Virginia Brodine

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Virginia Brodine was the wife of Russell Brodine and the mother of Marc Brodine. She died in 2000. According to a major article on her in the People's Weekly World, Sept. 4, 1999, pp. 10-11, she "graduated from high school in Chehalis, Wash. and enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. It was the depth of the Great Depression and she was forced to drop out and find work. She was drawn to the Communist Party USA and remains a steadfast member to this day."[1].

Hollywood communist

In the 1940s, Virginia Brodine was Hollywood columnist for the Communist Party USA's West Coast paper Daily People's World. "She found her first writing job in the Los Angeles bureau of the San Francisco-based People's World, which later merged with the People's Weekly World. She met and married Russell Brodine, a bass fiddler." (PWW, 9/04/99 op cit)

St. Louis

They moved to St. Louis when Russell was "blacklisted" and found a job with the St. Louis Symphony which lasted 24 years.

"After leaving the ILGWU, she became deeply immersed in the struggle against nuclear weapons and the nuclear arms race. She was a founding member of the Committee for Nuclear Information and worked closely with the pioneer environmentalist, Dr. Barry Commoner. She became the editor of the group's mimeographed newsletter and helped build it into a respected monthly magazine, "Environment". (PWW, op cit)

KW: Barry Commoner was a leftist scientist who became the Vice-Presidential candidate of the openly marxist Peoples' Party in the late 1970s, with its presidential candidate being Dr. Benjamin Spock.

Move to Washington State

Russell Brodine and his wife Virginia Brodine moved from St. Louis to Roslyn, Washington in the late 1970s. They participated in many peace, environmental and local struggles in Roslyn and Kittitas County.[2]

Endorsing Communist Party call

The Communist Party USA paper People's Weekly World issued a statement to mark Labor Day 1995, entitled "We honor the dead and fight like hell for the living."

Of the more than 100 endorsers listed, almost all were identified members of the Communist Party USA.

Virginia and Russell Brodine, Roslyn, Washington State, were on the list.[3]


  1. "Seed of the Fire" chronicles Ohio canal builders' story", Tim Wheeler, PWW, 9/04/99, p. 10
  2. Peoples World, Lifelong activist celebrates 90, by: Evelina Alarcon & John Pappademos, October 10 2002
  3. People's Weekly World Sep 2 1995 p 14