John Ratliff

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John Ratliff

John Ratliff is a Florida/Massachusetts activist. He was political director of an SEIU local union in Miami, Florida, and relocated to Cambridge after his retirement in 2012. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School. A Vietnam veteran and member of Veterans for Peace/ Smedley Butler Brigade, he is also a member of the coordinating committee of Massachusetts Senior Action's Cambridge branch and a steering committee member of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice. As Mass. Peace Action's economic justice coordinator he leads our coalition work with Raise Up Massachusetts and against the Trans Pacific Partnership. He is a member of the messaging committee and of our executive eommittee. John is the father of MIT freshman Daniel Bausher-Belton, who was an intern at Massachusetts Peace Action in summer 2013.[1]


John Ratliff December 18, 2016 · Massachusetts Alliance for Retired Americans.


Need to stay in the fight for Medicare, first to keep it strong then to improve it and extend it to all. — with Midge Farrell and Mickie Sorenson Dumont.

CoC NCC member

In 1994 John Ratliff was a member of the National Coordinating Committee of the Committees of Correspondence.[2]

In July 1996 John Ratliff was a member of the National Co-ordinating Committee of Committees of Correspondence. [3]

Boston CCDS

According to Boston Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism member Quentin Davis, Boston CCDS several years ago adopted a resolution to concentrate on healthcare reform. This led to a series of teach-ins starting in December 2010 sponsored by Boston CCDS as well as the Center for Marxist Education (CPUSA), Freedom Road Socialist Organization and Democratic Socialists of America.

All of our chapter, including Paul Warnick (now deceased) and Greg King (now deceased), worked hard on the teach-ins.

Since December 2013, Greg King, John Ratliff, Sandy Eaton and Quentin Davis organized meetings of Health Justice for Boston, a project of Mass-Care, and began editing our monthly newsletter, with input from other activists. All chapter members have attended multiple meetings and almost all have contributed to the newsletter, especially Sandy, John and Quentin.[4]

Peace Action lobbying

Six Massachusetts Peace Action leaders visited 9 Congressional offices in Washington June 23-24 to advocate for a nuclear deal with Iran, and for no U.S. miltary action in Iraq. They were John Ratliff, Alina Michelowicz, Shelagh Foreman, Rep. William Keating, Mike Pattberg, Cole Harrison, and Jeff Klein.

Delegations also visited Rep. Katherine Clark’s and Rep. John Tierney’s district offices.[5]

MAPA Officers

In 2014;

Massachusetts Peace Action board: Rosalie Anders, James Babson, Kinga Boratyn, Carol Coakley (vice chair), Shelagh Foreman, Bonnie Gorman, Burton Glass, So Yeon Jeong, Jeff Klein, John Maher, Eva Moseley, Guntram Mueler (chair), Prasannan Parthasarathi, John Ratliff, Pat Salomon, Dan Solomon. Ed Fund board: Christie Dennis, Eva Moseley, Gary Goldstein, Rosalie Anders (chair), Shelagh Foreman. Staff: Cole Harrison, executive director; Carol Coakley, ofice cordinator; Alina Michelewicz, campus organizer. Interns: Richard Reichman, Isabel Yu, Igor Bolshakov.[6]

Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing

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Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing, was a nationwide conference call organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday October 30, 2016.

What's the nature of this right-wing threat? What has this election cycle changed about the political terrain we're fighting on? How do we need to prepare for whats coming after the election? Hear about these crucial questions from our panel of top political strategists, including Nelini Stamp, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Linda Burnham, and Sendolo Diaminah.

Those invited, on Facebook included John Ratliff.[7]