Patsy Mink

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Patsy Mink in 1964

Patsy Takemoto Mink (born Dec. 6, 1927 in Pä'ia, Maui, died Sept. 28, 2002, in Honolulu) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii who has fought "gender and racial stereotypes for much of her life". She has worked as an attorney from 1953 to 1964, and from 1987 to 1990.[1]

Early Life

Mink was born on Maui to parents of Japanese descent.

Communist Sympathizer

The FBI's file on Patsy Mink states on page one that, "...Another informant who attended the conference [13th Conference of International Relations] stated he had known Patsy Takemoto quite well and remembered her as one of a group who, during evening, sat around a campfire and sang Russian folk and revolutionary songs as well as Japanese and Chinese communistic songs. He said that in his opinion Patsy Takemoto was a communist sympathizer." Mink was also accused of being un-American during a question and answer session by a member of a panel at that conference.

It was learned that in 1956, Mink was regularly receiving the pro-communist paper, the Honolulu Record, of which Frank Marshall Davis was a contributor.[2]

Political Career

Mink was a member of the Hawaii Territorial House of Representatives from 1956 to 1958. She served in the Hawaii Territorial Senate in 1959. She then served as Assistant secretary of state for oceans and international, environmental and scientific affairs from 1977 to 1978. She was a Hawaii State Senator from 1962 to 1964. She also served on the Honolulu City Council from 1983 to 1987.

U.S. House of Representatives

Mink was the first minority woman elected to Congress. She served from 1965 to 1977 and from 1990 until her death in 2002. She was posthumously re-elected in 2002 and later replaced by U.S. Rep. Ed Case, D-Hawai'i}.

Cuba recognition drive

In 1972, a coalition of congressmen, radical activists and some communists spearheaded a drive to relax relations with Fidel Castro's Cuba.

Under, the auspices of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D.- Mass.) and Sen. Harold Hughes (D.-Iowa), a two day conference of liberal scholars assembled in April, in the New Senate Office Building to thrash out a fresh U.S. policy on Cùba.

Among congressional sponsors of the seminar were Sen. J. William Fulbright (D.-Ark.) and Sen. Jacob K. Javits (R.-N.Y.), both influential members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Sen. George McGovern (D.-S.D.), Rep. Bella Abzug (D~-N.Y.) and Rep. Ron Dellums (D.-Calif.).

Other sponsors included Senators Alan Cranston (D-CA), Mike Gravel (D - Alaska), Fred Harris (D - OK), Philip Hart (D - MI) and Frank Moss (D - UT)

Congressmen Joseph Addabo (D - NY), Herman Badillo ( D - NY), Alphonzo Bell (R -CA), Jonathan Bingham (D - NY), John Brademas (D -Indiana), Donald Fraser (D - Minn.), Seymour Halpern (R - NY), Lee Hamilton (D - Ind.), Michael J. Harrington (D - MA), Patsy Mink (D -HI), Parren Mitchell (D - MD), Charles Rangel (D - NY), Thomas Rees (D - CA), William Fitts Ryan (D - NY), Ogden Reid (D - NY), Benjamin Rosenthal ( D - NY), Morris Udall ( D - AZ).

Secretary of the New York State Communist Party USA, Michael Myerson was among the observers.

One panelist, John M. Cates, Jr., director of the , Center for Inter-American Relations, matter of factly remarked during the discussions: "So why are we here'? We're here so Sen. Kennedy can have a rationale to get our country to recognize Cuba."

The conference was financed by a New York-based organization called the Fund for the New Priorities in America, a coalition of groups clearly sympathetic to many pro-Communist causes.

The Fund was virtually the same group as the Committee for Peace and New Priorities, a pro-Hanoi group which bought an ad in November 1971 in the New York Times demanding Nixon set a Viet Nam withdrawal date. Both the Fund for the New Priorities and the Committee for Peace, were located at the same address in New York.[3]


In 1981 Patsy Mink was the National President of Americans for Democratic Action, an affiliate of Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization[4].


Mink was a member of the Honolulu Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and was an outspoken opponent of nuclear tests in the Pacific.[2]

Anti Clarence Thomas delegation

In October 1991 Patricia Schroeder led a delegation of fellow congresswomen, including Louise Slaughter, Barbara Boxer, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Nita Lowey, Patsy Mink and Jolene Unsoeld to the Senate to urge a delay of the vote on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the supreme court.[5]

DSA endorsement

In July 1996, the Democratic Socialists of America Political Action Committee endorsed Patsy Mink, Hawaii 3, in that year's Congressional elections.[6]

Congressional Progressive Caucus

In 1998 Patsy Mink Democrat was listed as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[7]

Supportive Organizations

Council for a Livable World

The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Patsy Mink in his successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Hawaii.[8]

EMILY's List

Mink has been supported by EMILY's List, a national Political Action Committee that supports pro-abortion Democratic women running for congress and governor.[9]


The FBI's file on Patsy Mink states on page one that, "A confidential informant furnished a list of candidates endorsed by the International Longshoremen's & Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) Political Action Committee on the island of Oahu and by the Oahu Labor Council. Candidates for rep[resentative from the Fifth District included Patsy Mink." Mink regularly had the endorsement of the ILWU and was again listed on the endorsement in 1959, however in the closing days of the campaign ILWU bought newspaper space and circulated handbills attacking her. It was subsequently known that Mink and ILWU broke because she was one of the very few legislators who voted against the tax exemption for the ILWU Memorial Association Building.[2]

Health Care Access resolution

John Conyers promoted House Concurrent Resolution 99 (H. Con Res. 99) Directing Congress to enact legislation by October 2004 that provides access to comprehensive health care for all Americans. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES April 4, 2001.

Sponsors:John Conyers (for himself), Jan Schakowsky, John Tierney, Barbara Lee, Donna Christensen, David Bonior, Dennis Kucinich, Earl Hilliard, Maurice Hinchey, Jerry Nadler, Donald Payne Chaka Fattah, Peter DeFazio, John Lewis Tammy Baldwin, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Barney Frank, Henry Waxman, Cynthia McKinney, Jim Langevin, George Miller Alcee Hastings, Patsy Mink, John Olver , Bennie Thompson, Pete Stark, Julia Carson, and Mike Capuano submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce;[10]

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), that the Congress shall enact legislation by October 2004 to guarantee that every person in the United States, regardless of income, age, or employment or health status, has access to health care..