(2010) CHANGE Series, A Radical Leftist Core Beneath “Social Justice” Veneer Part 3


October 28, 2010

With the country’s electorate apparently experiencing voter regret over electing an unscrupulous leftist ideologue determined to Obamanize the nation, it is more important than ever for voters to exercise their franchise responsibly and do their homework this election season. Candidates, and the political parties, organizations and interests groups that support them, should be examined, scrutinized and thoroughly vetted before a vote is even considered.

In Forsyth County, voter due diligence is critical when considering School Board candidates and their associated interest groups. Several of those candidates have stated their support for a liberal political interest group that is striving for “social justice.” That group is known as CHANGE — Communities Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment — and if voters do not closely examine this radical progressive group that threatens the future education of their children, the Forsyth County School System could potentially be torn apart.

Started in Forsyth County nine years ago and now totaling approximately 25,000 members, CHANGE is a 501(c)3 ecumenical nonprofit organization comprised of a dues paying collation of some 52 progressive left-wing groups, including neighborhood associations, charities and church congregations. With an office located on the property of Green Street United Methodist Church, the group is organized by Wake Forest Divinity School graduate, Reverend Ryan Eller, and it has the influential backing of Linda Sutton, Chairperson of the Forsyth County Board of Elections.

A dutiful examination of an organization’s character begins when one decides to “follow the money.”
According to CHANGE’s 2009 Annual Report, they are funded through the paid dues of church congregations, 14 private contributors, and three foundations/grant-making bodies, listed as the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and North Carolina United Power.

“North Carolina United Power”is a group of six Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) organizations (http://www.iafsoutheast.com) located throughout the state: Charlotte/Mecklenburg HELP, Triangle CAN, North Carolina Latino Coalition, Chapel Hill/Orange County JUICE, Winston Salem CHANGE, and Lexington (Davidson County) Citizens for CHANGE Sponsoring Committee.

Radical Socialist community organizer and academic Saul Alinsky founded the IAF in 1940. He is best known as a primary catalyst for the community organizing movement of the 1960’s.  His 1971 best-selling book Rules for Radicals served as the inspiration for a little known community organizer from Chicago named Barack Hussein Obama.

Referred to by radio personality Rush Limbaugh as President Obama’s “playbook,” Rules for Radicals outlines rules for “social change” engagement, such as  “Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.”  Basic tenets are “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon,” and “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”

These tactics have been relentlessly used for years by the “Mainstream media,” leftist interest groups and labor unions such as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  This ideology is the basis for union attacks on   peaceful Tea Party rallies or conservative protesters. A local example was the attack that occurred in Greensboro last June when an unhinged SEIU union thug punched Forsyth County Republican Party Chairman Nathan Tabor in the face as he participated in a small protest outside of U.S. Representative Mel Watts’ (D-N.C., 12th Dist.) office.

The primary objective of the IAF is the acquisition and wielding of political power, with their chief product being the Marxist-influenced social change for the poor.  Alinsky maintained “The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.”

In his book, Gathering Power, author and IAF supporter Paul Osterman stated that IAF’s express purpose “is to change how politics is done in the communities.”  This is accomplished by building “broad-based power organizations.” Osterman reminds the organizer to consider “power before program.”

According to Heidi Swarts, Assistant Professor of Science at Rutgers University, in her book Organizing Urban America: Secular and Faith Based Progressive Movements, groups such as IAF advocate “not private or voluntarist solutions but collective and public programs” that lead to income redistribution. Their left-wing orthodoxy is purposely played down as they build coalitions in the faith-based community.  They “typically use the language of their audience — common sense solutions for working families when talking to blue-collar workers, but change to racism, sexism and oppression when that is what fires up in their audiences.”

As pointed out earlier in this article series, CHANGE has engaged in similar rhetoric and tactics during the Forsyth County School Board campaign. 

This stealth strategy is executed by CHANGE depends on faith-based community interest groups. As Alinsky himself said, “All effective actions require the passport of morality.” Working with area churches is CHANGE’s passport. Over 50 local congregations are active and financially support CHANGE.

To protect Forsyth County Schools, and the children educated by them, this “passport” must be revoked to avoid yet another case of voter regret. It is up to voters to exercise due diligence concerning a seemingly liberal political interest group, that, when properly investigated, reveals instead a radical leftist core beneath a “social justice” veneer. CHANGE seeks control of the Forsyth County School Board. Their agenda is serious; voter awareness and repudiation of this agenda must be equally serious.


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