National Council of American-Soviet Friendship
National Council of American-Soviet Friendship
The National Council of American-Soviet Friendship was "created by the Communist Party USA in 1943 as the result of Party plans to establish a mass organization under the name of respondent National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, Inc. to carry out a broadened scale functions and activities concerning various Party objectives, which had previously been undertaken by party-controlled organizations that had existed under the various names of Friends of Soviet Russia, Friends of the Soviet Union, and American Council on Soviet Relations."
These were all listed in "The Guide to Subversive Organizations and Publications (and Appendixes)", HCUA, December 1, 1961, House Document No. 398.
[NB: Regional chapters of the NCASF often call themselves "Council of" or "Association of" rather than "For American-Soviet Friendship"]
Activities of the NCASF
From the CPUSA newspaper, "Daily World", Nov. 24, 1972, an ad for the Chicago Committee for American-Soviet Friendship"
"Gala Twin Anniversary Celebration" 50 years, founding USSR 55 years, October Revolution on December 3, 1972
- Rabbi Abraham Feinberg - Rabbi
- Ella Pappademos - id. CPUSA member (later on), wife of id. then open CPUSA member, John Pappademos
- Ernest DeMaio
- Rep. of USSR Embassy
Article, "Daily World", November 29, 1972, "Rabbi, peace activist, to address Soviet amity rally in Chicago" Speakers:
- Rabbi Abraham Feinberg - details of his life history included:
- trip to Hanoi in 1967; met with Ho Chi Minh
- stopped preaching in 1930 after charging that "organized religion is a deserted lighthouse"
- became " a radio singer under the stage name of Anthony Frome
- Returned to a small Manhattan temple in 1933; rallied community against Hitler
- In 1960 "he helped found a movement to stop installation of Bomarc nuclear missiles on Canadian soil"
- "Recently" recorded an album on the "Vanguard" label entitled "I was so much older"; result of "encouragement by John and Yoko Lennon, with whom Rabbi Feinberg worked when he supported their Montreal 'bed-in-for peace'."
- "Today (i.e. 1972), he is 'rabbi in residence' at San Francisco's [[Glide Memorial Methodist Church" (Ed: a long-time residence of pro-CPUSA clergy and laymen, esp. Rev. Cecil B. Williams)
- Ernest DeMaio - head of the United Electrical Workers Union District Council, chairman of the event, id. CPUSA member
- Curtis D. MacDougall - Northwestern School of Journalism
- Margaret Burroughs - wife of Charles Burroughs, longtime CPUSA fronts/causes supporter in Chicago
- Charles Burroughs - longtime CPUSA fronts/causes supporter in Chicago
- Lester Davis - Chicago Teachers Union
- Zalman Emvanitoff - chairman, Jewish Cultural Clubs, which are CPUSA fronts; long record of supporting CPUSA fronts/causes
- Prof. Robert J. Havighurst - longtime supporter of CPUSA fronts, esp. NCAHUAC/HISC, NCARL Professor
- Dorothy Hayes - Women's International League for Peace and Freedom WILPF, id. CPUSA member; Mobes
- John Pappademos - president, American Federation of Teachers, Local 1627 AFT Local 1627 and id., then open CPUSA member
- Robbylee Terry - editor, Second City, a marxist-oriented publication. CPUSA sympathizer if not YWLL member (CHECK PINK SHEET issues).
The Second City newspaper was described by Harry F. Port, Jr., a resident of the Lincoln Park section of Chicago who kept track of radical individuals and groups in his neighborhood. He characterized "Second City" thusly:
"The Second City, which is published by the Guild Book Store, which is another underground newspaper.", (p. 1094) and:
"The Guild Book Store as well as acting as a bookshop also is the publisher of the Second City newspaper, which is an underground newspaper purporting to deal in matters of revolutionary activities. . . It is located on Halsted Street, 2138 North Halsted, three doors away from the Law Office." (pp. 1096 & 1097)
Port provided the Subcommittee with an ad from "Second City" for The Guild Bookstore, Vol. 2, No. 2, which said "Marxist and other radical literature. Lenin. Mao. Also Spanish Language Classics. Underground Press" ...etc.
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"The 50th anniversary of the death of V.I. Lenin was commemorated in Chicago last Friday evening (Feb. 1) at the Wellington Congregational Church. The meeting was sponsored by the Chicago Council of Soviet-American Friendship(sic) (should be Chicago Council of American-Soviet Friendship CCASF."
- Lester Wickstrom - chairman, CCASF - "paid tribute to the attitude of V.I. Lenin towards Soviet-American relations".
- Rev. Richard Morford - Executive Director, NCASF - "recently was made the first American recipient of the 'Friendship Among Nations' award from the Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R. for his years of work for peace and friendship between the two nations."
- Jack Weiman - chairman of the evening, a Chicago teacher
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From the CPUSA newspaper, "Daily World", November 2, 1972, p. 10, a notice: "Friendship Rally to celebrate the Soviet Anniversaries" - Town Hall - New York, 123 West 43rd St., Sunday, November 5 - 1 P.M." Speakers:
- Rev. William H. Melish - id. CPUSA member
- Ellen L. Craig
- Evelyn Chisley
- Counselor Valerian Nesterov - USSR Embassy
- Other honored quests from the Soviet Union
- Pete Seeger - songs with a banjo
- Soviet concert artist
- Paula Mlyn - songs at the piano
- Ukrainian Women's Ensemble - folk songs
Tickets available at office of the Council; Also Jefferson Bookstore, 100 East 16th St.
National Council of American-Soviet Friendship NCASF 156 Fifth Ave., Suite 304 New York City, 10010, Phone: YU 9-6677
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From the CPUSA newspaper "Daily World" of November 2, 1974, p. 11, a notice: "Concert and Friendship Rally Observing the Anniversaries -
- 57th Anniversary of the Founding of the Soviet State
- 41st Anniversary of the Establishment of USA-USSR Diplomatic Relations
- performers from the Georgian Dance Ensemble
United States Artists:
- Camp Artek Song and Dance Team - Director - Nancy Newell
- David Ames
- "The Pony Express"
- Country and Western Music
- Dr. Luther H. Evans - President, World Federalists U.S.A. World Federalists; formerly Secretary General UNESCO; East Coast Chairman, Continuations Committee, World Congress of Peace Forces, (a program of the Soviet front, the World Peace Council WPC
- Prof. Elaine Carter - Professor School of Architecture, Columbia University
- Prof. Howard L. Parsons - Professor, head, Department of Philosophy, University of Bridgeport
Guest of Honor from the U.S.S.R. Embassy in Washington
Town Hall, 113 West 43rd St.
Auspices: National Council of American-Soviet Friendship NCASF 156 Fifth Avenue, New York City, Phone: YU 9-6677
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"71% of the People want detente with the Soviet Union But is your candidate listening?"
"Cold War lies die hard. Still, it's not eacy to fool the people on the basic question of peace. The most recent poll shows 71% favor detente with the Soviet Union. They know that detente means trade--and as many as 3 million jobs the unemployed would welcome." ...
"But now there is a threat of moving backward to dead-end Cold War positions. Cold Warriors speak of detente as a "favor" we confer on others, and call for interference in Soviet internal affairs." ...
"Why? The same rationale trotted out every year by the Pentagon at budget time: the alleged danger of Soviet aggression. Who can forget the "weapons gap," the "tank gap," the "bomber gap," the "military spending gap," and, most recently, the "naval gap." Once the budget is voted, the "gaps" disappear from the headlines. No wonder the "credibility gap" widens."
"The USSR's military budget is not increasing.'
- "Detente must be strengthened, not weakened. Our people need decent health care - and detente can make it possible."
- "Our people need better living standards - a sharply reduced military budget will remove the No. 1 cause of inflation."
- "Our people need jobs - and detente can bring millions of them."
- "Our people need social and human services of every kind - and detente can make billions available to meet their needs."
"Let your candidates know how you feel!"
- Elmer A. Benson - former Governor Minnesota - longtime CPUSA/fronts supporter
- Robert Boehm - Boehm Enterprises NY - name keeps popping up in various CPUSA fronts and causes
- Ernest DeMaio - UN Representative, World Federation of Trade Unions WFTU, a Soviet labor front
- Maxwell Geismar - writer, historian, critic, id. CPUSA member and id. Soviet agent
- Edward Lamb - industrialist, Toledo
- Dr. Corliss Lamont - educator, author, longtime id. CPUSA member and financial angel of the Left
- Rev. Prof. Paul Lehmann - Reverend Professor Emeritus, Union Theological Seminary - well documents CPUSA fronts supporter
- Rev. William H. Melish - Reverend Chairman, National Council of American-Soviet Friendship NCASF, a cited CPUSA front, and a Soviet front (FBI report to Congress, 1982)(See: Footnote 6 below); id. CPUSA member; questionable religious credentials like those of Morford
- Rev. Richard Morford - Reverend Director, National Council of American-Soviet FriendshipNCASF, id. CPUSA and Soviet front, id. CPUSA member, and questionable religious credentials
- George B. Murphy, Jr - National Representative, [[Washington Afro-American] newspaper, id. CPUSA member from Baltimore
- Prof. Howard L. Parsons - Professor University of Bridgeport and longtime CPUSA supporter
- William L. Patterson - Central Committee, Communist Party USA CPUSA
- Anton Refregier - artist, longtime CPUSA supporter if not member
- Jessica Smith - Editor, New World Review, id. CPUSA member, married to two Soviet agents, NWR cited as a CPUSA publication
- Louise Pettibone Smith - Emeritus Professor Wesllesley College longtime CPUSA fronts supporter
- Jack D.Spiegel - Director, Lake States District United Shoe Workers - longtime id. CPUSA labor leader
National Council of American-Soviet Friendship 156 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
"Clip out and send this ad to your candidate - demand a clear position on detente - normal US-USSR trade relations - and a major slash in the military budget"
[NB: This ad came out after the creation of the CPUSA front, the National Center for a Drastic Cutback in the Military Budget conference/creation, and about the time that the "B-Team" report on the secret Soviet military budget was released to the public. This report and others showed that the Soviet Union had a military budget that ranged anywhere from 6% to 20% higher than they admitted, verifying the 1972 SISS testimony of Avraham Shifrin as to how the Soviets hid parts of their military procurement programs inside of non-military industries. Shifrin had been a Soviet contracts officer in these programs before his was arrested in one of Stalin's 1953 purges of Jews in the Soviet Union and sent to Siberia gulags for 10 years. He then was forced into a 10 year "internal exile" before being thrown out of the country (to Israel). His testimonies before SISS and other congressional committee (House Banking and Currency Committee, 1973), provided the world with the first major listing of Soviet slave labor camps since the AFL-CIO's report about 1956, as well as specific Soviet "Light Industries" that secretly produced military equipment.]
A Tribute To Richard Morford
From an ad in the Daily World November 13, 1979, p. 10, comes the following:'
"A Tribute to Richard Morford Luncheon, Sunday, November 18, 12 o'clock, Grand Ballroom, Hotel Roosevelt, 45th & Madison Ave, New York City
- Josephine Butler - Chairman, Paul Robeson Friendship Society (and leader of the marxist-oriented D.C. Statehood Party
- Romesh Chandra - President, World Peace Council WPC
- Sara Cunningham - Actress
- Dr.Ewart Guinier - Professor, Afro-American Studies, Harvard University
- Peggy Lipschutz - Chalk Talk Artist
- Guest artists from the Soviet Union
- Vladimir Zolotukhin - First Secretary for Cultural Affairs, Embassy of the USSR
Luncheon $18.50; Program only $3.00 N.Y. Association for American-Soviet Friendship 119 Fifth Avenue, Suite 600, New York, NY 10003 (212) 243-0666
"Peace Rally & Concert" with
- Richie Havens
- Pete Seeger
- Rep. Parren Mitchell - (Democrat-MD)
- Anne Braden
- Ernest DeMaio
- A senior official from the Soviet Embassy
To be held at Carnegie Hall, May 7, 1982
Tickets at the box office or call, National Council of American-Soviet Friendship.
(It should be noted that Pete Seeger claimed he left the CPUSA in 1959 but his appearance at this event shows open evidence of him supporting a congressionally cited CPUSA front. Also, the NCASF was cited as a Soviet front in FBI testimony before Congress in 1982
Identified members of the CPUSA on the list above included Pete Seeger, Anne Braden and Ernest DeMaio . Rep. Parren Mitchell (D-MD) had extensive ties to CPUSA members in Baltimore and thru numerous fronts he supported. There is a strong possibility that he was either a covert member of the CPUSA or was a trusted "friend" of the CPUSA. Other information to be posted at Keywiki.org will further strengthen these suppositions.
- Subversive Activities Control Board, Docket No. 104-53, Report & Order, February 7, 1956, pp. 16, 53, 54 & 55
- Special Committee on Un-American Activities, House Report 1311 on the "CIO Political Action Committee", March 29, 1944, p. 156
- Attorney General Tom Clark letters to Loyalty Review Board release December 4, 1947 and September 21, 1948]]
- Internal Security Subcommittee of the Senate, Judiciary Committee, "Handbook for Americans", S. Doc. 117, April 23, 1956, p. 91
- Extent of Subversion in the "New Left" Extent of Subversion in the "New Left", Testimony of Hugh Patrick Feely and Harry F. Port, Jr, Hearings, Part 7 - Aug. 3, 1970, SISS, pp. 1054, 1094 & 1097
- U.S.S.R. Labor Camps (testimony of Avraham "Avram" Shifrin), Parts 1-3, Feb. 1-3, 1973, Senate Internal Security Subcommittee
- Soviet Active Measures Hearings before the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House of Representatives, July 13 & 14, 1982, Statement of Edward O'Malley, Assistant Director, Intelligence Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, pp. 198-219, NCASF on P. 204 and letter/letterhead, p. 295]]