Leslie Reindl

  • Served as president of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers
  • Was a steering committee member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
  • Was a member of the Minnesota Fellowship of Reconciliation
  • Died on May 14, 2013

Leslie Reindl was an organizer and leader of at least a half dozen leftist nonprofit organizations and causes in her hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota and elsewhere in the United States. She spent decades fighting for leftwing causes, particularly radical environmentalism and the anti-war protests. She accused the Bush Administration of conspiring to rig elections with electronic voting machines. She protested the Patriot Act, promoted anti-Semitic “peace” organizations, and heartily endorsed the violent Palestinian “struggle” against Israeli “occupation.”

The list of groups Reindl founded, joined, administrated, or otherwise supported is prodigous. She was the president of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, a coalition of over 50 leftist organizations, including Friends for a Non-Violent World, the National Lawyers Guild, the Palestine-Israel Justice Project, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Reindl was a member of the WILPF steering committee and is the group’s volunteer administrator. WILPF concentrates on fighting “corporate power,” and promoting “racial reconciliation” (read “reparations”) and American nuclear disarmament.

As a member of the Minnesota Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), Reindl edited the group’s newsletter and helped to circulate a petition calling for the end of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. The petition stated, “Rather than bringing peace and security to the Iraqi people, the U.S. occupation has brought violence, torture, destruction and chaos. The occupation should be ended and U.S. troops withdrawn.” Illustrative of FOR’s anti-American, pro-militant Muslim stance was its endorsement of the June 5, 2004 “coordinated actions against Israel’s ‘separation wall,’ on the 37th anniversary of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and the beginning of Israel’s occupation.”

Reindl was a member of the Minnesota Sustainable Community Network, a group committed to environmental radicalism. She was also the chairman and co-founder of Wilderness Connections. She also endorsed and/or belonged to such groups as Cry Justice, the Minnesota Bill of Rights Defense Committee, United for Peace and Justice, and Urgent Call. She raised money to support the National Coalition to Repeal the Patriot Act.

In a column for the column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Reindl wrote, “I fear that the horrible murder of Mr. [Nicholas] Berg [an American contractor beheaded by Islamist terrorists in Iraq in the Spring of 2004] is only the beginning of reprisals for what has been done to helpless Iraqi prisoners. I am more afraid than ever for our young people in Iraq, trying to do the impossible job their government has demanded of them. I lay the blame for this unspeakable debacle directly on George W. Bush.”

Reindl died on May 14, 2013 in St. Paul, Minnesota.