Michelle Kern

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Michelle Kern


Michelle Kern is a writer for the Communist Party USA's People's World. She is is Adjunct Professor, Creative Arts and Social Science Department at College of San Mateo, California. She is Chapter Chair at AFT local 1493, Organizer at AFT local 1493 and contributing writer to Peoplesworld.org. She has lived and worked primarily in the East Bay in the arts, including work at the Richmond Art Center and helping to found the independent art gallery Cricket Engine in Oakland. She relocated back to her native Peninsula four years ago to be closer to work, and now is beginning art, activism and union activity in Silicon Valley.[1]

She is married to Alex Farr.

Communist Party

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Michelle Kern submitted to 30th National Convention, CPUSA, Convention Discussion an article entitled "Online organizing - What is it and why should I take the plunge?"

Cuba

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CPUSA resolution on Cuba

16. INTENSIFY THE STRUGGLE TO END THE BLOCKADE OF CUBA

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WHEREAS since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution on January 1, 1959, socialist Cuba has made great advances in the building of a society based on justice and equality for all, and

WHEREAS socialist Cuba has been a beacon of hope and solidarity for the world, and especially for the oppressed and exploited in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and

WHEREAS the example of socialist Cuba has also been an inspiration for the struggle of working class, poor, and oppressed people in our own country, and

WHEREAS U.S. imperialism and its allies have, since the revolution, done everything in their power to undermine and sabotage the achievements of the Cuban Revolution, and

WHEREAS starting in 2014, the U.S. and Cuba reached agreement on a number of points of contention, leading to the freeing of the Cuban Five, the restoration of diplomatic relations, and binational coordination on some matters of mutual interest, among others, and

WHEREAS nevertheless the U.S. Congress did not pass legislation ending the trade, economic, and political blockade, and

WHEREAS the current administration under the leadership of President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor John Bolton have, in close alliance with the most reactionary members of the U.S. Congress, such as Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), set out on a course to erase the advances in U.S.-Cuba relations achieved under the Obama administration, with a view to achieving regime change in Cuba through economic pressure and other means, including permitting lawsuits against foreign companies that trade with and invest in Cuba, and

WHEREAS many people in the United States are determined to continue and intensify their active opposition to the U.S. attacks on Cuba, manifested by the fact that the legislatures of eleven U.S. cities, including Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, and Sacramento in California; Helena, Montana; Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota; Detroit, Michigan; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Brookline, Massachusetts; and Hartford, Connecticut, and the state legislatures of California and Alabama have passed strongly worded resolutions calling for the end of the U.S. economic blockade of Cuba,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the [Communist Party USA], meeting in its 31st National Convention in Chicago, Illinois on June 21-23,

CALL for intensified struggle to end the Cuba blockade and all U.S. efforts to undermine the Cuban socialist government and to undermine Cuba’s national sovereignty, and

CALL for intensified active work to get more city, county, state, and other legislative bodies, as well as unions, churches, and organizations of every type to pass strong resolutions and take other measures to end the blockade, and

CALLS for action in the electoral realm to make changes in Congress and the White House in 2020 to remove supporters of the blockade from their current positions of power.

Submitted by Emile Schepers, Tom Whitney, Michelle Kern, Richard Grassl, and Wayne Nealis.[2]

Working for Ami Bera

Cassie Lopez, Alex Farr, Michelle Kern, right
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Mik Diddams, Alex Farr, Michelle Kern, Cassie Lopez, Juan Lopez, Nell Ranta, and several other Northern California Communist Party USA members worked for Ami Bera in District 7, in the 2014 elections.

What's race got to do with it?

"What's race got to do with it? Class, ethnicity and conflict in an evolving U.S. nation"

Sunday 15 February 2015, 20:00, Organized by : Communist Party USA

Join us for a Sunday evening discussion of Lenin's analysis of nations and national oppression and their applicability to 21st century America. Joe Sims will facilitate.

Those indicating they would attend on Wherevent include Dee Myles, Casey Doyle, Michelle Kern, Keri Rautenkranz Barbara Russum, Christian L. Wade, Athena Matyear, Emily Nashoba Dykes, Abby Liz, Betty Smith, Kelly Sinclair, Kathleen Casey, Chris Reynolds, Charles Brown, Josh Leclair, Roberto J. Mercado, Emile Schepers, Christopher D. Sims, Abdol H. Banaei, Zachary Clereigh, David Bender, Earchiel Johnson, Dan Power, Ahmad Budi, Adam R. Raven, Kyle Ritzinger, John Milam, Estevan Nembhard, Adrian Felty Ken Heard, Jordan Stepleton, Badreldin Elfaisal, Daniel Sankey, Hasan İncedere, Armando Ramirez, Chris Elliott, Larry Burks II . [3]

New member phone bank

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New member phone bank Public · Hosted by Communist Party USA.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11 AM - 4 PM EDT

Your living room

We're organizing a phonebank to our new members on Saturday and we need your help. The callfire service allow you to make the calls from home, using your smartphone, laptop or deskstop. You'll get a real charge from talking to them! Aint' nuthin like it!! Please click "going" if you can make calls! Thanks!

Those invited to participate on on Facebook included Michelle Kern.

"Sanctuary for All Californians"

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Sanctuary for All Californians was the theme as People’s World/Mundo Popular supporters gathered at the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library July 4 2018, demanding “No Ban, No Wall, No Mass Incarceration.”

The keynote speakers—photojournalist David Bacon; Zahra Billoo, executive director, Council on American-Islamic Relations-San Francisco Bay Area; and Leo Mercer and Zay Coleman from the Oakland-based Urban Peace Movement—shared insights about urgent issues in today’s struggles for human rights, democracy, and social and economic justice.

Juan Lopez, speaking for the People’s World/Mundo Popular, warned of the grave danger to democracy posed by the policies and actions of Donald Trump and his Republican allies, and called on all present to engage fully in the 2018 and 2020 elections.

Bacon focused on the problems faced by migrants attempting to come here from Central America and the conditions underlying that harrowing journey.

The current migration from Central America began with the civil wars of the 1970s, and the ways the U.S. was relating to the region, Bacon said. “Our taxes didn’t just pay for war and maquiladoras—this whole thing evolved into an even larger strategy of encouraging foreign investment through privatizing state utilities, services, and assets, and then negotiating free trade agreements in Mexico and Central America.”

Migrants are now seeking to reunite with families divided by war and previous migration, fleeing threats of violence caused by criminalization and deportations of previous migrants, and looking for economic survival.

Reminding the audience that massive pressure from the Civil Rights Movement forced Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act in 1965, as well as to end the highly repressive bracero immigrant worker program and to establish the family preference immigration system, Bacon said, “We have changed our world before, and we can do it again!”

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Zahra Billoo, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area, recalled her growing-up years in a middle-class family that had emigrated from Pakistan, with parents who easily obtained U.S. citizenship. Sept. 11, 2001, she said, “was when we realized, as a Pakistani-American family, that we were not seen as welcome here.”

When Billoo and others at CAIR examined the factors behind the continuing growth of anti-Muslim sentiment, she said, “We found ‘an Islamophobia industry.’ From 2009 to 2013, 33 groups spent $205 million” donated by wealthy individuals and large foundations to spread anti-Muslim hate, including training law enforcement on how to spot “terrorists, and every image they showed of a terrorist looked like me and my family.”

During Trump’s campaign, Billoo recalled, he urged a complete ban on Muslims entering the U.S. And in the 10 days following his election, “we saw more hate crimes targeting the Muslim community than in any other period since 2011.”

She called attention to the current administration’s targeting of others as well, including people of color, women, the undocumented, and the LGBTQ community. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court has just approved the third version of Trump’s travel ban, and the “zero tolerance” immigration policy has led to separation of over 2,000 children from their parents at the border.

Billoo urged all present to “use today, July 4, to commit, to be courageous, to take risks and to fight alongside each other, “because we are talking about a system that won’t be fixed with band-aids, it’s going to take actual abolition…. We know that when we fight, we can win.”

Speaking for the Urban Peace Movement and its DetermiNation Black Men’s Group, Mercer and Coleman relayed a message from UPM’s program and policy campaign coordinator, Dr. Prince White, who was unable to participate. And they related the challenges they themselves face as young black men growing up in Oakland’s poor working-class communities and confronting the devastating social and economic injustices youth and others in the black community experience daily.

In his message, White urged support for “the leadership of youth of color. We have to listen to them,” he said, “bring them into spaces, and let them take leadership roles.”

White observed that July 4th “has always been a complicated holiday for black people,” adding that in his view, “the major forces shaping the world” since World War II have been white male supremacy and capitalism. Fighting against those forces is “the best thing one can do with one’s life.”

Calling his generation “angry and upset,” Mercer said that he believes older generations haven’t fully transmitted the values young people need to succeed in today’s world, and “as young people, we have to move forward for all the things that have been happening in the last 300 to 400 years.”

Young black men who live in the ‘hood “are going to be scary, they’re going to be intimidating,” he told the crowd. “But you’ve got to build a bridge, start talking to some of us, because we have a lot of intellect that could benefit this world.”

Juan Lopez warned that the Trump administration is “out to destroy the rights our people have won since before the birth of the nation,” as well as the social and economic advances of the 1930s New Deal and Congress’ passage of the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Act in the 1960s.

He called for full engagement in the 2018 and 2020 election campaigns, at both national and state levels. “Already this year, the early races are showing a new crop of candidates running and winning in Congressional districts that have been controlled by Republicans,” he said. “They are women, youth, smart, tenacious, multicolor, multi-generational, with different political views, all progressive.

“We are moving in a good direction, but we’re at a crossroads now,” López added. “One road leads to an authoritarian, anti-democratic, and even fascist regime; the other leads to the extension of democracy like we’ve never seen before, and a new society where we the people become masters of our own destiny.”

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MCs Michelle Kern and Alex Farr presented the keynote speakers with certificates from area Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, expressing appreciation for their work.

Akberet Hagos’ performance of “This Land is Your Land,” by the great 20th century American folk singer Woody Guthrie, had everyone helping to fill the hall with the classic ballad’s soaring refrains.

Cassandra Lopez, known affectionately in the community as “Mama Cassie,” offered the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library as “the place for the people” to meet and hold events. [4]

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 https://tinyurl.com/ycdouk3y

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. http://www.cpusa.org/2017-national-party-building-conference-resist-organize-vote-grow/

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.[5]

Those indicating interest on Facebook for the event included Michelle Kern.

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