Bobbie Rabinowitz

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Bobbie Rabinowitz


Bobbie Rabinowitz is a New York activist.

WEB DuBois Clubs of America

In 2014, Bobbie Rabinowitz was listed a a friend on the DuBois Clubs Facebook page.[1]

Communist youth festival

Bobbie Rabinowitz was at the 1962 Soviet front World Federation of Democratic Youth Festival in Helsinki, Finland.

The Festival committee organized a fundraiser at the Village Gate. The program included Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, Odetta and Bob Dylan, "all before they were nationally known, and all singing to support the Festival! We raised enough funds to send a cultural contingent on scholarship. Over 400 youth from all over the US attended the Helsinki Festival." They are lurking everywhere still! I can think of "some now prominent folks who were on that Festival contingent, including NAACP chair Julian Bond and Bernice Reagon, who founded Sweet Honey in the Rock. It is part of history that there was an attempt to have a "counter" US delegation at Helsinki, whose role was to disrupt. This delegation, composed mainly of Yale students,was funded by the CIA. Which goes to show you that "dirty tricks" were alive and well in 1962."[2]

The Festival gave us the ability to meet people living under a socialist system, including the USSR delegation, and to learn about that system. It definitely promoted my desire to be politically active and fight for positive social change and a socialist system. Organizing the US delegation to the 1962 Festival was itself a learning experience. At the time I was a college student and activist at the City University of New York. The editor of our college newspaper wrote an editorial urging students to attend the Festival. The college President opposed the editorial: the Festival was 'communist dominated,' he charged. He suspended the writer of the editorial.This became an issue of academic freedom and got nationwide attention. Needless to say, this attempt to deter us from attending did not work, but rather encouraged us!

Robeson event sponsors

On May 31 1998 the Peoples Weekly World held a Paul Robeson birth centennial celebration in New York, at the Henry Winston Auditorium.

Speakers included Gus Hall, chairman of the Communist Party USA and Roger Green of the NY State Assembly.

Sponsors of the event included poet Amina Baraka, Grace T. Bassett, actress Vinie Burrows, former Peoples Voice editor Marvel Cooke, Councilmember Tom Duane, Attorney Rob Ellis, Assemblymember Roger Green, Gus Hall, Councilmember Bill Perkins, labor unionist Bobbie Rabinowitz, actor John Randolph, Pete Robinson, poet Sonia Sanchez, singer Pete Seeger, labor unionist Chris Silvera, PWW editor Tim Wheeler, New York City Coalition of Black Trade Unionists president Jim Webb and labor unionist Ira Williams.[3]

Communist Party honor

On November 4, 1999 New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried presented State Assembly citations to four honorees, Iris Baez, founder and president of Community and Parents Against Police Violence, Ron Daniels, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Elizabeth Hall, a member of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA and Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees, and Bobbie Rabinowitz, a founder of the New York City Labor Chorus at the Peoples Weekly World 75th anniversary celebrations at the Henry Winston Unity Auditorium in New York. Event co-chairs were Maria Ramos of the United Federation of Teachers and Carolyn Rummel, managing editor of the Peoples Weekly World. [4]

References

  1. FB friends page
  2. The Festival Movement: We Were There!Dynamic Magazine Back Issues 2005 - August
  3. PWW March 21, 1998, page 2
  4. PWW "PWW celebrates 75 years and honors activists"December 11, 1999 page 2