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Wilson Riles, Jr.


Wilson Riles Jr.is an Oakland California activist and politician.

The People's Convention

On July 14-16 (probably 1984) The Coalition for a People's Convention "a broad grouping in the Bay Area", organized The People's Convention in order to "unite on and present a people's program to the DNC and to network the many local efforts to win people's power from around the country. Its purpose is to enhance local efforts and amplify them into a united voice and demonstration for reorienting our society away from military aggression and towards meeting the needs of all our people".

Endorsers from the San Francisco-Bay Area included Wilson Riles, Jr. Member, Oakland City Council, San Francisco-Bay Area Peace Council.[1]

FPP conference

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According to the Communist Workers Party newspaper Workers Viewpoint March 9 1983, page 3, more than 300 people gathered in Los Angeles to organize a large solidarity conference to coincide with the 1984 los Angeles Olympics.

Organized by Federation For Progress, participants included CISPES, Gray Panthers, ACLU, Alliance for Survival, National Lawyers Guild, NOW, National Resistance Coalition, and United Against Black Genocide.

The conference opened with presentations from Michio Kaku, Wilson Riles, Jr. of the Oakland City Council and Nancy Baker of San Diego Coalition of Labor Union Women. It ended with a powerful presentation at the First Unitarian Church where Phillip Zwerling an advisory board member of the Greensboro Justice Fund was Minister.

California State Assembymember Maxine Waters, Ramsey Clark, Michio Kaku and San Francisco Supervisor Harry Britt, "raised the political and spiritual challenges confronting the American people in the struggle for jobs, peace and equality."

Highlight of the conference was the discussion of plans for the 1984 Olympics. Participants were Carol Ono of Federation for Progress, Berkeley professor Harry Edwards, UCLA instructor Judy Chu and Mark Ridley-Thomas, president of the SCLC.

"SURVIVALFEST 84"

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SURVIVAL FEST 84 was held August 5 1984 in MacArthur Park.

"Come To Hear And Strategize With Those Changing The 1980's"

  • How can we support each other in electing progressive local candidates?
  • How can we make electoral work serve the grassroots movements for a freeze, for U.S. out of Central America and human needs?
  • How can we over turn the racist dual primary system in the South?
  • Is working inside and outside the Democratic Party a viable strategy and how can it be done?
  • How can we formulate demands to revitalize our basic industries without falling into the pitfall of the chauvinist anti-import solution -- letting U.S. finance capital off the hook?

This event was organized by the Communist Workers Party front, the Coalition for a People's Convention. The event was advertised in a half-page notice in the Marxist weekly Guardian, their Book Supplement - Summer 1984, p. 12, and the Communist Workers Party and Federation For Progress were listed as participants.

Speakers included Wilson Riles, Jr. - Oakland City Council.

"Friend of DSA"

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East Bay Democratic Socialists of America, named Wilson Riles, "friend of DSA, and other progressive movements", in the Democratic Socialist, January 1985.

Filipinos for Jackson

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Oakland City Councillor and Northern California Jackson campaign chairman, Wilson Riles, Jr., Leni Marin, chairman of Filipinos for Jackson, Luisa Blue (MC), SEIU), and Amos Baker GOTV 38th District (San Francisco) all addressed a meeting at Dimisalang Hall San Francisco, April 29, 1984 to build support among Filipinos for the Jesse Jackson campaign.

DSA support

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East Bay Democratic Socialists of America, endorsed and supported Wilson Riles, Jr., in his 1986 run for Mayor of Oakland.
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In 2002 East Bay Democratic Socialists of America supported Wilson Riles in his Oakland mayoral campaign and also supported a Just Cause Eviction municipal referendum. It also put together a forum that included progressive Democrats and Green Party gubernatorial candidate Peter Camejo.[2]

South Africa benefit

On January 17 1986, a benefit concert was held at Oakland's Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, for the National Emergency Fund of the South African Council of Churches.

Dinner Committee Members included Hon. Alan Cranston, Hon. Leo McCarthy, Hon. Barbara Boxer, Hon. Sala Burton, Hon. Ron Dellums (a DSA member), Hon. Don Edwards, Hon. Tom Lantos Hon. George Miller, Jr. Hon. Norman Mineta, Hon. Pete Stark, Hon. Willie Brown, plus Democratic Socialists of America members Julian Bond, Nancy Skinner, Harry Britt, John Henning, Adam Hochschild, Frances Moore Lappe, Stanley Sheinbaum, Communist Party USA affiliates Wilson Riles, Jr., Maudelle Shirek, Al Lannon, and Irving Sarnoff, and radical socialists Julianne Malveaux, Drummond Pike, John George, Peter Yarrow and actor/activist Sidney Poitier.[3]

1987 Rainbow conference/Board

At the 1987 National Rainbow convention in Raleigh North Carolina, a new board was elected, which included Wilson Riles, Jr..

Progressive Alliance of Alameda County

The Progressive Alliance of Alameda County held its founding conference June 1 and 2,1996, Federal Building Auditorium, Oakland California.

Individuals came from the New Party, Peace and Freedom Party, Green Party and the left wing of the Democratic Party.

Supporting individuals included;[4]

People's Weekly World Banquet 1997

Elected officials attending the the 1997 Bay area People's Weekly World banquet, at His Lordships, Berkeley Marina, included State Senator Barbara Lee Assemblywoman Liz Figueroa, Alemada County Board of Supervisors president Keith Carson and Berkeley vice mayor and City Council member Maudelle Shirek..

Honored were Brian McWilliams, Santa Cruz County Central Labor Council, Amy Dean, South Bay Labor Council, Wilson Riles, Jr. regional director AFSC and Art Rodriguez of the National Labor Community Coalition for Public Works Jobs.[5]

Endorsed Communist Party fund raiser

Peoples Weekly World, September 11, 1999

In September 1999, Wilson Riles, regional director AFSC, co-sponsored a Communist Party USA fund raising event in Berkeley. Rep. Lynn Woolsey co-sponsored the same event. [6]

War Times

In January 2002, a group of San Francisco leftists, mainly involved with STORM or Committees of Correspondence, founded a national anti-Iraq War newspaper War Times.[7]

Endorsers of the project included Wilson Riles, former city councilperson and progressive Oakland mayoral candidate.

Not In Our Name

In August 2004 Wilson Riles endorsed an anti “Bush Team” Protest at the Republican National Convention in New York, organized by Not In Our Name, an organization closely associated with the Revolutionary Communist Party.[8]

WAR AND PEACE ... Connecting the dots

PANEL: Wilson Riles, Jr., Jackie Cabasso, Aimee Allison, Andrew Lichterman. Think through the excuses this country uses to go to war and the role of the peace movement. Using a social, economic and political lens, we will dialogue around what strategies are needed to increase the effectiveness of the peace movement in ending war abroad and its damaging impacts at home. 1433 Webster St March 16, 2006.[9]

DataCenter Donor

In 2007 Wilson Riles and Patricia St. Onge were listed on the DataCenter's annual report as donors to the organization. The Oakland, California based DataCenter is widely regarded as the intelligence wing of the United States Left and has close ties to Cuba.[10]

Bay Area New Priorities Campaign

Initiating signers, Bay Area New Priorities Campaign were;

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