Charitable Front: Mysterious organizations in the Bay Area profess to be advocating for liberal causes. In truth, they appear to be part of a secretive group with a bizarre radical past. - 2009-12-09
In his experience, leaders of the Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals seemed more concerned about getting him to attend Marxist indoctrination sessions and using his work on the farmworker litigation case to recruit new volunteers and members than about actually succeeding with the suit: "The organization itself was more of a hindrance than a help." Palik split with the group in 2002.
According to ex-members Whitnack and Fahlberg, professionals such as doctors and lawyers are to NatlFed what movie stars are to Scientology. They're recruited to lend authority to the group, but aren't necessarily informed of its core revolutionary mission, and are not required to endure the isolation and other privations of full-time members.