Sunday, July 28, 2013

Arizona Has Three Communist Party Affiliated Congress Members

Arizona has not one, but three Communist Party  affiliated Congress members.(h/t Matthew Vadum)
How could a libertarian leaning state like Arizona have any communist affiliated representatives?
Most Arizonans have no idea that Arizona even has a Communist Party local
Kyrsten Sinema is widely known as leftist and a "progressive". However there has been virtually no media scrutiny of Sinema's documented ties to the Arizona Communist Party - the local affiliate of the pro China/pro Cuba Communist Party USA

Before becoming an Arizona State Representative, Kyrsten Sinema was a signatory to an advertisement "May Day and Cinco de Mayo greetings" placed in the Communist Partypaper People's Weekly World May 4, 2002. Such ads were traditionally placed in the Communist Party paper every May Day, sponsored by local party clubs, members or supporters: 
Arizona Rep. Krysten Sinema is Phoenix based freshman with provable Communist Party ties. While she likes to pretend moderation these days, Sinema is a hard core leftist with past ties to several extremist groups – including of course the Arizona Communist Party.
Lorenzo Torrez
It all started with Lorenzo Torrez (died 2012) one of Arizona’s most influential ever politicians. Never heard of him? Neither have 90% of Arizonans.
In 1974, Torrez moved with his family to Tucson where he served as chair of the Arizona Communist Party for more than 30 years. He also led the party’s Chicano Equality Commission and was a member of the CPUSA National Committee.
He built the Arizona CP into an influential organization in all the progressive movements of Arizona.
Torrez helped establish the communist run Salt of the Earth Labor College in Tucson, which continues today.
Steve Valencia, president of the labor college told the People’s World, “Lorenzo changed the political landscape of Arizona. For him, the liberation of the working class and equality for the Mexican American people were inherently tied together.”
Torrez was also a “pioneer in the struggle for Mexican American political representation”, Valencia added. “I always say: Before Ed Pastor and Raul Grijalva, there was Lorenzo Torrez.”
Pastor and Grijalva are Arizona’s first two Mexican Americans members of the U.S. Congress. But Torrez ran for Congress before they ran, and also  ran against Republican Senator Barry Goldwater.
“Lorenzo told us it is time for these majority Latino districts to be represented by a Mexican American,” said Valencia. “He wanted voters to see a Latino name on the ballot.”
When Pastor declared his candidacy, Torrez rallied the Tucson Communist Party club to join in the effort. Pastor’s victory in 1991 set the stage for Grijalva’s election in 2002.
Today Ed Pastor and Raul Grijalva are members of the far left Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Grijalva was involved with the Communist Party well before 12002, as this article he wrote for the  Party’s People’s World in 1993 proves.
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Both Pastor and Grijalva have been champions of the illegal immigrants “rights” movement – a movement that Lorenzo Torrez helped to found in California and Arizona and then helped to coordinate across the entire Southwest.

Sinema in 2003, putting her name to the Arizona Communist Party’s May Day greetings page – right over that of Lorenzo Torrez and Steve Valencia.
torreziiooTo find out more about Arizona’s communist connected Congressmembers read Trevor Loudon’s new book “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress.”
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