Ishmael Flory was a Chicago Communist Party USA leader.
Abraham Lincoln School
Faculty members were Morris Backall, Michael Baker, Frank Marshall Davis, Horace Davis, David Englestein, Morton Goldsholl, Pat Hoverder, Alfonso Iannelli, Leon Katzen, Ludwig Kruhe, Herschel Meyer, Henry Noyes, William L. Patterson, Fred Ptashne, Eleanore Redwin, Boris M. Revsine, Frank Sokolik, William Rose, Herman Schendel, Bernice Targ and Morris Topchevsky.
A South Side annex to the school was is located at 4448 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Dr. Walter S. Neff was director. Instructors included Albert George, Charlie Mitchell, Lester Fox, Geraldyne Lightfoot, Ishmael Flory, David Englestein, Irving Herman, Earl Durham, Claude Lightfoot and Walter Miller.
Citizens' Committee to Aid Packing-House Workers
African American Heritage Association
In 1960, Flory organized the African American Heritage Association. They won official recognition for Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable as the founder of Chicago. DuSable was the Haitian trader who settled in what is now Chicago in 1780.
Communist Party Affiliation
- In Chicago on October 27, 1971 - The Presidential Ballroom of the Midland Hotel was packed with more than 400 people last Friday to mark the 8Oth birthday of Wiliam L.Patterson, the man who rocked the world with his charge of genocide against the U.S. imperialists. Spokesmen for the committee sponsoring the banquet told the Daily World that many who had delayed in getting reservations had to be turned away. Veterans of the working class movement said they could not remember an occasion bringing together such a broad spectrum of workers, trade unionists and professionals, in a tribute to a Communist leader.
According to the World-sharing the head table with Patterson and his wife; Louise Thompson Patterson, were Ishmael Flory, master of ceremonies and chairman of the Banquet Committee; Henry Winston, chairman of the Communist Party; Claude Lightfoot and Arnold Johnson, CP leaders; Mrs. Sallye Davis, mother of Angela Davis, Pearl Hart, civil liberties attorney, Rev. John Hill, chairman of the Aliance to End Repression, Ernest DeMaio, director of District 11 of the United Electrical Workers; Jack Kling, secretary of the Illinois CP; Lynn Stinnette, Illnois chairman of the Young Workers Liberation League, and Betty Smith and Tommy Dennis, who led delegations from Minnesota and Michigan respectively.
Communist Party candidate
North Americans in Support of Angola
New Mayor and New Politics
On May 17 1983 Ishmael Flory was a Panelist on A New Mayor and New Politics forum at Chicago State University Auditorium.
- The election of Harold Washington as Mayor of Chicago was more than one man's victory. It was a progressive people's declaration. The Black community and progressive Latinos and whites formed an unbetable force in a campaign for justice and equality.
Panelist were Paul Booth, Juanita Bratcher, David Cantor, Slim Coleman, Danny Davis, Keith Davis, Ron Davis, Ishmael Flory, Rev Harry Gibson, Nancy Jefferson, Richard Newhouse, Lu Palmer, Art Vasquez, Conrad Worrill sponsored by Black Press Institute and Independent Citizens Alliance.
Communist Party Reformer
In 1991, Ishmael Flory, was one of several hundred Communist Party USA members to sign the a paper "An initiative to Unite and Renew the Party" - most signatories left the Party after the December 1991 conference to found Committees of Correspondence.
CoC National Conference endorser
In 1992 Ishmael Flory, Chicago endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.
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.
Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:
African American What lies behind and beyond LA? What strategy for African-American liberation? What is its place in the general struggle for democracy and social advance?
- Fran Beal, CrossRoads National Board, freelance writer, Oakland
- Charles Brown, CoC Coordinating Committee, Detroit
- Ishmael Flory, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Chicago
- Franklin Alexander, co-chair, African Americans for Peace and Justice
Committees of Correspondence connection
Paul Robeson 100th Birthday Committee
- ↑ "Testimony of Walter S. Steele regarding Communist activities in the United States. Hearings before the Committee on Un-American Activities, House of Representatives, Eightieth Congress, first session, on H. R. 1884 and H. R. 2122, bills to curb or outlaw the Communist Party in the United States. Public law 601 (section 121, subsection Q (2) July 21, 1947" pages 52-53
- ↑ Citizens' Committee to Aid Packing-House Workers letter to committee members from Sidney Jones, April 12, 1948
- ↑ [Joy in the Struggle, My Life and Love, Bea Lumpkin, page 169]
- ↑ Daily World October 28 1971
- ↑ Daily World October 28 1971
- ↑ Daily World, November 2, 1972, page 2
- ↑ 1976 Communist Party Electoral Petition.
- ↑ Letter to all persons who attended the Angola Support Conference, July 8, 1976
- ↑ A Forum Pamphlet Harold Washington Papers
- ↑ Addendum to Initiative document
- ↑ CCDS Background
- ↑ Conference program
- ↑ 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)
- ↑ Chicago CoC "Membership, Subscription and Mailing List" 10.14.94
- ↑ http://www.cpsr.cs.uchicago.edu/robeson/links/chicago/ack_org6.html