Alinsky Groups, Child Porn Convict, Socialist Tied to CCHD Funding

2009 CCHD Boycott

Found in my combox this morning: A Free Republic Exclusive…

The annual CCHD (Catholic Campaign For Human Development) collection will be held in churches this coming weekend-November 21 and 22.

This is the same group that was giving money for years to the Saul Alinsky-style group called ACORN before ending its relationship with the controversial group.

After much criticism for its leftwing funding, the CCHD has supposedly tightened up their standards. Unfortunately these new standards are not working because the CCHD is still funding groups that:

-Have a registered sex offender (child porn) on the staff
-Are working to change laws so you can not refuse to rent to convicted criminals
-Have an admitted socialist and friend of Code Pink member Jodie Evans as Executive Director.
-Have direct ties to Alinsky’s “Industrial Areas Foundation”

Step by step evidence with links:

The “Baltimore Catholic Campaign For Human Development”‘s website list grants awarded in 2009

Under “National Grants”, the last group listed is:

Out for Justice / Alternative Directions – Baltimore
“A second year CCHD organizing grant will enable this project to continue to address and empower largely unrepresented persons inside and outside the prison system, with special attention on reentry into society. Contact: Mary J. Davis, 2505 N. Charles St. Baltimore 21218 Phone : 410-889-5092

The listed address for this group is also the employment address of Jay Sherr, according to the Sex Offender Registry of Maryland.

Now check out the photo on the Alternative Directions “Our Staff” Page Yep, there he is. The child pornographer himself is on their staff!

Out for Justice states on its website its 2009 priority issues. #3 was ending unjust housing discrimination described this way: “it is within the right of the landlord to ask about the criminal background of an individual and deny housing based on that background” This is something that Out For Justice wants to end. They want sex offenders and criminals like Mr. Sherr to be able to live in your private rental unit… and the Catholic Church is funding this effort!?

I really don’t want money from my church collection paying a child pornographer’s salary. I really don’t want money from my church collection to fund efforts to change the law so sex offenders like Mr. Sherr can live near me or my children.

Another group that received money from CCHD under “National Grants”

3. 45,000 – Save Middle East Action Committee (SMEAC) “This 5th year community organizing grant continues to give voice to displaced home owners and renters, seeking new and alternative housing in the technological park/redevelopment areas, adjacent to Johns Hopkins Hospital facilities in east Baltimore. Contact: Nathan Sooy, Executive Director

Nathan Sooy has a long history as a community organizer and is a member of “Democratic GAIN”-a professional association for individuals and organizations that work in Democratic and Progressive politics.

From his social profile at the leftwing Huffington Post, we learn CODE PINK’s Jodie Evans is a friend. More on Jodie Evans here and here

. On a post at Mother Jones, Mr. Sooy wrote: “I believe that the GOP will use these racial statements by Wright to sink Obama if he becomes the Democratic nominee. And I think that they will be successful. I take great sorrow in that.”…and later writes…. “So, on April 22nd I am going to vote for Hillary Clinton for President.”
March 21, 2008 – 10:29am Post on Mother Jones

Mr. Sooy doesn’t just post at leftwing blogs, here at Andrew Brietbart’s Big Government (go to 4th comment by “Vetbill” and click on “1 reply” to see Mr. Sooy’s post) he brags about being a community organizer in the Alinsky tradition and defends socialists:

“As a thirty year community organizer in the Alinsky tradition I say quite clearly – SO WHAT? Democratic Socialists of America is the American version of the Labor Party in England. And as to the fact that there are democratic socialists among rank and file Democrats – I say quite clearly – DUH! The Democratic Party has had a social democratic (democratic socialist) faction since the days of Franklin Roosevelt. ”

Another Alinsky group getting funding from the CCHD in 2009 was #4 under “National Grants”: P.A.T.H. (People Acting Together in Howard) According to its website P.A.T.H. is a part of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)- a Chicago based community organizing network established in 1940 by…Saul Alinsky.

Word of questionable donations by the CCHD is once again spreading, causing Bishop Loveerde Of Arlington Virginia to notify his priests not to add any negative commentary to their announcement of this second collection:

“I am aware of the serious concerns about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) collection. After much research and consultation, I have decided to authorize the collection again this year. Attached is a letter explaining my decision that you can make available to your parishioners. It will also run in the Herald next week. I expect that this collection will be taken up in our parishes the weekend of November 21-22 without any negative commentary. Please announce this collection as you would any other second collection.”

The CCHD has released a carefully worded statement trying to defend itself against charges it was funding groups that went against Catholic teaching. It claims that “CCHD funds will not be used to support any application which is sponsored or promoted by an organization whose primary or substantial thrust is contrary to Catholic teaching”. So as long as its not primary or substantial, groups can be against the church and still get funding from the CCHD?

In the last two defense examples the CCHD listed in the above document, it admits they were giving funds to two groups that had to be canceled in San Francisco. It also admits it has temporarily suspended funding to a group in Portland and a group in Philadelphia in order to conduct more research. This is in addition to its previous suspension of money for ACORN mentioned above. All of these admissions and changes were due to people doing the research the CCHD did not or would not do.

This is not an attack on the Catholic Church. I am Catholic. I want my fellow Catholics to know where their money is going. Mine is going to the “Little Sisters Of The Poor” this coming weekend. Please don’t hold back your donations for the poor, just redirect them to a more worthwhile charity.

Please also go over the list of CCHD funding recipients for your archdiocese and research them.

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