Elizabeth Holtzman

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Liz Holtzman

Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY), was a covert, hardcore leftist who used her record as a hardworking Assistant District Attorney as a springboard for Congress, all the while keeping her leftist activities somewhat under the news media radar in terms of who she was associating with.

She is the co-author of The Impeachment of George W. Bush (Nation Books).

Holtzman served for eight years as a U.S. Congresswoman and won national attention for her role on the House Judiciary committee during Watergate. She was subsequently elected District Attorney of Kings County (Brooklyn), the only woman ever elected DA in NYC, serving for eight years. Holtzman was also the only woman ever elected Comptroller of New York City. She currently works with Herrick Feinstein, LLP, and lives in New York City.[1]

PCPJ and NPCA Demonstrations January 20, 1973

Two communist-dominated factions of the so-called "Anti-Vietnam Movement" or "peace movement", over time known as the November Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam (Nov. Mobe]]; Spring Mobilization to end the War in Vietnam (Spring Mobe); National Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam (National Mobe); New Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam (New Mobe]], planned a joint protest on January 20, 1973, known as the "March Against Death". The Communist Party USA (CPUSA) faction was known as the People's Coalition for Peace and Justice (PCPJ}, while the Trotskyite faction was known as the National Peace Action Coalition (NPAC).[2].

An article in the CPUSA newspaper the Daily World of Jan. 13, 1973, entitled "Labor, Congress swell peace march backers", listed Elizabeth Holtzman ((D-NY) was one of the "new congressional backers" of the protest. She was one of 22 such supporters which included two leftist Republicans, Don Riegel (R-Mich), later a Senator, and Paul McCloskey (R-Cal), of the isolationist tendency.

DSA interest in campaign funders


Committee for Responsive Democracy

The Committee for Responsive Democracy began a series of hearings in New York, on November 13, 1990, on the "need for significant reform of the two party political system, as well as the feasibility of forming a new party". Sixteen hearings were planned, in eight major cities across the US. New York City Comptroller Liz Holtzman greeted the commission, saying that "many people don't see themselves as being represented".

Witnesses included Manhattan Borough president Ruth Messinger, Simon Gerson, chair of the Political Action and Legislative Commission of the Communist Party USA, Fern Winston of the Party's Womens Equality Commission. Civil Rights attorney Joseph Rauh urged work to invigorate the Democratic Party rather than turn to a third party.

Among the Commission's 49 members were former machinists Union president William Winpisinger, former California Supreme Court justice Rose Bird, former New Mexico governor Toney Anaya, environmentalist Barry Commoner, farm workers union leader Dolores Huerta, former Attorney general Ramsey Clark, author Barbara Ehrenreich, Joseph L, Rauh, Jr. and former Congressman and Presidential candidate John Anderson.[3]

Hiroshima Day, 1993


On August 6 1993, a rally to commemorate Hiroshima Day was held at the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Park, New York. The rally was designed "to kickoff a national campaign to collect a million signatures supporting a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, commend president Clinton for extending the nuclear testing moratorium, urge renewal of the Non Proliferation Treaty, urge swift and complete nuclear disarmament."

The event was sponsored by the Metro New York Peace Action Council and several other "peace' groups.[4]

Speakers included;


  1. [1] Huffington Post bio, accessed june 26, 2010
  2. "Communist Origin and Manipulation of Vietnam Week (Arpil 8-15, 1967)", Report, House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA), March 31, 1967, 90th Congress, 1st Session. "Subversive Involvement in the Origin, Leadership and Activities of the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam and its Predecessor Organizations", Staff Study, House Internal Security Committee (HISC), 1970, 91st Congress, 2nd Session, Subdoc No. 45-163 O. "New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam", Parts 1 and 2, hearings, HISC, April, 1970, and "Peoples Coalition for Peace and Justice (PCPJ) and the National Peace Action Coalition (NPAC), HISC, Hearings, March - July, 1971, 92nd Congress, 1st Session
  3. PWW December 8, 1990, page 4
  4. Peoples Weekly World, June 31, 1993