Len Levenson

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In 2005 life long socialist Len Levenson died at the age of 92 in New York City. Levenson is survived by his children, Eric Levenson and Joan Levenson Cohen. His wife, Goldie Levenson, a progressive economist, died before him.

Early life

Levenson came of political age during the 1930s — the time of the Great Depression, but also of a great people’s fightback against the injustices of the capitalist system. He was inspired by the struggles of that era, and was moved by the vision of a new, socialist society. It was then that he committed himself to a lifelong struggle for socialism and all that came with it: peace, justice, equality and democracy.

Abraham Lincoln Brigade, WW2

In the mid 1930s, Levenson joined[1]the Abraham Lincoln Brigade to fight in the Spanish Civil War.

Levenson became a lieutenant in the brigade and was one of the very last to leave Spain as Franco's forces eventually secured victory.

Levenson then joined the U.S. military and risked his life once again in the worldwide battle against fascism during World War II.

Communist Party USA

Levenson was a prominent member of the Communist Party USA{CPUSA) for decades, including a stint as party leader on Long Island, New York, during the McCarthy era.

Levenson later moved to New York City and assumed a number of leadership positions in the CPUSA, including as a member of the party’s National Committee. For several years he worked as vice president of International Publishers, the Marxist publishing house. He later served as editor of Political Affairs, the CPUSA’s theoretical journal.

Communist Party reformer

In 1991 Len Levenson 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]

Committees of Correspondence

In the early 1990s, Levenson left the CPUSA to join the Committees of Correspondence. He maintained cordial ties, however, with many of his former comrades in the party.

Levenson was an active member of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and was an editor of their newsletter, The Volunteer, until his death.

References

  1. http://www.pww.org/article/articleview/7736/
  2. Addendum to Initiative document