Protests are being planned in Baltimore if a grand jury declines to return an indictment against the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.
In downtown Baltimore, the Baltimore People’s Power Assembly is planning an “emergency response protest” in McKeldin Square, either the day of the grand jury decision or the day after.
The demonstrations are both planned in protest of Brown’s shooting, but also of other fatal officer-involved shootings involving Hispanic and black people.
The Solidarity Center has opened its doors to a variety of different groups who have met and planned activities including Occupy Baltimore, SCLC, UPP, WWP, the Green Party and the families and victims of police violence.
The WWP, a.k.a. The Workers World Party, split from the Socialist Workers Party in 1959. The split was partly because of the SWP’s support of Henry Wallace in the 1948 election and because the SWP was supporting Mao Zedong in China. Since then the WWP has supported Slobodan Milosevic, Saddam Hussein, and Kim Jong-Il. They also supported the Chinese crackdown on democracy protestors in Tiananmen Square in China in 1989. Additionally, WWP supported domestic terrorists including the Black Panthers and the Weather Underground.
The name of Steven Ceci consistently comes up as it relates to the PPA. He even included a comment on my original post confirming that he is a “communist” and the PPA is affiliated with the Workers World Party.
The local media generally doesn’t even name the PPA, let alone detail their connections. As I noted on a story about their anti-Israeli protest, they usually have signs for every single issue in the smorgasbord of progressive coalition issues.
American Power blog had this to say about the anti-Israel event and Ceci:
These groups are vehicles for the most vile eliminationist anti-Semitism. Mainstream media outlets do significant harm in omitting any mention of the ideological, anti-Semitic background of organizers like Baltimore’s Steven Ceci and his ilk.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.