A COUNTRY IN CRISIS

An Elected Representative’s Anti-Semitic Rant

Northridge West Neighborhood Councilmember Kathleen Edwards invokes George Soros’ name in an attempt to silence those with whom she disagrees.

Carl J. Petersen
4 min readSep 2, 2020

Neighborhood Council Board Members should not engage in ‘bullying’ or harassment

- Neighborhood Council Board Member Code of Conduct Policy

The West Valley People’s Alliance (WVPA) is a non-profit group without a budget. It is a locally organized group that is united in a desire to “fight for social, economic, worker, environmental, racial, education, healthcare & housing justice for the people of the West San Fernando Valley.” By banding together, this group of volunteers hopes to lift their voices to bring meaningful change.

Northridge West Neighborhood Council (NWNC) board member Kathleen Edwards is opposed to the objectives of the WVPA, particularly their effort to hold Los Angeles City Councilman John Lee accountable for the events that happened on a trip to Las Vegas with his former boss, convicted felon Mitch Englander. Instead of engaging the group with counter-arguments, she bullied them with groundless attacks in an attempt to silence the debate. This included a post on the Crimebusters of West Hills and Woodland Hills Facebook page that accused the WVPA of being a “George Soros funded, National Group” that is attempting “to unseat any official who does not align with their ‘progressive,’ national agenda (Councilman John Lee)”.

The inclusion of George Soros’ name in this post is particularly concerning as it builds off right-wing conspiracy theories centered on the accusation that Soros, a Holocaust survivor, is “trying to undermine all of Western civilization.” These are often centered on “well-worn antisemitic tropes such as control of the media or banks; references to undermining societies or destabilizing countries; or language that harkens back to the medieval blood libels and the

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Carl J. Petersen

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com