Hemispheric Conference to End the War in Vietnam.
Template:TOCnestleft The Hemispheric Conference to End the War in Vietnam was convened in Montreal Canada in November 1969 - around Thanksgiving.
It was an extension of the Tri-Continental Conference of African, Asian, and Latin American Peoples - held in Cuba in 1966.
Attendees initially met at St. James United Church on St. Catherine Street.
The 138 sponsors of the event included many affiliates of the Communist Party USA;
- Carl Braden, Executive Director of the Southern Conference Education Fund
- Anne Braden, Editor of the Southern Patriot
- James Jackson of the International Affairs Department of the Communist Party USA
- Jack O'Dell of the Executive Committee of the Communist Party USA
- Harvey O'Connor, Chairman of the National Committee to Abolish HUAC
- Jarvis Tyner, National Chairman of the W.E.B. DuBois Clubs
- Ernest DeMaio, International Vice President of the United Electrical Workers Union
- Frank Wilkinson, Executive Director and Field Representative of the National Committee to Abolish HUAC
- Professor Leon Wofsy, head of the Bacteriology Department at the University of California at Berkeley
- William Lorenzo Patterson, Chairman of the New York District of the Communist Party USA, and member of the Party's National Committee
- Ruby Dee, actress
Plus foreign Marxists such as;
- David A. Siqueiros, the Mexican artist
- Luis Corvalan, Senator and Secretary General of the Communist Party of Chile
- Gladys Marin, Secretary General of the Chilean Young Communists
Conference organizers included;
- Jack Minnis, SNCC leader and a staff member of the Southern Conference Educational Fund, and then a recent recipient of $2,150 in fees, and $708 in expenses, from the leftist Company of Young Canadians. Minnis was a close associate of Stokely Carmichael.
- Dr. Walter Rodney, a Caribbean Black Power advocate who called for anti-white violence at the Black Writers Congress at McGill University. Rodney had been barred from re-entry to Jamaica, and is then on an extended stay in Canada.
- Professor Raymond Boyer, a Canadian Communist who in 1946 was convicted of Soviet espionage.
- Phyllis Clarke, well-known Toronto writer and wife of Communist Party of Canada leader Nelson Clarke.
- George Harris, Communist Party of Canada and Canadian leader of the United Electrical Union.
- Dr. James Endicott, Canadian Marxist and winner of the Lenin Peace Prize.
- Professor Chandler Davis, a "revolutionary Leftist" from the University of Toronto
- Lukin Robinson, a militant Marxist organizer who has been expelled from the United States.
- Molly Obront, a member of the Executive Board of the Quebec Voice of Women and an official of Canada's Marxist New Democratic Party. Obront was member of the Montreal Initiating Committee of the Conference.
The head of the U.S. Delegation staff, and the International Coordinator of the Hemispheric Conference, was Michael Myerson, Director of the communist controlled TriContinental Information Center, and former International Secretary of the W.E.B. DuBois Clubs of America.
The Vietnamese delegation consisted of;
- Professor Hoang Minh Giam, leader.
- Le Duy Van, Secretary of the Vietnam Peace Committee.
- Le Van, Secretary of the Vietnam Trade Union Federation.
- Le Ky Giai, Vietnamese interpreter.
- Tran Thenh
Transport from US
The following US based individuals were named to take charge of local transportation to Montreal:
- California - Irving Sarnoff, Director Peace Action Council of Los Angeles
- New York - Eugene Tournour, Executive Secretary W.E.B. DuBois Clubs of America
- Illinois - Marge Kinsella, Secretary-Treasurer Chicago Peace Council, Communist Party USA member
- Wisconsin - Dolly Emspak, wife of Frank Emspak, Chairman of the National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam and the son of late Communist leader Julius Emspak
- Minnesota - Ellen Hawley, Coordinator and charter member W.E.B. DuBois Clubs of America
- Pennsylvania - David Bell, Philadelphia W.E.B. DuBois Clubs of America leader
- Vermont - Virginia Cerasoli, wife of Conference sponsor Joseph Cerasoli (Vice President of the Barrie Local, Granite Cutters International Union);
- Washington State - Paemi Halonen, Movement activist
- Rhode Island - Barbara Schwartzman
- Connecticut - Peter Orris, Harvard College leader of the Students for a Democratic Society and U.S. Coordinator for the Hemispheric Conference
- Massachusetts - Paul Schacter of the Boston Draft Resistance Group
- Senator Coleman Young, majority leader of the Michigan Senate and member of the National Committee of the Democratic Party, a former Secretary-Treasurer of Local 600, the largest United Auto Workers local in the United States. Senator Coleman was a founder of the National Negro Labor Council and had been identified in sworn testimony before the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities as a leading member of the Communist Party USA.
- Edward Martin Sloan, Communist Party of Canada. Initiator and Chairman of the Hemispheric Conference, and Executive Member and Projects Director of Quebec Medical Aid for Vietnam.
- Rabbi Abraham Feinberg, head of Toronto's Holy Blossom Temple, the most prominent Jewish pulpit in Canada. Rabbi Feinberg, a native of Ohio, sported a hand-carved cane given to him, he said, during a tour of Hanoi in 1967 ... by his good friend, Ho Chi Minh.
- Professor Laurier Lapierre, a member of the Quebec Organizing Committee, local radio and television commentator and Director of the McGill University French Canada Studies program. Federal Vice President of Canada's New Democratic Party.
- Professor Hoang Minh Giam, Minister of Culture of North Vietnam, and head of the North Vietnamese delegation to the Hemispheric Conference.
- Manlio LaFont, President of the Democratic Lawyers of Colombia, who brought "a message of solidarity" from the Castroite E.L.N. guerrillas headed by Vasquez Castano.
- Cheddi Jagan, Jr., son of the leader of the People's Progressive Party of Guyana. Jagan's father was unable to attend due to the "current election crisis in Guyana." Cheddi Jagan, former Prime Minister of Guyana and a key organizer of the Hemispheric Conference, had been a guest speaker at Fidel Castro's Tricontinental Congress in Havana in 1966.
- Senator Salvador Allende, Communist President of the Chilean Senate and leader of the Socialist Party of Chile.
Known attendees at the Conference included;
- Mike Eisenscher, a former Midwest Coordinator for the W.E.B. DuBois Clubs of America and the son of Sig Eisenscher of the Wisconsin State Commission of the Communist Party USA. In June 1966, while attending the Eighteenth National Convention of the Communist Party USA in New York, Mike Eisenscher had been named by Gus Hall to the National Committee of the Party.
- John Gilman, a staff member of the Milwaukee 14 Defense Committee.
- Father James Groppi, National Co-Chairman of the Milwaukee 14 Defense Committee. In fact, Father Groppi and national head of the Catholic Radical Movement.
- Wilfred Burchett ,feature writer for the Guardian.
- Diana Obront, daughter of Molly Obront.
- Michael Myerson, head of the American delegation at the World Federation of Democratic Youth World Festival at Helsinki in 1962, and frequent visitor to Moscow and Hanoi (where he was made an "honorary nephew" of Ho Chi Minh).
- Robert E. Duggan, former W.E.B. DuBois Clubs of America Southern California Coordinator and Delano Grape Strike lieutenant for Cesar Chavez. Duggan had also been named to the eighty-member National Committee of the Communist Party USA, by Gus Hall, in 1966.
- Jarvis Tyner, National Chairman of the W.E.B. DuBois Clubs of America and frequent traveler to the Soviet Union.
- Jose Ristorucci, President and charter member of the Brooklyn College W.E.B. DuBois Clubs of America.
- Ricky Eisenberg, New York W.E.B. DuBois Clubs of America leader.
- Arnold Johnson, Public Relations Director for the Communist Party USA.
- Ben Dobbs, a member of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA and Executive Secretary of the Southern California District of the Communist Party. Formerly been active in the National Council of the Young Communist League USA as its Administrative Secretary.
- Linda Appelhans, secretary-receptionist at the headquarters of the Illinois Communist Party USA in Chicago and wife of William Appelhans.
- Carolyn Black, was a charter member of the Chicago Westside Club of the W.E.B. DuBois Clubs of America and member of the Field Staff of the Communist supported Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Formerly National Field Director for the DuBois Clubs, she was a contributor to the Communist Worker and had been one of the leaders of the Black Caucus during the National Conference for New Politics Convention at Chicago in 1967.
- Frank Larkin, a W.E.B. DuBois Clubs of America activist known as "Dimitry" by his Chicago comrades.
- Sam Kushner, correspondent for the People's World.
- Sylvia Kushner, Chicago based former wife of Sam Kushner. Confidential secretary to Jack Spiegel, head of the Chicago Peace Council.