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Eugene (Gus) Newport is the former Mayor of Berkeley, California. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.

Communist support

Democratic Socialists of America member and socialist historian Paul Buhle, wrote in a 1992 article for the Encyclopedia of the American Left[1];

Communists also gained from long-standing political contacts in the black community. Victories of black mayoral and congressional candidates with decades — old ties to the CP — a short list would include Coleman Young and George Crocket in Detroit, Gus Newport in Berkeley, and somewhat more ambiguously, Harold Washington in Chicago.''

World Peace Council

In 1970 U.S. members of the Soviet front World Peace Council were;[2]

Institute for Policy Studies connections

Gus Newport, Mayor of Berkeley, was listed[3]among those participating in the Institute for Policy Studies affiliated Conference on Alternative State and Local Policies {CASLP} Bryn Mawr August 3-5 1979.

1980s U.S. Peace Council leaders

The five U.S. Peace Council Co-Chairpersons[4] 1983-1985 were;

Rep. Saundra Graham, Massachusetts State Legislature

Gus Newport, Mayor of Berkeley, CA

Frank Rosen, President, District 11, United Electrical Workers Union

Mark Solomon, Professor, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Sara Staggs, Executive Director, Chicago Peace Council

"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.

Bay Area endorsers of the event included:

SWP event

A celebration of their publication of "Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution: Writings and Speeches of Ernesto Che Guevara" was to be held on Sunday, December 6, 1987 in Manhattan, New York City, sponsored by the Socialist Workers Party run Pathfinder Bookstore, 79 Leonard Street, NYC, NY.[5] Speakers for the event were listed as:

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992 Gus Newport, former mayor of Berkeley, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[6]

CoC National Coordinating Committee

The following are listed in order of votes they received as members of the Committees of Correspondence National Coordinating Committee, elected at the Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19, 1992.:[7]

In 1994 Gus Newport was a member of the National Coordinating Committee of the Committees of Correspondence.[8]

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992 April Knutson, Center for Advanced Feminist Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis,, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[9]

Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s

The Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s was the Committees of Correspondence's first national conference held in Berkeley, California July 17-19, 1992.[10]

Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:[7]

New World Order Confronting the "New World Order". The multinational corporation, inter-imperialist rivalry, anti-imperialism and the struggle for peace, disarmament and non-intervention.

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;[11]

DSA honorary chair

Democratic Left Millennium issue part 1 page 26 1999

Gus Newport was elected an honorary chair of Democratic Socialists of America in 1999.[[12]

Remembering Richard Cloward

On September 20, 2001 500 people gathered[13] at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City to celebrate Cloward’s Life and Work. Speakers included Frances Fox Piven, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Gus Newport-(all members of Democratic Socialists of America), activists Howard Zinn, June Jordan, Joel Rogers and Tim Sampson plus long time voter registration advocate, Demos president, Miles Rapoport.

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[14] War Times.

Endorsers of the project included Gus Newport.

Committees of Correspondence Conference 2002

At the Committees of Correspondence National Conference and Convention, July 25-28, 2002 San Francisco State University, the Plenary Panel and Discussion on Electoral Reform and the Struggle for Democracy comprised;

John Nichols, Gus Newport, Medea Benjamin, Mildred Williamson The protection of the right to vote, ballot access, electoral campaigns that are independent of corporations and major political parties.[15]

DSA conference

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In 2003 Holly Sklar addressed a Democratic Socialists of America Conference in Berkeley, California, along with Gus Newport and Bob Wing.[16]

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

In 2008 Gus Newport, Vice President Programs of Vanguard Public Foundation, San Francisco, CA signed a statement circulated by the Partisan Defense Committee calling for the release of convicted “cop-killer” Mumia Abu-Jamal.[17]

Independent Progressive Politics Network

In 2009 Gus Newport served on the Advisory Committee of the Independent Progressive Politics Network[18].

Endorsing Fetonte

Oakland Democratic Socialists of America members who endorsed Danny Fetonte when he ran for DSA NPC in 2017 included Lisa Kermish, Gus Newport.[19]

Unity Reform Commission

In 2017 the Democratic National Committee's 21-member Unity Reform Commission included nine members selected by Hillary Clinton, seven members picked by Bernie Sanders, three picked by Thomas Perez, and the chair and vice chair ― selected by Clinton and Sanders, respectively.

Aside from Chair Jen O’Malley Dillon, a Clinton pick, the breakdown of the members selected by Perez and Clinton is not public.

Sanders named his selections to the commission. They were Larry Cohen, the vice chair; former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner; former Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver; former Sanders New York delegate Nomiki Konst; James Zogby, founder of the Arab American Institute; former Berkeley, California Mayor Gus Newport; former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores; and Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb.

The DNC declined to name the three members Perez picked and a spokesman for Clinton did not respond to a request for information on her appointments.[20]

References

  1. http://eprints.cddc.vt.edu/marxists//history/usa/parties/cpusa/encyclopedia-american-left.htm
  2. New Perspectives 1970 issue
  3. Information Digest August 24 1979
  4. USPC conference brochure Yale University November 8-10, 1985
  5. Guardian, December 9, 1987, p. 8, ad.
  6. CCDS Background
  7. 7.0 7.1 Proceedings of the Committees of Correspondence Conference: Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the '90s booklet, printed by CoC in NY, Sept. 1992 (Price: $4)
  8. CoC National committee meeting, January 7-9, 1994, New York minutes
  9. CCDS Background
  10. Conference program
  11. CrossRoads April/May 1996, page 6
  12. DL Millennium issue part 1 page 26 1999]
  13. http://www.dsausa.org/dl/DLFall2001.pdf
  14. WAR TIMES January 29, 2002
  15. [The Corresponder Vol 10, number 1, June 2002 http://www.cc-ds.org/pub_arch/CorresponderX1-2.pdf]
  16. http://www.dsausa.org/dl/DLSummer2003.pdf
  17. Signers of Campaign to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Now
  18. http://www.ippn.org/IPPN_People
  19. [https://www.facebook.com/notes/austin-dsa/support-danny-fetonte-for-npc/1917815435143506/Support Danny Fetonte for NPC AUSTIN DSA·SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2017]
  20. HuffPo Daniel Marans, 04/17/2017 03:38 pm ET | Updated Apr 20, 2017