John Bachtell

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John Bachtell

John Bachtell is a Communist Party USA activist. He is CPUSA Illinois organizer and a member of its National Board. Bachtell grew up in Ohio and currently lives in Chicago with his wife Terrie Albano and family.


In the mid 1980s John Bachtell was a leader of the Young Communist League USA[1]

Paul Robeson celebration

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

Attendees included;

Tributes came from ;

  • Tom Duane authored a City Council proclamation praising Robeson's lifelong fight for a "world at peace, free of racism, inequality and for unity"...and his fight against the erosion of domestic freedom of expression and fanatical anti-communism....Paul Robeson has become a model and an inspiration to all of us..."
  • Richard Gottfried, presented a resolution from the New York State assembly honoring Robeson. Democrat David Paterson introduced the resolution in the State Senate. Republican John Marchi and Democrats Richard Gottfried and Roger Green, introduced it in the State Assembly.[2]

Party role

In 2001, Bachtell, then New York District Organizer, moved to Illinois. to become the Illinois District Organizer, with an eye to making Chicago a Midwest regional center and helping to build the Party in that region.[3]

Endorsed Communist Party Call

On March 30 2002 the Communist Party USA paper People’s Weekly World called for a national holiday in honor of late Farm Workers Union leader Cesar Chavez. The article was followed by a long list of endorsersincluding John Bachtell, Almost all endorsers were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA[4].


John Bachtell traveled to Cuba in the latter half of 2009[5].


  1. Far Left of Center: The American Radical Left Today By Harvey 43
  2. PWW Hundreds honor Robeson's communist legacy, June 6, 1998, page 3