The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), is funding organizations actively involved in calls for revolution, the killing of police officers, and the defunding of police departments.
All of this follows a long and sordid history of the CCHD providing millions of dollars to organizations that have long served as communist front groups waiting for the right time to spark a Marxist revolution. See our article titled, “The Marxist Core of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.”
In the wake of the ignoble death of George Floyd, violent riots have erupted in cities all across the country resulting in billions of dollars of damage and stolen goods and the murder of at least two police officers. Hundreds of officers have been targeted as a result of violent rhetoric coming from rioters and protesters. In New York, two officers were shot and one stabbed in the neck after being ambushed by rioters. Four other officers were shot in St. Louis while they stood in a police line. Two officers were shot by a rioter in Richmond, VA. In Oakland, CA, two offers were shot (one killed) in a drive-by ambush. Others have been hit by bricks, baseball bats, rocks, and even a car.
The targeted violence against police officers is being fueled by incendiary rhetoric provided by community organizing groups grounded in the tenets of Marxist revolutionary tactics.
The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) received $150,000 from the CCHD over the last three years, including last year’s grant of $50,000 (page 10). On May 30, NOWCRJ posted a video on twitter of a protest they were participating in, chanting “Death to the racist pigs,” about police. It should be noted that the logo for NOWCRJ is the clenched fist, which is a hallmark of Marxist revolution.
On May 29, NOWCRJ posted a tweet voicing “solidarity” with the violent protests in Minneapolis, stating, “Revolution is our only option at this point” and “To Rebel is Justified.”
NOWCRJ also called on the police to be defunded by retweeting this image on June 9:
Since 2015, The Workers’ Center of Central New York received $200,000 from the CCHD, including a $70k grant in CCHD’s last published grant cycle (page 3). As with NOWCRJ, the Worker’s Center also has the clenched fist as its logo. On May 29, this Catholic-funded organization gave full throated support for rioting and looting on Facebook, saying:
“these riots and lootings are taking back what the masses of working black and brown communities are owed. Riots and protests are necessary tools and we fully support … An injury to one is a injury to all.”
The Workers’ Center also joined in protest and explicitly called for the defunding of police as seen in this photo posted on the group’s Facebook feed from June 6:
In this post from June 5, the Workers’ Center (with the abbreviation WCCNY on the far left) created a sign calling for the defunding of the police, and included on the sign “DSA,” which stands for the Democratic Socialists of America. In other words, it is clear that the Workers’ Center is collaborating with a publicly Marxist organization for the defunding of the police.
The People’s Lobby Education Institute received $165,000 from the CCHD over the last three years, including last year’s grant for $50,000 (page 5). On May 30, The People’s Lobby tweeted a call to defund prisons using inflamatory rhetoric against police officers, saying, “No Justice, No Peace, No Racist Police.”
On June 4, The People’s Lobby officially called for a defunding of the Chicago Police Department while dehumanizing police officers by depicting them as pigs.
On June 5, the People’s Lobby demanded the defunding of the Chicago Police Department, the release of violent protesters that had been arrested, and for the Chicago police to immediately stand down – ostensibly so that vandalism and looting would be easier to do.
On June 5, the People’s Lobby created and tweeted a video of one of its members screeching at a line of police officers “WHO DO YOU SERVE? WHO DO YOU PROTECT?” The tweet called for the defunding of the Chicago Police Department.
That same day, the People’s Lobby posted pictures of their protest, which included a call for “defunding murder,” meaning that police departments are murderers.
Also on June 5, the People’s Lobby retweeted Black Lives Matter Chicago’s pictures, which included a sign with the hashtag #f**k12. According to the Urban Dictionary, this means “F**K the police.”
Another CCHD-funded organization that is using inflammatory rhetoric to incite violence against police officers is the Workers Defense Project (WDP). WDP has received$165,000 over the last three years, including a $60,000 grant this past year (page 15).
On June 8, WDP accused the Houston Police Department of “murdering PoC [People of Color] with impunity,” demanding that the police department be defunded.
- the defunding of the Dallas Police Department
- the reduction in the size of the police force and removal of military-grade weapons and tactical gear
- divestment from exploitative forces including prisons, fossil fuels, police, and surveillance
- immediate depopulation of Dallas county jails, prisons, immigrant detention centers, and juvenile facilities
- an end to the criminalization, incarceration, and killing of [black] people
On June 4, WDP celebrated homosexual “pride” by comparing the Stonewall Riots with the BLM riots, saying “Our fight is one.”
Given the calls for Marxist revolution, it can’t be any clearer as to why these organizations wish to see police departments defunded and their resources reduced. A successful Marxist revolution requires the removal of all pillars of opposition to their violence so that an overthrow can be achieved.
In addition to the vitriolic and vengeful language inspiring hatred and violence against police officers coming from these grantees, we have found several others which signed onto a public letter demanding the defunding of the police force. The “Solidarity Letter from the Immigrant Justice Movement” claims (without any evidence or indication of what these institutions are) that:
“White supremacist institutions and the historical criminalization and overpolicing of Black communities have led to heavily militarized police forces and a system that uses prison beds as a form of punishment and social control …”
“The recent violence directed at protestors has shown that the police state values property over the lives of people they’ve sworn to serve.”
And calls for a commitment to “dismantle the police state by defunding and decreasing police budgets.”
Those CCHD grantees signing the letter to defund and decrease police budgets are:
- Arise Chicago – $150,000 from the CCHD over the last three years, including last year’s grant of $50,000 (page4).
- Casa San Jose – $60,000 from the CCHD last year (page 4).
- New Orleans Worker Center for Racial Justice – $150,000 (see above)
- WeCount! – $105,000 from the CCHD over the last three years, including last year’s $35,000 grant (page 9).
- Workers Defense Project – $165,000 (see above)
- La Conexion – $60,000 over the last two years, including last year’s grant of $30,000 (page 7)
- Workers’ Center of Central NY – $200,000 (see above)
The Lepanto Institute is asking readers to contact the CCHD and their bishop to demand that these organizations be immediately and publicly defunded and blacklisted from all possible future funds. These organizations are actively working to destabilize the United States of America and they are seriously jeopardizing the lives of police officers throughout the country. And if the bishops do not immediately and publicly defund these organizations, they are signaling to Catholics everywhere that the Catholic Bishops of the United States are in favor of Marxist revolution. Furthermore, the deaths of police officers as a result of the inflammatory language from CCHD-funded grantees will be on their hands.
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