Alice Bush

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Alice Bush is an Indiana activist. Staff Nurse at IU Health Partners Greenwood, Indiana Hospital & Health Care. She is the widow of Kenneth Appelhans.


Communist Party USA member Kenneth Appelhans was married for 19 years, to Alice Bush of Gary, Ind., an organizer for the Service Employees International Union. "We shared the same political view and were true comrades in the struggle. Our politics are what brought us together and kept us united," she said. Their relationship grew out of their hard fought but unsuccessful effort to bring a union to LaRabida Children's Hospital.

"Nobody at the time knew the silver lining in that cloud would shine as bright and beautiful as the next 19 years of their time together," said Ken's brother, Bill.[1]

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 Alice Bush, 1199/SEIU.[2]

Communist Party's May Day Salute

In 1995 the Communist Party USA newspaper People's Weekly World, published a "May Day salute" to the "heroes in the class war zone". More than 200 unionists endorsed the call, mostly known affiliates, or members of the Communist Party.

Alice Bush, Pres SEIU Local 1199 Gary Indiana, was one of those listed[3].

2000 Chicago PWW banquet

The 2000 banquet, held October 28 at the House of Fortune restaurant featured Congressman Danny Davis as guest speaker.

Local honorees were;

A special award went to Evelina Alarcon, co-ordinator to the Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Campaign.

Lance Cohn was a banquet organizer.[4]

CPUSA National Board

Alice Bush of Indiana SEIU, attended a meeting of the National Board of the Communist Party USA in South Chicago, on the last weekend of January, 2003.[5]



  1. PW, Kenneth Appelhans, fighter for working people, dies, Special to the World July 6 2011
  2. PWW, May Day Supplement May 2, 1992
  3. People's Weekly World May 6 1995 p 2
  4. PWW October 7, 2000
  5. PWW, February 1, 2003 "communist meet heats up in Chicago