Saul Alinsky, the MacIver News Service has learned.

On Friday and Saturday WEAC is sponsoring community organizing training seminars put on by the Industrial Areas Foundation.

The IAF is a leftist community organizing network established in 1940 by Saul Alinsky. Alinsky, author of the book Rules for Radicals, remains a controversial political figure many years after his death. Opposed to many of the bloody revolutionary strategies supported by his fellow radicals, Alinsky was guided by a neo-Marxist philosophy that promoted infiltration and gradualism over violent confrontation.

“A Marxist begins with his prime truth that all evils are caused by the exploitation of the proletariat by the capitalists,” Alinsky wrote. “From this he logically proceeds to the revolution to end capitalism, then into the third stage of reorganization into a new social order of the dictatorship of the proletariat, and finally the last stage — the political paradise of communism.”

According to a website promoting the WEAC training, “The workshop will provide an overview of key concepts and critical components essential to building strong locals and connecting those locals into a broad based organization necessary to create power. Special emphasis will be placed on the identification of leaders and the creation of local allies necessary to effect change at both the local community and state levels. Participants should expect a practical interactive opportunity to learn and help shape the future organizing work of WEAC and other like-minded organizations in our state.”

The topics to be covered in the workshop are:

  • Creating a Culture of Organizing
  • Mapping the External World…the why, what and how of doing a power analysis
  • Practice examples from Chicago, New York, and New White House Group
  • Bureaucratic/Maintenance Organizations vs. Broad Based Relational Organizing
  • How to Initiate Action/s Relationally
  • What kind of leaders will it take?
  • Identifying the talent, making the offer

The workshops will be conducted by Mike Gecan, co-director of Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, and Tom Mosgaller, IAF’s Wisconsin based Organizer.

TheIAF”s initiatives include universal health care, massive increases in the minimum wage and open borders.

Alinsky died in 1972 but the IAF continues to grow. The organization boasts: “The living reality of the IAF is overwhelmingly present in the 59 IAF affiliates functioning in 21 states, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia.”

Their Wisconsin affiliate is Common Ground in Milwaukee.

  • Madison Tax Payer

    A vote for Falk, is a vote for Communism. For godsake Dems, what will it take for you to WAKE UP!

  • Fluked Enuf Already

    The drones are gathering…

  • Really?

    I am pretty sure your beloved Tea party also uses Alinsky\’s tactics and work, but whatever.

  • J

    That\’s the approved response that drones from the Collective are now parroting to all things Alinsky.

    Except that it\’s doubtful that the Tea Party is working towards a \”political paradise of communism.\”

    Nice try though.

  • Catherine Louise

    @Really….no, Alinsky is pretty much your marxist/communist/socialist hero, not ours. We don\’t need to blindly follow a sociopath as you do, because we use our own brains/intellect. AND we have the Constitution, the greatest document on the face of the earth, thank God! All you have is a hateful piece of drivel.

  • Catherine Louise

    They will never wake up, as they have no souls. Please try to inform your family/friends about the evils of demoncrats. I tell my family and friends who don\’t understand politics…..\”if you read a news article, see a newscast on tv, or see a commercial that quotes a demoncrat, just remember…..demoncrats always lie\”. And that\’s the truth!!!

  • Helen Louise

    You may have laundered Alinsky\’s tactics so you don\’t have to acknowledge them, but believe me, you are using them. And, I don\’t experience us as hateful, but concerned about the well being of all the earth, and not just the well-being of the people who believe as I do … so I can even wish you well.

  • Ld

    Holy buckets. You do realize that if someone has a different opinion it does not make them evil, or imply that they are lying. The right to free speech and thought is guaranteed in the constitution. A document we all have not just \”your side\” Catherine.

    I could say the same to you: wake up.

    We all are in this together. It is amusing that they are making a villan out of a dead man no one has talked about in 10 years. Can we all grow up, please! Stop spreading hatred and vitriol.

  • Ld

    I would like to point out another man would also be for universal healthcare, fair minimum wage, open boarders, and peace and prosperity: Jesus.

    The face that anyone thinks of these things as evil is absurd.

  • Catherine Louise

    So by your reasoning, since Hitler has been dead for awhile now we shouldn\’t disparage what he\’s done and said? Alinsky\’s life was spent trying to overthrow our Constitution. And it look\’s like he\’s succeding. Hope you\’re happy.

  • Catherine Louise

    No, we use love. Try it sometime.

  • Sally Horton

    oh, trust me, I was in madison.. y\’all are hateful.. the teenager speaking her mind who was sworn at by a grown man thought so.. the 70 year old union carpenter who was knocked to the ground by someone who said he was a union member thought liberals were hateful.. and really, if you want to take my money, my freedom,, and my country from me.. so do I.

  • Catherine Louise

    @Helen Louise, yeah, you are all hateful. Anyone who would value the earth over their fellow human beings who have an unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, just don\’t get it. Or do you just plain hate your brethren? We love the earth also, and realize we are stewards of the earth and need to protect it. And we do. We also realize that human life is more valuable than a stupid salamander in a desert. Or a frog that crosses a highway. Or a stupid mosquito that terrorizes us each spring/summer. Salamanders can adapt, can you? Why are you more interested in protecting non-thinking beings over human beings?

  • Catherine Louise

    Rubbish. You bastardize the bible. Hypocrite.

  • b clinger

    Hey Ld, Jesus taught individual redemption through voluntary good works. Your idea of good works requires plunder, the forced redistribution of the property or labor of others. No one has the right to demand the property or labor of another; goods and services are never \”rights\”. Theft by government is hardly a Christian value. Just leave Jesus out of it, OK?

  • BuckyBadger

    Just remember… UNIONS ARE PEOPLE my friends.

  • Tpartywarrior

    So many far-left radicals from the 60\’s that not only wanted the Vietnam War to end, but the destruction of capitalism and an overthrow of the America way of life, entered the academic and community organizing parts of this country.

    Obama has close ties. Will Americans wake up in time?

  • There used to be Democrats and Republicans……..then there were Progressives and Republicans, and now there is an entirely new Democratic Party called the Communist Party and the Republican Party. Wake up folks before you country is not recognizable. With Obama at the head of this country, it is well on its way to the \”HOPE\” and \”Change\” he promised you. If you study his backround, you will see the truth.