Sylvia Kushner

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Sylvia F. Kushner was the wife of Sam Kushner and mother of Betsy Kushner Burian

Communist Party Affiliation

Quentin Young was close to the Communist Party USA at least until the early 1970s.

In Chicago on October 27, 1971 - The Presidential Ballroom of the Midland Hotel was packed with more than 400 people last Friday to mark the 8Oth birthday of Wiliam L.Patterson, the man who rocked the world with his charge of genocide against the U.S. imperialists. Spokesmen for the committee sponsoring the banquet told the Daily World that many who had delayed in getting reservations had to be turned away. Veterans of the working class movement said they could not remember an occasion bringing together such a broad spectrum of workers, trade unionists and professionals, in a tribute to a Communist leader.[1]

Audience members included centenarian Jesse Hilton, Dr. Quentin Young, president of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, Sylvia Woods, chairman of the Chicago Committee to Free Angela Davis, Fr. William Hogan, chairman of the Clergy and Laity Concerned, and Obed Lopez, a leader of the Latin-American Defense Organization. Also present were Nick Jones and Virginia Jones, and Roberto Acuna of the United Farmworkers, and Sylvia Kushner, executive secretary of the Chicago Peace Council.

GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee

Circa 1969, Sylvia Kushner, Chicago Peace Council , was listed as a sponsor of the Socialist Workers Party led GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee .[2]

Chicago Peace Council

In 1975 Sylvia Kushner was Executive Secretary, of the Chicago Peace Council[3].

World Peace Council

In the late 1970s, the Information Centre of the Soviet front World Peace Council, Helsinki Finland, published a booklet naming members of the organization, worldwide.[4]

We publish in this booklet a list of members of the World Peace Council elected at the Council's Session in Warsaw in 1977.

U.S. members listed, included; Sylvia Kushner, Executive Secretary, Chicago Peace Council; Member, Chicago Coordinating Committee, Mobilization for Survival.

U.S. Peace Council

On Nov. 1, 1979, the Communist Party USA newspaper Daily World credited three veteran Communist Party USA organizers for laying the organizational basis for the U.S. Peace Council by "working for years to establish local committees, organize delegations from the U.S. to international meetings of the WPC, and distribute information about the Peace Council to activists in the United States." Those named included Pauline Royce Rosen, "who coordinated all WPC activities in the U.S. for many years" and led what in effect was a CPUSA front serving as a cover for the WPC, the National Center to Slash Military Spending, which dissolved in 1980 and recommended to its supporters they join the USPC and CNFMP; Sylvia Kushner of the Chicago Peace Council; and Elsie Monjar of the Los Angeles Peace Council.[5]

Illinois Communist Party

In 1976 Sylvia Kushner was nominated as a candidate for the Illinois Communist Party USA as an elector for the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates of the Communist Party USA, Gus Hall and Jarvis Tyner.[6]


  1. Daily World October 28 1971
  2. Undated, GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee letterhead circa 1969
  3. The nationwide drive against law enforcement intelligence operations : hearing before the Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-fourth Congress, first session ..." page 179
  4. WORLD PEACE COUNCIL LIST OF MEMBERS 1977-1980, Information Centre of the World Peace Council Lönnrotinkatu 25 A 5 krs 00180 Helsinki 18 Finland
  5. The War Called Peace
  6. 1976 Communist Party Electoral Petition.

--Donnie 02:38, 2 April 2010 (UTC)