Les AuCoin

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Les AuCoin was a US Representative from Oregon.

Endorsed Portland Central America Solidarity Committee

The Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (formerly Portland Nicaragua Solidarity Network]] was an affiliate of Nicaragua Network, CISPES and NISGUA). Diane Hess, a PCASC leader co-ordinated a 1982 Multnomah County ballot initiative asking whether the US should cut military aid to El Salvador, and withdraw its personnel? PCASC development co-ordinator Lynn DeWeese-Parkinson was also involved.

Reps Ron Wyden and Les AuCoin both endorsed the initiative.[1]

Citizens Against Nuclear War

Citizens Against Nuclear War presented a community forum on nuclear issues First baptist Church, Portland 29th October 1983 Speakers were Frances Fox Piven, Les AuCoin, Dr. Matthew Prophet, and more...[2]

Supported by Council for a Livable World

The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Les Aucoin in his successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Oregon.[3]

Linder letter

In 1987, the death of Benjamin Linder, the first American killed by U.S.-backed Nicaraguan Contras -- ignited a firestorm of protest and debate.

In the summer of 1983, the 23-year-old supporter of the Marxist Sandinista government, arrived in Managua with a newly earned degree in engineering. In 1986, Linder moved from Managua to El Cuá, a village in the Nicaraguan war zone, where he helped form a team to build a hydroplant to bring electricity to the town. He was ambushed and killed by the Contras the following year while surveying a stream for a possible hydroplant.

Despite testimony from the ambushers that Linder was armed and wearing a Sandinista military uniform at the time of the ambush, many Sandinista sympathizers tried to portray Linder's death as the deliberate murder of an unarmed civilian.

US Reps Ed Markey, Les AuCoin, George Crockett, David Bonior, Peter Rodino, Peter DeFazio, Ron Wyden, wrote an April 29. 1987 letter to Secratary of Stae George Schultze, the day after Linder's death, repeating the story that Linder was reportedly, unarmed, and asking questions as to the circumstances of Linder's death, including if the killing was committed by US backed "Contra" rebels.[4]

Voted against support for "Contras"

The Congressional Record of February 3, 1988 shows that the following leading Democratic Party Congressmen voted against aid to the Nicaraguan Freedom Fighters - the "Contras"- then fighting against the Marxist-Leninist Sandinista government of Nicaragua:



  1. [A Call to Conscience: The Anti-Contra War Campaign By Roger Craft Peace, Univ of Massachusetts Press page 137]
  2. [Portland DSA October 1983]
  3. CLW website: Meet Our Candidates
  4. United States Volunteers in Nicaragua, and the Death of Benjamin Linder, Hearing, Committee on Western Hemisperic Affairs, May 13, 1987