National Committee Against Repressive Legislation

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The National Committee Against Repressive Legislation, founded in 1960 has now merged with Defending Dissent. The group was referred to as NCARL.

History

NCARL was formerly the National Committee to Abolish HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) and, in March 1969, it changed its name to the National Committee to Abolish the House Committee on Internal Security. A few years later it again changed its name to the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation, but it still remained under the control of the CPUSA.

New American Movement

In 1981, Esther Herst, National Director; Frank Wilkinson, Executive Director Emeritus and Laura Berg, Portland Area NCARL Representative & Member, NAM's National Interim Committee of the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation saluted NAM "for its commitment to democracy" on the occasion of its 10th anniversary.[1]

Personnel

Founders

The following were founders of the Committee:[2]

Chairpersons

Circa 1965, the following were Chairpersons of the Committee:[2]

Directors

Circa 1965, the following were Vice-Chairpersons of the Committee:[2]

As at April, 2006, the following were Directors of the Committee:[3]

Steering Committee

Offices

The following were members of various offices of and affiliated with NCARL, throughout the United States circa 1965:[2]

National Office

Washington, D.C. Office

Northern California Area Offices

The following were members of the Northern Californians Against Repressive Legislation:

Midwest Regional Office

The following were members of the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights:

Northwest Regional Office

The following were members of the Northwest Committee Against Repressive Legislation:

NCARL Representatives of Cooperating Committees

The following were representatives from cooperating Committees:

NCARL DC Memo

The May/June 1984 issue of "NCARL DC Memo" contained a lot of information on its current programs regarding internal security legislation, as well as listing its national and regional officers, which will be listed below. The key targets of this Communist Party USA front, a part of the longstanding "Anti-Intelligence Lobby" were:

- Dissent Under Attack: Reagan Uses "Threat of Terrorism" to Chill Political Opposition - Rep. Don Edwards Warns on Constitutional Problems - Representative D-CA - FBI Harasses Solidarity Groups - referring to support groups for communist guerrillas in Central America - Central American Solidarity Coalition CASC and "affiliate organization", the Committee in Solidarity With the People of El Salvador CISPES - Reagan's New Guidelines vs. First Amendment Rights - House Sentencing Hearings Continue - Death Penalty Linked to Movement of Sentencing Bill - Speaker O'Neill Announces Final Delay of "Simpson/Mazzoli" Immigration Bills: National Mobilization Planned Tip O'Neill - NCARL's 25th National Committee Meeting: A Quarter Century of Defending Civil Liberties - June 3-4, 1984, Washington, D.C. - A June 4th dinner "will honor eight NCARL stalwarts, each of whom has contributed greatly to our work over the last 25 years:

- Repressive Legislation Before Congress - bills listed in table format

NCARL National and Regional Officers, Offices, and Staff: Allied Printing Trade Council. Los Angeles, Printing Label 200 Bug 200

Founders:

Advisors on constitutional law and legislation:

Chairperson Emeriti:

Chairperson:

Vice chairpersons:

National offices:

Washington, D.C. Office

Los Angeles Office:

National coordinating Committee: 201 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, No. 310, Wash. D.C. 20002

MIdwest regional office: Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights CCDBR 407 South Dearborn Street, No. 335, Chicago, Ill. 60605

Northern California Area offices: Northern Californians Against Repressive Legislation

Northwest Regional offices: Northwest Committee Against Repressive Legislation

Portland Area:

Montana:

New England regional office: Greater Boston Coalition Against Repressive Legislation

c/o American Friends Service Committee AFSC 2161 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Mass. 02140

Southern regional offices: Florida:

1595 N.E. 175th st, North Miami Beach, Florida 33162

Tri-State Area: (Southern Alabama-Southern Georgia-Northwestern Florida

  • Clare Raulerson - Representative, 721, east 6th Ave., Tallahassee, FL, 32303

Southern Organizing Committee for Economic and Social Justice SOCEJ - (a CPUSA front, the successor toSCEF and SCHW) P.O. Box 11308, Louisville, Kentucky 40211 P.O. Box 811, Birmingham, Alabama 35201

Cooperating Committees: Madison Committee to Protect the Bill of Rights

Westchester People's Action CoalitionWESPAC

South Jersey Coalition to Defend the Bill of Rights

Duluth-Superior Coalition

- NCARL Field World Enhanced by Airline Pass - NCARL Executive Director Emeritus [{Frank Wilkinson]] - federal convict, longtime id. member of the CPUSA, and a key leader of the CPUSA's security operations [5]

[NB: The early Communist Party identifications and/or lists of their CPUSA-front activities for some of the above mentioned people as well as other NCARL officers listed in the newsletter can be found in [["Operation Abolition: The Campaign Against the House Committee on Un-American Activities, The Federal Bureau of Investigationand the Government Security Program by the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee ECLC and its Affiliates, Nov. 8, 1957]], in other HCUA "Operation Abolition" hearings, the California Committee on Un-American Activities reports, and in related "Anti-Intelligence Lobby"" hearings and reports of HCUA,HISC, SACB and SISS.]

References

  1. 10th Anniversary Booklet for the New American Movement, 1981
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 NCARL letter, circa October 1965
  3. http://defendingdissent.org/archive/ncarl/0604ncarlletter.pdf
  4. http://defendingdissent.org/archive/ncarl/0604ncarlletter.pdf
  5. [["Operation Abolition", The Campaign Against The House Committee on Un-American Activities, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Government Security Program by the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee and Its Affiliates]], HCUA report, November 8, 1957, p. 12