Communist Party of Maryland

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The Communist Party of Maryland is affiliated with the Communist Party USA.

May Day Cinco de Mayo Greetings

1996

The following May Day greeting was included in the Special May Day 1996 Supplement of the People's Weekly World.[1]

"In memory of Joseph P. Henderson, Steelworker, active trade unionist, Communist leader, 1912-1995. Joe brought joy and happiness to all of us. He gave us confidence that the people, united, will win. We strive to live as he lived, in the struggle for jobs, equality, peace and a Socialist USA. He was a star to steer by."

Henderson was one of the top leaders of the Maryland CPUSA, especially during the heydays of Joseph Stalin and Nikita Kruschchev

This list is dominated by the names of members of the Baltimore CP Maryland CP, though there are other regional and national CPUSA leaders also included in the list.

The following put their names to the greeting (the list is dominated by the names of members of the Baltimore CPUSA and Maryland CPUSA):

Many of these Maryland/Baltimore names will show up in other "Greetings" including the "Special May Day 1998 Supplement of the People's Weekly World" - i.e. Green, Gilbert, Schmerler, Silverberg, Meyers) and at the Footnote 3 link below to the PWW, July 27, 2007 article - "We Salute Joyce Wheeler" and names list.

1997

The following May Day greeting was included in the Special May Day 1997 Supplement of the People's Weekly World.[4]

"We honor George A. Meyers, native son of the Maryland working class, who first felt the "fresh winds" in the ranks of organized labor. He helped make that wind blow strong. With pride from his many friends, neighbours, and comrades."

Signatories were:

1999

The following May Day greeting was included in the Special May Day 1999 Supplement of the People's Weekly World.[5]

"May Day Greetings to George A. Myers. Your friends, neighbours and comrades in Maryland and across the country are proud of your lifelong leadership in the struggle for the rights of the working class and for a Socialist USA. You have always had your finger on the pulse and a song in your heart. "

The following put their names to the greeting:

Dedication to Joseph P. Henderson

In the Labor Day supplement People's Weekly World, September 4, 1999 a dedication was placed for Joseph Henderson.

Dedication to Howard Silverberg

In the June 28, 2003, Page 16 of People's Weekly World a dedication was placed to Howard Silverberg. "We mourn the passing of our beloved Howard Silverberg. We celebrate his lifelong struggle for equality and against racism, for union rights, jobs and health care, world peace and socialism. We pledge ourselves to continue his fight".

Marylanders Identified as Affiliated with the CP of Maryland or Its Members

In the July 14, 2003 People's Weekly World (PWW) article about the life history and death of Howard B. Silverberg, several names appeared of people who knew him and in some cases, worked with him in various groups. Not all of them have been identified as members of the CP of Maryland, and some may not be members but only acquaintances worthy of note.

Maryland CP memorial

The PWW May 1, 2004 remembered several late members of the Maryland Communist Party.

Miscellaneous Identifications of People in the CPUSA and/or Its' Youth Arms

This section is a collection of miscellaneous sources/identifications of people who were members of the CPUSA and/or its' various youth arms over time. The sources will be posted with the individual's name rather than as a footnote in order to save space.

From The Administrator's Desk section of the "Daily World"

  • H. B. - Baltimore, $10 donor to the Daily World (DW) fund drive, DW, July 24, 1971, "From the Administrator's Desk" (FAD)list of nationwide donors. ([[Harold Buchman, an identified CPUSA member and attorney, lived in Baltimore at this time. He was convicted of advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government in the 1950 and served a jail term. He was disbarred from practicing law but many years later fought for reinstatement as a lawyer. A court turned him down.
  • R. L. - Baltimore, $5.00, DW, Nov. 17, 1971, FAD
  • William D - Maryland-DC donors, $10, DW, FAD, Sept. 6, 1974
  • S. Bencich - $50, FAD ""
  • Roger - $5, FAD ""
  • L. G. - Adelphi, Md, DW 5/26/71, P. 11
  • F. H. - Baltimore, $5.00, DW, 5/23/73
  • S.E., George Murphy and J. Green, donors, DW, 12/30/72 - "Greetings to Contributors', "Maryland-DC" (party)


  • S.E. - $25 = id. CP member Sidney Efross - Contributions Acknowledged, DW, April 20, 1973, P. 11 (4 donations totaling $260.00)

From the DW article "Afro-American delegation honors Robeson USSR", July 25, 1973, dateline Washington, D.C. , ".. an Afro-American friendship delegation will visit the Soviet Union August 1-15 (1973) to pay tribute to the strong bonds of friendship between Afro-Americans and the Soviet people fashioned over many years by the world renowned artist and freedom-fighter Paul Robeson and his late wife, Eslanda Robeson, noted writer and anthropologist."

"The delegation, led by George B. Murphy, Jr. of Washington D.C., a friend and colleague of Robeson for many years and a semi-retired staff member of the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper chain, includes,



  • Joe Valeriano - Baltimore, Letter to the Editor, DW, March 31, 1972, "What's A Fiver Worth?"
  • Carl Gentile - "a Baltimore YWLL member", DW, Oct. 19/20/1972, "The hospital campaign - In Baltimore"
  • Simon Jeffries - "Black Baltimore YWLL chairman", DW, 10/19/72, same article
  • Robert W. Lee - "manager of the "Progressive" New Era Bookshop New Era Bookshop, and a life-long Marxist leader, died Sunday at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Washington, D.C. He was 57". Daily World, Dec. 20/21/1971 - "Robert Lee dies at 57; fought Baltimore Klan". "He was a member of the District Board of the Communist Party of Maryland -D.C." at the time of his death.
  • Sirkka Lee Sirka Lee - wife of CPUSA member Robert W. Lee, DW, 12/20/71. Had a Letter to the Editor in the DW of Jan. 11, 1972, spelled Sirka Lee
  • Harry R. Lee and Mrs. Harry R. Lee - parents of Robert Lee, DW 12/20/71
  • Jack Lee - brother of Harry Lee. DW, 12/20/71

References

  1. Special May Day 1966 Supplement of the People's Weekly World, P. B.
  2. People's Weekly World, July 14, 2003, "Howard B. Silverberg: Fighter for peace and equality", Page 16
  3. People's Weekly World, July 14, 2003, "Howard B. Silverberg: Fighter for peace and equality", Page 16
  4. Special May Day 1997 Supplement of the People's Weekly World, Section G
  5. Special May Day 1999 Supplement of the People's Weekly World, P. B.