Red, White and Angry
: Communist, Nazi parties endorse ‘Occupy’ protests

The Daily Caller

In a move that may redefine the term “strange bedfellows,” the American Nazi  Party issued an official endorsement of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement on  Sunday afternoon. The announcement put the organization, a self-described “National Socialist” political party, in company with the Socialist Party USA,  which explained its own support for the left-wing protesters in a nationwide conference  call last Tuesday night, crediting organized labor with the  protests’ strength and sophistication to date.

The American Nazi Party is the most politically sophisticated U.S. remnant — but by no means the only one — of white supremacist Adolph Hitler’s murderous  20th century movement. The party calls Hitler’s Mein Kampf “an ideological  blueprint for healthy Aryan survival.”

In its statement on Sunday, the Westland, Mich.-based Nazi party wrote that  the Occupy Wall Street protests are “TAYLOR [sic] MADE for National Socialists,  as well as WN [White Nationalists] who are serious about DOING SOMETHING.”

“I urgently URGE all of you,” the statement’s unnamed author added, “to TAKE  PART and JOIN IN when these protests hit your neck of the woods. Produce some  flyers EXPLAINING the ‘JEW BANKER’ influence — DON’T wear anything marking you  as an ‘evil racist’ — and GET OUT THERE and SPREAD the WORD!”

While Nazis seem unenthusiastic about visibly linking their flagship  organization to the vocal protests that have popped up in dozens of U.S. cities,  the same can’t be said of the Communist Party USA.

John Bachtell, an Illinois-based community organizer and Communist Party USA  board member, addressed the “Occupy Chicago” protest on Saturday.

“I bring greetings and solidarity from the Communist Party,” Bachtell said to  hoots and applause. “We are here, marching side-by-side. We’ll sleep here. We’ll  be with this movement ’til the very – ’til we make all the changes that we know  we have to make.”

Bachtell also organized the Tuesday evening conference call, with an online call to action that framed the Communist Party’s involvement  as one part of a larger movement uniting the “Occupy” protesters with a “Week of  Action for Jobs” organized by the AFL-CIO, and with congressional Democrats’ push to pass President Obama’s American Jobs Act.

“While there is a wide range of political and ideological trends,” he wrote, “there is a consensus against corporate greed, getting money out of politics,  taxing the rich and putting people before profits.

“A big challenge for the CPUSA and left, progressive movements is to link  these demonstrations with the labor led all-people’s coalition and help deepen  understanding that the path to progress must be through electoral and political  action including defeating Republican Tea Party reaction in 2012.”

Communist Party USA Secretary/Treasurer Roberta Wood moderated the conference  call, which she announced halfway through had attracted 88 callers.

“’We are [the] 99 percent.’ What a beautiful idea. It re-draws the fault  lines of society,” said Wood, a former executive board member of United Steel  Workers Local 65 who has also been labor editor of the People’s Weekly  World.

“We as communists are also part of that 99 percent. Our deep involvement in  our communities and workplaces and unions and neighborhood organizations [will]  strengthen a new national conversation that will no doubt impact the future of  our country.”

Southern California Communist Party leader Arturo Cambron also addressed the  call, praising “the growing of the occupying community.”

“We’ve been getting a lot of support from an unusual amount of very, very  broad forces,” Cambron added. “The movement has gone [on] to get the endorsement  of a lot of trade unions, including the Los Angeles Federation of Labor, which  is I think one of the most powerful, most progressive labor organizations in the  country.”

John Wojcik, labor editor for the People’s World, told the conference call  that after a recent Occupy Chicago march, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka “was  speaking to law students at the Chicago-Kent Law School just a few blocks away.  And they heard him urge support for Occupy Wall Street, and offered them use of  union halls [and] other resources. And he was using their language. He said we  have an economy, a political process, that isn’t serving ‘the 99 percent.’”

Communist Party USA leader Jim Lane, calling in from Dallas, added that “the  Texas AFL-CIO published contact information, urged participation everywhere, and  sent their whole staff to the Austin action.”

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