- 1 Black Radical Congress
- 2 “Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century”
- 3 Young Communist League
- 4 United for Peace and Justice Affiliation
- 5 Backing Obama in '08
- 6 Jobs with Justice
- 7 Kentucky Social Forum
- 8 Philadelphia Social Science Forum LGBTQ event
- 9 Beyond Shell Shock
- 10 National Party Building Conference
- 11 References
Erica Smiley ,originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, joined the "social justice movement organizing around affirmative action, financial aid, and to prevent the building of prisons and juvenile facilities through a broader statewide youth coalition."
Erica Smiley is the director of campaigns for Jobs with Justice. She sits on the board of the Highlander Research and Education Center and the editorial board of the online publication Organizing Upgrade. In the past, she has organized with community groups such as Progressive Maryland, the Tenants and Workers Support Committee (now Tenants and Workers United) in Virginia, and SEIU Local 500. She was national field director of Choice USA, a pro-choice organization focusing primarily on youth access to reproductive health care. And she previously held the position of senior field organizer for the Southern Region at Jobs with Justice.
She is married to Amanda Devecka-Rinear.
Black Radical Congress
“Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century”
10th Anniversary Meeting of the Black Radical Congress, “Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century” Black Radical Congress, June 20-22, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri.
Young Communist League
United for Peace and Justice Affiliation
Backing Obama in '08
- This election, the league is largely banking on the candidacy of the junior Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama. Smiley, who has been at the helm of the league for the past two years, noted that they will support any Democratic candidate who may potentially loosen labor laws and pass broad social reforms.
- “Obama is an excellent candidate, but it’s not about Obama or Clinton,” she said recently over a breakfast bagel in a coffee shop down the street from the Obama campaign office in Brooklyn. “It’s about beating the extreme right wing; at the end of the day, they’re just playing their roles.”
- The league doesn’t claim official ties to the Obama campaign, and the Obama campaign did not respond to repeated phone calls and e-mails to its Chicago headquarters seeking comment.
- Rather than introducing its own candidate, as the Communist Party last did in 1984 with Gus Hall, the league decided to back the Democratic Party candidate who members believe supports the most proletariat-friendly platform.
- “If we were to run our own candidate this year,” Smiley said, “some people would vote for him, taking away votes from Clinton or Obama, and McCain might jump in. That would be terrible!”
- Smiley, who sported a red T-shirt with the words “Troublemakers Union,” said the league members fear that an official endorsement of Obama could hurt the senator’s chances to become president because a stigma is still attached to communists.
Jobs with Justice
Kentucky Social Forum
Steve Pavey August 2, 2009; with Fredando Farmer Fredo Jackson, Christi H. Ketchum, Stephanie Guilloud, Tashia Bradley, Monica Hernandez, Pam McMichael, Doanta Davis, Andrew Kang Bartlett, Fran Tobin, Angelyn Rudd, Mary Brydon-Miller, Rochelle Arms, Chris Hartman, Erin Michelle Howard, Erica Smiley, Tanya Bernice Turner, Shannon Garth-Rhodes, Carol Kraemer, Shameka Parrish-Wright, Khalilah Veneable Collins, Christy Pardew, Esteban Bartlett, Josh Jennings, Jardana Peacock, Carla Wallace, Dave Newton, Gabriela Alcalde, Janet Jenkins Tucker, David Lott, Kay Tillow, Jackie Floyd, David Horvath, David O'Brien Suetholz, Ellen Braune and Judi Jennings.
Philadelphia Social Science Forum LGBTQ event
On June 10 2011, the Philadelphia Social Science Forum, presented a forum for Gay & Lesbian Pride month as "part of our series on issues impacting the working-class community & families".
- Rita Urwitz, MSW, VP of AFSCME District Council 47 & member of AFSCME local 2186
- Ed Hermance, owner & operator of Giovanni's Room bookstore
- Elicia Gonzales, executive director of the Gay & Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative
- Erica Smiley, former national coordinator for the Young Communist League.
At Giovanni's Room, 345 S. 12th Street (12th & Pine Streets in Center City).
The event was sponsored by the Communist Party of Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware & the Friends of People's World. "All LGBTQ, friends & allies welcome!"
Beyond Shell Shock
Beyond Shell Shock: Labor after the Trump disaster was hosted by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday, February 26 at 8 PM - 9:30 PM.
- Join us in this webcast to take a hard look at the place we're in as a labor movement - and consider how we can make the labor movement be a leading force in the resistance to Trump and the fight for a better world.
- What's our strategy? What kinds of alliances do we need? Do we just play defense?
- In the face of National Right to Work, vicious attacks on workers of color in and out of the workplace, escalating divisions in the AFLCIO and the Democratic Party, and more we've got our work cut out for us. Let's figure out how to win.
National Party Building Conference
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12 PM – 6 PM EST
Join Communist Party activists and members in a national conference. You can register here https://tinyurl.com/ycdouk3y
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. http://www.cpusa.org/2017-national-party-building-conference-resist-organize-vote-grow/
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.
Those invited on Facebook included Erica Smiley.
- [ http://www.jwj.org/staff-members/erica-smiley, JWJ staff, Erica Smiley. Campaigns Director]
- BRC Today, Volume 1, Issue 4, Winter 2000-01, page 9
- Info Exchange, 10th Anniversary Meeting of the Black Radical Congress, June 20-22, 2008
- PW Events Philadelphia.: Out at work: LGBTQ struggles on the job & in the community, June 10 2011 19:00 - June 10 2011 22:00