Archive for November, 2014

Facts About CCHD Grantees

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (‘CCHD’) is the official anti-poverty agency of the Catholic bishops in the United States. It was founded to bring about “the changes people needed to get themselves out of poverty”.

People Organized for Westside Renewal (‘POWER’) is a community activist organization based in Santa Monica, CA. Since 2003, POWER has received over $300,000 in cash grants from the CCHD.  These funds were collected from the people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as part of the national CCHD collection every November.

Below is documentation of only some of POWER’s activities during the last few years. A common theme of recent campaigns from CCHD grantees is that we are the “99% vs the 1%”, that is, “It’s Us against Them”. Sometimes these campaigns even characterize whole groups of people as killers, warmongers, pigs, Death, and the like. Such language robs others of their human dignity and violates basic principles of Christian charity. It cannot but tend to foment resentment, create social unrest, instigate class warfare, and flame racial animosity, and as such is unworthy of support by Catholics, much less by our Bishops.

There are hundreds of recipient organizations in the recent history of CCHD and many in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles that have similar goals and employ such tactics. The USCCB’s CCHD office knows this. The Archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice, and Peace knows this. The Archdiocesan CCHD office knows this. And now you know it too.

POWER is just one of the many CCHD-funded ‘community organizing’ groups with goals and using tactics such as you see here. Year after year, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development takes no notice.

But will this story be told on November 23 when parishioners are asked by the Archbishop of Los Angeles and by their pastors to contribute to this organization and many others like it?

POWER has received $300,000+ from CCHD

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

People Organized for Westside Renewal (‘POWER’) is a community activist organization based in Santa Monica, CA. Since 2003, POWER has received over $300,000 in cash grants from the CCHD. Following are only some of POWER’s activities in recent years.

POWER is an active, participating affiliate of National People’s Action (NPA). NPA has lobbied for continuing public funding to support Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States.

 

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POWER (upper left) is part of National People’s Action

POWER is an active, participating affiliate of National People’s Action (NPA). NPA has lobbied for continuing public funding to support Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States.
NPA’s February 5, 2011 Letter of support for public funding of Planned Parenthood

(from Reformcchdnow.com 2011 report)

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NPA’s February 5, 2011 Letter of support for public funding of Planned Parenthood

 

“CCHD will not fund groups that are members of coalitions which have as part of their organizational purpose or coalition agenda, positions or actions that contradict fundamental Catholic moral and social teaching.”

USCCB – Review and Renewal of  The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, September 15, 2010

Nevertheless, 4 current CCHD grantees (totaling $155,000 in 2014 alone) are members of NPA.

 

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NPA posts a job offering to work with Planned Parenthood

 

And NPA is still connecting with
Planned Parenthood.

On its Facebook page, POWER promotes a video providing a report from National People’s Action 2014 conference and endorsing “Global Economic Amnesty”.

“Global Economic Amnesty” is a plan to solve the problem of poverty by unilaterally and summarily canceling all debt. (POWER does not address the fact that such a scheme means confiscation of the invested savings of individuals, pension funds, charitable foundations, and churches.)

“When we speak of overturning the system of Capitalism, we are going directly after the root causes of poverty that we see in our every day lives.”

WORKERS

From “Global Economic Amnesty” and the Communist Manifesto

Revolution

“WE NEED A REVOLUTION”

The “Global Economic Amnesty” video linked on POWER’s Facebook page was written  and narrated by Mark Lipman, an activist for POWER.

POWER was one of the groups participating in the demonstration for extension of rent control that disrupted a meeting of the Los Angeles City Council May 21, 2010 and that resulted in many arrests on May 21, 2010.
CityHall

City Hall Demonstration, May 21, 2010

 

99Spring

99Spring existed for only the 2012 Election

In early 2012, POWER helped found 99Spring, which has been revealed to be a front organization for MoveOn.Org, intended to operate as part of the 2012 election campaign. 99Spring disbanded immediately after that election.

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Fixing streets by attacking banks

POWER is a member of the FixLA coalition. Its stated goal is to repair city infrastructure, but its target are financial institutions and their employees, and its tactics are intimidation and demonization by word and image, as illustrated in a demonstration on October 28, 2014.

 

FIX

FixLA says “Go After Bankers, Stand Up for Workers”

Grim

“Banks are Sucking the Life out of L.A.”

Posting on POWER’s Facebook page promoting FixLA.

Almost 40% of the member organizations of FixLA are past or present grantees of CCHD.

The names or logos of LA VOICE, CLUE LA, LAANE, SAJE, KIWA, POWER, ONE LA / IAF, ACCE aka ACORN, CHIRLA, and SCOPE are printed at the bottom of this announcement.

POWER (with several other CCHD grantees) cooperated with the Occupy LA movement from its inception. The November 2011 occupation of Los Angeles City Hall grounds caused over $1,000,000 in direct damage and clean-up costs. Hundreds were arrested in the Occupy LA protests.
Occupy

The aftermath of Occupy L.A. at City Hall; photo Los Angeles Times

 

Today, POWER coordinates activities with Occupy Venice and has links to the Occupy movement on its Facebook page.

Invasion

Invasion Tactics

On October 5, 2011, as a member of ReFund California’s ‘Make Banks Pay’ campaign, POWER, along with CCHD grantee ENLACE and ACCE (the former ACORN), led an Occupy-style protest into the front yard of the home of a bank executive.
On behalf of National People’s Action, the current Executive Director of POWER (Bill Przylucki) was an organizing contact person for the October 6, 2011 ‘Make Banks Pay’ protest.
Plaza

POWER is an organizer for these protests

 

Tax

POWER activist at ‘Make Banks Pay’ rally; Photo by Robert Stuart Lowden

One of POWER’s activists is seen here at the October 6, 2011 ‘Make Banks Pay’ protest at which many arrests were made.
Again as part of ReFund California, POWER participated in the November 9, 2011 protest near UCLA that shut down the intersection of Wilshire & Westwood and led to 11 arrests.

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Blocking traffic in Westwood

 

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