Wisconsin Center for Pluralism
Summer, 2003 Report

Milwaukee's Bradley Foundation Bankrolls Many "Neocon" Efforts
Holocaust Denial Exhibit Shown at Marshfield Public Library
"America First" Party Forms Wisconsin Chapter
Milwaukee Neighbors Unite in Response to Racist Fliers
WTDY's Chris Krok Makes Hateful Comments Again
Other Hate Incidents in Wisconsin
Trewhella Defeated for School Board Seat
TRIAD to Counter Anti-Indian Defamation
Pro-Gun Forces Unite for Concealed Weapons Law
National News Briefs

EDITOR: Jamakaya, Executive Director, Wisconsin Center for Pluralism

Milwaukee's Bradley Foundation
Bankrolls Many "Neocon" Efforts

MILWAUKEE . . . Since its inception in 1985 with the fortune made from the sale of the old Allen-Bradley Co. to Rockwell International, Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation has funneled millions into the institutions and leaders of the New Right, or "neoconservative," movement in the U.S. A conference about the Bradley Foundation's influence, sponsored by Education for the People, will be held Oct. 10-12 in Milwaukee. What follows is a short summary of where the Bradley influence has been felt.

Although the foundation contributes to local arts groups and charities, the bulk of its annual grant allocations ($33.3 million in 2002 alone) goes to organizations working on domestic and foreign policy issues. Its stated purpose is to strengthen "American democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles and values that sustain and nurture it," and to "support limited, competent government; and a vigorous defense, at home and abroad, of American ideas and institutions."

When, on the eve of America's invasion if Iraq, President Bush spoke before a cheering audience at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), many newspapers noted the triumph of the war "hawks" and their neo-conservative agenda. For the past 18 years, the Bradley Foundation has been a major funder of the think tanks -- AEI, the Heritage Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, the Free Congress Foundation and Harvard's Center for Strategic Studies, among others – which have produced the policy research and leadership fueling the resurgent Right.

Among the war hawks and social and economic conservatives connected to Bradley-funded groups are: William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, William J. Bennett, Paul Weyrich, Dinesh D'Souza (author of The End of Racism), Dick Cheney, Linda Chavez, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Robert Bork, Newt Gingrich and Grover Norquist, who declared in 2001: "My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub."

Groups funded by Bradley have aggressively promoted privatization of public sector institutions, from prisons to schools and universities (AEI); the abolition of Social Security, and welfare "reform" experiments like that in Wisconsin (Hudson Institute); legal challenges to affirmative action (American Civil Rights Institute and Institute for Justice); "faith-based" initiatives (Faith Works); de-regulation of business – especially corporate tax cuts (Competitive Enterprise Institute and Americans for Tax Reform); conservative legal and judicial activism (Federalist Society and various legal foundations); and critiques of academia (National Association of Scholars). Bradley has made even more direct and long-term inroads into academia by sponsoring fellowships, chairs and institutes in universities across the country. Meanwhile, attack outfits like the Independent Women's Forum and the Center for the Study of Popular Culture work to discredit the feminist, civil liberties and cultural advances of the past 50 years.

Through its funding of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning, the Black Alliance for Educational Options, the American Education Reform Council and Partners Advancing Values in Education, the Bradley Foundation has almost singlehandedly created and fueled the movement for "school choice," which uses public money for private school vouchers. Grants to those organizations in just the past five years amount to nearly $15 million.

The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute has been responsible for promoting this broad, right-wing agenda here in Badgerland. WPRI has received more than $6 million in Bradley funding. Charlie Sykes, who pro-motes right-wing causes and recall campaigns as a talk jock on WTMJ radio, works for WPRI. Its policy papers can be viewed at: www.wpri.org.

Perhaps the harshest criticism has been leveled against Bradley for its funding of The Bell Curve, a book by Charles Murray and Richard Hernstein which claimed to prove that intelligence is linked to race. Murray's book Losing Ground called for the abolition of all social welfare programs. Bradley also gave money to David Brock for publication of The Real Anita Hill, which Brock himself has admitted was an ill-conceived "hatchet job."

The Bradley Foundation has the right to disburse its funds as it sees fit. The purpose of this article is to present you with an overview of its ideological funding. For additional information, please visit these sites:

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Holocaust Denial Exhibit
Shown at Marshfield Public Library

MARSHFIELD . . . The Marshfield Public Library hosted a display featuring pro-Nazi and Holocaust denial literature for four weeks from mid-March to mid-April, 2003.

The exhibit, "Nazi Period (Third Reich) Jan. 30, 1933-May 8, 1945," was organized and submitted by Christine Miller, a local activist who frequently expresses her right-wing views in letters to the Marshfield News-Herald. Miller's exhibit included a swastika flag along with books like "The Forced War" and "World Hoax" which question Nazi culpability for World War II and the Holocaust.

Miller told the News-Herald that she admires Hitler and that "The Nazi regime isn't as it was painted by the victors. ... There were no gas chambers."

Library Director Lori Belongia told the News-Herald that the library does not endorse the viewpoints of exhibitors and explained that all citizens and community groups are allowed to submit materials for exhibit. "It's a basic opportunity for everyone to exercise their freedom of speech. ... Any time we abridge the right to speak for one, we abridge the right for all of us to speak."

Two publications about Holocaust denial, "Hitler's Apologists: The Anti-Semitic Propaganda of Holocaust Revisionism" and "Holocaust Denial: A Pocket Guide" describe the history, tactics and goals of those who purvey such views. They are available from the Anti-Defamation League at www.adl.org, or for review at the Center for Pluralism office.

--- Marshfield News-Herald, www.adl.org

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"America First" Party
Forms Wisconsin Chapter

MADISON . . . A splinter group from the Ross Perot-Pat Buchanan Reform Party has established the national America First Party, with a chapter being formed here in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin AFP Chairman Frank Hackl of Muscoda said the party hopes to "recapture the energy that the Progressive movement brought to Wisconsin." But Hackl also seemed to back away from that tradition by claiming that the word "progressive" has been "hijacked" and is perceived as too leftist.

The platform of the America First Party is much farther to the right than the left. It calls for a strong national defense and isolationist foreign policy, limited taxes and government, restrictive immigration, protectionist trade policies, and "traditional" family values, including discrimination against gays, criminal-ization of abortion, and "the restoration of God to the public square."

The AFP is making a particularly strong pitch to workers by advocating U.S. withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement, a re-building of the U.S. manufacturing base, high tariffs on imported goods, and a "Buy American" campaign.

--- www.wispolitics.com, www.americafirstparty.org

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Milwaukee Neighbors Unite in Response to Racist Fliers

MILWAUKEE . . . In July, hate fliers intended to sow divisions between the races in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood had the opposite effect, bringing residents together for spirited meetings, a community potluck and a "Diversity Celebration." Dozens of residents woke July 12 to find the fliers in their doors or on their porches or fences. Claiming to be the "Riverwest Anti-N_____ Movement," the flier ordered blacks to "vacate all white premises IMMEDIATELY." It called on "all good, moral white people to do what is good for your race ... and boycott the n_____ establishment. Do not befriend the blacks..."

Newspapers left at some residences had their origin in East Peoria, IL, home to Matt Hale and his white supremacist Creativity Movement, formerly the World Church of the Creator. Hale is currently in prison, charged with soliciting the murder of a federal judge. In 1999, one of his followers, Benjamin Smith, went on a rampage outside Chicago, murdering two men and injuring nine others before taking his own life. All of Smith's victims, chosen intentionally, were Jews or African and Asian Americans. Hale said of the massacre: "As far as we're concerned, the loss is one white man."

To learn more about Hale, the Creativity Movement, and other racist hate groups in the Midwest, log on to: www.adl.org (Anti-Defamation League) or www.newcomm.org (Center for New Community). The Riverwest community is launching a multifaceted response to the racists. To connect to those efforts, call George Martin of Peace Action at (414) 964-5158.

The Wisconsin Center for Pluralism attended the community meetings and distributed literature on ways to fight hate. We will initiate our Communities United Against Hate Project this Fall.

--- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, www.adl.org

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WTDY's Chris Krok Makes Hateful Comments Again

MADISON . . . WTDY-AM radio talk jock Chris Krok launched into a racist tirade on his April 3 show while discussing the case of a young Somali, Jamal Mohamed, who died in police custody a few months earlier. His comments related to the investigation of Mohamed's death and the lawsuit 29 Madison police officers filed to prevent the city from releasing their names.

Saying the officers needed protection from Mohamed's family (which had allegedly threatened retaliation), Krok mocked the Somalis by playing Middle Eastern music, feigning a phony Arab accent (Somalia is in east Africa) and saying "Bang, bang, I kill you!" He invoked the memory of the film Black Hawk Down, about the 1993 battle in Mogadishu in which 18 Americans were killed by Somalis.

The Capital Times reported that when listeners tried to admonish Krok, the talk jock berated them and cut them off.

Krok drew widespread criticism last year when he used the words "bitch" and "bitch slap" in reference to State Rep. Terese Berceau. District Attorney Brian Blanchard investigated but ruled out hate crime charges in that incident. Krok also fanned resentment over a Pledge of Allegiance controversy with the Madison school board, in the process questioning the right of member Shwaw Vang, who is Hmong, to sit on the board. Krok mistakenly called Vang Vietnamese.

--- The Capital Times

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Other Hate Incidents in Wisconsin

MADISON . . . Two men have been charged with battery and disorderly conduct with hate crime penalty enhancers for incidents at a State Street restaurant in February. Mohmamad Y. Qaryouti, 21, and Abdul K. Sarhan, 30, allegedly made anti-Semitic comments before striking a male customer at Pizza di Roma Feb. 16. Qaryouti is also charged with disorderly conduct for a similar incident on Feb. 1.

STURGEON BAY . . . Kevin J. Anschutz, 37, has been found guilty of second degree reckless endangerment and criminal damage to property as hate crimes for deliberately hitting with his vehicle a black man who was bicycling in Door County last summer. The victim, Dino Lucas, told the Wisconsin State Journal that Anschutz should be taken off the road for a long time: "Door County is too pretty a place to have a guy like him messing it up."

--- Wisconsin State Journal

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Trewhella Defeated for School Board Seat

RICHFIELD . . .In a follow-up to a story in the Spring newsletter, write-in candidate Tom Touchett defeated a bid by anti-public school crusader Matthew Trewhella for a seat on the school board in this town in Washington county. Trewhella, a convicted arsonist and leader of the militant anti-abortion group Missionaries to the Preborn, had said his "life goal" was the abolition of "government schools."

--- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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TRIAD to Counter Anti-Indian Defamation

MADISON . . . After criticism from Indian groups, the Wisconsin Republican Party removed a cartoon from its web site which featured a tomahawk flying through the air toward a white person with the message, "As taxpayers, we get scalped." The incident occurred in April as compact negotiations between the state and Indian tribes were in progress.

Tex Hall, President of the National Congress of American Indians, wrote to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Humor is a reasonable way to approach the frustration of political conflict. Racist stereotyping and exploitation of cross-cultural tensions are not."

A new organization, TRIAD, has been formed to share information about and to respond to incidents of anti-Indian defamation in the media and the broader society. TRIAD stands for Team Response: Indians Against Defamation. TRIAD is based at the Red Cliff Ojibwe reservation in Bayfield county. It can use the help of volunteer media monitors around the state and country. Contact TRIAD at (715) 779-9729.

--- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, HONOR Digest

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Pro-Gun Forces Unite for Concealed Weapons Law

MILWAUKEE . . . The Wisconsin Concealed Carry Association has been formed to lobby for passage of what proponents call the "Personal Protection Act," a bill sponsored by State Sen. David Zien and Rep. Scott Gunderson which would allow the state to license individuals to carry concealed weapons in most public places. Under the law, anyone 21 or older who is not drug-dependent or mentally ill, not prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a felony conviction, and who successfully completes a firearms training course, may obtain a five-year license to carry a concealed weapon.

The group's web site states: "We will align ourselves with every gun-related organization in the state to create a potent political force." Its political action committee contributed thousands of dollars to proponents of the concealed weapons measure in the 2002 elections. Its efforts were buoyed by a state Supreme Court ruling in July, overturning the conviction of a grocer arrested for having a loaded gun in his pocket at work and affirming the right of home and business owners to carry concealed weapons on their own property. Wisconsin first prohibited concealed weapons 130 years ago.

Concealed weapons laws have been a priority of the National Rifle Association as a means of asserting and advancing the rights of gun owners. The laws are opposed by many local police chiefs and associations.

--- www.wisconsinconcealedcarry.com

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Challenges to Global Warming Data Continue

WASHINGTON, DC . . . The New York Times reported in June that White House officials deleted critical sections of a report on global warming prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency, replacing them with vague statements about the variability of earth's climate. Copies of the pre-edited and edited reports were provided to the Times by angry EPA officials. According to the Times: "The editing eliminated references to many studies concluding that warming is at least partly caused by rising concentrations of smokestack and tail-pipe emissions and could threaten health and ecosystems." One deleted reference was replaced with information from a study partly funded by the American Petroleum Institute.

Jeremy Symons, a climate expert with the National Wildlife Federation, told the Times: "Political staff are becoming increasingly bold in forcing agency officials to endorse junk science. This is like the White House directing the secretary of labor to alter unemployment data to paint a rosy economic picture."

The Times also reported that Exxon Mobil funnels more than $1 million each year to national policy groups which cast doubt on global warming and/or challenge the idea that human behavior (in the form of vehicle and industrial emissions) contributes to the phenomenon. Among the organizations Exxon Mobil funds are the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and the American Legislative Exchange Council, two corporate lobbying groups also funded by Milwaukee's Bradley Foundation. CEI just filed suit to prevent the government from distributing an earlier report on climate change which was commissioned by Congress and prepared during the Clinton administration. CEI claims the report does not meet federal standards for scientific inquiry. Read it while you can at: http://earth.uscrp.gov/uscrp/nacc.

--- New York Times, www.cei.org

Privatization of 850,000 Federal Jobs Proceeds

WASHINGTON, DC . . . The Bush administration is proceeding with plans to privatize thousands of federal jobs. More than 850,000 federal jobs, many of them family-supporting union jobs, could be supplanted soon by companies which submit the lowest bids.

The director of the Office of Management and Budget said the open bidding process will "provide to the American taxpayer a better value at a better price." But critics, including Sen. Edward Kennedy and the American Federation of Government Employees, argue that it is a thinly disguised union-busting campaign and could result in a lack of accountability, political favoritism and corruption.

The government's use of private contractors at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is currently under fire. Air Force Brig. Gen. Duane Deal, a member of the board investigating the Columbia disaster, cited the infrequent and inadequate inspections conducted by outside contractors with little oversight by NASA as a possible factor contributing to the structural failures that caused the shuttle's demise.

--- New York Times, www.afge.org

Dispatches from the "Culture Wars"

HOUSTON . . . Longtime anti-abortion crusader Randall Terry of Operation Rescue has formed a new group called the Society for Truth and Justice whose mission is to organize "public events to recruit new people into the culture wars who'll resist the onslaught of paganism that is upon us." Terry stated in a fundraising letter the immediate goal is to "Impeach the Twisted Six" for their "abominable crimes," a reference to the Supreme Court justices who recently struck down the Texas sodomy law. Terry also called for a counter-protest at the April 25, 2004 March for Women's Lives called by the National Organization for Women and Planned Parenthood: "Now is the time to be courageous and sacrificial," said Terry. "This is our moment in history to follow our Master's lead, and ‘storm the gates' of hell."

--- www.twistedsix.com

WASHINGTON, DC . . . Social conservatives and their political action groups are mobilizing as never before in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against sodomy laws and Canada's recent decision to legalize same-sex marriage. Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America and other organizations are lobbying Congress to either strengthen the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act or pass a constitutional amendment which would define marriage as between one man and one woman.

--- New York Times

MONTGOMERY . . . A federal judge has ruled that Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy S. Moore must remove a 5,280 pound monument of the Ten Commandments from the rotunda of the state's judicial building. Moore, a fundamentalist Christian and staunch "states rights" advocate, had the huge granite monument moved in under cover of darkness in 2001. His lawyers have said they do not accept the federal court's jurisdiction in the case, and the Christian Coalition and other groups have promised to engage in civil disobedience to prevent the monument's removal. Conservative allies of Moore in the U.S. House of Representatives recently approved an amendment to a spending bill which declared that no federal funds could be used to enforce the ruling, a vote likely to be challenged in the courts.

Here in Wisconsin, a federal district court has ordered the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from Cameron Park in La Crosse.

--- New York Times, La Crosse Tribune, www.au.org

WASHINGTON, DC . . . Feminists for Life of America has launched a national ad campaign aimed at young women with the slogan, "Abortion is a reflec-tion that we have not met the needs of women. Women Deserve Better than abortion." The group rolled out its campaign with a briefing on Capitol Hill in July.

--- www.womendeservebetter.com

Harry Potter Joins Huck Finn on "Banned Books" List

CHICAGO . . . J.K. Rowling's popular Harry Potter books topped the annual list of the country's "10 Most Challenged Books" issued by the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom. Bookstores and libraries will celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 20-27, 2003.

The fictional wizard joins the company of these other books: Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; the Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor; The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier; Taming the Star Runner by S.E. Hinton; Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey; Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor; and Julie of the Wolves by Julie Craighead George.

The ALA received 515 reports of challenges last year, a 15% increase over 2001. The ALA said the number of challenges reflects only incidents reported, and for each challenge reported, four or five remain unreported. Major reasons cited in complaints against books from 1990-2000 were: 1) sexual content; 2) offensive language; 3) unsuited to age group; 4) the occult or satanism; 5) violence; 6) homosexuality; and 7) racism.

--- www.ala.org

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