Ellie Schnitzer

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Ellie Schnitzer (1922-1996), a lifelong, political activist, was born in Munich Germany. She and her family fled the Nazi regime, settling in California in 1937. She attended Pasadena City College, U.C. Berkley, and Columbia University, graduating with an MSW. For 35 years she worked with children in Los Angeles as a social worker for Vista del Mar and other Jewish family agencies. She retired in the early 1980's to become, in her own words[1], "a full-time revolutionary."

Communist Party USA

As a social worker, she was active in her union. She was also a member of the Communist Party USA. She and her first husband went underground[2]and moved to Seattle during the McCarthy era.

She met and married her second husband, Jerome Schnitzer, in the late 1950's.

Line of March

In the late 1970's, having left the Communist Party, Ellie Schnitzer became involved with Line of March and its newspaper, Frontline. She was a study-group leader for the Line of March led, Marxist-Leninist Education Project as well as a writer and distributor for Frontline. She was also a leading activist in many of the organization's initiatives.[3]

She continued her involvement with this political group as it developed into the Frontline Political Organization and later Crossroads, founded in conjunction with the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Ellie Schnitzer was also involved in many local and national political initiatives which were supported by Line of March or related political organizations including the Committee for Justice, the movement to free Geronimo Pratt, a Black Panther Party member who was imprisoned under questionable circumstances and the Rainbow Coalition, a political organization founded by Jesse Jackson.

She was a member of the Advisory Board of KPFK, the local Pacifica Radio affiliate.

Institute for Social and Economic Studies/CrossRoads

In the mid 1990s Ellie Shnitzer served on the Board of Directors of Oakland based Institute for Social and Economic Studies- sponsor of CrossRoads magazine, which sought to promote dialogue and building new alliances among progressives and leftists... and to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements.[4]

Committees of Correspondence

In 1992, AFSCME council Los Angeles, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[5]

Ellie Schnitzer participated in the Committee of Correspondence pre-foundation conference in Berkeley in 1992, and served as a member of both its local and national coordinating committees.

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