Zenobia Thompson

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Zenobia Thompson


Zenobia Thompson is a Missouri activist. Thompson, a retired nurse, serves as a board member of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and participates with Jobs with Justice, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and the Organization for Black Struggle. She is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Award for leading the struggle to save Homer G. Phillips Hospital, and serves on the National Committee of the Communist Party USA.[1]

Thompson also served as the co-chair of the St. Louis Free Angela Davis Committee. She is a veteran of dozen of electoral campaigns focused on electing African American trade unionists to local and state-wide office.[2]

“Judas and the Black Messiah”

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“Judas and the Black Messiah”: A conversation. Webinar April 11 @ 7:00 Pm - 8:30 Pm.

Are you ready for the revolution? Find out by a joining us for a conversation on the lessons of the Black Panther Party for today.

We’ll be talking with Frank Chapman, Executive Director of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression; Bea Lumpkin, long-time union and CP activist (Bea knew the Hampton family); Craig Gauthier, former Panther in the New Haven chapter and retired union member; Jafari Barrow, VA YCL coordinator; and Rossana Cambron, CPUSA co-chair.[3]

Eric Brooks and Zenobia Thompson also participated.

Hosted by the CPUSA African American Equality Commission.

African American Equality Commission

CPUSA reforms the African American Equality Commission

Conveners Joe Sims, Zenobia Thompson, Eric Brooks

March 30, 2021

With reformation of the African American Equality Commission, CPUSA signals renewed focus on the Black community and anti-racist struggles

At the request of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), and building on the February 28, 2021, online event, “We’re Not Going Back! 2021 annual celebration of African-American culture and struggle,” on March 4, 2021, a convening committee was created to help reorganize the African American Equality Commission, CPUSA (AAEC).

The AAEC will support the CPUSA National Committee, clubs, and members in maintaining a focus on outreach and recruitment in the Black community, help the CPUSA strengthen the theoretical framework for a Marxist/Leninist understanding of the current struggles of the Black community in the USA, and spotlight struggles to improve Black living conditions.

The AAEC will encourage a party-wide dialog on the importance of infusing anti-racism and anti-misogyny issues into every struggle in which we participate, maintaining a special emphasis on the struggles of Black women.

On March 9, 2021, the first African American Equality Commission online meeting took place, in which a vital discussion ensued, committing to produce a report to the next NC meeting on the reformation of the AAEC, and to meet regularly going forward. The next AAEC meeting is scheduled for April 6, 2021.

The AAEC stands in solidarity with all people of color and workers globally fighting to meet their needs for food, housing, education, jobs, unionization and worker power, cultural activity, healthcare, and a healthy environment, and to end racist and misogynist violence. We stand against the destruction wrought by the capitalist exploitation of humanity and of the environment.

The AAEC is composed of members of the Communist Party USA focused on and supportive of the struggles of Black people in the United States against racist and political repression and violence, economic and physical. Its leadership includes many Black folks who are both long-term and newer members of the Communist Party USA, and friends. [4]

Friends of the Peoples Weekly World

The Communist Party USA's Peoples Weekly World 1997 May Day Supplement listed several St. Louis Friends of the Peoples Weekly World. they were Lew Moye, Melanie Shouse, Jay Ozier, Zenobia Thompson, E. E. W. Clay, Luther Mitchell, Susan Davis, Jim Wilkerson, John Pappademos, Nafisa Kabir, William (Red) Davis.

PWW forum

The second annual “Working Class Media and Democracy” forum Oct. 21 2005 in St. Louis , was sponsored by the Missouri-Kansas People’s Weekly World bureau, featured a panel of print and radio personalities, including Lizz Brown, WGNU radio, Johnson Lancaster, Belleville News-Democrat, and Joel Wendland, Political Affairs magazine. The event was moderated by state Rep. Jeanette Mott Oxford.

In welcoming remarks, Zenobia Thompson, PWW bureau chair, said, “Media and democracy are inseparable. We can not have a true democracy without a democratic media, a media that reflects our interests as a class.” [5]

Communist Party USA

In September 2006 the Peoples Weekly World listed several members or supporters of the Missouri/Kansas Communist Party USA.[6]

Colan Holmes, Garon Foxx, Glenn Burleigh, Jim Wilkerson, Jocelyn Cochran-Biggs, Joey Mooney, John Pappademos, Julie Terbrock, Katrina Molnar, Kaveh Razani, Margarida Jorge, Mary Barbur , Nafisa Kabir, Phil Webb, Quincy Boyd, Russ Ford, Steve Johnson, Tony Pecinovsky, Yvette Harris, Zenobia Thompson.

With Missouri comrades

Tony Pecinovsky November 26, 2008:

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Here is a Photo of me, (from left) Jim Wilkerson, Joan Suarez, Nafisa Kabir, David Bacon, Zenobia Thompson and Quincy Boyd at the MO/KS PWW 2007 'Working Class Media & Demo9cracy' forum.

CPUSA Missouri/Kansas District Executive Board

People's Weekly World, April 28 2007, page 4

In 2007, members of the Communist Party's Missouri/Kansas District Executive Board were;

Communist Party Herschel Walker award event

Clem Smith, Don Giljum, Zenobia Thompson

The Missouri Communist Party USA's Friends of the People’s World hosted their 18th annual ‘Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Awards Breakfast’ Saturday, May 8, 2010, at the CWA Local 6300 Union Hall, 2258 Grissom Drive (in the Westport area), St. Louis.

Newspaper Guild International President Bernie Lunzer was the main speaker for the event.

The honorees were:

The awards honor the memory of late Communist Party USA member Hershel Walker, a Missouri labor and civil rights activist, who died in 1990 at the age of 81. Walker’s life – which spanned 60 years of activism – ended tragically when hit by a car on his way to deliver petitions to save 4,000 jobs at the Chrysler Plant.[8]

Known attendees included Communist Party USA affiliates, Tony Pecinovsky, Jim Wilkerson, Zenobia Thompson, Lew Moye, Glenn Burleigh, Julie Terbrock, John Bowman, Joe Thomas, Jeanette Mott Oxford, Democratic Socialists of America member Joan Suarez, plus Mahrya Monson, Don Giljum, Jessica Pace, Jason Kennedy, Jennifer Rafanan, Solveig Paulson, Dr. Greg Miday, Roosevelt Stewart, Michael Vossler, Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Richard Von Glahn, Shannon Duffy and State Rep. James Morris. [9]

St. Louis Workers’ Education Society

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Zenobia Thompson, Niles Zee, Phil Webb, Tabetha Harrison, Holly Roe working in St. Louis Workers’ Education Society building September 2014.

Cuba delegation

From left, Alberto Prieto, (CPC International Relations Department), Zenobia Thompson, Camila Valenzuela, Fernando Gonzalez, Kenia Puig (ICAP president), Josh Leclair, John Bachtell

A delegation from the Communist Party USA visited Cuba. On Feb. 27 2015, the delegation we stopped by the the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples to discuss building friendship, cooperation and people to people exchanges in light of the Dec. 17 announcement to reestablish diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

Among those who warmly greeted the delegates were Fernando Gonzalez, one of the Cuban 5 who was imprisoned in the U.S. in 1998 as part of a mission to monitor right-wing Cuban terrorist activities in Miami being directed against Cuba.

We found Gonzalez warm, gracious and eager to speak about exploring ways to build friendship with the U.S. people. He also shared stories about his time in U.S. prisons, the people he met and the extraordinary solidarity he and the Cuban 5 received over the years.
"The most important thing to say, to express on my behalf, my family and relatives, is my deep gratitude to the CPUSA because of the years of participation in the struggle, the solidarity you accorded us during the time we were in prison and for our liberation.
"You were side by side with us. Even when things look dark, there's always a bright side. No one wants that experience (of imprisonment). It gave us the chance to experience the best of the U.S. people and those we worked with for many years, side by side in that fight."
"Your participation during the campaign for our release, the information you shared, your ideological guidance and understanding of the reality in Cuba and social conflict in the U.S., what is really happening - that is why we are so appreciative.
"During the second round of negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba we haven't made any concessions. And with the return of all the Cuban Five it was a great victory for the Cuban people and all friends in the U.S. who have participated in struggle and for friendship between our countries.
"The struggle for the freedom of the Cuban 5 occupied a big part of the solidarity campaign. But now we hope people will continue to mobilize in the new context, of the process toward normalization of relations. The reality is the economic blockade still exists and the U.S. government still plans to subvert the revolutionary process here. President Obama said the goal is right, but the U.S. needs to change how it achieves the goal. It's important for people to be clear about what is happening.

"Keep the solidarity movement going in the fight to lift the blockade. Please extend our deepest gratitude to all."[10]

National committee

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NARAL fundraiser

"Grrls to the Front! A Workers' Education Society Benefit 4 NARAL" This was our most phenomenal event to date! Hearing from incredible community leaders like Alison Dreith (NARAL), Cori Bush (Ferguson Frontline), Zenobia Thompson (WES), and others, we learned tremendously with one another. All of the musical acts were woman/femme fronted, like Bates (FemCee Nation), Duck Brown, and Cara Louise. Together we built solidarity, reenergized for the struggle, and raised money. Thank you to all who attended!

References

  1. PW “Let us breathe and grow”: 41st African American History celebrations, by: Joelle Fishman February 18 2015
  2. Workers Education Society, Officers
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  5. PWW, PWW forum spotlights media and democracy Special to the World, November 4 2005
  6. We salute the labor movement!, People's World, September 1, 2006
  7. [People's Weekly World, April 28 2007, page 4]
  8. [ http://www.stlouisguild.org/headlines/?p=880St. Louis Newspaper Guild, Guild I.P. Bernie Lunzer to speak Saturday morning at CWA Local 6300, May 5th, 2010]
  9. [Martin Rafanan Flickr photostream, accessed Jan. 8, 2010]
  10. [ http://peoplesworld.org/former-cuban-five-prisoner-seeks-friendship-with-u-s/PW, Former Cuban Five prisoner seeks friendship with U.S. by: John Bachtell March 13 2015]