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Scott Marshall

Scott Marshall is a vice chair of the Communist Party USA and chair of its Labor Commission, and former National Field Organizer for Trade Unionists for Action and Democracy. He lives in Chicago with his wife Roberta Wood.

Early activism

Scott Marshall grew up in Virginia where he first became active in the civil rights movement in high school, working on voter registration and anti-Klan projects in rural Southern Virginia and Tennessee. He was also active against the war in Vietnam.

From the Peoples World April 8, 2011 article "They Cry Wolf Too Many Times" [1];

When I was in high school in Virginia in the mid 1960's, the civil rights movement was raging all around us. The KKK murders of three young civil rights activists, Michael Schwerner; James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, compelled many of my generation into action. For me that meant joining a "Summer Project" in Southside, Virginia, to help register people to vote.
That was the first time I was called an outside agitator and a communist. The man who was yelling at me was spitting mad. How dare I come into his county and stir up trouble. I was 17 and had little idea what an outside agitator or a communist was. The guy, a local store owner, was cursing and name-calling because I was tearing down "Never" posters put up by the KKK, meaning "never" to integration or African American voting.

WEB DuBois Clubs of America

In 2014, Scott Marshall was listed a a friend on the DuBois Clubs Facebook page.[2]

Labor movement influence

In the early 1970s, Communist Party USA aligned union members began to find their voice through new coalitions such as the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists , the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement , and the National Coordinating Committee for Trade Unionists for Action and Democracy. TUAD leaders — Fred Gaboury, Rayfield Mooty, Debbie Albano and Adelaide Bean, along with Labor Today editors Jim Williams and Scott Marshall, helped bring these coalitions together. These labor coalitions, like Coalition of Labor Union Women, reflected rising communist influence in the labor movement.[3]

Supporting John Lumpkin

In 1978, Scott Marshall was on the Committee to Elect Dr. John R. Lumpkin for the 7th Ward Alderman, Chicago.[4]

Labor activism

Scott Marshall has been a life long trade unionist and was active in rank and file reform movements in the Teamsters, Machinists and Steelworkers unions in the 1970s and '80s. He was co-chair of the Save Our Jobs committee of USWA local 1834 at Pullman Standard in Chicago and active in nationwide organizing against plant shutdowns and layoffs. He was a founder of the unemployed organization Jobs or Income Now (Join), in Chicago, and the National Congress of Unemployed Organizations in the 1980s.

Scott Marshall has worked for the Communist Party USA since 1987 when he became the district organizer for the party in Illinois, a post he held until he was elected chair of the National Labor Commission in 1997. Marshall remains active in SOAR (Steelworkers Active Organized Retirees)[5].

Supported Communist Party call

In May 1992 the Communist Party USA newspaper Peoples Weekly World published a May Day supplement which included a call to "support our continuing struggle for justice and dignity"

Endorsers of the call included Scott Marshall, USWA.[6]

Birthday Greetings to William "Red" Davis

In December 1995 the Communist Party USA newspaper Peoples Weekly World published a page of 75th birthday greetings to William Davis - "Lifelong working class fighter and Communist"

In the fight for the unity and integrity of the Party in St. Louis, Missouri, in the post-war years, "Red" has been a rock of confidence and commitment to building the Communist Party.

Greetings were sent from Scott Marshall of Illinois[7].

Moscow visit

In July 1996 Marshall visited Moscow to to report on the Presidential elections. This included an interview with Gennady Zyuganov, the candidate of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.[8]

Chicago Communist Party banquet

According to the Peoples Weekly World October 3 1998, Congressman Danny K. Davis interrupted his campaign work for United States Senate candidate Carol Moseley Braun and gubernatorial candidate Glenn Poshard to present an award at the 1998 Chicago Peoples Weekly World banquet. Davis praised Communist Party USA member and Hani-Lozano Award winner Harry Gaynor's "active role in tearing city's segregated walls and working for peace".

Attendees included;

This event raised $10,000 towards keeping the Communist Party paper afloat.[9].

Paul Robeson 100th Birthday Committee

In 1998 Scott Marshall was listed as a volunteer and intern of Paul Robeson 100th Birthday Committee.[10]

CPUSA Farm Commission meeting

CPUSA Farm Meeting Attendees.jpg

In December 1999, a Communist Party USA meeting was held at the May Day Bookstore in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the purpose of re-establishing the Communist Party USA Farm Commission.

Party members present were Erwin Marquit, Helvi Savola, Jack Brown, Peter Molenaar, Morgan Soderburg, Bill Gudex, Mark Froemke, Scott Marshall, Gary Severson, Mike Madden, Becky Pera, Charlie Smith and Tim Wheeler.[11]

Mark Ritchie (now Secretary of State for Minnesota) also attended and addressed the meeting. In a written report on the meeting by Tim Wheeler, Ritchie is referred to as a "non-party friend" of the Communist Party. The report was marked "not for publication". Click here for the entire report.[12]

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[13]including Scott Marshall, Almost all endorsers were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA.

Communist Party USA

In September 2006 the People’s Weekly World[14]listed several members of the Illinois Communist Party USA.

Joan Elbert, Barbara Russum, Bea Lumpkin, William Appelhans, Bill Mackovich, Carolyn Black, Carroll Krois, Dee Myles , Doug Freedman, Frank Lumpkin, John Bachtell, Kevin Collins, Lance Cohn, Mark Almberg, Marguerite Horberg, Martha Pedroza, Mike Giocondo, Pepe Lozano, Roberta Wood, Scott Marshall, Shelby Richardson, Sijisfredo Aviles, Sue Webb, Terrie Albano.

In 2009 Scott Marshall was a contributing editor and a member of the [15] of the Editorial Collective of Political Affairs, theoretical journal of the Communist Party USA.

Visiting China and Vietnam

A Communist Party USA delegation to China and Vietnam returned to the United States on Dec. 12 2006, with a "wealth of political and cultural experiences they say they hope to share with the U.S. public in order to build better understanding and friendship between the peoples of the U.S., China and Vietnam."

The delegation, made up of National Chair Sam Webb, Executive Vice Chair Jarvis Tyner, International Secretary Pamella Saffer and Labor Secretary Scott Marshall, visited at the invitation of the Communist Parties of China and Vietnam.

In China, they were hosted by the CPCs international department and were able to meet with leaders of the All China Womens Federation, the All China Federation of Trade Unions including a leader of the now famous Wal-Mart union and other leaders, party members and everyday citizens.

The delegation then traveled on to Vietnam. While the CPUSA has sent people to Vietnamese party congresses, and Tyner himself had visited Vietnam in 1972 while bombs were falling, this was the first official CPUSA delegation to ever visit. They described it as a moving experience.[16]

Supporting Obama

Scott Marshall, with Obama fans

Like most Communist Party USA members Scott Marshall spent much of 2008 campaigning for Barack Obama.

Illinois unionist Scott Marshall is one the most influential socialists in the US. He is Vice Chair of the Communist Party USA and Chair of the party's Labor Commission.

Scott Marshall directs the hundreds of Communist party USA members and sympathisers who have re-colonised the U.S. labour movement in recent years.

This gives Marshall control of millions of dollars of union money and thousands of paid and volunteer union political campaigners.

Scott Marshall used his influence to help get Barack Obama elected.

From the Communist Party USA's Labor UpFront Blog November 7 2008[17];

Obama Wins! Labor Wins! Working Families Win!
The American people reject policies of greed and union-busting!
President-elect Barack Obama.
Those words ring with meaning. For organized labor they ring with pride, hope, and energy for the struggles ahead. No one feels like “labor’s candidate won, so now we can go home and rest.” Rather, as congratulation messages pour in from all parts of the labor movement, the critical subtext is, we are ready and eager to march with you for change. At the top of labor’s change agenda is boots-on-the-ground support for the Obama agenda of a new “New Deal” for economic recovery and passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.
Organized labor played an amazing role in the election Barack Obama.
Unions played an extraordinary leadership role in winning the working class for Obama.
It’s been many years since labor was so totally united behind a presidential candidate.
Labor raised the struggle against racism and for class unity to a whole new level.
Unions gave vital leadership in building support for Obama on issues like the economy, workers rights to organize, protecting retiree’s pensions and social security, healthcare, and building green manufacturing that protects the environment and puts people back to work.
The labor movement took independent political action to spectacular new levels. Unions broke all previous records in mobilizing it’s rank and file for labor walks, phone banks, plant gate distributions, and member to member contact in the workplace. Labor continued to build and develop it’s own political apparatus and voice. Hundreds, if not thousands, of union halls became campaign central for the Obama campaign as well as for targeted Congressional contests.
As phenomenal as labor’s efforts were, the impact of the Obama upsurge and campaign on labor was also incredible. New coalitions were built or strengthened. A new depth was added to ties between labor and all the components of the Obama movement.
Labor’s role was hardly mentioned in the mainstream press. All the more reason for labor to have a big showing of celebration and support for our new President. Some in labor have begun to talk about a big mobilization for President Barack Obama’s “People’s Inaugural.”
What a great idea!

Latinos for Peace

On October 31 2009, Latinos For Peace issued a statement calling for “no escalation of the war in Afghanistan and for expedited withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as an end to the coup government in Honduras”.

More than 100 activists endorsed the call, including Scott Marshall, Chicago, IL.[18]

External Links

Scott Marshall, Vice Chair of Communist Party USA, Stoked by Radicalization of Wisconsin's Democratic Party (with video)


  1. Peoples World" Article by Scott Marshall April 8, 2011 "They Cry Wolf Too Many Times" (accessed April 8, 2011)
  2. FB friends page
  3. [Joy in the Struggle, My Life and Love, Bea Lumpkin, page 163]
  4. Committee to Elect Dr. John R. Lumpkin letter, Sept. 10, 1978
  6. PWW, May Day Supplement May 2, 1992
  7. Peoples Weekly World December 9, 1995 page 19
  8. PWW July 20, 1996, page 2
  9. Peoples Weekly World, "Chicago Banquet Nets $10,000 for 'World'", p. 3, with photo of Davis, Harry Gaynor, John Randolph - id. CPUSA, Alma Washington, Lupe Lozano, widow of murdered radical Rudy Lozano and whose son is a member of the CPUSA; Johnnie Johnson, former president of Chicago CLUW CLUW (a woman), and Scott Marshall, Illinois District organizer fo the CPUSA.
  11. CPUSA Farm Commission report, Tim Wheeler, December 16, 1999
  12. CPUSA Farm Commission report, Tim Wheeler, December 16, 1999
  14. We salute the labor movement!, People's World, September 1, 2006
  16. CPUSA Delegation returns from China, Vietnam, Dan Margolis, Peoples World, December 23, 2006