- 1 Early life
- 2 Education
- 3 Early activism
- 4 "Memorial Services for Karlin Flory"
- 5 National Committee, CPUSA
- 6 Communist Party dissidents
- 7 Communist Party reformer
- 8 Committees of Correspondence
- 9 Further CoC activity
- 10 Health activism
- 11 Progressives for Obama
- 12 2016 CCDS National Coordinating Committee
- 13 CCDS Democracy Charter Study Group
- 14 Recruited by Sylvia Woods
- 15 Publications
- 16 References
Mildred Williamson is a social worker and social justice activist from Chicago and a member of the national coordinating committee of CCDS. Since 1987, she has been a public health activist, program developer and health care service provider for the underserved, specifically HIV care and prevention.
Dr. Williamson, is HIV/AIDS Section Chief, Illinois Department of Public Health. She is married to Willie Williamson.
Mildred Williamson as a lifelong Chicagoan, the product of parents who were among those who migrated from the Jim Crow south to the north in search of a better life. She grew up in the Chicago neighborhood now known as “Bronzeville.”
BA, 1975, Loyola University; MA, 1989, and PhD, 2000, University of Chicago.
As a college student, in the early 1970s, Mildred Williamson participated in the campaigns to save the old Cook County Hospital and the nearby Chicago Maternity Center.
"Memorial Services for Karlin Flory"
In an article about the 1985 memorial service for Karlin Flory, son of "Ishmael Flory, former chairman of the Illinois District of the Communist Party USA, and the late Eloise Boone", he was identified as having been in "many activities for peace and equality" including protests at the South African Consulate, was a "Daily World supporter" who circulated the paper "in the early days of Operation Breadbasket, which later became Operation PUSH".
Among the speakers were:
- Rev. Willie Barrow - Operation PUSH, who was also a key supporter of CPUSA fronts, and visited Hanoi during the war
- Harold Rogers - national VP of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and identified member of the CPUSA
- Rev. William Hogan - Clergy and Laity Concerned. Later publicly identified as a member of the CPUSA.
- Dr. Margaret Burroughs - director of DuSable Museum of Afro-American History. Has a long record of supporting the CPUSA and its fronts
- Rev. George Reddick - Operation PUSH
- Mildred Williamson - Organizational Secretary of the CPUSA
- Frances Davis
- Bert Phillips
- William Murphy - Flory's uncle
National Committee, CPUSA
Communist Party dissidents
On November 15-16 1991, 30 dissident members of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA convened a meeting to "sign a statement of events" - most or all signatories were soon to break with the party and were later to form Committees of Correspondence.
The signatories included Mildred Williamson, Illinois;
Communist Party reformer
In 1991 Mildred Williamson, Illinois, 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.
Committees of Correspondence
In 1992, Mildred Williamson, Chicago, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.
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.
Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:
Health The challenge to our health. What next in the struggle for national health care? The fight against aids and infant mortality and for a rational system of preventative medicine for all
- Marilyn Albert, R.N., New York State Nurses Association
- David Cohen, Intl. Rep., UE, Springfield, MA
- Dr. Tolburt Small, Harriet Tubman Medical Center, Oakland
- Mildred Williamson, AIDS health worker, Chicago
- Dr. Peter Orris, Governing Council, American Public Health Association, Chicago
Jack Siegel tribute
special guest included State Senator Jesus Garcia, Alderman Helen Shiller, Harold Rogers from the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Carole Travis from the UAW, Larry Reagan from the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Bernice Bild from the Coalition for New Priorities, Camille Odeh, from the Coalition of Palestinian Women and Meca Sorrentini from the Puerto Rican Socialist Party
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.:
- Angela Davis, SF
- Gus Newport, Berkeley
- Elizabeth Martinez, SF
- Alva Buxenbaum, NY
- Leslie Cagan, NY
- Peter Camejo, Alameda, CA
- Giuliana Milanese, SF
- Robert Chacanaca, Freedom, CA
- Mildred Williamson, Chicago
- Barry Cohen, NY
- Mark Solomon, Boston
- Barbara Lee, Sacramento
- Maudelle Shirek, Berkeley
- Raahi Reddy, New Brunswick, NJ
- Margy Wilkinson, Berkeley
- Yvonne Golden, Florida
- Mary Idosidis, Mill Valley, CA
- Pat Fry, Detroit
- Marty Price, Oakland
- Frances Beal, Oakland
- Marshall Garcia, NY
- Betty Kano, Berkeley
- Michael Myerson, NY
- Sharon Stewart, LA
- Carmen Rumbaut, San Antonio
- Maurice Jackson, Washington, D.C.
- Geoffrey Jacques, NY
- Arthur Kinoy, Montclair, NJ
- Melinda Brown, LA
- Leslie Shaheen, NY
Further CoC activity
In 1997 Mildred Williamson served on the National Co-Ordinating Committee of the Committees of Correspondence.
At the Committees of Correspondence National Conference and Convention, July 25-28, 2002 San Francisco State University, the Plenary Panel and Discussion on Electoral Reform and the Struggle for Democracy comprised;
John Nichols, Gus Newport, Medea Benjamin, Mildred Williamson The protection of the right to vote, ballot access, electoral campaigns that are independent of corporations and major political parties.
Marilyn Albert, Mael Apollon, Carl Bloice, Barbara Blong, Barry Cohen, David Cohen, Otis Cunningham, Carl Davidson, Mort Frank, Todd Freeberg, Pat Fry, Marian Gordon, Ira Grupper, June Hemmingson, Ed Hemmingson, Fred Hicks, Duncan McFarland, Anne Mitchell, Maxine Orris, Ted Pearson, Gina Pesulima-Palencar, Edith Pollach, Marty Price, Merle Ratner, Jay Schaffner, Jae Scharlin, Mike Stein, Harry Targ, Walter Teague, Meta Van Sickle, Steve Willett and Mildred Williamson.
Mildred Williamson, Illinois, was elected in 2013 to the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism National Coordinating Committee;
On April 24 2007 at the School of The Art Institute Auditorium, Chicago DrPeter Orris of Stroger Hospital, activist Mildred Williamson and author Debra Evenson held a discussionfollowing the screening of "Salud" a documentary exploring Cuba’s healthcare system & global initiatives...
Progressives for Obama
2016 CCDS National Coordinating Committee
Mildred Williamson, Illinois, was elected in 2016 to the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism National Coordinating Committee;
CCDS Democracy Charter Study Group
In 2017 the CCDS Democracy Charter Study Group consisted of James Campbell, Timothy V. Johnson, Mildred Williamson, Pat Fry, Erica Carter, Karl Kramer, Mark Solomon, Anne Mitchell, Meta Van Sickle.
Recruited by Sylvia Woods
Women from the national liberation struggles and the working class were honored at Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!’s annual event in Chicago, March 10 2018, to celebrate International Women’s Day. More than 60 activists heard about the Black liberation movement icons, Marion Stamps and Sylvia Woods.
Stamps, a member of the Black Panther Party, went on as an organizer in the Cabrini Green housing project to help elect Mayor Harold Washington in 1983. Marion’s memory was honored by her daughter, Tara Stamps, a leader in the Chicago Teachers Union.
Sylvia Woods began in the 1930s as a laundry worker who led a successful fight for unionization. A lifelong member of the Communist Party USA, she was the head of the Chicago Committee to Free Angela Davis, and founding co-chair of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. Her story was told by Mildred Williamson, who was recruited by Woods to the Alliance.
Chapters in African American Women and HIV/AIDS: Critical Responses; It Just Ain't Fair: Access to Health Care for African Americans; Reframing Women's Health; Families' and Children's AIDS Network News.
- "Daily World", January 11, 1985, p. 11
- PWW October 20, 1990, page 24
- List of those NC members who signed statement of events at meeting of 11/15-16/91
- Addendum to Initiative document
- CCDS Background
- Conference program
- 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)
- CoC newletter, Oct./Dec. 1993, page 5
- Chicago CoC "Membership, Subscription and Mailing List" 10.14.94
- CoC Corresponder Vol4 No 5 p3
- CoC Corresponder November 1996/January 1997 Page 2
- [The Corresponder Vol 10, number 1, June 2002 http://www.cc-ds.org/pub_arch/CorresponderX1-2.pdf]
- CCDS leadership, accessed March 2014
- Progressives for Obama
- Women’s Day in Chicago By staff | March 11, 2018