FAST’s Community Organizing and Progressive Pedigree: Saul Alinsky, ACORN, Unions, George Soros and Big Government at Core.

FAST, Faith and Action for Strength Together, is a progressive political organization in Pinellas county made up of a variety of religious congregations.  They purport that their mission is to work to “hold systems accountable” and to promote “social justice”. They have a mission that claims to represent “the poor and middle class” although they advocate policies that often leave people locked in poverty. What is not well known is that FAST has the same roots as a variety of left-wing political groups that have promoted bigger government for decades.  The Godfather of FAST is Saul Alinsky, the same man that wrote “Rules for Radicals”  that he dedicated to an entity that the Church Fights: Lucifer.

rulesforradicals1Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history… the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”  Saul Alinsky, Creator of FAST model.



So how does a group of churches adopt a method of organizing and activism created by a man who dedicated his “bible” of community organizing to Lucifer?  The answer is long and complicated but begins in Chicago in the 1930’s when Saul Alinsky developed “community organizing” as a means of fighting capitalism, growing socialism and promoting wealth redistribution through larger government.  It ends with the group “DART” (Direct Action and Research Training Center), based in Miami, forming about 20 “congregation-based” community organizing groups from Florida to Ohio.  Dart is modeled after a group started by Alinsky in 1942, the “Industrial Areas Foundation” (IAF), and has been replicated by other groups such as PICO and the Gamaliel Foundation.  The Gamaliel foundation is the group where now President Barack Obama got his start as a Community organizer. In the 1980’s, President Obama was the “Lead Organizer” of the Developing Communities Project (DCP), funded by South Chicago Catholic churches and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  

John Calkins, the DART founder and director, has deep roots into groups that support the Democrat agenda, Progressive politics and methods to grow that political ideology.  He began as a Wisconsin state leader for the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO) – a group fighting to preserve a welfare program that ultimately had to be dismantled due to the many failures, including locking people into a cycle of poverty and dependence.  He now serves on the Board of “The Organizers Forum” which also includes ACORN notable Wade Rathke, the head of the George Soros funded “Tides Foundation” (Drummond Pike), Andy Stern of the SEIU, and representatives of the AFL-CIO and various other community organizing groups including President Obama’s own alma mater the Gamaliel Foundation. (See Full List below). Calkins, as chair, can join these illustrious folks at their next “Dialogue” in La Paz Bolivia in September, organized by Wade Rathke.

ACORN has become notorious for its corruption and lost funding from Congress because of it. The organization was caught encouraging tax evasion and the methods of importing underage girls from El Salvador to be prostitutes.  They have run fraudulent voter registration drives. The group ACORN was funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) which has been heavily criticized by many within the catholic church for its heavy bias toward left-wing and progressive political groups.  The CCHD collects funds in annual nationwide Catholic Church collections.  The CCHD was forced, after many years of protest, to pull their funding of ACORN when it was discovered that Wade Rathke’s brother, Dale, has been embezzling from the organization (nearly $1 million).  The total amount from Parishioners to ACORN through CCHD was $7.3 million. CCHD now funds DART.  CCHD spends little to no money on direct aid to any person, but funds organizations that work for “social Justice” to get government and others purportedly to do so.

Members of the congregations comprising FAST may not be aware of these connections or the many problems with FAST that have been discussed here many times.  Yet the clerical leadership of these churches speak and act as if involvement of the congregation is just and righteous and needs no discussion.  These clerical leaders take from the offertory to fund FAST to the tune of about 1% of the total church budget – without congregation approval. They allow no elections of representatives to FAST.  No open discussion of the FAST mission or agenda.  No opportunity of inclusion of alternate pathways for social justice that involve less government and more personal community involvement.  There is no transparency of the real players behind the FAST/DART/IAF/Community Organizing/Progressive agenda. Why no discussion on the fellow board members of Tom Calkins and his sponsoring organization DART like Wade Rathke, Drummond Pike and their progressive allies? All the while, these clergy use the good name of the Congregation to give political cover to them and FAST – tarnishing the name of those congregations and their larger organizations (like the Catholic Dioceses of St. Petersburg).

It is time for FAST to require that all churches allow only VOLUNTARY donations to FAST through special collections. The names of the churches should not be used, but merely be“chapters” from those churches who would be members.  There should be open discussion of many more issues relating to FAST and its agenda with all members of the various congregations. Anything short of that promotes Social Injustice and is wholly immoral.

Board of Directors, The “Organizers Forum”.

Staff and other Personnell


8 Replies:

  1. David McKalip

    Congregations in FAST:

    Bayview Baptist

    Bethel Community Baptist

    Blessed Trinity Catholic Church (Co-Chair)

    Christ Church of Universal Love

    Ascension Episcopal

    Espiritu Santo Catholic

    Faith Memorial Missionary Baptist

    Faith United Church of Christ

    Good Samaritan Episcopal

    Holy Cross Catholic

    Holy Family Catholic

    Holy Trinity Episcopal

    Hope Luthern Church

    Lakeview Presbyterian

    Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church

    Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist

    Mt. Carmel Baptist

    Mt. Olive A.M.E.

    Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist

    Mt. Zion A.M.E.

    Mt. Zion United Methodist

    New Faith Free Methodist

    New Zion Missionary Baptist

    Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

    Riviera United Methodist

    Shiloh Missionary Baptist

    St. Brendan Catholic

    St. Cecelia Catholic

    St. John’s Episcopal Church

    St. John Missionary Baptist Church

    St. Joseph Catholic Church

    St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church

    St. Matthew Catholic Church

    St. Michael Catholic Church

    St. Petersburg Islamic Center

    Tempel Beth El

    Transfiguration Catholic Church

    Union Street United Methodist Church

  2. cindy nowicki

    Just listened to you on Beck. Keep up the great work. We need more citizens like you, to let our voices be heard.

    God bless

  3. James Bowman

    You understand what is meant in the Catechism when describing social justice. I stand with you my fellow Catholic!

  4. Carol Petrone

    Great info on Beck today…sending your site to Catholic friend who needs info on “social justice” I read Alinsky in 1976, wondering what was happening in the Church, and found out fast ! Also recommend Phyllis Schlafly and her Eagle Forum. May God Bless Your efforts !

  5. Kathy O

    I just heard you on Beck as well! I wish I lived in the area, I would attend your meetings.
    I am a resident of NJ and I am very concerned regarding what I’m hearing in my church…”for the commom good” Social Justice, etc…I’ll keep you in my prayers that God will continue to lead you in His Truth and that others in your parish and community will be able to see through the political motives of FAST and other like organizations.

  6. Jackie

    Heard you on Beck. Glad I checked out the site. I will be more aware and in a position to caution my fellow Catholics. Am I surprised? Not really! Thanks.

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