Clarence Kailin was a Wisconsin activist. He died in 2009 age 95.
Fighting in Spain
Clarence Kailin, one of the last surviving Americans who fought from 1936 to 1939 in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, for the pro-Soviet Spanish government against Francisco Franco allied with Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Kailin was called a 'premature antifascist' by F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover.
In December 1984, a delegation of 19 Soviets toured the United States, in Madison Wisconsin they were hosted at a dinner by the local branch of the American-Soviet Friendship Committee, led by Madison fire chief Ed Durkin and activist Clarence Kailin. Mike Murray, a student of water chemistry from Denver attended the dinner, as did 28 year old mother of two Sue Bunge-Quigley, a former teacher, turned graduate student. Jim Lackore, a teacher of Russian at Madison Memorial High School acted as interpreter.
Communist Party reformer
In 1991 Clarence Kailin, Wisconsin, 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.
Open Letter to the Colombian People, Press and Government, Aug. 1996
- We, the undersigned, are North Americans and others who are deeply disturbed by the human rights situation in Colombia.
- Massacres, disappearances and torture happen continually in the anguished region of Uraba. We can not understand how paramilitary groups operate so freely in this militarized region where the Colombian army is present in massive numbers, and which does not perform its constitutional function of defending the civilian population. And we can not understand why the regional paramilitary leader is not apprehended and brought to justice for his crimes against humanity.
- We call upon all armed parties -- paramilitary units, guerrillas, army, police, urban militias and commandos -- to immediately cease all attacks upon both the civilian population and upon each other. Justice, peace and a fruitful life is never found through murder, torture, kidnapping and intimidation.
- The Milwaukee Journal - Dec 4, 1984, page 94
- Addendum to Initiative document Nov. 13 1991
- Open Letter to the Colombian People, Press and Government: Stop the Bloodshed in Uraba, Due Process for Jose Antonio Lopez, Nelson Campo and others, and an End to Faceless Justice and Political Repression, August 1996