Anita Torrez

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Anita Torrez

Template:TOCnestleft Anita Torrez is the wife of Lorenzo Torrez.

Progressive salute

In May 1992, the Communist Party USA newspaper, Peoples Weekly World published a May Day supplement. This included a signed greeting from "Southern Arizona's progressive community", most of who were known Communist Party USA members.

One of the signatories was Anita Torrez.[1]

Communist Party Labor Day call

The Communist Party USA paper People's Weekly World issued a statement to mark Labor Day 1995, entitled "We honor the dead and fight like hell for the living."

Of the more than 100 endorsers listed, almost all were identified members of the Communist Party USA.

Anita Torrez, UNITE Tucson was on the list.[2]

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 including Anita Torrez, Almost all endorsers were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA.[3]

Arizona "progressive" community

On May 1 2009, this statement appeared in the Communist Party USA paper Peoples World;[4]

Arizona’s progressive community extends May Day and Cinco de Mayo greetings to all our friends across the country. We commit ourselves to join the struggle for jobs, equality, national health care, a fair immigration policy, and for peace and justice in the Middle East. Let’s make this planet a good place to live for all its inhabitants.

Arizona Peace Council, AZ4NORML, Campaign for Labor Rights, The Einstein Academy, Casa Maria/Catholic Worker East Valley Club Communist Party USA, Law Office of Payson & Gattone, The Latino Doctrine (TV show) Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee, Salt of the Earth Labor College Tucson Club CPUSA , Tucson Peace Action Coalition

Clyde Appleton, Mary Elinor Adams, Rolande Baker, Anne Brenner, Joe Bernick and Cat Stelman, Nancy Bissell, Jack Blawis, Don Buchanan, Richard Boren, Susan Clark, Rebeca Cartes, Eugenia Chilton,Jack DeWeese, Howard Druan, & DD Sande,Gregory Feesl, Ray Figueroa, Brian Flagg, Michael Flower, Sean Fowlkes, Nancy Gallen, Maggie Gerring, Michael Gray, Nancy Graham, James Hannley, Beverly Halkias, Jeff Imig, Mansur Johnson, James Jordan & Raquel Mogollon, Frank Jents, Marilyn Kramer, John Kromko, Jim Kincaid, Brandy Lintencum, Rob McElwain, Mary MacEwan, John Mackoviak, Jane Martin & Bob Vint, Jon Miles, Nancy Myers, Kathy Norgard, Richard Osburn, Ismael Parra, Nancy Pontius , Alice Ritter, Carlos Salaz, Sr., Mazda Shirazi, Rosemary Solarez, James Stewart, Brian Stevens, Olga Strickland, Donald Tewels, Dennis Tallent & Laura Tallent, Anita Torrez & Lorenzo Torrez, Carolyn Trowbridge & Keith Bagwell, Susan Thorpe, Steve Valencia & Janet Valencia, Edward Vargas, Steve Wheaton, Michael Wheeler,Susan Willis , Wendell Wilson, Deb Wilmer.

Latter days

Lorenzo Torrez and his wife, Anita Torrez , were able to raise three children. Today they live in a modest home in Tucson, Arizona, largely on Social Security payments. Torrez receives a $750 check each month, and Anita $400. Anita, who logged 18 years at a ladies' undergarment factory in Tucson, also draws a small pension of about $65 a month from the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union.

Hardship has never broken Torrez, however, nor weakened his faith in the labor movement. Not only is he still active with the CPUSA, but on alternate Saturdays, Torrez and Anita run a labor school named Salt of the Earth.[5]



  1. Peoples Weekly World May 2 1992, May Day supplement
  2. People's Weekly World Sep 2 1995 p 14
  5. [1] Portrait of Retiree:Lorenzo Torrez, Plansponsor website, accessed July 5, 2010