A Longtime Friend of Communists


The brand new crop of Democratic members of Congress elected in 2018 is to date left, it’s troublesome to single out probably the most excessive socialists.

In most election cycles, a hard-core radical like Chicago’s Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, the previous Prepare dinner County Board Commissioner, would ship conservative journalists and bloggers right into a keyboard frenzy. Nevertheless, a lot column area has targeted on “newbies” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar that Garcia has managed to keep away from scrutiny.

Elected to fill the footwear of the ultra-left Luis Gutierrez in Chicago’s closely Hispanic South West aspect, Garcia is each bit as radical as his predecessor.

Gutierrez, a once-member of the Marxist–Leninist Puerto Rican Socialist Celebration, is leaving Congress to work with the “National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) coalition,” which reportedly “brings together 37 pro-immigrant and refugee groups in 31 states” to “mobilize” the Puerto Rican and Hispanic vote.

Whereas saying his determination to not run for re-election, Gutierrez assured his supporters that Garcia was an appropriate alternative. “I want to make absolutely clear that I’d be a candidate in the congressional district if Jesus Garcia had not volunteered to run,” Gutierrez declared in November 2017.

Like Gutierrez, one of Garcia’s fundamental pet coverage points is prohibited immigration. Garcia helps a blanket amnesty for recipients of former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Motion for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, which can presumably ultimately prolong to their mother and father. Garcia has been a supporter of so-called “comprehensive immigration reform,” and a vocal critic of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Garcia wrote in a tweet that “ICE is targeting anyone they can for the most frivolous reasons,” and in addition said, “We need a nationwide commitment to stand up to ICE’s cruelty.”

As reported within the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)-aligned In These Occasions in 2014, Garcia was “well-known” for “championing, as commissioner, a successful 2011 ordinance to require Cook County’s sheriff to decline requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain [illegal] immigrants, unless the federal government would pay the detention costs.”

Garcia has already joined the communist/socialist-aligned Congressional Progressive Caucus. There he’ll work alongside previous Chicago comrades akin to Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Rep. Danny Davis. For years, all three have moved in the identical communist and socialist circles.

Early Influences

Born in a small village in Durango, Mexico, Garcia’s father was an unlawful alien who introduced 10-year-old Chuy to Chicago when he was capable of safe everlasting residency, in line with a profile within the Chicago Reader. Garcia earned a bachelor’s diploma in Political Science from the College of Illinois at Chicago, then a grasp’s diploma in City Planning. Garcia was radicalized in school, falling beneath the affect of Lola Navarro, a veteran Latino activist and disciple of the notorious father of “community organizing,” Saul Alinsky.

Following Navarro’s instance, Garcia and his comrades focused an area theater, forcing its proprietor to refurbish the rundown facility. In his sophomore yr, Garcia and fellow comrades “occupied” the chancellor’s workplace at College Corridor. The college caved to the radicals’ calls for and created a left-leaning “Latin American Cultural Center,” which nonetheless operates immediately.

About that point, Garcia befriended a person who would have a profound affect on his politics and his profession: the late Chicago activist Rudy Lozano. A few years older than Garcia, Lozano was organizing manufacturing unit staff in Pilsen and Little Village. He was additionally advocating for unconditional “amnesty” for unlawful aliens, a trigger pricey to Garcia’s coronary heart.

Lozano was related to the Communist Celebration USA and drew Garcia into these circles.

Past his labor union work, Lozano was closely concerned in native politics. Lozano and Garcia each turned shut allies of far-left South Aspect Congressman Harold Washington, who would function Chicago’s first black mayor from 1983 till his sudden dying in 1987.

In 1983, as half of a multi-racial group with Washington, Lozano ran for 22nd ward alderman. Garcia managed his marketing campaign, however Lozano got here second in a five-man subject.

A few weeks later, in June 1983, Lozano was fatally shot within the kitchen of his house. A teen gang member was arrested and later convicted of the homicide, the Chicago Reader reported. The Soviet newspaper Pravda, which ran a number of articles on Lozano, claimed the “hit” was a  political assassination. The police maintained it was a gang-related homicide.

Operating for Workplace

His pal’s dying motivated Garcia to get extra immediately concerned in politics. In 1984, Garcia efficiently ran for 22nd Democratic ward committeeman. In 1986, he ran for alderman towards conservative Democrat Guadalupe Martinez.

In response to a Chicago Tribune report on the time, Martinez stated that her opponent Garcia was “100 percent communist, if not 110 percent.”

The newspaper additionally claimed that Garcia so hero-worshiped the late Lozano that he “emulated him to the point of shaving off his goatee to increase his resemblance to the neighborhood folk hero slain by an 18-year-old gang member in 1983.”

Garcia gained the election and shortly turned the “ranking Latino” in Mayor Washington’s racially organized council coalition. Racial politics turned Garcia’s “stock in trade.”

Garcia’s marketing campaign supervisor in 1984, black Communist Get together USA member Ronelle Mustin, claimed that Garcia made positive the ward’s few black residents “got our fair share of everything—streets repaired, sidewalks done, garbage picked up.” Garcia was reelected in 1987, and once more in 1991.

After Mayor Washington died, the multi-racial communist–socialist coalition he had introduced into workplace disintegrated because the Democratic machine cast beneath former Mayor Richard Daley re-conquered the town authorities.

Garcia left the Metropolis Council and was elected to the Illinois state Senate in 1992. He served two phrases till his defeat in 1998.

Garcia went on to discovered and lead Enlace Chicago, a leftist nonprofit “community development” group in Little Village.

In 10 years, Garcia constructed Enlace into a corporation with a $2.9 million finances and a employees of greater than 100—many of them leftist activists. Rudy Lozano, Jr., a Communist Social gathering USA supporter and son of Garcia’s previous comrade, serves on the Enlace board. Communist Celebration USA member Docia Buffington serves on the Enlace management group.

Upon leaving Enlace in 2009, Garcia served as a fellow at De Paul College and as adjunct professor on the College of Illinois at Chicago within the Political Science and Latino and Latin American Research Departments. He additionally served on the boards of a number of leftist non-profits, together with the Latino Coverage Discussion board and the Woods Fund of Chicago.

Communist Social gathering Connections

All through his political profession, Garcia maintained shut connections to the Maoist, pro-Soviet Communist Get together USA and “democratic socialist” strands of the Chicago left.

Further examples of Garcia’s radical bona fides embrace his contribution to Unity, the journal of the pro-China League of Revolutionary Wrestle, on April 30, 1990, and his attendance at numerous Communist Celebration USA features.

A yr later, Garcia gave a tribute to Illinois Communist Celebration USA chief Ishmael Flory, who was honored at Malcolm X School in Chicago on Sept. 29, 1991, by greater than 100 visitors.

In line with the Oct. 12, 1991, difficulty of the Communist Celebration USA newspaper Individuals’s Weekly World: “‘Ishmael Flory is a man for all seasons. … He never gives up,’ stated State Senator Alice Palmer. 

“Alderman Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia of Chicago’s 22nd ward cited Flory’s position in fostering African-American and Latino unity, and in constructing multi-racial coalitions for social progress. …

“Tributes came from Communist Party USA chairman Gus Hall and Illinois Communist Party organizational secretary Mark Almberg.”

Different audio system included Communist Get together USA members Jack Spiegel of the Amalgamated Clothes Staff Union, the aforementioned Ronelle Mustin, “peace” activist Sarah Staggs, and Carl Bloice, the previous Moscow correspondent for the Individuals’s Weekly World, the predecessor of Individuals’s World.

Shortly after that occasion, the Communist Get together USA cut up, and lots of Chicago members joined the breakaway Committees of Correspondence (CoC).

The Chicago department of the CoC held a tribute banquet to 88-year-old member Jack Spiegel on Oct. three, 1993, with 250 individuals in attendance.

Based on an October–December 1993 CoC publication, particular visitors included then-state Sen. Garcia, Alderman Helen Shiller, Bernice Bild from the hard-left Coalition for New Priorities, Camille Odeh from the Coalition of Palestinian Ladies, and Meca Sorrentini from the pro-Cuban Puerto Rican Socialist Celebration, which—as talked about above—as soon as boasted former congressman Luis Gutierrez as a member.

The keynote speaker was CoC co-chair Manning Marable, who served as director on the Institute for Analysis in African-American Research at Columbia College. Illinois CoC co-chairs Sandy Patrinos and Mildred Williamson (each veterans of the Communist Social gathering USA) introduced the awards.

In 1998, Garcia and Bild addressed a joint Chicago DSA and Illinois CoC discussion board on the 1998 elections.

“Senator Garcia gave a technical, electoral perspective on the outcome. Bernice Bild provided a look at the outcome from more of a policy perspective,” based on DSA publication New Floor.

Within the mid-1990s, Garcia was an in depth supporter of pro-Soviet Illinois state Sen. Alice Palmer. The “Hon. Jesus Garcia” served as a member of the “Friends of Alice Palmer,” alongside future congressman and DSA member Danny Davis, Timuel Black of the DSA and CoC, and future President Barack Obama.

A few years later, Garcia was firmly again within the Communist Celebration USA orbit.

The Individuals’s Weekly World banquet held on Oct. 28, 2000, on the Home of Fortune restaurant featured Congressman Davis as visitor speaker.

Native honorees included octogenarian Communist Get together USA member Bea Lumpkin and “Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia, former member of the Illinois State Legislature and presently director of the Little Village Community Development Center,” in line with the Oct. 7, 2000, problem of Individuals’s Weekly World.

A particular award went to Communist Get together USA member Evelina Alarcon, coordinator to the Cesar E. Chavez Vacation Marketing campaign.

Lengthy-time Communist Social gathering USA/CoC entrance group Chicago Committee to Defend the Invoice of Rights organized a “Celebration of the Dynamic Life of Frank Wilkinson (1914–2006)” on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006. Wilkinson had been a pacesetter of the Communist Social gathering USA, the New American Motion, and the DSA.

Garcia was named as an “Honoring Committee” member.

Again in Politics

On Nov. three, 2009, Garcia introduced his candidacy as a Prepare dinner County Commissioner for the seventh District to “usher in a new era of reform, accountability, transparency, and efficiency in government for the benefit of working people,” in response to his marketing campaign web page. His operating mate, Communist Celebration USA supporter Lozano, Jr., ran for state consultant within the 23rd District.

Garcia gained his race; Lozano narrowly misplaced his.

In a report of the Communist Social gathering USA’s Mexican American Equality Fee, ready as half of the dialogue main as much as the Communist Celebration USA’s 29th Nationwide Conference on Might 21–23, 2010, the fee wrote of a number of electoral victories that includes individuals clearly related to the celebration:

“Mexican People are robust supporters of the Obama administration’s efforts to maneuver away from the best wing insurance policies of the previous and to maneuver for progressive reform as evidenced by the 76% approval score of California Latinos for Obama, within the January 2010 ballot by the California Public Coverage Institute.

“These developments are mirrored within the robust races of Rudy Lozano (Jr.) for Illinois legislature, Rick Nagin for the Cleveland Metropolis Council and the large victory of Jesus “Chuy” Garcia as Prepare dinner County Commissioner in Illinois.”

In 2015, Garcia ran for mayor of Chicago towards former Obama chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel. It was a last-minute insurgency marketing campaign, and like his pal Mayor Washington 30 years earlier, Garcia was backed by the far-left.

Bernie Sanders got here to city to rally with Garcia. Mega-wealthy, far-left San Francisco lawyer Steve Phillips endorsed and funded Garcia by way of his PowerPAC+.

The Lozano household acquired on board. Lozano, Jr. joined the marketing campaign, as did his Communist Celebration USA member brother Pepe Lozano. Communist Celebration USA Nationwide Committee member and Steelworkers Lively Organized Retirees chief Scott Marshall additionally performed a outstanding position.

Key black DSA members Cornel West, Congressman Davis, and Timuel Black all endorsed Garcia’s “progressive agenda.”

It was a valiant effort, however Garcia entered the race too late. He pressured Emanuel right into a run-off election however couldn’t pull off the ultimate victory. Many thought the loss can be the top of Garcia’s political profession.

Then Garcia’s previous pal Gutierrez introduced he was leaving Congress. Garcia jumped into the race. He simply gained the first and smashed his Republican opponent 86.5 % to 13.5 % within the basic election.

Nevertheless, the prospect of quickly getting into Congress was not sufficient to steer Garcia away from his Communist Get together USA comrades.

On Aug. three, 2018, greater than 300 individuals gathered on the Chicago Academics Union Middle to have fun the 100th birthday of Chicago’s longest-serving communist Bea Lumpkin.

In line with Individuals’s World: “Seasoned trade unionists, politicians, labor lawyers, and labor historians rubbed shoulders with young people from INTERGEN, the activist intergenerational and multiracial alliance that Bea helped found in 2016. The young people … were there to pay homage to a woman who understands all too well the struggles of organizing during difficult times.”

Visitor audio system together with congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, congressman-elect Garcia, and communist Scott Marshall of the steelworkers union who “spoke about the enormous impact Bea had had on their own lives as she organized for worker power, racial justice, peace, and gender equality.”

Individuals’s World additionally reported, “The formal part of the dinner ended with the reading of a letter from President Barack Obama, thanking her for her many years of service in support of the movement.”

If Garcia isn’t a secret Communist Get together USA member, he’s definitely an in depth celebration sympathizer. There isn’t a doubt that Garcia will loyally comply with the Communist Social gathering USA agenda all through his time in Congress. This begs the query: How might Garcia pledge an oath to uphold the U.S. Structure?

Trevor Loudon is an writer, filmmaker, and public speaker from New Zealand. For greater than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist, and terrorist actions and their covert affect on mainstream politics.

Views expressed on this article are the opinions of the writer and don’t essentially mirror the views of The Epoch Occasions.