Sandy Patrinos

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Sondra (Sandy) Patrinos (formerly Gordon), a founding member of the Committees of Correspondence and its Chicago Chapter's long time Co-Chair, died in June 2000, of lymphoma. She was 59 years old.[1]

Sondra Patrinos is survived by her husband, James Williams and her sister Marian Gordon.


Sandy Patrinos, attended the first national convention of the Communist Party USA front Women for Racial and Economic Equality, in 1977. She was national Coordinator of the organization[2]

WREE contact

Sondra Patrinos, of Chicago, was on a May 2, 1985 mailing list for Chicago Women for Racial and Economic Equality - a front for the Communist Party USA.[3]

Communist Party USA

On June 1, 1975, Sandy Patrinos was elected both as executive secretary of the District Board, and as a member of the District Committee of the Pennsylvania Communist Party at the Party's District Convention.[4]

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 Sandy Patrinos, Illinois[5];

Communist Party reformer

In 1991, Sandy Patrinos, 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.[6]

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992, Sandy Patrinos, Illinois chair CoC, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[7]

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.[8]

Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:[9]

Women The women's movement: a critical factor in the economic, political and social life of the U.S. today. What should be the theoretical and practical response of the left?

Jack Siegel tribute

Chicago Committees of Correspondence held a tribute banquet to 88 year old member Jack Spiegel, on October 3, 19993, with 250 in attendance.

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

Keynote speakers CoC co-chair Manning Marable. Illinois CoC co-chairs Sandy Patrinos and Mildred Williamson presented the awards. Maggie Brown sang songs, some written by her father Oscar Brown.[10]

Committees of Correspondence

On February 26 1994 a Midwest Regional Meeting of Committees of Correspondence was held at West Lafayette, Indiana.

Participants included Sandy Patrinos, Chicago.[11]

In July 1994 Patrinos (Chicago) was elected[12]to the 15 member National Co-ordinating Committee of Committees of Correspondence at CoC's founding conference in Chicago.

In 1997 Sandy Patrinos served on the National Co-Ordinating Committee of the Committees of Correspondence.[13]


  2. WREE First national conference newsletter
  3. WREE Chicago mailing list, May 2, 1985, Sandy Patrinos papers, Tamiment Library, New York
  4. New District Leadership -- Elected at District Convention, June 1, 1975, Sandy Patrinos Files, Box 1, Tamiment Library, Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University
  5. List of those NC members who signed statement of events at meeting of 11/15-16/91
  6. Addendum to Initiative document
  7. CCDS Background
  8. Conference program
  9. 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)
  10. CoC newletter, Oct./Dec. 1993, page 5
  11. COC Midwest Regional Meeting running sheet
  13. CoC Corresponder November 1996/January 1997, Page 2