Mary Tate

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Mary Tate

Working for Jesse Jackson

A prominent Jesse Jackson aide was Mary Tate, also a leading member of the World Peace Council.

Tate went with Jackson to Damascus, Syria in 1983 to negotiate for the release of U.S. Navy Lieutenant Robert Goodman, who had been shot down and imprisoned by the Syrians. Some observers believe this episode had been simply planned in advance by the Jackson staff and the pro-communist Syrians as a way of embarrassing Reagan.

Syria helped pay for some expenses of the trip.[1]


  1. Communists in the Democratic Party, page 40