Carl Bloice

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Carl Bloice


Carl Bloice is a writer in San Francisco, a member of the National Coordinating Committees of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism and formerly worked for a healthcare union.

Bloice was founder and co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, founding moderator of Portside, editorial board member and frequent contributor to Black Commentator, Bloice's prolific, professional, insightful, Marxist style of political journalism - understated but devastating - soared above all rivals. He was widely published throughout the political left and mainstream liberal opinion outlets.

He worked for 10 years for National Nurses United Union in communications.

Carl Bloice died from cancer April 12, 2014 in San Francisco. He was 75. Raised in South Central Los Angeles, he spent most of his adult life in "The City by the Bay" that he loved best.[1]

Early years

As a teenager, Bloice participated in civil rights activities as a member of the Liberal Religious Youth, the Unitarian Universalists youth organization in Los Angeles. For a time, Bloice planned on entering the ministry of the Unitarian Church. His involvement in the early civil rights movement brought him into contact with many others, including members of the Communist Party USA, which he joined in 1959 when he was 20.

Soon after he moved to San Francisco to participate in the civil rights movement in northern California. He then joined the staff of the People's World, the west coast "progressive" newspaper, which included on its staff both Communists and non-Communists.[Counter-comment. The PW was always the west coast newspaper of the Communist Party USA, but in a weekly format, not as a daily. If you were a writer/staffer for it, you were a CPUSA member whether it was publicly known or not. See the section below entitled "US Peace Council" for a more accurate description of the PW].

In 1962, Bloice along with others, founded the first chapter of the W.E.B. DuBois Clubs, an multi-racial youth organization, composed of both students, working and unemployed youth, that shared the socialist vision of the great civil rights leader for which it was named.

Later in 1962, Bloice went south to cover the civil rights movement for People's World, becoming the first northern journalist to report from the south on a full-time basis for this epic movement in our country's history. On the night of May 11, 1963, Carl Bloice was in the room in the A. G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham, Ala., when the Ku Klux Klan bombed it in an attempt to murder the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders of the "Birmingham campaign."[2]

WEB DuBois Clubs of America

In 2014, Carl Bloice was listed a a friend on the DuBois Clubs Facebook page.[3]

National Anti-Imperialist Conference in Solidarity With African Liberation

Carl Bloice, Editor of Peoples World was named as a sponsor of the Communist Party USA dominated National Anti-Imperialist Conference in Solidarity With African Liberation held at Dunbar Vocational High School, Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, October 19 to 21 1973.[4]

U.S. Peace Council sponsor

In 1979 Carl Bloice, Editor, Peoples World, The Peoples World was the West Coast version of the CPUSA's Daily Worker/Peoples Daily World , was listed as a founding sponsor of the Communist Party USA front, the U.S. Peace Council.[5]

We Will Make Peace Prevail!

On March 28, 1982 the New World Review organized a gala luncheon "We Will Make Peace Prevail! Disarmament Over Confrontation, Life Over Death", at the Grand Ballroom, Hotel Roosevelt, New York City. Virtually all participants were identified as Communist Party USA.

Carl Bloice was listed on the Committee of Sponsors.[6]

People's Daily World

In 1986 Carl Bloice was Associate Editor of the Communist Party USA newspaper People's Daily World.[7]

Bloice was listed as the "Associate Editor" of the PDW, Jan. 13, 1989, p. 8.

Bloice was stilled listed as "Associate Editor", "Moscow Beat" - Moscow correspondent, and "Developments in the Soviet Union" section correspondent as of April 20, 1991, PWW (before he left the CPUSA and jointed the marxist split-off COCDS) COC

Socialist Scholars Conference 1990

The Socialist Scholars Conference 1990, held September 6-8, at the Hotel Commodore, New York, included panels such as:[8]

Political Change in Eastern Europe: A Roundtable Discussion

Communist Party dissidents

On November 15-16 1991, 30 dissident members of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA convened a meeting to "sign a statement of events" - most or all signatories were soon to break with the party and were later to form Committees of Correspondence.

The signatories included Carl Bloice, Northern California;[9]

Communist Party reformer

In 1991, Carl Bloice, was one of several hundred Communist Party USA members to sign the a paper "An initiative to Unite and Renew the Party"-most signatories left the Party after the December 1991 conference to found Committees of Correspondence.[10]

Court case

Carl Bloice, Esther Brown, Mary Idosidis, Bill Sorro, Sally Sweet and Lloyd Vandever were all Communist Party USA members who left the party to form Committees of Correspondence. In 1995, they were taken to court by the party for control of the property at 522 Valencia St San Francisco. Communist Party v. 522 Valencia, Inc. (1995) 35 Cal.App.4th 980 , 41 Cal.Rptr.2d 618.[11]

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992 Carl Bloice, CoC Implementation Committee, New York, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[12]

Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s

The Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s was the Committees of Correspondence's first national conference held in Berkeley, California July 17-19, 1992.[13]

Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:[14]

Socialist Crisis What is the meaning of the crisis of socialism in the World today? Recent events in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and their implications for the left in the West. Looking at China, Vietnam and Korea. The threat to Cuba: How to respond?

Socialist Scholars Conference 1992

Nancy Holmstrom, Against the Current, Carl Bloice, People's Daily World Moscow Correspondent, Ernest Mandel, Marxist Economist, Bogdan Denitch and Keitha Fine, East European Cultural Endowment were speakers on the Left Perspectives on the Collapse of the Eastern Bloc panel sponsored by Against the Current and Bulletin in Defense of Marxism at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City.[15]

Bloice also spoke alongside David McReynolds, Socialist Dialogue, Max Elbaum, CrossRoads, Judith Pasternak, Committees of Correspondence and Annette Rubinstein, New York Marxist School were speakers on the Crisis and New Directions of the Organized Left panel sponsored by CrossRoads and Socialist Dialogue at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference.

Committees of Correspondence

In July 1994 Bloice was elected to the 15 member National Co-ordinating Committee of Committees of Correspondence at CoC's founding conference in Chicago.[16]

In 1997 Carl Bloice served on the National Co-Ordinating Committee of the Committees of Correspondence.[17]

In 2006 members of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism National Coordinating Committee were;[18]

Marilyn Albert, Mael Apollon, Carl Bloice, Barbara Blong, Barry Cohen, David Cohen, Otis Cunningham, Carl Davidson, Mort Frank, Todd Freeberg, Pat Fry, Marian Gordon, Ira Grupper, June Hemmingson, Ed Hemmingson, Fred Hicks, Duncan McFarland, Anne Mitchell, Maxine Orris, Ted Pearson, Gina Pesulima-Palencar, Edith Pollach, Marty Price, Merle Ratner, Jay Schaffner, Jae Scharlin, Mike Stein, Harry Targ, Walter Teague, Meta Van Sickle, Steve Willett and Mildred Williamson.

2006 CCDS Convention

Carl Bloice addressed the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism 5th National Convention, July 21-23, 2006.

The "Socialist Vision" panel featured:[19]

"Links - a journal of international socialist renewal"

In 1994, the Editorial Board of Links, a "journal of international socialist renewal" produced and sponsored by the Australian Democratic Socialist Party, included;

Center for Political Education

In 1998 Carl Bloice gave a talk entitled "Revisiting the Communist Manifesto on its 150th Anniversary". The talk was sponsored by the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism linked organization, the Center for Political Education.[20]

In 1998 Carl Bloice, editor of the Dialogue and Initiative gave a talk entitled "Kosovo: The Post Cold War World and the Left". The talk was hosted by the Center for Political Education.[20]

In 1999 Carl Bloice gave a talk entitled "The Early Marxist View on Housing: How Relevant is it Today?" at an educational forum on the history and legacy of Marxist and Leninist Parties. The talks were hosted by the Center for Political Education.[20]

In 1999, Anamaria Loya director of La Raza Centro Legal; David Muhammad of Pacific News Service; Kathy Lipscomb, a Labor Activist; Carl Bloice, a left/Labor journalist gave talks entitled"Nader, Gore and Bush: What are the Stakes for People of Color and the Working Class?" These talks were facilitated by Emily Katz-Kishawi of the Women’s Funding Network. The talks were hosted by the Center for Political Education.[20]

In 2001 Carl Bloice and Warren Mar gave talks entitled: "Marxist Study Group: Four week intensive on Wage-Labour and Capital and Imperialism." The talks were hosted by the Center for Political Education.[20]

In 2001 Carl Bloice, Left/Labor Journalist, Editor of Dialogue and Initiative, and Correspondent-Eastern Europe (19870-91) gave a talk entitled: "Activist Intensive #3: Afghanistan, the Taliban and the Northern Alliance." The talk was hosted by the Center for Political Education.[20]

In 2005 Carl Bloice gave a talk entitled: "Homelessness and the Market Economy", on how Marxist understandings of land, housing and economics can be applied to the situation of homelessness today. The talk was hosted by the Center for Political Education.[20]

Where is the Left At?

A Discussion with Cindy Wiesner, Sendolo Diaminah, and Carl Bloice.

Monday, January 10th, 2010? Centro del Pueblo 474 Valencia St. San Francisco.

Join Center for Political Education for a discussion that promises to be both provocative and engaging where we’ll discuss questions such as:

What’s the state of the Left in our country today? What’s up with left organizations? What role does an “organized left” play in immigration, human rights, anti-war, and other movements?
What was it about the 1930s and 1960s that created social movements and a strong and active Left and what was the relationship between the two? How are the objective conditions and the state of our movements today different? Are there current organizational forms that may play a similar role as the Communist Party USA played in the 1930s in the Black Liberation, Labor and other movements? And what lessons can we learn from the 30s and 60s that could be applied today?

Communist "Manifestivity"

On October 30 and 31, 1998 the Brecht Forum presented the "Communist Manifestivity to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Communist Manifesto" at Cooper Union's Great Hall, New York.

Individual endorsers of the event included Carl Bloice.[22]

Sacramento Marxist School

On Nov 15 2007 Carl Bloice lectured at the Sacramento Marxist School on Homeless and the Market Economy.[23]

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Carl Bloice a writer of San Francisco, CA signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.[24]

National Nurses Union and "National Nurse" Magazine

Carl Bloice contributed at least two articles to the national magazine of the National Nurses Union, "National Nurse, in the June 2080 and November 2010 issues, respectively.

He was only identified as "a freelance writer in San Francisco" and his two articles were:

June 2080: "The Great Social Security and Medicare Robbery"

November 2010: "Brewing Storm: How the recent push to slash Social Security and Medicare in the name of deficit reduction is really a revocation of the social pacts these programs represent".

Center for Labor Renewal

In 2009 Carl Bloice was listed as an endorser of the Center for Labor Renewal.[25]

Black Commentator

As of 2009 Carl Bloice was listed on the Editorial Board for the Black Commentator.[26]

CCDS Co-Chair

Carl Bloice was elected one of four CCDS co-chairs at the party's national conference July 25 2009 in San Francisco.[27]

Ad-Hoc Left Committee

POLITICAL HIGHS, ECONOMIC LOWS: MANAGING U.S. DECLINE

Featuring Gary Younge, Author of "No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey Through the Deep South"

THURSDAY, APRIL 30 2009 St. John's Church, San Francisco

Like previous events sponsored by this Ad Hoc Committee, this program is aimed at fostering dialogue and debate among leftists who see themselves operating within the left-wing-of-the-Obama-motion political space. If there are people sharing this broad viewpoint who you believe would be interested in participating in this conversation, we encourage you to extend this invitation to them.

Ad-Hoc Left Committee: Carl Bloice, Linda Burnham, Max Elbaum, Michelle Foy, Juan Lopez, Calvin Miaw, Giuliana Milanese, Maria Poblet, Tim Thomas, Mei-ying Williams, Steve Williams.[28]

Kendra Alexander Foundation

As of July 2010, Bloice was a member of the Kendra Alexander Foundation[29].

References

  1. Socialist and journalist Carl Bloice dies at 75, by: John Case April 15 2014
  2. Socialist and journalist Carl Bloice dies at 75, by: John Case April 15 2014
  3. FB friends page
  4. http://www.historicalvoices.org/pbuilder/pbfiles/Project39/Scheme361/african_activist_archive-a0b1x6-a_12419.pdf
  5. INFORMATION DIGEST, NOVEMBER 1979
  6. We Will Make Peace Prevail! event brochure
  7. PDW Dec. 9.
  8. Second Annual Socialist Scholars Conference program.
  9. List of those NC members who signed statement of events at meeting of 11/15-16/91
  10. Addendum to Initiative document
  11. http://www.lawlink.com/research/CaseLevel3/72528 Communist Party v. 522 Valencia, Inc. (1995) 35 Cal.App.4th 980 , 41 Cal.Rptr.2d 618]
  12. CCDS Background
  13. Conference program
  14. Proceedings of the Committees of Correspondence Conference: Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the '90s booklet, printed by CoC in NY, Sept. 1992 (Price: $4)
  15. SSE Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992
  16. http://www.greenleft.org.au/1994/155/9068
  17. CoC Corresponder November 1996/January 1997 Page 2
  18. http://www.cc-ds.org/IssueJune2006Version4.0.pdf
  19. CCDS 5th Conference agenda
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 Center for Political Education website: Past Classes (1998 - 2007)
  21. CPE Recent Activities
  22. http://www.mail-archive.com/pen-l@galaxy.csuchico.edu/msg30144.html
  23. http://www.marxistschool.org/default.aspx?page=allspeakers
  24. Open Letter to Obama on Iran
  25. http://www.centerforlaborrenewal.org/?P=EN
  26. http://www.blackcommentator.com/about_us.html
  27. http://www.cc-ds.org/CoChairs%20Round5.htm
  28. From: Ad Hoc Left Committee To: adho...@earthlink.net Sent: 4/16/2009 9:41:33 PM Subject: Invitation for April 30: 'Political Highs, Economic Lows'
  29. http://www.taxexemptworld.com/organization.asp?tn=1368117