Jerry Brown’s Campaign Guru

Jodie “Code Pink” Evans
At a recent fundraiser for Jerry Brown at her home in Venice, CA, Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans – the queen of protest, was shocked to find a dozen protesters in front of her house on Palm Avenue. According to protester Melanie Morgan of Move America Forward, Evans did not handle being given a dose of her own aggressive protesting. Jodie Evans confronted Morgan, angrily taunting Morgan, “you are on crack.”

In an apparent effort to avoid the dozen or so protesters, Brown exited from the back of the house and reportedly left in a different vehicle from the Dodge Durango that delivered him and was kept running for the two hours he was there.

Evans relationship with Brown goes back to Brown’s first run for Governor. As a 22-year-old campaign worker for Jerry Brown’s 1976 gubernatorial campaign, Jodie worked under the tutelage of Nancy Pelosi. After Brown won, Jodie became his director of administration. She went on to managed Brown’s 1982 failed Senate campaign and his 1992 Presidential campaign. Her husband, at the time, Jan Krajewski II, set up Brown’s toll-free 800 phone line to raise money.

According to the L.A. Times obit: Krajewski died and in Santa Monica, CA on June 15, 1993 and was survived by his wife Anastazja one son, Jan III, and three daughters, Madeleine, Karen and Lynne. Another daughter, Karolina, was drowned in an accident when the family was vacationing with Brown in Baja California in 1983. Jodie founded the Grief Recovery Center after the death of her daughter with Krajewski.

So, how does a political activist have the time and money to fly around the world to protest, hold fundraisers, and sit on boards of many non-profit groups?

She was married to wealthy computer genius Max Palevsky – twice.
One of the greats of the computer industry, Palevsky died three months ago. Palevsky’s most significant contribution to technology is that he was one of the founders of Intel – started with some of the hundreds of millions he got when he sold Scientific Data Systems.

In addition to being a brilliant computer scientist and philanthropist, Palevsky was an avid art collector, director of the ACLU and a movie producer. He was also a member of the “Malibu Mafia,” a group of extremely wealthy democrats, who lived in Malibu Colony and used their influence to promote liberal causes and candidates. Considered part of a “Malibu Mafia” that rivalled MCA chairman Lew Wasserman for domination of the left wing of the Democratic Party in Southern California in the early 1970’s.

The Malibu Mafia also included Willens, Stanley Sheinbaum (son-in-law of movie mogul Harry Warner, also associated with Hutchins and with Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg), Warner Brothers chairman Ted Ashley, TV producer Norman Lear, clothing manufacturer Miles Rubin, Tool Research and Engineering Corporation executive Leopold Wyler, and celebrities Warren Beatty, Neil Diamond, Paul Newman, and Robert Redford.

Palevsky was married six times, twice to Jodie Evans – who was his 4th and 6th wife. She was with him when he died at their home in Beverly HIlls in May.

When she’s not working for Jerry Brown or bundling political donations for Barack Obama, Jodie uses Max’s millions to travel the world meeting with Marxist dictators the Muslim Brotherhood and promoting anti-capitalism. Go figure.

During the 2008 Presidential campaign Jodie and Max helped rally the Los Angeles progressive community to Obama’s side by co-hosting the first Hollywood fundraiser for Obama in February 2007 along with the Dreamworks trio of Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Jodie Evans went on to be appointed a fund raiser for Obama.

Palevsky, who was a graduate of the University of Chicago and was a top benefactor to the school, met Obama when he taught constitutional law there in the early 1990s.

Where in the world is Jodie Evans?
The woman seems to show up in the most unusual places. As a founding member of the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, Evans, along with 150 U.S. activists, attended the  invitation-only meeting at the UN with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sept. 24, 2008.

On November 23, just three days after Obama was elected, Evans, along with Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin, went to Iran to meet with Ahmadinejad.
The invitation-only meeting included 150 U.S. activists attended, representing about 50 organizations.

Earlier this year, the activist found the time to go to Egypt with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn to meet with the Muslim Brotherhood to support hamas, visit with the President at the White House, bury a husband and host a Hollywood fundraiser for Jerry Brown. She is truly amazing.

In keeping with the family’s political activism, Jodie and Max’s son, Matthew, works for his Godmother, Arianna at her website, the Huffington Post. With his extra time, Matt uses his mom’s connections and  his dad’s money to continue his involvement with the Students for Sensible Drug Policy, which he joined while he was an undergraduate at Brown University. Jodie sits on the board of SSDP and the board of directors of the Rain Forest Action Network (RAN), a coalition of anti-capitalist, anti-corporate environmentalist groups. RAN’s co-founder Michael Roselle also founded the Earth Liberation Front, which the FBI ranks alongside the Animal Liberation Front as the foremost domestic terrorism threats in the United States. According to the FBI, during the past seven years those two groups have been responsible for more than 600 criminal acts and $43 million in damages.

Jodie Evans will always be remembered for her famous quote:

“Your son deserved to die in Iraq if he was stupid enough to go over there.”
– Jodie Evans to Debbie Lee, regarding her son, Marc Alan Lee of the United States Navy, who was killed in action in 2006.

What a woman.


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