Sarah Staggs

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Sarah Staggs is an insurance company director of benefits in Chicago. She is the partner of Mark Almberg.

North Americans in Support of Angola

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The Angola Support Conference ran from May 28 - 30, 1976 in Chicago. The event was sponsored by the U.S. Out of Angola Committee and the National Conference of Black Lawyers.

Sarah Staggs of the Venceremos Brigade was a delegate at the conference.[1]

Chicago Peace Council

In 1979 Sarah Staggs was Clothing Drive Co-ordinator for the of the Chicago Peace Council, a fundraiser for the visit to Chicago of African National Congress UN representative Johnstone Makatini.[2]

US Peace Council

As at March, 1982, the following took active roles in the Communist Party USA initiated U.S. Peace Council - founding, speaking or listed as workshop leaders:[3]

1980s U.S. Peace Council leaders

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

Ishmael Flory tribute

Illinois Communist Party USA leader Ishmael Flory was honored at Malcolm X College in Chicago, September 29, 1991, by more than 100 guests.

Margaret Burroughs, a board member of the Chicago Park District MCed the event.

"Ishmael Flory is a man for all seasons...He never gives up", said State Senator Alice Palmer.

Alderman Jesus Garcia of Chicago's 22nd ward cited Flory's role in fostering African-American and Latino unity , and in building multi-racial coalitions for social progress.

Prof. Robert Starks of the Free South Africa Movement said "Ishmael has never failed to compliment me on my speeches, but at the same time he has never failed to pull me aside afterwards, too point out how I could have been a little more "progressive."

Tributes came from Communist Party USA chairman Gus Hall and Illinois organizational secretary Mark Almberg.

Other speakers included Crystal Bujol for the Flory family, long time friend Christine Johnson, Jack Spiegel of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union, Ronelle Mustin, peace activist Sarah Staggs, Harold Rogers, who brought greetings from Rep. Charles Hayes, Gerry Oliver, and Carl Bloice of the Peoples Weekly World.[5]

Communist Party MLK tribute

On January 19, 2002, the Communist Party USA newspaper, Peoples Weekly World published a signed tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr..

We salute Dr. King’s courage and vision. He saw and struggled for an America and world that can be. We pledge in his memory to work to reorder our nation’s priorities “so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war.”

Signatories included, Sarah Staggs. Almost all signatories were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA[6].

Communist Party Member

As at March. 23, 2002 Sarah Staggs served as the chair of the Communist Party USA's Peace and Solidarity Commission.[7]


  1. Letter to all persons who attended the Angola Support Conference, July 8, 1976
  2. Chicago Peace Council "SEND-OFF" letter April-6-1979
  3. War Called Peace
  4. USPC conference brochure Yale University November 8-10, 1985
  5. PWW, Chicago tribute hails work of Ishmael FloryOctober 12, 1991, page 8
  7. [, PW, CPUSA conference urges all-out mobilization Apr. 20 march for peace and justice,by: Evelina Alarcon, March 22 2002