Jessica Schwartz

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Jessica Schwartz

Jessica Lee Schwartz is a New York activist.


  • Studied International Affairs at The Florida State University
  • Went to Sickles High School
  • Went to Montville Township High School

No Cops in Power rally

Around two dozen organizers and community members gathered in front of New York City Hall, the office of Mayor Eric Adams, to host a No Cops in Power rally.

The protest was organized by the New York Community Action Project (NYCAP) - an affiliate of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression - to call attention and protest how Mayor Adams continues to funnel money into the bloated $6 billion NYPD budget and away from social programs.

The rally began with Jessica Schwartz, a member of NYCAP, leading people into chants that ranged from “One, two, three four - police crimes no more! Five, six, seven eight - Eric Adams wants a police state!” to a New York City favorite, “How do you spell racist?! N-Y-P-D!”

Schwartz gave background on why they were rallying on that day and introduced the first speaker, Collin Poirot, another member of NYCAP, who gave a background on the many crimes the NYPD has committed here in New York.

The organizations that spoke out were: Socialist Unity, Southern Solidarity, Justice for Domonique Alexander, and NY Boricua Resistance.

The action was closed out by Sharif Hall, a member of NYCAP. He began his rousing speech by elaborating on what it means to have true community control of the police and finished by the speech by saying, “We know that we will never be free until we have the power, the power to take control over our communities!”[1]

NAAPR rally

“NYPD kills on patrol! How are we going to stop them? Community control!” chanted the crowd following the direction of Jessica Schwartz, an organizer representing the New York Community Action Project.

The National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR) called a “national day of protest” for Saturday, September 19, to demand an immediate stop to police crimes, a complete withdraw of federal troops, and community control of the police.

The Communist Party of New York along with the YCL organizing committee sent a contingent to the NAARPR’s rally in Union Square where Tiana Mack, a representative of the CP Uptown Manhattan/Bronx club spoke stating, “Outsiders should not be allowed to come into our communities to terrorize African Americans on a daily basis. The daily violence perpetrated against Blacks has got to stop! It is a crime against humanity.

Esteban Bassett-Nembhard, another member of the Uptown/Bronx club, welcomed the various coalition organizations present, which included Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!, New Students for a Democratic Society, and New York Community Action Project. “We may not agree on everything. Some of us here are communists, others are socialist, progressive or even pro-capitalist. But we are all here for one thing, and that’s to take care of our communities. That starts with community control of the police,” Nembhard stated.[2]

Fight Back! supporter

Fight Back! / ¡Lucha y Resiste! is a Facebook group for readers and supporters of Fight Back! / ¡Lucha y Resiste! the newspaper of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!

As of July 5 2020 members included Jessica Schwartz.

"Freedom Road Panel: International Women's Day"

Union Ballrooms - Florida Room, Thursday 5 March 2015, 18:00, organized by Tallahassee FRSO.

Members of The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), the Dream Defenders, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and the Center for Participant Education (CPE) and The F-Word will be hosting a panel in commem]]oration of International Women's Day to cover the most pressing issues faced by women, LGBTQ, and Trans folks in the United States and around the world. In addition the presentation will cover how the Freedom Road Socialist Organization continues to fight for Trans Proletarian Feminism and promotes Women's leadership against Patriarchy and Capitalism within the movement.

We will also celebrate women revolutionaries that have contributed to the struggle. Radical Communist revolutionaries like Claudia Jones, Leila Khaled, Assata Shakur, Yuri Kochiyama, Anuradha Ghandy, and many more.


Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Melissa Miranda, Maressa Simmons, A.v. Ramanathan, Rosie Richeson, Shivaani Ehsaan, Jessica Schwartz, Andreina Granado, Ansley Jones , Rachel Crooks, Dayli Vazquez, Elizabeth Dedge, Gladys Nobriga, Regina Joseph, Chrisley Carpio, Samantha Miker, TatianaMarie Daguillard, Naomi Bradley, Alexandra Gaskin, Briana Fonte, Shannon Conley, Brooke Ashley, Hasan İncedere, Corey Uhl, Miles Menendez, Chance Zombor, Brad Sigal, Caleb Cineas, Zachary Schultz, Fern Figueroa. [3]

"Minneapolis: Celebrate May Day - International Workers Day 2015"

Sunday 26 April 2015, "Minneapolis: Celebrate May Day - International Workers Day 2015" organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!. Location TBA.

Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Katherine Elizabeth, Jessica Schwartz, Steph Ross Taylor, Christina Field, Doug Jadzia Sembla, Mary Padilla Cristobal Aldana, Alisha Olson, Kim DeFranco, Jess Sundin, Cassandra Hendricks, Cherrene Horazuk, Julia Russ, Zandra Dee , Loretta VanPelt, Tracy Molm, Hannan Ayoub, Khin Oo, Tracey Plk, Kim Smith, Hoda Isak, Alexandra Vagac, Laura Hoffman, Meredith Aby-Keirstead, Jessie Gavilanes, Amy Selvius, Penelope Mace, Beatriz Hernandez, Marisol Marquez, Laye Kwamina-Barry, Cory Eggert, Lion Ras, Kuntal Chatterjee, Andy Carhart, Sean Orr, Rahul Choudhury Boro, Andrew McNally, Cleveland Savage, Jesus Estrada-Perez, Julio Alberto Martinez, Fern Figueroa, Ryan A. Smith, Joshua Cromarty, Brad Sigal, Tim Nolan, Edward Hahn, Cody Gilbert, Timmy McDonough, Mick Kelly, Jigme Ugen, Manuel Berduc.[4]

Fundraiser 4 Rasmea


Danya Zituni September 13, 2015;

At Dabke & Dessert - Fundraiser 4 Rasmea, where we raised monies for & learned about a real fighter for the people, #RasmeaOdeh!

Photo credit: Michela <3 — with Homam Zituni, Jared Austin, Gage Lacharite, Jared Hoey, Sam Beutler, Adriana Beatríz, Elizabeth A'ya, Taina Pantoja, Chrisley Carpio, Jessica Schwartz, Fabrizio Godomar, Ionie Lopez and Ashley Evans.

Jessica Schwartz January 15, 2017;

Organizing against Trump


Join Tampa Anti-War Committee on Friday, Jan 20th at 6pm as we protest the Inauguration of Donald Trump. We will be out protesting Trump's racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, anti-worker, and pro-war movement. We demand that he stop attacks on immigrants and refugees, and end US wars abroad.

Following the protest, we will be having Organizing Against Trump: General Body Meeting on Jan 25th to discuss how we can move forward organizing under a Trump presidency. — with Anita Stewart, Jack Ling, Sara Cutlip, Leonie Barkakati, Eric Jones, Dani Vinson, Noah Peretz, Bill Aiman, Gague Lacharite, Matt Schott, Henry HN, Elizabeth A'ya, Taina Pantoja, Sam Alex, Anthony Thomas, Sami Salhab, Sam Beutler, Danya Zn, Thomas Albert, Chrisley Carpio, Dylan Thomas, Jared Hoey, Tori Stratis and Regina Joseph.

FRSO school


On September 10th, thirty-five students and community members gathered from Florida and North Carolina to participate in a day school hosted by members of the Student Commission of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!). The event consisted of presentations on revolutionary theory and how students apply it to their activism.

Fern Figueroa of the FRSO opened the event saying, “Students can play a special role in uniting and organizing sectors of people by learning revolutionary theory, engaging in their own struggle on campus, and ultimately by joining history's greatest revolutionary class - the working class.”

Tampa Bay FRSO member Danya Zituni explained, “The role of the university under this capitalist system is to indoctrinate students with the ideas of the ruling class. By mobilizing students to fight, we can learn about the nature of the system we are up against and what methods are effective against it.”

Taina Pantoja, of Tampa Bay SDS said, “It’s important to understand that Marxist-Leninist theory provides us with a guide for making actual material change.”

The event ended with a speech by Tallahassee FRSO member Zachary Schultz who said, “The Day School represents a real development in the revolutionary movement among students. Students are wanting and ready to take up Marxism-Leninism, the theory of revolution. Students are learning and organizing to build the movements of oppressed nationalities and workers to overthrow the capitalists.”[5]

Those signalling their intention to attend on Wherevent included;

Taina Pantoja, Danya Zituni, Jessica Schwartz, Regina Joseph, Ionie Lopez, Yu Sun, Jade Weiss, Angelica Hernandez, Elizabeth A'ya, Sarah Owusu-Tweneboah, Marc Silverstein, Idris Aderoju, Matt Schott, Josiah Shand, Matthew Morrow, Fern Figueroa, Jon Mitchel, Collin Pelletier, Chrisley Carpio, Noah Peretz, Zachary Schultz, Albert Kishek, Jack Ling, Sam Beutler, Bill Aiman, Jerry Evans.[6]

New York comrades

Joe Catron December 17, 2017 ·


With Jake Holtzman, Bill Dores, Naila Smith, Sofia Adams, Nick Maniace, Henry Luna, James Claire, Brendan Boru Lamhfada, Cosmia Tereshkova, Christian Cobb, Brad Holhut, Jessica Lee and Sara Flounders.

Volunteer Translators CSN

In 2018 Peter Lenny, Stacey Schlau, Colin Kluender, Jessica Schwartz, David Van Den Brandt, Rolf Schoenborn, Marta Zarate, Beatriz Vejarano, Elaine Fuller, Gerry Millrine, Mai Tyler, Susan Healey, Josie Rosenewere, Emily Schmitz were all listed as Volunteer Translators for the Colombia Support Network.[7]