Elaine Lantz

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Elaine Lantz

Template:TOCnestleft Elaine Lantz... joined the National Organization of Legal Service Workers (a division of the United Auto Workers)staff as an organizer in April 2000.

She has been a UAW member since 1980 when she worked as a machinist in an aerospace plant. During that tenure, she worked on contract action committees and was the Chairperson of the Women's Committee. She was the main named plaintiff in a class action lawsuit on sexual discrimination, which ultimately won $1.5 million for the women workers at the plant.

Elaine Lantz was laid off from the aerospace plant in the early 1990's and became a bankruptcy paralegal before joining the NOLSW staff. She is active politically in many progressive causes.[1]

Meeting Gene

Elaine and Gene Lantz have been involved in peace and justice struggles since the war in Vietnam. They met in Dallas at a meeting of an anti-nuclear power group named Armadillo Coalition. Their first "date" was putting up posters for a protest in 1979.

Over the years together, they have touched virtually every progressive cause in North Texas.

In 1979, they established the Metroplex Citizens for Aid to Nicaragua. They soon joined it with the national organization, Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador. Elaine organized “brigadistas” to help with the coffee harvest during Ronald Reagan’s “Contra War.” Both Lantzes, on different brigades, went to Central America to pick coffee.

As it became more possible to work with labor unions, both Lantzes played parts in saving their union during a prolonged struggle that stretched from March, 1984 to July, 1985. After that successful battle, Elaine made major contributions as head of the union’s Women’s Committee while Gene went on to become the editor. Both Lantzes continued to carry out union assignments until the present day.

As the “Contra War” wore on, the Lantzes took responsibility for building a mighty data base of peace activists. It served the CISPES organization, the War Emergency Network, and, finally, became the communications basis for the nascent Dallas Peace Center.

Elaine and Gene started North Texas Jobs with Justice in 1990. The organization supported workers’ struggles, fought for health care for all, against “free trade” agreements that disregarded workers’ rights and the environment. Then and now, they work to inform, integrate, and strengthen progressive alliances among unions, civil rights organizations, church groups, peace activists, and other progressive people.

Although Elaine and Gene are retired from paid work today, they can still be counted on as Dallas area volunteers in the service of progress.[2]

Friends and comrades

Gene Lantz birthday party.

Gene Lantz· September 26 2019·

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With Ada French-Goring, Mark York, Kenneth Stretcher, Charlotte Connelly, Annette French, Annette French, Elaine Lantz, Barbara Williams, Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Williams, Sheri Soltes, Lorraine Birabil, Gene Lantz, Anne Hagan, Lonnie Morgan and Hobie Hukill.

Birthday greetings to Gus Hall

The following contributors to the World 1996 Fund Drive sent birthday greetings to Gus Hall, national chair, Communist Party USA. People's Weekly World, 21 December, 1996 - Elaine Lantz.

Communist Party USA

In September 2006 the Peoples Weekly World[3]listed several members of the Texas Communist Party USA.

Andrea Greimel, Andy Sivak, Brad J, Celia Joanna Stanford, Elaine Lantz, Gene Lantz, Francisco Paco Cantu, Frank Valdez , Sheila Valdez, Hernando Martinez, Jaime Martinez, John Stanford, Paul Hill, Richard Pressman, Stewart Minor.

Jobs with Justice

In 2009 Elaine Lantz was North Texas contact for Jobs with Justice.[4]

Mother's Day for Joanna Stanford

2009 Mother's Day Greetings and Love to the multi-talented Joanna Stanford — now in hospice care — whose life has combined love of family with distribution of the People's Weekly World and predecessor papers, and with the struggle for a world of peace, justice, freedom, art, dance, dolls and handicrafts.

Signatories included Gene Lantz and Elaine Lantz.[5]

Endorsed Marc Veasey

Democratic Precinct Chair Elaine Lantz, and her husband Gene Lantz, both involved with the Communist Party USA, endorsed Marc Veasey in his 2012 run for Congress.[6]

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