On Nov 5th, my old employer will do positive PR for Goldman Sachs, which ruined the lives of millions of people. link to t.co
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) November 1, 2013
The event to which Jilani links is November 5. Here’s the lineup: two folks from Goldman Sachs. Wait, are they folks? Two panjandrums from Goldman Sachs.
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director, Office of Management & Budget
Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Goldman Sachs
Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, New York City
Alicia Glen, Head of Urban Investment, Goldman Sachs
Jonathan Greenblatt, Special Assistant to the President; Director, Office of Social Innovation and Civic Paritcipation
Kathlyn Mead, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The California Endowment
John Roman, Senior Fellow, The Urban Institute
Annie Donovan, Chief Executive Officer, Coopmetrics
What’s it about? Press advisory from CAP:
On Tuesday, November 5, the Center for American Progress will host a discussion with experts in the burgeoning field of social impact investing. Government has a real opportunity to invest in innovation in the social sector. In tight fiscal times, all levels of government seek innovative approaches to deliver better services and get better outcomes.
You may remember, but two years ago, anticipating the 2012 election cycle, Jilani, an excellent writer, was targeted along with three others at CAP for expressing ideas critical of Israel. The targeter was Josh Block, neoconservative Israel lobbyist, working in tandem with other neocons, and Alan Dershowitz and Spencer Ackerman riding shotgun. A few months later Jilani and two of the others had packed their bags, and MJ Rosenberg, who had dared to coin the term Israel Firster, and was targeted for doing so, was out at Media Matters. (Even as Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson want to ask American Jews about their allegiance to Israel in a crunch) A reminder that the Israel lobby, which transcends party, and transcends White House chain of command too, is entrenched in the Democratic Party.