At noon, on Saturday, April 11, in the heart of London, a secret meeting of 113 hard-core, veteran anti-Semites, racists, and gay baiters was set to take place. The cadres gathered under the clock at Victoria Station. They were then greeted by a Michael Woodbridge, carrying a copy of “Tomorrow We Live,” a book by Britain’s pre-WWII fascist leader Oswald Mosely. They were then led in groups of two and three across the station to the Grosvenor Hotel where they had a meeting room booked under the name of the non-existent “Carlyle Club.” A body guard checked out each individual before they were let in.
On April 7, at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Leonard Zeskind spoke on “White Supremacy and Islamophobia” at a gathering of students outside the Student Union building. The local Muslim Student Association, the campus branch of the NAACP, and the Pride Alliance were among the sponsors of the event. The Student Organizing Committee was the principle group directing the event. It is an off-shoot of the Workers Organizing Committee, which is organizing fast food workers.
IREHR’s Leonard Zeskind gave a talk on “Deindustrialization and Race in Kansas City” to the Phantom’s Equity Series on March 27. He did so at the behest of the Workers Organizing Committee, which has been organizing fast food workers, and is preparing for an April 15 march and rally. http://www.standupkc.org/ . Below is an edited version of the talk. It should be noted hat the East Side of Kansas City is predominantly occupied by African Americans.
On March 12, 2015, Leonard Zeskind conducted a workshop on the Tea Party movement, its manifestly false sense that they had been dispossessed of their control of the nation, and the racism that infects much of the movement. Zeskind then developed a seven-step program for stopping the Tea Party movement. About 100 people from all over the country participated in the workshop, filling up the room, sitting and standing along the walls after all the seats had been taken. Zeskind’s talk was very well-received. More than 1,500 people attended conference, with dozens of workshops over three days and periodic keynote talks.
A founder of the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights, Benjamin Israel, died at his home in St. Louis on February 23. He was 64, and had been battling cancer for a long time. Benjamin was dedicated to the fight against the white supremacist movement, against racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry and for the rights of working people to organize. He had unbounded energy for work he believed in, and an intense intellectual curiosity marked his everyday life. His second marriage in 1990, to Virginia Walker, made him obviously happy and satisfied, and allowed him to make a greater contribution to the community around him. He was a man of principle in a world that bought and sold morality dirt cheap.