Federation For Progress

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Federation For Progress was a front for the Communist Workers Party.

History

The Federation For Progress self-described what it was in an undated brochure/leaflet that came out in either late 1983 or early 1984, as is quoted in its entirety below. However, the FFP was just another attempt to create a new Marxist united front organization, much like similar efforts of the The People's Alliance and the National Committee for Independent Political Action.

"We've been fighting our own separate battles as our very survival is at stake in the 80's. It's time for greater unity. Formed in August, 1982, the Federation For Progress has brought people together of all races and from all movements, working for a brighter future. The linking of movements and a multi-issue focus are this decade's organizing agenda. The August 27th March on Washington for Jobs, Peace and Freedom was an historic confirmation of that. Our goal is to help create a people's movement for progress and a program that, together with your efforts and organization, we can actually implement."

"We are a democratic membership organization whose talents range across generations, nationalities, and geography. We stand on the frontlines for human rights and oppose U.S. militarization and intervention. The Federation For Progress is a farsighted leadership organization. Our members come from the movement streams of Equality, Peace, Freedom, and Justice. Tomorrow, these thousands of grassroots streams will become a mighty river in the struggle for human liberation. Be a part of making history today. Build the Federation For Progress."

"Our time is now. We the people speak as one. We need your voice. We want your hands. Now! Help us to create, to organize. Through our movement today, we insure our future. Together we will forge a powerful united group able to resist today's atrocities --boat people and homeless; soup lines and unemployed persons; unwelcome immigrants; frozen corpses of senior citizens; glazed, alienated, stone young people; evictions; layoffs; foreclosures; nuclear build-up; 007; El Salvador; Beirut; Grenada; Apartheid; young marine corpses returned home dead. Brothers and sisters, there is no separation by gender, race, ethnicity or class. There is no distance between these issues. There is a common cause, a common source. The voices of our elders cry out to us. Our children's eyes plead to us. Our pained frightened hearts speak to us. We have the courage, the committment to move forward. The Federation demands there be a future. Join us to shape it.!"

Frances Hubbard, National President

[NB: typos are from the original text of this message]

The address of the FFP was: 225 Park Avenue, So., Room 746 New York, New York, 10003 (212) 228-8011

Among the FFP's stated accomplishments were the following from the front page, reproduced en toto, here:

"Join the Movement for Jobs, Peace & Equality"

"Join The Movement That":

Front for Communist Workers Party

The Expert Red, February 1985, page 32

The Federation For Progress, appears to have been an organ of the Communist Workers Party. Meg Anderson, A CWP member from Indiana wrote a letter to The Expert Red, February 1985, which dealt with the practicalities of the Party's new Gramsci inspired program of infiltrating civil society. References to FFP, showed how important its role was to the party.

The main thing being understood about Gramsci's ideas is that we have to be able to take part in life as other people do, thus moving ourselves beyond a limited world of our own making to the world that exists. The question still remains about what party visibility will mean...For example in the church there are progressive organizations whose program is even higher than our transitional demands in some ways. What shall I propose to their members? That they all joint he Party? Or should I ask the key movers to join, and we meet secretly to act in director's role? It seems to be be the same role as FFP would play. Does that mean we virtually turn the FFP into the party, or vice a versa?

Organizing Committee for Federation for Progress

A leaflet was obtained on March 27, 1982 in Washington, DC which was entitled "A National Call to Form a Coalition Opposed to the Reagan Administration" - For Jobs or Income, Peace, and Equality.

TEXT TO FOLLOW:

Signers of the "Call" were:

"Yes, I would like to support the Organizing Committee for Federation For Progress (FFP). Asks for mailing information.

In These Times ad for a National Conference July 30-August 1, 1982 of the FFP

The FFP put a half-page ad in the "socialist" oriented weekly newspaper, In These Times in the July 14-27, 1982 issue, p. 8, entitled: "A natural follow-up to June 12: A national conference July 30-August 1 at Columbia Un., in New York City".

It was a follow-up conference to the major "anti-defense lobby" march and protest in New York on June relating to the U.N. Second Special Session on Disarmament.

Scheduled speakers at Columbia University included:

Interim Executive Committee (FFP):

Partial List of Endorsers:

Lens and his communist affiliations were also described in "The New Mobe Staff Study", HISC, 1970[2]

(see Keywiki sites for each of these for congressional and FBI/CIA citations, as well as Mitchell's involvement)

Eventually he was abandoned by many members of his own group, the pro-communist Christic Institute because of he weird behavior and unpredictability). The Institute collapsed after Singlaub and others won court costs from it for filing a frivilous lawsuit against him on charges that he was illegally supporting the "Contras".

Officials

Circa 1984, Dan Siegel, a co-leader of the Communist Workers Party served on the Executive Committee, Federation For Progress.[4]

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.

Planning conference

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July 9, 1983 Federation For Progress held a planning conference in Los Angeles to prepare for the Olympic Games. Keynote speaker was Bob Swan, founder of Athletes United for Peace.

Also speaking were Rev. Dan Romero, Associate Minister of the United Church of Christ, Morris Knight, Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, and Judy Chu, who gave a rundown of what had happened before the conference. Dr. Chu "spoke of US chauvinism and how the press just apes that line"

There was a reassessment of the original goal of 5000,000 people. 100,000 was deemed more realistic. Dr. Chu also summarized the logistics of the planned day.

Later panelists included Dr. Sherry Luck of the Harriet Tubman Clinic and United Against Black Genocide, and Cheryl Rhoden from SEIU local 660.[5]

Student anti-fees protest

April 12, 1983 400 students gathered in Los Angeles to protest tuition hikes.

The protest was organised by the UCLA chapter of Federation For Progress and Californians Acting for Sound Education.

MCs were Marshall Wong from UCLA Federation For Progress , and Frank Cardenas from East LA College Californians Acting for Sound Education.

Other speakers included Rudy Acuna, Cal State Northridge, Marguerite Archie, Community College Board of Trustees, Judy Chu, of UCLA, and Larry Frank from Jobs With Peace.[6]

Letter to Samaranch

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The '84 Mobilization for Peace and Justice, penned a July 25, 194 letter to Dr. Juan Antonio Samaranch and Members of the International Olympic Committee, Olympic Headquarters Biltmore Hotel 515 S. Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90013

We wish to express our outrage at the statements made by members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in support of the Racist Apartheid Regime of South Africa, which is seeking to regain membership of the IOC. Morever we think that appropriate measures should be taken to hasten Mr. Roby's planned retirement and to replace Mr. Roosevelt as members of the IOC.

Mike Young, '84 Mobilization for Peace and Justice, and Communist Workers Party, and Judy Chu, UCLA Asian American Studies, and Federation For Progress, signed the letter.

"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.

References

  1. Attorney General Tom Clark, Letters to Loyalty Review Board, released December 4, 1947, and September 21, 1948
  2. Subversive Involvement in the Origin, Leadership and Activities of the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam and Its Predecessor Organizations: Staff Study, House Committee on Internal Security, p. 1, et al, 1970
  3. Revolutionary Activities Within the United States: The American Indian Movement, Hearings, Senate Internal Security Subcommittee SISS, April 6, 1976, and associated "Report"
  4. The People's Convention introductory pamphlet
  5. [Workers Viewpoint August 4, 1983]
  6. [Workers Viewpoint, May 11, 1983]