Tony Pecinovsky

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Tony Pecinovsky


Tony Pecinovsky is a prominent member of the Communist Party USA. He is currently[1]district staffperson for the Missouri/Kansas Communist Party.

Tony Pecinovsky is the national organizing director for Speak Progress. He writes regularly for the People’s World and the St. Louis Labor Tribune, “one of the country’s oldest and most respected union papers.” His articles have been published in Shelterforce, ZMagazine, Alternet and Political Affairs, among other publications.

He is the fund-raising co-chair of St. Louis Jobs with Justice and a Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition board member. He also serves on the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA) coalition steering committee. Additionally, as a member of the St. Louis United Media Guild he serves as the secretary-treasurer of the Greater St. Louis CWA (Communications Workers of America) City Council and as a delegate to the Greater St. Louis Central Labor Council. He is also the president of the St. Louis Workers’ Education Society.[2]

He is married to Julie Terbrock.

New York

In 2003, Tony Pecinovsky was a independent media/labor activist in Brooklyn, New York. He has organized for the SEIU and the Teamsters[3].

YCL Midwest Voter Project

This Fourth of July, 2004, activists from across the country joined activists in Missouri, to defeat George W. Bush. Communist Party USA and Young Communist League members, alongside friends and allies from Texas, California, New York, and everywhere in between, have been plugged into local political battles.

The goal of the CPUSA’s Midwest Project was to defeat Bush and the ultra-right in America’s heartland. Central to the Missouri "part of the Midwest Project is helping to elect progressive, pro-labor candidates. Strengthening grassroots coalitions and building a broader movement to defeat Bush is tied directly into the efforts to build the Party and YCL."

After Missouri, the Midwest Project workers went to Ohio.

Participants included Tony Pecinovsky, Docia Buffington, Sheltreese McCoy, Joel Lewis and Cinomin Brothers.[4]

Dynamic Collective 2005

In 2005, the Collective running the Young Communist League magazine Dynamic, consisted of Shane Brinton, Cesar Casamayor, Melissa Chadburn, Julia Donahue, Maya Funaro, Cristina Gallo, Abdul-Aziz Hassan, Molly Kelley, Tony Pecinovsky, Kristy Ringor, Brandon Slattery, Mike Tyner, Keren Wheeler.[5]

Venezuela

Treston Faulkner, and Tony Pecinovsky

Tony Pecinovsky traveled to Venezuela in 2005. In March 2006, he gave a talk on the experience the University of Missouri-Columbia[6];

With the help of Cuban medical personnel, he said, 75% of Venezuelans receive free health care, and currently thousands of Venezuelan students are training in Cuba to become doctors and will provide free health care upon return.
Millions of Venezuelans have learned to read and write within the past few years, and those previously excluded from education because of poverty are seeking higher education for free — another aspect of Chavez’ 21st century socialism. “Chavez realizes that if you want to get rid of poverty, you need to empower the poor,” Pecinovsky said.

Communist Party USA

In September 2006 the Peoples Weekly World listed several members or supporters of the Missouri/Kansas Communist Party USA.[7]

Colan Holmes, Garon Foxx, Glenn Burleigh, Jim Wilkerson, Jocelyn Cochran-Biggs, Joey Mooney, John Pappademos, Julie Terbrock, Katrina Molnar, Kaveh Razani, Margarida Jorge, Mary Barbur , Nafisa Kabir, Phil Webb, Quincy Boyd, Russ Ford, Steve Johnson, Tony Pecinovsky, Yvette Harris, Zenobia Thompson.

Supporting Pat Allen

The weekend before the Aug. 8 2006, Missouri primary, about half a dozen St. Louis volunteers from the Communist Party USA went to Kenett, a small southern Missouri “Boot Heel” town, where a historic state representative race was going on. We volunteered to help Pat Allen, who would have been the first African American woman state representative in southern Missouri. She and her opponent, Tom Todd, were campaigning for the Democratic Party nomination in the 163rd District.

The volunteers included Tony Pecinovsky, district staff person for the Communist Party in Missouri and Kansas.and Jocelyn Cochran-Biggs, a member of the Missouri/Kansas Peoples Weekly World bureau. pat Allen's campaign co-ordinator was Communist Party USA affiliate Margarida Jorge.

Wrote Pecinovsky and Cochran-Biggs;

Though her opponent won the primary, the campaign was an important learning experience and in many ways a victory.
That a progressive African American woman ran at all in southern Missouri, where sexism and racism are very real, signifies a significant shift in the political balance of forces.

Allen’s campaign also laid the groundwork for future base-building and mobilization, including in the Claire McCaskill campaign for U.S. Senate. McCaskill, who is in a neck-to-neck race with right-wing Republican Jim Talent, may be able to pick up some extra votes in southern Missouri, Talent’s strongest base, which would be a real victory for the fight against racism and sexism, as well as for rural voters.

Shortly after the primary was over, it was discovered that Allen's opponent Tom Todd, who was running as a Democrat in a Democratic primary, was actually working the Republican base and telling voters that Allen was a Black radical.

Allen’s platform included standing up for women’s reproductive rights, access to affordable health care for seniors, better schools and better jobs with living wages. She also had years of experience in local politics as a teacher and member of the school board.[8]

CPUSA Missouri/Kansas District Executive Board

People's Weekly World, April 28 2007, page 4

In 2007, members of the Communist Party's Missouri/Kansas District Executive Board were;

Obama supporter

Pecinovsky wrote on the PA Editors blog in February 2008[10];

History was made in Missouri (and around the country) yesterday. With a margin of less than 5,000 votes Barack Obama won Missouri's democratic primary...
Excitement is in the air here. Students, trade unionists, peace activists, and the African American community are rejoicing. Obama's call for change resonated loud and clear, especially in Missouri's urban centers – St. Louis and Kansas City.
While rural voters predominantly voted for Clinton, it was the African American, working class, urban core that put Obama over the top. With the help of a number of unions and community groups, including the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), the Service Employees Union (SEIU) and UNITE-HERE, Obama was able to mobilize the core of MO's progressive forces and put a dent in the Clinton election machine.

GRO Gala

This is What Democracy Looks Like! GRO – Grass Roots Organizing Tenth Anniversary Gala Event, October 8, 2010, at the The Renaissance Grand Hotel St. Louis, Missouri

Keynote Speaker John Nichols Washington Correspondent The Nation.

St. Louis Host Committee;[11]

Communist Party speaker

Speak Progress is the speakers bureau of the Communist Party USA. Listed speakers, as of October 2014, included Tony Pecinovsky[12]

Tony Pecinovsky is the national organizing director for Speak Progress. He also serves as district organizer for the Missouri/Kansas District of the Communist Party, and writes regularly for the People’s World and the St. Louis Labor Tribune, “one of the country’s oldest and most respected union papers.” His articles have been published in Shelterforce, Z-Magazine, Alternet and Political Affairs, among other publications.
He is the fund-raising co-chair of St. Louis Jobs with Justice and a Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition board member. Additionally, as a member of the St. Louis United Media Guild he serves as the secretary-treasurer of the Greater St. Louis CWA (Communications Workers Union of America) City Council and as a delegate to the Greater St. Louis Central Labor Council. He also serves as president of the St. Louis Workers’ Education Society.

St. Louis Workers’ Education Society

The St. Louis Workers’ Education Society (StLWES) opened its doors at 2929 S. Jefferson March 27. 2015, and welcomed organizers, rabble-rousers, activists and community organizations to its first annual open house fundraiser.

StLWES, a 501(c) 3 non-profit new to St. Louis, focuses on worker-education campaigns, partnering with local union and community organizations to build a permanent culture of worker-education in St. Louis with a focus on communities of color, women and youth. It currently houses four groups.

Located in the former union hall of Operating Engineers’ Local 148, StLWES currently houses four groups: the Missouri/Kansas People’s World, Speak Progress, Labor Campaign for Single Payer and Latinos En Axion.

Supporters conversed on building the labor movement, revitalizing the community, increasing voter turnout, promoting growth of progressive small businesses and fighting for ‘”$15 and a Union” for low-wage workers

tLWES President Tony Pecinovsky thankedd those in attendance, noting, “We depend on you to keep this building running, to organize our programs, to reach out to the community and to build a local, grassroots pro-union, worker-education infrastructure. Your support so far has been truly humbling. You make it possible for us to do the people’s work.”

The fund-raising ‘Open House’ raised $1,600, and an additional $1,200 in monthly sustainer pledges.[13]

Political Affairs

In 2015 Tony Pecinovsky served on the editorial board of the Communist Party USA's Political Affairs. [14]

Supporing Peter Merideth

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Peter Merideth was supported in his election campaign by Shuron Jones, Tony Pecinovsky, Paul Fehler, Akeem Shannon, and Annie Rice.

CAIR rally

Over 1,000 people gathered outside of Thomas F. Eagleton federal courthouse February 4, 2017, for a rally in support of Muslims, refugees and immigrants hosted by the local chapter of the national advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

The marked the fourth local protest action since President Trump signed a controversial Jan. 27 order barring travelers and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

“Make some noise if Black lives matter: make some noise if LGBTQ lives matter; I need you to make some noise if Muslim lives, refugee lives, and immigrant lives matter!” said Bruce Franks, Jr., a Missouri state representative who hails from St. Louis.

Tony Pecinovsky, President of the St. Louis Workers’ Education Society , also brought a call to action:

“Because of you – in all of your diversity – we have put Bannon and Trump back on their heels! We should rejoice in our victory! And continue to build bridges!”[15]

New member phone bank

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New member phone bank Public · Hosted by Communist Party USA.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11 AM - 4 PM EDT

Your living room

We're organizing a phonebank to our new members on Saturday and we need your help. The callfire service allow you to make the calls from home, using your smartphone, laptop or deskstop. You'll get a real charge from talking to them! Aint' nuthin like it!! Please click "going" if you can make calls! Thanks!

Those invited to participate on on Facebook included Tony Pecinovsky.

Gala guest speakers

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In July 2016 Sunflower Community Action enlisted guest speakers Tony Pecinovsky and Onleilove Alston, Executive Director of PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) for their 25th Anniversary gala.

2018 Single-Payer Strategy Conference

Healthcare-Now! Agenda: 2018 Single-Payer Strategy Conference Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24 Minneapolis, Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown.

Agenda for Saturday, June 23

14th Ward Alderman campaign

Tony Pecinovsky September 24 2018:

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Thank you to everybody who came out and canvassed yesterday! Together we can Build A Better 14th Ward! — with Elise Rose Kehle, Madeline Buthod, Alicia Hernandez, Drew Mossman and Nicholas James. Al Neal also pictured.

Tony Pecinovsky, president of the St. Louis Workers’ Education Society (WES), has thrown his hat in the political ring, running for alderman of the City’s 14th Ward.

From 2010-2015, Pecinovsky, then a member of the United Media GuildLink title in St. Louis, served as the secretary-treasurer of the Greater St. Louis CWA City Council and as a delegate to the Greater St. Louis Central Labor Council. He has also served as a fund-raising co-chair for St. Louis Jobs with Justice, as a member of the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition board and on the steering committee of the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA) coalition.

The current Ward 14 Alderwoman Carol Howard voted “No” on the Board of Aldermen’s bill to increase the minimum wage to $12 in 2015, something every union in the city supported.

Pecinovsky canvassed, rallied and mobilized WES members to testify at hearings in support of the measure.

“Low-wage workers in St. Louis deserve political leaders who will stand up and fight for higher wages not when it is easy or convenient, but when it is hard,” Pecinovsky told the Labor Tribune. “That’s why I’m running for Ward 14 Alderman.”[16]

Communist Party campaign

From a Joelle Fishman report to the Communist Party USA National Committee meeting on November 17th 2018.

Our concept of the revolutionary process and building broad unity against the right and for peoples needs is more relevant than ever, as is the importance of a larger Communist Party.

In 2020 Tony Pecinovsky will be on the ballot for Alderman in St. Louis. Perhaps there are coalition tickets forming in other cities where we can put forward one of our own.
In Texas we had five candidates in the primaries who got a quarter million votes for US Senate and plans to run again. In the general election Penny Morales Shaw ran for county commissioner in a Republican area and got 45% of the vote in a great campaign with union support.
In Arizona, in addition to races at every level, in Tempe Patrick Morales came in first for re-election to the School Board.[17]

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