This week, the Occupy Oakland protest turned violent. The protest had moved to the Port of Oakland and successfully shut it down. Protesters then broke into vacant buildings, set fires, broke windows in the downtown area and sprayed graffiti on buildings.
As Oakland police in full riot gear moved in to stop the violence, protesters stared throwing Molotov cocktails, chunks of concrete and metal pipes at the police and fired off roman candles at them. In the melee between the police and the protesters, a number of protesters were injured with four of them ending up hospitalized.
The once peaceful protest turned violent just three days after United Steelworkers International Union president Leo Gerard sent out a public appeal for more militancy. It appears that Gerard got his message through to the mob in Oakland.
Gerard has a history of taking an active role in protests and clashes with the very establishment that supports his union and buys their products. In 1999, Seattle, Washington made the news when they hosted the World Trade Organization meetings at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. Prior to and during the WTO meetings, protestors gathered outside the building. Gerard and United Steelworkers VP Tom Conway were filmed as they drug two large concrete planters into the middle of the intersection to help block access to the meetings.
People’s Weekly World, the official newspaper of the Communist Party USA, quoted Gerard and Fred Redmond, another United Steelworkers leader in Feb. 2010. One of the quotes they published read, “It’s time to mobilize online and in the streets. Together, let’s tweet, facebook and text. Let’s rally, vote and, where necessary, sit-in.”
Gerard also posted the following statement on the Firedoglake website in August of 2010, “uprising of hope and anger. There’s plenty of anger out there.”
Typical of the liberal hypocrisy of the Democrats in control at the moment, Gerard is helping to protest against the very people and organizations that provides his livelihood along with that of his union workers. It’s big business that purchases the materials from companies that employ his union workers. If the occupy movement got their way with the financial world and big business, most of the steelworker union members would find themselves unemployed for lack of work.
Additionally, and probably the most hypocritical aspect of Gerard’s actions and works is who he is associated with and who finances him.
Gerard worked with the organizations that help draft Obama’s healthcare and stimulus packages. Those organizations are funded by billionaire George Soros. He also serves as co-chairman of the BlueGreen Alliance and as a board member of Apollo Alliance, a partner of BlueGreen Alliance.
One of the leaders of Apollo Alliance is Van Jones, who once served as Obama’s green jobs czar. The New York branch of Apollo Alliance is headed by Jeff Jones who was one of the principle leaders of the terrorist group the Weather Undergound.
In addition to his other positions, Gerard also serves on the board of Campaign for America’s Future and the Economic Policy Institute, both funded by George Soros. Economic Policy Institute’s Health Care for America ended up as the heart of Obama’s health care plan.
As you see, Leo Gerard has many socialist ties and appears to be another one of George Soros’s puppets. Soros is among the elite within the 1% group that the Occupy movement is protesting against. You would expect Soros to put a gag in Gerard’s mouth, but that is not the case. In fact, I believe that Gerard is acting under the instructions of Soros. If the Occupy movement succeeds and overthrows the financial world and sends America into economic chaos, Soros is in a position to help take control of the country and increase his wealth and power many times over