- In 1968, young people of African descent in America were growing impatient with the slow pace of social change. Despite modest advances brought on by two decades of non-violent resistance, from one end of the country to the other, the cry for Black Power was raised in the midst of a sea of clinched fists. At the same time, this new militant spirit had moved many to don black berets and carry rifles. On street corners in practically every Black community, passers-by heard demands for Nation Time and Power to the People!
The IADL, was a "front" for the former Soviet Union and is still dominated by communist and socialist lawyers and legal organizations.
Defending Angela Davis
Marrying Jennifer Dohrn
National Anti-Imperialist Conference in Solidarity With African Liberation
Haywood Burns, Executive Director of National Conference of Black Lawyers was named as a sponsor of the Communist Party USA dominated National Anti-Imperialist Conference in Solidarity With African Liberation held at Dunbar Vocational High School, Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, October 19 to 21 1973.
In March 1979, the New York radical magazine the Guardian issued an emergency appeal to funds in an effort to save the publication.
Over fifty supporters endorsed the appeal including Haywood Burns
In 1981 Mark Loo, a Chinese-American member of the Communist Workers Party , his party comrade Rodney Johnson, and unionist David Boyd were charged with the attempted bombing of the National Shipbuilding Company in San Diego, California. The trio were represented by lawyer Leonard Weinglass.
A cocktail party in support of the NASSCO3, was held at Ramsey Clark's house in New York on July 10. Sponsors of the event included Haywood Burns, Abe Feinglass, Juan Gonzalez, William Kunstler, Stewart Kwoh, Manning Marable, Margaret Ratner, Abbott Simon, Frances Borden Hubbard, Flo Kennedy, and Ramsey Clark.
In 1987, six candidates ran for the Harvard University Board of Overseers on a Divestment from South Africa platform. They were DSA members Ruth Messinger, and Victor Sidel, Jerome Grossman, Haywood Burns, Consuela Washington, and Peter Wood. $350 million in stock was at stake. 
CoC National Conference endorser
In 1992, Haywood Burns, chair emeritus and founding member of the National Coalition of Black Lawyers, New York endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.
Advisory Board Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center
As at Winter, 2008, the following served on the Advisory Board of the Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center:
- Jim Benn
- Martha Bergmark
- Marjorie Cohn
- Hon. John Conyers
- Hon. Ron Dellums
- Alan W. Houseman
- Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
- Manning Marable
- Frances Fox Piven
- Victor Rabinowitz
- Dennis Rivera
- Jordan Rossen
- Bill Tamayo
- Studs Terkel
- Baldemar Velasquez
- National Anti-Imperialist Conference in Solidarity With African Liberation - Partial list of sponsors
- Guardian March 2 1979
- Curriculum Vitae of Leonard I. Weinglass
- Workers Vanguard, June 19, 1981, NASSCO3 Railroaded, San Diego Co Entrapment Threat to Labor
- Memo on NASSCO3 Support Work, from the general secretary Jerry Tung, written by Kurt, 7/81
- [NY Democratic Socialist April/May 1987 page 2]
- CCDS Background
- Founding members