Barack Obama Led #OccupyChicago – Circa 1988

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    well well..
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    by Joel B. Pollak

    Obama at anti-war protest, 2002 (Source: Verum Serum)
    Just twenty or so years ago, Barack Obama wouldn’t just have supported the Occupy protests.

    He would have organized them.

    From Stanley Kurtz’s essential Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism, pp. 117-8:

    In fact, Obama personally helped plan one of UNO’s most confrontational actions of the eighties [in 1988]: a break-in meant to intimidate a coalition of local business and neighborhood leaders into dropping a landfill expansion deal.

    We know of Obama’s involvement in this demonstration only because his supporters in 2008 felt it necessary to rebut charges that, contrary to his claims of inter-racial healing, he had organized exclusively with blacks. Only then did Obama’s former colleagues from UNO [United Neighborhood Organization, a largely Mexican group] of Chicago reveal that he had helped to plan and lead this multi-ethnic demonstration against landfill expansion on Chicago’s South Side.

    …Shouting “No deals!” somewhere between eighty and a hundred UNO-DCP [Developing Communities Project, a black group organized by Obama] marched to a local bank. There they broke into a meeting being conducted by the bank president and local community leaders. The group was exploring the possibility of a deal with Waste Management. The protestors, presumably including Obama, surrounded the meeting table while [Mary-Ellen] Montes [of UNO] told the negotiators, “We will fight you every step of the way.”

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    "Obama personally helped plan... a break-in..."

    What is the source on that? Why would Obama have helped plan a break-in for a group that was temporarily allied with a group he worked with? Was anyone charged with a crime in relation to this incident?
     
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    # means it's an ID on Twitter, which of course did not exist in 1988.
     
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    Steph Fails again!
     
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    Why is anyone shocked and outraged that Obama was involved with a protest back when he was a young organizer?

    What did that protest have to do with Occupy Wall Street?
     
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    Papa Obama really never stopped being a radical
     

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