Former President Obama’s Organization for America (OFA) originally formed to support his 2012 campaign has turned into an Alinsky style advocate of community disruption to try and thwart the agenda of President Donald Trump.
Consistent with Obama’s political philosophy, it is a top down organization providing funding, coordination, and direction to anti-Trump organizers to demonstrate against and disrupt legitimate Republican actions.
There is no constructive purpose. There is only destructive intent.
They try to maintain the fiction of being a grass-roots spontaneous reaction to Trump. There is nothing grass-roots or spontaneous about it. They don’t understand the TEA Party movement and try to mimic it’s appearance. But unlike the TEA Party, it is bought and paid for, professionally organized, and carefully orchestrated from the top to produce headlines.
To that end the OFA has published a training manual to train thousands of organizers to cause maximum disruption and get exaggerated media attention. And if those demonstrations turn into riots, all the better to generate more spectacular headlines.
Leftist Group Prints Guide on Amplifying Trump Resistance
Indivisible Project tells protestors how to intimidate GOP lawmakers using Alinsky-ite tactics
Frome Lifezette: By Martin Walsh | Updated 21 Feb 2017
An organization originally created to boost former President Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, has partnered with the Indivisible Project to organize national disruptions aimed at derailing President Donald Trump’s agenda.
Organizing for Action (OFA), originally named Organizing for America, is training tens of thousands of organizers to engage in protests designed to amplify the size of resistance to Trump’s policies. Recently, organizers have focused on disrupting town halls hosted by Republican lawmakers speaking about repealing Obamacare, restricting immigration from terror-ridden nations and building a border wall.
The manual, outlined on the Indivisible Project website, advises activists to quietly enter town halls and “grab seats at the front of the room but do not all sit together.” The goal is to spread out in pairs to make it appear that the entire room is against the Republican’s positions.
Agitators have disrupted several town hall meetings this month, forcing House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) to prematurely leave their events.
“This will help reinforce the impression of broad consensus.” The training manuals also urges organizers to ask “hostile” questions — while holding a “firm grip on the mic” — and then loudly boo the Republican host if they aren’t “giving you real answers.”
“Express your concern [to the event’s hosts] they are giving a platform to pro-Trump authoritarianism, racism, and corruption,” the manual suggests.
As heavily noted on the website, the primary goal is to make Republicans second-guess their support for Trump’s agenda, and to lay the groundwork for “2018 midterms when Democrats retake power.”
“Even the safest [Republican] will be deeply alarmed by signs of organized opposition,” the manual states, “because these actions create the impression that they’re not connected to their district and not listening to their constituents.”
Following an event, organizers are then advised to submit all video footage to both local and national media outlets.
“Unfavorable exchanges caught on video can be devastating” for Republican lawmakers, it indicates, when “shared through social media and picked up by local and national media.” When these organizers submitted footage from the Chaffetz disruption to left-leaning outlets like MSNBC and CNN, the footage was aired continuously, forcing Chaffetz to release a statement defending himself.
OFA’s manual also provides instructions for agitators to flood “Trump-friendly” offices on Capitol Hill with an onslaught of angry phone calls and emails that demand White House chief strategist Steve Bannon resign.
The manual offers a statement to use: “I’m honestly scared that a known racist and anti-Semite will be working just feet from the Oval Office … It is everyone’s business if a man who promoted white supremacy is serving as an adviser to the president.”
Several of the OFA-backed protests have gotten violent. Just last week, a mob of anti-Trump activists stormed Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s office, knocking unconscious a 71-year-old female staffer, according to Fox News.
OFA is anything but a small networks. The well-funded organization has amassed more than 250 offices nationwide with more than 32,000 organizers — with another 25,000 actively under training — as reported by The New York Post.
These uprisings are not organic, but rather professionally organized. The OFA manual indicates that organizers must first complete a six-week training program — gleaning from tactics used by Saul Alinsky — similar to the training Obama received when he was a community organizer in Chicago.