Bernard Sampson is chairman of the Houston Club of the Communist Party USA. As a young man he was active in the Trotskyist Spartacist League in Los Angeles.
In recent years, Sampson has been active in the NAACP, Working America, People Before Profits, Houstonians for Bernie Sanders and The Houston Socialist Reading Group.
He also serves as a Precinct Chair for the local Democratic Party.
Bernard Sampson also serves on the board of Coalition of Community Organizations, which is led by his friend and fellow Communist Party USA supporter Rev. James Caldwell, one of two black pastors involved with the Houston Communist Party.
In August 2017, Bernard Sampson stood for election to the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee, at the National Convention in Chicago, from Houston Democratic Socialists of America.
- I have been involved in the progressive movement within Houston since the 1970s... I am a long-time friend of DSA here in Houston and have been a dues-paying member myself since the beginning of the year.
- I am heavily involved with DSA and would like to help the Houston chapter establish meaningful relationships with other progressive organizations in the area. I have ties to Working America, Texas Organizing Project, Communist Party USA, Houstonians for Bernie Sanders (I played an active role in Bernie’s campaign throughout the process), as well as many of the unions within the Houston area.
Bernard Sampson failed to win election to DSA's leadership body, but remains active in the organization.