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Last updated on August 3rd, 2017 at 11:30 am
Peaceniks at war:
Concerns are growing over ANSWER’s links to a doctrinaire neo-Stalinist organization called the Workers World Party (WWP), which has a history of seeking to dominate coalitions, and has some embarrassing ultra-hardline positions.
Steve Ault, a gay activist in New York City since 1970, served as UFPJ’s logistics coordinator for the historic pre-war mobilization of Feb. 15, 2003, last summer’s Republican National Convention protests and the May 1, 2005 march for nuclear disarmament. He charges that ANSWER is a front group for the WWP. Speaking as an individual—not on behalf of UFPJ—he decries what he sees as an imbalance between the two major anti-war formations: “One small sectarian group has equal power with a genuine coalition. We aren’t going to be able to have a real movement until they are called out on the carpet for it.”
To be fair, ANSWER shouldn’t really be described as peaceniks. Hit the link for details. In other entertaining conflict developments, ex-pals Harry Heidelberg and Margo Kingston continue their increasingly bitter duel. Margo accuses Harry of a sickening breach of trust; Harry compares Margo’s team to Nazis or Communists, and wonders if Margo has defamed him. All this, and John Howard still in power; no wonder Margo is looking a littlestressed these days.