It’s incredible how Marxists can raise millions of dollars by spewing hate.
For the Highlander Center, hate is BIG business! Highlander’s latest available financial report boasts a 12% increase in income bringing their 20/21 fiscal year take to almost $5 million dollars and a total revenue of over $31 million dollars.
Amazingly, the IRS is waaaaay too busy to process 990 filings since 20/21 and the anti-capitalist Highlander Center is waaaaay too busy raking in the cash to post an annual report with updated financials since 20/21.
After all, it’s all about the Benjamins – right?
It’s truly ironic that the Highlander iconoclasts of capitalism don’t mind having the fruits of the system deposited in its bank account or adding it to their “investments” including their relatively new “Fund for the Highlander Education and Research Center”, which as of the 20/21 had assets of over $3 million. Nor do they mind taking proceeds from the accumulated wealth of the Soros Open Society Foundations, the corrupt Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, or the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Not bad for a group of people that literally produce NOTHING and provide NO SERVICES. The “training” and “jobs” funded by Highlander institutionalize and exist to perpetuate hate – hate for white people, hate for traditional values, hate for the state, hate for the country, and absolute hate for the Constitution and the rule of law. And above all, hate for whitey.
In June, Highlander co-director Ash-Lee Henderson made time in her busy hate-filled schedule to spend it with like-minded Marxist and domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers. In addition, Ayers and Ash-Lee share an active hatred of all things Israel and Jews.
Predictably, “Under the Tree: A Seminar on Freedom with Bill Ayers” podcast includes defunding the police, eliminating prisons and “armed agents of the state” and, an appearance by the “legendary activist Bernardine Dohrn”.
In case anyone may have forgotten, Ayers was a leader in the bomb-building Weather Underground. “Characterizing WU as “an American Red Army,” Ayers summed up the organization’s ideology as follows: ‘[k]ill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, Kill your parents.’ One of Ayers’ fellow WU leaders was Bernardine Dohrn, the woman who would later become his wife.”
You can read more on Discover the Networks about this sick twisted individual’s destructive fantasies:
“In his 2001 memoir Fugitive Days, Ayers recounts his life as a Sixties radical and boasts that he ‘participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, of the Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972.’ Of the day he bombed the Pentagon, Ayers writes, ‘Everything was absolutely ideal…. The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.’ He further recalls his fascination with the fact that a ‘good bomb’ could render even ‘big buildings and wide streets … fragile and destructible,’ leaving behind a ‘majestic scene’ of utter destruction.”
“All told, Ayers and the Weather Underground were responsible for 30 bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructures of the U.S. ‘I don’t regret setting bombs,’ said Ayers in 2001, ‘I feel we didn’t do enough.’ Contemplating whether or not he might again use bombs against the U.S. sometime in the future, he stated: ‘I can’t imagine entirely dismissing the possibility.'”
Ayers’ wife Dohrn and Weather Underground accomplice, became a lawyer and an organizer for the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), an organization seemingly at odds with protecting the liberties and freedom secured by the U.S. Constitution. More recently, the NLG student chapter at Stanford law school demonstrated that freedom of speech is reserved only to those with whom they agree.
Both Dohrn and Ayers eventually took positions in higher education; she at a law school, he at a university. They also had a relationship with Obama.
There is no doubt that Ash-Lee Henderson sees herself as carrying forward the desired destruction and anarchy desired by Ayers. Ash-Lee has turned the once former Highlander folk school into one of the most radical-destruction-seeking wealthy institutions in Tennessee. For those like Ash-Lee that idolize the likes of Ayers, “ends justifying the means” may well mean that “good trouble” and physical violence like that used by the BLM riots, is just the beginning.
Funding start-up groups to expand the reach of Highlander’s goals, training college students, serving as the “activist-in-residence” at Texas Prairie View A&M University, and indoctrinating children with the Highlander’s summer “Justice Camps” is how the Highlander’s Marxists-training will be the revolution’s army of today moving forward and perhaps even, the fulfillment of Ayer’s long-ago dream of “transforming” the U.S.
Just like Hitler said, “he alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”
No low is too low for Ash-Lee: bastardizing Martin Luther King’s beliefs are on the table
In 1957, Martin Luther King helped celebrate Highlander’s 25th anniversary by participating in a leadership training conference.
Eleven years later, MLK made two defining statements reflecting his position on Israel and Jews. In response to a student at Harvard in 1968 who attacked Zionism, MLK responded: “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism.”
That same year, just ten days before he was assassinated, MLK joined in a conversation with the Jewish conservative organization called the Rabbinical Assembly at their 68th annual convention. In response to the question about Black-Jewish communal relations and antisemitic and anti-Israel activity within Black leadership, MLK said:
On the Middle East crisis, we have had various responses. The response of some of the so-called young militants again does not represent the position of the vast majority of Negroes. There are some who are color-consumed and they see a kind of mystique in being colored, and anything non-colored is condemned. We do not follow that course in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and certainly most of the organizations in the civil rights movement do not follow that course.
I think it is necessary to say that what is basic and what is needed in the Middle East is peace. Peace for Israel is one thing. Peace for the Arab side of that world is another thing. Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all of our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel, and never mind saying it, as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous ex ample of what can be done, how desert land almost can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.
In a 2002 oped, another civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis, attested to MLK’s “special bond with Israel” and repeated MLK’s understanding that attacking Zionism does not give cover for antisemitism.
Fast forward to 2023, to see the panel “Reimagining King’s Vision”. One issues that unites at least three of the panelists is their anti-Zionist animus justified by a platform of black liberation which they claim includes Palestinians.
Or as MLK would see it, is simply their antisemitism.
- Ash-Lee’s antisemitism has been detailed in Part 7.
- CodePink founder Medea Benjamin, who at one time loved living in Castro’s Cuba, is sadly, among other things, a Jewish anti-Israel activist.
- Tiffany Loftin from the NAACP keeps company with the likes of Ahmad Abuzinaid and Phillip Agnew (now named Umi Selah), both of whom are leaders in the Jew-hating business of BDS (boycott, divestment & sanctions against Israel the goal of which is to eliminate the state of Israel).
- Rev. Liz Theoharis, a director of the Kairos Center is a compatriot of Rev. William Barber who has no love of what he calls white Christian nationalism and his own issues with Israel and Jews. Barber buddies with community agitator Justin Jones.
Southern Power Fund
Ash-Lee tells her comrades (her term of endearment), “organize the South to save the country.” She describes Highlander’s perspective of the South this way:
“We recognize white supremacy, capitalism, imperialism, and colonization as harmful systems that are designed to oppress and divide our communities for the sake of hoarding and maintaining power for the white, wealthy elite.”
According to the four anchor organizations – the Highlander Center, Southerners on New Ground (SONG), Project South and Alternate Routes, institutional philanthropy and funder practices “can often prop up white supremacist values and inhibit the very work we need right now”.
Included in “racist and white supremacist policies and actions” is any application of U.S. law that would obstruct the advance of illegal immigration and awarding immigration benefits to illegal aliens.
Highlander has a long-standing relationship with the TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC). Both groups benefit from illegal immigration by increasing their constituencies. Never forget, however, that the mainstream/RINO/establishment Republicans also want the benefit of cheap foreign labor. Simply look at the policies Tennessee’s weak-kneed and mushy-middle Republicans endorse regarding illegal immigration. Feeding the pipeline of comrades for Highlander’s revolution of hate?
BIG business for all!