Yesterday I told you that law enforcement authorities were questioning more friends of Najibullah Zazi the Pakistani immigrant who has been indicted on planning a terrorist attack on New York City, here.
Also yesterday a demonstration was held in the city to protest supposed “racial profiling” in the case. Read the full story at Jihad Watch, before continuing to read this post.
As always I am most interested in the ‘community organizing’ groups that were responsible for bringing Obama to power, especially those that are groups working for “immigrant rights,” like this group leading the protest in NYC yesterday.
The mission of the group DRUM-Desis Rising Up and Moving is as follows:
DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving is a multigenerational, membership organization of South Asian immigrants in New York City. Desi is a common term used by people of South Asian descent to identify as people from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and parts of the diaspora including Africa, England, Fiji, Guyana, and Trinidad.
DRUM was founded in early 2000 to build power of South Asian low wage immigrant workers, families fighting deportation, and youth in New York City. We organize through political education and membership led action for immigrant rights, racial, economic, and social justice.
DRUM builds the power of our members, particularly youth and women, to win full civil and economic rights for immigrants, including legalization and an end to deportation policies.
Our long-term vision is to build the power of immigrant workers in the U.S in unity with all low-wage workers and communities of color to win rights and dignity. We see our movements for justice in the U.S. rooted in working in solidarity with people of the Global South for just global trade, economic, and foreign policies.
Their ostensible leader and one of the organizers of yesterday’s demonstration is Monami Maulik who signed their one and only Form 990 with the IRS for 2007. You will notice that DRUM took in just over $200,000 from ‘direct public support’ which I have learned is a catchall phrase that really means ‘we aren’t going to reveal where our funds come from.’ When you check out the mission statement link above, note the flashy website. Then consider that Maulik makes $39,000 a year and there are another $110,000 in salaries (I’ve rounded the numbers). Their rent is $25,000 a year and they own a printer, a couple of computers, some recording equipment and $634 worth of furniture.
The point I am making is that these little organizations which aren’t much more than one man operations then drum up a lot of publicity, like yesterday, and the reporters all flock to them as if they are big and powerful. This is a prime example of the Soros strategy of creating zillions of organizations to promote social justice causes.
But there is more.
DRUM says it was formed in 2000, but that isn’t true. The organization was incorporated in the State of New York after 9/11. In fact, the date was June 2, 2002 and the person incorporating DRUM was:
C/O KARL FRANKLIN
26 COURT STREET, STE. 2205
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 11242
So who is Karl Franklin (aka Kamau Karl Franklin)? If you are familiar with the bio of Van Jones, this will sound familiar. According to Leftforum 2008:
Kamau Karl Franklin is an activist, attorney, and the new Racial Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights,* the co-chair of the National Conference of Black Lawyers and he is on the Executive Committee of the National Lawyers Guild. In addition to his work as a lawyer, Franklin is a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), a human rights organization committed to fighting ìBy Any Means Necessaryî for the rights of ìNew Afrikansî (Afrikans in the Americas). Franklin holds a MA in Political Science from Brooklyn College and his JD from Fordham University School of Law.
Here is a 2007 interview with Democracy Now that gives you a little more information about Franklin. And, here are more Karl Franklin groups.
I’m sure there is a lot more information to be learned about Franklin, but the point I’m making is that radical American Leftists and Marxists are “community organizing” immigrants using the Alinsky model—keep the chaos going by fueling the war between the “have-nots” and the “haves” all under the mantle of “social justice.” “Racial profiling” is the boogeyman, people like Franklin know well how to exploit. Having run out of angry American blacks, now they use immigrants as their pawns.
* See more on the Center for Constitutional Rights at the Capital Research Center here.