Alan Grayson (D-FL 9) – KeyWiki Progressive/Marxist Profiles

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Election Facts for 2014:

• Party – Democrat
• State – Florida
• Location – Florida 9
• First Elected – 2012
• Candidates in 2014:
Alan Grayson – D
Nick Ruiz – D
Jorge Bonilla – R
Carol Platt – R
Peter Vivaldi – R

Alan Grayson is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 9th District of Florida.

After losing his reelection bid in 2010, Grayson won election back to Congress on November 6, 2012. He is a member and past Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.


Alan Grayson came from humble beginnings; as a native from the Bronx, New York, he grew up in the tenements. He worked his way through Harvard University, graduating with high honors. Immediately following his undergraduate career, he enrolled in Harvard Law School where he again graduated with honors.

As an attorney, he focused on Contract Law. In 1986, he helped to found the Alliance for Aging Research, serving as an officer of the organization for more than twenty years.

Congressman Grayson was also the first President of IDT Corporation, a publicly traded billion-dollar telecommunications company.

In the 2000s, he worked as a plaintiffs’ attorney, specializing in whistleblower fraud cases aimed at Iraq War contractors.


Grayson serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. For Foreign Affairs, he serves on two Subcommittees: the Western Hemisphere and the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittees. For Science, Space and Technology, he serves on the Energy and Environment Subcommittees.

Alan Grayson is a member of the House Science and National Labs Caucus and the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus.

“Progressive” Connections

21st Century Democrats

Grayson was one of 12 key progressives endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)-led 21st Century Democrats in the 2012 election cycle.

He was one of 17 supported in 2010.

America’s Future Now!

Alan Grayson was one of the 148 speakers who addressed the 2010 America’s Future Now conference, run by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)/DSA initiated Campaign for America’s Future.

Progressive Democrats of America Endorsement

In 2012, Alan Grayson was one of 14 leftist Congressional and Senate candidates endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), an organization dominated by members or affiliates of DSA and the IPS.

PDA National Director Tim Carpenter, John Nichols of The Nation, Rep. Alan Grayson, National Nurses United Michael Lighty and PDA board member, Steve Cobble

Progressive Central: The Peoples’ Inauguration

Progressive Central: The Peoples’ Inauguration was held January 19, 2013, at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Washington, D.C.

The event was sponsored by IPS affiliates Progressive Democrats of America, The Nation, National Nurses United and Busboys and Poets. The event was advertised and promoted by the Institute for Policy Studies.

The 2:15 pm – 3:25 pm session, “Organizing for Main Street not Wall Street,” was moderated by John Nichols.

It featured Rep. Alan Grayson; Michael Lighty, PDA National Board/National Nurses United and¬ Becky Bond, President CREDO Super PAC.

Participants included PDA National Director Tim Carpenter (DSA); John Nichols of The Nation; DSA and Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism affiliate National Nurses United official Michael Lighty (a former DSA National Director) and PDA board member Steve Cobble (IPS). Also included were Phyllis Bennis (IPS); Medea Benjamin (IPS and Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism affiliate); and Bill Fletcher, Jr., IPS, DSA and Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Hosting PDA

According to a New Year 2013 press release from Progressive Democrats of America:

Progressive Democrats of America accomplished a lot in 2012 — thanks to your help and support. Together, we helped defeat Tea Party extremists and helped elect strong progressives to Congress.

In just a few days, on January 3rd, our team will be on Capitol Hill as special guests of our newly elected and re-elected progressive candidates including our board members our friends Representatives Alan Grayson, Dr. Ami Bera, and Mark Pocan.

Foreign Policy/National Security

Supported by Council for a Livable World

The far left, anti-U.S. military Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and reported Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, supported Alan Grayson in his successful 2008 House of Representatives run as a candidate for Florida. He had also been previously supported by the Council.

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The war on unborn women

By: Richard Cameron
Communities Digital News

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2014 — By now the mantra of the Democrats – the “War On Women,” is well past its born on date, not that rhetorically running on fumes has ever crimped their style. After all, we’re still hearing phrases like “living in the shadows” and “broken immigration system” as though they were coined yesterday.

But the expression, “war on women” does go back further than most realize. It was coined by the late feminist author Andrea Dworkin in the introduction to her book, ‘Beaver Talks’ in 1989. Ms. Dworkin, from all accounts, appeared to be an honest intellectual and more objective in many ways than the rest of the feminist pack – similar in that respect to Camille Paglia.

The phrase really picked up momentum when it passed into the parlance of partisan political provocateurs such as Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). The term, while seeming to be general in scope, is most commonly used to refer to initiatives aimed at trimming back taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and subsidies for abortion services.

Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/the-war-on-unborn-women-13461/.


Interview with Trevor Loudon – author of ‘The Enemies Within’

Open Rebellion Radio

On Thursday, April 3rd at 3:30 PM PST, my guest on Open Rebellion Radio will be Mr. Trevor Loudon. New Zealander Trevor Loudon is an internationally known blogger, writer and researcher, noted among other things for exposing the communist background of Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar” Van Jones, which led to his eventual resignation from his White House position. Loudon was also the first to publicize Barack Obama’s ties to Hawaiian Communist Party member, Frank Marshall Davis.

Trevor Loudon’s research has been cited by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, countless articles, blog posts and in books by well known authors Paul Kengor, Aaron Klein and Jerome Corsi. He has addressed more than 200 audiences in more than 30 states in his four tours of the United States.

He is also the author of the 2011 book, “Barack Obama and the Enemies Within.” His latest book is, “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress.”

We’ll talk about his book, his speaking engagement Friday March 30th at 11:30 am at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, Menlo Park, California and about some incredible local developments in California. Your calls, questions and comments are welcome on the caller line at (646) 668-8537. Don’t miss this fascinating guest.


Forum: If You Were President Obama, How Would You Handle The Situation In Ukraine?

The Watcher’s Council

Every week on Monday morning, the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum with short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture or daily living. This week’s question: If You Were President Obama, How Would You Handle The Situation In Ukraine?

Liberty’s Spirit: Keeping Russia out of the G-8 was a good move. Also finding a way to limit Russia’s ability to sell their oil and natural gas on the open market would also hit Russia in the pocketbook. Of course a wounded bear is not so easily contained and it is a fine line between showing international condemnation and making that bear even more hostile. Remember a wounded Germany after WW1, instead of being cowed by sanctions and world derision turned to the Nazis and hence we ended up with the horror that was WW2. A wounded and angry Russian bear could turn us back into the bad-old-days of the Cold War.

Russia is in a highly vulnerable state, economically and internationally. We do not want to make the same mistake with Russia that we made with post WW1 Germany. However, unless you are willing to go to war over Crimea (you need to ask yourself, and answer honestly, is this incident worth the lives of YOUR children before you decided military action is tenable) then the only alternative is economic sanctions and keeping Russia out of organizations like the G-8. Of course the reality is that the entire first world has to be in line in order for there to be any real effect upon Russia. However, Europe as usual does not have the stomach for anything but specious pronouncements as they are beholden to Russia for their energy needs, especially Germany. Also there are too many financial and economic ties to Russia for any one nation to truly do anything about Russia’s aggression. Businesses worldwide would have to be willing to take a huge financial hit if they boycotted Russia and that is not something that anyone is going to make happen anytime soon. You can ask what is the tipping point? Honestly considering that the world’s red line (not just Obama’s) has continued to be crossed when dealing with the Iranian nuclear bomb, nor stopped the slaughter in Syria, it is highly doubtful that anyone has the desire to really do anything about Putin.

However, it would be good to have those in the White House who understand that rhetoric really gets you nowhere with someone like Putin. That a “Smartpower” policy would have to have a policy of decisive containment (sadly we are dependent on Russia for our space program now), energy independence (no Keystone pipeline and a refusal to open up areas to drill leaves us energy vulnerable to the likes of Putin) and allies that believe you are on their side (canceling the missile shield in Poland leaves vulnerable all those east European allies who are now once again in fear of Russian hegemony). Obama’s foreign policy has completely ignored these three major policy areas in dealing with Russia. In fact, in the case of the missile shield and nuclear downgrade of our military, Obama completely capitulated to Russian demands from the outset.

Now would Putin be so aggressive if he thought that the US had descent leadership? He did invade Georgia while Bush was in office and compared to Obama, Bush was highly aggressive and continually attacked for his “cowboy diplomacy, aka military actions.” So the truth of the matter is that it doesn’t necessarily matter who is in the White House when you are dealing with an oligarch like Putin. However, containment of Putin’s aggression is possible if you practice “Smartpower.” Something the Obama national security team never has done and is totally incapable of producing.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Commonwealth Russia’s annexation of Crimea is gon be like a short-term political high at home that will eventually fizzle out. Long term though, Russia gains nothing from the annexation but a bleak peninsula of no economic or military importance, and the distrust and/or hatred of her neighbors.

A campaign of insurgency – funded by interested nation states with all the faux cover that terms like non state actors can provide would be interesting to say the least.

Nasty things like IEDs or better – EFPs (explosive formed penetrators) detonating amidst periodic sniper attacks would certainly queer the mix of Commonwealth’s adventures in her Near Abroad if hooked up with a myriad of ‘Rebel’ groups in Crimea and their Public Relations wave. Rebel Radio and TV could play on underground chic – particularly in old Ost Europa

Spectacular attacks will keep the spotlight on the area, granting internat’l interest and attention.

Commando style attacks on communications centers – storming, seizing and holding TV and radio stations would have a short life span as Russia would most likely play back with a heavy hand – thus sparking the insurgency to actually launch attacks outside of Crimea – even in Mommie Russia herself.

JoshuaPundit: The first thing I think that’s important going in is to understand that what we did to Russia and the Serbs with Kossovo is far worse than what Putin did with the Crimea. And what’s more, we didn’t even have any national interests at stake there. It was simply wag the dog, to distract the news headlines from Bill Clinton’s intern problems and look good to the Muslim world. And it has negatively affected our relationship with Russia severely to this day.Memories are long in that part of the world.

The last thing we want, in my opinion, is any kind of military action. Ever since Barack Hussein Obama was a Senator, he’s demonstrated a disdain and a profound disrespect for our military, so the idea of any kind of action while he’s C-in-C is out of the question if we can possibly avoid it.

What would I do about the Ukraine? Assuming that Obama was out of the picture, John Kerry was out closing in on another rich widow and I had total control over things, I would schedule a sitdown with President Putin for some serious horsetrading and a discussion of our future relationship.

I would happily offer to swap the entire Ukraine if necessary in a covert agreement in exchange for Russia looking the other way and keeping stuhm while we dealt with Iran’s nukes. We have no interests there. Especially if I offered this carrot with a regretful mention of my being forced to resort to the ultimate stick if we couldn’t agree – barring Russia and anyone trading with them from doing transactions via the US banking system. Since oil trades are delineated in dollars and the world banking system flows through New York, this would be the ultimate sanction on Russia, one they couldn’t get around. Plus the Europeans and the Chinese would be forced to go along because of their exports and financial dealings here in America. What we’re doing now is mere pinpricks.

I think there’s a very good chance Putin would go for it, especially since dealing with me, he’d be pretty certain I planned to solve that particular problem with Iran anyway, agreement of no agreement.

You see, I look at it from the standpoint of what benefits us and gives Putin a little something to save face with. That’s exactly the opposite of what you’re seeing with Obama and Kerry.

I’m not particularly worried about Putin expanding to any of the other countries near his border aside from Moldava,perhaps. With the exception of Finland, they’re all NATO allies who could call on Article Five of the treaty, and Putin knows it. He’s a rational actor. Russia is not in a position to fight that kind of war right now, and going after the Finns would be a serious mistake. The Russians tried that before and it was not pleasant for them in the least.

Provided we no longer have a president who’s a serial prevaricator who can convince our allies we can be depended on, building up the military power and our security cooperation with the Visegrád Group would also be a good check on any ideas Putin or anyone else might have. Those countries certainly don’t trust Obama, and with good reason. But that can change with different leadership.

The Glittering Eye: There isn’t much that can be done at this point. The economic sanctions that are palatable to the Europeans aren’t enough to discourage the Russians so we’re limited to ineffectual gestures and condemnation. The president has already condemned Russia’s annexation of Crimea and repeating it won’t make it more effective. Less to, if anything.

Most of all we shouldn’t get cozier with Ukraine’s government. There’s little reason to believe that they’re freedom-loving liberal democrats. Indeed, in all likelihood they’re the same corrupt kleptocrats that the Yanukovych and Tymoshenko governments were.

We might have been able to do something if we’d started twenty years ago. We could have tried to slow the transition from the Soviet system to the present one, allowing liberal institutions to gain strength. We could have given the fledgling Russia a little more support. We didn’t need to treat them like vanquished foes. We could have discouraged the expansion of the EU and NATO into former Warsaw Pact and Soviet countries or, at least, slowed it. That expansion, coupled with the interventions in Serbia, Kosovo, and Libya, convinced the Russians that NATO wasn’t a defensive alliance but an anti-Russian alliance.

We’ve also over-emphasized the importance of individuals, first Yeltsin, now Putin. But that’s a somewhat different subject.

Every one penny drop in the price of oil takes money out of the Putin’s pockets. We can influence the price of oil by a) producing more and b) consuming less. Lowering the price of oil is a two-edged sword. It will hurt Russia and it will help China.

The Razor: This is an easy question: I’d handle it exactly as Obama has.

It’s impossible to learn something new when one knows everything. Obama believes he knows the situation better than anyone on his staff, which is why he pursues this policy. Since he knows everything and implemented this policy, he cannot change it.

From his narcissistic perspective, he has done nothing wrong. It’s Putin who refuses to see reality, which from an outside perspective is Obama’s reality, not the reality that exists outside his own mind. From Obama’s perspective Putin is acting irrationally and almost insanely because Putin refuses to acknowledge the post-Cold War/Transnational reality where Russia is no longer a powerful nationalistic state. Because Obama is completely unable to perceive the world in any other way, let alone from another person’s perspective in an objective, unbiased way, he cannot understand Putin’s actions. They seem random and disconnected; it must puzzle him – and I wonder if he believes Putin is being poisoned or becoming mentally disturbed.

But from a perspective other than Obama’s we can see Putin’s action as quite rational when viewed in nationalistic terms. While I personally have wished Russia and China would see the world in a broader perspective, one that recognizes that international relations in the 21st century is not a zero-sum game, I understand that if a person sees you as an opponent you must treat him as an opponent. No amount of wishing is going to stop him from trying to hurt you. Therefore we have to react to Putin (and China, which is on deck to create the same mayhem in South Asia that Putin is making in Eastern Europe) in a way that he understands; by undermining his actions through diplomatic and military means when necessary. This would mean supporting rebel elements throughout the fringes of the Russian Empire, arming the Ukrainians, and generally attacking Russia through all means necessary short of a hot-war.

Luckily for Putin he has plenty of time before Obama leaves office, and that time may grow even longer if America elects an Obama-like Hillary Clinton or an isolationist-leaning Rand Paul. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand the Russian Empire, and from Putin’s perspective he’d be crazy not to take it.

Simply Jews: Thankfully I am not in the POTUS shoes at the moment, because in my opinion the man is in a bind in the current situation.

Obama and USA don’t really have a military option, aside of a doomsday scenario, which will be sheer madness, taking into account the questionable qualities of both sides of the conflict. To support the (ostensibly) pro-Western side in the Ukraine means extending the patronage to a big group of raving ultra-nationalist with roots in the Ukraine stained past. So I would exclude the military option anyway.

On the political front the POTUS has a totally immovable adversary in Vladimir Putin. Not only Putin has demonstrated several times during the recent years that he is a better poker player than Obama, he is also immune to political pressure, having unprecedentedly strong support at home. And not caring much for the world’s opinion, it has to be added.

Economically POTUS’ hands are bound, at least in the short term. Trying to apply economic pressure at the moment, with Europe being held hostage by Putin’s hand on the gas and oil taps, will almost certainly leave US alone in the battlefield.

The only remaining way is to establish the infrastructure for replacement of Russian source of gas and oil by US and others, which will take time. This, however, should be done anyway, since Russian expansion is by no means limited to the Crimea adventure. Having the Europe fueling solution in place, Obama then can seriously move to the economic blockade of Russia – which in the long run is the only measure that could endanger Putin and his KGB cronies at the helm.

Ask Marion: If I were President Obama, I would never have found myself in his position with Putin and the Ukraine to start with. Weakness and/or dysfunction begets weakness and dysfunction!

I am a Sarah Palin kind of gal… so would be a Ronald Reagan kind of president in a skirt! However, that being said:

If I were President Obama I would start by keeping my mouth shut unless I was ready to act:

The President addressed an audience in the Netherlands this past Tuesday after which he stood at his podium awaiting the customary round of applause. Instead, none came… virtually nobody applauded. One audience member can be heard clapping a slow, awkward clap for a few seconds before promptly giving up after noticing that his enthusiasm was not catching on (He and the United States have become laughable.

And then I would follow the KT McFarland route, giving the following speech (short and sweet)… and then take action:

First: I will reverse my decision to halt the missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. America will go ahead as originally planned and build the missile shield, but an accelerated basis. That means U.S. military personal will be working alongside Polish and Czech military to construct and operate the systems. The missile shield is designed to protect Europe from Iranian missiles, but you get the point. Uniformed U.S. military will soon be stationed near the Russian border.

Second: I will reverse course on the defense budget. Your defense minister just announced Russia is negotiating basing rights in seven nations around the world. He also said you were rebuilding old Soviet era military bases in central Asia. Your parliament has just voted unanimously to invade Ukraine. In light of that, this is no time for my Secretary of Defense to announce we’re gutting our military.

Third: I will allow the Keystone Pipeline to go ahead, again on an accelerated basis. That will not only give a boost to the American and Canadian economies, it will start driving down the price of oil.

Fourth: I will give my wholehearted support for fracking and horizontal drilling. American energy companies will now develop the vast oil and gas resources that lie, literally, under our feet. We’ve seen the U.S. go from natural gas importers to exporters in less than five years and the price of gas fall accordingly. We will now do the same with oil. Analysts expect the price of oil could decline by 20%.

I don’t have to tell you what that means for the Russian economy. Your economy and government are solely dependent on energy revenues. You need oil above $90 to meet payroll. It should settle well below that within a few years time. And free markets are a great thing – they anticipate change and will start short selling you now. That will make it difficult for you to pay for food imports, subsidies, your military buildup, and of course the extremely expensive the Sochi Olympics.

Fifth: I will send a trade delegation to Poland and other countries in Central Europe to explore ways of helping them use fracking technologies to develop their own gas reserves. Chevron and Shell have already signed a $13 billion deal with Ukraine. I expect others to follow.

At the same time I will throw roadblocks in front of any American energy company that seeks to develop your eastern Siberian fields. Your existing oil fields in western Siberia have, maybe, a decade left. You need our technology to develop new ones. You’re not getting it.

Sixth: It’s time we refocus on Western Europe’s over-dependence on Russian natural gas. We will explore ways to export our new found natural gas surpluses to Europe by underwriting building of LNG terminals to accept imports from America. And while we’re at it, we will reassure our NATO allies, especially those that used to be under Soviet control, that Article Five of the NATO charter is still valid. If you are setting your sights on them next, think again. It’s all for one and one for all.

Seventh: It’s high time we expand our relations with the oil and gas rich nations of central Asia. We will extend invitations to each of them to visit Washington, to see how America and American energy companies might work with them to build pipelines to get their energy exports to Europe and beyond bypassing Russia.

Time for some real leadership… of course that would mean that this administration wanted the U.S. to succeed!?!

The Independent Sentinel: If I were in Mr. Obama’s place, I would put the missile defense shield in Poland and send arms to Ukraine. After all, we sent arms to the Syrians and we apparently give Russia tactical weaponry for free.

If Putin thinks he can just walk into Ukraine and not pay much of a price, he will do it. The reverse is true.

If I had the same mindset as Mr. Obama, however, I would challenge Putin to a golf match.

Well, there you have it.

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Al Franken (D-MN) – KeyWiki Progressive/Marxist Profiles

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Election Facts for 2014:

• Party – Democrat
• State – Minnesota
• Location – Minnesota Senate
• First Elected – 2009
• Candidates in 2014:
Al Franken – D
Julianne Ortman – R

Alan Stuart “Al” Franken is a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party member of the United States Senate, serving as the Junior Senator for Minnesota. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party is unique to Minnesota and is affiliated with the Democratic Party.


Al Franken was born on May 21, 1951 and grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. He graduated from Harvard in 1973 and married Franni Franken.

Franken achieved note as a writer and performer for the television show Saturday Night Live from its inception in 1975, before moving to writing and acting in films and television shows. He then became a political commentator, author of five books and a host of a nationally syndicated radio show on the Air America Radio Network. He has taken part in seven USO tours, visiting U.S. troops overseas in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo and Uzbekistan – as well as visiting Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait four times.

Franken was a Founder and leading voice on the Air America radio network.
He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008.


Franken serves on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, which includes the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety and the Subcommittee on Children and Families. Franken also sits on the Committee on the Judiciary, which includes the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law and the Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. He also serves on the Committee on Indian Affairs and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Communist Connections

Al Franken won his U.S. Senate seat in 2008, against Republican Norm Coleman after an extremely close election night result, followed by a long and controversial recount process, supervised by Minnesota Secretary of State and secret Communist Party USA (CPUSA) “friend,” Mark Ritchie.

Communist Party Commentary

In the Communist Party’s People’s World, November 22, 2008, Barb Kucera wrote of the controversial Minnesota U.S. Senate election, quoting both Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and his known associate CPUSA member, Mark Froemke:

Whether Minnesota labor’s massive effort to mobilize members in the 2008 elections was a success will ultimately turn on the results of a recount in the U.S. Senate race, Labor 2008 coordinators say.

While most AFL-CIO and Change to Win unions backed Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) challenger Franken, a few labor organizations – notably the Carpenters and Pipe Trades — endorsed Coleman. After all the results were turned in, Coleman led Franken by only 215 votes out of just under 3 million cast. An official recount began Nov. 18 and could take a month, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said.

Franken’s race against GOP incumbent Norman Coleman is important nationally. To get pro-worker bills through the Senate, workers and their allies need 60 votes, out of 100 senators, to cut off GOP filibusters. That includes a presumed GOP talkathon against the Employee Free Choice Act, which is designed to help level the playing field between workers and bosses in union organizing and bargaining first contracts…

Independence Party candidates made the difference in the Bachmann and Paulsen races and definitely affected the Senate race, said Mark Froemke, president of the West Area Labor Council that spans the western half of the state. ‘The Independence Party got a better number than I would have expected in this area,’ he said. Negativity of campaign commercials in the final days of the Senate race also had an effect.

Endorsed by Communist Mark Froemke

Interestingly, Minnesota/Dakota’s Communist Party leader, Mark Froemke, had already endorsed Al Franken.

On July 14, 2008, the Al Franken for U.S. Senate campaign announced that four new labor organizations have “joined its ever-growing coalition that’s fighting to send a senator to Washington who will stand with Minnesota’s middle class.”

The new endorsements were:

• Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union
• Minnesota State Council of UNITE HERE!
• Minnesota Postal Workers Union
• International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Local Union 1

“Minnesotans need a Senator who understands the needs of Minnesota families, and who won’t abandon them in a time of need,” declared Mark Froemke, Education Director of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union, Local 167G.

“Norm Coleman had a chance to support the families of the Red River Valley on CAFTA and, instead, he supported President Bush,” Froemke noted. “Al Franken will stand with farmers and workers and Minnesotans, and that’s why we stand with him in this election.”

Mark Ritchie’s Communist Party Connection

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was also a covert “friend” of the Communist Party.

In December of 1999, a Communist Party meeting was held at the May Day Bookstore in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the purpose of reestablishing the CPUSA Farm Commission.

Party members present were Erwin Marquit, Helvi Savola, Jack Brown, Peter Molenaar, Morgan Soderburg, Bill Gudex, Mark Froemke, Scott Marshall, Gary Severson, Mike Madden, Becky Pera, Charlie Smith and Tim Wheeler.

Mark Ritchie also attended and addressed the meeting. In a written report on the meeting by Tim Wheeler, Ritchie is referred to as a “non-party friend” of the Communist Party. The report was marked “not for publication.”

On October 11, 2003, Mark Ritchie’s article, “A new beginning for WTO after Cancun,” was published in the CPUSA’s newspaper, People’s Weekly World. Ritchie was listed on the People’s Weekly World website as an author. The article had originally been published at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy website.

Ritchie also received approval from the CPUSA for his 2006 campaign.

Al Franken (left), Mark Froemke

In a July 8, 2006, People’s World article: “This Battle Can be Won!” the author underlined the importance of the elections for Secretary of State, “whose job is mandated as protecting voting rights and election practices.” They stated of Ritchie:

In Minnesota the DFL candidate for Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, of the League of Rural Voters could play a valuable national role.

Working with Communist Mark Froemke

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, (D-MN) and Mark Froemke, an AFL-CIO representative and Communist Party USA member, left the Grand Forks International Airport on January 11, 2012, after Franken flew into Grand Forks to spend two days talking to locked-out American Crystal Sugar Co. workers in the Red River Valley.

Socialist Connections

Socialist Wellstone Tribute

As the 2004 Democratic National Convention was about to commence in Boston, Jobs with Justice hosted a living tribute to the late Senator Paul Wellstone on July 25th. Hundreds filled the historic Old West Church to confront the question, “What must the Democratic Party do to live up to the progressive vision of Paul Wellstone?”

Wellstone, who died in office in a 2002 plane crash, was a long-time supporter of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and this was reflected in the speaking lineup.

“Paul had the courage to stand the pain that comes with standing for something and not fall for anything,” said United Steelworkers of America Union International President Leo Gerard, a long-time DSA affiliate. “That’s what the Democratic Party needs right now. He gave people a reason to fight, to hope.”

Rep. Major Owens (D-NY), a DSA member, pointed out that too many liberals, including Owens himself, voted for “welfare reform” in 1996. He praised Wellstone as the lone voice defending welfarism at the time.

Another DSA member, Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, fired up the audience with a call for “direct action” to ensure accountability from a John Kerry administration. “We need Kerry there and we need to be there to purge the cancer (of the Bush administration) from the soul of the body politic.”

Moderator Horace Small was also a DSA member, while speaker Jim Hightower, an author and radio personality, is a long-time DSA supporter.

Other panelists included Columbia University professor and DSA leader, Frances Fox Piven; Anna Burger, Vice President of the DSA-dominated SEIU; and “media personality,” Al Franken.

Wellstone Action

In 2009, Al Franken was listed as a member of the Advisory Board of Wellstone Action, a Minnesota based organization based on the political legacy of that state’s late ‘progressive’ Senator Paul Wellstone.

Franken shared duty on the Advisory Board with Democratic Socialists of America supporters or members Julian Bond, Heather Booth, Peter Edelman, Frances Fox Piven, Leo Gerard, Jim Hightower, Gerald McEntee, Deborah Olson and economist Robert Reich. SEIU boss Andy Stern and Communist Party affiliate and Minnesota Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie, were also on the roster.

DSA Support

The minutes of a Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America membership meeting, held at the Friends Meeting House in Decatur, Georgia on March 1, 2008, included reference to a report by Milt Tambor on DSA support for Congressional and Senate candidates in the 2008 election:

4) Milt reported that DSA is calling on locals to support progressive candidates for Congress and the Senate, mainly through fundraisers and volunteering. Al Franken (MN) and one other have been suggested; more details will follow…

Foreign Policy/National Security

Supported by Council for a Livable World

The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, supported Al Franken in his successful Senate run as candidate for Minnesota.

Council for a Livable World, 50th Anniversary

On June 6, 2012, Council for a Livable World, along with its sister organizations Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and Council for a Livable World’s PeacePAC celebrated the 50th Anniversary of their founding by Leo Szilard in 1962.

There were speeches and toasts by Senator Al Franken, Representative Shelley Berkley (D-NV), former Representative and PeacePAC Chairman Tom Andrews (D-ME), former Cabinet Secretary Norman Mineta and Communications Workers of America President, Larry Cohen.

“Agent Orange” Campaign Connection

In July of 2010, Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, a leading clinician/researcher on the effects of Agent Orange on women and children in Vietnam (from Tu Du Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City), visited Washington, D.C. with “Agent Orange victim” and student, Ms. Tran Thi Hoan.

Front Left, Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, Al Franken, Tran Thi Hoan (seated), Susan Schall and Merle Ratner (July 15, 2010)

On July 15, 2010, at the Third Hearing on Agent Orange in Vietnam: Recent Developments in Remediation, Rayburn House Office Building, VAVA (Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin), Tran Thi Hoan testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment.

This was the first time a victim of Agent Orange had spoken to Congress. The “victim, the well-received Ms. Tran Thi Hoan, who has no legs, received a lot of attention.”

Dr. Phuong and Tran Thi Hoan were accompanied by Merle Ratner of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism and Susan Schall (both leaders of the Committees of Correspondence-dominated Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign). This Marxist led campaign was set up to extract money from the U.S. taxpayers for the Committees of Correspondence’s communist friends in Vietnam.

The party met with Minnesota Senator Al Franken.

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