Progressives Funding Communists
Alliance for Global Justices (AfGJ), a progressive organization established in 1958, is a sponsor of Refuse Fascism (RF), a group formed by Carl Dix, Sunsara Taylor, and Andy Zee the day after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
Dix is a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), Taylor is a writer for Revolution, a RCP media outlet, and Zee is a spokesman for Revolutionary Books, a group of bookstores operated by RCP.
Chuck Kaufman, the national coordinator of AfGJ, publicly confirmed his organization provided funds to RF. “AfGJ acts as fiscal sponsor for Refuse Fascism,” he said, “which means we process tax-deductible donations for them.”
Current law allows political groups to bypass the normal process of applying to the government for a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. A 501(c)(3) organization, such as AfGJ, can legally act as a middleman, receiving tax-exempt contributions from donors and then pass the funds to a designated group such as RF.
AfGJ’s website states it offers “fiscal sponsorship services to the progressive movement so that it might grow and gain more influence.” AfGJ’s Board “must approve all fiscal sponsorship requests,” which means AfGJ vetted RF and is fully aware it’s a communist organization.
AfGJ raises about $2 million annually. Some of its largest contributors are the Tides Foundation, The New World Foundation, The Brightwater Fund, ImpactAssets, and The Chorus Inc.
RF claimed Hillary Clinton won the November election because she received a majority of the popular vote. RF disregarded the Electoral College vote because, it said, the process is a “legacy of slavery, and used to embed inequality in voting rights since.”
The communist RF demonized the Trump Administration, calling it a “fascist regime” that “promises to inflict repression and suffering on people in this country, to deport millions to increase violence up to the use of nuclear weapons on people across the globe, and to inflict catastrophes upon the planet earth.”
Trump’s cabinet, according to RF, is a “Legion of Doom,” comprised of “white supremacists, woman haters, science deniers, religious fundamentalist zealots, and war mongers.”
RF activists staged protests in front of the Trump International Hotel in Washington and participated in demonstrations during Trump’s inauguration. The group continues to organize/participate in protests against Trump and other conservatives. On February 1, it reportedly participated in the violent protests at UC Berkeley that forced Milo Yiannopoulos, then a senior editor at Breitbart, to cancel his planned speech on campus.
Kaufman agreed RF probably was “one of a whole lot of groups calling to shut down Milo Yiannopoulos’ hate speech.”
CNN Commentator Marc Lamont Hill, Others, Support Communist RF
CNN Commentator Marc Lamont Hill was one of dozens of academics and celebrities who endorsed a full page advertisement sponsored by Communist Refuse Fascism, which was printed in the NY Times, Washington Post, The Nation, and The Chicago Reader. The advertisement urged Americans to participate in non-stop protests to prevent “the Trump/Pence fascist regime from consolidating its hold on the governance of society.”
The ad proclaimed, “No! In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America!” RF called for mass resistance “where people refuse to leave, occupying public space” to create “a situation where the Trump/Pence regime is prevented from ruling.”
18 US Code 2383 – Rebellion or Insurrection – states, “Whoever incites, sets foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both, and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”
Below are others celebrities who endorsed the ad, supporting the call for a Month of Resistance:
- Rosie O’Donnell – former co-host of ABC’s The View.
- Margaret Cho – stand-up comedienne.
- Bill Ayers – former Weather Underground member, terrorist bomber, and associate of Barack Obama.
- Ed Asner – actor and former president of the Screen Actors Guild.
- Debra Messing – actress.
- Chuck D – rapper of hip-hop group Public Enemy.
Also supporting the advertisement were academics from UCLA, University of Notre Dame, Union Theological Seminary, City University of New York,Columbia University, McMaster University, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, USCD, NY University, Rutgers University, and Princeton University.