But thanks to the openness of the local St. Louis Chapter of the Communist Party USA the ties between some Unions, Union Figure Heads and the Communist Party become all too clear.
According to an Event posting on the Communist Party USA news, People's World, the 7th annual Working class media & democracy forum is to be held at the Operating Engineers' Union Hall, 2929 S. Jefferson in St. Louis Missouri this Thursday. This event is being hosted by the Missouri/Kansas friends of People's World with the Contact being the local Communist Reporter for People's World, Tony Pecinovsky. Here is the posting:
"St. Louis: 7th annual Working class media & democracy forum
November 18 2010 19:00 - November 18 2010 23:00
Keynote speaker: journalist and author Amy B. Dean, author of A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement. Dean will speak on the relationship between media and democracy and the role of radical activism in rebuilding the labor movement. Q & A follows. Copies of A New New Deal will be available for purchase and signing.
At the Operating Engineers' Union
Hall, 2929 S. Jefferson.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Tables are $150.
Program booklet ads are: $150 (quarter page), $300
(half-page), and $500 (full page). Make checks payable to: MO/KS PW, 438 N. Skinker, St. Louis, MO 63130.
Hosted by The Missouri/Kansas Friends of
the People's World / Mundo Popular
Contact Tony Pecinovsky at 314-583-9152 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions"
The Keynote Speaker, Amy B. Dean, is well known to the Labor Movement. According to Amy Dean's own website her "Roots":
"are in the American labor movement where she served for almost 20 years. From 1993 – 2003 Dean served as President & CEO of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council."
Ironically enough those "Roots" have been cultivated for a time with the same Socialist Organization that President Obama was apart of, the New Party.
According to a Blog called, New Zeal, Amy Dean was on the New Party website in 1994 as apart of a list of over 100: "community leaders, organizers retirees,, scholars, artists, parents, students, doctors, writers and other activists who are building the NP" as Amy Dean, San Jose CLC. (Picture from newzeal.blogspot.com)
This St Louis Event isn't the first Communist gathering that Amy B. Dean has keynoted. According to the website, KeyWiki, Amy Dean also keynoted the Communist Party USA 22nd Annual People's World Banquet in Chicago last December:
"The Chicago Communist Party USA 22nd Annual People’s World Banquet Dec. 6 at the Parthenon Restaurant. Several thousand dollars was raised for the PW Fund Drive from "supporters who dug deep despite the hard economic times".
The attendees, a rainbow crowd of labor, community and religious activists, entered the festive room to the sounds of the jazz trio, Lovers in Arms and a running slide show of photos from struggles over the past year.
Author and labor leader Amy Dean keynoted the event. In introducing her, CPUSA labor secretary Scott Marshall called her work visionary and innovative. Dean recounted how she learned some enduring lessons as a young organizer for the ILGWU working with Rudy Lozano and through the election of Harold Washington as Mayor of Chicago, "including the kind of commitment it took to fight for worker’s rights, the need to build grassroots movements and win political power to effect real change".
She noted while electoral coalitions are one thing, governing coalitions are often another. It’s vital that labor and its allies have a say in what policies unfold once their candidates are elected. Dean said much more must be done to build up the movement to ensure the Obama agenda and progressive change is advanced in Congress.
Before the dinner Dean signed copies of her new book, “A New, New Deal: How regional activism can reshape the American Labor Movement” which she co-authored with David Reynolds."
From the Communist Party being allowed to use a local Union Hall and the AFL-CIO electing someone with obvious Socialist/Communist ties, like Amy B. Dean, to the Labor Council, the ties between some Unions and the Communist Party are still strong even today.
It is up to the Union membership to do their homework and purge their ranks of those whose ideologies do nothing but seek the ultimate destruction of Freedom and the Free Market. Because if they fail in this Worthy Endeavor, they will unwittingly play a hand in the Enslavement of their Children and Grand Children to a Country where instead of saluting the Stars and Stripes, they will be forced to pledge their allegiance to the Hammer and Sickle.