Labor and Community for an Independent Party
Labor And Community For An Independent Party
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Ralph Schoenman is the past Secretary General of the International Tribunal on U.S. War Crimes in Indo-China. He is currently a member of the editorial board of The Organizer newspaper (Northern California).
Some Ideas for Local Labor-Community Coalitions
Labor Party Advocate and Organizer (Southern California)
Connie White has been a labor party advocate in the USA for 3 decades. Raised in Los Angeles, California, Connie is a political analyst, theorist, and organizer who was a delegate in 1996 to the founding convention of the Labor Party USA and founding member of the Los Angeles Chapter. In addition to being an organizer of the African Tribunal that took place at Compton College in 2000 – that brought together activists from all over the world and the “African diaspora” – Connie has a long history of participation in and organizing with community organizations, labor organizations, and radical activists advocating for independent working-class politics.
Dept. Rep., Calif. Faculty Association (CFA), Cal Poly Pomona (Southern California)
Coral Wheeler is an assistant professor at Cal Poly Pomona and the physics department representative for her chapter of CFA, the union for faculty, librarians and counselors in the CSU system. Prior to that she was an organizer and local leader in UAW 2865, the union for teaching assistants, graders and tutors in the UC system, where she helped organize a new union for postdoctoral and academic researchers. She organizes for LCIP in the greater Los Angeles area.
Statement From Coral Wheeler
Member, California Federation of Teachers (CFT) and Sacramento Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) (Northern California)
Gabriel Torres Speaks Out
Gabriel Torres Message – We Have to Reclaim the Mantle of “Working Class”
Retired American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) unionist who served in many leadership positions in locals in Chicago and Baltimore; Green Party member (Massachusetts)
National Organizing Committee, Socialist Organizer (Northern California)
There Is No Substitute For Women and Men Mobilizing To Demand Their Rights
Youth Activist (Southern California)
Daniel Reif is a young activist residing in Los Angeles and a child of the 1990s Labor Movement. He wishes to meet this era of mass class resistance with an electoral institution that will guarantee the prosperity of the working class, of oppressed communities, and the health of our planet.
Community Activist, Organizer and Advocate; Founder and Chairman, New Afrikan Independence Party (NAIP) (Pennsylvania)
Steering Committee member, Labor Fightback Network (LFN) (Northern California)
Millie Phillips has supported the formation of an independent working class party since the 1970s. Active in the labor movement, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area, she was vice-chair of the Golden Gate (Bay Area-wide) chapter of the Labor Party in the 1990s, when she also served two terms as the president of the San Francisco chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women and in various volunteer positions in her former union IBEW #1245. She is on the steering committee of Labor Fightback Network, one of LCIP’s co-founders. Since retiring from the energy industry, she has been pursuing a new career as a recently ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She lives in Oakland, California
Millie Phillips on Why We Need an Independent Labor and Community-Based Party
Alan Benjamin – OPEIU Delegate to San Francisco Labor Council; Editorial Board member of The Organizer newspaper (Northern California)
* Editorial board member, The Organizer newspaper
* Delegate to San Francisco Labor Council fro OPEIU Local 29
• Past Executive Committee member (retired) of San Francisco Labor Council
* Member, Organizing Committee, Binational (US-Mexico) Conference Against NAFTA 2.0 and the Wall of Shame
• Member, Coordinating Committee, International Workers Committee Against War and Exploitation
• Founding member, U.S. Labor Against the War
• Member, Administrative Committee, Labor Fightback Network
Building Block Coalitions for an Independent Party of Labor and the Communities of he Oppressed by Alan Benjamin
Political Activist (Arizona)
David McGirr is an Irish emigrant and a member of the LCIP Media Committee. He currently works for a website hosting company and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Media from the University of Ulster.
Co-convener, Ujima People’s Progress Party (Maryland)
Nnamdi Lumumba is a founding member and current state organizer for the Ujima People’s Progress party in the state of Maryland. He has been a local city council candidate and been on the election campaign committee for several Black independent candidates. He has spent over 30 years as a revolutionary pan-Africanist organizer working in Black communities around the issues of police brutality, housing, education, economic development, reparations and social justice. He has been a member of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) and the National Jericho Movement to free political prisoners. He has participated in political prisoner campaigns to free former Black Panther members Marshall Eddie Conway and Mumia Abu Jamal.
Statement by Ujima People’s Progress Party in Support of Labor & Community for an Independent Party (LCIP)
UJIMA People’s Progress Party
Former president, International Association of Machinists (IAM) Local 565 (Northern California)
Political Activist (Massachusetts)
David Keil teaches in higher education, and belongs to the Massachusetts Teachers Association and to Educators for a Democratic Union. He was part of the National Assembly through 2010 and is on the Coordinating Committee of the United National Antiwar Coalition. He belongs to the Green-Rainbow Party.
Retired Teamster; Political Organizer and Activist (Ohio)
Michael Carano is a former, elected City Council member in Tallmadge, Ohio, a Returned Peace Corps. Volunteer (Sierra Leone, West Africa from 2012-2014), and a political organizer and activist. He is a former educator and spent several years as a member of the National Assembly to End the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Message from Michael Carano
Nat’l. Asso. of Letter Carriers (NALC), Branch 40 Retired; Steering Committee member, Labor Fightback Network (LFN) (Ohio)
Don Bryant is a retired letter carrier and 41-year member of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC). Don has been a community organizer and activist since 1979; he began his activism in the antinuclear and environmental movement. As an activist, Don works to end poverty, oppression and racism, and believes in a “unite and empower” strategy to overcome divide-and-conquer capitalism, and to end state violence and repression. In 1985 Don became involved in nonviolent direct action working with the American Peace Test and the Nevada Desert Experience founded by Californian Franciscans. After 9/11, Don began advocating for immigrant rights and Muslim and Palestinian solidarity in NE Ohio, and in 2003 co-founded the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network. Don also helped organize a delegation to Gaza, Palestine in March 2009 to witness the destruction of Israel’s Cast Lead invasion and deliver water purification units. Don currently serves as a member of End Poverty Now Cleveland, Utilities For All, Cleveland Peace Action, GCISN, and others.