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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Obama-file 24 Obama's Major Socialist Supporter

Obama file 23 here

Barack Obama is the Democratic Party candidate for the US presidency largely because of the support of two Marxist organisations-Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)and the Communist Party USA (CPUSA).

Together these two groups have strong ties to the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), at 70 strong, the largest power bloc inside the US Congress.

Many CPC members are supporters of Obama including rep. John Conyers and caucus co-chair rep. Barbara Lee. Both Conyers and Lee have longstanding ties to DSA and CPUSA.

Another strong Obama supporter, Major Owens was also until his retirement in 2007 a leading member of the CPC.





While the Brooklyn Democratic Party backed Hillary Clinton in the primary race, Major Owens came out early and strong for Barack Obama.

In October 2007, one day after Hillary Clinton received the endorsement of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, former congressman Owens released this statement

"Obama stands for the concerns of the masses in the black community who have been let down by the broken promises of past leadership. Our leadership on both sides of the aisle has continued to fail us by supporting the war in Iraq and by standing by while poverty, disparities in our healthcare system and lack of affordable education opportunities for young people weaken our communities. It is time to shake loose from the past and Senator Obama’s record shows that he will deliver on his promise to stand up for us in the White House.”


Major Owens was destined to be an Obama supporter. In 1983 Owens inherited his seat in the 11th District of New York, Brooklyn, from another African American, the late Shirley Chisholm. From a Communist Party background, Chisholm was the first black woman to enter Congress. in 1972 she made an unsuccessful run for the Democratic Party presidential nomination against George McGovern. One of her campaign workers was Barbara Lee who was inspired by the experience to seek out her own political career.

Owens was regarded as one of the most far left Democrats in the House. The DSA infiltrated Americans for Democratic Action rated his latter voting record at 90-95 percent on the left side of legislation. Owens also helped found the Congressional Black Caucus, which he chaired 1995-96.

Like fellow congressmen (and Obama supporters) Danny K Davis and John Conyers, Major Owens has long been card-carrying member of DSA. In 1997 he participated in the annual DSA-sponsored Socialists Scholars Conference at the City University of New York-the same conferences Obama attended when studying in New York in the early '80s

Like Davis, Conyers and Barbara Lee, Owens has a history of supporting Communist Party linked organisations.

In March 1985 Owens endorsed the National Preparatory Committee for the 12th World Festival of Youth and Students in New York-established to send delegates to an international gathering organised by the Soviet front World Federation of Democratic Youth.

In 2006, while still a congressman, Owens showed his true colors at the national convention of the CPUSA's youth wing, the Young Communist League.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Determined to fight for a better future and to beat back the ultra-right, over 250 members, friends and allies of the Young Communist League USA gathered at the Marriott Hotel here May 27-29 for the YCL’s 8th National Convention.


Rep. Major Owens (D-N.Y.) welcomed participants “on behalf of all the progressive forces of the nation and the world.” “To hell with employers who exploit and cause poverty,” he told the crowd. “There are people who care about humanity, to stop exploiting workers, who want health care instead of a war in Iraq. I hope your youthful energy can provide the spirit to confront the tough politics ahead.”

The same year Owens was honoured at a Communist Party function in New York.

Rep. Major Owens will be honored at the annual “Better World Awards” for his years of progressive struggle in Congress. Also being honored is Betty Smith, president of International Publishers and longtime fighter for peace and democracy. Elena Mora, chair of the N.Y. State Communist Party, will discuss the recent election results.

If only Major Owens were 30 years younger, perhaps Barack Obama wouldn't have had to search so long for a vice presidential running mate.

Obama file 25 here

2 Comments:

Blogger mah29001 said...

Good to see you again, you may want to check out what's happening in Pakistan. The Pakistani People's Party is moving closer to Iran, not with the West.

Also, instead of just only doing files on Obama, you may wish to also give out some detail on John McCain's past left-wing career in the Senate which the Democratic National Convention never mentions. Only uses propaganda to paint him a Bush puppet.

3:40 AM  
Blogger Col. B. Bunny said...

mah,

Please tell me more about McCain's left wing record.

1:05 PM  

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