Mike Bayer

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Mike Bayer


Michael "Mike" Bayer is a Vermont activist. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Bayer worked at Vermont Legal Aid. He studied at Goddard College.[1]

Mike Bayer was the district organizer for the Communist Party USA in Indiana. He was in Indiana from 1968 to 1995 and focused on helping to develop rank and file movements in different local unions in and around Gary, where there were many steel mills. He was also the National Steel Coordinator for the Communist Party. The Communist Party had a Steel Commission, which included workers from all over the Midwest, along with some other places. George Edwards and Mike got to know each other at meetings of the Steel Commission and through their work in the rank and file movement.[2]

National Party Building Conference

National Party Building Conference Hosted by Communist Party USA and People's World.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12 PM – 6 PM EST

Join Communist Party activists and members in a national conference. You can register here https://tinyurl.com/ycdouk3y

The conference will take place November 11th to 12th to plan our work in the fight against the Trump Administration and its white supremacist ruling class backers. Find information here about how to participate. http://www.cpusa.org/2017-national-party-building-conference-resist-organize-vote-grow/

The conference will be streamed from Chicago to regional meetings in New Haven, Los Angeles, and Orlando. Whether you’re on the East Coast, West Coast, in the MIdwest or the South, you’ll be able to participate.[3]

Those invited on Facebook included Mike Bayer.

WEB DuBois Clubs of America

In 2013, Mike Bayer was listed a a friend on the DuBois Clubs Facebook page.[4]

Education

From 1992 - 1995, Bayer studied at Indiana University, receiving a BA in Accounting.[5]

Indiana organizer

Mike Bayer in 1986

In 1986, Mike Bayer was Indiana district organizer of the Communist Party USA. [6]

Fighting USX

In 1986, Bayer wrote an article which was published in the People's Daily World, entitled "Steelworkers fight a giant conglomerate". The article was on the subject of the recent USX lockout of 44,000 steelworkers. In the article, Bayer made the following observation:[7]

"Winning work actions, whether strikes or lockouts, usually depend on the degree they can cause the corporations to suffer economically, to make it more expensive to continue with their mills shut down than to agree to workers' demands."

Communist Party paper

In 1992 Mike Bayer was involved in the production of People's Weekly World, the New York based newspaper of the Communist Party USA.[8]

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 200 unionists endorsed the call, mostly known affiliates, or members of the Communist Party. Mike Bayer, Gary Indiana, was one of those listed.[9]

Vermont Legal Aid

From 1996 to the present, Bayer has worked as Chief Financial Officer of Vermont Legal Aid.[5]

CPUSA Convention

Mike Bayer attended the 2001, Communist Party USA 27th National Convention in Milwaukee.[10]

Vermont Progressive Party

In 2002 Mike Bayer sat on the state committee of the Vermont Progressive Party.

According to a Communist Party USA report on the 2002 elections;[11]

A more advanced aspect of political independence is pro-worker electoral formations outside the Democratic Party. A growing example is the Working Families Party, which has established itself in New York, doubled its vote in two years time, and is now expanding into Connecticut and other states. Election law in Connecticut does not allow petitioning candidates to run on more than one line, so the tactic is to run as many as 60 candidates for State Representative around the state with the goal of getting at least one percent of the vote and winning minor party status in those districts. Then in the next election, the Working Families Party can cross-endorse candidates in other Parties who adopt the Working Families program. Western Connecticut Labor Council president Blair Bertaccini will be one of those candidates. In Vermont, going beyond Bernie Sanders, is the new Vermont Progressive Party, which received 10% of the vote for governor and won 4 representatives in the last election. Mike Bayer sits on their state committee.

Communist spy?

From a report to the National Committee of the Communist Party USA November 16, 2002, New York City.[12]

The Progressive Party in Vermont ran Anthony Polina for Lieutenant Governor. He got 25% of the vote, up from 9.5% two years ago. He campaigned for a tax surcharge on the wealthy, replacing property taxes with broad-based taxes to fund public education, and a single payer health care system. He was endorsed by the Vermont AFL-CIO. The campaign was a collaborative effort with Bernie Sanders and inspired a high voter turnout. Mike Bayer reports that the lack of program by the Democratic candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor led to their defeat.

PWW celebration

Dec. 3 2006, "was a day the People’s Weekly World can be proud of. Still celebrating the results of the Nov. 7 elections, readers held banquets and dinners in various places across the country, attracting elected officials, leaders of people’s movements and rank-and-file fighters for justice and democracy."

In Connecticut, guests packed the New Haven People's Center to “Carry the People’s Election Victories Forward”...

Michael Bayer, treasurer of the Vermont Progressive Party, spoke about left Independent Bernie Sanders’ election to the U.S. Senate as a fighter for working-class people. Bayer also stressed the continuing need to pressure Congress for universal health care, minimum wage increases, the right to belong to a union and the return of U.S. troops home from Iraq.[13]

The event was described this way, in an earlier edition of Peoples Weekly World:[14]

Special guest Michael Bayer, state treasurer of Vermont’s Progressive Party, will address “Building Independent Political Action on behalf of Working Families.” The Progressive Party was inspired by Congressman Bernie Sanders, who is a founder of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and is newly elected U.S. Senator from Vermont.

The event will celebrate a year of activism against the war in Iraq and for immigrant rights and workers’ rights, reflected in major get out the vote efforts by labor and community groups which changed control of Congress. Projections will be made for next steps to change the direction of the country and achieve an end to the war, good jobs and health care.
The program, to be held at the New Haven People’s Center, 37 Howe Street, will include poetry, music, an international holiday gift table and a home-cooked light supper. The annual reception is hosted by the People’s Weekly World in Connecticut on the occasion of the 87th anniversary of the Communist Party USA.

Running for State Auditor of Accounts

In 2010 Michael Bayer, State Party Treasurer for the Vermont Progressive Party is running for the position of State Auditor of Accounts for Vermont.[15] The position is currently held by Republican, Thomas M. Salmon.

Treasurer

In 2013, Mike Bayer was state Treasurer of the Vermont Progressive Party.

United Socialists initiative

United Socialists initiative is a Houston based Facebook group, run mainly by the Communist Party USA, but open to other leftist tendencies.

This group is for left unity. All factions of leftists welcome for open debate and forum discussion

United Socialists initiative closed Facebook group members, as of December 13, 2017 included Mike Bayer. [16]

Nelson Mandela

Wilson E. Allen February 2, 2018 ·

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While tidying up some cluttered drawers I found this souvenir button from our bus trip to Detroit to meet Nelson Mandela. Rosa Parks was there too! I’d spent much of the 70s & 80s advocating for his freedom and the end of apartheid. It was so satisfying seeing him free at last! — with Michael Bayer.

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