The Communist Party USA newspaper People’s World, June 12, 1971, covered the “1,500 in San Antonio at Free Angela meeting,” Communist Party member Angela Davis was on trial for alleged complicity in the murder of Marin County California judge Harold Haley.
San Antonio, Texas — The first mass rally and dance for Angela Davis in the Southwest was a smashing success here May 23 as some 1,500 persons attended.
First speaker for the evening, Communist Party ally Rev. Claude Black, pastor of the Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, was followed by Franklin Garcia, international representative of the communist-controlled Amalgamated Meatcutters and Butcher Workmen’s Union.
Seated on the platform were Carlos Richardson, Texas co-ordinator of Student Nonviolent Co-ordinating Committee and chairman of the San Antonio Committee to Free Angela Davis, well known activist Rosie Castro, Communist Party ally G.J. Sutton, San Antonio Communist Party leaders John Inman and John Stanford, convicted heroin dealer and revolutionary activist Mario Cantu, Communist Party supporter Manuela Sager and David Plylar.
- John was one of the most steadfast, dedicated people I ever knew. We met in the late 60’s when he helped organize the San Antonio Committee to Stop the War in Vietnam. My favorite story, which I have told many times, is this: Thein Wah (Communist Party supporter) and I were sitting in Don Norton‘s living room one afternoon trying to decide who among us was the FBI informant. Thein accused me. He said I fit the profile–recently out of the military, crew cut hair, etc. We finally decided that the informant had to be John because he had the perfect cover. He was a high official in the state Communist Party at that time!
In 2009, the Communist Party USA newspaper People’s World sent Mother’s Day Greetings and Love to John Stanford‘s wife and comrade Joanna Stanford “whose life has combined love of family with distribution of the People’s Weekly World and predecessor papers, and with the struggle for a world of peace, justice, freedom, art, dance, dolls and handicrafts.”
Signatories included David Plylar.
David Plylar also worked closely with former San Antonio City Councillor and Communist Party affiliate Patti Radle, to help elect the son of his old comrade Rosie Castro – Julian Castro, to the San Antonio Mayoralty.
In 2009, over 100 Texan activists wrote a Letter from San Antonio Activists Supporting the Cuban 5(convicted Cuban spies) to former President Jimmy Carter:
- We are sending a copy of this letter to President Barack Obama, to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to the five Cuban anti-terrorists who are in U.S. prisons, to the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, and to the U.S. office of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5. Signers included David Plylar .