Doris Marquit

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Doris Marquit

Doris Grieser Marquit is the wife of Erwin Marquit. She died in May, 2014 at the age of 84.[1]

Communist Party reformer

In 1991, Doris Marquit was one of several hundred Communist Party USA members to sign the a paper "An initiative to Unite and Renew the Party" - most signatories left the Party after the December 1991 conference to found Committees of Correspondence.[2]

Marxist Education

In 1992 Doris Marquit[3]was involved with the Marxist Education Press, University of Minnesota.

Committees of Correspondence

At the Committees of Correspondence conference, Berkeley California, July 17-19, 1992, was a candidate[4]for the CoC National Coordinating Committee-from Minneapolis-Womens Studies teacher and Women's International League for Peace & Freedom activist.

Minnesota CoC editorial collective

In the early 1990s, Editorial Collective of the Minnesota Committee of Correspondence were  : April Knutson, Lenore Burgard, Doris Marquit, Erwin Marquit, Janet Quaife, and Hal Schwartz.[5]

Rejoining the party

In the summer of 1995 Doris Marquit and Erwin Marquit then went to Helvi Savola to tell her that they were rejoining the Communist Party USA. Shortly afterwards, Janet Quaife and Harry McAllister also rejoined the Party. The Independent Communists of Minnesota never met again.

The Party’s policy was to welcome back those who left, although one of the veteran Minnesota communists, Clara Jorgensen, from one of the former farm clubs denounced their readmission.

At the District Convention in 1996, Janet Quaife, Harry McAllister, Doris, and Erwin Marquit were elected to the DistrictCommittee. Helvi Savola still served as chair.[6]

Communist Party MLK tribute

On January 19, 2002, the Communist Party USA newspaper, Peoples Weekly World published a signed tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr..

We salute Dr. King’s courage and vision. He saw and struggled for an America and world that can be. We pledge in his memory to work to reorder our nation’s priorities “so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war.”

Signatories included Doris Marquit . Almost all signatories were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA[7].

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[8]including Doris Marquit, Almost all endorsers were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA.

Nature, Society and Thought

In the late 2000s, Doris Marquit was book reviews editor of University of Minnesota based Marxist journal Nature, Society and Thought[9];.

Supporting Mark Ritchie

In 2006, four leaders of the Minnesota/Dakotas Communist Party USA - Mark Froemke, Doris Marquit, Erwin Marquit and Peter Molenaar were listed as supporters of the Mark Ritchie Minnesota Secretary of state campaign.[10]

In 2006[11] and 2010[12] Doris Marquit and Erwin Marquit financially supported the Mark Ritchie Minnesota Secretary of State campaigns.