Terry McLaughlin: ‘Indivisible’ not as inclusive as movement suggests
March 29, 2017
The day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, women around the country gathered together in what was dubbed "The Women's March" to protest his lawful election.
Claiming to represent inclusion and equality, the list of sponsors and partners for the Washington D.C. march is a Who's Who of pro-choice, socialist, and far-left organizations. The list of over 260 partners includes Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, #VoteProChoice, ACLU, Center for Biological Diversity, Students for Choice, NOW, CODEPINK, Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, Occupy Wall Street, and the Pussy Hat Project – just to name a few.
Pro-Life women's groups need not apply. Students For Life were flatly denied participation, and New Wave Feminists were removed from the website and ousted from the gathering once it became known that they opposed abortion. One of the honorary co-chairs of the event was Angela Davis. For those too young to remember, Angela Davis was a leader of the Communist Party USA in the 1960s, had close ties to the Black Panthers, and was involved with the 1970 armed takeover of a Marin County courtroom that resulted in four deaths — an event which added her name to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List.
One of the lead organizers of the Women's March was Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York. According to a large number of credible media sources, among them Daniel Pipes of the Washington Times, Linda Sarsour is a hard-left radical Islamist. For example, she described the would-be "underwear bomber" Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, as a CIA agent to imply that the federal government murders Americans in order to frame Muslims, and hurled violently hateful vulgarity (unrepeatable in this newspaper) toward Brigitte Gabriel and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, two leading voices for the rights of women in the Islamist world (the latter of whom is a victim of female genital mutilation).
From the Women's March has emerged a new group, "Indivisible." News articles portray this as a group of women with openness, shared vision, and a willingness to work together. Many women in Nevada County have joined this movement, with the sincere goals of empowering and benefiting women and contributing positively to our overall community. The motivation for the national movement is actually something quite different. A number of former Congressional staffers created an online "handbook" for the movement, which they entitled "A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda." The handbook consists of "lessons to leverage in the fight against Trump's racism, authoritarianism and corruption."
At least two of the original five authors of the "Indivisible Guide" recently worked as staffers for Texas Congressman Lloyd Doggett. This year Doggett officially joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which was founded in 1991. It now has 74 members, and is currently the most powerful and far-left faction of the Democratic Party.
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In the "guidebook," the authors have used the success of the Tea Party as a model for action, at the same time saying that "Their ideas were wrong, cruel, and tinged with racism." The guidebook inaccurately accuses Tea Party activists of hatred, racism, physical assaults, spitting, yelling obscenities, burning people in effigy, threatening their opponents, and "ignoring reality and making up their own facts," citing no examples of any of these actions.
On Feb. 6 an open letter of instruction from eight women organizers of the recent March 8 women's "strike" was published in The Guardian. One of those eight women was the aforementioned Angela Davis. Another of those women was Rasmea Yousef Odeh – a former member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), designated by the U.S. as a terrorist organization, who spent 10 years in prison for her part in two terrorist bombings. In their letter, these eight women indicate a "new wave of militant feminist struggle," and then continue with instructions for marchers …" The idea is to mobilize women, including trans women, and all who support them in an international day of struggle – a day of striking, marching, blocking roads, bridges, and squares, abstaining from domestic, care and sex work, boycotting, calling out misogynistic politicians and companies, striking in educational institutions."
A March 9 FOX news report revealed that billionaire activist George Soros has contributed approximately $246 million toward the groups supporting the "Indivisible" movement. A meeting of wealthy donors aligned with Soros took place this past week in Washington D.C., as reported by The Daily Caller. Among the speakers planning methods to undermine the current administration were Linda Sarsour and Leah Greenberg, a co-founder of Indivisible.
With the financial backing of Soros and other wealthy liberal donors, and the organizational skills of radical Islamist activists, convicted terrorists, and communist sympathizers, the "Indivisible" movement is making a large and loud presence throughout our country.
The women of Nevada County who are energized and motivated and truly wish to organize themselves in a manner that will promote inclusion, the American principles of freedom and liberty, and benefits to our local community, may not be aware of the true radical and violent nature of this movement, or the roots from which it grew.
To present a positive, coherent, and credible message within our community, these women may want to create for themselves a new moniker, rather than choose to be identified and affiliated with the radical and militant organizers of the Indivisible movement.
Terry McLaughlin, who lives in Nevada City, writes a twice monthly column for The Union. Write to her at email@example.com.