The child of communist sympathizers comes to Nashville
Hedy Weinberg has served as the Executive Director of the TN-ACLU since 1984. She came to Nashville from her native Chicago with her husband Dan Cornfield, a sociology professor at Vanderbilt University.
Hedy’s father, Arthur Weinberg, was a Chicago historian and author. His obituary says that he served as president of the socialist Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organization. Also known as the “Wobblies,” the IWW was a radical labor union started in Chicago in the early 1900’s dedicated to opposing capitalism (which may explain why members migrated to the Communist party once the Wobblies’ influence started to decline). ACLU founding member and Executive Director, Roger Baldwin was also a member of the Wobblies.
Arthur Weinberg, who described himself as a “philosophical anarchist,” allied with Emma Goldman, a central figure in the global anarchist movement. He attended Goldman’s funeral and afterwards, reported details of the event for the “Project,” an initiative to collect, catalogue and publish her writings.
Hedy’s mother, Lila Weinberg, also knew Goldman and claimed she knew Goldman’s lover, Ben Reitman, “better than his daughters did.”
When you look at Hedy Weinberg’s genealogy, the ACLU is a natural fit for her. But
Weinberg profiles more like the establishment whose values and morality she so loudly claims to oppose.
Never one to avoid hypocrisy, Weinberg moralizes comfortably from an expensive Green Hills neighborhood, in a $400,000 plus home located a short ride from the expensive private school her daughter attended. Her daughter also attended an expensive private college.
Hedy is a member of The Temple, a Jewish congregation in Nashville that takes its “politics as religion” seriously, both as a leading TNT congregation and as a supporter of the red-green alliance. In a show of his leftist bona fides, senior rabbi, Mark Schiftan employed as his personal secretary Kathleen Smietana, wife of former Tennessean reporter and Islamist apologist Bob Smietana. Then, aping the freedom bus riders, the rabbi took his congregation to the Muslim Brotherhood Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.
Likewise predictable and equally pathetic, Hedy has molded her only child into a mini-me. Hannah Cornfield’s resume includes working as an Obama field organizer, tweeting out support for the virulently anti-Israel Jewish Voice for Peace and the more typical elitist white socialist anti-capitalist messages.
Yes Hannah, the same capitalist structure that enabled your parents to send you to an expensive private school and expensive private college.
Hedy teaches community organizing and focuses her efforts on high school students who even have their own youth activist handbook. Her husband, Dan Cornfield, a Vanderbilt University teacher, leads workshops like “Becoming a Change Agent,” at the Highlander Center for Research & Education, for college age students.
“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”
The Highlander Center
In 1932, Myles Horton, co-founded and served as director of the Highlander Folk School. First located in Monteagle, Tennessee the school was shut down by the state. The school was renamed the Highlander Research and Education Center, moved to Knoxville and in 1971 made one last move to New Market, Tennessee where it is located today. The school’s founders modeled Highlander after socialist training centers they visited in Denmark.
Horton believed that the Appalachian poor were being taken advantage of by the wealthy capitalist elites. Anti-capitalism and Horton’s experience helping labor to unionize and strike, expanded his ideas about “social justice” and his desire to create radical activists who would change the social, economic and political order of the South.
Highlander has worked to imbed socialist ideology and a resistance-to-the-status-quo in the most impressionable and accessible participants – the college-age young adult who Alinsky claimed only wanted to reject the middle-class lifestyle their parents had worked to achieve and which supported the comfortable lifestyles and college tuitions of these young Alinsky radicals. These were the change-agents-in-waiting that Alinsky said were looking for “a way of life that has some meaning or sense.”
Transforming Nashville in their image?
Hedy and her husband are recognized supporters of Highlander and have relied on the same tactics taught there in helping to launch “Nashville For All of Us” and “Nashville Next” discussed in part 4. They promote these community-based organizing projects that promise to bring social salvation to all after the existing power base is destroyed and the economic and social relationships are re-ordered.
Alinsky wrote in Rules for Radicals, that “[t]he organizer is in a true sense reaching for the highest level for which man can reach – to create, to be a ‘great creator,’ to play God.”
If Bill Gibbons, Bill Killian and Bill Haslam hadn’t elevated Tennessee’s Muslims to a super protected class could the Chattanooga jihad murder have been averted?
Bill Gibbons – Despite the 2009 jihad murder by Memphis native Carlos Bledsoe, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security Bill Gibbons (also from Memphis), took an early lead in obscuring any objective examination of who and what the jihad threat might be in Tennessee:
- 2011 – Bill Gibbons assigned James Cotter to help organize the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) whose founding members openly praise Muslim Brotherhood organizations that “help American Muslims stay true to their religious values while being uniquely American.”
- In 2009 James Cotter was a TNDHS Regional Advisor who said with regard to foreign threats, “anything that they do over there can happen here and will.” [almost like a prediction of Chattanooga]. Not long after helping AMAC organize, Cotter was promoted to the state’s Office of Homeland Security Training Advisor.
- 2011 – AMAC posted these pictures from when they were invited by TNDHS to start training Tennessee safety and homeland security personnel.
- November 2011, Gibbons sent a congratulatory letter to AMAC dated months before his denial of his agency’s involvement with them.
- In early 2012 when asked, Gibbons denied ever having been involved with AMAC – right before his 2011 letter appeared.
- September 2012 – Nashville Somali refugee worker said “she was ready to die for Allah. Further, Abdullahi said that her life starts after death and that she should pick up a gun and ‘shoot all these people,’ referring to her co-workers.”
Bill Killian – In June 2013 Tennessee U.S. Attorney Bill Killian spoke at an AMAC event. He said he would use federal civil rights laws to stop legally permissible hate speech directed at Muslims. The next day Killian disclosed how he planned to promote politically correct speech while suppressing First Amendment rights:
“Hateful statements directed at another will be used as evidence in a hate crime,… Our district has a 96 percent conviction rate…and we’ve never had a conviction overturned for violation of First Amendment.”
- December 2014 – a claimed ISIS related group threatened to blow up the Memphis-Arkansas bridge.
- January 2015 – Cyber Caliphate hacks into “secure” Stewart County, TN server.
- May, 2015 – Nashville Douglas Corner Cafe cyber-hacked with “I am Muslim and I love jihad”
- July 16, 2015 – Jihad murders at two military reserve centers in Chattanooga.
Bill Killian has been assigned the lead position in investigating the Chattanooga jihad murders. Bill Killian has made his Islamist apologist bias public and has a conflict of interest and should recuse himself.
Bill Haslam – the governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallon DID NOT HESITATE to immediately issue an executive order enabling National Guardsmen to be armed at military facilities. Governors in several other states followed her lead.
With his typical lack of urgency, the best Bill Haslam could do was delay action. First he’s having an inquiry made and then he’ll see about how the state can expedite members of the military getting a state gun carry permit.
Is the Governor aware that the Brentwood mosque where jihadi murderer Abdulazeez prayed while he was working in Franklin, is located right next door to a Marine recruitment center?
What’s the likelihood that any or all of the Three Bills, can put their political correctness and Muslim apologist bias aside to remember that they have a duty to protect all of us, not just Muslim sensitivities?
Tennessee AMAC (American Muslim Advisory Council) spokesman Paul “Iesa” Galloway was quick to respond to the jihad murder in Chattanooga. And, the Islamist – apologist Tennessean newspaper was quick to abet Galloway’s public relations campaign:
“Paul Galloway, of the American Muslim Advisory Council, gave a statement on behalf of the leaders and condemned the attack as an effort to incite terror and divide the country along faith lines.”
“‘The Tennessee Muslim community unequivocally condemns today’s heinous and unjustified attack in Chattanooga, in which four U.S. Marines were murdered and at least three people, including one Chattanooga police officer, were injured’”
Two days later, the newspaper featured AMAC Board member and documented Jew hater, Drost Kokoye leading a protest against the violence in Chattanooga and….Charleston.
Dylann Roof committed a reprehensible racist hate crime. No sanctioned systemic ideology fueling his plan.
Mohammed Youssef Abdulazeez committed reprehensible jihad murders justified by sacred Islamic doctrine.
Tennessee’s other military recruiting center jihadi murderer, Abdulhakim Muhammed (formerly Carlos Bledsoe), said it best:
“This [his murder of Pvt. Andrew Long] was a jihadi attack on infidel forces …”
AMAC’s Galloway says Abdulazeez’s jihadi murder wasn’t justified. Drost says it was no different than a racist hate crime.
The Quran, Galloway and Drost’s holy book and doctrine says otherwise:
Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”
Quran (9:111) – “Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Quran: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.”
“The Prophet said, ‘War is deceit.'” (Hadith).
Do we believe the Quran or Islamist political operatives like Galloway and Drost who are religiously sanctioned to deceive?
Leftist organizing starts in Nashville
In 1996, a Vanderbilt Ph.D candidate documented how the radical socialist Saul Alinsky style of community organizing started in Nashville. In 1989, an interfaith group called The Nashville Sponsoring Committee (NSC) contracted with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) to train the them in community organizing.
The groups financially supporting the NSC included the Catholic Archdiocese of Nashville, the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church, USA, the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee and the Jewish Fund for Justice.
IAF was founded in 1940 by Chicago socialist and political radical Saul Alinsky, a “Communist/Marxist fellow-traveler.” Alinsky started the IAF’s training institute in 1969. It was designed as a “school for professional radicals” that sought redistribution of wealth and communist centralized government control:
“The Alinsky radical has one principle — to take power from the so-called Haves and give it to the so-called Have-nots… a destructive assault on the established order in the name of the ‘people,’ which delivers power (and wealth) into the hands of a radical elite and makes them feel good about themselves in the process.” http://www.newsrealblog.com/2009/08/20/post-modern-leftism-alinsky-beck-satan-and-me-part-v/
IAF is not grassroots organizing; it is a tool of the professional left. It is the Alinsky-radical- trained professional organizer who sets the local group’s agenda and then uses techniques specifically designed to manipulate the group into rejecting the status quo and demanding “change” (revolution).
Early on, IAF was funded by wealthy elites and Catholic institutions. Between 1992 – 1997, IAF received approximately $6,466,500 from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).
IAF’s expansion into the South, and specifically into religious organizations, was strategic. The NSC and IAF served each other’s purposes; IAF would help the local group organize (Nashville), and the religiously identified NSC would provide a veneer of moral credibility for IAF’s revolutionary campaigns for social change, political power grabbing and undermining the middle class traditional order.
In 1993 the NSC paid IAF’s Southeast Regional Director Gerald Taylor $50,000 for professional community organizing services and to help the NSC mutate into the organization Tying Nashville Together (TNT).
Religious groups that invested their financial and human resources in TNT, aligned themselves with Alinsky’s tactics and adopted leftist politics as their first religion of choice. Aligning with Alinsky was an ironic choice for these religious communities considering that Alinsky dedicated his playbook Rules for Radicals, to Lucifer, citing him as the first true radical to have “rebelled against the establishment…”
Alinsky said that there were no hard and fast truths, no moral or ethical considerations that should guide a group’s demands or what they would do to achieve their goals. In Rules for Radicals Alinsky wrote that:
“The third rule of ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means.
Alinsky counseled that “revolution” came by change from within. His strategy was to infiltrate churches, political parties, unions and other structural institutions, work into positions of authority and decision-making and introduce change from within.
Did the authors of the 1991 Muslim Brotherhood manifesto read Alinsky too?
Use this graphic as you read the series about the ACLU, the Left’s biggest hypocrite:
“The Bill of Rights contains no grant of privilege for a group of people to destroy the Bill of Rights.” Eisenhower on Communism, October 1952.
The TN ACLU would like you to believe that it fights equally for everyone’s religious freedoms, civil liberties and Constitutional rights. It doesn’t.
The ACLU would like you to believe that it’s work promotes the ideals of democracy and social justice. It doesn’t do that either.
The ACLU would like you to believe that it is nonpartisan and advocates for individual rights. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
The ACLU’s work is about moving its socialist and communist DNA into the mainstream. It’s about the red-green alliance (the professional leftists and the Islamists), sharing a mutual goal of undermining the Judeo-Christian foundation of Western civilization. It’s about rejecting the individual initiative that drives capitalism in favor of collectivist redistribution of resources. It’s about partnering with groups willing to abuse and disassemble our Constitutional liberties to advance the leftist agenda. It’s about disenfranchising “the Establishment.”
It’s about socially advantaged elites showing solidarity with the “underprivileged” – that is, until they retire at the end of the day and drive their pricey hybrid cars to their children’s private school, then on to their expensive homes in privileged neighborhoods.
Socialists + Communists = ACLU
The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), was co-founded by Norman Thomas, William Foster and Roger Baldwin. These fathers of the new left, defining themselves as the “counterculture,” came to power in the 1960’s.
These men from Chicago came out of the Midwest labor movement – they were the progressives. They wanted to help the oppressed workers raise economic standards and working conditions.
Norman Thomas, a Presbyterian minister, was a six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party. He said,
“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened.”
William Foster, a Marxist, was the National Chairman of the Communist Party USA from 1945 to 1957. He said,
“The establishment of an American Soviet government will involve the confiscation of large landed estates in town and country, and also, the whole body of forests, mineral deposits, lakes, rivers and so on.”
Roger Baldwin was an admirer of Stalin’s government. He said:
“I joined. I don’t regret being a part of the Communist tactic, which increased the effectiveness of a good cause. I knew what I was doing. I was not an innocent liberal. I wanted what the Communists wanted.”
Baldwin accepted dictatorship and suppression of rights were necessary to achieve socialism.
These men formed an organization intended to destroy our country, and created an Orewellian vocabulary to subvert mainstream American thought.
“Multiculturalism,” “human rights,” “tolerance” and “social justice” is the jargon of the ACLU’s leftist ideology. They fuel their moral narcissism on the backs of the underdog and use minority rights as an excuse to substitute a socialist solution which has been proven time and time again that it doesn’t work. The ideology is a master-slave relationship to keep the minority disenfranchised and emphasizes materialism as the answer to all our problems.
The ACLU and their fellow Alinsky travelers (discussed in later parts), have perfected the art of liberal bullying along with a proficiency in name-calling, propaganda and fact distortion to achieve their ultimate Communist goals.
As a Vanderbilt Ingram Scholar, Hytham Al-Hindi, gets his tuition fully paid for his undergraduate degree.
In exchange for the $160,000 plus in free education, Vanderbilt gets its own Jew-hating, HAMAS- connected Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) student organization, started by Al-Hindi.
Who is Hytham Al-Hindi and what are his motives to align with SJP?
Hytham Al-Hindi is from Jonesboro, Arkansas. His father, Dr. Ahmad Al-Hindi is a cardiologist who graduated from Jordan University of Science & Technology in northern Jordan, the country presumed to be where Dr. Al-Hindi immigrated from to the U.S.
In 2008, about 3.5 million people in Jordan were believed to be of Palestinian ancestry. Is Dr. Al-Hindi’s ancestry Palestinian? Does Dr. Al-Hindi have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan? Is he an anti-Israel sympathizer? Does he have political views that may have influenced his son?
Hytham Al-Hindi’s Ingram Scholars bio documents his high engagement with the immigrant and refugee populations in Nashville. He volunteers with the refugee resettlement agency NICE (Nashville International Center for Empowerment), that was started by a former refugee turned government contractor “entrepeneur.” (Remember this when the propagandists tell you how great it is that refugees come and start businesses.)
Hytham’s facebook page looks like the who’s who of Muslim Brotherhood organizations. His listed “favorites” include:
- Vanderbilt and UTK’s Muslim Students Association
- Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) which was the mosque for al-Qaeda imam Abdulhakim Mohammed
- American Center for Outreach (ACO) run by former Muslim Brotherhood CAIR director Paul Galloway
- Hamza Yusuf who describes Judaism as the most racist religion
- Tariq Ramadan (grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna)
- Suhaib Webb – vocal Jew hater
Since he has started an SJP chapter at Vanderbilt, it’s no surprise that he also lists as “favorites” some of the most aggressive and virulent leftist anti-Israel and Jew-hating individuals and organizations that promote the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel). After all, demonization and delegitimization of Israel along with promoting BDS is the core belief of SJP:
- Angela Davis – former Black Panther party member and Communist
- Noam Chomsky – “America is worse than Nazi Germany”
- Rachel Corrie Foundation
- Jewish Voice for Peace – listed by the Anti-Defamation League as one of the top 10 anti-Israel groups in the U.S. and an aggressive promoter of BDS
- SJP Loyola
- Loyola Divest
- NU Divest (Northwestern University Divest) – in February, its student government passed a divest Israel resolution by two votes
The end goal of the BDS campaign is to eliminate the State of Israel since its existence is hateful to Islam. When pro-BDS and pro-Hamas agitators chant “from the river to the sea Palestine will be free” they are saying that their vision is that there will be no Israel between the Jordan River and Mediterranean—and no Jews – it’s Judenrein.
SJP emulates the language and values of HAMAS. For this reason and because of the extreme anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hatred displayed by the chapter members, SJP is more accurately labeled “Hamas on Campus.”
SJP chapters on college campuses sponsor events like “Israel Apartheid Week,” disrupt pro-Israel events, and are the primary agitators pushing anti-Israel BDS resolutions introduced to student governments. SJP chapters have created hostile and intimidating campus environments for Jewish students. SJP prides itself on bringing conflict and divisiveness to college campuses along with using a well-financed disinformation campaign that spreads their hatred towards Jews and Israel.
Vanderbilt inviting Jew hatred?
Vanderbilt actively recruits international students. The university is promoted by CampusExplorer as a desirable school for students from the Middle East. The 2014 “Open Doors on International Education Exchange” report says that of the over 690,000 international students enrolled in four year U.S. colleges and graduate programs, almost 34,000 came from the Middle East:
43% – Qatar, 36% – UAE, 34% – Iran, 25% – Saudi Arabia, 20% – Kuwait.
They are all Muslim majority countries, some of which promote hatred of Jews and Israel. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader who supports Palestinian suicide bombings, is based in Qatar. Saudi Arabia follows the strictest form of sharia law which prohibits Jews from being citizens. Iran is supplying Hezbollah operatives with weapons so they can attack Israelis and Jews in Europe.
So, what ideology do these students bring with them? Do they gravitate more to student groups like the MSA, SJP and the Middle Eastern Students Association? Homegrown in Waverly, Tennessee, Samar Ali co-founded the Middle Eastern Students Association at Vanderbilt because as she said, “I will always be Arab and I will always be American and I will always be Muslim….My parents always taught us to never forget where we came from and to never forget where we are now.”
What will be Vanderbilt’s response?
SJP’s co-founder, Hatem Bazian came as a college student to the U.S. from the Hamas stronghold of Nablus in the West Bank. He brought his Islamic Jew-hatred with him and created the SJP campus hate group. Across U.S. campuses, SJP’s chapters activities and actions, along with the group’s DNA as pictured below, make the group ineligible for chartering as a campus student organization.
Equally relevant for Vanderbilt and every campus that has an SJP chapter is whether a group tied to HAMAS, a U.S. designated terrorist organization, can be chartered under any school’s rules for student organizations. Can public money be allowed to flow to these groups? Should private money be permitted to enable these groups?
In true leftist-progressive fashion, Vanderbilt made Christian campus groups unwelcome by enforcing the zero tolerance all-comers’ policy. If Vanderbilt enables SJP on its campus, will Jews at Vanderbilt be the next group to have to leave?