Communists, anarchists and anti-American radicals of every stripe are converging on Ferguson, and nearby Clayton Missouri.
Ferguson protestors from Workers World Party
The Governor of the state Jay Nixon, has declared a state of emergency, and plans to mobilize the National Guard in anticipation of an imminent grand jury announcement on the Michael Brown case.
Tensions are high in the area, as residents, businesses and police brace themselves for another round of rioting in the mainly black suburb of St. Louis.
Their fears are well founded, as seasoned protest organizers are currently training activists to close in on and “shut down” the business district of nearby Clayton, on the first business day after the grand jury goes public.
The key activist to be watched is Michael McPhearson, co-chair of the Don’t Shoot Coalition.
“We, as a community of people, we aren’t going to use violent power,” remarked McPhearson in a hall meeting of about 100 in St. Louis on November. 13.
Underscoring what he felt was the importance behind the continuing actions, McPhearson said, “We’re in a struggle that takes a long time to make things happen. In order for it to be a movement, we have to stay in it.”
Julia Ho, of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (formerly ACORN) addressed the same meeting. She has been busy training activists in “direct action” in preparation for the looming announcements.
McPhearson’s protestations of non-violence too lack credibility, given his background and affiliations.
A field artillery officer in the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, McPhearson left active duty in 1992 as a captain. Unfortunately its all been downhill since then.
McPhearson became a leader of Veterans for Peace – once a Communist Party USA front, but now now infiltrated by radicals from several strands of US Marxism.
In the early 2000s, another old communist front, the ACLU was moved to send a letter to the FBI on behalf of McPhearson and various “peace” and Muslim activists suggesting they had been improperly monitored by the Bureau.
This was after McPhearson had traveled to Iraq as a Veterans for Peace delegation member in December 2003, attended an international “peace” conference in Turkey in January 2004, and then a “peace” conference in Bologna, Italy, before returning to the U.S.
McPhearson, later participated in the 2008 national convention of the Black Radical Congress, an extremist organization made up of leaders of almost every major Marxist grouping in the country.
On September 21, 2010 McPhearson, attended a gathering in New York’s Warwick Hotel, with then Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
After an Iranian-style dinner, the gathering moved to a conference room where representatives from various organizations spoke on the plight of people inside the United States. The displacement of African Americans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the burgeoning prison-industrial complex, conditions facing political prisoners, the crisis in U.S.-Iranian relations and the overall economic crisis dominated the discussion.
Among the individuals and organizations in attendance were many affiliates of the pro Cuba/North Korea and Iran Workers World Party, including Cynthia McKinney, a former U.S. House of Representatives member from Georgia and the Green Party’s presidential candidate in 2008; International Action Center co-director Sara Flounders; former U.S.