Bessie was a delegate to the Second Convention of the Southern California District of the Communist Party USA which was held in two sessions in November 1959 and January 1960. He has also attended meetings of the Youth Commission for that party district.
Daniel Bessie appeared before the Committee on Un-American Activities as a witness on October 20, 1959, and invoked the fifth amendment in answer to questions pertaining to membership in the Communist Party.
Tribute to Ben Dobbs
On Sunday, June 7, 1981, the Los Angeles Chapter of the New American Movement sponsored a Tribute to Ben Dobbs for "His lifelong commitment to socialism". The event was held at the Miramar-Sheraton Hotel, Santa Monica, California. Sponsors of the event included Dan Bessie.
- HCUA Testimony of Albert Lewis and Steve Roberts, April 26, 27, 1962
- Tribute to Ben Dobbs program, June 7, 1981