Federation For Progress
- 1 History
- 2 Front for Communist Workers Party
- 3 Organizing Committee for Federation for Progress
- 4 In These Times ad for a National Conference July 30-August 1, 1982 of the FFP
- 5 Officials
- 6 FPP conference
- 7 Planning conference
- 8 Student anti-fees protest
- 9 Letter to Samaranch
- 10 "SURVIVALFEST 84"
- 11 "Survival Day 84"
- 12 References
Federation For Progress was a front for the Communist Workers Party.
The Federation For Progress self-described what it was in an undated brochure/leaflet that came out in either late 1983 or early 1984, as is quoted in its entirety below. However, the FFP was just another attempt to create a new Marxist united front organization, much like similar efforts of the The People's Alliance and the National Committee for Independent Political Action.
"We've been fighting our own separate battles as our very survival is at stake in the 80's. It's time for greater unity. Formed in August, 1982, the Federation For Progress has brought people together of all races and from all movements, working for a brighter future. The linking of movements and a multi-issue focus are this decade's organizing agenda. The August 27th March on Washington for Jobs, Peace and Freedom was an historic confirmation of that. Our goal is to help create a people's movement for progress and a program that, together with your efforts and organization, we can actually implement."
"We are a democratic membership organization whose talents range across generations, nationalities, and geography. We stand on the frontlines for human rights and oppose U.S. militarization and intervention. The Federation For Progress is a farsighted leadership organization. Our members come from the movement streams of Equality, Peace, Freedom, and Justice. Tomorrow, these thousands of grassroots streams will become a mighty river in the struggle for human liberation. Be a part of making history today. Build the Federation For Progress."
"Our time is now. We the people speak as one. We need your voice. We want your hands. Now! Help us to create, to organize. Through our movement today, we insure our future. Together we will forge a powerful united group able to resist today's atrocities --boat people and homeless; soup lines and unemployed persons; unwelcome immigrants; frozen corpses of senior citizens; glazed, alienated, stone young people; evictions; layoffs; foreclosures; nuclear build-up; 007; El Salvador; Beirut; Grenada; Apartheid; young marine corpses returned home dead. Brothers and sisters, there is no separation by gender, race, ethnicity or class. There is no distance between these issues. There is a common cause, a common source. The voices of our elders cry out to us. Our children's eyes plead to us. Our pained frightened hearts speak to us. We have the courage, the committment to move forward. The Federation demands there be a future. Join us to shape it.!"
Frances Hubbard, National President
[NB: typos are from the original text of this message]
The address of the FFP was: 225 Park Avenue, So., Room 746 New York, New York, 10003 (212) 228-8011
Among the FFP's stated accomplishments were the following from the front page, reproduced en toto, here:
"Join the Movement for Jobs, Peace & Equality"
"Join The Movement That":
- Worked to free Tchula, Mississippi Mayor Eddie James Carthan.
- Helped force Ohio Governor Rhodes to declare a state-wide moratorium of utility shutoffs and turn the heat back on for theose already shutoff.
- Prevented home foreclosures and evictions of unemployed steel workers in Gary, Indiana.
- Initiated People Against Racism and the Klan, a coalition in Washington D.C.'s Afro-American community to oppose the KKK's march in D.C., November 6, 1982.
- Helped initiate the Mexico-USA Border Commission in Solidarity with the Salvadorean People.
- Worked to mobilize thousands for the August 27th March for Jobs, Peace and Freedom
- Worked to stop the test launching of the MX Missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
- Initiated the Toxic Free America Campaign.
- Initiated the March and Rally for Peace and Justice at the '84 Summer Olympics.
- Worked to prevent the dumping of PCB's in rural Warren County, N.C.
Front for Communist Workers Party
The Federation For Progress, appears to have been an organ of the Communist Workers Party. Meg Anderson, A CWP member from Indiana wrote a letter to The Expert Red, February 1985, which dealt with the practicalities of the Party's new Gramsci inspired program of infiltrating civil society. References to FFP, showed how important its role was to the party.
- The main thing being understood about Gramsci's ideas is that we have to be able to take part in life as other people do, thus moving ourselves beyond a limited world of our own making to the world that exists. The question still remains about what party visibility will mean...For example in the church there are progressive organizations whose program is even higher than our transitional demands in some ways. What shall I propose to their members? That they all joint he Party? Or should I ask the key movers to join, and we meet secretly to act in director's role? It seems to be be the same role as FFP would play. Does that mean we virtually turn the FFP into the party, or vice a versa?
Organizing Committee for Federation for Progress
A leaflet was obtained on March 27, 1982 in Washington, DC which was entitled "A National Call to Form a Coalition Opposed to the Reagan Administration" - For Jobs or Income, Peace, and Equality.
TEXT TO FOLLOW:
Signers of the "Call" were:
- Rev. Philip Berrigan - activist
- Leonard Weinglass - attorney
- Benjamin Spock - author
- Anne Braden - Southern civil rights and peace activist
- Elizabeth McAlister - activist
- Ron Dellums - Representative, U.S. Congress (D-Cal)
- Nelson Johnson - activist
- Pete Seeger - Musician
- Sidney Lens - author
- Richard Hatcher - Mayor of Gary Indiana
- Kitty Tucker - Non-Nuclear World, Supporters of Silkwood Karen Silkwood
- William Kunstler - attorney
- Michio Kaku- Professor of Nuclear Physics
- Julian Bond - Member, Georgia State Senate
- Flo Kennedy- attorney
- Manning Marable - Professor of Political Economy
- Parren Mitchell - Representative, U.S. Congress (D-Md)
"Yes, I would like to support the Organizing Committee for Federation For Progress (FFP). Asks for mailing information.
In These Times ad for a National Conference July 30-August 1, 1982 of the FFP
The FFP put a half-page ad in the "socialist" oriented weekly newspaper, In These Times in the July 14-27, 1982 issue, p. 8, entitled: "A natural follow-up to June 12: A national conference July 30-August 1 at Columbia Un., in New York City".
It was a follow-up conference to the major "anti-defense lobby" march and protest in New York on June relating to the U.N. Second Special Session on Disarmament.
Scheduled speakers at Columbia University included:
- Julian Bond
- Frances Hubbard
- Arthur Kinoy
- Philip Berrigan
- Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias
- Kitty Tucker
- Michio Kaku - Professor but not listed as such
- Rev. Herbert Daughtry - Reverend
- Rev. William Jones - Reverend
- Dr. George Wald - (also a Professor, not listed as such)
Interim Executive Committee (FFP):
- Judy Chu - Professor Asian-American Studies, Los Angeles
- Michio Kaku- nuclear physicist
- Frances Hubbard - teacher of community health and social medicine, City University of New York CUNY
- Dr. Arjun Makijani - nuclear disarmament activist
- Manning Marable - Professor of Political Economy
- Musheer Robinson - Executive Director, Black and Latin Workers Health & Safety Resource Center, Newark, NJ
- Tony To - Federation For Progress National Staff
- Kitty Tucker - Non-Nuclear World, Supporters of Silkwood Karen Silkwood
Partial List of Endorsers:
- Anne Braden - Southern civil rights and peace activist - id. CPUSA member
- Brett Bursey - Grassroots Organizing Workshop, Columbia, S.C.
- Ben Chavis - Benjamin Chavis activist
- Noam Chomsky
- Molly Coyle - Workers Clinic San Francisco
- Ronald Dellums - Representative U.S. Congress
- Bernard Demczuk - Legislative Representative, American Federation of Government Employees AFGE, AFL-CIO (also later a member of the DSA)
- Peter Fisher - Coordinator Trade Unions for Democratic ActionTUDA
- Donald Freed - author
- Richard Hatcher - Mayor of Gary, Indiana
- Nelson Johnson - Organizing Committee of Coalition Against Black Genocide
- Florence Kennedy Flo Kennedy - attorney
- Yuri Kochiyama - Asian-American Caucus for Disarmament
- William Kunstler - attorney
- Winona LaDuke - Anishinabbe Nation - White Earth Reservation
- Sidney Lens - author (and former leader of the old Revolutionary Workers League (as listed on P. 144 of "The Guide to Subversive Organizations and Publications, and Appendixes", HCUA, Dec. 1, 1961)
Lens and his communist affiliations were also described in "The New Mobe Staff Study", HISC, 1970
- Don Luce - Southeast Asia Resource Center , one of the leading members of the Hanoi Lobby section composed of his Indochina Mobile Education Project, the Indochina Resource Center of Gary Porter, Guy Gran, George Hildebrand, David Marr, etc.; and Coalition to Stop Funding the War CSFW
- Jim McNamara- Those United to Fight Fascism, Columbus, Ohio
- Elizabeth McAlister - activist, and former nun affiliated with the Berrigans and the draft resistance movement
- Russell Means American Indian Movement AIM
- Rafael Miranda -
- Arthur Mitchell
- Parren Mitchell - Representative D-MD, associated with several keep CPUSA and Soviet frontsincluding the U.S. Peace Council USPC, the World Peace Council WPC, and the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship NCASF
(see Keywiki sites for each of these for congressional and FBI/CIA citations, as well as Mitchell's involvement)
- Graham Nash - musician
- Michael Parenti - author, IPS fellow and writer for the CPUSA's theoretical journal "Political Affairs"
- Samuel Paz - President of Board of Directors So. Cal. ACLU ACLU
- Wilson Riles, Jr. - Oakland City Council
- Dean Dillard Robinson - Trinity Cathedral (Episcopal)
- Diane Romero - SAMRAF
- Elaine Schmidt - Women's International League for Peace and Freedom WILPF
- Pete Seeger - musician (admitted member of the CPUSA and longtime identified member of the CPUSA)
- Dan Sheehan - Christic Institute Washington, D.C. - (a wacko attorney who gained fame during the Karen Silkwood case; associated with the Center for Constitutional Rights CCR, and progenitor of the La Penca bombing disinformation program of Tony Avirgan. Lead attorney in the dismissed harassment law suit against Gen. John Singlaub re the freedom-fighters of Nicaragua
Eventually he was abandoned by many members of his own group, the pro-communist Christic Institute because of he weird behavior and unpredictability). The Institute collapsed after Singlaub and others won court costs from it for filing a frivilous lawsuit against him on charges that he was illegally supporting the "Contras".
- Benjamin Spock - author (and presidential candidate in the early 1980's for the marxist "Peoples Party"
- Brenda Sunoo - UCLA FFP
- Bill Wahpenpah - International Indian Treaty Council, a front group of the American Indian Movement AIM
- Leonard Weinglass - attorney (and one of the best of the communist/marxist Left). Associated with the CCR, the late William Kunstler, and has been an attorney for terrorists and their supporters, esp. among the Islamic extremists).
- Frank Wilkinson - Executive Director, National Committee Against Repressive LegislationNCARL and its predecessor organization, the National Committee to Abolish HUAC/HISC. Longtime identified CPUSA member and security operative, along with Frank Donner(See the HCUA series of hearings and reports on Operation Abolition for details).
- Mamie Williams - Pastor, Calvary United Methodist Church (Washington, D.C.)
According to the Communist Workers Party newspaper Workers Viewpoint March 9 1983, page 3, more than 300 people gathered in Los Angeles to organize a large solidarity conference to coincide with the 1984 los Angeles Olympics.
Organized by Federation for Progress, participants included CISPES, Gray Panthers, ACLU, Alliance for Survival, National Lawyers Guild, NOW, National Resistance Coalition, and United Against Black Genocide.
The conference opened with presentations from Michio Kaku, Wilson Riles, Jr. of the Oakland City Council and Nancy Baker of San Diego Coalition of Labor Union Women. It ended with a powerful presentation at the First Unitarian Church where Phillip Zwerling an advisory board member of the Greensboro Justice Fund was Minister.
California State Assembymember Maxine Waters, Ramsey Clark, Michio Kaku and San Francisco Supervisor Harry Britt, "raised the political and spiritual challenges confronting the American people in the struggle for jobs, peace and equality."
Highlight of the conference was the discussion of plans for the 1984 Olympics. Participants were Carol Ono of Federation for Progress, Berkeley professor Harry Edwards, UCLA instructor Judy Chu and Mark Ridley-Thomas, president of the SCLC.
Also speaking were Rev. Dan Romero, Associate Minister of the United Church of Christ, Morris Knight, Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, and Judy Chu, who gave a rundown of what had happened before the conference. Dr. Chu "spoke of US chauvinism and how the press just apes that line"
There was a reassessment of the original goal of 5000,000 people. 100,000 was deemed more realistic. Dr. Chu also summarized the logistics of the planned day.
Ad Hoc Committee to Keep South Africa out of the Olympics
In December 1983, a creation of the Federation for Progress, the Ad Hoc Committee to Keep South Africa out of the Olympics wrote a letter:
- We have reason to believe that there will be an attempt by the expelled South African Olympic Committee to regain membership in the International Olympic Committee. Some indication of this has appeared in the Economist (September 3, 1983) which states, "The South Africans are going to plead in some foreign high courts that their exclusion from international athletics is contrary to signed international athletic agreements...If they get their declaration, they intend to ask the California courts to enforce it...."
We therefore call on the President of the International Olympic Committee, the President of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the Chair of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee to:
J) issue a clear. public declaration that they will oppose any efforts by the racist regime of South Africa to regain membership in the International Olympic Committee; 2) support the Commonwealth Games Federation resolution; 3) issue a public declaration opposing the establishment of a South African information center in Los Angeles to promote propaganda legitimizing apartheid in sport.
- Dennis Brutus President, South African Non-Raciall Olympic Committee
- Randall Robinson, Executive Director TransAfrica
- Assemblywoman Maxine Waters, 48th District CA
- Richard Lapchick National Chairperson of American Coordinating Committee For Equality in Sports and Society
- Vusi Shangase, Representative, African National Congress
- Judy Chu President, Los Angeles Chapter, Federation For Progress
- Elliot Barker, Representative, Unity in Action
- Robert Farrell, Los Angeles City Councilman 8th District CA
- Midge Constanza Former Assistant to President Carter
- Reverend Thomas Kilgore, Second Baptist Church, Los Angeles
- Frank Beeman, Athletic Director of Michigan State University
Student anti-fees protest
April 12, 1983 400 students gathered in Los Angeles to protest tuition hikes.
The protest was organised by the UCLA chapter of Federation For Progress and Californians Acting for Sound Education.
Letter to Samaranch
The '84 Mobilization for Peace and Justice, penned a July 25, 194 letter to Dr. Juan Antonio Samaranch and Members of the International Olympic Committee, Olympic Headquarters Biltmore Hotel 515 S. Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90013
- We wish to express our outrage at the statements made by members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in support of the Racist Apartheid Regime of South Africa, which is seeking to regain membership of the IOC. Morever we think that appropriate measures should be taken to hasten Mr. Roby's planned retirement and to replace Mr. Roosevelt as members of the IOC.
SURVIVAL FEST 84 was held August 5 1984 in MacArthur Park.
"Come To Hear And Strategize With Those Changing The 1980's"
- How can we support each other in electing progressive local candidates?
- How can we make electoral work serve the grassroots movements for a freeze, for U.S. out of Central America and human needs?
- How can we over turn the racist dual primary system in the South?
- Is working inside and outside the Democratic Party a viable strategy and how can it be done?
- How can we formulate demands to revitalize our basic industries without falling into the pitfall of the chauvinist anti-import solution -- letting U.S. finance capital off the hook?
This event was organized by the Communist Workers Party front, the Coalition for a People's Convention. The event was advertised in a half-page notice in the Marxist weekly Guardian, their Book Supplement - Summer 1984, p. 12, and the Communist Workers Party and Federation For Progress were listed as participants.
"Survival Day 84"
Approximately 3,500 marchers attended the "Survival Day 84" march and rally in McArthur Park Los Angeles Sunday August 5 1984.The event was the culmination of a week of disarmament and and anti-imperialist solidarity events known as "Survival Fest 84."
The organizing coalition was dominated by the Communist Workers Party front Federation For Progress.
- Attorney General Tom Clark, Letters to Loyalty Review Board, released December 4, 1947, and September 21, 1948
- 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 Committee on Internal Security, p. 1, et al, 1970
- Revolutionary Activities Within the United States: The American Indian Movement, Hearings, Senate Internal Security Subcommittee SISS, April 6, 1976, and associated "Report"
- The People's Convention introductory pamphlet
- [Workers Viewpoint August 4, 1983]
- [Workers Viewpoint, May 11, 1983]
- [Information Digest, August 17 1984 page 243, 244]