Sandy Pollack

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Template:TOCnestleft Alexandra (Sandy) Pollack

First Venceremos Brigade

In 1969 Alexandra Pollack age 23 from New York, was a member of the first Venceremos Brigade to Cuba.[1]

US Peace Council

Sandy Pollack, a top Communist Party USA official, became the U.S. Peace Council's "international solidarity coordinator."[2]

World Peace Council

In the late 1970s, the Information Centre of the Soviet front World Peace Council, Helsinki Finland, published a booklet naming members of the organization, worldwide.[3]

We publish in this booklet a list of members of the World Peace Council elected at the Council's Session in Warsaw in 1977.

U.S. members listed, included; Sandy Pollack , Coordinator, Solidarity Section, U.S. Peace Council.

Meeting Handal

In 1980, the Salvadoran Communists, engaged in a guerilla war with their government, sent an agent to the United States, Shafik Handal, brother of the Party chairman, Farid Handal. His mission was to organize a nationwide front group to support the guerillas.

After meeting with the Cuban Communist UN Mission and the Communist Party USA "Solidarity Coordinator," Sandy Pollack, in New York, Handal went to Washington. There he was put in touch with Ron Dellums, who provided him with office space and it was arranged for him to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus.

Handal and his American collaborators then organized the Committee in Solidarity with the People of EI Salvador, or CISPES, which grew to branches in 300 cities and universities across the country. CISPES consistently supported the Salvadoran Communists, agitating against aid to the hard-pressed democratically elected government, and joining in demonstrations against aid to the anti-communist forces in Nicaragua.

Tribute Book: "Sandy Pollack - Her Life"

In 1985, the CPUSA-created and dominated US Peace Council published a book as a tribute to one of its key members and international communist operative Sandy Pollack, who was killed in a plane crash on January 19, 1985. The book's dedication was as follows:

"This book is dedicated to the families of the other 39 sisters and brothers in struggle - Cuban,Nicaraguan and other Latin American patriots - who lost their lives with Sandy on January 19, 1985, when their Havana-Managua flight crashed after takeoff. We share your pain, and your pride."

As described in the "Introduction" section, the following people helped to create this book.

"This book is a collective effort. The committee which put it together included:

  • - "We received valuable technical assistance from Maggie Block and Wendy Fisher. The book was made possible by the contributions - in words and dollars - of so many others, too numerous to list but by no means to numerous to thank. We are forever grateful to all of them."

Of the above, Borenstein was a member of the Venceremos Brigade (CITATION) and the CP's Young Workers Liberation League {CITATION}. Cannon, Sandy Pollack's husband, was an open member of the CPUSA was was Demmings and Michael Myerson. It can safely be assumed that Laura Myerson is the latter's wife. Robert Cohen has a long record of supporting communist causes both here and abroad, especially in Guatemala and Nicaragua. {{CITATION of Cohen as a registered agent of Nicaragua}. Lynch and Cohen have long records of association with CPUSA and other marxists fronts and causes. The same for both of the Pollacks.

[We have to be careful of the name "Robert Cohen" because it is a common one. So far the person of concern here is a "Robert Cohen" and it is not known if he is the same person as "Robert S. Cohen" whose record is being developed on his page at KW. Other "Robert Cohens" have appeared in many communist front lists as sponsors, participants, etc. They will be identified as much as possible to avoid attributing the activities of the wrong one to specific events].

In this "tribute" book, on page 27, there is a poem "For Sandy" by Robert Cohen who is identified at the bottom of it as "the United Nations correspondent for the Nicaraguan News Agency. There is a good chance that this Cohen is not the Robert S. Cohen who has a page at KW.

Many people contributed items to this book and they are listed as they appear in order, by page.


  • Cecelia Pollack - written in typical marxist language
  • H.E. Oscar Oramas - is Cuban Ambassador to the United Nations (i.e. 1985)
  • Robert Cohen - is the United Nations correspondent for the Nicaraguan News Agency (NNA)
  • Kathy Engel - is executive director of MADRE, a women's front for the marxist FLMN in El Salvador. Engel was one of the top lobbyists for the FLMN in the U.S. and participated in other related fronts for communist guerrilla groups and the Sandinista government in Nicaragua
  • David McReynolds - is on the staff of War Resisters League (WRL). He was a leading pro-VC supporter in the Hanoi Lobby and in the marxist-wing of the old Socialist Party (SP), as well as a key leader in the Anti-Defense Lobby.
  • Fernando Garcia - is a diplomat of the Cuban Mission to the United Nations (and quite possibly a DGI agent).
  • Luis F. Cativo - is a Salvadorean exile in the United States. (His poem is explicitly pro-communist).
  • Mimi - is a New York-based broadcast journalist. (Again, openly pro-communist language).
  • Charles Frederick - is a writer, theater artist and cultural organizer. (Another pro-communist poem).
  • Ana Cohen- is a New York high school student
  • Gail Reed - is a journalist living in Havana. A member of numerous pro-Cuba communist fronts in the U.S., she was married to Cuba DGI intelligence agent Julio Rizo, the Cuban ambassador to Grenada when it was liberated by U.S. forces. Both were captured but since he had diplomatic immunity, they were allowed to return to Cuba. Rizo was a key DGI agent involved in the operations of the Venceremos Brigade (if not in its creation). See the HISC "Theory and Practice" volume on the VB for details of his operations.
  • Mark Solomon - a long piece about Pollack. Solomon is a veteran supporter of CPUSA fronts and causes. He was listed in the WPC "List of Members (i.e.delegates) book (197-80) as "Professor of History, Simons college, Massachusetts", was a sponsor of the founding of the U.S. Peace Council, among other CP fronts.

List of International Tribute Writers:

US Messages:

[The name Suzanne Ross will appear with a variation spelling of Susan Ross in many other communist and pro-communist fronts and causes. All the evidence points to them being the same person]

In Memory Notice for Sandy Pollack

In the Febg. 27, 1985 edition of the Daily World, Page 11, the following notice appeared:

"In loving memory of our comrade Sandy Pollack"

"The unforgotten fighter for peace, human justice, and socialism. We express sympathy to her parents, Cecilia and Harry.

Juxtaposted to this notice was another one, from the Venceremos Brigade announcing an invitation for people to apply to the XVI Contingent for the Spring, 1985.



  1. THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF COMMUNISM IN 1972 (Venceremos Brigade) PART 2, hearings before the Committee on Internal Security 92nd Congress oct 16-19, 1972 pages 8132-8135
  2. Communists in the Democratic party, page 66
  3. WORLD PEACE COUNCIL LIST OF MEMBERS 1977-1980, Information Centre of the World Peace Council Lönnrotinkatu 25 A 5 krs 00180 Helsinki 18 Finland
  4. S. Steven Powell, Covert Cadre: Inside the Institute for Policy Studies, Green Hill, 1987; "Second Front: Advancing Latin American Revolution in Washington", S. Steven Powell, Studies in Organization Trends #1, Capital Research Center, 1986; "The Revolution Lobby", Council for Inter-American Security, 1986?, Wash. D.C.{CITATION in FULL} and another CIS publication
  5. Congressional Record, March 16, 1970, Pages S 3758 - S 3762, "The Venceremos Brigade - Agrarians or Anarchists?", Sen. Eastland, reprinted in HISC, "Theory and Practice",Part 2, The Venceremos Brigade, hearings, Oct. 16, 18 & 19, 1972, pp. 8132-8133
  6. Personal communication from meeting participant/journalist Max Friedman, 5/16/11
  7. Human Events article, about April 1974; Washington Star editorial of the same time; possibly a piece by columnist Virginia Prewett at the same time{CITATIONS}