Jack Brown

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Template:TOCnestleft James A. Brown (also known as Jack Brown)

CPUSA Farm Commission meeting

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In December 1999, a Communist Party USA meeting was held at the May Day Bookstore in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the purpose of re-establishing the Communist Party USA Farm Commission.

Party members present were Erwin Marquit, Helvi Savola, Jack Brown, Peter Molenaar, Morgan Soderburg, Bill Gudex, Mark Froemke, Scott Marshall, Gary Severson, Mike Madden, Becky Pera, Charlie Smith and Tim Wheeler.[1]

Mark Ritchie (now Secretary of State for Minnesota) also attended and addressed the meeting. In a written report on the meeting by Tim Wheeler, Ritchie is referred to as a "non-party friend" of the Communist Party. The report was marked "not for publication". Click here for the entire report.[2]

House Un-American Activities Committee

In 1964 James A. Brown declined to answer the House Un-American Activities Committee's questions on the grounds of the fifth and other amendments, except to disclose his name, address, and birth date. He refused to affirm or deny Norman John Boehnke's testimony that he had been a member of the city committee in Minneapolis, that Ralph Taylor was its secretary, or that he himself was chairman of the South Side Club of the Communist Party USA.

He also cited the fifth and other amendments in refusing to answer when asked if he had been active in party trade union activity and whether he had attended the party's 1960 farm conference in Minneapolis at which Gus Hall had expounded the party's line on agricultural issues.[3]



  1. CPUSA Farm Commission report, Tim Wheeler, December 16, 1999
  2. CPUSA Farm Commission report, Tim Wheeler, December 16, 1999
  3. Committee on Un-American Activities Annual Report for the year 1964, released Sept. 9, 1965