LaRouche Youth Report From The California Democratic Party Convention

28 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Live From San Diego:</h1><h1><center>LaRouche Youth Report From The California Democratic Party Convention</center></h1><p>San Diego, April 28 (LPAC)--Lyndon LaRouche Western States spokesman Harley Schlanger, and LaRouche Youth Movement members Quincy O'Neal, the newly elected vice-chair of the African-American Caucus, and Wynneal Inocentes, the newly elected Corresponding Secretary of the Filipino-American Democratic Caucus, gave a live report from the San Diego California Democratic Party State Convention on The LaRouche Show. The broadcast was hosted by <em>EIR</em> Counterintelligence Co-Editor Michele Steinberg. The interchange can be heard live at</p><p>MICHELE STEINBERG: I'm going to turn this over first to Harley Schlanger, the Western States spokesman for Lyndon LaRouche, who will introduce what's going on in the California State Democratic Convention, what LPAC is doing, and then also Quincy O'Neal who just won an <em>extremely</em> important election in the State Democratic Party. So, Harley go ahead.</p><p>HARLEY SCHLANGER: Thanks Michele. Well, the introduction of those topics are certainly the dominant topics at this convention. The LaRouche Youth Movement is here in force, and has been for the last five, six years. And so, the events I'm about to tell you about, including Quincy's election, are not the result of some kind of popularity contest or just the fact that we've been around, but that we've been organizing. Lyndon LaRouche's ideas are now a central feature of the debate in the Democratic Party in California. And so, while we can talk a little bit about some of the other events, I think... I know Quincy's on the line, this was an extraordinary occasion last night, where Quincy O'Neal, a member of the LaRouche Youth Movement, who's been active with the LYM about five years (he can correct me if I'm wrong), but Quincy was elected vice-chairman of the African-American Caucus of the California Democratic Party. And it was a virtual landslide election--there was opposition. He spoke, but more importantly, he's been active in the African-American caucus, bringing the perspective and the ideas and the polemics of Lyndon LaRouche. And even some of his supporters at times have said, "You know, Quincy, can you tone it down?" But Quincy stood firm, he's waged a fight. And so: Quincy, congratulations, and how's it feel to be the vice-chair?</p><p>QUINCY O'NEAL: Thank you, Harley; thank you, Michele. It feels great to be the vice-chair. The group that got elected, including my chair, Darren Parker, and the outgoing chair, Theodore Smith III, are both people who are looking to change the discussion in the Democratic Party, who are not satisfied with the fact that we've ignored the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt, and especially are beginning to understand, through our intervention, how it's a necessary point to re-engage the "forgotten man," including those African-Americans who are in a worsening situation by the minute here in California.</p><p>SCHLANGER: Now, Quincy, you're the president of the Franklin Roosevelt Legacy Club: Why don't you tell our listeners what the FDR Legacy Club is?</p><p>O'NEAL: The FDR Legacy Club is a chartered club with the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. We have been in operation for a year--we've just rechartered--and we have monthly meetings. And at those meetings, what we've been doing is presenting the legacy of FDR, and its improvement in Lyndon LaRouche's ideas in economics and statecraft, science, even music. We'll have a featured guest, we always have a political briefing. We bring all of our contacts from our Youth Movement outreach from Wednesday night and Saturday night meetings. This has been the natural place several party officials: The secretary of the party, Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr.; the chair of the Los Angeles County Central Committee, Eric Bauman; Paul Koretz, who is the Assembly member in California who pushed the Cheney impeachment resolution: these people have gotten the guts, but are smart enough to understand that the New Politics, the 18 to 35 year olds that are political, is where the direction of the country will go. Or, have to go, if there is any chance of us surviving.</p><p>And so, more and more, people are opening up--they don't always agree--but the substance of Lyndon LaRouche's ideas at this point, can not be denied and that's showing itself. And I think ultimately, that's what won us the election last night....</p><p>SCHLANGER: Now, Quincy is going to have to get back into the Convention soon, because we just came out of a speech by Hillary Clinton. Obama is going to be there this afternoon. I think seven of the eight Democratic Presidential candidates are going to be there at this Convention.</p><p>Now, Quincy, there are two things I want to ask you. First you mentioned the future role, or the "now is the future" with the youth. It seems to me there are more young people at this Convention than in the past. Is that your impression?</p><p>O'NEAL: That is my impression. There is excitement, for once, in this Presidential race: Not only because of the policies of the Bush Administration, but by the fact that you have candidates--especially a lot of young people are out here for Barack Obama, but also Hillary Clinton and some of the other candidates. So there is genuine excitement.</p><p>In the middle of that, you also find a lot of disgust. People are disgusted that we aren't moving for impeachment. And so there's a cross-section of people that are just cheer-leading for the candidates, who are easily won over, if they didn't come here already with the idea that we have to get out of the Iraq War, and that we have to impeach the Vice President and the President. So, that's what our organizers are here doing, to create a situation where the convention will be focused in a direction to where the intervention on the candidates could be significant.</p><p>SCHLANGER: Well that gets me to the key point, which is that, it's clear from being on the floor, and talking to delegates and talking to people, that everyone agrees, the number-one issue is ending the Iraq War. And there was a resolution to this effect that was introduced in the L.A. County Democratic Central Committee; it passed there, it was passed on to the Resolutions Committee... and yet, last night, the Resolutions Committee said there will not be impeachment on the table.</p><p>And in Hillary's speech, what did she say? We've got to end the war, but if it's not done now, it will end when I become the President. Now, that's January 2009, and the theme that we have at this event, and that we're going to have at the Town Meeting tonight, is: "2008 Is Too Late." What's the response you're getting from taking that out to people, that we have to move with LaRouche's idea of impeachment, now?</p><p>O'NEAL: People understand it. They're receptive to it. They have their doubts as to how it will happen. People are a little formal in that respect, but the sentiment is there. The sentiment that the country has to change direction now, is there for everyone. The problem is, and it's what we deal with all the time in our campaign, there's simply not an understanding of the American System of political economy, how it is, that we can assert these policies. That is, well-intended people don't know how to do it. and in our discussions with people and some of the campaign advisors, we just simply have to explain to them, what the legacies are, like FDR's legacy, and what those traditions are, and that they can authoritatively step forward and push this policy, and that the population is ready and will follow.</p><p>But I think, we just saw Hillary's speech, and it was sort of a flat speech at the beginning. But the one thing that she did hit on, was the World War II legacy of FDR. She didn't mention FDR, but that was the most powerful part of her speech. And that's what resonated most.</p><p>SCHLANGER: Well, Quincy what she did say, is we have to go back to the bold policies, and the example she gave was the Apollo project, the Moon mission.</p><p>O'NEAL: Yes, she did say that also. I spoke to one of the co-chairs of Obama's campaign, and I think this is interesting for our listeners, because this has been a lot of our intervention into the Democratic Party and against the DLC operators, Felix Rohatyn and others: We had put out a campaign to re-tool the auto sector and LaRouche's Economic Recovery for 2004 and 2006, now--and as I was speaking to the Obama co-chair, and asked him if there was going to be anything about job creation, because there hadn't been anything on his site when he came out to California, and he said that it was coming, and there were plans to re-tool the auto sector, so that we could export high technology goods. And so, for those of us that have been following what Lyndon LaRouche has been saying, I wonder where he got that from.</p><p>STEINBERG: Oh, that sounds familiar!</p><p>SCHLANGER: So, Quincy, to extend a metaphor from Lyn, and I'd like your comments on this, Lyn has said that the problem you have, is that the Democratic candidates, including the two leading candidates, Hillary and Obama, have been avoiding reality. They don't see reality the way reality is. And as you were just saying, the economic crisis, they talk about it, but the fact that we're on the verge of a collapse, that we've lost millions of jobs, people can't afford health-care: They talk about these things, but it's that real. And he described it; his metaphor is, it's like people trying to swim on a football field!</p><p>And just to extend that metaphor a little bit, it seems to me as though some of them are saying, "Well, we're trying the freestyle and it's not working. Let's flip over and try the backstroke on the football field." What do you think about that?</p><p>O'NEAL: I think that's right, I think that's right. They are so concerned about winning an election, that they're missing the reality that's affecting most of the population. And again, in talking to this campaign organizer, they don't understand how to talk about it. They think they're walking on eggshells. And for both the candidates, if they just looked at the reality that's affecting the population, and were to speak to some of those things, not only would they not pay any political penalty, but they would gain the population. However, as in Lyndon LaRouche's paper, if they were to carry through those things, they would go up against the Wall Street financier interests, and that's probably where we're going to have to see the break.</p><p>SCHLANGER: And your making that clear to people, that this is what we're seeing, is that it's still the dirty hand of Rohatyn, in collaboration with Shultz in California, that's keeping the Democratic Party from doing what's necessary.</p><p>O'NEAL: That on the top of all our briefings here.</p><p>STEINBERG: Quincy, is there a chance in your new capacity in this office that you've just been elected to, that you'd be addressing the Convention? And if you do address the Convention, what are you going to highlight?</p><p>O'NEAL: I'm not sure in any official capacity. I know I'll get a chance to see people on the floor, and perhaps in some back-door meetings. I don't think there's any formal recognition of the African-American Caucus as a body. But, we might raise some things from the floor, for instance, if there is a global warming resolution that gets passed, or they're trying to get the body to adopt. And we will raise the question of the economic implications of the Gore hoax. And otherwise, much of what we've been talking about, the FDR legacy, that tradition, and how that has to be revived.</p><p>SCHLANGER: Quincy will be speaking tonight. There's a LaRouche PAC/LaRouche Youth Movement/FDR Legacy Club town meeting. I'll be speaking, and also we'll have our two elected LaRouche Youth Movement members who have now been elected to official party positions will be speaking.</p><p>And otherwise, there is going to be another Resolutions Committee meeting. The Resolutions Committee last night threw out both the global warming resolution, which was hard fought--and Quincy, why don't you give just a little report on what happened at the L.A. Central Committee meeting, where you brought forward a resolution on global warming?</p><p>O'NEAL: We brought forward the resolution on global warming, and it was crafted in such a way to highlight the racism of Al Gore, the financier interests behind the speculative bubble, and the science, the hoax that was the scientific-based consensus. And when we introduced, or when we got to the point that the resolution was being brought to the body for debate, we found that not only did it polarize the Central Committee, but that after the speaker for the resolution spoke, there was no opposition. But someone rose to the microphone to table the discussion. The discussion did get tabled--there were about 60 people that voted for the table; but, however, there were about 38 that voted not to table it. And that shows, again, our influence in organizing people who wanted to hear the discussion, they wanted to know about the implications of the policy.</p><p>Once that was done, it was clear to anybody who was serious, that to table discussion, to cut off discussion on any issue, made the political process the Democrats were involved in at the Central Committee seem like a charade. 'Cause it wasn't serious, there wasn't any honest discussion. And so that has reverberated through out the Central Committee. And I've had discussions with people about that here at the Convention. So, we started a fight.</p><p>We submitted another resolution. It got pulled at the State Resolutions Committee meeting. Mike Steger, one of my colleagues spoke to it, and it got voted down ultimately, but that's certainly part of the discussion, and the fight has broken out, and we've been handing out the citation on the website for the Great Global Warming Swindle, and people have been responding.</p><p>SCHLANGER: Also we're getting out Lyndon LaRouche's webcast on Gore and the hoax of global warming.</p><p>So, this afternoon, there'll be Resolutions Committee hearing, and I think there'll be showdown there, especially on the question of impeachment. Quincy, I know you got a lot of work to do, and people are grabbing at you all the time, but congratulations, and thanks for coming on with us. Do you have any last words?</p><p>O'NEAL: I'd just like people to know that the LaRouche Youth Movement in California is committed to taking over the Democratic Party. We're having a lot of fun doing it, and anyone who can join in in support of the effort, I think will have a lot of fun also.</p><p>Thank you, Harley, and thank you, Michele.</p><p>SCHLANGER: Including contributing, right?</p><p>O'NEAL: Including contributing, <em>especially</em> contributing!</p><p>STEINBERG: Quincy, thank you! Give 'em hell....</p><p>Harley, I just heard a "Hello." I'm wondering if that's Wynneal Inocentes?</p><p>WYNNEAL INOCENTES: Yes, it's Wynneal Inocentes.</p><p>STEINBERG: Okay, welcome to the LaRouche Show. Just a couple of months ago, Wynneal was with me here in Leesburg, Virginia, working on the LaRouche Youth Movement's War-Room to plan various wonderful interventions to get the truth out. And now, I'm please to announce that Wynneal has also been elected to an important position in one of the caucuses. Can you tell us what that election was about and what post you now hold?</p><p>INOCENTES: I went into the Filipino-American Democratic Caucus last year, during the Democratic Convention last year, and I just kept talking to the people that were a part of it. And this time, as soon as I got in, one of the members that was the former treasurer recognized me, and he said, "Oh! Do you want to be part of the Filipino Democratic Caucus." And I said, "Sure, if it's allowed." And what happened was, I told him, "Look, I don't have money, and I can't just join, because I don't have money to be a member." What he said was, "Don't worry about! I'll pay for it. We need youth in this Filipino-American Democratic Caucus, and I know that you're going to be doing a lot of work, because you've been in touch with us regarding economic projects." And I said, "Sure, why not?"</p><p>And then what happened, this same guy that sponsored my membership for the Filipino Democratic Caucus, he put me on the list as the nominee for Corresponding Secretary for the Filipino-American Democratic Caucus. And I said, "Whoa, if it's allowed, sure, that's fine. If I get to speak that would be very good."</p><p>So, what happened was, I got to talk to a lot of people that are in it. We've had a few people that are also with me, Francisco Medina, Edith Rutledge, Joe Elkins, came with me in such way that they could talk to the Filipinos. And as soon as they told them that they were about to nominate me for secretary, we just started campaigning. And to my surprise, a lot of people actually remembered me, and they were say, "Yes, yes! I remember her, she spoke at last year's convention. She's really good, and she's going to take up this leadership." And they're really excited about Franklin Roosevelt.</p><p>One other thing that I was doing, was that I was passing out pictures of the maglev train and the Eurasian Land-Bridge, which people got really excited about. There was one woman that I spoke to who is the head of General Atomics. She was really excited about what my proposal was for creating maglevs and high-speed railways, and she's saying that they're doing that. And she wants this to be discussed within the Democratic Party, so she's going to stay in touch with me.</p><p>Now, during the election process, I was seated there, and there was another person that I was up against, who's been the former Treasurer of this Filipino-American Democratic Caucus for two years, and has been part of the FADC for several years. And as soon as he read the memo that I was passing out to people, he just said: "All right. There's a youth here, that is very sincere in changing the Democratic Party. And if she is as sincere as what she has said on this memo that she wrote, I'm going to give up my position for her. I'm going to give up my nomination, in such a way that she could be the Corresponding Secretary."</p><p>STEINBERG: So, that is your official position at this point: You are the Corresponding Secretary of the Filipino Caucus. Congratulations!</p><p>SCHLANGER: And Michele, I might add that Wynneal wrote a beautiful statement about the importance of FDR's role in ending the colonization of the Philippines, and connecting that with the idea that you have to fight for a future of great projects, and in that she identified the maglev. And it created a buzz of excitement in the room, that was what carried her to victory, which means she's now a member of the executive board of the Filipino-American Democratic Caucus, as she carries out the responsibilities of Corresponding Secretary.</p><p>And I understand this was reported to people in the Philippines, today.</p><p>STEINBERG: It was. And just before we go into our break, I'd like to report to Wynneal and to the Filipino Caucus out there, and to our whole LaRouche movement, a message from the Philippine LaRouche Youth Movement, dated today. Now, listeners on the East Coast of the United States, you have to remember this is only about 12:25 in the early afternoon out in California, so everything we've been talking about has occurred between Friday night and Saturday morning. So, this is a really fast-moving, exciting, optimistic situation. And I think our Philippine colleagues from across the Pacific Ocean really understand this.</p><p>So, Wynneal, this is what they say:</p><p>"Events which have recently unfolded, particularly in the Eurasian and American continents are making it all the more clear today, perhaps more than at any other time in history, that call issues forth for societies and nations to return to reason and sanity. This call comes from the generation of people of the 18-to-35 group, that still have a future to win, and a future to build. It is in this spirit of youthful solidarity and progress, that we extend our heartfelt congratulations to our fellow members of the LaRouche Youth Movement, Wynneal Inocentes and Quincy O'Neal, for having been elected to their respective positions in the Democratic Party State apparatus."</p><p>"Signed, The Philipppine LaRouche Youth Movement</p><p>"April 28th, 2007."</p><p>[station id] Okay, I'd like to go back to Harley and Wynneal Inocentes in San Diego. So Harley, go ahead.</p><p>SCHLANGER: I'd like to ask a question or two of Wynneal. I know from the discussions we've had, that one of the things that caused people to look at you as a possible candidate, was that you were raising questions about the problems that Philippine-Americans have with their children, that many of them are being assimilated into this dead-end culture, the no-future culture. And then, when you spoke of such things as the great Filipino patriot Rizal, and the connection of the Philippines with the American System, that this gave them hope for the future. Why don't you say a couple things about?</p><p>INOCENTES: Well, one of the things that I have been emphasizing every time I speak, or get a chance to talk to any of these people, is that the problem with the Filipino-American Caucus is that they see themselves as very limited to what they actually do. So, to raise questions such as economic development, furtherance of infrastructural development, having jobs for people, and education of the young people, and having these young people stand up as leaders, that gave them a sense of hope, of what our future would look like. But first of all, one of the things that I stated in the memo that I've written for them, I posed the question, "What will my future look like?" And people like that, because they did not really know, or they don't have any clue of what kind of policy they're going to be passing forward. They do not have a clue of how they're make their communities better, or, not just their communities, but California.</p><p>So, what they saw in me, being a young person, is that I'm going to be continuing the mission which Franklin Roosevelt and Douglas MacArthur did for the Philippines, since nobody has actually stood up in raising this leadership that Franklin Roosevelt did for the Philippines. And they were inspired by that leadership that I had posed.</p><p>SCHLANGER: Wynneal, is it your sense that, beside the Filipino Caucus--we were talking to Quincy earlier--that there is a desire at the convention as a whole for some kind of action, and yet, people are so far giving in to the line from the top, which is, "well, we can't have impeachment," do you think that could break out today? That we might be able to break through that?</p><p>INOCENTES: Yeah, sure. What I have been telling them, during the discussion right after the caucuses, I have been telling people, "We need to change our relationship to each other. We need to talk more often. We need to take my youth's vigor." Because the Democratic Party is going to lose if they're not going to fight for anything, if they're just going to bow down before Bush and Cheney, or even Schwarzenegger. That has to change, and they're going to have to listen to me, if they want things to change.</p><p>And when I've been telling people this, at first they thought I was just like a cute little Asian girl, that was just walking around in that caucus. But they've felt a sense of authority, while I'm talking to them, because I'm telling them, this is what you're going to have to do."</p><p>As Lyn has been saying for many years now, that the youth, the age-range of 18 to 35 years old, are the leadership, and they're going to have to tell these Boomers in the Democratic Party what to do. And it actually works!</p><p>SCHLANGER: And that's what you did yesterday.</p><p>INOCENTES: Yes.</p><p>SCHLANGER: I know every Presidential candidate's coming to speak, and every single one of them, except Kucinich, has refused to speak out on impeachment. So, I expect you'll be joining the other LYM members to insist that the impeachment question be put on the floor of the Convention.</p><p>INOCENTES: Yeah. The youth are actually invited to speak at Kucinich's event at 5 o'clock over here, and we're going to be, from now till then, we're going to be talking to the people that are still here, and we're still going to be pushing for the impeachment of Cheney--as well as Bush.</p><p>By the way, I spoke to Eric Garcetti yesterday, and Bob Filner, and as soon as I introduced myself, they were saying, "Oh, who do you work for?" I told them, "I work for the LaRouche Youth Movement and the magazine {EIR}," and they were like "Oh! Oh! Oh! That magazine... yes! I see. And you're the secretary of this caucus?" And I told them, "Yes, I am." And they're like, "Well, I guess you're just going to have to send me a lot of stuff from {EIR}, for the next few years." And I said, "Yeah, I will--and you're going to have to listen to me."</p><p>SCHLANGER: Garcetti is the President of the Los Angeles City Council, and he represents the district which includes the historic Filipino Town. Filner is the Congressman from San Diego, and he said today he is moving toward supporting impeachment. He said he thinks we can't let it wait.</p></div></body>