October 2011.org: An Enemy No One Paying Attention To and Who is Behind It

August 20, 2011

Recently, Gulag Bound [1], the Blaze [2] and even this humble writer [3], have been trying to draw attention to the Day of Rage that is planned for September, 2011. In all of these postings, they list the sites that are involved, some are related to the demonstrations overseas, and some are from here in America. The list is good, and the Blaze did a good piece on the “Day of Rage” and Steve Lerner (SEIU), but I feel this article missed an important supporter of this “Day of Rage”. I touched on this supporter in my post “Hell is Coming To America, You Better Choose Your Side”, this supporter is October2011.com

Just what is October2011.org?

October2011 was started in May, 2011 by David Swanson [4].

David Swanson holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a communications director. He has worked as the press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s 2004 presidential campaign. He was the media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and three years as communications coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.[5]

Swanson is Co-Founder of AfterDowningStreet.org , which has been named “a Most Valuable Progressive by the Nation Magazine’s John Nichols in 2005, 2006, and 2007”. AfterDowningstreet is now known as Warisacrime.org [6] and is funded by VelvetRevolution.us (“VR”), a network of more than 100 progressive organizations reaching millions of people demanding progressive change through our various campaigns [7] and ironically is also the “name” / term of George Soros’ funding of the training, organization and mobilization of many millions of demonstrators who took part in a series of bloodless political revolutions, which is commonly known as “velvet revolutions” or “color revolutions” that ultimately brought down governments in those regions. Typically, these mobilizations consisted of massive street rallies (sometimes with hundreds of thousands of participants) and carefully coordinated acts of civil disobedience such as sit-ins and general strikes [8].

He is also the creator of ProsecuteBushCheney.org (WarisaCrime.org.)[9], and is the Washington Director of Democrats.com. Swanson serves as board member of Progressive Democrats of America, the Backbone Campaign, Voters for Peace, and the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution, and is the chair of the Robert Jackson Steering Committee.

Swanson began working for RootsAction.org in March 2011.

Besides being an author (“War Is A Lie” and “Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union.” As well as a number of articles published in the Guardian, the Seattle Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Examiner, Humanist, and many other publications.)

He is also a blogger on DavidSwanson.org, Democrats.com, PDAmerica.org, AfterDowningStreet.org, Truthout.org, Alternet.org, TomPaine.com, HuffingtonPost.org, OpEdNews.com, American Chronicle, Democratic Underground, DailyKos.com, MichaelMoore.com, BuzzFlash.com, ConsortiumNews.com.

Swanson has also appeared Fox, CNN, PBS, C-Span, Democracy Now!, Free Speech TV, Link TV, RealNews.com and is being heard often on Pacifica, Air America, other progressive radio shows. He has even hosted programs on Pacifica, and a long-running show on The People Speak Radio.

In 2009, Swanson created a website for CODE PINK and Global Exchange to market a company investing in wind energy in Iran: http://windsofchangeiran.com and another website for Cindy Sheehan’s counter recruitment effort: http://nomorecannonfodder.org. Swanson also created a website for a book by Les Leopold: http://lootingofamerica.org and a website for the Robert Jackson Steering Committee: http://lawsnotmen.org as well as http://protectourelections.org in 2010.

Swanson has created a number of Drupal websites for a number of peace and justice groups, I including http://charlottesvillepeace.organd http://acpjva.org and http://www.vawn.org and many others, including sites for short-lived campaigns like http://johnsonmustgo.org.

Other members of October2011 include:

Maria Allwine is a long-time community organizer and peace and justice activist. She has participated and been arrested in many nonviolent direct actions against the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, was Co-Chair of the Maryland Green Party and is a member of various Baltimore City activist groups, including the Pledge of Resistance Baltimore, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference-Baltimore and the MD Coalition for BGE Reregulation. She has participated in actions and trials with Witness Against Torture and has also worked on single-payer health care and LGBTQ rights. In 2010 she worked with State Sen. Jamie Raskin to introduce legislation in the Maryland General Assembly to make bullying in the workplace illegal and testified for the bill in committee. In July 2011, Ms. Allwine was a key organizer in the events around the US Mayors Conference and the passage of the anti-war resolution by that body. Ms. Allwine has run for state and local office on the Green Party ticket, including Green Party candidate for Governor of Maryland in 2010. She is currently devoting all her time to the October2011 Coalition.

Ellen Barfield is a full-time peace and justice activist who serves on national boards or committees of War Resisters League, Veterans For Peace, School of the Americas Watch, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Inher hometown of Baltimore, MD, she co-founded and directs the Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter of Veterans For Peace, and works with the civil resistance group Baltimore Pledge of Resistance as well as Nicaragua and Palestine solidarity groups. She has traveled with multiple peace delegations to Iraq, Palestine and Nicaragua. Ellen served in the US Army 1977 to 1981, and has a B.S. in Animal Science.

Catarina Correia is a full-time editor and mother. Her commitment to peace and justice can be evidenced by her involvement with BoSA, NCNR and WAT as well as her obsession with Matlock reruns. She dreams of a world where war is no more, love trumps greed and Portugal has won at least 1 World Cup. It could happen.

Ellen Davidson’s 30-plus years of activism include being on the staff of the New York-based Guardianradical newsweekly and working with Covert Action Information Bulletin, the American Committee on Africa, the North American Committee on Latin America, and the Palestine Aid Society, among other groups. She currently works on The Indypendent,the newspaper of the NYC Indymedia Center, and is on the boards of Ecosocialist Horizons and the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA. She is active with the War Resisters League and Veterans For Peace, and she uses music in her political work, singing with Harmonic Insurgence and working with the People’s Music Network and the Peoples’ Voice Café.

Margaret Flowers, M.D. is a pediatrician and mother of 3 teens from Baltimore, MD. Margaret left medical practice in 2007 to advocate full-time for single payer health care. She served as Congressional Fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program and is on the board of Healthcare-Now. She is co-director ofItsOurEconomy.us. She has organized and participated in protests for health care, peace and economic justice which have included arrests for nonviolent resistance.

Tarak Kauff is a longtime antiwar and social justice activist. From the Vietnam War to today’s occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, he has consistently opposed U.S. wars and occupations. He served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper from 1959 to 1962 and is a member of Veterans For Peace. He is a founder and editor of the bimonthly Woodstock International and the quarterly War Crimes Times progressive newspapers and plays a leading role in VFP&r’s Direct Action Group, most recently organizing veteran-led civil resistance to war at the White House on December 16, 2010, and March 19, 2011. He also led two actions at the National Archives in which a small group of vets spent several days displaying banners drawing attention to violations of the U.S. Constitution, which they are sworn to protect. He is a strong supporter of self-determination for the Palestinian people. He is a member of the Hudson Valley’s Middle East Crisis Response and took part in the 2009-10 Gaza Freedom March in Cairo.

Mark Mason, PhD – is an advocate for environmental protection and inner-city environmental justice, electoral campaign finance reform, free public colleges (no tuition), and justice for Filipinos. He is a paleontologist who teaches human evolution and biology and lectures at universities and colleges in California and the Philippines. An advocate for “participatory budgeting” as devised in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He has been a longtime anti-war advocate since being chased off the campus of Cal State Northridge, California in 1968 while protesting the Vietnam War.

Devra Morice is an activist from New York and a member of the Organizing Committee for Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS), an organization that puts forth a vision of a radical democratic program where people at all levels have direct control over the decisions that affect their lives. Her most recent efforts include organizing direct action against anti-Muslim/anti-Arab racism with the NYC Coalition to Stop Islamophobia. She is also active in Peace Action, participated in prisoner solidarity with the Jericho Movement, and is a contributor to Next Left Notes, an independent journal with roots in SDS.

Pete Perry is a native of Washington, DC, a peace and social justice activist, a former coordinator and board member of the Washington Peace Center, a former co-convener of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, and a current advisory board member of the Bradley Manning Support Network. Pete has been arrested 15 times for protests against war and the government’s use of torture. Pete helped organize and participated in the largest anti-war arrest action at the White House since the Vietnam War in September 2005. He co-organized a protest at Quantico, Virginia while Pfc. Bradley Manning was being held there which resulted in the arrest of 34 individuals (Pentagon Papers Dan Ellsberg among them). About three weeks after the protest, Bradley Manning was moved to Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas. Pete has a couple master’s degrees, a basset hound, and helped restart Gays and Lesbians Opposed to Violence in DC. His first protest was outside the South African Embassy when he was 14.

Udi Pladott is a 3rd generation Israeli, 2nd generation Sabra, and 1st generation Israeli-American. After spending the first part of his life in Israel, including over 4 years serving in the IDF, followed by undergraduate studies, he left Israel and migrated to the U.S. He has written many lines of software code, as well as words and music, but recently realized that all this will amount to very little unless we stop everything and pull this country back from the brink. He is a founding member of the Richmond, VA Israeli-Palestinian listening-circle, and a proud member of Healthcare-NOW!

Ward Reilly was a member of the active-duty GI Resistance to the Viet Nam War, 1971-1974, in the First Infantry Division…(Received 2 Special Courts Martial in 1972/73 for desertion, sentenced to Hard Labor)…Honorably Discharged in 1974. He joined VVAW in 1972 and VFP in 1998. He has been a principle organizer for scores of local, regional, and national anti war actions since 2001.(15 before “Shock & Awe” took place), an organizing member of “Camp Casey”, “The Veterans Survivors March”, SOA, & “Winter Soldier-Iraq & Afghanistan”, among others. Reilly is originally from Chicago, has been married for 36 years, and retired as government Construction Inspector in 2000. He has been a full time organizer and activist for 11 years.

Lisa Simeone is a proud loudmouthed feminist and rabble-rouser. Her husband wonders whether her love of natty dressing might interfere with her participation in the revolution. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dennis Trainor, Jr is a writer, performer and filmmaker and the host of the video series Acronym. Previously, he served as a writer/ media consultant for Dennis Kucinich’s 2008 presidential campaign and has been a featured video editorial commentator for Veracifier & The Uptake. His documentary on U.S. foreign policy, Manifest Destiny’s Child, was released in January 2011.

Linda Wiener is a recovering attorney and full-time, rogue peace and justice activist living in the Portland, Oregon area. She has organized and engaged in civil resistance to the wars as a member of Civil Resist Portland and The Surge Protection Brigade (aka the Seriously Pissed-Off Grannies or SPOGS), that she co-founded. She sat on the Board of Directors of The Backbone Campaign for two years, during which time she worked on the Cabinet Summit. Recently, she has joined the efforts of US Uncut in Portland and is a proud associate member of Veterans for Peace. Linda is the mother of two wonderful children who, along with all the others, deserve a much better world than the one we are now on target to leave them. For the Children!

Rev. Dr. Bruce Wright – has a doctorate in Ministry and Master’s in Pastoral Psychology. He is a licensed addictions and domestic violence counselor. He is a Baptist Pastor and Director of Refuge Ministries who serves on the Executive Committee of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. The Refuge has been around for 20 years and, the Poor People’s Campaign for 15 years. The Campaign has 120 organizations of poor and homeless that are members including the Refuge. He is part of St. Pete For Peace and the Homeless Coalition, as well as the League of Revolutionaries for a New America. A musician and a poet, he has 2 children, one in College.

Kevin Zeese, J.D. is a lawyer from Baltimore, MD with more than 30 years experience of writing, speaking and advocacy across a broad range of issues around peace, justice and democracy. His recent organizing efforts include the Sounds of Resistance concert and protest against Bank of America and Stop These Wars/Expose the Lies/Free Bradley Manning last December and March. He is the co-director of ItsOurEconomy.us,the director of ComeHomeAmerica.us, and on the steering committee of the Bradley Manning Support Network. He also serves on the boards of Velvet Revolution and Common Sense for Drug Policy. [10]

[1] http://gulagbound.com/
[2] http://www.theblaze.com/stories/seius-stephen-lerner-invokes-bill-ayers-days-of-rage-to-take-down-wall-street-this-september/
[3] http://rebuildingfreedom.org/2011/08/19/hell-is-coming-to-america-you-better-choose-your-side/
[4] http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/registry-data.jsp?domain=october2011.org
[5] http://davidswanson.org/about
[6] http://warisacrime.org/
[7] http://www.velvetrevolution.us/newVR/index.php?q=about
[8] http://rebuildingfreedom.org/rebuilding-freedom-forum/?mingleforumaction=viewtopic&t=50

[9] http://warisacrime.org/node/39106
[10] http://october2011.org/about

Semper Fi,
Becka, Topshot and Old Marine

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