In case you're still wondering what community organizers actually do, consider yesterday's piece in the New York Times about an alleged plot by two Texas activists to hurl molotov cocktails during the Republican National Convention last September. Their trial is about to start, and it turns out the government's chief witness is a mole from the activists' own ranks: Last week, Brandon Darby of Austin outed himself as an FBI snitch in an open letter to Indymedia.org.
Oddly, the community activists seem more bothered by Darby's betrayal than by the plot to blow up Republicans.
"The emerging truth about Darby's malicious involvement in our communities is heartbreaking and utterly ground-shattering," something called the Austin Informant Working Group told the Times. "Through the history of our struggles for a better world, infiltrators and informants have acted as tools for forces of misery in disrupting and derailing our movement."
Never mind Darby. Who brought Beria back from the grave?