!!!NOTE: MAY NEED TO SWIPE LEFT/RIGHT TO SEE ALL DOCUMENTS ON YOUR BROWSER!!!
This is the first article in a multi-article story (too much information to put in one article alone, so breaking it up into sections by timeline is what is being done). This movement/group took the country (and most of the civilized world) by storm last year and is responsible for many of legislative fights regarding the 2nd amendment we are currently experiencing around the country, especially red flag laws. Part one will cover from the very first rally up until the national March on 3/24/18. This will not be focused on the students that are the mouthpieces, but rather the people pulling the strings behind the scenes.
On 2/14/18, a highly disturbed individual (I will not name him) committed one of the worst mass shootings in American history. We all know the story, so I will not dive deep into going over it all here. Because of this horrific incident in Parkland, Florida, a student created a movement with the purpose of addressing “gun violence” so that it would never happen again. Sounds honorable, and it may have started out as such (political opinions aside). He (Cameron Kasky) believed what he was doing was right and could make a difference, and you can’t fault someone on that if that is what they deep down truly believe, as this is America, and we are allowed to express our beliefs openly. However, very soon after his group (March For Our Lives) was formed, professional political activists seized the moment and hijacked the movement (and the kids along with it). Lets get started.
The first organized event was put together (posted online) by 10:10PM on 2/15/18 and was hosted by the Miami-Dade chapter of the Women’s March. This was only 1.5 days after the shooting occured.
As you can see, many special interest groups were sponsors (including Moms Demand Action and various education organizations). When you expand on the event details, it starts to paint the picture slightly. The very first “March For Our Lives” event was hosted, as said, by the local chapter of the Women’s March, BUT it was put together by the office of Florida State Senator Gary Farmer.
In this article, it even says as such (along with a photo of one of the student spokesman for the group, Alex Wind).
The day after the first rally, the Women’s March had announced a National School Walkout to protest “gun violence” and demand that congress “do something” (side note: lawsuit happening now because of this https://www.wweek.com/news/courts/2019/03/14/multnomah-county-gop-chairman-sues-portland-public-schools-over-gun-control-protests/ ).
They also organized an event to go to the Flordia state capital to lobby on 2/26/18.
The Women’s March is a key link to this movement, and now we will get into March For Our Lives itself as an organization.
On 2/21/18, the March For Our Lives Action Fund applied to become a Not For Profit Corporation (just 7 days after the shooting!) and was filed in the state of Delaware (loosest NPC laws).
Yep! A Hollywood producer, but lets dig deeper:
Read print under photo (and article). “This year’s event will target the November midterm elections.” So lets look at this:
(EDIT 4/18/19: adding in the permit application and permit details for the 3/24/19 event in D.C.)
Notice the date on the application filed by Katz? 2/20/18. Only 6 days after the shooting.
I think everyone gets the idea now about a pro planning the 3/24/18 march in DC, so lets move on to another person listed on the MFOL Action Fund board, Nina Vinik.
“Nina leads Joyce’s grant making in support of evidence-based policies and practices to reduce gun deaths and injuries, improve police legitimacy and build police-community trust, and reduce mass incarceration in the United States. Under Nina’s direction, Joyce has funded some of the nation’s most significant research into the impact of state prevention strategies. She also has focused on developing broad stakeholder coalitions to advocate for policies to keep our communities safe.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2008, Nina, an attorney, served as Legal Director of Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV), a non-profit organization providing legal and technical assistance in support of gun violence prevention policy efforts nationwide. Her other experience includes serving as Director of the Litigation Assistance Partnership Project of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, Fair Housing Project Director of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., and Legal Director of the ACLU Foundation of Florida, Inc. She also practiced law at the firm of Jenner & Block in Chicago.”
And wow, interesting. MFOL Action Fund was officially formed on 2/21/18 and look what we have here, a rally cry for big money for the MFOL Action Fund board she sits on……….
This is a singularly American phenomenon. Around the world, nations have rates of bullying, mental illness, and nonlethal violence comparable to ours. But our rates of lethal violence are exponentially higher than in other developed countries. Why the disparity?
Because we are overrun with guns and have weak gun laws, making firearms easily available to those who shouldn’t have them.
The Parkland shooting seems to have lit a fire in many corners of our society. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and from across the country, are standing up and making their voices heard. Corporations have broken ties with the National Rifle Association, which has opposed common-sense gun restrictions. This suggests a wave of attention and activism to reduce the violence and holds the promise of real change.
Now it’s time for philanthropy to step up. For too long, foundations and other donors steered clear of this public-health and public-safety crisis. Some were shying away from the political controversy; others feared the gun lobby. There are signs this may be starting to change, but there is much more grant makers can do if we care about reducing the violence and giving our children a safer future……….
Here are three ways foundations and other donors can move quickly to support efforts to prevent gun violence:
Support the young people who are standing up to demand change. Learn about the March for Our Lives, planned for March 24 in Washington, D.C., and across the country.
Learn more about the issue from experienced donors. The Fund for a Safer Future is a national collaborative of grant makers committed to reducing gun violence through effective public policies.
Foundations can support local and state efforts to prevent gun violence. For example, the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities is addressing Chicago’s gun-violence crisis. And in California, the Hope and Heal Fund works on the issue at the state level.
Philanthropy can no longer sit on the sidelines. It’s time to choose: our kids, or our guns.
So, why is this piece important (other than the fact a philanthropy organization is getting invlolved in the movement)? Look who has ties to the Joyce Foundation:
“The foundation funded legal scholarship advancing the theory that the Second Amendment does not protect individual gun owners’ rights, as well as two groups that advocated handgun bans. And it paid to support a book called “Every Handgun Is Aimed at You: The Case for Banning Handguns.”
Obama’s eight years on the board of the Joyce Foundation, which paid him more than $70,000 in directors fees, do not in any way conflict with his campaign-trail support for the rights of gun owners, Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for Obama’s presidential campaign, asserted in a statement issued to Politico this week.
LaBolt stressed that the foundation, which has assets of about $935 million, doesn’t take “detailed policy positions,” but rather uses its grants to “fuel a dialogue about how to address public policy issues like reducing gun violence.”
That’s right! Barack Obama. More on Joyce and their gun control here:
The last piece of the early days is the Broward Schools superintendent, Robert Runcie. Did you know he got his start in Chicago (but wasn’t chosen to be the CEO of Chicago Public Schools)?
Runcie was trained at the Broad Center (part of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation).
This important for 3 reasons:
1. Where do you think the failed Promise Program got it’s origins?
2. Linking to the above, Eli Broad (Runcie was trained by his organization, remember) donated $1,000,000 to MFOL in the early days.
The movement has big backers locally, including from billionaire Eli Broad ($1 million), George and Amal Clooney ($500,000), Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw ($500,000) and Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg ($500,000).
3. He met his pal Arne Duncan there (Obama’s former Secretary of Education) and guess who sent him (Runcie) to Broward County?
”First of all, you have two fantastic superintendents. Alberto’s [Carvalho] doing a great job there in Miami-Dade, and I’m very biased, but Bob Runcie and I worked together in Chicago, I’m a huge fan of his. I think he’s fantastic. I actually just left him a few minutes ago at the Urban League conference.”
After the shooting, Runcie immediately started to make the focus on guns, not the failure of the district’s promise program
“Runcie has had little time to grieve. In a single afternoon, he was thrust into the national spotlight, where he went from being superintendent of the nation’s sixth largest school district to a vocal proponent of stricter gun control laws — and a critic of the lawmakers who he says have “fallen short” when it comes to preventing school shootings.
“This moment is a moment where I feel that the victims’ lives, those that were injured, the community that has been hurt by this, that all of this can’t be in vain,” he said. “We don’t have sensible gun laws or appropriate investments in mental health services. It’s not one or the other. We need both.”
He even went on CNN during the town hall event after the shooting tontalk about it (and plead for more money for teachers).
(NOTE: FULL CNN TOWN HALL HERE)
Brother of Meadow Pollack (a victim that was killed) was not allowed to speak because the event organizers either forgot to add him or cut him from the lineup:
This is what he and Royer Borges (father of Anthony Borges, a hero that survived the shooting and by his actions saved many lives) had to say:
Now back to Runcie.
He also marched with March For Our Lives on 3/24/18:
So why does it matter that Runcie is connected to Arne Duncan and is out there advocating for gun control? See this exchange that happened between Arne and Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. Agenda Agenda Agenda.
Runcie needed the heat off of him for his failures, and so after the shooting (and with support from local politicians, the media, big donors), Runcie chose to hop on the gun control bandwagon. Additional evidence of groups using the tragedy (MSD) to make it political (from 2/22/18. Make sure you see that March For Our Lives was involved in the email):
Author and Marine Vietnam Veteran for Peace member David DeChant said he was proud of the students that have acted.
“Seeing so many young people is incredible,” he said. “They understand people power.”