Communist Party activism
Lima was Communist Party candidatefor U.S. Representative from California 1st District, 1940, 1942. Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972. Convicted in 1952 of conspiracy to overthrow the United States government; the verdict was overturned on appeal.
Communist delegation at funeral
Communist Party USA National Chairman Henry Winston, lead a Party delegation to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s funeral. It included Claude Lightfoot, Mickey Lima, Arnold Johnson, Charlene Mitchell, Gil Green.