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Gene Lantz


Gene Lantz is a Texas based activist. He is married to Elaine Lantz.

Union man

Gene Lantz has been a union man for most of his working career. He retired from Vought Corp. in 2002 after working there for 27 years. He is the chairman of the United Auto Workers Union Local 848 that represents the plant.

Prior to that he worked at Dresser where he joined his first union, the United Steelworkers of America. There he walked out during a strike in 1978 and joined his first picket line.

The union bug was instilled in Lantz by his father. Lantz was born in Oklahoma and his father worked in the oil fields in Texas and Oklahoma. Lantz first job was in the oil fields near Pampa.

“My Dad talked positively about the unions all the time. He went to work in Bakersfield for a short time and when he came back, he said, ‘They have unions there. It was wonderful.’ ”[1]

Socialist Workers Party

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In the 1970s Gene Lantz was a member of the Socialist Workers Party. he formed a group within the party called the Tendency for Party Growth, which eventually split from the SWP.

Within days after the SWP's 1981 convention, members of the Tendency for Party Growth—split from the party. This grouping had opposed the party's turn to industry on the grounds that it is based on an exaggerated view of the radicalization in the working class. They proposed as an alternative orienting toward radical petty-bourgeois layers, along the lines that supporters of Jack Lieberman had done at the 1979 convention. Their views were thoroughly aired in the preconvention discussion, and decisively repudiated by the convention. Their response was to quit the party immediately following the convention (as the Lieberman grouping had done two years before).

In splitting, the Tendency for Party Growth ascribed their lack of support in the party to the allegedly undemocratic internal life of the party. Gene Lantz, the leader of this grouping, stated in his letter of resignation:

[T]he SWP leadership has chosen to avoid discussion with its rank and file members about its major political orientation for the past 3 1/2 years. During this period many of the comrades most able to lead the rank and file against this erroneous course have left the SWP in a thin but steady trickle, while the most subservient and unquestioning have ascended into leadership.[2]

North Star Network

The North Star Network was led by Byron Ackerman, Peter Camejo, and Gene Lantz.[3]

Joined the Communist Party USA

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Gene Lantz joined the Communist Party USA in the early 2000s. Though he also may have been involved in the Party before he joined the Socialist Workers Party.

Communist Party USA

In September 2006 the Peoples Weekly World listed several members and supporters of the Texas Communist Party USA[4].

Andrea Greimel, Andy Sivak, Brad J, Celia Joanna Stanford, Elaine Lantz, Gene Lantz, Francisco Paco Cantu, Frank Valdez , Sheila Valdez, Hernando Martinez, Jaime Martinez, John Stanford, Paul Hill, Richard Pressman, Stewart Minor.

People's World article

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In 2006 Gene Lantz wrote an article for the Communist Party USA's People's World, entitled "Oklahoma dreams and nightmares, The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town".

Obama '08

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Gene Lantz supported the candidacy of Barack Obama in 2008.

Mother's Day for Joanna Stanford

2009 Mother's Day Greetings and Love to the multi-talented Joanna Stanford — now in hospice care — whose life has combined love of family with distribution of the People's Weekly World and predecessor papers, and with the struggle for a world of peace, justice, freedom, art, dance, dolls and handicrafts.

Signatories included Gene Lantz and Elaine Lantz.[5]

Jobs with Justice

In 2009 Gene Lantz was North Texas contact for Jobs with Justice.[6]

Lantz co-founded the Dallas-based branch in 1990. [7]

In 2011, the Texas delegation to the national Jobs with Justice conference included Gerardo Contreras, Jim Rivers, Brad Walker, and Gene Lantz. They made the trip to DC Aug 5-7 for the powerful education and inspiration offered.[8]

Meeting Congressmen

When 500 retirees convened in Washington DC, Setember 2011, for the Alliance for Retired Americans legislative conference, nine Texans were among them. Tony Padilla and Emmett Sheppard came from Central Texas; Melva White, Emma Stewart and Eunice Parrish came from Houston; and North Texas contributed Sarah Carothers, Bob Felzke, Mary Felzke, and Gene Lantz.

Seven of the Texans were able to participate in an afternoon of visiting Congresspeople on Capitol Hill on September 8th. Tony Padilla's vast experience in these visits was best utilized by letting him go on his own, but six others were led by Emmett Sheppard through several offices. They visited Congressman Jeb Hensarling, Congressman Kenny Marchant, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Congressman Lamar Smith, and Congressman Al Green. Mr Green, a longtime friend of Sheppard, "was especially hospitable".[9]

Supporting Eddie Bernice Johnson

At noon on November 13, 2009, activists from MoveOn, Organizing for America, Jobs with Justice, (including local leader Gene Lantz), and the Progressive Center of Texas poured into the offices of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. They were there to express their gratitude for her vote on the House version of national health care reform.[10]

They were greeted by District Director Rod Givens, who told them that, "it is folks like you who keep the Congresswoman propped up!"The group brought a giant "thank you" card that each of them had signed. They also brought bouquets of yellow roses. What might be more important in the long run was a stack of signed cards pledging future support for the Congresswoman. Many of them carried pledges to work several hours in her next campaign.[11]

2012 ARA southern convention

Texas had one of the largest delegations, after the gigantic Florida group, in Orlando for the Southern Regional Conference of the Alliance for Retired Americans in May 2012. They were Emmett Sheppard, Marty Alvarado, Carol Yontz, Gene Lantz, Linda Chavez-Thompson, Judy Bryant, Jim Rivers, Maggie Kramer, Ray Kramer.[12]

ARA conference

right Jim Rivers, Gene Lantz

In 2013 Jim Rivers and Gene Lantz attended the May Alliance for Retired Americans conference.[13]

TARA event

Unidentified (left), Eddie Bernice Johnson, Marc Veasey, Gene Lantz

Tony Padilla, Secretary for the Texas Alliance of Retired Americans in Dallas, Texas May 3, 2013, greeted guests at a Fiesta Dinner to Honor Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.

"Greetings and Good evening Brothers and Sisters, President Gene Lantz, Officers of Board of the TARA, Vice President Emeritus of the National AFL-CIO Linda Chavez Thompson, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Congressman Marc Veasey, Officers of the National Board of ARA, Members and Distinguished Guests.

Today is a very special night as we honor congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, and it is a historical night for seniors.

Congressman Marc Veasey, we also want to say thank you for the support you give to seniors and the Machinist union on issues before congress, and for your contribution to honoring Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson on this very special historical night.[14]

Progressive Center of Texas

Gene Lantz, is affiliated with the Progressive Center of Texas.[15]

Friend of Marc Veasey

Gene Lantz, Marc Veasey, Elaine Lantz, and Leah Witherspoon, Veasey Facebook page

Congressman Marc Veasey claims to be a friend of Texas Communist Party USA member Gene Lantz.

Gene Lantz, Elaine Lantz, and Leah Witherspoon visited Feb 20, 2013, at Congressman Marc Veasey's Dallas office, representing the Texas Alliance of Retired Americans.[16]

The Texas Alliance for Retired Americans continues its blistering trail of actions on behalf of retiree rights. This morning, February 20, we visited the new congressman of the new District 33, Marc Veasey. Leah Witherspoon, Elaine Lantz, and I thankedd the Congressman for his work so far. We checked to make sure that he will be listening to veteran Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. The two are close friends, and we were very pleased to receive his assurance that he values her positions on seniors' issues as much as we do.
The first topic was the "sequester" cuts that are supposed to hit the federal budget on March 1. Unlike most of his colleagues, this Freshman Congressman bears none of the blame for having put us in the situation of seeing dramatic cuts that might set out economy back just when we need more thrust forward. Congressman Veasey, like all of us, is worried that the cuts may actually happen this time. They were originally scheduled for January 1, but they "kicked the can down the road" to March 1. The actual agreement came about in Summer of 2011, but all those who negotiated it and voted for it then are denying it now.

We also talked about some of the more confusing legislation that is being presented. We told the Congressman that we are against means testing and extending the age to qualify for Medicare, even if President Obama hinted in his State of the Union Address that he might negotiate on them. We also explained the intricacies of the "Chained CPI" issue that is really just a cut in Social Security retirement benefits despite its bewildering explanation.
Congressman Veasey is terrific for seniors.
--Gene Lantz, President[17]

Endorsed Marc Veasey

Democratic Precinct Chair Elaine Lantz, and her husband Gene Lantz, both involved with the Communist Party USA, endorsed Marc Veasey in his 2012 run for Congress.[18]

Meeting Al Green

Gene Lantz, back left

When 500 retirees convened in Washington DC, Setember 2011, for the Alliance for Retired Americans legislative conference, nine Texans were among them. Tony Padilla and Emmett Sheppard came from Central Texas; Melva White, Emma Stewart and Eunice Parrish came from Houston; and North Texas contributed Sarah Carothers, Bob Felzke, Mary Felzke, and Communist Party USA member Gene Lantz.

Seven of the Texans were able to participate in an afternoon of visiting Congresspeople on Capitol Hill on September 8th. Tony Padilla's vast experience in these visits was best utilized by letting him go on his own, but six others were led by Emmett Sheppard through several offices. They visited Congressman Jeb Hensarling, Congressman Kenny Marchant, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Congressman Lamar Smith, and Congressman Al Green. Mr Green, a longtime friend of Sheppard, "was especially hospitable".[19]

Sued by Walmart

In July, 2013 Walmart, sued Gene Lantz, a retired Texas union activist, the United Food and Commercial Workers, OURWalmart, and Jobs with Justice for civil trespassing for crossing their parking lots.

Gene Lantz has been making videos of public officials supporting Walmart workers and posting on them YouTube. He believes this may be a key tactic in the long strategy to hold Walmart accountable.[20]

Wal-Mart wants the groups to be permanently restrained from trespassing on Wal-Mart property in Texas for unlawful activities. Since March, five similar lawsuits have been filed by Wal-Mart in other states. [21]

Texas Alliance

In 2014 Gene Lantz was President of the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans.[22]

Democratic Party convention

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In July 20014 Gene Lantz, President of the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, and his colleague Jim Rivers represented the Labor/Texas Alliance Caucus at the Texas Democratic Convention.[23]

Phonebanking for Terry Meza

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Gene Lantz Phonebanking for Terry Meza, October 2016.

References

  1. DallasNews Business, Gene Lantz tells what it’s like to be sued by the largest corporation in America By Maria Halkias mhalkias@dallasnews.com 11:47 am on June 19, 2013
  2. Revolutionary Principles and Working-Class Democracy | Main Document IndexII. Overview
  3. Revolutionary Principles and Working-Class Democracy | Main Document IndexII. Overview
  4. We salute the labor movement!, People's World, September 1, 2006
  5. [http://www.peoplesworld.org/mother-s-day-greetings-and-love-to-joanna-stanford/, PW, Mother's Day Greetings and Love to Joanna Stanford by: Friends May 1 2009]
  6. Jobs with Justice website: Local Coalitions (accesesed on Oct. 11, 2009)
  7. DallasNews Business, Gene Lantz tells what it’s like to be sued by the largest corporation in America By Maria Halkias mhalkias@dallasnews.com 11:47 am on June 19, 2013
  8. North Texans Attend Jobs with Justice Conference , North Texas JwJ website
  9. TARA, Texas Retirees Attend National Legislative Conference
  10. to Congresswoman Johnson for Health Care Reform Vote, Created on November 13, 2009
  11. Activists Say "Thanks" for Health Care Reform, by Jim Lane
  12. TARA, Texans Help with Southern Regional Conference of ARA
  13. Flickr, Taken on May 8, 2012
  14. IAM website, Retiree Tony Padilla and others Honors Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Mon. May 06, 2013
  15. Progressive Center of Texas board, accessed May 14, 2013
  16. TARA website, Today We Visited Congressman Veasey, Tomorrow Senator Cruz
  17. TARA,Today We Visited Congressman Veasey, Tomorrow Senator Cruz
  18. [ http://www.marcveasey.com/endorsements/, Marc Veasey endorsements. accessed may 8, 2014]
  19. TARA, Texas Retirees Attend National Legislative Conference
  20. [http://peoplesworld.org/walmart-sues-activist-for-standing-up-for-exploited-workers/, PW, Walmart sues activist for standing up for exploited workers by: Stewart Acuff. July 19 2013]
  21. DallasNews Business, Gene Lantz tells what it’s like to be sued by the largest corporation in America By Maria Halkias mhalkias@dallasnews.com 11:47 am on June 19, 2013
  22. Alliance for Retired Americans Rep. Marc Veasey Endorsement
  23. FLICKR,