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Gary Hicks

Gary Hicks is a Massachusetts activist. He is also a cultural worker in the San Francisco Bay area. Active in promotion of people-to-people relations between China and the U.S. Member Revolutionary Poets Brigade, San Francisco, and Liberation Poets Collective, Boston.

Gary Hicks has been active in the politics of the left since the 1960s. He has been at various times, an educator, a community organizer, and a cultural worker. In the early 2000s Hicks works aed a substitute teacher in Boston. He has been writing poetry since 1983, and is the author of A Pen Is Like a Piece. You Pick It Up. You Use It.

Currently he is a Berkeley CA is a housing activist and researcher/presenter concerning international issues. Gary describes himself as "an alleged US citizen of African descent, when not acting out my clear residency as an international proletarian." He is a member of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, and Communist Party USA.[1]


Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism co-chairs elected October 2020:

Co-chairs Gary Hicks, Paul Krehbiel, Rafael Pizarro, Harry Targ, and Janet Tucker.

CCDS Peace and Solidarity Committee

In 2020 Tom Gogan, Duncan McFarland and Gary Hicks, Harry Targ, Betty Smith and Courtney Childs were all members of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism Peace and Solidarity Committee.[2]

LOM connection


In 1988 Gary Hicks was a member of the Boston Frontline Committee.


In 2000, Hicks was affiliated with the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. [3]

How Class Works

At the How Class Works - 2002 Conference, panels included;

  • 1.5 Pedagogy of Class
  • Gary Hicks, South Boston

“Globalization and Its Critics the First Time Around: Twain, Casement, Conrad, and Euro-American Imperialism, Late 19th – Early 20th Century”

“ Class Work: Site of Working-Class Activism or Site of Embourgeoisement?”

“Class Restructuring in Contemporary Ukraine and Its Effect on Education”

Communist Party member

In 2010, Gary Hicks and Sharon Rose were Communist Party USA members.[5]

Political Affairs

In 2015 Gary Hicks served on the editorial board of the Communist Party USA's Political Affairs. [6]

Anti Zionist

In 2010, Gary Hicks contributed article is part of the discussion leading up to the Communist Party USA's 29th National Convention May 21-23, 2010, "Zionism is a form of racism, and racism has no place in our Communist Party!".[7]

In 1975, the United Nations characterized Zionism as "a form of racism". By the early 1990s, under pressure from the United States, that characterization was rescinded. Such rescinding did not make the characterization any the less true then or now.

The role of the Communist Party today, in 2010, must intervene in the following ways to consign Zionism to the rubble of history:
* To organize those forces in our country that will pressure the United States to withhold all government funding and other non-humanitarian resources to Israel
* To place travel bans to our country on all prominent Zionist Israeli leadership
* To forbid commerce and trade between our two countries, until the state of Israel begins to meet in good faith to address the right of return of the Palestinian peoples to their homeland and other forms of reparations for damages and losses suffered since 1948.

To reiterate and conclude: Zionism is a form of racism, and racism has no place in our Communist Party.

CCDS member

On May 27 2010, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism member Greg King, wrote an email to several "CCDS members", forwarded from "Carl D", (probably Carl Davidson) on the subject of a John Case article on the just finished Communist Party USA National Convention in New York. The email named the "CCDS members" as Al Sargis, Jim Nakamura, John Witeck, Joe Bageant, W. A. Halabi, Mort Ahmadifar, Oliver Lee, Gary Hicks and Sandy Rosen.[8]

From: Greg King <>
Subject: FW: [CCDS Members] FYI from CarlD: JCase's Reflections on the CPUSA 29th Convention''
"Al Sargis" <>, "Jim Nakamura" <>, "John Witeck" <>, "Joe Bageant" <>, "W.A. Halabi" <>, "Mort Ahmadifar" <>, "Oliver Lee" <>, "Gary Hicks" <>, "Sandy Rosen"

Breaking the silence, Dr. Martin Luther King

On January 16 2011, presentations by Al Sargis, "Resistance to Racism of African-American Soldiers, Marines, and Sailors During the Vietnam War"; and by Gary Hicks, "Against Militarism, Racism, and Exploitation: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the National Security State", were held at Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, Oakland.

Co-sponsors: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Community Club, Communist Party USA; and Friedrich Engels Institute of Marxist War and Military Analysis.[9]

"China, The Working Class, Unions And The Economy" forum

On July 6 2011 a forum "China, The Working Class, Unions And The Economy" was held at the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland California .

China is now developing into the largest economy in the world and this forum will discuss how this affects Chinese working people, unions (official & independent) and the Chinese people. It will also look at how the US government, U.S. unions and media look at this development

A panel followed by audience discussion:

Left Forum 2015

Sea Changes: China and the World Since 2008

Left Forum 2012

China’s Peaceful Rising in Interesting Times

The question of China will be introduced by examining China’s revolution in the 20th Century, and its place and behavior in international and global policies today. Such a presentation is supplemented by presenting several criteria that establish China’s socialist credentials, in whole or in part. Finally there is the place of Marxism in ascertaining China’s interaction with the global economy in the context of the general crisis of capitalism.

Chair: Gary Hicks, Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library

Speakers: Norman Markowitz, Rutgers University, Wadih Halabi, Economics Commission, Communist Party USA, Wei Xiaoping, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing

African American Equality Commission

In July 2015, Members of African American Equality Commission Communist Party USA FaceBook group included Gary Hicks.[11]

War Times crew

In 2017, the "War Times Crew" consisted of Rebecca Gordon, Sasha Wright, Jan Adams, Hany Khalil, Clare Bayard, Lynn Koh, Rami El-Amine, Jen Soriano, John Trinkl, Gary Hicks, Carlos Martinez, Christine Ahn, Francesca Fiorentini, Felicia Gustin, Greg Hom, Max Elbaum, Nathan Paulsen, Michael Reagan, Sarah Lazare, Alicia Garza, Elvis Mendez, Becca Tumposky.[12]

National Party Building Conference

National Party Building Conference Hosted by Communist Party USA and People's World.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12 PM – 6 PM EST

Join Communist Party activists and members in a national conference. You can register here

The conference will take place November 11th to 12th to plan our work in the fight against the Trump Administration and its white supremacist ruling class backers. Find information here about how to participate.

The conference will be streamed from Chicago to regional meetings in New Haven, Los Angeles, and Orlando. Whether you’re on the East Coast, West Coast, in the MIdwest or the South, you’ll be able to participate.[13]

Those invited on Facebook included Gary Hicks.

CPUSA 31st National Convention resolution



WHEREAS humanity faces mounting existential threats from imperialist aggressions and environmental and public-health breakdowns, and

WHEREAS capitalism creates these threats and cannot stop their escalation. and

WHEREAS only the world working class can lead initiatives among the oppressed masses to decisively address these threats, and

WHEREAS labor’s organizations worldwide, including our parties, unions, and states, have identical interests in the global class struggle,

BE IT RESOLVED that the 31st National Convention direct the International Department of the Communist Party USA to support efforts to identify the strengths and shortcomings of international communism from the Comintern to the contemporary international movement of our parties worldwide, and to address the implications for international transition from capitalism to socialism.

Submitted by Sandra Rosen, Emile Schepers, Cameron Orr, John Womack, Donald Donato, Gary Hicks, and Wadih Halabi.[14]