On January 5th, host of The Morning Blaze's Doc Thompson interviewed Lacy MacAuley one of the organizers of Disrupt J20 or #DisruptJ20 on social media. The goal Disrupt J20 is to organize protests to be in Washington DC on January 20th during Inauguration Day.
While listening to Ms. MacAuley and how well organized this movement has become, I got the impression that the people behind it are what could be characterized as professional protestors similar to those that were ultimately behind other movements like Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter.
According to the website, Disrupt J20 asks for supporters to "join us for a bold mobilization against the inauguration of Donald Trump." The statement continues, "We’re bringing widespread civil resistance to the streets of Washington, DC through protests, direct actions, and even parties and we want you there with us."
In the website's "about" tab, under the headline "Who is behind all this?" the site states that "#DisruptJ20 is supported by the work of the DC Welcoming Committee, a collective of experienced local activists and out-of-work gravediggers acting with national support."
Interestingly enough, the site also includes a "legal" tab giving demonstrators advice on how to handle oneself if confronted by law enforcement and being arrested.
Who is the DC Welcoming Committee? According to its website, the group seeks to "bring hundreds of LGBTQs to typically 'straight' spaces for one-time only experiences." After perusing the DC Welcoming Committee's website and a fair amount of Google searches, I could find nothing that would indicate that they could take on such a massive effort as is involved with the "#DisruptJ20" movement.
This leaves me very suspicious about the DC Welcoming Committee's motivation and about exactly who is behind it. I did, however, find this, from Oath Keepers, that indicates liberal financier and mega investor George Soros to the committee's funding.
Next, I attempted to locate who exactly Lacy MacAuley works for so I checked her Twitter and Facebook accounts which list her as "International Relations ~ Radical Dreamer ~ Justice Lover ~ Thought Dancer ~ Heart Writer ~ Divine Dakini" but no current employer.
Image: Via Facebook
Facebook lists Ms. MacAuley as a Former Media Manager for Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). Her profile at IPS includes the following:
Lacy came to IPS after doing communications for a variety of progressive organizations through the progressive PR firm Massey Media LLC and as a single contractor. She has done media relations work with groups such as Project Vote and ACORN, United for Peace and Justice, Jubilee USA, Mountain Justice Summer, the IMF Resistance Network, and the Solidarity Center (international affiliate of the AFL-CIO).
As I continued to look into the #DisruptJ20 movement, I found that one of it's chief spokespeople is filmmaker and prominent liberal Michael Moore who had previously tweeted out messages promoting disruption at Donald Trump's inauguration.
While I have been unable to ascertain who exactly is behind the Disrupt J20 or any other protest movement attempting to cause chaos on Inauguration Day, I truly hope that the law enforcement agencies are using the models that were in place for the RNC and DNC conventions and that America's longstanding tradition of peaceful transition of power will insure that January 20th will be a day of peace in Washington DC.