NC Weekly Protests Resume as NAACP Leader’s Activities Expand Elsewhere

Moral MondayFollowing last week’s attention-getting demonstration at McDonald’s Corp.’s shareholder meeting in Oak Brook, Ill., Rev. William Barber returned Tuesday to his weekly routine of leading stomps and rants at the North Carolina General Assembly.

The supersized president of the NC chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People relaunched his so-called “Moral Mondays” on May 19, which coincided with the return of legislators to the state capital for a few weeks. Sizes of the crowds he is able to bring to Raleigh vary, but with the aid of the local spectacle-loving media, Barber can always count on overestimates of head counts and exaggerations of his effectiveness.

He started these harangues last year when Republicans assumed full control of the governorship, state House and state Senate for the first time since Reconstruction. The protests started with minimal participation, but thanks to (unjustified) journalistic attention, they grew because …

NC Protests the Latest Showing of Big Labor’s Push Into South

Moral MondayA Saturday march in Raleigh, NC, that consisted of participants from dozens of left-wing groups – many bused in from more than 30 states – marked a new level of effort by national organized labor to assert itself in the South.

The recognized leader of the demonstration is the president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Rev. William Barber (in photo, on right), who recently received national media attention for his remark that black conservatives – such as South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott – are “ventriloquists’ dummies” for the Tea Party. Barber last year conducted a series of “Moral Mondays” protests in the state capital against changes in state law that lowered taxes and limited the growth of government.

But unions have provided extra forces in opposition to the newly Republican-controlled state legislature and governorship. North Carolina, the most ardent …

SEIU Joins Protests Against New GOP-Controlled North Carolina

George Gresham photoA series of puny protests against the now Republican-controlled North Carolina General Assembly and governorship were perpetuated the last few months thanks to coverage by a compliant local media, but now threatens to grow as liberal groups from outside the state ship in additional forces.

With previously powerful NC Democrats now shunted to the sidelines, Republican political leaders have undertaken ambitious overhauls including the reduction of unemployment benefits, tax reforms, budgeting changes, voter ID, elections adjustments, and health care. Especially drawing liberal ire was the refusal to expand the Medicaid rolls because North Carolina’s system is wasteful and broken, and because the federal government only promised support for a few years before the state would have to bear a greater burden.

This week’s demonstration was the largest yet, drawing an estimated 1,000, which still isn’t much in a state of 9 million people. When you also consider the legislative building …

California SEIU Hospital Benefits Clerk Sentenced for $1M+ Identity Theft

SEIU logoMia Camille Garza describes herself as “somebody who has fallen off the path.” Her victims understandably aren’t as charitable. Last Thursday, September 22, Garza, a former benefits clerk for the California-based, Service Employees International Union-affiliated United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), was sentenced in Sacramento Superior Court to 12 years and four months in prison for stealing information on nearly 30,000 union employees of Kaiser Permanente facilities throughout the state. The stolen information facilitated thefts, often of high-end merchandise, estimated thus far at more than $1 million. Garza pleaded no contest to 12 counts of identity theft on August 3. She’s preparing for a restitution hearing on January 10. She already had been convicted in Contra Costa County, California on separate charges and sentenced to two years and eight months in prison. 

Computer identity theft has been rampant in this country for some two decades. Apparently, it’s a game that union employees, at least Mia Garza, know how to play. Garza, now 31, worked at the …

SEIU’s Stern Leaves Troubled Legacy

Andrew SternAlmost everyone connected to organized labor by now has heard the news: Andrew Stern soon will resign as president of the Service Employees International Union. His departure in all likelihood will be permanent. And, if somewhat muted, so will the edgy aggression of the union he redefined. Stern made the announcement on April 14 at an SEIU executive board meeting, confirming a flurry of rumors emanating from an internal e-mail sent by Seattle SEIU local leader Diane Sosne. Stern subsequently e-mailed his own members: "There's a time to learn, a time to lead, and then there's a time to leave. And shortly, it will be my time to retire…and end my SEIU journey." The date of departure, though unspecified, will be within a month. Better political instincts suggest Stern will find plenty of ways to keep himself busy.

As the leader of the second-largest union in the country – only the National …

No Surprise Here: Wal-Mart Endorses Obama’s Health Care Mandate

Wal-Mart protestIn a June 30 letter to the White House, Wal-Mart endorsed Obama’s health care plan. The letter was jointly signed by Andrew Stern, boss of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and John Podesta, who led the Obama transition team and is chief executive of the Soros-funded Center for American Progress.

Although the move was unexpected to some, it was no surprise to NLPC. In a Special Report published in 2006 and updated in 2008, I chronicled the company’s move to the Left in a futile campaign to placate liberal critics like Wal-Mart Watch, funded by SEIU. On major issues except for “card check,” Wal-Mart has become a powerful tool of liberal activist groups.

Obama’s plan includes an employer mandate to vastly increase government control over health care ostensibly to provide coverage to 46 million uninsured Americans. Wal-Mart’s support represents a betrayal of the large segment of …

House Panel Hears Testimony on ACORN Corruption, Coercion

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, claims to be a voice for dispossessed people. But the New Orleans-based hard-Left nonprofit community organizing network of some 1,200 chapters and 400,000 dues-paying member households has a long history of shakedown artistry. And contrary to the group’s official spin, its critics are hardly limited to “the rich” or “right-wingers.” On March 19, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on issues relating to the 2008 election cycle. Prepared testimony from a credible witness indicated that the group operates what amounts to a Mafia-style protection racket. Indeed, the evidence was disturbing enough for Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., who previously had been a supporter, to call for further hearings focused solely on ACORN. There is a strong union angle, too, given that the group owns two locals of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

From its beginnings nearly …