Valerie Van Isler

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Valerie Van Isler

Valerie Van Isler is a New York City journalist and activist.

East Bloc visit

In 1985, a delegation of 16 Afro-American journalists traveled to the Soviet Union, German Democratic Republic and Czechoslovakia[1].

The delegation consisted of

The trip was organized by International Organization of Journalists executive Don Rojas, the American educated former press secretary to Grenada's late leader Maurice Bishop[3], in conjunction with the Black Press Institute, the National Alliance of Black Journalists and the National Newspaper Publishers Association-the US's largest organization of owners of black newspapers.

According to one of the tours leaders Alice Palmer[4];

The trip was extraordinary because we were able to sit down with our counterparts and with the seats of power in three major capitals-Prague, Berlin and Moscow. We visited with foreign ministers, we talked with the editors of the major newspapers in these three cities...
It was a very unusual trip because we were given access...Every effort was made to give us as much as we asked for...We came back feeling that we could speak very well about the interest of the socialist countries in promoting peace.
This was before the (Soviet nuclear test ban) moratorium, this was before the Reykjavik offers...It was very clear to us in our conversations and interviews with people at that time, that this was already something of concern and, something that would be promoted when the opportunity arose, as we can see that it has been.

Socialist Scholars Conference 1990

The Socialist Scholars Conference 1990, held September 6-8, at the Hotel Commodore, New York, included panels such as:[5]

Covert Action at Home and Abroad

Time for a Left Third Party?

  • Moderator: Valerie Van Isler, Exec Director, Undercurrents WBAI
  • Don Rojas, Coalition Against US Intervention Latin America & Caribbean
  • Lloyd D'Aguilar, Producer, Human Rights in America WBAI
  • Lenni Brenner, Author: The Lesser Evil: The Democratic Party


  1. Peoples Daily World Dec 24 1986 p 10
  2. New Deliberations Spring 1986 pages 4/5
  4. Peoples Daily World Dec 24 1986 p 11
  5. Second Annual Socialist Scholars Conference program.