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Scott Marshall

Scott Marshall is a vice chair of the Communist Party USA and chair of its Labor Commission, and former National Field Organizer for Trade Unionists for Action and Democracy. He lives in Chicago with his wife Roberta Wood. Scott Marshall is Vice President (West) of Steelworker Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR).[1]

Early activism

Scott Marshall grew up in Virginia where he first became active in the civil rights movement in high school, working on voter registration and anti-Klan projects in rural Southern Virginia and Tennessee. He was also active against the war in Vietnam.

From the People's World April 8, 2011 article "They Cry Wolf Too Many Times" [2];

When I was in high school in Virginia in the mid 1960's, the civil rights movement was raging all around us. The KKK murders of three young civil rights activists, Michael Schwerner; James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, compelled many of my generation into action. For me that meant joining a "Summer Project" in Southside, Virginia, to help register people to vote.
That was the first time I was called an outside agitator and a communist. The man who was yelling at me was spitting mad. How dare I come into his county and stir up trouble. I was 17 and had little idea what an outside agitator or a communist was. The guy, a local store owner, was cursing and name-calling because I was tearing down "Never" posters put up by the KKK, meaning "never" to integration or African American voting.

"Talking Socialism" blog

In 2021 members of the "Talking Socialism" blog team included John Case, James Boyd, Tina Shannon, Carl Davidson, Scott Marshall, Steve Noffke, Mark Froemke, Patience Wait, Mike Diesel, JB Christensen. [3]

WEB DuBois Clubs of America

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

Labor movement influence

In the early 1970s, Communist Party USA aligned union members began to find their voice through new coalitions such as the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists , the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement , and the National Coordinating Committee for Trade Unionists for Action and Democracy. TUAD leaders — Fred Gaboury, Rayfield Mooty, Debbie Albano and Adelaide Bean, along with Labor Today editors Jim Williams and Scott Marshall, helped bring these coalitions together. These labor coalitions, like Coalition of Labor Union Women, reflected rising communist influence in the labor movement.[5]

Supporting John Lumpkin

In 1978, Scott Marshall was on the Committee to Elect Dr. John R. Lumpkin for the 7th Ward Alderman, Chicago.[6]

Labor activism

Scott Marshall has been a life long trade unionist and was active in rank and file reform movements in the Teamsters, Machinists and Steelworkers unions in the 1970s and '80s. He was co-chair of the Save Our Jobs committee of USWA local 1834 at Pullman Standard in Chicago and active in nationwide organizing against plant shutdowns and layoffs. He was a founder of the unemployed organization Jobs or Income Now (Join), in Chicago, and the National Congress of Unemployed Organizations in the 1980s.

Scott Marshall has worked for the Communist Party USA since 1987 when he became the district organizer for the party in Illinois, a post he held until he was elected chair of the National Labor Commission in 1997. Marshall remains active in SOAR (Steelworkers Active Organized Retirees)[7].

Supported Communist Party call

In May 1992 the Communist Party USA newspaper Peoples Weekly World published a May Day supplement which included a call to "support our continuing struggle for justice and dignity"

Endorsers of the call included Scott Marshall, USWA.[8]

Birthday Greetings to William "Red" Davis

In December 1995 the Communist Party USA newspaper Peoples Weekly World published a page of 75th birthday greetings to William (Red) Davis - "Lifelong working class fighter and Communist"

In the fight for the unity and integrity of the Party in St. Louis, Missouri, in the post-war years, "Red" has been a rock of confidence and commitment to building the Communist Party.

Greetings were sent from Scott Marshall of Illinois[9].

Moscow visit

In July 1996 Marshall visited Moscow to to report on the Presidential elections. This included an interview with Gennady Zyuganov, the candidate of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.[10]

Chicago Communist Party banquet

According to the Peoples Weekly World October 3 1998, Congressman Danny K. Davis interrupted his campaign work for United States Senate candidate Carol Moseley Braun and gubernatorial candidate Glenn Poshard to present an award at the 1998 Chicago Peoples Weekly World banquet. Davis praised Communist Party USA member and Hani-Lozano Award winner Harry Gaynor's "active role in tearing city's segregated walls and working for peace".

Attendees included;

This event raised $10,000 towards keeping the Communist Party paper afloat.[11].

Paul Robeson 100th Birthday Committee

In 1998 Scott Marshall was listed as a volunteer and intern of Paul Robeson 100th Birthday Committee.[12]

CPUSA Farm Commission meeting

CPUSA Farm Meeting Attendees.jpg

In December 1999, a Communist Party USA meeting was held at the May Day Bookstore in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the purpose of re-establishing the Communist Party USA Farm Commission.

Party members present were Erwin Marquit, Helvi Savola, Jack Brown, Peter Molenaar, Morgan Soderburg, Bill Gudex, Mark Froemke, Scott Marshall, Gary Severson, Mike Madden, Becky Pera, Charlie Smith and Tim Wheeler.[13]

Mark Ritchie (now Secretary of State for Minnesota) also attended and addressed the meeting. In a written report on the meeting by Tim Wheeler, Ritchie is referred to as a "non-party friend" of the Communist Party. The report was marked "not for publication". Click here for the entire report.[14]

Endorsed Communist Party Call

On March 30 2002 the Communist Party USA paper People’s Weekly World called for a national holiday in honor of late Farm Workers Union leader Cesar Chavez. The article was followed by a long list of endorsers[15]including Scott Marshall, Almost all endorsers were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA.

Communist Party USA

In September 2006 the People’s Weekly World[16]listed several members of the Illinois Communist Party USA.

Joan Elbert, Barbara Russum, Bea Lumpkin, William Appelhans, Bill Mackovich, Carolyn Black, Carroll Krois, Dee Myles , Doug Freedman, Frank Lumpkin, John Bachtell, Kevin Collins, Lance Cohn, Mark Almberg, Marguerite Horberg, Martha Pedroza, Mike Giocondo, Pepe Lozano, Roberta Wood, Scott Marshall, Shelby Richardson, Sijisfredo Aviles, Sue Webb, Terrie Albano.

In 2009 Scott Marshall was a contributing editor and a member of the [17] of the Editorial Collective of Political Affairs, theoretical journal of the Communist Party USA.

Visiting China and Vietnam

A Communist Party USA delegation to China and Vietnam returned to the United States on Dec. 12 2006, with a "wealth of political and cultural experiences they say they hope to share with the U.S. public in order to build better understanding and friendship between the peoples of the U.S., China and Vietnam."

The delegation, made up of National Chair Sam Webb, Executive Vice Chair Jarvis Tyner, International Secretary Pamella Saffer and Labor Secretary Scott Marshall, visited at the invitation of the Communist Parties of China and Vietnam.

In China, they were hosted by the CPCs international department and were able to meet with leaders of the All China Womens Federation, the All China Federation of Trade Unions including a leader of the now famous Wal-Mart union and other leaders, party members and everyday citizens.

The delegation then traveled on to Vietnam. While the CPUSA has sent people to Vietnamese party congresses, and Tyner himself had visited Vietnam in 1972 while bombs were falling, this was the first official CPUSA delegation to ever visit. They described it as a moving experience.[18]

Supporting Obama

Scott Marshall, with Obama fans

Like most Communist Party USA members Scott Marshall spent much of 2008 campaigning for Barack Obama.

Illinois unionist Scott Marshall is one the most influential socialists in the US. He is Vice Chair of the Communist Party USA and Chair of the party's Labor Commission.

Scott Marshall directs the hundreds of Communist party USA members and sympathisers who have re-colonised the U.S. labour movement in recent years.

This gives Marshall control of millions of dollars of union money and thousands of paid and volunteer union political campaigners.

Scott Marshall used his influence to help get Barack Obama elected.

From the Communist Party USA's Labor UpFront Blog November 7 2008[19];

Obama Wins! Labor Wins! Working Families Win!
The American people reject policies of greed and union-busting!
President-elect Barack Obama.
Those words ring with meaning. For organized labor they ring with pride, hope, and energy for the struggles ahead. No one feels like “labor’s candidate won, so now we can go home and rest.” Rather, as congratulation messages pour in from all parts of the labor movement, the critical subtext is, we are ready and eager to march with you for change. At the top of labor’s change agenda is boots-on-the-ground support for the Obama agenda of a new “New Deal” for economic recovery and passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.
Organized labor played an amazing role in the election Barack Obama.
Unions played an extraordinary leadership role in winning the working class for Obama.
It’s been many years since labor was so totally united behind a presidential candidate.
Labor raised the struggle against racism and for class unity to a whole new level.
Unions gave vital leadership in building support for Obama on issues like the economy, workers rights to organize, protecting retiree’s pensions and social security, healthcare, and building green manufacturing that protects the environment and puts people back to work.
The labor movement took independent political action to spectacular new levels. Unions broke all previous records in mobilizing it’s rank and file for labor walks, phone banks, plant gate distributions, and member to member contact in the workplace. Labor continued to build and develop it’s own political apparatus and voice. Hundreds, if not thousands, of union halls became campaign central for the Obama campaign as well as for targeted Congressional contests.
As phenomenal as labor’s efforts were, the impact of the Obama upsurge and campaign on labor was also incredible. New coalitions were built or strengthened. A new depth was added to ties between labor and all the components of the Obama movement.
Labor’s role was hardly mentioned in the mainstream press. All the more reason for labor to have a big showing of celebration and support for our new President. Some in labor have begun to talk about a big mobilization for President Barack Obama’s “People’s Inaugural.”
What a great idea!

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 Scott Marshall, Chicago, IL.[20]


Bruce Bostick and Scott Marshall attended the Alliance for Retired Americans 10th anniversary conference, September 2011.

Communist Party speaker

Speak Progress is the speakers bureau of the Communist Party USA. Listed speakers, as of October 2014, included Scott Marshall[21]

Scott Marshall is a vice chair of the Communist Party, USA and chair of its Labor Commission. He also serves on the international executive board of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees and has served as the National Field Organizer for Trade Unionists for Action and Democracy, co-chair of the Save Our Jobs committee of USWA Local 1834, a founder of both Chicago Jobs or Income Now (JOIN) and the National Congress of Unemployed Organizations.
Scott has been a life-long trade unionist and was active in rank and file reform movements in the Teamsters, Machinists and Steelworkers unions in the 1970s and ’80s. He grew up in Virginia where he first became active in the civil rights movement in high school, working on voter registration and anti-Klan projects in rural Southern Virginia and Tennessee. He was also active against the war in Vietnam.
Scott has worked for the Communist Party since 1987 when he became the district organizer for the party in Illinois, a post he held until he was elected chair of the National Labor Commission in 1997.

Chicago elections/Bernie Sanders

In April 2015, just a weekend away from Election Day in Chicago's mayoral and City Council races, two progressive candidates and their supporters pre-emptively declared victory in bringing forth a new kind of peoples movement.

"Together we've already fundamentally changed the conversation," said Susan Sadlowski Garza, candidate for alderman in the city's 10th ward.

Chicago Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, speaking alongside Garza, mirrored the explosive enthusiasm of the crowd of 700 gathered Thursday evening in Chicago's far southeast side. Thirty years after the shutdown of every one of the area's four major steel mills, the ward's neighborhoods are still reeling from the poverty and despair created by these acts of corporate greed.

The rally's list of speakers ranged from Sadlowski Garza, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, district Steelworker retiree leader Scott Marshall and East Side Methodist minister Rev. Z. L. Zocki. It was a snapshot of a movement growing on multiple levels.

"People are hungry to take Chicago back," said Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. He made it clear by "people" he meant working class. "You always treat working people with the highest dignity and respect and put their interests first," he continued, adding, "I need Susan in the City Council. We need someone who comes from Chicago's working class." No one uses the euphemism "middle class" in describing the 10th ward and its residents.

Susan Sadlowski Garza is a school counselor in the same local elementary school that she, her four children and even her mother attended. She laid out a solid progressive agenda to "revitalize and unite" the 10th ward, leading with a call for a clean environment without toxins in the air and water and a call to direct tax dollars to developing green jobs at living wages.

Garza was introduced by Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis who made a surprise appearance, and the gathering reacted emotionally as she approached the stage slowly but deliberately, supporting herself on a walker. Lewis is recovering from surgery following the discovery of a brain tumor months ago. She recruited Jesus Garcia to run for mayor last Fall after her medical diagnosis forced her to drop out of the race against corporate Democrat Rahm Emanuel.

Lewis guided those gathered to look at a long-range picture: "This has got to be the start of a movement. We have the opportunity to change the political landscape," she said calmly and slowly, allowing the crowd a moment to look at itself and see a mass of steelworkers, teachers, high school students, Sierra club members, Working Families partisans and iron workers of many ages and hues. "It's messy, but this is what political democracy looks like," she concluded.

The Chicago Teachers Union made a conscious push after its 2012 strike to recruit and support candidates like Sadlowski Garza as viable candidates for the Chicago City Council. Tara Stamps, a fifth grade teacher, forced another Emanuel supporter into a run off in the West Side's 37th ward. Social Studies teacher Tim Meegan missed a run off by only two votes in the Northside 33rd ward. All the teacher candidates emphasized funding for schools, $15 hour minimum wage and opposition to privatization of public services.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders elaborated on the theme of building a peoples movement. "What we are doing is not just to make the 10th ward better," he said, "but demonstrating when people stand together there's nothing we can't accomplish."

Then he laid out what looked to the enthusiastic crowd a lot like a platform for the 2016 presidential race.

"We re gonna ask the richest people - billionaires and corporations - to start paying their fair share," he said right off the bat. Next he spoke of putting millions to work at green and living wage jobs by "investing in the crumbling infrastructure" and creating energy systems that cut carbons. He advocated free tuition in public colleges and universities, Medicare for All, raising Social Security benefits, overturning Citizens United and public funding for elections.

The rally took place in a former Steelworkers Union hall, just a stone's throw from the field where 10 striking steelworkers were gunned down by Chicago police on behalf of Republic Steel Corporation in May 1937 during the infamous Memorial Day Massacre.

"As the people from all walks of life band together to fight against a new era of corporate greed, the steelworkers who made the ultimate sacrifice would understand our struggle now," said Sadlowski Garza, the descendent of three generations of mill workers.

Change is in the air, observed steelworker retiree Marshall. "A powerful movement, led by labor, is being born."[22]

Robin Kelly connection

Scott Marshall February 17, 2016 ·


Steelworkers District 7 Next Generation hosted programs in several Illinois and Indiana high schools for their Black Labor Week. Next Generation activist Justin Willis invited SOAR members and Congresswoman Robin Kelly to speak at a student assembly at George Washington High School in Chicago. The topic was A. Philip Randolph and organizing the Pullman Porters union: lessons for labor today. — with Justin Willis, Robin Kelly, Victor Storino and Bea Lumpkin at George Washington High School (Chicago).

Meeting with Andre Carson

Scott Marshall April 28, 2016 near Chicago, IL:


Dist 7 USW/SOAR folks meet with Indiana Congressman Andre Carson. Great response: No to TPP! And many other things. — with Jeff Tuinstra, Andre Carson, Steve Kramer and Jesus Quiroga.

Alliance for Retired Americans

Alliance for Retired Americans Leadership Conference — with Calvin Bunnell, Jim Centner, Mike Pyne, Emmett Sheppard, Bob Adkins and Scott Marshall in Washington, District of Columbia..PNG

Alliance for Retired Americans Leadership Conference — with Cal Bunnell, Jim Centner, Mike Pyne, Emmett Sheppard, Bob Adkins and Scott Marshall in Washington, District of Columbia, 2014.

Stepping down

In 2014 Scott Marshall stepped down from his national leadership role with the party.

According to John Bachtell;

Scotty couldn't be here this weekend and we've missed his presence. He has been a chair of the Labor Commission, a leader of the Steelworker retirees, and led our work during great change in the labor movement.[23]

African American Equality Commission

In July 2015, Members of African American Equality Commission Communist Party USA FaceBook group included Scott Marshall.[24]

Beyond Shell Shock


Beyond Shell Shock: Labor after the Trump disaster was hosted by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday, February 26 at 8 PM - 9:30 PM.

Hosts Bill Fletcher, Jr.; Erica Smiley; Bob Master; Neidi Dominguez; Bryan Proffitt; and Jeff Crosby;

Join us in this webcast to take a hard look at the place we're in as a labor movement - and consider how we can make the labor movement be a leading force in the resistance to Trump and the fight for a better world.
What's our strategy? What kinds of alliances do we need? Do we just play defense?
In the face of National Right to Work, vicious attacks on workers of color in and out of the workplace, escalating divisions in the AFLCIO and the Democratic Party, and more we've got our work cut out for us. Let's figure out how to win.

Those invited included Scott Marshall.

New member phone bank


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 Scott Marshall.

External Links

Scott Marshall, Vice Chair of Communist Party USA, Stoked by Radicalization of Wisconsin's Democratic Party (with video)

Bea Lumpkin's 100th Birthday

On August 3 2018, more than 300 people gathered at the Chicago Teachers Union Center to celebrate the 100th birthday of much beloved Chicago labor activist Bea Lumpkin. Seasoned trade unionists, politicians, labor lawyers, and labor historians rubbed shoulders with young people from INTERGEN, the activist intergenerational and multiracial alliance that Bea helped found in 2016. The young people who stole the night, including Lakesia Collins, co-Founder of INTERGEN, were there to pay homage to a woman who understands all too well the struggles of organizing during difficult times.

The crowd was transnational, multiracial, intergenerational, and, most importantly, energized. How could it be anything else? This was Bea’s crowd. Guest speakers including Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congressman-Elect Jesus Garcia, Chicago CLUW President Katie Jordan, Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey, Co-Founder of INTERGEN Lakesia Collins, and Scott Marshall of the Steelworkers spoke about the enormous impact Bea had had on their own lives as she organized for worker power, racial justice, peace, and gender equality. [25]


  1. Board (accessed August 6, 2022)
  2. Peoples World" Article by Scott Marshall April 8, 2011 "They Cry Wolf Too Many Times" (accessed April 8, 2011)
  3. [1]
  4. FB friends page
  5. [Joy in the Struggle, My Life and Love, Bea Lumpkin, page 163]
  6. Committee to Elect Dr. John R. Lumpkin letter, Sept. 10, 1978
  8. PWW, May Day Supplement May 2, 1992
  9. Peoples Weekly World December 9, 1995 page 19
  10. PWW July 20, 1996, page 2
  11. Peoples Weekly World, "Chicago Banquet Nets $10,000 for 'World'", p. 3, with photo of Davis, Harry Gaynor, John Randolph - id. CPUSA, Alma Washington, Lupe Lozano, widow of murdered radical Rudy Lozano and whose son is a member of the CPUSA; Johnnie Johnson, former president of Chicago CLUW CLUW (a woman), and Scott Marshall, Illinois District organizer fo the CPUSA.
  13. CPUSA Farm Commission report, Tim Wheeler, December 16, 1999
  14. CPUSA Farm Commission report, Tim Wheeler, December 16, 1999
  16. We salute the labor movement!, People's World, September 1, 2006
  18. CPUSA Delegation returns from China, Vietnam, Dan Margolis, Peoples World, December 23, 2006
  21. Speak Progress, Speakers page
  22. PW, Chicago elections birthing new people’s movement by: Roberta Wood & Rossana Cambron April 3 2015
  23. [ CPUSA 30th National Convention: closing remarksby: JOHN BACHTELL August 6 2014]
  24. American Equality Commission Communist Party USA FaceBook group. accessed July 10, 2015
  25. [ Celebrating the joy and the struggle: Bea Lumpkin’s 100th birthday August 15, 2018 1:11 PM CDT BY JENNY CARSON]