[Marxism] Additional background on Walt Contreras Sheasby

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Aug 22 04:58:13 MDT 2004

>For those of you who knew him only as a "left Green" polemicist, it's
>worth noting that Walt Sheasby was the founder of the Peace & Freedom
>Party in Humboldt County, following up on his earlier work there with
>"Project Woodwork", building opposition to the Vietnam war on the North
>Coast. Thanks to Walt's good work, P&F regularly met in the Labor Temple
>there rather than some loathesome state office building, and achieved 25%
>of the voter registration on the Hupa Reservation for awhile.
>Walt began his political activity while still in high school in the early
>1960s. He was a member of the "Libertarian Socialist Tendency" in the
>Socialist Party and Young People's Socialist League. He worked closely
>with the National Farmworkers Association (one of the forerunners of the
>United Farm Workers, led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta) while it was
>still a semi-underground organization and introduced the term
>"agribusiness" into the socialist movement.
>He later served as a staff member in the Northern California Regional
>Office of Students for a Democratic Society, where he began his work in
>Humboldt County with a grant from the American Friends Service Committee.
>At some point later he was a staffer for the Los Angeles Central Labor
>Tom Condit

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