Joe Sims

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Joe Sims


Joe Sims is co-editor of the Communist Party USA newszine Peoples World

Communist youth festivals

Sims had the opportunity to participate in World Federation of Democratic Youth festivals in in Berlin, Moscow and Pyongyang.[1]

At the first festival I was 15 years old. It changed my life and way of thinking. I had such a great time! I would go and sit on corner in Berlin with a beer and hot dog and immediately there would be a crowd of people around me, wanting to talk and exchange views. What a party. I made many friends there, some of which I still have today. At my first Festival I was a young kid from Youngstown, Ohio. That was all I knew. Going to the Festival opened up a whole new world to me. Its impact was lasting. It made me an internationalist. The highlight of my trip to Berlin was crossing the border into the eastern part of the city and seeing the decorations and banners of the festival, the red flags waving, and statues of founders of socialism. All of us cheered. The US delegation has changed over the years I went. Each moment represented the times, cultures and styles of the period. When I first attended I had a big unruly Afro. At the last Festival, my hairline had already started to recede. That's life!
What remained consistent however was the broad and representative nature of each delegation. There were always young trade unionists, students, young Democrats, socialists and communist youth. Some delegations had representatives of prominent civil rights families, like the King family, and others had elected officials. All the delegates represented a strong desire for peace and understanding and solidarity with others. At the Moscow Festival our slogan was "The friendship of young generations, can bring peace among nations.

A U.S. State Department official was once quoted as saying that the Festivals were “the greatest plot ever hatched from the mind of Stalin. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Festivals came out of the experience of the World War and the desire to make sure nothing like that ever happens again. The Festival movement’s greatest contribution has been to bring forward young peace and solidarity supporters who remain active over the years. Once you attend a Festival, the experience never leaves you.

CPUSA Organization Commission

As at March 1994, the following were members of the Organization Commission of the Communist Party USA: Sam Webb, chair; Pat Barile; Judith LeBlanc; Carole Marks; Elena Mora; Esther Moroze; and Joe Sims.[2]

Black Radical Congress

In March 1998 “Endorsers of the Call” to found a Black Radical Congress included Joe Sims, Communist Party USA; Editor, Political Affairs[3].

In 2000 Joe Sims was the New York United contact for Black Radical Congress[4].

In 2001, the Black Radical Congress journal BRC Today editorial board consisted of Jennifer Hamer, Connie White, Deborah Toler, Clarence Lang, Joe Sims and Nelen Neville[5].

Endorsed Communist Party Call

On March 30 2002 the Communist Party USA paper People’s Weekly World called for a national holiday in honor of late Farm Workers Union leader Cesar Chavez. The article was followed by a long list of endorsers[6]including Joe Sims, Almost all endorsers were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA.

Political Affairs

In 2009 Joe Sims was Publisher and a member[7] of the Editorial Collective of Political Affairs, theoretical journal of the Communist Party USA.

"The Life & Legacy of Nelson Mandela"

Tuesday, December 17 2013, the Communist Party USA held a special People's World teleconference presentation on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. People's World co-editor Joe Sims and Communist Party International Secretary Emile Schepers with host Dee Myles discussed "this historic and global figure in the fight for freedom".

Joe Sims has traveled frequently to South Africa since the unbanning of the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party , and has written and reported extensively on South African developments. Sims is From Ohio and lives in New York City.[8]

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