National Coalition to Fight Inflation and Unemployment
National Coalition to Fight Inflation and Unemployment was a Communist Party USA front.
In 1974, the Communist Party USA convened a conference on September 14th known as the Emergency Trade Union Conference to Fight Inflation, sponsored by another CPUSA front, Trade Union Action and Democracy , originally called the National Coordinating Committee for Trade Union Action and Democracy.. The keynote speaker at the Sept. 14th conference was Fred Gaboury, "TUAD field organizer and CPUSA's midwest trade union secretary".
List of sponsors of call for the November 16, 1974 mass demonstrations
- Ernest DeMaio - CPUSA, then vice president of the United Electrical Workers and then U.N. representative of the Soviet-controlled World Federation of Trade Unions
- Peter Orris - CPUSA, member of the executive committee of the Medical Committee for Human Rights MCHR (set up by identified CPUSA member Dr. Quentin Young, a close friend of President Barack Obama and key person behind the drive for universal health-care and single-payer system.
- Jack Spiegal sic, Jack Spiegel - CPUSA, Midwest Organizer, Shoe Workers Union
- Angela Davis - CPUSA, and "co-chairperson", National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, (another CPUSA front)
- Bert Corona - CPUSA, general secretary of CASA Hermanidad
- Dr. Carlton Goodlett - CPUSA, publisher, Sun Reporter
- George B. Murphy Jr. - CPUSA, Baltimore Afro-American newspaper, formerly of the Washington Afro-American
- Jim Williams - coeditor of Labor Today, the CPUSA's trade union publication, described by CPUSA's Gus Hall as "the TUAD organ".
- John Kailin - Coeditor, Labor Today [KW: Williams and Kailin as of 1974, would not have been chosen by the CPUSA to be the head of their very important labor front and publication unless they were either cover Party members or declared Party sympathizers).
- Jane Benedict - "director of the Metropolitan Council on Housing, a CPUSA-dominated tenant organizing group. Mrs. Benedict has served in executive roles in CPUSA-dominated unions, fronts and causes for some 35 years. She was the princial active organizer of the New York branch of the CPUSA's anti-inflation movement which eventually took the name New York Coalition to Fight Inflation and Unemployment, and was a leader in organizing the National Coalition to Fight Inflation and Unemployment, p. 10437. Also a longtime identified CPUSA member.
- Carl Farris - labor secretary of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference SCLC, TUAD activist (and had a significant record of supporting CPUSA fronts and causes)
- Clyde Bellencourt - director of the American Indian Movement AIM and functionary of the CPUSA's NAARPR
- Peggy Martin - Illinois State Representative, (and supporter of CPUSA fronts, esp. in Chicago)
- Fr. William E. Hogan William Hogan Bill Hogan - of Chicago's Alliance to End Repression, a part of NAARPR; (Hogan later emerged as a member of the CPUSA)
- Alan Weaver - executive board, Local 1693 American Federation of Teachers AFT
- Rosella Bailey - president, King City unit, Elder Citizens of Washington State
- Elmer A. Benson - former government of Minnesota and (decades long supporter of the CPUSA and its fronts)
This TUAD meeting also called for "an anti-inflation demonstration in Washington, D.C. in March 1975" which "has been rescheduled for April 26, 1975", and did take place.
This Congressional Record article told how the CPUSA, through Daniel Rubin, now the CPUSA's Secretary of the Anti-Inflation Commission, was "responsible for developing the strategy of the national campaign".
The CP's youth front, the Young Workers Liberation League (YWLL) joined "in unity with broader forces to militantly honor De. Martin Luther King on April 4 (1975), the first international day of solidarity with U.S. youth fighting racism". "The international day of solidarity on Dr. King's birthday was declared by the Soviet-controlled youth organization, the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), of which YWLL is the U.S. affiliate."
YWLL sponsored marches took place in New York, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and other cities supported by such organizations as:
- Operation PUSH People United to Save Humanity - (heavily influenced by CPUSA members and sympathizers. This CR article mentioned that "The founder and leader of Operation PUSH, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, a former associate of Reverend King in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), has previously supported organizations dominated by the Communist Party including the People's Coalition for Peace and Justice PCPJ, the New Mobilization Committee New Mobe and the Chicago Peace Council (CPC)." [A more complete list of Jackson's affiliation with CPUSA, SWP, and pro-PLO organizations will be published under his own KW page].
- local NCFIU branches
- National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO)
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) - (heavily infiltrated and influenced by the CPUSA and the SWP)
- Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) - (often run by members of the CPUSA and its sympathizers, esp. William Lucy
- National Student Committee Against Racism (NSCAR) - (which had significant, if not dominant communist influences and personnel in it)
Continuing the NCFIU Demonstration Plans and Schedule for April 26, 1975
The Congressional Record article detailed various meetings held by the CPUSA and its members, especially in labor, to drum up support for several preliminary demonstrations on the economy before the big march planned for April 26, 1975.
The April 26th demonstration was cloaked by the Communists which called it "Industrial Union Department - AFL-CIO - Calls March on Washington, April 28th, 1975, For Jobs or Income Now!", the latter appearing on their literature. The NCFIU was to hold its own little demonstration and then join up with the large AFL-CIO one, which had been announced by Victor Gotbaum, executive director of District 37, AFSCME. "A member of the Marxist Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee - which works within the left-wing of the Democratic Party, Mr. Gotbaum claims he is not a socialist."
[However, Gotbaum's record of support for CPUSA and SWP fronts leaves no doubt as to the fact that he was a marxist. Also, the DSOC working within the left-wing of the Democratic Party was the precursor movement/strategy for trying to gain control of the party, which later manifested itself in the Progressive Caucus/Progressive Democrats of the 2000's].
April 16, 1975 Current List of Sponsors of the NCFIU
- Yvonne Braithwaite Burke - Member of Congress (D-CA)
- Mayor Richard Hatcher - Gary, Indiana, (who had a significant record of as a supporter of CPUSA and SWP fronts)
- Percy Sutton - Manhattan Borough President
- James Ferlo - Pittsburgh Model Cities Commissioner (Ferlo has also been associated with other CPUSA fronts/causes)
- Frank Barbaro - New York State Assemblyman (and wild-eyed leftist radical in his own right)
- George A. Cincotta - New York State Assemblyman
- Miriam Friedlander - Member of the New York City Council and id. CPUSA member
- Howard L. Lasker - New York State Assemblyman
- Edward L. Sadowsky - Member of the New York City Council
- Jean Bellfeuille - Ex. Dir, Mobile Home Owners & Tenants Association, Epping NE (sic)
- Jane Benedict - Chairperson, NY Metropolitan Council on Housing MCH, id. CPUSA member
- Thais Blatnik - W. Liberty College Campus Ministry, Triadelphia, W. Va.
- Anne Braden - Southern Institute for Propaganda & Organizing SIPO, a CPUSA front, id. CPUSA member
- Congressional Record, "Inflation and Unemployment: The Communist Party's New Drive - Part I", April 16, 1975, Extension of Remarks, pages 10436-1-439, Rep. Larry McDonald (D-GA)