Levi G. Williams, a candidate for chairman of the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC), escorted the Rev. Jesse Jackson to a Broward event where Jackson criticized law enforcement officers. The Sun-Sentinel reported Williams escorted Jackson to the 2000 Florida Conference on Diversity and Disparity, an event organized by U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings. Jackson made “remarks about police hiding behind their badges at a news conference before he addressed the audience.”
Before the conference,the Sun-Sentinel said Jackson visited the mother of Levi Williams’ clients at her Lauderhill home. Williams represented the family of Maurice Williams and Craig Chambers who were killed in a November 1999 wrong-way crash on I-95. Their car was hit by another vehicle driven by FBI agent David Farrall. “Farrall quickly identified himself as an FBI agent after the crash, and soon afterward the Florida Highway Patrol issued a press release blaming the crash on Williams. They reversed themselves a month later and apologized to Williams’ family.”
Jackson likened the Farrall case to the controversial death of Amadou Diallo in New York. A jury found four NYPD officers not guilty in the death of Diallo. “Jackson said the four officers, like FBI Agent David Farrall, were ‘using their credibility, their believability, their good will, their badge and their gun’ to get away with wrongdoing.” “We need credible law enforcement agencies,” Jackson said. “They cannot allow one or two who break the law to damage the credibility of law enforcement as a whole.”
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Williams said, “We’re really looking at an issue of the credibility of law enforcement….They need to make themselves more credible and rebuild that trust with the community.”
As a lawyer, Levi Williams is expected to vigorously represent his clients. But how did Williams manage to get the Rev. Jesse Jackson involved in this case? Once again, it appears Williams is hiding his resume from the members of the Broward Republican party.
WILLIAMS WAS REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF LEFT WING RAINBOW/PUSH COALITION
In the Jesse Jackson story, the Sun-Sentinel identifies Levi Williams as the “southern regional director of the Florida Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. What is the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition? According to the group’s website, “The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is the result of a merger between Operation PUSH and the Rainbow Coalition. Established in 1971 by Rev. Jackson, People United to Save Humanity (later changed from “Save” to “Serve”)–PUSH, was an organization dedicated to improving the economic conditions of black communities across the United States. In the 1970’s, PUSH expanded into areas of social and political development using direct action campaigns, a weekly radio broadcast, and awards that honored prominent blacks in the U.S. and abroad. Through Operation PUSH, Rev. Jackson established a platform from which to protect black homeowners, workers and businesses.”
After Jackon’s failed 1984 Presidential campaign, the “central thrust of the Coalition was the demand for social programs, voting rights, and affirmative action for minority groups left out by ‘Reganomics’.” As the southern regional director of the Rainbow/PUSH coalition, it appears Levi Williams carried out the mission of the group.
According to another Sun-Sentinel report, Williams and Rainbow/Push Coalition played a major role in the 2000 election between Al Gore and George W. Bush. The NAACP and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition “had run a massive voter registration campaign before Election Day that resulted in thousands of new voters in South Florida.” Williams was concerned so many votes from minority areas were disqualified.
“We were able to mobilize, but we didn’t have enough voter education programs to help people understand how to vote,” said Levi Williams, southern regional director of the Florida Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. “My greatest fear is with the large turnout that all this argument will only serve to discourage participation in the future.”
WILLIAMS HIDES TRUE RESUME FROM BROWARD REPUBLICANS
You may think Levi Williams would tout his vast experience in voter education programs in his campaign for BREC chairman. You would be wrong.
On the website for his legal practice, Williams does not mention his official role with Jesse Jackson’s group. Williams says he was “recognized” by the National Rainbow PUSH. In an email to BREC members, Williams never mentions the Florida Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. An election palm card produced by Williams makes no mention of his ties to the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
As REDBROWARD revealed earlier this month, Williams has hidden other items from his resume. Williams failed to mention his ties to a controversial pro-Common Core charter school company. Public records show Levi Williams is the board attorney for the Lee Charter Foundation, Inc. and the Florida Charter Educational Foundation, Inc. These non-profit foundations act as a buffer between the schools and the for-profit charter school companies. The Lee Charter Foundation, Inc. oversees Charter Schools USA in Lee County, Florida. While these schools are located in the Fort Myers area, the Lee Charter Foundation, Inc. board meets at Charter Schools USA headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. Ken Haiko is the chairman of Lee Charter Foundation, Inc. and Florida Charter Educational Foundation, Inc. Mr. Haiko is the former vice-chairman of the Broward Republican Executive Committee.
Back in September 2013, Haiko and Williams attended the monthly Broward Republican Executive Committee in Fort Lauderdale. The agenda included a motion opposing the Common Core educational standards in Florida schools. Published reports claimed Haiko and the Charter Schools USA allies sabotaged the passage of the motion.
Perhaps Williams ties to Jesse Jackson explains Democrat support for his 2000 Broward School Board campaign. As REDBROWARD previously reported, Williams’ 2000 campaign for Broward County School Board was funded by Democrat lobbyists and politicians.
One of Williams’ earliest supporters was Perry E. Thurston, Jr. of Fort Lauderdale. Williams received a contribution from Thurston on November 2, 1999.
Mr. Thurston is the Democrat minority leader of the Florida House of Representatives. REDBROWARD reported Thurston played residency games in order to keep his Florida House seat. The two-story home in Plantation Thruston shares with his wife and children lies outside his House district. Thurston claims to live in a run-down Fort Lauderdale home with a convicted felon. This year, Thurston ran for the Democrat nomination for Florida Attorney General. One of his closest advisers is lobbyist and salami sandwich doyenne Judy Stern.
In January 2000, Williams received a campaign contribution from Fort Lauderdale lobbyist Russ Klenet. He is married to Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter, a Democrat. The controversial Klenet is a lobbyist for the entities behind the Florida Panthers hockey club.
In April 2000, Williams received a $500 contribution from Fort Lauderdale consultant Sheryl Dickey. Last month, REDBROWARD revealed how Dickey used public funds to renovate office space for Democrat politicians. Dickey is a close supporter of controversial Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness.
Williams skipped last week’s BREC debate at the Lauderdale Beach Republican Club. He said he was attending a meeting in Central Florida. BREC members will have one last chance to ask Levi Williams about his ties to Jesse Jackson and other Democrats at the December 4th debate in Plantation. Williams will debate Karin Hoffman, Chris Leggatt and BREC vice chair Christine Butler.
Sources tell REDBROWARD Butler is the odds-on-favorite to be the next chair of the Broward Republican Party.