More proof! Occupy Wall Street not ‘spontaneous’ Radical agitation groups, Soros funding seek global financial ‘solutions’
Posted on November 1, 2011 at 12:09 AM EST
An organization that has been mobilizing online support for Occupy Wall Street is organizing the live stream of an upcoming global financial forum by the anti-Wall Street protesters.
The group coordinating the live stream, Avaaz, was founded as a joint venture of MoveOn.org and Res Publica, twoÂ organizations funded directly by George Soros as well as by the Soros-funded Tides Center.
Avaaz is a globalist online group seeking to “organize citizens of all nations to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.”
KleinOnline reported last week, MoveOn.org is planning to launch a protest movement of its own to complement the Occupy Wall Street momentum with the stated goal of “make[ing] Wall Street pay” and rebuilding the entire U.S. financial system.
MoveOn.org’s funding source ofÂ the Tides Foundation may be telling. Another grantee of Tides is the Adbusters magazine, which is reported to have come up with the Occupy Wall Street idea after Arab Spring protests toppled governments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.
The new MoveOn.org Wall Street campaign serves as further evidence suggesting the anti-Wall Street movement is a well-planned campaign and not the spontaneous uprising its leaders claim.
KleinOnline broke the storyÂ that Fenton Communications, a public relations firm closely partnered with Tides, represented the anti-Wall Street march past millionaires’ homes in New York two weeks ago.
Fenton also crafted the public-relations strategy of MoveOn.org, as well as a who’s who of far-left causes, organizations and activists, from Soros himself to Health Care for America Now to a litany of anti-war groups.
Last week, MoveOn.org is holding a planning meeting in Manhattan to discuss ways to take on Wall Street in coordination with Occupy Wall Street.
An email sent to MoveOn.org’s mailing list announced a “meeting for folks to come together to plan ways to Make Wall Street Pay in our own communities”
“We’ll focus on specific targeted campaigns that hold the big banks accountable,” continued the email.
Continued the email: “The Occupy Wall Street movement has put economic justice in the spotlight. The whole country is talking about how we can end the big banks’ excessive influence and Make Wall Street Pay to rebuild the economy for everyone.”
The email spelled out the new MoveOn.org campaign’s connection to Occupy Wall Street:
“How is this connected to Occupy Wall Street? Our goal is to launch targeted local campaigns to complement the amazing work being done by brave Occupy Wall Street protesters â€“ something MoveOn members around the country have been asking for. And we’ll continue to do everything we can to support and stand in solidarity with #Occupy.”
Proof! Occupy Wall Street no ‘spontaneous movement’
MoveOn.org is funded by Tides, which acts like a massive clearinghouse of donations to a slew of liberal groups. Critics have alleged the center acts to obscure the ultimate sources of donations by collecting significant sums of money from a few large donors and then funneling the money to thousands of liberal causes.
Soros’ Open Society Institute is a prominent Tides Center donor, giving the group $3.5 million between 2007 and 2009 alone.
The Occupy Wall Street march past millionaires’ homes was first announced in a press release entitled, “Community Groups and Progressive Organizations Join Together to Plan ‘Millionaires March’ with Occupy Wall Street Protestors.”
The release detailed how a group calling itself 99 New York was joining the Occupy Wall Street movement as a partner. The 99 organization is purportedly a coalition of unions and community organizations, such as UnitedNY, Strong Economy for All Coalition, N.Y. Communities for Change, and the Working Families Party.
It was the 99 New York group, which claims to represent the will of 99 percent of the U.S. population, that led last week’s Occupy Wall Street march down the streets of New York.
The press release was sent to reporters and was also posted in various Occupy Wall Street affiliated websites, including StrongForAll.org.
The release listed contact information for 99 New York’s spokesmen: Doug Forand of Red Horse Strategies, a firm that has represented scores of Democrat politicians; and Doug Gordon, senior vice president of Fenton Communications.
Gordon’s Fenton email was provided on the release. Prior to joining Fenton, Gordon worked for years on Capitol Hill and in Democratic politics. He spent seven years as the top aide to Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich.
Soros, Fenton, Tides
Fenton Communications was founded in 1982 by David Fenton, an activist who served as a photographer for Bill Ayers’ domestic Weather Underground terror group.
Fenton Communications works in conjunction with the Soros-funded Tides Center that funded Adbusters, which was reported to have started the concept of Occupy Wall Street.
Fenton used the Tides Center to set up Environmental Media Services in 1994. Tides reportedly originally ran EMS’ daily operations.
David Fenton serves on the board of numerous Tides-funded groups, while his firm represents more than 30 Tides Center grantees, as well as Soros himself and the billionaire’s Open Society Institute. Fenton helped to craft Moveon.org’s attacks on Gen. David Petraeus.
An example of the close public relations relationship between Fenton and Tides is the Social Venture Network, which was established and operates as a project of the Tides Foundation, while its strategy is represented by Fenton. SVN’s board has included Tides’ founder Drummond Pike as well as Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink.
Another group, September Eleventh Families For Peaceful Tomorrows, is an antiwar organization founded by individuals who lost loved ones in 9-11 terrorist attacks. The group’s campaign was coordinated by Fenton while the group was funded by Tides.
Also represented by Fenton is the Win Without War group, which was funded by Soros and Tides.
KleinOnline found more than 30 recent examples of Tides grantees whose strategy was coordinated by Fenton.
Fenton, Obama, Ayers ties
While David Fenton first photographed Ayers in the 1960s, he later served alongside both Ayers and Obama on the board of the Woods Fund, a Chicago nonprofit which channeled money to a slew of progressive groups, including the Tides Center and the Alinsky-style Midwest Academy training outfit. Obama served as a paid director on the Woods Fund board from 1999 to 2002.
KleinOnline recently reported Midwest’s founder, Heather Booth, has been training unions on how to use the economic crisis.
Citizen Action of Wisconsin, an arm of Booth’s Midwest Academy, is part of the Moving Wisconsin Forward movement, one of the main organizers of the major Wisconsin protests in February, as KleinOnline first reported.
Fenton’s managing director, Ira Arlook, also served as director of Booth’s Citizens Action.
With research by Brenda J. Elliott