Recently at a Left Wing protest and march, held by the Immigrant Youth Justice League and Chicago Socialists.org, we were handed an invitation to the annual “Anti-War March” in downtown Chicago on March 19th, 2011. The protest and march were one of many large “Anti-War” protests nationwide, organized by the far left wing anti-war front group, The Answer Coalition. Over 70 so called “faith based organizations and community groups” such as; the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism, International Socialist Organization, American Muslims for Palestine, and Code Pink joined forces to bring the rally together.
Some of the speakers were; Austin Thompson, a community and labor union organizer & member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), John Beacham of The Answer Coalition & PSL, and Andy Thayer, Co-Founder of the Gay Liberation Network, who is also a Huffington Post blogger with a protest arrest record, and one of the radical activists whose home was raided in September 2010 by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, in connection with the Colombian F.A.R.C. and Islamic Terrorists.
Between 1000-1500 protesters showed up and marched from Congress & Michigan Ave. to end up at a rally at the Water Tower on the “Magnificent Mile.” Here there were speeches leading up to a grand finale featuring Code Pink’s, Pat Hunt. According to radical Left Wing activist Andy Thayer, Hunt is “one of the stalwart organizers of the protest.” Ending the day’s event with an extremely tasteful (sarc) live performance by Chicago’s very own, local hip-hop artist, Phillip Morris. (Check out the coverage in the video.)
After arriving at the protest, we began to notice a trend in the message of the day. The message was transitioning back and fourth between ‘Anti-War, and ending the occupation of Iraq’, to a ‘blatantly obvious and proud Communist/Socialist revolutionary’ message. Threats of taking to the streets, with directives to become ungovernable and to mimic the revolutions spreading across the Middle East and North Africa were prominent in the speeches, most of which were given by radical left wing socialist activists and organizers.
There was clearly no intent on anyone’s behalf at the rally to cover up their radical views. However, in each case of the local mainstream media coverage, (CBS 2 News, NBC 5 News and ABC 7 News) it appears there may have been a deliberate intent to conceal this prominent message, that was delivered loud and clear by the protesters and speakers, or perhaps they decided to just simply ignore it, hoping it wouldn’t be noticed. In ABC 7 Eyewitness News’s coverage, they didn’t even mention the words; socialist, communist, or revolution once. However our footage reveals this was a prominent and consistent theme present during the entire march, and to no one’s surprise, considering the radical ties of those who organized it.
Is it not significant when invited speakers of a protest proudly proclaim their socialist and revolutionary views? Is this theme insignificant to the story, with uprisings across the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe? Did the mainstream media intentionally omit what we saw at the very same march? Or did they just forget to include it? Compare the local media footage to ours and decide if you believe the local media portrayed the march accurately.