ALLIANCE FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE
June 18, 2011
The Following article originated at and is taken from DiscoverTheNetworks.com
The Alliance for Global Justice (AGJ) is a Washington, D.C.-based charity that promotes opposition to free-market capitalism, particularly in Latin America, under the cover of engaging in "education on human, environmental and worker rights." AGJ underwrites and publicizes the activities of revolutionary Marxist movements from Nicaragua to Mexico and trains young activists to work toward its distinctly radical conception of "economic justice."
AGJ's mission can be traced to its president, Katherine Hoyt. Ms. Hoyt, who holds a Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University, is a longtime apologist and activist with the Nicaraguan revolutionary Marxist group, the Sandinista National Liberation Front. Hoyt has traveled widely in Latin America, spending eighteen years in the region, including sixteen in Nicaragua. Following the Sandinistas' takeover of the country, Hoyt worked for the Sandinista dictatorship, becoming a translator for its national legislative body. Still a convinced believer in the Sandinistas' cause, Hoyt has authored The Many Faces of Sandinista Democracy, making the case that the discredited and repressive Sandinista government was actually a model of "participatory democracy."
In keeping with Hoyt's enduring pro-Sandinista sympathies, one the main projects funded by AGJ is the Nicaragua Network (NN), a front group created in 1979 to promote the revolution. Today, its aims are more modest. Recent NN campaigns include attacks on the Central American Free Trade Agreement, which it describes as "U.S. intervention in Nicaragua"; resistance to privatization efforts in Nicaragua; and a lobbying effort to close down the Nicaraguan branch of the National Endowment for Democracy, which NN denounces, on no evidence, as an undemocratic tool of the U.S. government. NN also puts out a propaganda newsletter called the Nicaragua Monitor. With funds provided by AGJ, the Nicaragua Network also produces propaganda films assailing free-market capitalism, which it derisively calls "neo-liberalism."
Closely related to the Nicaragua Network is AGJ's other project: the Mexico Solidarity Network (MSN), a self-described "grassroots-based NGO dedicated to fundamental social change that challenges existing power relationships." In particular, the kind of social change MSN advocates is a revolution founded on Marxist principles. Thus MSN's Alternative Economy Program is "built around principles of justice and the search for genuine alternatives to the predominant capitalist model." The main beneficiaries of MSN are the Zapatistas, Mexico's Marxist-Leninist guerrilla movement. As part of MSN, the Alliance for Global Justice funds a Zapatista "solidarity" initiative. MSN actively recruits American students into the Zapatista cause. Under its solidarity initiative, MSN offers credit to American students who attend a Zapatista-run "international language school that offers classes in Spanish and Tzotzil." (The majority of Zapatista recruits are Tzotzil speakers.)
In addition to its efforts to stoke revolution in other countries, AGJ also funds revolutionary groups within the United States. For instance, it is the main financial sponsor of World Can't Wait, a direct-action movement affiliated with the Revolutionary Communist Party. On October 1, 2011, AGJ was retained by the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement to manage the processing of online donations for the latter.
AGJ is listed as a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code. In 2003, AGJ’s revenues totaled nearly $300,000.
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