Monday, December 08, 2008

Do the callers have to be bilingual?

The Nashville Peace & Justice Center is hosting a phone bank against the Metro Charter Amendment requiring English to be the official language of Metro Nashville. No real surprise there. If it's left leaning--NPJC is usually involved. According to the announcement they sent out they'll be calling people every Monday and Thursday night until January 22.

Fellow tenants at their 4732 West Longdale Drive leftist mail drop facility include:

ACORN: Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
No-Spray Nashville
Interfaith Alliance of Middle Tennessee (apparently they've recently moved)
United Nations Association Nashville

Back in 2003 syndicated radio talk show host Phil Valentine found the Communist Party and Democratic Socialists of America as fellow tenants in the NPJC's former office space.

Below is the NPJC's list of member organizations from their website. Oddly, their 990 for 2007 lists income from 29 member organizations but they currently only list 22.
  1. Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  2. BURNT: Bring Urban Recycling to Nashville Today
  3. Common Cause
  4. Cumberland Greens
  5. Earth Matters
  6. Emma Center ("The center is dedicated to the memory of Emma Goldman, 20th century feminist and anarchist..." and the contact is Chris Lugo)
  7. First Unitarian Universalist Church: Social Concerns & Actions Committee
  8. Friends Meeting (Quaker)
  9. Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Church
  10. Interfaith Alliance
  11. MidEast Peace Coalition Middle TN Presbyterian Peace with Justice Committee
  12. Nashville Homeless Power Project
  13. Peace Roots Alliance (at The Farm in Summertown, TN)
  14. National Organization for Women (NOW) (No local listing. Here's the national gang.)
  15. Progreso Community Center
  16. Radio Free Nashville
  17. Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing (TCASK)
  18. Tennessee Equality Project (TEP)
  19. Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) (a subsidiary of LaRaza)
  20. Veterans for Peace
  21. United Nations Association
  22. War Resisters League
The chart here is from the NPJC's 2007 990 and shows their officers and directors then. They include Ginny Welsch, Karl Meyer, Elizabeth Barger, Gigi Gaskins, Keith Caldwell and Tamara Lossel. Line 93a says they got $4,425 in rent from their partners in social reform. Line 93b says they collected all of $410 for the sale of English language study books.

The NPJC 990 also lists over $16,000 in program expenses for "Hispanic Program-Progreso Community Center: See attached" but there is no attachment to explain the expenses.

Seems only fair that if they're going to throw associations around as a reason to discredit the effort and not to vote for English as the official language for Metro we ought to be able to point out theirs.

UPDATE: Red Hat Rob provides more details of Chris Lugo's Emma Goldman. Apparently, anarchist is an understatement. Terrorism goes back a long way folks. Rob's writes...
By tieing themselves to Emma Goldman, [Nashville Peace & Justice Center] are throwing in their lot with the founders of political terrorism and assasination.

UPDATE II: I've been accused of deliberately posting the home addresses of the NPJC officers. It wasn't my intention at all to put them in harms way and in an abundance of caution I've obliterated their street addresses. I would never want anyone to replicate David Lowe's threats against Councilman Eric Crafton.


Donna Locke said...

Thanks for posting this. I'd like to add that Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition is a misnomer. Immigrants, implying people here legally on a immigrant visa, and refugees, the term given to foreigners our government has given refugee, thus legal, status, are protected by U.S. laws and have no need for an organization to lobby for or protect their rights. Their very generous rights are already secured and protected.

This org is a front for aiding and abetting illegal aliens, dismantling U.S. immigration and other laws, and fighting and overwhelming the will and wishes of American citizenry.

Kay Brooks said...

Watch your language folks. I don't care if you don't think it's a bad word, in my world it is and I'll delete the posts. Make your case without potty language or start your own blog.

Kay Brooks said...

Thanks for reading and commenting, Donna. These groups are regularly 'misnamed' so I'm not surprised to learn TIRRC is also. If I've learned anything over time it's not to take the name at face value.

Nashteach said...

Their very generous rights are already secured and protected.

No, ma'am, they are not. This very initiative puts them at risk. Our nation's history is full of citizens having to fight for rights that should have already been protected.

From the Fourteenth Amendment to our Constitution:

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States

I am not seeing the part that says "unless they don't talk like us."

If you are referring only to illegals, I'll admit I'm not sure why so much energy and taxpayer money is being spent on an effort that does almost nothing about illegal immigration. This measure hurts some of our citizens. This measure hurts tourism. This measure hurts business relocation.

overwhelming the will and wishes

But wait, do you understand what a right is? It means the will and wishes of a majority cannot take it away at whim. Just ask the NRA; thankfully, they understand the need for an organization to lobby for our rights.

But kudos to Rob for finding gasp a few extremists who happen to oppose the bill. They've got a right just like the Hotel and Lodging Association, many chambers of commerce, and a key aide to the Mayor. Don't pretend like opponents of this initiative are all commie pinkos or terrorists. You saw how well that tactic worked last month.

And tell me, if 19th century violence against the U.S. government is so awful, would it be faux pas for some group to name a building after Robert E. Lee? He's a pretty accomplished rebel, isn't he?

Nashteach said...

I really should have quoted all of section 1 of the 14th Amendment:

"Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any *person* within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.