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I was involved with the early stages of putting together FreeGeek in Vancouver– it was an exciting cause that I couldn’t help but jump into when I heard about the first meeting. I moved to Montreal by the time things really got rolling- but, watching from afar, I got my first taste of seeing a non-profit get attacked by many of the same people who were involved in the hijacking of Occupy Vancouver. I didn’t follow the people back then, but I did see the effect. “Safe space” politics were a large part of the disruption at both.
Shortly after I moved to Toronto I found a very interesting website called causepimps.ca. And, wow, did this site ever open my eyes! Suddenly, everything I saw that happened at Occupy Vancouer & FreeGeek made a lot more sense. And, as you now know, Occupy Toronto was also hijacked….
This site discusses the concept of a ‘honeypot’- an organization that is ripe to be exploited and is therefore a target for radicals to infiltrate and pervert. If one looks closely, you will notice that this is a rather common occurrence. It appears that the Pride parades are no exception. And, the infiltration appears to be by the ‘usual suspects’.
A prominent group who are trying to pervert the Toronto Pride parade (besides the men from the Black Eagle) are Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA). This group has taken an event that has become a celebration of gay culture and has infused it with divisive politics. Does this sound familiar? Well, if you have been involved in Canadian activist communities, it will. There is a unified group of people in this country who have been continually using divisive issues like this to take and hold power- Occupy, FreeGeek and Pride are only a few of their victims.
At Occupy and FreeGeek they used “Anti-Oppression” as a tool to create division. By misusing the concept of privilege, they were able to divide people by race, gender and orientation. This wouldn’t work very well in the gay community, as people generally unite under a common umbrella. So, in the case of Pride, they have selected Israel/Palestine politics as their wedge.
Israel is well-known for not only its tolerance, but its promotion of their gay community. Gay people I know who have travelled there have confirmed this- they said it was a one of the better places to visit. Not surprisingly then, Israel has become one of the most popular gay destinations in the world.
Opponents of Israel, those on the Palestinian side (which includes almost all Marxists) call Israel’s promotion of gay culture as pinkwashing. They say it is Israel’s concentrated effort to build positive PR compared to other nations in the Middle East, where gays are treated quite poorly. QuAIA don’t appear to speak much about the facts gays face prejudice, criminalization and even death sentences in the Middle East. This is strange- because, you’d think this would be a more relevant issue for the gay community.
Middle East politics are one of the most divisive issues on earth, and the gay community consists of people with opinions on either side. So, it is easy for one to see how QuAIA can be used to cause division. And, the division has been brutal.
So, who is behind this?
I looked-up the person who registered QuAIA’s website domain, his name is Tim McCaskell. Tim was one of the founding members of a radical activist group named Aids Action Now. Tim is also on the editorial ‘collective’ of a gay publication called The Body Politic- a far left magazine with strong Marxist tendencies. Like some of the Marxist hijackers at Occupy Toronto, Tim was a speaker at the Marxism 2011 conference!
And, as usual, all radical roads lead to David Eby!
Occupy Toronto also has connections to the antics of AiAIA in the form of “Anarchist Ashleigh” Ingle- Black Bloc leader, and teacher to the children of Toronto’s 1%. Ashleigh is quoted on this issue in Xtra! saying:
“It’s a really sad day when the political climate of the city is in such a place that it will force a political organization out of the Pride parade”
Ashleigh was quoted in another article, No Photo Ops, With The Fucking Cops, she calls for excluding the police from the Pride parade:
“we should not see the presence of our violent oppressors at our celebratory protest as a victory… we should not want their acceptance.”
There are many gay members of the Toronto Police Service- calling for them to be excluded because of their politics is no different. Is this not slightly hypocritical Ashleigh? Or, is it a deliberate attempt for you to cause more community division? Having watched Toronto’s Marxist community in-action, I have little doubt it is the latter.
The plot for a Canadian Marxist hijacking is more predictable than a Hollywood movie. First, find a divisive issue/cause, drive a wedge inside the community/group you are trying to hijack, and then watch motivated people leave the movement our of anger and/or frustration. Meanwhile, the people who are ‘in the know’ about what is happening take-power and the honeypot is now theirs.
This process isn’t new, and people involved in Canadian activism aren’t blind to it- that said, there is something about our culture here that leaves people uncomfortable pointing these things out. Partially this is Canadian’s lack of will to ‘rock the boat’- but, equally, this is as a result of fear. As people who have been following my reading will be well aware of- anytime someone calls-out these people on their antics, they get vengeful and socially violent. For an example of this, read my article from yesterday- Liars, Damned Liars & Sakura Saunders.
The term ‘solidarity’ is often used as a weapon to stop people from questioning these tactics. If I have one suggestion to Toronto’s gay community is that you should stand-up against these antics, look past the issue the hijackers are presenting (it is, after all, manufactured to divide you) and stand in-solidarity for the sanctity of the Pride celebration.
Together, united, you’ll never be defeated…