Michael Eisenscher

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Michael Eisenscher

Michael Eisencher is a Northern California activist.

Communist youth conference

After the Conference of Socialist Youth in March 1964, it was decided to hold the next convention in Chicago, and there form a new national youth organization. The Coordinating Committee determined to switch the meeting place to San Francisco, however, and to hold it on June 19 through 21, 1964. The New organization was named the W.E.B. DuBois Clubs of America and would serve as the youth wing of the Communist Party USA.

Those who signed the “call” for this June 1964 convention, as set forth on page 15 of The Convener No. 4, included Michael Eisenscher, president of the University of Wisconsin Employees Association, Madison, Wisconsin.[1]

WEB DuBois Clubs of America

In 2014, Michael Eisenscher was listed a a friend on the DuBois Clubs Facebook page.[2]


In the late 1970s Michael Eisenscher was a Communist Party USA member and United Electrical Workers organizer in the Silicon Valley area.

Communist Party reformer

In 1991, Michael Eisencher, Northern California, was one of several hundred Communist Party USA members to sign the a paper "An initiative to Unite and Renew the Party" - most signatories left the Party after the December 1991 conference to found Committees of Correspondence.[3]

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992 Michael Eisenscher, AFT, San Francisco, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[4]

Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s

The Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s was the Committees of Correspondence's first national conference held in Berkeley, California July 17-19, 1992.[5]

Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:[6]

Globalization What are the implications for labor and the left of the scientific and technological revolution and globalization of capital and labor?

Center for Political Education

In 1999, Warren Mar of AFL-CIO, and Michael Eisenscher, lead organiser of Project for Labor Renewal facilitated a talk entitled "The Neutralization of U.S. Labor" The talk were sponsored by the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism linked organization, the Center for Political Education.[7]

In 2002 Michael Eisenscher of the Labor Committee for Peace and Justice; Sandra Alvarez of the Global Exchange; Rhonda Ramiro of the Center for Political Education and Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines; and Steve Williams of POWER gave talks entitled:"The Anti-War Movement and Its Links to the Anti-Imperialist Movement." The classes were held at the San Francisco based Center for Political Education.[7]

War Times

In January 2002, a group of San Francisco leftists, mainly involved with STORM or Committees of Correspondence, founded a national anti-Iraq War newspaper[8] War Times.

Endorsers of the project included Michael Eisenscher.

US Labor Against the War

At a February 13, 2003 US Labor Against the War press conference in San Francisco, several local unionists spoke in support, including Michael Eisenscher.[9] In 2008 Michael Eisenscher was a staff member of US Labor Against the War.[10]

Hands off Venezuela!

In May 2005 Hands off Venezuela! circulated an internet petition: "from American trade unionists and workers to the appeal to the U.S. government to stay out of Venezuela." Michael Eisenscher of the American Federation of Teachers and the Local 1603 endorsed the petition.[11]

Lui Cheng 2007 American tour

The American Center for International Labor Solidarity and the National Labor College recently hosted Professor Liu Cheng for Shanghai Normal University to discuss the evolution of the new draft contract labor law in China. Cheng’s visit to the NLC on March 27th was the culmination of a multi-state tour meeting with union leaders and members of Congress.

For the report by Global Labor Strategies analyzing the impact of transnational corporations on the first draft of the Contract Law go to: UNDUE INFLUENCE: Corporation Gain Ground in Battle Over Chinas New Labor Law

Liu Cheng's tour included nearly 45 events over 17 days, in the Bay Area, Boston, Amherst, New York and Washington DC. A partial list of the many sponsoring organizations, and their key contact, includes:

Alameda County Central Labor Council, Oakland - Michael Eisenscher & Wendall Chin.

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Michael Eisenscher of US Labor Against the War, Oakland, CA signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.[12]

"Support Bill Ayers"

In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.

In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.

We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.

Michael Eisenscher of the Labor Studies Faculty, Laney College, Oakland, California signed the statement[13].

Committees of Corresondence conference

At the 6th National Convention of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism at San Francisco's Whitcomb Hotel July 23-26 2009 a panel[14]featured responses to a "Democracy Charter" written by Jack O'Dell. Bill Fletcher, Jr., editor of Black Commentator, Michael Eisenscher of US Labor Against the War, Jacqueline Cabasso from Western States Legal Foundation, Frank del Campo from the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and Steve Williams of POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights)addressed the "charter. Bill Fletcher, Jr. cast the Charter as a political and social guide for mass struggle.

Center for Labor Renewal

In 2009 Michael Eisenscher was listed as an endorser of the Center for Labor Renewal[15].

Bay Area New Priorities Campaign

Initiating signers, Bay Area New Priorities Campaign were;

Peace, War, US Foreign Policy, and Climate Crisis

Posted on October 2, 2014 by Democratic Socialists of America E Bay invites you to a report back and discussion about Peace, War, US Foreign Policy, and Climate Crisis Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Michael Eisenscher, US Labor Against the War, Jacqueline Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation, United for Peace and Justice.

Michael and Jackie work locally with the Bay Area New Priorities Campaign.

Both Michael and Jackie are back from New York where they attended People’s Climate March, Sunday Sept 21, and People’s Climate Convergence (on days prior to the march), Niebyl Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph, Oakland.[17]

Support for Bernie Sanders

Michael Eisenscher pledged support for Bernie Sanders through Labor for Bernie, a "nationwide network of labor activists, backing Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign."