Delfino Varela

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Template:TOCnestleft Delfino Varela is the father of Delfino Varela, Jr.

Early life

Born in New Mexico in 1926, Mr. Varela became a resident of Los Angeles in 1955.

Communist activist

In the early 1960s Delfino (Del) Varela represented the Southern California District of the Communist Party USA, on the executive committee of Los Angeles Fair Play for Cuba Committee.

Varela served on the Mexican Commission for that Communist Party district. His work for the Communist Party centered around Americans of Mexican extraction in Los Angeles.

On February 25, 1959, when he was interrogated at hearings of the Committee on Un-American Activities, committee investigation showed he was an active member of the Zapata Section of the Southern California District of the Communist Party. Mr. Varela invoked the fifth amendment, however, in response to all committee questions relating to his activities in the Communist Party.[1]

Supporter of the New American Movement

In 1981, Delfino Varela was listed as a supporter of the New American Movement. He commented,

Congratulations on you [sic] tenth year. Focus on the need for a Democratic Socialist America.[2]

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 Delfino Varela.[3]

Los Angeles DSA

In 1982 Delfino Varela, Attorney at Law, was on the Advisory Committee of Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America[4].

In 1985, Delfino Varela Attorney at Law, served on the Advisory Committee of Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America.[5]

Los Angeles DSA member

Circa late 1980s Los Angeles DSA brochure

Delfino Varela has been a member of Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America.

DSA Conference delegate

In 1983 Delfino Varela was a Los Angeles, California delegate to the Democratic Socialists of America conference in New York City, October 14-16, 1983[6]

Chicano movement

The 40th Anniversary Commemoration Committee of the Chicano Moratoriums was formed in the summer 2009 by the Chair of the National Chicano Moratorium Committee of August 29, 1970 along with two independent Chicano Movement historians whom although not of the baby boomer generation, have become inspired by the Movimiento. The organization posted a list of significant “Chicano movement” activists on its website which included Delfino Varela of MAPA.[7]



  1. HCUA Testimony of Albert Lewis and Steve Roberts, April 26, 27, 1962, page 1525
  2. 10th Anniversary Booklet for the New American Movement, 1981
  3. Tribute to Ben Dobbs program, June 7, 1981
  4. LA DSA members letter July 10 1982
  5. LA, DSA, letterhead January 28th, 1985
  6. DSA Conference delegate list Oct. 12 1983 update
  7. Chicano Moratorium website: Moratorium Participants (accessed on April 16, 2010)