Marilyn Bechtel

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Marilyn Bechtel

Template:TOCnestleft Marilyn Bechtel Becchetti is a Communist Party USA activist.

She writes for the People's World from the San Francisco Bay Area and has been a member of the paper's staff since 1986. She has also been active in the peace movement.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, she worked with Marvel Cooke at the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship and at the magazine New World Review.[1]

Born in Iowa, Marilyn Bechtel has also lived in Chicago and New York City, and originally made her living as a professional musician.

National Council of American-Soviet Friendship

National Council of American-Soviet Friendship Letterhead Feb. 26, 1982;

Letterhead printed in "Soviet Active Measures, Hearings before the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House of Representatives, 97th Congress, 2nd Session, July 13, 14, 1982, p. 295.

Communist Party paper

In 1986 Bechtel was Foreign Affairs Editor, of the Communist Party USA newspaper People's Daily World[2]

In 1992 Marilyn Bechtel was involved in the production of People's Weekly World, the New York based newspaper of the Communist Party USA[3].

Labor Day call

The Communist Party USA paper People's Weekly World issued a statement to mark Labor Day 1995-entitled "We honor the dead and fight like hell for the living".

Of the more than 100 endorsers listed, almost all were identified members of the Communist Party USA.

Marilyn Bechtel, Oakland was on the list[4].

Endorsed Communist Party fund raiser

Peoples Weekly World, September 11, 1999

In September 1999, Marilyn Bechtel , Friends of the Peoples Weekly World, co-sponsored a Communist Party USA fund raising event in Berkeley. Rep. Barbara Lee co-sponsored the same event. [5]

Party role

In 2001, Marilyn Bechtel became[6]party International Secretary. Marilyn worked part-time for the Northern California District and part-time for the National Office as Literature Coordinator. She has agreed to head up this important area of work. Marilyn has lots of experience in international affairs from her days at the PWW.

Endorsed Communist Party Call

On March 30 2002 the Communist Party USA paper People’s Weekly World called for a national holiday in honor of late Farm Workers Union leader Cesar Chavez. The article was followed by a long list of endorsers[7]including Marilyn Bechtel, Almost all endorsers were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA.

"Socialism Betrayed"


In 2004 Roger Keeran, and Thomas Kenny published "Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union"

Special thanks went to Bahman Azad, Norman Markowitz, Michael Parenti, Anthony Coughlan, and Betty Smith for reading the entire manuscript and suggesting editorial and substantive changes. We would also like to thank those who read all or parts of the manuscript and those who shared their ideas and sometimes their encouragement: Gerald Horne, Frank Goldsmith, Erwin Marquit, Sam Webb, Elena Mora, Mark Rosenzweig, Gerald Meyer, Joe Sims, Lee Dlugin, Pat Barile, Daniel Rubin, Phillip Bonosky, Bill Davis, Evelina Alarcon, Tim Wheeler, Scott Marshall, Noel Rabinowitz, Paul Mishler, Jarvis Tyner, Esther Moroze, Marilyn Bechtel, Gerald Erickson, Constance Pohl, Jackie DiSalvo, Richard Najarian and Brawee Najarian, and Jim Miller.

Also thankedd were librarians, Mark Rosenzweig of the Reference Center for Marxist Studies and Jackie Lavalle, for helping with the research, and Eileen Jamison for tracking down numerous books and articles. Also owed a debt of gratitude were Gregory Grossman for helping find sources on the second economy. Also thankedd were SUNY Empire State College for granting a sabbatical leave to Roger Keeran during which he did some early research and writing. Catherine Keeran for her assistance and Alice Ward and John Ward for providing accommodations and company, while Roger did research at the University of Texas. David Granville, Derek Kotz, Ian Denning and Charles Keller, and for technical help.[8]

Peoples World personnel

As at December 2010, personnel of the Communist Party USA paper, Peoples World, ;[9]

Editorial Board

Bureau Chiefs and National Contibutors, Juan Lopez (N. Calif.), Rossanna Cambron (S. Calif.), Joelle Fishman (Conn.), John Bachtell (Ill.), John Rummel (Mich.), Tony Pecinovsky (Mo.), Dan Margolis (N.Y.), Rick Nagin (Ohio), Libero Della Piana, Scott Marshall, Elena Mora, Emile Schepers, Jarvis Tyner, Sam Webb