Sharpton Washington March Offers Preview of Political Intimidation

When it comes to organizing rallies on short notice, Al Sharpton has few peers.  The ability of Reverend Al to generate a crowd through his New York City-based nonprofit National Action Network (NAN) was in evidence last Saturday morning, January 14, in the nation’s capital.  Billed as the “We Shall Not Be Moved March on Washington,” the rain-soaked event (see photo) drew thousands of participants, overwhelmingly black, many of whom arrived by chartered bus.  The stated purpose of this grievance convention, timed for Martin Luther King Day and the Donald Trump inauguration, was to pressure Congress into resisting the new administration.  Accordingly, the march offered a platform for ritual denunciations of enemies of blacks, Hispanics, gays and other “disenfranchised” groups, and calls for new laws to protect their members.  If lawmakers are smart, they’ll take a pass.

Al Sharpton for more than a decade has become a political player of …

Sharpton Demands ‘Justice’ in Wake of Charlotte, Tulsa Police Shootings

sharptoncrumpAl Sharpton is at it again, doing what he does best:  misrepresenting facts and mobilizing crowds.  The man known as Reverend Al is demanding the arrest of police officers in Charlotte and Tulsa for their roles in the recent shooting deaths of blacks who were resisting arrest.  In Charlotte, blacks rioted for three nights over the death of Keith Scott, a hardcore felon.  That the cop who shot him also was black, and with apparent justification, was insignificant to the rioters.  In Tulsa, a prosecutor charged a white female cop with first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher, a heavy PCP user.  In the face of this, Sharpton and his ally, Benjamin Crump (in photo), part of the Crutcher family legal team, are insisting on what amounts to an abandonment of due process.  Meanwhile, a federal civil rights probe is underway.

The script is familiar:  Al Sharpton, now …

Social Media CEOs Embrace Black Lives Matter; Censor Critics

Social media is supposed to expand the possibilities of human communication.  Yet an alliance of technology executives and black radicals is trying to restrict them.  Case in point:  Top officials of Crowdpac, Netflix, Twitter, Slack and YouTube donated sizable sums to the Baltimore mayoral campaign of DeRay McKesson (in photo, left).  Though the donations didn’t produce victory, they were highly significant all the same.  McKesson wasn’t just any political candidate.  He’s chief strategist for Black Lives Matter, a collection of demagogues dedicated to stifling debate in cities and on college campuses.  Corporate leaders defend their support as good for “diversity” and thus profits.  Yet a diversity of opinion, most of all, has been the casualty.

To understand why the relationship between corporate chieftains and racial provocateurs is dangerous, it is necessary to summarize what Black Lives Matter (BLM) believes and how it has come so far in a short time.  …

Labor Unions and Al Sharpton: An Enduring Partnership

Labor unions in this country are engines of egalitarian policy and its most potent political vehicle, the Democratic Party.  As the party platform heavily overlaps with that of demagogic black identity politicians, most of all, Al Sharpton, labor leaders have become prominent supporters of Sharpton and his New York-based nonprofit, National Action Network (NAN).  The bond was very much in evidence at Manhattan’s Sheraton Times Square Hotel last Friday afternoon on a discussion panel, “The State of American Labor Unions Today,” one of nearly 30 held during the NAN annual convention of April 13-16.  Despite a couple of key no-shows, the speakers gave the mostly black crowd what it wanted:  a rousing call for union organizing, welfare state expansion and “anti-racist” activism.

Labor and civil rights activists long have marched hand in hand, literally as well as figuratively.  Unions provided ammunition for civil rights federal legislation of a half-century or …

Latest Sharpton Confab Rakes in Corporate and Union Dough

Al Sharpton, shakedown artist extraordinaire, never has lacked energy in advancing the profile of his New York-based nonprofit, National Action Network (NAN).  Thanks to corporations and unions, he isn’t lacking cash either.  Last week, during April 13-16, NAN held its annual convention at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in Manhattan.  The fundraising event, featuring speeches by Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, plus nearly 30 panel discussions, gave attendees what they came for:  a mix of black grievance politics and socialist economics.  If Sharpton’s corporate donors ever take time off from Celebrating Diversity, they might reconsider this odd partnership.

National Legal and Policy Center over the years repeatedly has emphasized that Reverend Al Sharpton’s ascension to the status of the nation’s most influential civil rights leader is the product of image self-reinvention.  During the Eighties and Nineties, he was perceived – and rightly so – as a boorish, …

Sharpton Launches Capitol Hill Lobbying Blitz

“I want to make a difference” is a common statement of purpose for coming to work in the nation’s capital.  Al Sharpton, no stranger to Washington during the Obama years, wants to make a difference.  But given his track record, it will be the wrong kind.  Last Wednesday and Thursday, July 8-9, Sharpton, under the banner of his New York City-based nonprofit National Action Network, sponsored a “Legislative and Policy Conference” on Capitol Hill.  The well-attended event amplified his campaign to expand race-based affirmative action to uncharted areas of voting, sentencing, welfare reform and other policy areas.  A parade of guest speakers urged the audience to pressure Congress to act.  Like all of Reverend Al’s gambits, the campaign flies under the flag of “justice.”  But given the planned core activity – lobbying – he may be skirting the law.

National Legal and Policy Center often has noted in recent years …

Sharpton Daughter Sues NYC for $5 Million over Sprained Ankle

“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” goes the adage.  In Al Sharpton’s family, the words are doubly true.  This past weekend, Dominique Sharpton, the eldest of Reverend Al’s two adult daughters, announced she has sued the City of New York for $5 million over a sprained ankle she sustained last October while tripping over uneven pavement in the middle of a Lower Manhattan street.  She claims that she was “severely injured, bruised and wounded” and “still suffers and will continue to suffer for some time physical pain and bodily injuries.”  Yet given the outsized award sought, and her seemingly healthy condition only a couple months later, this may be an attempt to game our liability system; i.e., a hoax.  And there is another issue:  Is dad looking for a cut?

The Reverend Al Sharpton is a master of the shakedown of white-run organizations under the guise of “civil …

Sharpton Visits South Carolina; Will Violence Follow?

Like clockwork, Al Sharpton, race-hustler extraordinaire, is positioning himself as an “adviser” to the family of Walter Scott, the black man fatally shot from behind on April 4 by a white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., after Scott resisted arrest.  The shooting was captured on cell phone video by a nearby pedestrian.  On Sunday, Rev. Sharpton spoke at a local church, praising officials for firing and prosecuting the cop, Michael Slager, for first-degree murder.  He stated:  “This is not about black and white.  It’s about right and wrong.”  He added:  “I didn’t come to start trouble.  I come to help stop trouble.”  Given his history of demagoguery, North Charleston officials should ignore him.  For this case, like all his others, is about black and white.  And Sharpton is trouble.

National Legal and Policy Center many times has dissected the Reverend Al Sharpton.  For three decades, the New York-based …

Hidden Video Captures Eric Garner Daughter Blasting Sharpton

Achieving justice, Al Sharpton-style, isn’t cost-free.  And even his natural allies are admitting that the New York-based civil rights leader-provocateur can’t say “no” when it comes to money.  This Tuesday, the New York Post published an article on a Staten Island, N.Y. rally on behalf of the late Eric Garner, a local black resident who died last July 17 soon after being arrested by police.  Rev. Sharpton has championed his cause, insisting that white cops had racial motivations in using a banned chokehold in the arrest, which involved Garner’s attempted sale of loose cigarettes.  Yet Garner’s adult daughter, Erica Snipes, is not impressed.  Asked by an undercover video journalist if she thought Sharpton was a crook, she responded, “He’s (Sharpton’s) about this,” rubbing her fingers together.  And she’s not the only person who feels the Rev is putting his bank account first.

Al Sharpton, now 60, needs money.  Without it, …

Party Out of Bounds: Sharpton Lawyer Rubenstein Accused of Rape

Rubenstein and SharptonFor Al Sharpton, October 1 through 3 was a 60th birthday celebration to savor. But the most memorable part of that three-day occasion may have been something definitely not on the itinerary. Last Wednesday night, following a corporate-sponsored fundraising banquet for Sharpton’s nonprofit National Action Network (NAN) at Manhattan’s Four Seasons restaurant, a close associate, attorney Sanford Rubenstein, allegedly raped an unnamed 42-year-old black woman who is a ranking NAN official. The two had gone to Rubenstein’s nearby penthouse with another woman following the dinner. Rubenstein (in photo background), who was not arrested, vehemently denies the charge, saying the sex was consensual. But police are treating the case as a possible third-degree rape, meaning the alleged victim was incapable of giving consent. Sharpton, in response, has severed his ties to Rubenstein. Yet their relationship, while it lasted, suggests a lucrative quid pro quo.

For a lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, now 70, …

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