Ronelle Mustin

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National Anti-Imperialist Movement for Southern Africa Liberation

It was Chicagoans Ronelle Mustin and Willie Williamson, who struggled, in the mid 1970s to establish the National Anti-Imperialist Movement for Southern Africa Liberation, which became the first organization to call for comprehensive sanctions against South Africa.[1]

Illinois Communist Party

In 1976 Ronelle Mustin was nominated as a candidate for the Illinois Communist Party USA as an elector for the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates of the Communist Party USA, Gus Hall and Jarvis Tyner.[2]

North Americans in Support of Angola

The Angola Support Conference ran from May 28 - 30, 1976 in Chicago. The event was sponsored by the U.S. Out of Angola Committee and the National Conference of Black Lawyers.

At the conference, Ronelle Mustin of the National Anti-Imperialist Movement for Southern Africa Liberation was selected to go on the National Steering Committee.[3]

Chicago Peace Council

In 1979 Ronelle Mustin was co-chair[4]of the Chicago Peace Council with Jack Spiegel.

Harold Washington

Ronelle Mustin has long been active in Chicago's 22nd Ward Independent Organization and a was leader of the Harold Washington for Mayor Campaign in the 1980s[5]

Ishmael Flory tribute

Illinois Communist Party USA leader Ishmael Flory was honored at Malcolm X College in Chicago, September 29, 1991, by more than 100 guests.

Margaret Burroughs, a board member of the Chicago Park District MCed the event.

"Ishmael Flory is a man for all seasons...He never gives up", said State Senator Alice Palmer.

Alderman Jesus Garcia of Chicago's 22nd ward cited Flory's role in fostering African-American and Latino unity , and in building multi-racial coalitions for social progress.

Prof. Robert Starks of the Free South Africa Movement said "Ishmael has never failed to compliment me on my speeches, but at the same time he has never failed to pull me aside afterwards, too point out how I could have been a little more "progressive."

Tributes came from Communist Party USA chairman Gus Hall and Illinois organizational secretary Mark Almberg.

Other speakers included Crystal Bujol for the Flory family, long time friend Christine Johnson, Jack Spiegel of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union, Ronelle Mustin, peace activist Sarah Staggs, Harold Rogers, who brought greetings from Rep. Charles Hayes, Gerry Oliver, and Carl Bloice of the Peoples Weekly World.[6]

Communist Party reformer

In 1991, Ronelle M, Illinois, was one of several hundred Communist Party USA members to sign the a paper "An initiative to Unite and Renew the Party" - most signatories left the Party after the December 1991 conference to found Committees of Correspondence.[7]

Committees of Correspondence Connection

In 1994 Ronelle Mustin, Chicago was listed on a "Membership, Subscription and Mailing List" for the Chicago Committees of Correspondence, an offshoot of the Communist Party USA.[8]

Racial unity against Bush

On Oct 18 2003, at Chicago's Lutheran School of Theology, Alderman Ricardo Munoz, Ronelle Mustin & Ted Pearson spoke on Multi-Racial unity:Key to changing the Bush regime in 2004". The event was sponsored by the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression[9].

2006 CCDS Convention

Ronelle Mustin addressed the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism 5th National Convention, July 21-23, 2006.

The "Progressive majority in 2006" panel featured:[10]

Midwest CCDS meeting

Midwest members and friends of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism at a November 11 regional meeting in West Lafayette, Indiana voiced cautious optimism about the results of recent Congressional elections.

Ronelle Mustin, Chicago, argued that the ouster of Republican incumbents in the House and Senate related to years of deepening foreign and domestic crises brought on by the Bush administration and its allies. Since 9/11, he said, the administration has ruled by promoting fear and repeated scare tactics about the “terrorist threat.”[11]

Lozano tribute

About 250 family, friends, colleagues and inspired young activists who gathered at the University of Illinois at Chicago June 2008, 25 years after Rudy Lozano's murder at age 31, to celebrate his short but influential life.

Several speakers, including former state senator Jesus Garcia and Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd), credited Lozano with fighting for improved education, labor reform and minority representation in city government. Many said he was a crucial ambassador in forging a relationship between Latino and black voters that helped elect Harold Washington as the city's first black mayor in 1983.

Ronelle Mustin, who was the chairman of Lozano's narrowly lost run for the 22nd Ward City Council seat that year, said Lozano's talent for uniting across racial lines would be equally valuable today.

"He would be able to pull together a coalition of blacks and Latinos as a strategic way to ensure the issues of health care, of immigrant rights come to the forefront as much as possible," Mustin said.[12]

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