Paul Krehbiel

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Paul Krehbiel

Paul Krehbiel is a Los Angeles activist. He is married to Patricia Margaret.

Radical life

Paul Krehbiel was a Vietnam war resister, and a president of the Buffalo Draft Resistance Union. He was arrested three times for anti-war activities. As a union auto worker, he was a founder in 1970 of an anti-war workers' newspaper, New Age . Paul Krehbiel was a representative to the national People's Coalition for Peace and Justice. He later be came a local union president, a chief union negotiator, and a national union newspaper editor. A member of CCDS in Los Angeles, he is author of Shades of Justice.[1] .


Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism co-chairs elected October 2020:

Co-chairs Gary Hicks, Paul Krehbiel, Rafael Pizarro, Harry Targ, and Janet Tucker.

Buffalo antiwar movement

John Marciano, Al Donohue and Paul Krehbiel were all active in the Buffalo antiwar movement during the war in Vietnam.[2]


Paul Krehbiel joined the Communist Party USA and the Young Workers Liberation League in Buffalo in the early 1970s.

In the early 1980's he was living and working in Colorado and was active in the Communist Party USA there.[3]

WEB DuBois Clubs of America

In 2014, Paul Krehbiel was listed a a friend on the DuBois Clubs Facebook page.[4]

Organizing in the South

Paul Krehbiel, a long-time progressive trade unionist, was on staff with the UFWA in 1985 and 1986 in Nashville, Tennessee, where the UFWA had moved its national office in 1979 to focus on organizing the south. He said he saw that this progressive tradition was still intact in the UFWA. Krehbiel was the managing editor of the union’s national newspaper, the Furniture Workers Press, and he assisted on union organizing campaigns in the south. [5]

New DSA member

Los Angeles Left, January 1993

In 1993 Paul Krehbiel, Los Angeles, was a new member of Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America.

"Revolution in the Air"

Saturday, May 7, 2005 University of California, Santa Barbara UCEN Conference Center.

Roundtable: Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to the Factories, Steel Milles and Auto Plants

Moderator: Kerry Taylor, University of North Carolina Roundtable:

This event is part of the 31st Annual Southwest Labor Studies Conference sponsored by the Southwest Labor Studies Association and the Labor and Working Class History Association. This year’s conference theme is "Labor in Protest: The Legacy of the 1960s for the U.S. Labor Movement."[6]

MDS members

MDSers Paul Krehbiel, Tom Good, Jay D. Jurie, Paul Buhle and Jim Zarichny, Ann Arbor, new SDS convention 2006

In 2006, known Movement for a Democratic Society members include Paul Krehbiel, Tom Good, Jay Jurie, Paul Buhle and Jim Zarichny.[7]

Latinos for Peace

On October 31 2009, Latinos For Peace issued a statement calling for “no escalation of the war in Afghanistan and for expedited withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as an end to the coup government in Honduras”.

More than 100 activists endorsed the call, including Paul Krehbiel.[8]

CCDS Vietnam tour

In March 2011,The Vietnam Women’s Union welcomed and arranged a study tour in Vietnam for the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. Paricipants included Paul Krehbiel, a New York former art student , once active in the anti Vietnam war movement, Lucille Fried of Los Angeles, Duncan McFarland and Harry Targ.[9].

School for Troublemakers

"Who are the people here facing budget cut issues?" asked the teacher, Paul Krehbiel, a grizzled activist who has organized nurses and factory workers over a long career, which includes serving as the chief negotiator for registered nurses at Los Angeles County government hospitals and clinics.

They were in a classroom at Pasadena City College to learn how to be union activists...

The techniques Krehbiel and other instructors taught at this one-day event, called Troublemakers School, might have once been learned on the assembly line, in the mine elevator or at the bowling alley. Now, the teachers impart their knowledge through fliers and by drawing on white boards..

Events such as Troublemakers School are an attempt to keep up momentum after tens of thousands of demonstrators swarmed the Wisconsin statehouse earlier this year to protest legislation that would strip the collective bargaining rights of public employees. The school is part instruction, part pep rally.

"Who took to the streets? The tea party did," said Sandy Pope, who is challenging Teamsters President James Hoffa in the union's election this fall. "Those are our streets, that's where we need to be."

The Troublemakers School in Pasadena and five others like it held this year across the country were organized by Labor Notes, a Detroit nonprofit funded by membership dues and course fees, as well as donations from pro-labor individuals. There's no question this group leans heavily left: One student carried pamphlets about a meeting for anarchists.

During the schools, volunteers drill students on Labor 101 — how a union is organized, what labor laws do and don't protect and how to recruit members. They commiserate about tough conditions at work, and cheer on speakers who tell about their struggles fighting big business.[10]

2013 CCDS National Coordinating Committee

Paul Krehbiel, Southern California, was elected in 2013 to the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism National Coordinating Committee;[11]

Left Forum 2015

Transforming Community and Labor Organizing into Electoral Victory at the Left Forum, 5/30/15, was a panel sponsored by Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, at Left Forum 2015.

Participants were NYC Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Andrea Miller of People Demanding Action, Ethan Young of Portside and Left Labor Project, Paul Krehbiel of CCDS in Los Angeles and trade union activist, and Pat Fry, CCDS Co-Chair.[12]

Paul Krehbiel, a CCDS member in Los Angeles, has spent most of his political life on the outside of electoral politics through his union, organizing to put pressure on elected officials. The rise in right wing candidates throughout the Bush years, the Iraq war and the voter response that put Barack Obama in office showed the importance of working in the electoral arena to defeat the right, said Krehbiel. He drew attention to the Republican Gerrymandering project that moved the political landscape to the right in 2012 electorally even though voters in their majority moved to the left. As an example, he cited Michigan’s votes in 2012 where Democrats won 240,000 more votes than Republicans but elected only 6 Democrats of Michigan’s 15 Congressional seats. He urged reading the 2012 Red Map Summary Report that details how the Republican Party did it – even boasting about it, said Krehbiel.

As an antidote to the Republican Redmap strategy, Krehbiel drew from the lessons of the mid 1990s in Orange County, outside of Los Angeles. Krehbiel was part of a labor-community coalition to register Latino voters, a campaign led by the Southwest Voter Registration Project and Hermandad Mexicana that included student groups, unions, and the Catholic Church. In 1996 these efforts led to the election of the first Latin American from Orange County to Congress, Loretta Sanchez, who defeated a 6-term incumbent an extreme rightwinger Rep. Bob Dornan. Sánchez’ win galvanized a number of other successful campaigns electing Latinos to office.[13]

CCDS 2016 leadership

(elected July and September 2016)[14]



Racial Justice Caucus - DSA-LA

Members of the Racial Justice Caucus - Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America closed Facebook group, as of August 25, 2017 included Paul Krehbiel .[15]

2019 DSA-LA National Convention Delegates Candidates

DSA-LA has 47 delegate spots available and have received 69 candidate submissions. Due to the large number of candidates and slots, this ballot is using Approval Voting rather than block voting: vote for as many candidates as you feel comfortable representing DSA-LA at the convention. Voting will close on June 15th at 11:59pm. Should delegates be unable to attend the convention for any reason, they will be replaced by delegate alternates in order of votes.

Candidates included Paul Krehbiel.

Inside/Outside Project

From an article on Organizing Upgrade October 5, 2018 on the :Left Inside/Outside Project.

Fighting Trump and Building the Left, from the Left Inside/Outside Project

But it’s also an exciting time to be part of the U.S. left. We have momentum on all the levels we have to work on, and more energy for these efforts than we have seen in decades. We take the inspiration from the examples listed above, and recognize that our main challenge is bringing our work to scales that will be able to shift the balance of forces in the U.S. The Left Inside/Outside Project formed out of a common feeling that U.S. politics after Trump required both serious engagement with electoral politics and a left that could work collaboratively to build on our existing strengths. Twenty months later, we still believe this: our commitment is to work ever more closely together with this vision, to learn from one another, build on our most advanced experiences, and build a more unified and effective socialist movement that is in this fight for the long haul.

Signatories included Paul Krehbiel, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. Co-chair.

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

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.

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.[16]

Those invited on Facebook included Paul Krehbiel.

SoCal Bernie supporters

Katrina Bergstrom September 27 2019·

We are canvassing for Bernie this weekend from 10am-2pm in East Hollywood, North Hollywood and West LA, anybody who canvasses gets a free limited edition Bernie pin! RSVP HERE:


Which one is your favorite? — with Erika Alvarez, Megan Svoboda, Jessica Ann Bourque, Amarnath Ravva, Erika Feresten, Paul Song, Jeanine Rohn, Paul Krehbiel, Jane Demian, Karlenea Brown, Betty Doumas, Nicky Martin, Charles Du, Eric Wimer, Daniela Urso, Hsingii Tseng Bird, Max Goldberg, Jenni Chang, Maikiko James, Jeanna Harris, Will Shattuc, Michael Stenovec, Kyle Gaan, Brandon Rey Ramirez, Brenda Gutierrez, Steve Askin, Mason Mineo, Olivia Gamboa, Shawnee Badger, Wendy Fagioli Ruiz, Sergio Davila, Marlin Medrano, Mark Masaoka, Ben Hauck, Alex Wolinetz, Carrie Scoville, Joshua Smith, Henry Huerta, Tim Johnson, Staci O'Neal-Robinson, Steve Couch and Phillip Kim.