Margy Lima Wilkinson

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Margy Lima Wilkinson is the daughter of leading Communist Party USA activist Frank Wilkinson. She joined the party[1]at the age of 18 where she worked with Dorothy Healey before leaving a few years later.

I can’t remember the first time I met Dorothy – I was probably 6 or 7. But my first memory of her is in 1952 during the Smith Act trial here in LA. Dorothy, my father and 12 other Communist Party leaders in California had been arrested under the Smith Act. Their crime? Advocating to teach the overthrow of the government by force and violence.
The California 14 decided to base their defense on the constitution – specifically on the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – freedom of speech, press, and assembly.
I don’t know if bringing us kids to court was part of a defense strategy to show what totally normal people these communists were, or if it was simply a matter of juggling child care and the trial. In any event we went to court. And what I remember is that on my first day in court – I was 9 – there was Dorothy, twinkling with energy and love, with a bag full of comic books, coloring books, crayons and games for us kids. I loved her madly.
When I was 18, I joined the CP. Over the next dozen years I worked with Dorothy in the party – her leaving was not a surprise to me. I am more surprised that I stayed. Over the last 30 years I saw her occasionally and we exchanged a few cards and letters...

Communist Party reformer

In 1991 Margy Wilkinson, Northern California, 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]

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992 Margy Wilkinson, secretary AFSCME, Berkeley, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[3]

CoC National Coordinating Committee

The following are listed in order of votes they received as members of the Committees of Correspondence National Coordinating Committee, elected at the Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.:[4]

In 1994 Margy Wilkinson was a member of the National Coordinating Committee of the Committees of Correspondence.[5]

She was also on the executive board of AFSCME 3211 and the Northern California CoC steering committee.[6]

Center for Political Education

In 1998 the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism linked organization, the Center for Political Education hosted a forum entitled "The Workplace as a Site of Social Struggle: 1960’s and 1990’s". The inter-generational dialogue featured the following speakers:

Leo Robinson, International Longshore and Warehouse Union; Katie Quan, Vice President of International Ladies Garment Worker's Union; Frank del Campo, 25 year veteran of labor/community/Latino organizing; Margy Wilkinson, activist and officer of AFSCME; Nato Green, organizer, UFCW campaign; Joy Enomoto, temp workers organizer, Steve Williams, co-director of POWER; and Bharati Narumanchi, student organizer at San Francisco City College; moderated by Lillian Galedo, Filipinos for Affirmative Action.[7]

References

  1. http://web.mac.com/richardhealey/iWeb/Dorothy/Comments/0D281813-0101-4B68-A515-05AA25E5F9FD.html
  2. Addendum to Initiative document Nov. 13 1991
  3. CCDS Background
  4. Proceedings of the Committees of Correspondence Conference: Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the '90s booklet, printed by CoC in NY, Sept. 1992 (Price: $4)
  5. CoC National committee meeting, January 7-9, 1994, New York minutes
  6. News for a People's World, September 1994, page 5
  7. Center for Political Education website: Past Classes (1998 - 2007)