John Schuyler "Jack" Blawis (pronounced "bloyce") died of natural causes January 27, 2011 at the age of 98. Born September 29, 1912 in Whitesboro, New York he was the youngest of the three sons of William Sherman Blawis and Cornelia McEckron Blawis. He graduated from Woestina High School, Rotterdam Junction, New York in 1927 at the age of 15.
After graduating, Jack went to work for the Albany newspaper as a reporter and member of the Newspaper Guild. He understood the threat of fascism so at the age of 30 he enlisted in the US Army's Warrant Officer Program and went ashore at Normandy the day after "D Day" with the 561st Field Artillery Battalion. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and won the Bronze Star for his bravery. After WWII, Jack Blawis worked as a surveyor and later, after graduating from University of Texas at El Paso, as a Civil Engineer.
He married, Patricia Bell in 1957. Twice, in 1948 and again in 1954, he steadfastly stood by Pat and their comrades under US Government persecution for their communist beliefs. Undaunted, together they struggled for peace and a better life in a socialist future until Pat's death in 1998. Until the very end, Jack Blawis was active, well known and served as an inspiration to the vibrant political left community he helped to build in Tucson and Denver. He is survived by the families of Julie and Fred Trujillo and Patricia and Bob Boffa of Denver; by his niece and her family, Michele Blawis of Santa Barbara, California; and his nephew, Patrick Navailles and his family of Glendale, California.
Salute to Sender Garlin
In May 1992 The Communist Party USA newspaper Peoples Weekly World published a May Day supplement. Included was a page of greetings to Sender Garlin, sending greetings for his 90th Birthday. Most of the endorsers listed, were identified members or supporters of the Communist Party USA.
Salt of the Earth Labor College 2002 speakers
Salt of the Earth Labor College 2002 speakers included;
- Sept. 14, will be a presentation on “The Battle for National Health Care” by Dr. Michael Gray, Medical Director of Progressive Health Care Group in Benson. Dr. Gray will lead a discussion about the ongoing struggle for a universal health care system, and the efforts to extend Medicare and Medicaid benefits to cover prescription drugs and other health needs. Gray’s presentation will be given in the context of the November elections and the need to defeat the ultra-right forces as part of the movement to win full and equal health care coverage for all.
- Pima Community College Professor and longtime community activist, Lupe Castillo, will present and lead a discussion on the struggle of immigrant workers for full rights, including the right to organize unions.
- Salt of the Earth Board Member Jack Blawis, will be on the Bush administration’s attack on the civil rights of workers and their unions, using the Sept. 11 events as a cover.
- Veteran West Coast Longshore leader, Abba Ramos, has been invited for a presentation on the special role played by rank and file workers in organizing, building, and keeping the labor movement strong.
- The weekend of Nov. 16-17 will feature a two-day series of classes on the basics of Marxism. Communist Party USA National Board member Arnold Becchetti will teach an introduction to the scientific socialist worldview, and its application to struggles facing working families in the U.S.
Arizona "progressive" community
- Arizona’s progressive community extends May Day and Cinco de Mayo greetings to all our friends across the country. We commit ourselves to join the struggle for jobs, equality, national health care, a fair immigration policy, and for peace and justice in the Middle East. Let’s make this planet a good place to live for all its inhabitants.
Arizona Peace Council, AZ4NORML, Campaign for Labor Rights, The Einstein Academy, Casa Maria/Catholic Worker East Valley Club Communist Party USA, Law Office of Payson & Gattone, The Latino Doctrine (TV show) Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee, Salt of the Earth Labor College Tucson Club CPUSA , Tucson Peace Action Coalition
Clyde Appleton, Mary Elinor Adams, Rolande Baker, Anne Brenner, Joe Bernick and Cat Stelman, Nancy Bissell, Jack Blawis, Don Buchanan, Richard Boren, Susan Clark, Rebeca Cartes, Eugenia Chilton,Jack DeWeese, Howard Druan, & DD Sande,Gregory Feesl, Ray Figueroa, Brian Flagg, Michael Flower, Sean Fowlkes, Nancy Gallen, Maggie Gerring, Michael Gray, Nancy Graham, James Hannley, Beverly Halkias, Jeff Imig, Mansur Johnson, James Jordan & Raquel Mogollon, Frank Jents, Marilyn Kramer, John Kromko, Jim Kincaid, Brandy Lintencum, Rob McElwain, Mary MacEwan, John Mackoviak, Jane Martin & Bob Vint, Jon Miles, Nancy Myers, Kathy Norgard, Richard Osburn, Ismael Parra, Nancy Pontius , Alice Ritter, Carlos Salaz, Sr., Mazda Shirazi, Rosemary Solarez, James Stewart, Brian Stevens, Olga Strickland, Donald Tewels, Dennis Tallent & Laura Tallent, Anita Torrez & Lorenzo Torrez, Carolyn Trowbridge & Keith Bagwell, Susan Thorpe, Steve Valencia & Janet Valencia, Edward Vargas, Steve Wheaton, Michael Wheeler,Susan Willis , Wendell Wilson, Deb Wilmer.