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Monday, May 9, 2011

University of Missouri Labor Studies Class Used to Recruit for Communist Party

A bizarre twist has occurred in the story about the Labor Studies program at the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) and Kansas City (UMKC) campuses. A student has come forward and claims that the Labor Studies class was used to recruit for the Communist Party USA (CPUSA).

According to an Article on Big Government, a student named Phillip Christofanelli, has come forward and told the story about how CPUSA organizer, Tony Pecinovsky, was allowed to talk to Phillip's Labor Studies class for 2 hours and then listened as the Professors encouraged students to join:

"That assignment was due the week following the class in which Prof. Giljum had discussed at length his membership in the Communist Party. He said he had joined because, in his words, “the American Communist Party was essentially the only party political group that was seriously focusing exclusively on the working class and labor issues and the rights of workers.” He added that one of the political goals of the Communist Party was to “recapture that party [i.e. the Democratic Party] and have it merge with ours.”

Prof. Giljum then introduced Tony Pecinovsky, a local organizer for the Communist Party, who proceeded to speak to us for two hours about the beliefs of the Communist Party and the benefits of membership. That’s right–the Communist Party was allowed two hours of publicly subsidized class time to recruit. Thank you, Missouri taxpayers!

Mr. Pecinovsky, who has worked in the past for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), informed us about legislation that is pending in the state legislature. He said: “Here in Missouri, the Republicans who control the house and the senate are trying to push through a number of pieces of legislation that would really, really devastate Missourians.” He then informed us that State Senator Jane Cunningham (R) was “crazy.” Pecinovsky also described the dues requirements and initiation procedures of the Communist Party, and gave out his phone number several times, offering to stay as long as anyone wanted to talk to him about joining.

Prof. Ancel acknowledged that joining the Communist Party could cost students their future security clearances, make them less desirable to future employers, and potentially put them on federal watch lists. Still, she and Prof, Giljum invited this organization into class to recruit. Call me crazy, but I thought universities and professors were supposed to help students become more appealing to employers, not hook them up with questionable organizations that by their own admission could cost students their future livelihood."

Phillip goes on to talk about how the class used a textbook written by the Socialist Magazine, Monthly Review Press, and how the Professors used the class to bash Conservatives and Republicans in particular.

As you can see from this first hand account, the Labor Studies Program at UMSL and UMKC was not used to just teach the History of Labor, but instead used to indoctrinate young people and to recruit for the Communist Party.

If you think this isn't a Good Use of your Tax Dollars you may want to let the Chancellors at UMSL and UMKC know your feelings.

Those who don't know History.... Are Doomed to Repeat it.


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