Ruth Gage-Colby

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Ruth Gage-Colby a lecturer on world affairs and a longtime advocate for peace, died Sept. 25 1984 at the Bird Haven Christian Convalescent Hospital in Norwalk, California. She was 85 years old.

Mrs. Gage-Colby, who lived in Daytona Beach, Florida., had circled the globe many times and made more than 30 visits to Japan.

She was on her way home from one such trip at the time of her death.

She was married to Woodard L. Colby and is survived by a son, Gage, of St. Paul.[1]

UN work

As a free-lance journalist, Gage-Colby the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945 and was one of the founders of the United Nations Correspondents Association.

Mrs. Gage-Colby was a representative to the United Nations for the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom. She also was a representative for the American Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York.[2]

National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee

As of May 1964, Ruth Gage-Colby, National Board, Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, was listed as a sponsor of the Communist Party USA front, National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner

On April 28, 1966 Ruth Gage-Colby was a sponsor of the Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner. The dinner was held on the occasion of Herbert Aptheker's 50th birthday, the publication of his 20th book, and the 2nd anniversary of the American Institute for Marxist Studies. It was held in the Sutton Ballroom, The New York Hilton, Avenue of the Americas, 53rd to 54th Street, New York City. Most speakers, organizers and sponsors were known members or supporters of the Communist Party USA.[3].

A full list of those "Sponsors" for the tribute/testimonial dinner for CPUSA theoretician Herbert Aptheker can be found in "Extent of Subversion in Campus Disorders: Testimony of Ernesto E. Blanco", Hearings, Part 1, Senate Internal Security Subcommittee (SISS), Senate Judiciary Committee, June 19, 1969, pages. 70-73. This list constitutes one of the most extensive of its kind in regards to Communist Party USA (CPUSA) members, especially in academia, well-documents sympathizers, assorted Marxists, a couple Soviet identified spies and KGB assets, plus some Communist dupes. Also there were a few CPUSA members who were national and state politicians including "The Hon. Hugh De Lacy Hugh DeLacy, Cal., a close friend of future CIA director Leon Panetta, well-known CP members/supporters from Hollywood (including Will Geer, "Grandpa Walton" of "The Waltons" television show, a few CPUSA member clergymen and supporters, and lots of CPUSA attorneys/members who were also in the Party's congressionally identified "legal bulwark" front, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG}.

American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born

In the late 1960s Ruth Gage-Colby was listed as a Sponsor of American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born[4].

GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee

Circa 1969, Ruth Gage-Colby, Women's International League for Peace & Freedom , was listed as a sponsor of the Socialist Workers Party led GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee .[5]

American-Korean Friendship and Information Center

On Feb. 27, 1971, Ruth Gage-Colby, United Nations Representative of Women's International League for Peace & Freedom and United Nations, was listed as an initiating sponsor of the American-Korean Friendship and Information Center. The Center, a front for the Communist Party USA, was established to promote the withdrawal of US troops from South Korea and Vietnam.[6]

Ruth Gage-Colby Testimonial Committee

A planned testimonial dinner on January 20, 1972, for Ruth Gage-Colby was to be held at the Hotel Biltomore in New York City.

A "List" of Patrons" was, in fact, a "Who's Who" of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA)and its well documented sympathizers, members of the Trotskyite Socialist Workers Party (SWP), the labor Left (both Party and Social Democrats), Left Academics and clergymen, and Members of Congress ranging from Liberal Democrats to Communist Party front supporters. As no organizational or affiliational identifications were provided, Keywiki has added them after the name. On this list were:

  • Rep. Bella Abzug - (D-NY) A longtime covert CPUSA workhorse in womens' groups, especially the CPUSA-dominated "Women's Strike for Peace Women Strike for Peace(WSP) of which she was a national leader.[7]. She was also a member, in the 1940's, of the CIA/FBI and Congress identified Soviet youth front, the International Federation of Democratic Youth (IFDY), based in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia, was affiliated with the Soviet legal front, the [{International Association of Democratic Lawyers]] (IADL), as well as many other CP and SWP fronts and causes to the time of her death. Internal security analysts with access to classified government intelligence documents have said that they saw her identified in them as a secret member of the CPUSA, along with her husband Martin Abzug. A search of government files available to the public has so far not found them but the search is continuing.

Endorser of many communist fronts including the Jan. 20, 1973 anti-Vietnam protest of the communist-dominated "PCPJ" and "NPAC.

Boudin, who was a brilliant attorney, was the father of Weather Underground leader and convicted accessory to (3) murders, Kathy Boudin. Also a leader of the cited CPUSA "legal bulwark" the National Lawyers Guild (NLG).

  • Katherine Camp - a key leader of the CPUSA-infiltrated and often dominated Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILP), Hanoi supporter and visitor, key "Mobes" official, and decades long CPUSA front supporter.
  • Debby Bustin - open member of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and its youth front, the Young Socialist Alliance, key member of the SWP front, the Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (SMC) or Student Mobe, and of the SWP front, the Political Rights Defense Fund (PRDF).
  • Prof. Noam Chomsky - MIT, a veteran communist cause supporter since at least 1970 (CONAME, Jewish Week (DC), June 10, 1970 article, sponsor of the SWP-created organization/conference).
  • Sen. Frank Church - (D-ID), one of the most hardcore leftists in the US Senate, he posed as a "liberal" yet was largely responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of So. Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians at the hands of Hanoi, the Pathet Lao and the Khmer Rouge with his creation and sponsorship of the Church Amendment which helped to cut off US air operations over Cambodia. He also would head, in 1975, the infamously leftist, anti-intelligence "Church Committee" that helped to destroy US intelligence operations around the world, thus leading to the disasters in Iran and Nicaragua in 1979.
  • Leon Davis - Fifth Amendment CPer, creator of the Local 1199, aka Drug and Hospital Workers of American[9]
  • Ossie Davis - actor, singer, and lifelong CPUSA supporter well documented at his section here at KW
  • Ruby Dee - wife of Ossie Davis, and also a lifelong CPUSA supporter (documentation of her support for communist fronts and causes nearly parallels that of her husband and includes many of the same fronts and causes
  • Abe Feinglass Abraham Feinglass- identified CPUSA labor leader of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmens Union, AFL-CIO and International Vice President of the Soviet CPSU and KGB "peace" front, the World Peace Council, among many other communist fronts and causes
  • Jerry Gordon - once a member of the CPUSA's youth arm, the Labor Youth League (LYL), Gordon gravitated towards the more active SWP/YSA fronts on the Vietnam war, Student Mobe, several of the national "Mobes" and then the SWP split-off known as the National Peace Action Coalition (NPAC), of which both he and Ruth Gage-Colby were national leaders (1972-73).[10].
  • Victor Gotbaum - longtime socialist labor leader who has supported various communist fronts and causes
  • Hon. Frank P. Graham
  • Hon. Ernest Gruening - a senator from Alaska whose sanity was questioned by many who knew him during his time in Congress. He was part isolationist, part leftist.
  • Rep. Seymour Halpern - far-leftist who supported some CPUSA/SWP fronts
  • Rev. Donald Harrington - leftist clergyman
  • Sen. Vance Hartke - (D-Ind) - the perfect dupes for communist fronts and causes including NPAC demonstrations
  • Joseph Heller - liberal writer
  • Aileen Hernandez
  • Murray Kempton - supposedly a "liberal" writer but he had a significant record of supporting communist fronts and causing including that for identified KGB agent and "The Wilfred Burchett 60th Birthday Committee", run by communists of all types including several identified as KGB assets and Soviet spies (during WW2)
  • Coretta Scott King - widow of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Supporter of liberal causes and used by the Marxist Left
  • Corliss Lamont - from a rich white industrialist/banking family, identified member of the CPUSA, and supporter of many pro-Soviet fronts and causes.,[11].
  • Helen Lamb Lamont - wife of identified CPUSA member and financial angel of the hardcore Left, Corliss Lamont. She had a long record of supporting CPUSA fronts and causes including the 1971 "Wilfred Burchett 60th Birthday Committee" as a "sponsor".
  • James Lafferty - longtime Marxist-oriented attorney from Detroit who favored the Trotskyite Socialist Workers Party (SWP), esp. in helping them in the various lawsuits against the US Government's internal security apparatus as well as for state level cases. Later in life he shifted away from what was left of the SWP to other Marxist organizations and causes.
  • Dr. Robert Jay Lifton - noted psychologist whose work on "Thought Reform in Red China" gave the world a good look into the "thought reform" (popularly called "brainwashing") processes used to control the civilian and military populations, as well as to recruit new Maoists around the world. Lifton supported some communist fronts and causes throughout his lifetime.
  • Viveca Lindfors - leftist actress
  • David Livingston - identified key member of the CPUSA in the labor movement, District 65, Retail Workers and Distributive Services Union RWDSU[12]
  • Hon. Rep. Allard Lowenstein (D-Wisc)- Marxist-oriented Democrat Congressman from Wisconsin. Died in a plane crash. Brief mention of Lowenstein and far-left Clintonite operative/Soros connected Harold Ickes in "The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party", David Horowitz and Richard Poe, Nelson Current (publishers), 2006, pp. 158-159. In 1971, he was the "National Chairman, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), then the leftwing of the Democrat Party.
  • Florence Luscomb - identified CPUSA member and local leader of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
  • Ruth Meyers - identified member of the CPUSA, wife of 5th Amendment taker William Meyers, and leader of the Marxist-dominated Women Strike for Peace (WSP)
  • Rep. Patsy Mink - (D-Hawaii). Leftist member of congress with some communist fronts and causes to her name.
  • Sen. Walter Mondale - (D-Minn). One of the top liberal-left Communist dupes in Congress. Endorser of the "March Against Death" Vietnam protest, Jan. 20, 1973, Daily World (DW), Jan. 13, 1973, p. 3 "Labor, Congress swell peace march backers", a project of the united communist front "NPAC" and "PCPJ".
  • Rt. Rev. Paul Moore, Jr. - a decorated WW2 veteran, he turned to the Left and supported the Hanoi Lobby through at least 2015, as well as the Anti-Defense Lobby and other radical causes. For example, he was a "signer" of the communist-dominated "National Peace Action Coalition" (NPAC) and 'People's Coalition for peace and Justice" (PCPJ) ad in the New York Times (NYT), Sept. 26, 1971 entitled "The war will not end until we help end it". Other Gage-Colby event signers of this ad included Abzug, Badillo, Bustin, Camp, Chomsky, Leon Davis, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Hartke, Heller, Lowenstein, Rangel, Victor Reuther, Herbert Rickman, Benjamin Rosenthal, Muriel Rukeyser, Robert Ryan the actor, Rep. William Fitts Ryan, Gloria Steinem, I. F. Stone, Amy Swerdlow of WSP, Sen. John Tunney (D-CA), Prof. George Wald, and John T. Williams of NPAC.
  • Hon. Wayne Morse - Senator (D-Ore). One of the most far-left senators in US history and of questionable mental stability due to his rants and rage.
  • Dr. Alice Paul
  • Rep. Charles Rangel- (D. NY). Far-left longtime representative who has been under investigation for possible illegal financial contributions. Endorser of the Jan. 20, 1973 communist united front "NPAC/PCPJ".
  • Hon. Jeanette Rankin - only Member of Congress who refused to vote for a declaration of war against Germany and Japan. The Communist Party named an organization for her, the "Jeanette Rankin Brigade"
  • Victor Reuther - Marxist labor leader of the United Auto Workers (UAW), of America. More leftist then his brother, identified, one-time member of the CPUSA in the 1930, Walter Reuther.
  • Herbert Rickman - identified on the NPAC/PCPJ NYT's ad of 9/26/71 as "Executive Director" New York City Democratic Committee
  • Rep. Benjamin Rosenthal - (D-NY). A quiet far-left member of Congress, also on the NPAC/PCPJ ad and "endorser" of the PCPJ/NPAC Jan. 20, 1973 Vietnam protest.
  • Muriel Rukeyser - Marxist, poetess/writer - NPAC/PCPJ ad
  • Robert Ryan - actor, hardcore leftist, NPAC/PCPJ ad
  • Rep. William Fitts Ryan - (D-NY). absolutely one of the most hardcore leftists in Congress in 1971/72. Killed by the Marxist gunmen of the People's Temple, Jonestown Guyana. Known for his leftist rants and rages. NPAC/PCPJ ad.
  • Pete Seeger - musician and hardcore Communist from the CPUSA to other related organizations and fronts. Full details at his KW pages.
  • Stanley Sheinbaum - one of the most successful Marxist businessmen, politicians and professors of all time. Has a record of supporting Communist fronts and causes since at least the 1960's, esp. the Free Speech Movement, the liberal/communist "Californians for Liberal Representation", the Marxist "Socialist Scholars Conference of the 1960's/70's, and many other causes. NPAC/PCPJ ad signer.[13].
  • Gloria Steinem - longtime radical feminist leader and supporter of various communist/Marxist fronts and causes. NPAC/PCPJ ad signer.
  • I.F. Stone I. F. Izzy Stone Isidor Stone Izzy Stone- former CPUSA member and identified KGB operative. "Testimony of George Karlin", SISS, 1969/1970, 3 volumes from the hearings. NPAC/PCPJ ad signer. Also see: Accuracy In Media Report, AIM Report, August-B 1994, Volume XXIII-16, "I. F. Stone Outed" for information from his FBI report.
  • Amy Swerdlow - [Women Strike for Peace]] leader. Supporter of many Communist fronts and causes including the Mobes. NPAC/PCPJ ad signer.
  • Dalton Trumbo - longtime identified member of the CPUSA, member of the Communist-dominated Hollywood 10.
  • Sen. John Tunney - (D-CA). One of the stupidest members of the Senate in its history. Perfect communist dupe in terms of supporting various fronts, including NPAC/PCPJ ad, and Sen. Ted Kennedy's go-between with the Soviets in the 1980's attempt by Kennedy to undercut Pres. Reagan in his efforts to defeat the Soviet Union and its military build-up.
  • Louis Untermeyer - reknown poet and writer with a decades long history of supporting Communist fronts and causes, usually those of the CPUSA. He shows up in the "Index to Appendix IX", Special Committee on Un-American Activities, 1944 index book, for fronts that go back even further than that. One example was his being listed on the "Book Committee" of the CPUSA front, the "American Society for Cultural Relations with Russia (U.S.S.R)", Appendix IX, Volume 1. Lots of non-communists got sucked into this CPUSA-dominated organization.
  • Prof George Wald - key academic leader of the "Hanoi Lobby". Signer of the NPAC/PCPJ NYT ad. Hanoi traveler/supporter during the war. Supporter of many other communist/Marxist fronts and causes for decades
  • John T. Williams - NPAC leader. Literally unknown California labor leader who suddenly appeared with the Trotskyite "Socialist Workers Party (SWP) faction that created NPAC. Later disappeared from the radical scene.

A letter to "Dear friend of peace", undated but before Jan. 20, 1972, about the affair was sent out by the [[Ruth Gage-Colby Testimonial Committee". Key excerpts from it are as follows:

"Dear friends of peace,"

On Thursday evening, January 20, 1972, at the Hotel Biltmore in New York, we will honor Ruth Gage-Colby with a testimonial dinner for her more than fifty years of dedicated work for peace.

A long-time leader of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and their representative to the United Nations, Mrs. Gage-Colby has served as a National Coordinator of the National Peace Action Coalition (NPAC) since its inception a year-and-a-half ago. She was one of the chief architects of the huge April 24th peace demonstrations in Washington and San Francisco. In the past year alone, as an articulate spokeswoman of the American peace movement, she has attended peace conferences in Budapest and India. She also went to Japan for the A and H Bomb Conference and the Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemorative activities, met with Premier Pham Van Dong in North Vietnam, and, most recently, visited China.

Ruth Gage-Colby has made a major contribution to the antiwar effort by helping to fashion unity of all major peace groups in the United States in support of activities for the Fall. The peace movement is united in sponsoring the October 13 Moratorium and massive regional demonstration of the peaceful and orderly character in New York and 15 other major cities on November 6.

In accepting a public testimonial, Mrs. Gage-Colby has asked us to make it clear that the funds raised through this event will be used to help finance these vital Fall actions, as well as on-going national peace activities...."

Skipping several minor paragraphs to the backside of this letter which ends with:

"we look forward to hearing from you soon. Yours for peace now" Signatures and printed out names from:

"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 Ruth Gage-Colby United Nations Representative Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, urged Congress to act on North Korea's Concerns.[14]


  3. Dinner Program for the Herbert Aptheker Dinner, April 28, 1966
  4. ACFPFB Letterhead, undated Hugh DeLacy paper Acc 3915,Box 3 Folder 20
  5. Undated, GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee letterhead circa 1969
  6. Full-page advert in unknown newspaper, Feb. 27, 1971
  7. "Women Strike for Peace" (WSP), hearings, House Committee on Un-American Activities, 1965
  8. "Passport Reorganization Act of 1959", Hearings, Special Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations, US Senate, 86th Congress, First Session, on S. 2095, "Passport Reorganization Act of 1959", Aug. 26, 27 & September 1, 1959, pp. 312-314 and 367 - 369
  9. "Subversive Involvement in the Origin, Leadership, and Activities of the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (New Mobe), Staff Study, 1970, House Internal Security Committee, 91st Congress, 2nd Session, p. 3 - "Leon J. Davis, who is president of Local 1199, Drug and Hospital Workers of America, and who refused to tell a subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and Labor in 1948 whether he was a member of the Communist Party, U.S.A.",
  10. See the House Internal Security Committee hearings on New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam and its successor organizations, the Peoples Coalition for Peace and Justice, of the CPUSA, and the SWP's NPAC, 4 volumes, 1970-72
  11. "New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam Part 1", Hearings, House Internal Security Committee, April 7, 8, 9 & 15, 1970, 91st Congress, 2nd Session, p. 3959, concerning the sworn testimony of former CPUSA leader Louis Budenz in "Hearings before the Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws of the Committee on the Judiciary", U.S. Senate, on the Institute of Pacific Relations (IPR), Aug. 23, 1951, pp. 673, 674. HISC Assistant Counsel Stephen Romines said the following: "I would also note that Mr. Lamont, appearing before the Senate Government Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Government Operations on September 28, 1953, testified under affirmation and denied his Communist Party membership.", p. 3959 including the actual statement of Lamont before the Subcommittee on Sept. 28, 1953, p. 3
  12. See the New Mobe Staff Study for details on his identification as a CPUSA member which appeared in "Annual Report of the Committee on Un-American Activities for the Year 1953" February 6, 1954, p. 70, as Footnote 132 in the Mobe Study
  13. "Fourteenth Report Un-American Activities in California 1967, Report of the Senate Factfinding Subcommittee on Un-American Activities to the 1967 Regular Session of the California Legislature, Sacramento, California" and in the 1970 15th Report also
  14. Letter to Congress undated 1974 Hugh DeLacy papers Accession Number 3915 Box Number 9 Folder Number 2