Erica Smiley

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Erica Smiley


Erica Smiley ,originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, joined the "social justice movement organizing around affirmative action, financial aid, and to prevent the building of prisons and juvenile facilities through a broader statewide youth coalition."

Smiley sits on the National Committee of the Communist Party USA.[1]

Erica Smiley is the director of campaigns for Jobs with Justice. She sits on the board of the Highlander Research and Education Center and the editorial board of the online publication Organizing Upgrade. In the past, she has organized with community groups such as Progressive Maryland, the Tenants and Workers Support Committee (now Tenants and Workers United) in Virginia, and SEIU Local 500. She was national field director of Choice USA, a pro-choice organization focusing primarily on youth access to reproductive health care. And she previously held the position of senior field organizer for the Southern Region at Jobs with Justice.[2]

Black Radical Congress

In 2000 Erica Smiley served on the Coordinating Committee of the Black Radical Congress.[3]

“Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century”

10th Anniversary Meeting of the Black Radical Congress, “Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century” Black Radical Congress, June 20-22, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri.

Endorsers for the Congress included Erica Smiley , Young Communist League.[4]

Young Communist League

In 2005 Erica Smiley was a Washington DC member[5]of the Young Communist League USA.

United for Peace and Justice Affiliation

In July 2007 Erica Smiley representing Young Communist League was affiliated to United for Peace and Justice.[6]

Backing Obama in '08

According to a February 19 2008 article on Erica Smiley and the YCLUSA on New York's Columbia News Service, the organization was right behind Barack Obama[7];

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This election, the league is largely banking on the candidacy of the junior Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama. Smiley, who has been at the helm of the league for the past two years, noted that they will support any Democratic candidate who may potentially loosen labor laws and pass broad social reforms.
“Obama is an excellent candidate, but it’s not about Obama or Clinton,” she said recently over a breakfast bagel in a coffee shop down the street from the Obama campaign office in Brooklyn. “It’s about beating the extreme right wing; at the end of the day, they’re just playing their roles.”
The league doesn’t claim official ties to the Obama campaign, and the Obama campaign did not respond to repeated phone calls and e-mails to its Chicago headquarters seeking comment.
Rather than introducing its own candidate, as the Communist Party last did in 1984 with Gus Hall, the league decided to back the Democratic Party candidate who members believe supports the most proletariat-friendly platform.
“If we were to run our own candidate this year,” Smiley said, “some people would vote for him, taking away votes from Clinton or Obama, and McCain might jump in. That would be terrible!”
Smiley, who sported a red T-shirt with the words “Troublemakers Union,” said the league members fear that an official endorsement of Obama could hurt the senator’s chances to become president because a stigma is still attached to communists.

Jobs with Justice

In 2009 Erica Smiley served as a Staff Member for Jobs with Justice[8]. Field Organizer (South).

Kentucky Social Forum

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Steve Pavey August 2, 2009; with Fredando Farmer Fredo Jackson, Christi H. Ketchum, Stephanie Guilloud, Tashia Bradley, Monica Hernandez, Pam McMichael, Doanta Davis, Andrew Kang Bartlett, Fran Tobin, Angelyn Rudd, Mary Brydon-Miller, Rochelle Arms, Chris Hartman, Erin Michelle Howard, Erica Smiley, Tanya Bernice Turner, Shannon Garth-Rhodes, Carol Kraemer, Shameka Parrish-Wright, Khalilah Veneable Collins, Christy Pardew, Esteban Bartlett, Josh Jennings, Jardana Peacock, Carla Wallace, Dave Newton, Gabriela Alcalde, Janet Jenkins Tucker, David Lott, Kay Tillow, Jackie Floyd, David Horvath, David O'Brien Suetholz, Ellen Braune and Judi Jennings.

Philadelphia Social Science Forum LGBTQ event

On June 10 2011, the Philadelphia Social Science Forum, presented a forum for Gay & Lesbian Pride month as "part of our series on issues impacting the working-class community & families".

Panelists were:

At Giovanni's Room, 345 S. 12th Street (12th & Pine Streets in Center City).

The event was sponsored by the Communist Party of Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware & the Friends of People's World. "All LGBTQ, friends & allies welcome!"[9]

Beyond Shell Shock

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Beyond Shell Shock: Labor after the Trump disaster was hosted by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday, February 26 at 8 PM - 9:30 PM.

Hosts Bill Fletcher, Jr.; Erica Smiley; Bob Master; Neidi Dominguez; Bryan Proffitt; and Jeff Crosby;

Join us in this webcast to take a hard look at the place we're in as a labor movement - and consider how we can make the labor movement be a leading force in the resistance to Trump and the fight for a better world.
What's our strategy? What kinds of alliances do we need? Do we just play defense?
In the face of National Right to Work, vicious attacks on workers of color in and out of the workplace, escalating divisions in the AFLCIO and the Democratic Party, and more we've got our work cut out for us. Let's figure out how to win.

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