Andrea Perkins

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Andrea Perkins

Andrea Perkins is an Oregon and Illinois activist. She is engaged to David Bender.




The March 2014, gathering of 328 college and graduate students from across the nation in Washington DC, at the 45th annual "Grassroots Legislative Conference," hosted by the United States Student Association , which has strong ties with the labor movement, could be called nothing short of a "tour de force" in youth activism. "LegCon" is designed to train students in congressional lobbying.

The students at LegCon have taken charge of their social movement like it is the fight of their lives, and indeed it is. Andrea Perkins is one such student at University of Oregon, completing her studies off campus in Chicago. Perkins is an indigenous youth leader and activist, representing the Idle No More movement and the Young Communist League.

Perkins says that her home community of the Chinook Nation of Oregon and Washington has "had it up to here" with capitalist profiteering at the expense of human health and well-being. The Keystone XL pipeline is slated to run straight through the backyards, and even the houses, of thousands of first nations peoples living on reservations.

Perkins made a presentation explaining as much at LegCon. Already the damage done by tar sands extraction and fracking have rendered indigenous lands, in square miles larger than the size of England, uninhabitable across the U.S. and Canada (though indigenous children and families without other options continue to live in these toxic environments).[1]


In 2014 Andrea Perkins and Evlynn Wier were members of the Haymarket Club of the Young Communist League in Chicago.[2]

Young communists

David Bender May 31, 2013 ·


Another great photo, taken by Earchiel Lee Johnson, of the YCL Haymarket Club. — with Julio Gomez, Andrea Perkins, Evlynn Aine and Josie Dykas.

African American Equality Commission

In July 2015, Members of African American Equality Commission CP USA FaceBook group included Andrea Perkins.[3]

Communist Party convention

David Bender convened a session at the Communist Party USA's 2014 conference in Chicago (he is a party member). Also attending were Judith LeBlanc, Albert Bender and Andrea Perkins.[4]

Standing Rock

Many have voiced outrage over the selective coverage being given by the media to the Standing Rock issue. “It’s 2016. The Cleveland “Indians” are in the World Series. What Indians do you think people were talking about this weekend?” said Andrea Perkins, member of the Chinook and Haida Nations, and Chicago-based activist. “Well it wasn’t the 141 Indigenous peoples that were attacked for protecting the land and water. That’s for sure. Real Natives’ lives are in danger.”[5]

New member phone bank


New member phone bank Public · Hosted by Communist Party USA.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11 AM - 4 PM EDT

Your living room

We're organizing a phonebank to our new members on Saturday and we need your help. The callfire service allow you to make the calls from home, using your smartphone, laptop or deskstop. You'll get a real charge from talking to them! Aint' nuthin like it!! Please click "going" if you can make calls! Thanks!

Those invited to participate on on Facebook included Andrea Perkins.

National Party Building Conference

National Party Building Conference Hosted by Communist Party USA and People's World.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12 PM – 6 PM EST

Join Communist Party activists and members in a national conference. You can register here

The conference will take place November 11th to 12th to plan our work in the fight against the Trump Administration and its white supremacist ruling class backers. Find information here about how to participate.

The conference will be streamed from Chicago to regional meetings in New Haven, Los Angeles, and Orlando. Whether you’re on the East Coast, West Coast, in the MIdwest or the South, you’ll be able to participate.[6]

Those indicating interest on Facebook for the event included Andrea Perkins.