[Marxism] ACLU will no longer defend hate groups that protest with firearms
causecollector at msn.com
Fri Aug 18 13:31:38 MDT 2017
What is not well known is that the ACLU that has defended the Klan/Nazis before
never demands or solicits money from the fascists for defending their "rights".
Yet the ACLU always requests funds for defending progressives.
The modern day ACLU due to the influence of money, has long ago strayed from
its origins as a legal defense group for the left/labor forces challenging the state
and these fascist groups.
When I approached the ACLU in 1969 to send a legal observer to the early
Gay Liberation Front (GLF) protests in New York City - the ACLU response was:
that this is not a civil liberties issue but a criminal issue - since they then
refused to support homosexuals. (The Los Angeles ACLU was much better
and actively supported Gay and Lesbian peoples rights).
In 1969, a lawyer would be disbarred if learned they were Gay/Lesbian
and why I and others tried to get the ACLU for help. The ACLU was not
the only ones who would not assist the GLF right to picket/protest. I was
also turned away by the National Lawyers Guild leader - Corlis Lamont,
a wealthy homophobic Stalinist (whose father was chairman of J. P. Morgan's)
who made it clear they would not help "sexual deviates" (fagots). The only
legal advisor we had for help was a Lesbian law student who had not yet
passed the bar exam. She could not attend the picketing for fear of being
discovered a Lesbian. It was that reality in 1969, that the ACLU showed
their disgraceful refusal to aid the queers. Now they actively solicit funds
from the queers and want to claim they have always been defenders.
The shameful defense efforts of the ACLU in Skokie in providing free legal
support for the Nazis to march through the mainly Jewish neighborhood
of Skokie IL, caused many progressives to drop their financial support of
the ACLU. The ACLU is squirming to improve their image for fund raising.
Besides their recent defense (again) of the Nazis to assemble in Charlottesville
they also were a week earlier receiving negative feedback for their support
of fascists who were demanding violence against Gays. Using the "they
will not support Nazis carrying guns", is a way to evade they were supporting
the fascists who often carried out violence (and not just at their public events!)
As many on this List know, the ACLU was formed around WWI and the attacks
on radicals opposed to that war. However, the CPUSA had to form the Labor
Defense Council in 1922, to defend their leading members arrested in a U. S.
government police raid of their underground convention in Bridgman MI
and while Roger Baldwin was one of those who agreed to be part of the
Provisional National Committee of the LDC, the later ACLU did not follow
Baldwin its co-founder in defending the CPUSA. The LDC would soon
become the base for the founding of the International Labor Defense (ILD)
in 1925 which was led by James P. Cannon (before the CPUSA expelled him
as a supporter of Leon Trotsky). The CPUSA was the main force that formed
the National Lawyers Guild in 1937, mainly because the American Bar
Association (ABA) favors the wealthy capitalists interests against the exploited
and oppressed. The reason for the forming of People of Color, LGBT, labor
legal defense groups, is because of the failures of the ACLU and the ABA
to defend the oppressed and exploited. The ACLU has made their decisions
on whom to defend based on their funders and potential funders response
and too often their awful Class politics awareness identifying with the state.
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