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Monday, June 01, 2009

Obama File 78 Hard Evidence! Proof That Obama's Hawaii and Chicago Communist Networks Were Linked?

Obama File 77 here

It is now well established that Barack Obama was linked to the Hawaiian Communist Party network through his boyhood/teenage mentor Frank Marshall Davis.

It is also well known that after moving to Chicago, Obama linked up with the local communist networks.

Manning Marable, a leader of the Communist Party offshoot Committees of Correspondence for Democracy&Socialism claims that Obama "understands what socialism is. A lot of the people working with him are, indeed, socialists with backgrounds in the Communist Party or as independent Marxists. There are a lot of people like that in Chicago who have worked with him for years..."

This leads to two key questions.

A Were the Hawaii and Chicago networks connected?

B Did Obama's connection to Frank Marshall Davis in any way influence his progress up the Chicago political ladder?

If the answer is yes to both, there are significant implications.

It means that that the Communist Party USA was watching Obama from an early age and was willing to help his political career.

Frank Marshall Davis was active in the Chicago Communist Party until he moved to Hawaii in late 1948.

I speculated in this post that Davis may have known left wing journalist Vernon Jarrett in post war Chicago. A connection would be significant because the Jarrett family has played a very important role in Obama's rise to power.

Both Jarrett and Davis worked in the communist dominated South Side Community Art Center and on the communist influenced Chicago Defender newspaper, in late 1940s Chicago.

I have since found conclusive evidence that Davis and Jarrett not only knew each other, but worked together in another Communist Party dominated organisation-The Citizen's Committee to Aid Packing House Workers.

"organized to support the united packing-House workers of America C.I.O. now on strike"

The letter above is dated April 12, 1948. Note that CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations) was at the time a communist controlled labor federation.

To the left is a partial list of Citizen's Committee to Aid Packing House Workers officials.

Note the names Oscar C. Brown (Treasurer) and Louise T. Patterson (Assistant Treasurer), F.M. Davis and Vernon Jarrett.

To confirm the connection, below is a close-up of the committee's publicity committee. Note that it is chaired by Vernon Jarrett and includes Frank Marshall Davis.

That the Citizen's Committee was communist influenced is beyond doubt.

Louise T Patterson was the wife of Illinois Communist Party vice-chairman and attorney William Patterson and a prominent Party member in her own right. Louise Patterson was still a leader of the Illinois Communist Party well into the 1970s.

Further down the page was list of the organization's "Food and groceries committee". Named among them was Ishmael Flory, a leader of the Illinois Communist Party from the late 1930s until his death in 2004.

Incidentally, one of the eulogists at Flory's funeral was Timuel Black, a well known member of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy&Socialism and a long time friend and political supporter of Barack Obama.

Oscar C Brown-later a famous jazz musician under the name Oscar Brown jnr, was also at the time a Communist Party member. he joined in 1946 and was expelled around 1954.

In 1948 Vernon Jarrett left his job as journalist at the Chicago Defender to start a black oriented radio show "Negro Newsfront" with Oscar Brown.

Jarrett was clearly on the far left and almost certainly, like his colleague Frank Marshall Davis, a covert member of the Communist Party.

Jarrett worked hard promoting socialist causes including the communist controlled Progressive Party.

Vernon Jarrett went on to become the Chicago Tribune's first black syndicated columnist and was a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists.

According to a Washington Post obituary May 25th 2004

Mr. Jarrett continually shone a light on African American history and pertinent issues in Chicago and throughout the country. He stoked the political embers in Chicago that led to the 1983 election of the city's first African American mayor, Harold Washington.

Vernon Jarrett was a key influence in Washington's decision to run for the Chicago mayoralty and remained a key supporter through his four year tenure.

Harold Washington defeated the Daley machine to win the mayoralty backed by a coalition led by Chicago's Communist Party and the local branch of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

DSA member and socialist historian Paul Buhle, wrote in a 1992 article for the Encyclopedia of the American Left;

Communists also gained from long-standing political contacts in the black community. Victories of black mayoral and congressional candidates with decades — old ties to the CP — a short list would include Coleman Young and George Crocket in Detroit, Gus Newport in Berkeley, and somewhat more ambiguously, Harold Washington in Chicago

Washington was actively involved in Communist Party fronts such as the US Peace Council and the Chicago Committee on Southern Africa, right up to winning the mayoralty-with Party support. After victory he stacked his administration full of communists, socialists and sympathisers to create one of the most far left administrations in US history-cut short only by his pre-mature death after four years in office.

I quote from remarks by Illinois Communist Party organiser John Bachtell to a "Special District Meeting on African American Equality and Building the Communist Party and Young Communist League, Chicago", IL September 30, 2007.

The legacy of Harold Washington’s election and his administration is in the collective consciousness not only of the African American community, but the entire city. Many of his democratizing achievements endure 20 years later.

The historic election of Washington was the culmination of many years of struggle. It reflected a high degree of unity of the African American community and the alliance with a section of labor, the Latino community and progressive minded whites. This legacy of political independence also endures...

This was also reflected in the historic election of Barack Obama. Our Party actively supported Obama during the primary election. Once again Obama’s campaign reflected the electoral voting unity of the African American community, but also the alliances built with several key trade unions, and forces in the Latino and white communities.

It also reflected a breakthrough among white voters. In the primary, Obama won 35% of the white vote and 7 north side wards, in a crowded field. During the general election he won every ward in the city and all the collar counties. This appeal has continued in his presidential run

Barack Obama has stated that Harold Washington's victory in 1983 was the spur that made him leave New York to move to Chicago.

Vernon Jarrett was also a fan of Barack Obama. He watched his career from its early stages and became an ardent supporter.

In 1992 Obama worked for the ACORN offshoot, Project Vote to register black voters in aid of the Senate Campaign of Carol Moseley Braun. Unsurprisingly Moseley Braun also had strong Communist Party ties and was Harold Washington's legislative floor leader.

Obama helped Moseley Braun win her Senate seat, then took it over himself in 2004-backed of course by the same communist/socialist alliance that had elected his political predecessors Harold Washington and Carol Moseley Braun.

Commenting on the 1992 race, Vernon Jarrett wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times of August 11th 1992;

Good news! Good news! Project Vote, a collectivity of 10 church-based community organizations dedicated to black voter registration, is off and running. Project Vote is increasing its rolls at a 7,000-per-week clip...If Project Vote is to reach its goal of registering 150,000 out of an estimated 400,000 unregistered blacks statewide, "it must average 10,000 rather than 7,000 every week," says Barack Obama, the program's executive director...

Dee Myles is a Chicago activist and chair of the Education Commission of the Communist Party USA. In 2004, after Vernon Jarret's death from cancer she penned this tribute for the People's Weekly World of June 5th.

Readers like me can be extremely selective of the journalists we read habitually... We are selective about the journalists to whom we become insatiably addicted, and once hooked we develop a constructive love affair without the romance...

Such was my experience with Vernon Jarrett, an African American journalist in Chicago who died at the age of 86 on May 23. I became a Vernon Jarrett addict, and I am proud of it!

Vernon Jarrett’s career as a journalist in Chicago began and ended at the Chicago Defender, the African American daily paper. In between, he was the first Black journalist at the Chicago Tribune, and I first began to read his articles during his tenure at the Chicago Sun-Times

Jarrett’s claim to fame is that he was a partisan of the cause of African Americans in the broad democratic tradition of Paul Robeson and W.E.B. DuBois..

Robeson and DuBois were both Communist Party members. On April 9th, 1998 at Chicago's South Shore Cultural Center, Jarrett hosted a Paul Robeson Citywide Centennial Celebration event, with his old comrade and Party sympathiser Margaret Burroughs and former Communist Party members Studs Terkel and his old friend Oscar C.Brown.

Dee Myles continues;

Jarrett was fanatical about African Americans registering and voting in mass for socially conscious candidates. He championed Harold Washington like a great warrior, and this March, from his hospital bed, wrote an article appealing to Black Chicago to turn out to vote for Barack Obama in the Illinois primaries. Obama astounded everyone with an incredible landslide victory as the progressive, Black candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois. From his sickbed, Vernon Jarrett issued a clarion call, and the people responded.

The Jarrett/Obama conection did not end with Vernon Jarrett's death-it moved to a higher level with his famous daughter-in-law Valerie Jarrett.

A former Deputy Corporation Counsel for Finance and Development under Harold Washington, Jarrett continued to work in the mayor's office into the 1990s.

In 1991, while Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard Daley, Jarrett hired Michelle Robinson, then engaged to Barack Obama.

Later Valerie Jarrett ran the finances for Obama’s 2004 Senate bid and served as treasurer of Obama's HOPEFUND.

The relationship is more than professional-Jarrett is regarded as one of the Obamas' closest friends and advisors.

According to Take Political Action May 24th 2008;

"She’s always been the other side of Barack’s brain.” That’s how an Obama insider described Valerie Jarrett as an Obama campaign aide announced Thursday night the former CTA chief and current Habitat Co. CEO is taking on a larger role to help her close friend win his White House bid.

The development comes as Jarrett, a charter member of Sen. Barack Obama’s kitchen cabinet, has been formalizing her portfolio and stepping up the pace within the past few weeks as a top advisor within the campaign.

Though she will be part-time, Jarrett will be one of the most visible and powerful African-Americans in the top rungs of the Obama operation...

Today Valerie Jarrett serves as one of three Senior Advisors to President Obama. She is Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, and Chairs the White House Commission on Women and Girls.

Frank Marshall Davis works closely in communist causes with Vernon Jarrett in Chicago. Davis moves to hawaii where he eventually meets and mentors a young Barack Obama. Then Obama moves to Chicago where his career is promoted by both Davis's old colleague Vernon Jarrett and the Communist Party. Vernon Jarrett's daughter-in-law employs Barack Obama's fiance, befriends the family and becomes one of President Obama's most trusted advisors. The Communist Party throws its entire weight behind Obama's presidential campaign.

Are we expected to believe that this is all mere coincidence?

Would there be an Obama/Jarrett relationship today, if there had been no Frank Marshall Davis/Jarrett connection through the Communist Party of post war Chicago?

What role, if any, has the modern Communist Party USA played in fostering that relationship in more recent times?

The Communist Party USA continues to back their "friend" Barack Obama.

How deeply has the Communist Party been involved in advancing Obama's political career-through the Jarrett family, or by other means?

The answers to these questions will have major implications for the future of what's left of the free world.

Obama file 79 here


Blogger eda said...

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6:01 AM  
Anonymous Robin said...

On its way Trevor - Good work!

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Kaleokualoha said...

In this context, please explain what you mean by a "communist cause." Do you mean a cause that is inherently communist such as collectivism, or a cause that may be supported by communists and others for different reasons, such as civil rights? It makes a major difference in the message being conveyed.

3:52 PM  
Blogger George said...

Kaleokualoha, you have to understand that if the CPUSA supported space exploration Trevor Loudon would claim that NASA are communists. That's how this blog works.

It is absolutely unsurprising that communists would support black civil rights, and that right-wingers would oppose them.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

Mark K-perhaps I should say Communist PARTY cause.

That's what your dad promoted for more than 40 years.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

Thanks Robin

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amusing that the poster claims that "right wingers" opposed black civil rights in the U.S. You must be thinking of South Africa. Republicans -- led by President Lincoln -- freed the black slaves over objections by Democrats in the 1860s. Republicans provided the crucial votes to pass the Voting Rights Act in the 1960s over Democratic objections. Robert Byrd, Democratic Senator, is a former Ku Klux Klansman.

Get your facts straight.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Kaleokualoha said...

Please define the "communist party cause(s)" you claim he promoted for over 40 years. Converting America to collectivism or something else, such as civil rights, poetry or journalism?

Affiliation with even openly CP-sponsored literary and civil rights organizations cannot reasonably be considered promoting "communist causes" unless you consider literature and civil rights to be "communist causes." Do you consider publishing in secretly CPUSA-sponsored literary journals, regardless of message, to be "promoting communist causes" ? According to "The New Red Negro" (cited by AIM's Cliff Kincaid as a source):

"ONLY the Communist left had any significant institutional impact on African-American writing during the 1930s and 1940s. This support was crucial as the institutions that had maintained the New Negro Renaissance faded. And for better or for worse, the leading CPUSA functionaries involved in "Negro work" took a direct interest in African-American cultural production in a manner that was unusual, if not unique.

Vilifying a writer for continuing to publish in (secretly or openly) CPUSA-supported publications, when they provided his only significant institutional support, is completely unfair. Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Frank Marshall Davis all took advantage of this institutional support. How can this reasonably be considered "promoting communist party causes"?

In a free society, it is the actions of the subject that define his character, not his associations. Even "guilt by association" with proclaimed radicals does not restrict granting of American security clearances, much less association with closet radicals or "communist front" organizations, as discovered by those trying to sell the Obama security clearance ineligibility myth (see

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)


8:31 AM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

Mark-you're becoming a little ridiculous here-the Communist Party front named in the article above was not literary-it was a strike committee support group.

Your Dad participated in hard core underground party activity and party fronts for decades. Much of this activity were non-literarv, though he did tend to use his writing skills to help the cause in that manner.

Your Dad was a covert party member and an active participant in Party related activities for forty plus years

Many of his friends woke up to the evils of the Party. There is no evidence that your Dad ever did.More evidence to the contrary in fact.

The fact that Obama has worked with communist ever since meeting your father and some of them were connected to your father is circumstantial evidence that your Dad may have influenced Obama in that direction.

Who is being vilified? The facts are the facts. If they reflect bably on your father, that is his responsibility.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Kaleokualoha said...

You mentioned the League of American Writers and Negro Congress in your Pelosi post. Being "an active participant in Party related activities" and "promoting the CP cause" are entirely different.

While he may have participated in their activities for decades, there is no evidence that he ever promoted collectivism, which is what "promoting the CP cause" implies. It grossly exaggerates his involvement and vilifies his legacy.

According to University of Kansas Professor Edgar Tidwell, cited by AIM's Cliff Kincaid as "an expert on the life and writings of Davis," THESE were the “radical” goals of Frank Marshall Davis (see

(1) integration of armed forces

(2) integration of AFL and CIO

(3) fair wages and other benefits for workers

(4) general dismantling of all laws supporting racial segregation

(5) end to laws supporting anti-Semitism

(6) end to atomic warfare

(7) rights for soldiers in combat zones to vote in national elections

(8) support for Fair Employment Practices Act

(9) support for a broad United Nations (not just US and Great Britain
forming a world power union)

(10) end to restrictive covenants in real estate

Please note there is no mention of socialism, collectivism or communism. Please note that they are no longer considered "radical." They have mostly become mainstream American values. He was not out of line. He was just ahead of his time.

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

- Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Kaleokualoha said...

7 June 2009: For those who may question Professor Tidwell's objectivity, he is the sole source of empirical evidence that Davis even joined the CPUSA. He dismisses misrepresentation of Davis's influence in one simple paragraph:

"Although my research indicates that Davis joined the CPUSA as a "closet member" during World War II, there is no evidence that he was a Stalinist, or even a Party member before WWII. Further, to those attempting to make the specious stand for the concrete, there is no evidence that he instructed Barack Obama in communist ideology. Frank Marshall Davis did NOT believe in overthrowing the USA. He was committed to what the nation professed to be. For him, communism was primarily an intellectual vehicle to achieve a political end-a possible tool for gaining the constitutional freedoms of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for ALL Americans"

7:07 AM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

Completely untrue Mark.

The 170 page FBI report that tidwell draws from names your father Frank Marshall Davis as a CPUSA member in Chicago and Hawaii from the mid 40s to the mid 50s.

The file makes it clear that Davis was in the CPUSA "orbit" fom the early 30s.

Davis was listed as endorsing CPUSA front "Committee for Protection of Foreign Born" as late as 1974-four years after meeting the young Obama

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Kaleokualoha said...

I'm puzzled by your statement. "The New Red Negro" documents how African-American writers were influenced by the CPUSA. However, how does being in the CPUSA "orbit" make any of my statements untrue? Please advise which statements are untrue. Thanks!

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The communists took up the black cause because it was basically weak, needed leadership and was ripe for the picking. Communists USE people. They don't CARE about them, which is why you commonly see the poorest people in both the United States and the World following the communist leadership who promises the world and repeatedly screws em. When are they going to connect the dots? Black people have been exploited to the max by communists, and it has YET to better their situations in life. Other than those few at the top that is. The rest suffer just like always.
Talk about stuck on stupid... add to that Obama is more WHITE than black to begin with!

Its a stinking shame. My black brothers and sisters deserve a LOT better than they have gotten from either the DNC or their closet Communist leaders.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, some posters believe in the "it depends on what your definition of is, is" mentality. America is not, and was never intended to be a socialist or communist state. Anyone who proscribes to those ideologies are doing so counter to the desires of our Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution.

The growing radicalism in our country, fueled by works by notable communists like Saul Alinsky, are not based on principles of liberty, but rather tyranny. These ideological values have been growing like weeds since their inception in the late 19th and early 19th century with European progressives who created manifestos on what we now know as communism, socialism, and anarchy.

Individuals who harbor these ideologies have been inexorably entwined with our society since that time. Unfortunately for America, the percentage of Americans, wittingly or not, who espouse to these ideologies has been growing, and their influence on political and legal affairs has grown. Make no mistake, the Communist Party USA has been actively working for more than 90 years to change the landscape of America.

Some people here need to do some homework before they continue to be apologetic for BHO and his CPUSA connections. There is a laundry list of family, friends, and associates connected to BHO that are communists or socialists by their own declarations. How is that okay when this ideology would rewrite the Constitution? Anyone here read "Prairie Fire" or the "Weather Underground" manifesto? If you believe in the principles that are the foundation of America, then you utterly reject communism and socialism and anyone who espouses to those ideologies.

The OP pointed out that there is a connection between BHO and the communist party. Not only a connection, but a seemingly intricate web of connections between members of CPUSA and those who espouse to those ideals, including those most closely related to BHO. His mother, his grandparents, his friends and allies.

I don't know how anyone else feels, but if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and moves like a duck, it's most likely a duck. Why is everyone so apologetic? Especially considering that communists and socialists (better the word statist) do not embrace liberty, but rather tyranny. The bottom line ... the end most definitely does not justify the means, no matter what the President might say to the contrary.

3:41 AM  
Blogger CW said...

There is a minor error in your article. Harold Washington did not beat the Daley Machine. Washington came up through the Daley Machine. The mayor he defeated in the Democratic primary was another machine hack named Jane Byrne. It was really a case of a split in the machine and a new faction taking control.

Everything else in the article appears to be spot-on.

CW, ex-Chicagoan

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of Commie and socialists here... Guess what misinformed people...FREEDOM IS FROM GOVT!!! socialism?communism are all totalitarian. No defense for spewing that garbage. If you are already one then you are a slave and should keep your mouth shut like a good little one.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't need to be in possession of a lot of empirical data to see that Barack Obama a hard core socialist. All that needs to be done is look at his public record for his days in Chicago and to take and honest look at his year and a half in the White House! Nationalized health care, owning car companies, banks insurance companies is the true sign of a socialist/marxist. You can spew all the data you want on this site and others but the proof is in the action of the person. Examine his political appointment, examine his cabinet choices. It does not take rocket science to see who this man is and what he stands for! It does not take rocket science to see that he and his wife do not like the United States. Just listen to his own words, examine the public record. There is only one conclusion an honest person can reach when you examine the record!

12:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it certainly looks like the commies found the "New Zeal Blog"!
Just give the information Trev and let the readers decide for themselves.
To argue facts with a commie is a waste of time. They never do what they've done, never admit it and always blames someone else.
They are punks that never grew out of their give-me, never-enough stage!

3:57 AM  

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