|Items are archived in order of
discovery. All the early stuff is from Trevor Loudon's "NewZeal"
blog. This guy's work is outstanding . . .
After service in WW2, Abner Mikva studied law at the
University of Chicago. In 1949 communist led students went on
strike at the City College of New York. Twenty University of
Chicago campus leaders met in April that year, to show support for their
New York counterparts, Abner Mikva among them. Several of the 20
had communist connections including
and Sid Socolar,
both of whom later took the 5th Amendment during government security
hearings when questioned over alleged Communist Party membership.
|In 1947 leftist lawyer
became senior partner with Abner Mikva in the Chicago law firm of
Goldberg, Devoe, Shadur, & Mikva.
Arthur Goldberg sponsored
several local Communist Party fronts, including the Chicago Conference
on Race Relations, the Conference on Constitutional Liberties in America
and the National Emergency Conference. He was also president of
the Chicago chapter of the
Lawyers Guild, accurately described in government hearings a "the
foremost legal bulwark of the Communist Party." Surprisingly these
affiliations did not stop Goldberg later becoming a Supreme Court
Justice and US Ambassador to the United Nations under Lyndon Johnson.
In the early 1950's George Anastaplo a classmate of Mikva's at the
University of Chicago Law School sparked controversy, when he refused to
deny Communist Party membership to a Character and Fitness Committee of
the Illinois Bar. The Committee investigated and because he had
not answered its questions, he was told he could not become a lawyer.
Mikva was one of the first to come to Anastaplo's aid.
1954 ''amicus curiae'' briefs were filed on Anastplo's behalf by two
radical dominated organizations, the ACLU and the National Lawyers
Guild. The ACLU brief, filed in the Supreme Court of Illinois was
signed by Mikva and
Leon Despres (a friend of
Saul Alinsky, an
associate of Leon
Trotsky and later a mentor to Barack Obama). The NLG brief
filed was signed by
Pearl Hart, a veteran of several communist fronts, including the
Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights.
|Mikva too, would work with
Alinsky, the legendary father
of "community organizing."
In the 1966 Democratic primary
election, Abner Mikva, then an Illinois State legislator, challenged the
Daley machine-backed incumbent Barrett O'Hara for the 2nd Congressional
District. Abner Mikva was supported by "liberal, independent
forces and The Woodlawn Organization (TWO)." To avoid jeopardizing the
organization's nonpartisan tax exemption, TWO staffers went on the Mikva
campaign payroll. They even recruited the notorious Blackstone
Rangers street gang to put up yard signs warning against bribes offered
by the "machine" team. Saul Alinsky was organizing TWO at the time
and believed that a Mikva victory, made possible by TWO's political
muscle, could have been a springboard to bigger things on the South
Alinsky was reportedly furious when Mikva narrowly lost the
|In January 1969, the Chicago radical newspaper,
Park- Kenwood Voices, listed those who had helped produce its first
16 monthly issues as "writers, researchers, photographers, artists and
The list included Abner Mikva, who wrote a
regular column for the paper.
The "Voices" was a mouthpiece for Students for a
Democratic Society, Cuba sugar cane cutters, anti Vietnam War activists
and radicals of every stripe.
David S. Canter
and Don Rose.
Canter was a Communist Party member and importer and distributor of
Soviet literature. As such, he was once required to register as an
official agent of the Soviet Union. Rose was equally as radical,
but never a proven Party member. He was however a leader of the
communist front Chicago Committee to defend the Bill of Rights.
After the "Voices" folded in the mid 1970s, Rose and Canter went on to
mentor a promising young journalist named
-- the man who put Barack Obama in the White hose and now serves as the
President's chief adviser.
|In April 1975, the Communist Party controlled
Chicago Peace Council convened a "National conference for a drastic
cutback in military spending" in Chicaqo;
The purpose of the National Conference is to mount a national
campaign and a vigorous program of action which will speak to the
hundreds of thousands who were part of the inspiring resistance to
the war in Indo- China. The people of the U.S. can and must
turn this country around...
Speakers at the conference included
and Norman Roth
of the Communist Party and the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of
Rights, Fr. Gerard
Grant and Frank
Rosen (also "Committee" members),
Ed Sadlowski of
the United Steel Workers Union and later
Democratic Socialists of America and of course Congressman Abner
Mikva had been elected to Congress in 1968. In
Washington, Mikva became involved with the far left
Institute for Policy Studies. At the the time, the IPS was a
magnet for "liberal" Democrats (and even a few Republicans), Marxists,
third world radicals, Eastern Bloc diplomats and at least few known KGB
agents and contacts. It was (and remains) a center of subversion
in the heart of the nation's capital.
|Institute for Policy Studies
|In 1983, IPS celebrated its 20th anniversary with a
giant "bash" at the National Building Museum, attended by approximately
1,000 staffers, politicians and supporters. Abner Mikva, of course
attended, while his wife Zoe handled arrangements for the function.
IPS held regular seminars and schools, attracting people from all
over the US and abroad. Could it have been through IPS that Mikva
first met Barack Obama in Washington? Certainly Obama was in the
IPS "orbit." In 1999 IPS affiliate
recruited Obama from Chicago to help establish and serve as Trustee of
the New York based "non-profit"
Demos, an official IPS
Coincidentally Obama's former "Green Jobs
Czar" Van Jones
was also a Demos Trustee.
After his Congressional career, Mikva
served as a judge in Washington DC (where he employed Elena Kagan) and
later as White House counsel under Bill Clinton.
the White House Mikva returned to his Chicago roots.
to abandon old friends , Abner and
sent a message
""Hooray for Progressives" to the Chicago Democratic Socialists of
America 44th Annual Eugene V. Debs - Norman Thomas - Michael Harrington
Dinner, held on May 10, 2002.
|Hail, Hail, The Gangs All here
|On Sunday October 29, 2006, the Chicago Committee to
Defend the Bill of Rights held a "Celebration of the The Dynamic Life of
Frank Wilkinson (1914-2006)."
Wilkinson, a founder of the "Committee' had been a 40 year veteran
of the Communist Party, before going on to join the almost as radical
Democratic Socialists of America.
Abner Mikva served on the
honoring committee with past or current Communist Party supporters
Mark Rogovin, Norman Roth,
Studs Terkel and
Democratic Socialists of America members on the committee included
Congressman Danny K.
Black and Dr.
Quentin Young -- all coincidentally close friends and supporters of
The left side of Chicago politics is so much part
of the mainstream, it is almost "respectable." Democrats,
communists and socialists work together, join each others front groups
and even attend each others political parties.
Abner Mikva are both steeped this culture. Elena Kagan is at least
peripherally connected to it. Young lawyers tend to clerk for
those who share their outlook.
Chicago socialism has been a
powerful force in Illinois politics since the election of far left mayor
Washington in 1983. Now it has spread to Capitol Hill and the
White House and threatens to infect the entire country.
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