Barack Obama, Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Frank Marshall Davis, Socialism and Communism
May 31, 2012
By Trevor Loudon
In awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to California labor unionist Dolores Huerta, President Barack Obama has symbolically re-affirmed his thirty year relationship with the US’ largest Marxist organization, Democratic Socialists of America.
Dolores Huerta, a committed radical, is an honorary chair of DSA and has served that organization or its predecessors for nearly 40 years.
Despite the President’s favor, there is no doubt that DSA is both Marxist and militantly anti-freedom.
What distinguishes socialists from other progressives is the theory of surplus value. According to Marx, the secret of surplus value is that workers are a source of more value than they receive in wages. The capitalist is able to capture surplus value through his ownership of the means of production, his right to purchase labor as a commodity, his control over the production process, and his ownership of the final product. Surplus value is the measure of capital’s exploitation of labor… Our goal as socialists is to abolish private ownership of the means of production.
Our immediate task is to limit the capitalist class’s prerogatives in the workplace…In the short run we must at least minimize the degree of exploitation of workers by capitalists. We can accomplish this by promoting full employment policies, passing local living wage laws, but most of all by increasing the union movement’s power…
Dolores Huerta is no mere leftist labor activist. She is part of the same movement which spawned Obama, indeed represents the California branch of the same socialist/communist/Alinskyite alliance which brought Obama to prominence in Chicago.
Huerta was the long-time partner of the late Richard Chavez, brother of United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez.
Trained for several years in Chicago, by the great agitator Saul Alinsky, an inspiration to DSA, Hillary Clinton and Obama himself, Cesar Chavez worked with communists and socialists his entire career.
He marched under the famous slogan “Si se puede” – “Yes We can!,” used famously by Obama in 2008 and recently resurrected in the original Spanish version by Latinos for Obama.
When Richard Chavez died, President Obama personally paid tribute to the late United Farm Workers union leader.
“Richard fought for basic labor rights but also worked to improve the quality of life for countless farm workers,” said Obama in a statement. “And beyond his work, Richard was a family man.”
Obama added, “Richard understood that the struggle for a more perfect union and a better life for all America’s workers didn’t end with any particular victory or defeat, but instead required a commitment to getting up every single day to keep at it.”
Richard Chavez was connected to several strands of the movement that would eventually put their finest son, Barack Obama, into the White House.
In 1951, Richard Chavez started a carpenter’s union apprenticeship program in San Jose and found work framing suburban homes. By 1952, he had moved to Delano, California where he served as president of the local chapter of the Community Service Organization, a Latino civil rights group co-founded by his brother Cesar.
CSO, under the leadership of Los Angeles leftist President Ed Roybal (father of current congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, mentor to far left congressman Xavier Becerra) and organizer Fred Ross, and with the financial backing of independent Chicago radical Saul Alinsky, became a major force in “progressive” politics in Los Angeles in the 1940s.
CSO created the first broad-based organization within the Los Angeles Mexican-American community. It had also established ties to organized labor, the Catholic Church, the Jewish community and to individuals in both the Democratic and Progressive parties, creating a broad based coalition that succeeded in electing Ed Roybal to the Los Angeles City council and then later to the U.S. Congress.
CSO pioneered, with the assistance of Saul Alinsky, the type of multi-racial, multi-ethnic coalition that would elect Barack Obama to the U.S. presidency some 60 years later.
Both Ed Roybal and Cesar Chavez worked closely with a leading Los Angeles Communist Party USA member and Democratic Party activist, Bert Corona.
Corona also helped set up the CSO and worked to elect Roybal to the Los Angeles City Council.
In 1959, Ed Roybal and Bert Corona met in Fresno to form the radical Mexican American Political Association. This organization’s mission was the support and promotion of Mexican American candidates within the Democratic Party. The young organization helped set up the Viva Kennedy clubs that, for the first time, brought large numbers of Mexican Americans into a Presidential campaign.
A few years later, a young Latino radical named Tony Vilar was trained by Bert Corona through MAPA. Today, Antonio Villaraigosa as he is now known, serves as the Mayor of Los Angeles. In early 2009, he took a break from that job to serve on the Obama Transition Team.
In 1964, Chicano “civil rights” movement activists including Bert Corona, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta forced Congress to end the U.S. guest worker “bracero” program. The next year, Mexicans and Filipinos went out on strike in Coachella and Delano, and the United Farm Workers was born. Richard Chavez helped his brother set up the UFW and continued to work for the organization for many years.
Bert Corona in turn owed his career to secret Communist Party member and International Longshore and Warehouse Union leader Harry Bridges.
According to Communist Party USA and Democratic Socialists of America member David Bacon:
Corona came to Los Angeles to study at USC, where he went to work and was caught up in the labor ferment of the late 1930s. He became president of Local 26 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, and a political ally of Harry Bridges, one of U.S. labor’s most progressive and democratic leaders.
After Corona was fired from ILWU position union over an internal dispute, Harry Bridges, also a major figure within the communist dominated Congress of Industrial Organisations , offered Corona a job as a CIO organizer.
Harry Bridges also reportedly helped another leading Communist Party member with his career, Chicago based writer Frank Marshall Davis.
According to Davis’ autobiography, his 1948 move to Hawaii was recommended by singer/activist Paul Robeson (also a secret Communist Party member) and Harry Bridges. Davis met Bridges at Chicago’s communist run Abraham Lincoln School, where Bridges recommended that he contact communist Koji Ariyoshi, editor of the union backed Honolulu Record. Davis subsequently worked for the paper for several years.
Circa 1970, Davis would meet, and go on mentor for several years, the young Barack Obama.
As late as 1973, Davis also served as a sponsor of the well known Communist Party front American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born (which mounted major campaigns to save Australian born Harry Bridges from deportation), alongside well known California communist and former Democratic Party Congressman, Hugh DeLacy.
ACFPOFB letterhead, April 12, 1973
In 1967, DeLacy was involved in supporting Cesar Chavez. In a letter of gratitude to Hugh DeLacy, Chavez wrote “Jack Berman told me of all the hard work done by the committee members to insure the success of the party… your generosity on behalf of the Delano strikers will further the cause of social justice…”
Ten years later, DeLacy had formed a long lasting and close relationship to a young California Congressman named Leon Panetta, himself very close to Democratic Socialists of America – who was recently appointed by Barack Obama as U.S. Secretary of Defense.
In the late 1990s, Southern California Communist Party leader Evelina Alarcon and the United Farm Workers union, began agitating to make Cesar Chavez’s birthday a California public holiday.
Alarcon enlisted the support of Dolores Huerta and her brother, then Democratic Majority leader of the California State Senate, Richard Alarcon, who introduced Senate Bill 984, which would make March 31, Chavez’s birthday a paid public holiday.
That campaign succeeded, so Evelina Alarcon and the Communist Party launched the Cesar E. Chavez National Holiday campaign to lobby for the holiday on a national basis. Endorsers of the campaign included Dolores Huerta and Antonio Villaraigosa.
Now her website proudly proclaims Barack Obama’s personal endorsement of the idea.
In June 2008, Evelina Alarcon presented a poster from the organization to Barack Obama’s younger sister Maya Soetoro-Ng at a gathering in East Los Angeles.
According to the LA Progressive:
Addressing a largely Latino audience in East Los Angeles yesterday, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng shared stories about her childhood with her older brother, Barack Obama, and the effect he has had on her life. Held in El Sereno’s Hecho en Mexico restaurant, the event drew more than a hundred enthusiastic community activists, local elected officials, and regular citizens…
Evelina Alarcon, a notable Obama supporter and the sister of long-time Los Angeles politician Richard Alarcon, presented a poster to Obama’s sister commemorating the life of Cesar Chavez.
Alarcon recounted the accomplishments of the late Chicano leader and argued persuasively for honoring his accomplishments with a national holiday. Reminding those in attendance that Barack Obama supports the call to make Cesar Chavez’s birthday a national holiday. Alarcon trusts that if Obama is elected president the holiday will become a reality.