Michael Myerson

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Michael Myerson is a leading US socialist.

Helsinki-Youth Festival

July 29-August 6, 1962 the World Youth Festival was held in Helsinki, under the auspices of the Soviet front World Federation of Democratic Youth.

Willard Uphaus, supporter of Communist fronts and Carlton Goodlett and Victor Rabinowitz, identified members of the Communist Party USA raised funds for the festival in a letter in the April 2, 1962 issue of the National Guardian.

Communist-aligned attendees were Charles Berrard, Michael Myerson, Harold Supriano and Michele Hall, daughter of communist Hawaiian labor leader Jack Hall, and future wife of Assemblyman, State Senator, Congressman and California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton (D-CA).

Professor Howard Zinn, an identified member of Communist Party USA active in ocmmunist fronts, American Peace Mobilization and New York CP dominated American Veterans Committee, helped recruit attendees to Helsinki confab.[1]

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 Myerson of the Ad Hoc Committee to End Discrimination, San Francisco.[2]

World Peace Council

In 1970 U.S. members of the Soviet front World Peace Council were;[3]

"A letter to Congress" on North Korea

In 1974, approximately 50 prominent, mainly Communist Party USA aligned leftists, signed a "Letter to Congress" on the situation regarding North Korea.

"For a quarter of a century the people of all Korea have needed such a peace agreement. The American People are ready for it. The People of the world deserve it. Peaceful coexistence must replace war and the threat of war. Negotiations must replace confrontation."
"Therefore, we the undersigned, concerned about the dangerous conditions in Korea earnestly appeal to you, and to all peace-minded Americans to join together in combining our reason and our political influence to secure the peaceful resolution of this problem."

The letter to Congress was in response to a March 25th, 1974 letter from the Supreme Peoples Assembly of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea to the United States Congress.

The signatories which included Michael Myerson urged Congress to act on North Korea's Concerns.[4]

Palestine Human Rights Campaign

A brochure came out in early 1978 announcing "A National Organizing Conference" sponsored by the Palestine Human Rights Campaign to be held on May 20-21, 1978, at American University, with the theme of "Palestinian Human Rights and Peace".

The list of "Sponsors" was a mix of a several groupings including the Communist Party USA and its sympathizers, the World Peace Council, the Hanoi Lobby, black extremists, mainly marxists, radical Christians, and Arab/Arab-American organizations, plus a few phone-booth sized pro-Palestinian Christian groups.

Individual sponsors of the event included Michael Myerson, National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression .

We Will Make Peace Prevail!

On March 28, 1982 the New World Review organized a gala luncheon "We Will Make Peace Prevail! Disarmament Over Confrontation, Life Over Death", at the Grand Ballroom, Hotel Roosevelt, New York City. Virtually all participants were identified as Communist Party USA.

Michael Myerson was listed on the Committee of Sponsors.[5]

US Peace Council

As at March, 1982, the following took active roles in the Communist Party USA initiated U.S. Peace Council - founding, speaking or listed as workshop leaders:[6]

1980s U.S. Peace Council leader

Mike Myerson was U.S. Peace Council Executive Director[7] 1983-1985.

Communist Party reformer

In 1991, Michael Myerson, New York, 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.[8]

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992 Michael Myerson, New York, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[9]

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.[10]

Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:[11]

Strategy 2 Where to from here? What next in the struggle for democracy in the United States?

CoC National Coordinating Committee

The following are listed in order of votes they received as members of the Committees of Correspondence National Coordinating Committee, elected at the Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.:[11]

Committees of Correspondence NCC

In 1994 Michael Myerson was a member of the National Coordinating Committee of the Committees of Correspondence.[12]

Institute for Social and Economic Studies/CrossRoads

In the mid 1990s Michael Myerson served[13]on the Board of Directors of Oakland based Institute for Social and Economic Studies- sponsor of CrossRoads magazine, which sought to promote dialogue and building new alliances among progressives and leftists... and to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements.

Myerson was also a CrossRoads contributing editor.

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Michael Myerson of Cortlandt Manor, NY signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.

Unity Statement

The Unity Statement Signed by Those Arrested was signed by 56 activists arrested in New York City, in front of 26 Federal Plaza June 1 2010, the "third in a series of civil disobedience actions in New York aimed at highlighting the growing human tragedy and unsustainable moral crisis caused by a broken U.S. immigration system badly in need of reform".

Signatories included Michael Myerson SEIU.

Ad Hoc Committee to End Discrimination

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Michael Myerson, Tracy Sims, Roy Ballard, Dick Gregory

SLATE

On April 29, 1960, the Student Committee for Civil Liberties (also known as Students for Civil Liberties) was organized as a University of California campus action group to protest the hearings.

Communist Party USA youth leader Douglas Wachter addressed this organizational meeting and suggested to the students "ideas for plans of action" against the committee. With Wachter's prodding, a decision was made to circulate petitions urging the abolition of the committee, and a combined march with students of other area colleges and universities was discussed.

Wachter's address and agitational activity paid off. The same group met again on May 2d and issued a release which demanded abolition of the committee as "unconstitutional" and also cancellation of the announced hearings.

On May 5, 1960, the Students for Civil Liberties distributed a throw-away which listed seven steps recipients should take to demonstrate their opposition to the committee. These included the signing of petitions, writing of letters to newspapers, attending the Union Square protest rally held during the committee hearings, assisting in

the making of posters, and attending meetings at which the subpenaed witnesses (Communist Party members) would speak.

This throw-away urged students to register their cars for a pool that would be used to transport other students to the Union Square rally and suggested that they do so either at Stiles Hall or by calling Thornwall 8-1437. This was the telephone number of Marvin J. Sternsberg.

Those willing to help make posters, the throw-away said, should report the following Sunday at 1 p.m., to "2929 Hillegass." This was the residence of Aryay Lenske, Dan Greenson, Michael Myerson, and David Rynin—all key promoters of the student demonstrations against the committee hearings. Aryay Lenske is now the executive secretary of the National Lawyers Guild, which was cited by this committee in 1950 as "the foremost legal bulwark of the Communist Party."

Lenske, Greenson, Myerson, and Rynin—like the previously-mentioned Marvin J. Sternsberg—were all members of SLATE.[14]

References

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  1. Comrades—1963 Vietnam and Peace Movement Summary—the Lead
  2. University of California website: The New National Organization of Communist Youth
  3. New Perspectives 1970 issue
  4. Letter to Congress undated 1974 Hugh DeLacy papers Accession Number 3915 Box Number 9 Folder Number 2
  5. We Will Make Peace Prevail! event brochure
  6. War Called Peace
  7. USPC conference brochure Yale University November 8-10, 1985
  8. Addendum to Initiative document
  9. CCDS Background
  10. Conference program
  11. 11.0 11.1 Proceedings of the Committees of Correspondence Conference: Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the '90s booklet, printed by CoC in NY, Sept. 1992 (Price: $4)
  12. CoC National committee meeting, January 7-9, 1994, New York minutes
  13. Crossroads March 1996
  14. [1]