Susan Klonsky

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Susan Klonsky

Template:TOCnestleft Susan Klonsky (Susan Eanet) is a Chicago activist and is the wife of Mike Klonsky.She is the Director of Development with the Small Schools Workshop, and a researcher, author, and educator.

October League

Speakers from the Organizing Committee for a Marxist-Leninist Party toured nine cities in August 1976, addressing the tasks ahead in building the party. Well over 1,200 people attended these forums.

Speaking in Boston to a crowd of 250 people made up largely of workers, OL Vice-Chairman Eileen Klehr pointed out the continuing role of ideological struggle in the organizational work of party building.

The Boston forum heard Shakoor Aljuwani of the Buffalo Unity Collective and a representative of the recently-formed Boston Unity Collective, as well as a cultural presentation that based itself on the struggle of communists to organize inside the St. Regis plant.

The theme of consolidating the political struggle with organizational unity was also addressed by Barry Litt of the League for Marxist-Leninist Unity, speaking in San Diego as a representative of the October League. Litt said Marxist-Leninists who support the “Call to Unite” should “enter the OC and struggle for a correct political line to be reflected in the Party program. We recognize the differences in our movement, but we also know that a high degree of unity now exists.”

Over 150 people in Birmingham and Atlanta heard speeches by Susan Klonsky of the October League and Ernie McMillan of the Dallas Collective. In his remarks, McMillan summed up the civil rights movement which he participated in as a leader of SNCC. He pointed out the militancy of the masses in the ’60s, but noted that it was the absence of a vanguard party which allowed the movement to be co-opted by reformism.

Sherman Miller, was the October League speaker in Chicago.[1]

Communist Party USA (Marxist-Leninist)

Susan Klonsky was, in the 1970s, a member of the Communist Party USA (Marxist-Leninist), which was led by her husband Mike Klonsky[2].

Knowing Dorothy Healey

Mike Klonsky, Fred Klonsky and Susan Klonsky knew[3]well known California Communist Party USA leader Dorothy Healey in the 1960s-when they were all active in Students for a Democratic Society.

Our lasting visual memory of Dorothy has her standing in a midst of a room full of young activists in 1966. Cigarette in hand and using that throaty voice to rally us against the latest act of injustice or brutality against the community by the guardians of the capitalist system. She was scolding, encouraging and praising. She was one of those veterans of the struggle that was able and willing to cross the generational divide.
For us red-diaper babies and SDS activists coming of age in the radical movement in L.A. in the 60s, Dorothy was at once a revolutionary role model, a leader, teacher, critical friend and a member of the family.
Dorothy taught us that being a revolutionary was a life-long proposition, a genuine commitment to siding with the underdog, fighting racism, war and every form of social injustice and inequity. She taught us to stand firm on matters of principle, while being good at uniting with those in the movement with whom we disagreed. We probably didn't learn that last one well enough.
Mike, Fred & Susan Klonsky
September 22, 2006

Committees of Correspondence connection

In 1994 Susan Klonsky (Sue Eanet), Chicago, were listed on a "Membership, Subscription and Mailing List" for the Chicago Committees of Correspondence, an offshoot of the Communist Party USA[4]

Small Schools Workshop

"Small Schools Workshop" in Chicago, circa 1999/2000. Under the heading of Who We Are, the following were listed:



  1. [Speaking Tour Calls for Communist Unity First Published: The Call, Vol. 5, No. 18, September 6, 1976]
  4. Chicago CoC "Membership, Subscription and Mailing List" 10.14.94