By: Trevor Loudon
Walmart is suing well known Texas communist Gene Lantz.
Recently, Walmart served papers on Gene Lantz, a retired Texas union activist, the United Food and Commercial Workers, pro-union Walmart staff support group OUR Walmart and Jobs with Justice, for civil trespassing for crossing their parking lots.
Walmart wants the groups to be permanently restrained from trespassing on Walmart property in Texas for unlawful activities. Since March, five similar lawsuits have been filed by Walmart in other states.
Gene Lantz has also been making videos of public officials supporting Walmart workers and posting them on YouTube.
Houston based Lantz has been a fixture in the Texas left for decades. First with the Socialist Workers Party and the last 10 years or so, with the Communist Party USA. He was the founder of North Texas Jobs with Justice and President of the local affiliate of Alliance of Retired Americans – a union sponsored, leftist controlled grouping.
As with many Communist Party members, Lantz is involved with the Democratic Party and has cultivated close ties to many leading Houston area Democrats.
Gene Lantz is also close to local Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, who is herself close to the Communist Party and a big supporter of revolutionary Cuba.
Johnson is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the equally as radical Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Gene Lantz is already mustering up union support to fight back.
It will be very interesting to see whether Reps Veasey and Johnson, or other leading Democrats, throw their support behind comrade Lantz.