Several groups are planning to disrupt the inauguration of Donald Trump, here’s what we know about the groups and how they are funded, founded, and operated.
Firstly, several advertisements are offering up to $2,500 monthly, but that’s not all the groups behind disruptJ20 are also providing housing, food, and even legal services. it’s not just taking place in one city, but rather in multiple, which further provides evidence that this group has a large backing. The cities are: Austin, Charlotte, Colorado Springs, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, El Paso, Fort Worth, Jacksonville, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tulsa, and Washington, D.C.
The Washington Times revealed that there are over 100 left-wing groups behind the advertising, but they are being led by the Occupy Inauguration and the DisruptJ20 coalition. What we are going to do is attempt to reveal who exactly is behind all this, and where they are located.
First things first, a quick public search of the domain name www.disruptj20.org revealed the following information; Dreamhost is hosting the site, and they are located in California. They are not a concern because they are just a hosting company. But, more importantly, a whoishosting this search will reveal who owns the domain name and who is hosting the site.
As you can see in the images below, there are several pieces of information which are private, or proxy protected. However, what is revealed is the address of where they are located, or in other words where their operation is coming out of; which leads us to an address – 417 S Associated Rd #324, Brea, CA 92821 (third image below). At first glance (fourth and fifth images) it appears as though the address leads us to another pizza parlor called Z Pizza but rather there is a mail center there – which would be where the #324 comes into play, box 324, in other words.
There is no connection from Z Pizza to Comet Ping Pong, as of yet anyways. Now, back to DisruptJ20, now we know where they are located, however on their about page they mention a group who is involved, called the DC Welcoming Committee. Their website reads; “#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.”
Upon chasing the DC Welcoming Committee, we are brought to an organization which is officially called The Welcoming Committee. The Welcoming Committee states on their about page; “The Welcoming Committee is a movement of LGBTQ folks who believe in broadening the spectrum of gay life. Our staff and volunteers create huge communities of LGBTQs and take them en masse to typically ‘straight’ (or just not that gay) nightlife, sports, culture, and travel destinations for one-time only experiences.”
The Welcoming Committee has many branches all throughout the USA; they are in Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington. The Christian Journal reached out to the Welcoming Committee for comment regarding their involvement in the DisruptJ20 disturbance.
While we await their response; it is important to understand that there is a severe line between protesting and rioting, while we at The Christian Journal support the rights afforded to all American citizens under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, it is evident in the Project Veritas videos below that during the inauguration there are plans to cross the protesting line into rioting, and even terrorism.
There appears to be no other group named in the about page of the disruptj20 website, upon searching google for the DC Welcoming Committee we are brought to the LGBTQ website https://www.thewelcomingcommittee.com/ which is again the group mentioned above.
Previously, Mike Pence, the soon-to-be Vice President had potentially an early encounter with a group calling themselves ‘the welcoming committee’ in December. The story comes from The Daily Caller;
Vice-President-elect Mike Pence’s move to a modest Northwest Washington, D.C., home until his Jan. 21 inauguration is being met with hostile liberal neighbors.
Activists have mobilized to protest his move onto their street by hanging rainbow flags outside their homes to express “solidarity” with gay, lesbian, transgender, bi-sexual and queer communities.
At least 10 rainbow flags now hang from homes on the street where in a few days Pence will arrive. He moved a few things into the home during Thanksgiving week, according to neighbors. As Vice-President, Pence will reside in the official vice-presidential residence at Number One Observatory Circle on the Naval Observatory grounds in northwest Washington, D.C.
Pence could have chosen to live anywhere in the Washington metropolitan area, including the pricy and exclusive Georgetown or Old Town Alexandria neighborhoods where the rich and the powerful usually reside. Many Georgetown homes cost in excess of $10 million, according to Zillow.
Or he could have chosen posh Potomac, Maryland, outside of the nation’s capital with many 12,000 square-foot mansions on large estate lots. The Secret Service would have preferred a large lot for security purposes.
Instead, the Vice President-elect chose to rent a modest 2,500 square foot home that sits 30 feet from his next door neighbor in a relatively unknown community called Barnaby Woods, a racially and ethnically diverse neighborhood that’s also home to many gays and lesbians.
His block is packed with liberal Democratic activists like Peter Fenn, the national Democratic political consultant who lives a few doors away from Pence. So does Michael Zeldin, a Barack Obama surrogate in the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. Across the street from Pence’s temporary abode is Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell.
“The house that he chose, there’s nothing showy about it. Which I think the house sort of looks like him. He’s clearly not a showy sort of person,” Allyson Penn, Peter’s wife, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The Penn residence has a rainbow flag flying in front.
The flag protest organizers initially claimed they wanted a “dialogue” with Pence, and they don’t view their “in-your-face” flags as counter to a conversation. – More Here
Whether or not the actual Welcoming Committee is involved or not, is still in question.
However, upon looking into the funding of the Welcoming Committee, a search on Crunchbase which is a website that identifies the funding and founders of organizations, it was revealed who invested into the Welcoming Committee which began in Boston, Mass. See images below.
There are two funding sources for the Welcoming Committee one is the founder, Josh Schanker, and the other which is an investment firm called Boston Syndicates. Josh describes himself in the Crunchbase profile as “a serial entrepreneur who has launched, sold, advised, and invested in various startups. His previous companies include Sombasa Media, an e-mail marketing firm he grew and sold to About.com, and Sconex, a social networking site for teens bought by Alloy Media. Josh holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.”
About.com purchased Josh’s previous company Sombasa Media for more than $35 million in stock. About.com (Nasdaq: BOUT) said Sombasa shareholders would receive 400,000 unregistered shares. It will also absorb Sombasa’s option plan. Another company under Josh was a social media site for teens called Sconex which shuttered its doors for an undisclosed reason.
The other funding source for The Welcoming Committee is Boss Syndicates which is “comprised of 50 pre-approved syndicate leads representing Boston’s most respected and high achieving founders and executives. BOSS is a movement designed to (1) create new angel investors from talented individuals who previously never viewed themselves as angels; (2) step-change the number of seed stage companies launched in Boston over the next decade; (3) allow individuals to get paid for their mentorship through transference of economic profit or carried interest to the syndicate lead for any profitable investment; (4) create a posse-like network of entrepreneurs committed to sourcing, investing, and helping the next generation of startups.”
These are the individuals who are mentioned on the Crunchbase website regarding Boss Syndicate;
Brian Shin is the founder and CEO of Visible Measures. Brian has co-founded several successful Internet software companies, including web-based collaboration technology vendor Creative Aspects, which was acquired by Medsite Inc. (now WebMD) and The Cambridge Intelligence Agency, a Web-based e-mail response management solution provider that was acquired by marketing services company MSGi.
Visible Measures provides internet video publishers and advertisers with solutions that help measure video-content consumption of users.
Harvard–MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
S.M., Biomedical Enterprise Program
2005 – 2007
David was the Chief Operating Officer of the PayPal Media Network, led the PayPal Boston office
Entrepreneur in Residence
Harvard Business School,
August 2015 – Present (1 year 6 months)
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
1992 – 1999 (7 years)
Harvard Business School
1999 – 2001
Andrew Paradise (born April 10, 1982) is an American entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of Skillz, a company that enables cash tournaments in mobile games.
Art Papas is the Founder and CEO of Bullhorn, the provider of cloud-based CRM solutions for relationship-driven businesses. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/art-papas
Brent Grinna Founder & CEO @ EverTrue, EverTrue’s mission is to build relationships in pursuit of a better world. EverTrue’s vertical SaaS solutions bring modern sales and marketing software to the $350 billion philanthropic giving market.
Harvard Business School
Chad Laurans SimpliSafe was founded in 2006 by then Harvard Business School students, Chad and Eleanor Laurans, after several friends in the Cambridge area experienced break-ins, but couldn’t find a security company that was designed to help renters. Prior to Harvard, Chad attended Yale, where he majored in electrical engineering and graduated in 2000.
Chase Garbarino After graduation, Chase went on to found Streetwise Media, with Kevin McCarthy. Streetwise Media operates BostInno, Boston’s fastest growing online media property, and InTheCapital, launched in Washington, D.C. in January 2012.
Cheng Wu Mobile tv Azuki, Most recently, Cheng served as Chairman of Acopia Networks, a leader in high-performance, intelligent file virtualization solutions, which was acquired by F5 Networks for $210M in September, 2007.
Corey E. Thomas In addition to being President and CEO, Corey is also a member of the Rapid7 board of directors. In 2016, he was appointed to serve on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors. His previous positions include VP of Marketing at Parallels, Inc., a virtualization technology company, Group Project Manager of the Microsoft Server and Tools division, launching the worldwide availability of SQL Server 2005 and steering product planning for Microsoft’s data platform, and a consultant at Deloitte Consulting. MBA from Harvard Business School.
David Cancel Co-Founder & CEO
Drift, David is Chief Product Officer at HubSpot following HubSpot’s acquisition of Performable, where he was previously former CEO & Founder.
You can see their full team here.
While further investigation is required into the connection between DisruptJ20 and The DC Welcoming Committee, because there is a rather weak connection, the groups and individuals potentially funding the operation range from all across the tech spectrum, and many come from Harvard Business School.
Lastly, the actual identification of the individuals behind DisruptJ20 still remain a mystery, but with each investigation, it gets clearer and clearer that their intentions for Inauguration Day are all but peaceful. What say you reader?