Authoritarian 'cult' organizing at portland universities
an authoritarian 'cult' is organizing in portland universities. These days have seen the rebirth of authoritarian left organizations infultrating leadership roles in the labor, anti-globalization, and anti-war movements. As lovers of freedom, our lives, and justice I think this problem needs to be addressed. Diversity of tactics, but not when it allows these psychos to get power of others to rape abuse & exploit.
In the Reed cafeteria during lunch a group called the Friends of Seasonal and ServiceWorkers has been attempting to organize students. I have spoken with
reedies who have volunteered and they have complained that the group tried
to push them into fairly intense covert activity to subvert the government
via a groundlevel organization. They required extremely high hours and
utilize pyschological pressure.
please view this page
http://users.rcn.com/xnatlfed/index.html & especially the village voice condemnation of the group
and spread the word to friends and collegues.
Some background (from the site roughly), The main ground is called the
National Labor Federation, aka the Provisional Communist Party, aka the
In November 1996 NATLFED's NYC headquarters were raided by police and FBI.
NATLFED actually has been active for over 27 years in dozens of small
fronts across the country. NATLFED fronts, using innocent names like
"Western Service Workers Association," "Eastern Farm Workers Association,"
"Coalition of Concerned Medical Professionals," and "Women's Press
Collective," lure liberal volunteers from communities and colleges into
'brainwashed' separation from their families, jobs, and friends. In
portland the front is the friends of seasonal and service workers.
The police discovered an arsenal of weapons, drugs, and stolen goods.
Members had received sustained beatings, psychological, sexual, and verbal
abuse. Members were systematically worker for extremely long hours, and
isolated from outside contacts. The group structure is startling
authoritarian and originally centered around a personality cult of the now
dead leader who declared war on California in the 70's.
In speaking with them they told me they try to organize those who are
unprotected by laws and utilize direct action. It sounded all fine and
dandy but they were forceful and intrusive. They also were pretty into
money. SOme students I spoke with felt assualted. They offer 'organizer
trainings' that span some 7hrs every saturday in their office around
from that website (an ex-member)
"I found this site through doing a search on Gino's name. I had a dream about the organization last night, but until today I didn't know the Old Man was dead. I cried. He was a terrible man in so many ways, but there was a time in my life I would have died for him. Even in these dreams I am going back and arguing with him, I want him to admit something, but I'm not sure what...
One of the worst things about leaving, about ever having been there at all, is the sense of disconnection with your own past. There are people I lived with for years whose names I can't even remember, and yet they, better than anyone else in my life, might understand that I still dream of that place, and of Gino, years later. I was surprised to find out Harold was an escaped convict I guess, but towards the end I thought maybe he was too authentic even for NOC. So many of these newspaper stories have little inaccuracies, and sensationalize all the wrong things... It was only one room that was called the Cave, for one thing. Your background work on this site is excellent.
If I might be so brash as to say that people like Jeff Whitnack ("Gino Perente, NATLFED & the Provisional Party," The Public Eye, 1984) get this story all wrong. They get it wrong because they say too much about having done too little. Did Jeff Whitnack join the organization to find something to write about? One can't help but suspect... He misses out because for him it was all a sense of getting in over one's head. But for some of us, we couldn't wait to dive in deeper. We wanted, more than anything, that sense of implication.
I saw reference on this site to the fact that there was no violence at NOC and I want to say that isn't the case. People were beaten, one or two on a fairly regular basis. How long did this go on for? I don't know. At least a year to my knowledge. I think I say this to tell perhaps some of the entity people, current and present, who are thinking -- what harm done, all in all? Black eyes and broken ribs. Plenty of harm done. At NOC to fall into the inner circle (which was not the Central Committee but simply an assortment of people in Gino's favor) was to risk having that happen.
I can't believe now that it was so long ago, at work I still have to remind myself it's OK to go home, it's not required to stay up all night anymore. But I loved him, you know. Even when I knew he was a fraud, even after he made that clear. At the time I thought it wasn't dying I was afraid of, it was living like that for more years. Maybe. I don't know. I used to think that Gino wanted someone to kill him, that that was the only important way he could think of to die. I think that's what he wanted most. To be important. To be at the center of his own world."
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