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Bill Davis

Bill Davis, died 2021 aged 78 was a New York City activist. Stepfather of Marc Auerbach and Dan Auerbach.

Life story

Bill Davies was born in 1942 in upstate New York, the oldest of seven children. "My Father was a sheet metal worker; my Mother was an office worker. I attended the local centralized school from kindergarten through high school and graduated from Columbia College in New York City. I started work with the New York City Department of Welfare (later Social Services), where I participated in a one month illegal strike. Soon afterwards I was drafted into the army for two years. It was during the Vietnam war, but I was sent to Germany. After my military service I returned to my job and married Joan Feder. I also began seeking a political organization which would deal with the social and economic inequities and problems I saw in the U.S. I joined the Communist Party USA in 1971 after meeting comrades active in my union."[1]

"I continued to work for different subdivisions of the Department of Social services through several reorganizations and name changes, and to be active in my union (AFSCME Local 371) and the Party. I was elected shop steward from my work location, to the local's Executive Committee and one of the local's Delegates to the NYC Central Labor Council. After I retired in 1995 I became a full time volunteer for the Party. As a Party member I have previously been a Delegate to National Conventions, a member of the National Committee and National Board, and several New York State positions, including District Organizer. I currently manage the Party headquarters building. In personal terms, the death of my wife from cancer four years ago was a severe blow which also affected my political activity. I must say that the understanding and support of Party Comrades helped get me through it, and I have become more active in the recent period."

Supported Communist Party front

1982 National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression pamphlet

In 1982 Bill Davis served on the National Coordinating Committee of a Communist Party USA front the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, which was led by leading Party members Angela Davis and Charlene Mitchell.

Communist Party's May Day Salute

In 1995 the Communist Party USA newspaper People's Weekly World, published a "May Day salute" to the "heroes in the class war zone". More than 100 unionists/activists endorsed the call, mostly known affiliates, or members of the Communist Party.

Bill Davis SSEU Local 371 New York was one of those listed[2].

Labor Day call

The Communist Party USA paper People's Weekly World issued a statement to mark Labor Day 1995, entitled "We honor the dead and fight like hell for the living."

Of the more than 100 endorsers listed, almost all were identified members of the Communist Party USA.

Bill Davis, AFSCME New York, was on the list.[3]

Political Affairs

As at September 1996, Bill Davis, NY Transit Union, served on the National Board for the Communist Party USA.[4] Political Affairs is the online magazine of the Communist Party USA network and has also appeared as a monthly journal since at least the 1940's under an earlier name. The network includes the Communist Party USA, the Young Communist League and Political Affairs.

Communist Party "Jobs Bill"

H.R. 950, the Job Creation and Infrastructure Restoration Act of 1997 was introduced in the 105th Congress on March 5, 1997 by Congressman Matthew Martinez of California. It had 33 original co-sponsors, . The primary purpose of this emergency federal jobs legislation was to provide much needed jobs at union wages to crisis ridden cities by putting the unemployed to work rebuilding our nation's infrastructure (schools, housing, hospitals, libraries, public transportation, highways, parks, environmental improvements, etc. $250 billion is authorized for emergency public works jobs over a five year period.

Congressman Martinez had previously introduced this bill in the last Congress (as HR 1591) at the the request of over 50 prominent Labor leaders who formed the Los Angeles Labor Coalition for Public Works Jobs, which is why it is often referred to as the "Martinez Public Works Jobs Bill."[5]

This is the most significant jobs legislation introduced in Congress since Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal established the Works Progress Administration (WPA). This bill is the WPA-type program for today. It has strong provisions which will put hundreds of thousands of unemployed building trades workers to work as well as provide jobs for victims of plant closures, welfare recipients who are parents, youth, and the long term unemployed. The public works projects which will be established under this bill will be built in communities with the highest levels of unemployment and with the greatest needs.
The goal of the New York Coalition for Public Works Jobs is to build the movement to pass the Martinez Jobs bill as part of the National Labor Coalition for Public Works Jobs. You can help by asking your union, community organization, or local government body to to join those who have already passed resolutions to endorse the bill. Such a resolution has been introduced in the New York City Council. Calling on additional Congressional Representatives to co-sponsor the bill is very important. We will be organizing petition campaigns, visits to elected officials, and demonstrations and other actions for a public works jobs program.

The leaders of the Los Angeles Labor Coalition for Public Works Jobs and its only affiliate New York Coalition for Public Works Jobs, were all known supporters or members of the Communist Party USA.

Los Angeles , National Labor Coalition For Public Works Jobs

A New York affiliate, New York Coalition for Public Works Jobs, c/o Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2.

Party role

In 2001 the Structure and Organization Convention Committee for the 27th National Convention of the Communist Party USA[6]included Marc Brodine (WA), Bill Davis (NY), Rosita Johnson (E. PA), Steve Noffke (MI), Brian Steinberg CT), Shelby Richardson (Ill) and Mark Almberg (ILL).

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 endorsers[7]including Bill Davis, Almost all endorsers were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA.

"Socialism Betrayed"


In 2004 Roger Keeran, and Thomas Kenny published "Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union"

Special thanks went to Bahman Azad, Norman Markowitz, Michael Parenti, Anthony Coughlan, and Betty Smith for reading the entire manuscript and suggesting editorial and substantive changes. We would also like to thank those who read all or parts of the manuscript and those who shared their ideas and sometimes their encouragement: Gerald Horne, Frank Goldsmith, Erwin Marquit, Sam Webb, Elena Mora, Mark Rosenzweig, Gerald Meyer, Joe Sims, Lee Dlugin, Pat Barile, Daniel Rubin, Phillip Bonosky, Bill Davis, Evelina Alarcon, Tim Wheeler, Scott Marshall, Noel Rabinowitz, Paul Mishler, Jarvis Tyner, Esther Moroze, Marilyn Bechtel, Gerald Erickson, Constance Pohl, Jackie DiSalvo, Richard Najarian and Brawee Najarian, and Jim Miller.

Also thankedd were librarians, Mark Rosenzweig of the Reference Center for Marxist Studies and Jackie Lavalle, for helping with the research, and Eileen Jamison for tracking down numerous books and articles. Also owed a debt of gratitude were Gregory Grossman for helping find sources on the second economy. Also thankedd were SUNY Empire State College for granting a sabbatical leave to Roger Keeran during which he did some early research and writing. Catherine Keeran for her assistance and Alice Ward and John Ward for providing accommodations and company, while Roger did research at the University of Texas. David Granville, Derek Kotz, Ian Denning and Charles Keller, and for technical help.[8]

2014 Better World Awards banquet

The Friends of the People's World hosted its yearly fundraiser Dec. 8, 2014, the Better World Awards.

Hearty salutes to striking fast food workers and the tens of thousands protesting the killing of Michael Brown and Eric Garner paid by Jarvis Tyner district chair of the New York Communist Party, and others quickly warmed the crowd as the program honoring Cormanita Mahr, Vice President of United Healthcare Workers East (SEIU 1199), Zephyr Teachout a candidate for governor of NY, Reverend Danilo Lachapel, director of Give Them to Eat Ministry and New York CP labor leader Bill Davis, got underway.

Bill Davis, received's of the Lifetime Achievement Award. He expressed his appreciation this way, "All that I have accomplished and hope to in the future I owe to my party. Not that everything that I have done was within my party. But when I took on responsibilities in other organizations, whether it was my union, the May Day Committee, the Working Families Party, the Left Labor Project, Veterans for Peace, or numerous Political Campaign Committees and campaigns - I did so with the party's help and encouragement."[9]



  2. People's Weekly World May 6 1995 p 2
  3. People's Weekly World Sep 2 1995 p 14
  4. Political Affairs, August 1996, page 5
  5. [1] The Job Creation and Infrastructure Restoration Act of 1997 (H.R. 950)From the New York State Communist Party 16 March 1997, email list, accessed June 14, 2010
  8. "Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union"
  9. PW, NY Better World Awards honor activists, salute protestsby: Gabe Falsetta December 22 2014