William Gudex

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Template:TOCnestleft William A. Gudex is a dairy farmer from Campbellsport, Wisconsin

Communist Party's May Day Salute

In 1995 the Communist Party USA newspaper People's Weekly World, published a "May Day salute" to the "heroes in the class war zone". More than 100 unionists/activists endorsed the call, mostly known affiliates, or members of the Communist Party.

Bill Gudex, National Farmer's Union, Milwaukee, was one of those listed[1].

Friends of the PWW in Milwaukee

On September 4, 1999, the Peoples Weekly World published a Labor Day supplement. This included a list of Milwaukee Friends of the Peoples Weekly World members; Ardenne Bunde, Bernice Epstein, Herman Epstein, William Ferguson, Jr., John Gilman, Mike Glabere, Arnold Gudex, William Gudex, Joe Rody, Sam Salmon, Chris Wilkenson.

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.[2]

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 The report was marked "not for publication".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.[3]

Call on Congress to End Travel Restrictions to Cuba

On February 8, 2002, the Center for International Policy issued a press release entitled "On Eve of Senate Hearing 50 Prominent Groups and Individuals Call on Congress to End Travel Restrictions to Cuba". Wayne Smith and Anya Landau were listed as contact persons at the bottom of the release. William Gudex was a signatory to the release.[4]

The release read in part,

"We the undersigned urge the United States Congress to enact legislation to remove all controls on travel to Cuba. Under our democratic system, Americans have a constitutional right to travel where they wish. Not only is it their right, but it is also an article of faith that their travel helps to carry abroad American values and spread the message of our democracy. In the case of Cuba, however, the U.S. Government puts all that aside and opts instead for the kind of travel controls usually imposed by authoritarian governments. These controls ignore international standards of freedom of movement (exactly what we accuse the Cuban government of doing). They violate Article 12 of the United Nation’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And even under U.S. law, the legal bases for the controls strain credulity."

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 including William Gudex, Almost all endorsers were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA.[5]

Farm Commission

In 2004, "Bill" Gudex, a dairy farmer from Campbellsport, Wisconsin, was chair of the Communist Party USA Family Farm and Rural Life Commission.[6]

According to Tim Wheeler "we have reestablished a commission that we propose now to name the Farm and Rural Life Commission, which has met three times in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Bill Gudex, a dairy farmer from Wisconsin, is the chair of the Commission. Lem Harris, at age 96, is still going strong, traveling to Minnesota in the dead of winter to interview leaders of the farm movement and getting the stories into the PWW. Lem is a living link to the Party's pioneering work in rural America, the "farmer holiday" movement, the "penny auctions," the struggles to defend family farmers faced by ruin during the Great Depression. We were part of the struggle that won enactment of the Agricultural Adjustment Act and other New Deal legislation for farmers and farm workers.

Our goal is to build up our ties and connections with the coalition of farmer organizations including the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, the National Farmers Union, Coalition of Family Farmers, and so on. Obviously, the goal is to recruit farmers and farm workers, Black, Latino and white to our Party. We will have a workshop on the crisis of farming and rural America at the Convention to be held in "America's Dairyland."[7]



  1. People's Weekly World May 6 1995 p 2
  2. CPUSA Farm Commission report, Tim Wheeler, December 16, 1999
  3. CPUSA Farm Commission report, Tim Wheeler, December 16, 1999
  4. Foros website: "On Eve of Senate Hearing 50 Prominent Groups and Individuals Call on Congress to End Travel Restrictions to Cuba", May 25, 2002 (accessed on Nov. 17, 2010)
  5. http://www.pww.org/index.php/article/articleview/882/
  6. [http://www.congregator.net/articles/familyfarm.html Understanding One-Worldism, Through the Principles of Reverse Engineering or, Unvieling the Hidden Agenda by Bobby Garner, Family Farm May 2, 2004
  7. CPUSA, If You Eat, You're Involved in Agriculture: Report from the Rural and Farm Comm.