Obama’s Labor Secretary Tells DNC: “Public Employees Are Under Assault. . . The Fight Is on”…


What you may NOT know about is Solis’ ties to the Democratic Socialists of America and the Communist Party.  That will come after the following item:


God forbid they have to live by the same rules as the (gasp) private sector.

(Politico) — The final day of the Democratic National Committee’s winter meeting turned into an impromptu rally for the public workers of Wisconsin, demonstrating that the standoff over GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget has galvanized labor and liberals.

“The fight is on,” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis told the closing session of the DNC gathering at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel Saturday morning. “We work together. We help those embattled states right now where public employees are under assault.”

Solis, a former congresswoman from California, got cheers and multiple standing ovations for her remarks blasting Walker and other Republican governors who seek to weaken government workers’ collective bargaining rights.

“We know many states are facing tough budget decisions,” she said. “We know there’s room for shared sacrifice — shared sacrifice. We’ve seen our brothers and sisters in public employee unions willingly give up their fair share. . . . The governors of Wisconsin and Ohio aren’t just demanding that they tighten their belts, they’re demanding that they give up their uniquely American rights as workers.”

Top labor officials — from Gerald McEntee, president of the government workers’ union AFSCME, to Anna Burger, former secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union — came to the floor to speak in favor of a resolution supporting workers and collective bargaining.




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Hilda L. Solis was appointed by the Obama Administration as Chairperson of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in Feb. 2009. The appointment was welcomed by SEIU boss Andy Stern, American Rights at Work Chairperson David Bonior and AFL-CIO president, John Sweeney along with other prominent names in the labor movement. At the time, Sweeny commented that he was “thrilled at the prospect of having Solis as [the] nation’s next Labor Secretary”, adding that the AFL-CIO was looking forward to working with Solis as she chartered new territory for the nation’s working class. Democratic Socialists of America vice-chair, Harold Meyerson, commented that the former treasurer of union-support organization, American Rights at Work was now in the key position to promote what he termed as the “most contentious issue on Obama’s agenda”, – the Employee Free Choice Act. He added, “But Solis has never been deterred by controversy”. Earlier, in August 2008, the Obama Campaign had formed its National Latino Advisory Council of which Solis was a member. A Latino herself, Solis commented that, “Senator Obama not only understands the struggles and diversity of our community but because of his personal history and background he will stand with us and be a fighter for our issues”.

Solis has a strong working relationship with socialist individuals and groups.

In 2005, Solis was the keynote speaker at the Democratic Socialists of America National Conference, speaking alongside ACORN chief organizer, Wade Rathke, Peter Dreier and other leading socialists. In 2006, Dreier wrote about Los Angeles in the DSAs newsletter Democratic Left, “It’s a network of activists that work closely with elected officials, like Congresswoman Hilda Solis…”

In June, 2008, Solis sent Elena Henry, a caseworker from her office to represent her at the Socialist International Conference.

Solis also has ties to the Communist Party.

In June 1996 she was represented by staffer Antonio Aguilar at a tribute event for unionists Jerry Acosta and Gil Cedillo. The event was hosted by the party’s paper, People’s Weekly World. And in 2000, Solis enjoyed backing from the party for her run for U.S. Congress. Further following her work with communists, the William C. Velásquez Institute sponsored Solis to visit Cuba in 2001, for “unspecified purposes”. She traveled in Cuba again in 2006 with a delegation of nine other congressman including Bill Delahunt, meeting with communist officials. Solis has stated that she receives inspiration from Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers and Dolores Huerta of both UFW and DSA.




Obama File 58 Hilda Solis-Obama Labor Secretary’s Socialist Connections

DSA is clearly a friend of Hilda Solis, but is Hilda Solis a friend of DSA?

In November 2005 Solis addressed the DSA National Convention in Los Angeles-“The New Capital of Progressive Politics?”

Twenty-First Century Socialism…

While the gathering was a working convention—one that differed from past meetings in that all convention business happened on the plenary floor for maximum delegate participation,two evening public sessions focused on the big picture, too.

On Friday evening, a panel consisting of ACORN chief organizer Wade Rathke, Kent Wong of the UCLA Labor Center and Roxana Tynan of the Los Angeles Alliance
for a New Economy looked at the level of struggles nationwide.

Saturday evening delegates recognized the contributions of DSA vice chair and Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson, Occidental College sociologist and longtime DSAer Peter Dreier and insurgent California Congress member Hilda Solis (D) who in turn provided in-depth perspectives of the political scene.


Hilda Solis also has indirect ties to the Socialist International. In June this year the SI Migrations Committee held a Migrations Reform, Integration, Rights forum in Los Angeles

DSA, the SI’s main US affiliate was represented by DSA National Director Frank Llewellyn plus Duane Campbell and Dolores Delgado Campbell of DSA’s Anti Racism network and the Latino networks.

California State Senator Gill Cedillo, was also in attendance.

Hilda Solis was formally represented by Elena Henry, a caseworker from Solis’s East Los Angeles Office.

This was not the first time that Solis had sent a representative to a socialist gathering.

According to the Communist Party’s People’s Weekly World of June 20 1996

The Southern California Friends of the People’s Weekly World tribute to two of Los Angeles’ finest labor leaders, Jerry Acosta and Gilbert Cedillo, became a dynamic rally of elected officials, activists, labor and community leaders in solidarity with labor struggles and in the fight to defeat the ultra-right in November…

The audience clapped, cheered and sometimes shouted out during the spirited tribute to Jerry Acosta, regional director of the Utility Workers Union, and Gilbert Cedillo, long-time leader of Service Employees International Union Local 660.

“The People’s Weekly World and all of us in this room feel very strongly about who we honor today,” said Evelina Alarcon, chair of the Southern California District and national secretary of the Communist Party USA, one of the emcees of the tribute. “Jerry Acosta and Gilbert Cedillo represent the new fightback vision of the Sweeney, Trumka, Chavez-Thompson leadership in the AFL-CIO. They represent the rank and file that is pushing from the bottom for that new vision!”

Alarcon recounted many of Acosta’s and Cedillo’s achievements, calling them “real live working class heroes in the forefront of struggle” who “take bold initiatives on labor issues” and spearhead mass action in the fight for equality of all people.

If there is any time that we value that kind of leadership, “it is now when we face the greatest electoral challenge of our time,” Alarcon said pointing to the necessity “to vote out the Republican ultra-right in the Congress and in the California State legislature.”

Rep. Esteban Torres, a UAW labor leader in Congress, wearing his union jacket and standing tall, told the crowd, “This event would have made old Sam Kushner proud,” referring to the late World labor reporter.

Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, on behalf of the council which adopted a resolution honoring Acosta and Cedillo, said, “Gil Cedillo and Jerry Acosta have changed the whole dynamic of what it means to be for the working class and what it means to fight for workers rights. Because of them and other labor leaders, we have seen a resurgence of strength of the least empowered in our country…”

Presentations to the honorees were also made by Clara James, chair of the Community Affairs Commission of the Second Baptist Church, on behalf of Congresswoman Maxine Waters, one of the nation’s most distinguished African American leaders; Antonio Aguilar, on behalf of State Senator Hilda Solis, California’s first Latina elected to the State Senate, who, along with labor, led the drive to put a minimum wage increase initiative on the ballot;

State Assemblyman Antonio Villaraigoza sent a message and 17 elected officials and more than 50 labor leaders put their names in the program book honoring Cedillo and Acosta. Victoria Castro, a member of the L.A. City Board of Education, sent certificates recognizing the two labor leaders.


This piece is important because it shows the influence of the CPUSA in Southern Californis Politics. The CPUSA has substantial influence in the Los Angeles labor movement and by directing union money and human resources in the right direction is able to determine who gets elected and where




Now you know the “rest” of the story.






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