Louise Parry

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Louise Parry died June 2006 at the age of 85, she was a working-class revolutionary, she foresaw a socialist United States, with the power in the hands of working men and women.

Besides her husband, Will Parry, Mrs. Parry is survived by daughter Naomi Parry and her two children, Matthew Poulin and Will Poulin, in Santa Barbara, Calif.; and son Jonathan Parry and his daughter, Corrina Parry, in New York City, N.Y.[1]

Early life

Louise Long was born in 1920 in Seattle. Her father was William Long, a juvenile-court judge,

Louise Parry's father was the namesake Camp Long in West Seattle. Her husband's great-grandfather, Byron Phelps was a city mayor.

Louise's working life began as a teenager, cleaning the houses of the well-to-do in Bellevue. During World War II, she worked in a Massachusetts shipyard as a first-class Navy welder, building tank landing ships for the invasions of Normandy, Italy and North Africa.

In 1946, back in Seattle and working at the telephone company, she met her future husband Will Parry. They became active in the campaign to re-elect Hugh DeLacy, a secret member of the Communist Party USA posing as a progressive Democratic congressman. But DeLacy was red-baited to defeat at the hands of a Republican nonentity, Homer Jones.

Meanwhile, Louise had become involved in an organizing strike at the phone company. When the strike was broken, she was blacklisted.

In December 1946, she and Will Parry were married.[2]

Life of activism

Louise long attended the University of Washington, where the "seeds of labor activism were planted."

Politically fearless, Parry did not wilt under the savagery of McCarthyism, and in her final months she was still on the battlefront against the George W. Bush regime.

When a dear friend, Elmer Kistler, ran for the Legislature as a Communist, Louise Parry chaired his campaign committee. In the 1980s, she circulated petitions in conservative Boise to win a place on the Idaho ballot for retired steelworker and Communist leader Gus Hall.

Louise Parry taught pre-school children, worked as a secretary, then as a bundler in a garment shop. Laid off during the McCarthy years, Will found a job in a corrugated box plant, where he worked for 21 years.

At age 50, Louise returned to the University of Washington to earn a degree in social work. At 60 she found the best job of her life: a job with union pay and benefits as a secretary in the diabetes research program at Seattle’s Veterans Administration hospital.

She helped organize Local 1488 of the State Employees at the university.

She became a secretary for the diabetes-research program at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center when she was 60 and was active in the Washington Federation of State Employees, which gave her an Outstanding Service Award in 1993.

With peace activists and Quakers, she founded Family Camp, a 50-year-old summer tradition at the Lake Wenatchee YMCA. What started with 10 families now draws more than 100 people and four generations.[3]

In 1997, she was Seattle coordinator for the AFL-CIO Senior Summer campaign supporting the United Farm Workers organizing drive in the Central Washington apple orchards.

Louise devoted her final decade to the senior movement, as a leading activist with the Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Americans and its predecessor, the Puget Sound Council of Senior Citizens.

Communist Party's May Day Salute

In 1995 the Communist Party USA newspaper People's Weekly World, published a "May Day salute" to the "heroes in the class war zone". More than 100 unionists/activists endorsed the call, mostly known affiliates, or members of the Communist Party.

Louise Parry, AFSCME Seattle, was one of those listed[4].

References

  1. [1] Seattle Times July 12, 2006
  2. http://www.pww.org/article/articleview/10120/
  3. [2] Seattle Times July 12, 2006
  4. People's Weekly World May 6 1995 p 2