Weekly Featured Profile – Masao Suzuki
Masao Suzuki is chair of the Joint Nationalities Commission, Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!, which is the body charged with increasing racial antagonism by the Maoist/Stalinist grouping.
He is a Professor of Economics at Skyline College in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Masao Suzuki is a former member of I Wor Kuen, an Asian American revolutionary organization. It was founded in 1969 in New York City and inspired by theBlack Panther Party. In 1979, IWK merged with theAugust 29th Movement, which “grew out of the struggles of the Chicano people” to form the pro-China League of Revolutionary Struggle.
Later, many former League of Revolutionary Struggle members joined Freedom Road Socialist Organization and some like Masao Suzuki split off into the hardline Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack! faction in 1999.
Masao Suzuki worked with other League of Revolutionary Struggle members on the Japanese reparations movement, which aimed to seek government compensation for Japanese internment during WW2.
Suzuki is a 20-year member of San Jose’s Nihonmachi Outreach Committee, whose mission is “educating the public about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.” In 2008, representing NOC, Suzuki joined a coalition of peace organizations who demonstrated at the September 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.
A flier promoting the protest, which proclaims “U.S. Out of Iraq Now!,” named Suzuki as the contact and included his cell phone number. This flier lists the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee and dozens of other participating organizations including CODEPINK,Veterans for Peace, the War Resisters League and dozens of Midwestern student groups, labor unions and peace centers.
This activity prompted a visit from the FBI. Suzuki says he warned his neighbors, his students and the vice president of his union — the American Federation of Teachers — that the FBI might be calling on them. He also contacted an attorney, Dan Mayfield ofSan Jose.
Mayfield is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, a pro-communist advocacy group that, along with the ACLU, works to counter the FBI’s counter-terror activities at every opportunity.
On Dec. 2nd, Suzuki and representatives from the South Bay Labor Council, American Federation of Teachers, the Muslim Brotherhood front Council on American-Islamic Relations and the San Jose Peace Center met with far left Rep. Mike Honda’s aides. They had Honda send a letter of inquiry to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Suzuki and Mayfield organized the South Bay Committee Against Political Repressionto counter the FBI.