Here’s a video documenting how the U.S. Dept. of Justice helped the Dream Defenders — a bogus “student group” run by paid activists with links to ACORN and Occupy — target George Zimmerman and the Sanford police chief in April, 2012. It includes excerpts from an 82-minute audio recording of an April 19, 2012, meeting headed up by the DOJ official.
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1. The DOJ official called Dream Defenders a “student group” and referenced the “students” talking at the meeting. (5:45 to 6:10) Yet none of the three members of Dream Defenders who were at the event is a student. Gabriel M. Pendas graduated from FSU in 2005. Vanessa Jennifer Baden graduated from FSU in 2007. Nelini Stamp never attended college. (10:20 to 11:00)
2. Far from being a “student group,” the organization headed up by Pendas and two other non-students (including Stamp) is “Dream Defenders, Inc.,” a Florida corporation. (6:50 to 7:00; incorporation details here).
3. Given the background of the three people who appeared on its behalf, there is reason to believe that Dream Defenders is an “astroturf” front group funded by the lawyers for Trayvon Martin’s family and/or ultra-left-wing big money sources. All three have long worked as paid political agitators.
Stamp currently works for an ACORN front group (the Working Families Party) and was a leader of the nationwide Occupy movement. During the April, 2012, Dream Defenders march she said that the protest was “bigger than Trayvon” because “we can’t take this anymore” — “the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer.” (9:55 to 11:30)
Pendas has spent the last decade, starting in college, working as a paid community organizer. (6:40 to 6:50; 9:40 to 9:55).
Baden began working as an organizer (with Pendas) in college (8:50 to 9:00) and has held at least three organizing jobs. As first reported yesterday on Breitbart.com by Lee Stranahan, for at least two years (2005-06) Baden worked as “Head of Activism” at Parks & Crump, the law firm currently representing Trayvon Martin’s family (as Stranahan details, she focused her paid activism work on a racially charged case involving the death of another African-American teenager, which provided the “playbook” for the Trayvon Martin case, and at one point she apparently helped lead a mob that blocked rush-hour traffic in Florida’s capitol).
4. Even the name of this so-called “student group” is bogus — a ripoff of an animated children’s TV series which premiered in 2011. The original is much more entertaining than the ripoff launched a year later. (18:00 to 19:00)
BONUS (added 7/17): It turns out that in a 2012 interview available on YouTube, Baden admitted that the Trayvon Martin protest was an “astroturf” operation growing out of her work with the Parks & Crump law firm. More on that here.