A man who has described the heinous attacks by Hamas terrorists against innocent Israeli civilians as a “counter offensive,” will be given a special time slot at the upcoming Dec. 19 Anchorage Assembly meeting in order to deride Israel as an “apartheid state,” which he believes should be cut off from all U.S. funding.
An avowed Marxist and key organizer for the Anchorage chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), Michael Patterson was granted a special appearance to kick off the next Assembly meeting.
In applying for the reserved podium slot, Patterson wrote that he plans to publicly call for “a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and an end to all U.S. funding of Israeli.” He said he will also “condemn Israel as an apartheid state.”
After Hamas terrorists slaughtered Israeli citizens in October, including raping and torturing women and children, Patterson dismissed the attack, describing it as merely a “counter-offensive against the Israeli apartheid regime.”
Paterson is an active community organizer who helped found the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s Anchorage chapter, a group that supports defunding the police, free housing, decriminalization of the sex worker industry and doing away with drug related crimes. The group also supports the most extreme elements of the LGBTQ political agenda, Black Lives Matter, climate change policies, abortion on demand and mass illegal immigration.
The PSL national website endorses the use of “militant” tactics to further its causes with the ultimate plan of toppling capitalism and establishing a new socialist government.
In order to receive a designated special appearance slot at Anchorage Assembly meetings, citizens must first submit a request to the city clerk specifying the topic they wish to address. According to city code, the city clerk, in conjunction with the assembly chair (currently Christopher Constant), then determine if the proposed topic “has clearly defined administrative channels of resolution…”
City code also states that special appearance requests will not be granted if they deal with “items that the assembly or administration has no jurisdiction over and/or responsibility or authority to resolve per the Municipal Charter, Municipal Code, or Municipal Code of Regulations.”
It is unclear how the Municipality of Anchorage has any jurisdiction, responsibility or authority to address Patterson’s call for a “permanent ceasefire” in the war with Hamas, or to end all U.S. funding to Israel. Nevertheless, Patterson will have three uninterrupted minutes to air his concerns at the Dec. 19 meeting, starting shortly after 5 p.m. in the Assembly Chambers.
Notably, Anchorage Assemblyman Felix Rivera has a personal connection to the Party for Socialism and Liberation. He participated in a recent Sept. 2 demonstration organized by the group, in which he decried the Alaska Education Board’s decision to ban gender-confused males from competing as females in girls’ high school sports.
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