Occupy Cleveland

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The Occupy Cleveland demonstration is a part of the Occupy Movement which began on Sept. 17, 2011 with the original Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City.


On Oct. 12, 2011 the Cleveland AFL-CIO gave the the demonstration a warm welcome of solidarity when local occupiers won a permit for their encampment in Public Square and joined two downtown demonstrations for state and federal action on jobs. President Loree Soggs also invited the organizers to the next meeting of the Building Trades Council.[1]

Also on Oct. 12, participants in the demonstration marched for jobs legislation in actions held by MoveOn.org at Sen. Rob Portman's office and by Fight for a Fair Economy at Gov. John Kasich's office.[1]

Congressional Support

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio and several City Councilpersons have visited the demonstration to voice encouragement and support. Councilman Brian Cummins had the encampment declared a "public event" and obtained a sidewalk encroachment permit. He said an obscure ordinance allowed public events with educational purposes to maintain overnight canopies.[1]


The following are leaders of the demonstration:[1]

Despite these two individuals being identified as leaders of Occupy Cleveland, KW has found one of the real brains behind this group, an old communist named Jerry Gordon. Thanks to a FreeRepublic reader, Gordon was definitely identified as a leader of Occupy Cleveland and another radical/marxist organization, the Emergency Labor Network (ELN) which will have its own Keywiki page.

Gordon was identified as a leader of ELN at their website, "http://www.laborfightback.org/fightbacks_sound_the-alarm.htm" and described as "Retired International Representative, UFCW" United Food and Commercial Workers union, Secretary, Emergency labor Network. The UFCW was an unification of the old CPUSA-dominated Amalgamated Meatcutters & Butcher Workmens Union led by Soviet operative and id. CPUSA member Abe Feinglass, among other reds including former Rep. Charles Hayes (D-Ill), and a smaller union, the Packing House Workers Template:CITATION and date.

His speaking on behalf of and at an Occupy Cleveland rally was shown on two "youtube" videos, "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiOjmhk4MjU" and "http://youtube.com/watch?v=4DSGqBH0RqM", where he gave the interviewer a detailed history of his leftist/communist background, but without some identification of his affiliations with the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), such as belonging to the congressionally identified Labor Youth League (LYL)[2].

Gordon was a key leader of the communist-dominated Cleveland Area Peace Action Council (CAPAC) in the various Hanoi Lobby organizations known as the Mobes, i.e. the National Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam National Mobe, its successor, the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam New Mobe, and its Socialist Workers Party (SWP) split-off in late 1970/71, the National Peace Action Coalition (NPAC).[3].

After the Vietnam war ended, Gordon got into labor organizing and finally retired after several decades in it, esp. with the UFCW.


The following have participated in the demonstration:[1]

Other Support

  • Steve Loomis, President of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, donated a pop-up tent to the encampment.[1]

Dining with older activists

In October 2011, at the instigation of John Gallo of Senior Voice and the AFL-CIO Retirees Council, John Gallo, Wynne Antonio, Harriet Applegate and others hosted Occupy Cleveland for a meal, to share experiences across the generations. Both Applegate and Gallo offered support[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 People's World: “Occupy Cleveland” wins wide community support, Oct. 14, 2011 (accessed on Oct. 25, 2011)
  2. Fair Play for Cuba Committee, hearings, Senate Internal Security Subcommittee (SISS), 87th Congress, 1st Session, Part 4, June 13, 1961, pp. 421-422
  3. Subversive Involvement in the Origin, Leadership, and Activities of the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam and Its Predecessor Organizations, Staff Study, House Internal Security Committee (HISC), April, 1970, and some of this study's successor hearings "National Peace Action Coalition (NPAC) and Peoples Coalition for Peace & Justice (PCPJ)" , Parts 1-4, HISC, 1971
  4. Youtube, Occupy Cleveland has early bird dinner with AFL-CIO Retirees Tim Russo Uploaded on Oct 27, 2011