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Valerie Jarrett’s Father-in-Law Was a Communist – Worked With Obama Mentor Frank Marshall Davis

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Vernon Jarrett

Senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett’s late father-in-law and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Vernon Jarrett, was a key member of the South Chicago communist left of the late 1940s.

After graduating from Knoxville College in Tennessee, Jarrett moved to Chicago in 1946 to work as a journalist. On his first day on the job at the radical Chicago Defender, he was sent to cover a race riot.

The Defender was heavily influenced by the Communist Party USA and included on its roster well known Chicago Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis.

Frank Marshall Davis

Jarrett and Davis worked on the Defender around the same time. They certainly knew each other through the Communist Party and its fronts.

In June 1946, Vernon Jarrett was elected to the Illinois Council of the Communist Party’s youth wing, then known as American Youth for Democracy. This is according to Testimony of Walter S. Steele regarding Communist activities in the United States. Hearings before the Committee on Un-American Activities, House of Representatives, Eightieth Congress, first session, on H. R. 1884 and H. R. 2122, pages 75,76. It is the first hard evidence tying Vernon Jarrett directly to the Communist Party. Frank Marshall Davis, incidentally, was an official sponsor of American Youth for Democracy, along with confirmed communists Howard Fast, Langston Hughes, John Howard Lawson and Dirk Struik.

In April 1948, Frank Marshall Davis and Vernon Jarrett were working together as members of the publicity committee of the communist controlled Citizens’ Committee to Aid Packing-House Workers.

CCAPHW letterhead, April 12 1948

Besides Davis and Jarrett, communist officials of the strike committee included Oscar Brown (Treasurer) , Louise Patterson (Assistant Treasurer) and Ishmael Flory (food & groceries committee).

 

Later that year, Frank Marshall Davis left Chicago for Hawaii to work on the Honolulu Record, then edited and run by Communist Party member Koji Ariyoshi.

Koji Ariyoshi

A member of the “Dixie Mission” to Yenan, the HQ of the Chinese communist forces in the 1940s, Ariyoshi spent nearly two years in China as an officer of an all-Nisei psychological warfare unit. The unit’s job was to direct propaganda against the Japanese civilians and troops in China at the time.

 

Immediately after the war, Ariyoshi worked New York City with accused “Amerasia” spy John S. Service and Ed Rohrbough – who would become business manager of the Honolulu Record, in an effort to steer U.S. policy towards the Chinese Communists and against the Nationalists.

Ariyoshi also worked the Committee for a Democratic Far Eastern Policy, whose board included two people later arrested during the famous “Amerasia” spy case, “Amerasia editors Philip J. Jaffe and Kate L. Mitchell.

Frank Marshall Davis was an active member of the Communist Party in Hawaii, even after it went formally underground in 1950, when he assumed chairmanship of a tiny cell known as Group #10. Later Davis joined in the infiltration of the Hawaii Democratic Party, serving in 1950, as Assistant Secretary and Delegate to the Territorial Democratic Convention in his Precinct Club – Third Precinct of the Fifth District.

Davis was also later observed by the FBI on several occasions photographing remote shorelines and beachfronts, possibly for intelligence purposes. The FBI continued to monitor Davis into the 1960s and he was placed on the “Security Index.” This meant Davis was marked for immediate arrest should war break out between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

While the Communist Party in Hawaii faded into the Democratic party and the International Longshore Workers Union, there is no evidence that Frank Marshall Davis ever stopped being a communist. As late as 1973, three years after Davis met and began mentoring the 10 year old Barack Obama, he was still listed as an endorser of one of the party’s oldest fronts, the Committee for Protection of Foreign Born.

CPFB letterhead, April 1973

Also in 1948, Vernon Jarrett left his job as journalist at the Chicago Defender to start a black oriented radio show “Negro Newsfront” with comrade Oscar Brown. He also went on to become the Chicago Tribune’s first black syndicated columnist and was a founder of the leftist National Association of Black Journalists.

Jarrett became the first black syndicated op-ed columnist for the Chicago Tribune in 1970. Then in 1983, he moved to the Chicago Sun-Times as an op-ed columnist, later becoming a member of the paper’s editorial board, from which he retired in 1995.

While Jarrett worked his way to respectability, he still used his pen to support ”progressive” causes and politicians, including Chicago’s first black mayor Harold Washington, communist aligned US Senator Carol Moseley Braun and Barack Obama.

According to Vernon Jarrett’s Washington Post obituary of May 25th 2004:

Mr. Jarrett continually shone a light on African American history and pertinent issues in Chicago and throughout the country. He stoked the political embers in Chicago that led to the 1983 election of the city’s first African American mayor, Harold Washington.

Vernon Jarrett was aware of Barack Obama’s career from its early stages and became an influential supporter.

Commenting on the 1992 Moseley Braun Senate race, which Obama played a key role, Vernon Jarrett wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times of August 11th 1992:

Good news! Good news! Project Vote, a collectivity of 10 church-based community organizations dedicated to black voter registration, is off and running. Project Vote is increasing its rolls at a 7,000-per-week clip…If Project Vote is to reach its goal of registering 150,000 out of an estimated 400,000 unregistered blacks statewide, “it must average 10,000 rather than 7,000 every week,” says Barack Obama, the program’s executive director…

On Jarrett’s death, Dee Myles, the Chicago based chair of the Education Commission of the Communist Party USA, penned a tribute to Vernon Jarrett for the Peoples Weekly World of June 5th, 2004, in which she invoked the names of Communist Party legend Paul Robeson – who reportedly advised Frank Marshall Davis to leave Chicago for Hawaii.

Readers like me can be extremely selective of the journalists we read habitually… We are selective about the journalists to whom we become insatiably addicted, and once hooked we develop a constructive love affair without the romance…

Such was my experience with Vernon Jarrett, an African American journalist in Chicago who died at the age of 86 on May 23. I became a Vernon Jarrett addict, and I am proud of it!

Jarrett’s claim to fame is that he was a partisan of the cause of African Americans in the broad democratic tradition of Paul Robeson…

On April 9th, 1998, at Chicago’s South Shore Cultural Center, Vernon Jarrett hosted a Paul Robeson Citywide Centennial Celebration event, with his old comrade and Party sympathizer Margaret Burroughs and former Party members Studs Terkel and old friend Oscar Brown.

Dee Myles went on to say:

Jarrett was fanatical about African Americans registering and voting in mass for socially conscious candidates. He championed Harold Washington like a great warrior, and this March, from his hospital bed, wrote an article appealing to Black Chicago to turn out to vote for Barack Obama in the Illinois primaries. Obama astounded everyone with an incredible landslide victory as the progressive, Black candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois. From his sickbed, Vernon Jarrett issued a clarion call, and the people responded.

There is no doubt that the Illinois Communist Party saw the connections between the movement that elected Harold Washington and that which put Barack Obama in the US Senate.

John Bachtell

Illinois Communist Party organizer John Bachtell covered a “Special District Meeting on African American Equality and Building the Communist Party and Young Communist League, Chicago”, IL September 30, 2007.

 

The legacy of Harold Washington’s election and his administration is in the collective consciousness not only of the African American community, but the entire city. Many of his democratizing achievements endure 20 years later.

The historic election of Washington was the culmination of many years of struggle. It reflected a high degree of unity of the African American community and the alliance with a section of labor, the Latino community and progressive minded whites. This legacy of political independence also endures…

This was also reflected in the historic election of Barack Obama. Our Party actively supported Obama during the primary election. Once again Obama’s campaign reflected the electoral voting unity of the African American community, but also the alliances built with several key trade unions, and forces in the Latino and white communities.

Communist Frank Marshall Davis worked closely with comrade Vernon Jarrett in 1940s Chicago. Davis moved to Hawaii where he eventually met and mentored a young Barack Obama. Meanwhile Vernon Jarrett helped elect communist/socialist backed Harold Washington to the Chicago mayoralty. Washington’s victory inspired Barack Obama to move to Chicago, where his career was promoted by both Vernon Jarrett and the Communist Party.

Vernon Jarrett’s daughter-in-law Valerie Jarrett, worked for Harold Washington. Later she employed Barack Obama’s fiancee, Michelle Robinson, befriended the family and became one of President Obama’s most trusted advisers.

In Chicago, and nationally, the Communist Party threw its entire weight behind Obama’s Senate and Presidential campaigns.

Is this is all mere coincidence?

More importantly, given the connections of Frank Marshall Davis and the Communist Party USA to Soviet networks of the time, are there serious security implications here?

 

25 Comments »

  • Nancy says:

    Good work Trevor! I was frustrated that I couldn’t find out anything else from her parents bio on the web other than there is also a big blank in their resumes, but they also worked in China during that missing period. I think so anyway.

  • frank says:

    Now apply the “fruit of the poisonous tree” doctrine. The poisonous tree can only produce poisonous fruit. The poisonous tree here is communism; obama is its fruit.

    Like a pine tree can only reproduce other pine trees, communists produce more communists.

  • nickel says:

    Does anyone else notice that Barack Hussein Obama looks an awfully lot like Frank Marshall Davis? Look closely at the outline of the nose and the eyes, they are almost identical. I think we might have found what Obama is hiding. The 17 year old Stanley Ann Dunham was knocked up by someone and in his autobiography Frank Davis describes having sex with a 13 year old white girl. I wonder if Davis knocked up Dunham and she got Barack Obama Sr. to go along with story that he was the “father” by telling him it would help his attempt to gain US citizenship? It fits better than any other angle. Barack Obama looks absolutley nothing like the Kenyan Obama Senior. It was the first “autobiography” written supposedly by Bill Ayers that paints the Obama background and it appears one of the reasons they have been hiding so much of the evidence is that there is a lot that was pure fabrication.

    • cali says:

      I agree with your comment!

      Obamas mother was ‘getting around’ quite a bit, not having a good reputation here. It’s embarrassing to say the least.

      Allen West should feel vindicated by this post; he spoke the truth. The left can’t handle this truth; their false indignation towards Allen tells you all you need to know.

    • Charles says:

      I agree. There is no doubt in my mind that Davis is Obama’s father.

    • Frank Cunningham says:

      To duck the issue of BHO’s mother being nothing more than a hippy, slut who rejected her own is pure folly. But I hope this Davis is the bastard’s maker, for it puts to rest BHO being an American born son of this once grand republic.

      Regardless, the GOP has no clue what to fight and their personal attacks on BHO are not only useless, they feed BHO’s strength. Face it, when a guy stands before you and tells you he is going to change the greatest nation in the world…duh…did anyone take in what he was saying and now look at what he has done????

      • pgroup says:

        Well, no. Nobody listened. Nobody cared back when he used Axelgrease to get Jack Ryan’s sealed divorce records, which were used to get him to drop out of a race he surely would have won.

        By the time 2008 rolled around, the jugeared jac kass was a fait accompli.

  • grumpyt says:

    You know nickel, if you look at the pictures at the top of this page, you can see that they look alike. We’ll never know for sure, but it seems possible.

  • stang289 says:

    Trevor check out this video @ 6:34 and see if you think this is a young Val Jarrett in 1983 . its on subversion . It may not be but sure looks like her to me . Thanks for the good work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnCEhrpRNbk&videos=MK2er7H-1Ww&playnext=2&playnext_from=TL

  • True Patriot says:

    Have you noticed how all of the thugs in the WH should be in jail as criminals, instead they are all Democrats aka Communists Marxists thugs?

  • Lou Brown says:

    Has anyone else noticed how much Barry aka Steve resembles Frank M. Davis?

  • yumadlh says:

    Is this the same Frank Marshall Davis of University of Hawaii fame. The well know homosexual and mentor to the young BHO ? I would not be surprised if so. Too much is coming to light lately that leaves a lot to be desired of a positive nature. Also mentioned in BHO’s book.

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  • Shayne says:

    Gee, Davis worked for an Hawaiian newspaper and Obama’s so-called birth announcement was in an Hawaiian paper. Perhaps FMD knew where Obama’s birth certificate is? Btw, personally, I always thought Obama looked more like Malcolm X.

  • Does any of this surprise anybody? Obama’s political opponents, with the minor exception of Sen John McCain, brought all these commie connections up in 2008.

  • copper says:

    Valerie Jarrett’s mother is Barbara Taylor. Ms. Taylor co-founded the Erikson Institute which is an organization promoting the leftist agenda for children and education. Among those who have served on the Board with Ms. Taylor are, Tom Ayres, father of domestic terrorist and marxist Bill Ayres. Ms. Taylor has also had Bill Ayres on the Board as well as his domestic terrorist and marxist wife Bernadine Dohrn who is also a convicted felon. Michelle Obama worked with Bernardine Dohrn at Sidley & Austin, the law firm where she and Barack met.
    Tom Ayres was the former CEO of Commonwealth Edison and used the law firm of Sidley & Austin which was founded by his best friend to do outside legal work for Commonwealth Edison. This is the law firm that Obama first worked for when he came to Chicago. Now do you really think Tom Ayres didn’t already have knowledge of Obama and put in a good word for him to get hired? Also working for Sidley & Austin was Michelle Robinson, now Obama. She worked there with that domestic terrorist, marxist, convicted felon, Bernadine Dohrn.
    Obama is also good friends with one Rashid Khalidi and his wife Mona. Khalidi is a former spokesman for PLO founding terrorist, Yassar Arafat. In fact, during the early 2000′s when Obama was running the Woods Foundation he saw to it that $75,000 went to the Arab American Action Network which was being run by Mona Khalidi. The Khalidi’s had numerous dinners with the Obama’s and even babysat their kids.
    There is soooooooooooo much more. David Axelrod was mentored by the communist Cantor family. You can do a search for that and read all about it. Bottom line, vote them out! They are the cess pool of politics and you have no concept of the change they are wanting to implement in this Country. You won’t recognize it.

  • Arnonerik says:

    We can’t call Obama a Communist because along with all the other documents in his life, his membership card in the Party has not been released. There is a term from the past that we can use, however, without proof of membership. We used to call them “fellow travelers”. It is a term first used in a political sense by Leon Trotsky. It describes sympathetic leftists who support the Communist Party’s agenda but were unwilling to make (or to reveal) the kind of total commitment that the Communist Party membership demands.
    Obama was raised by Communists, he associates with Communists, prefers their company, he has appointed many Communists important positions in his administration, and he espouses Marxist philosophy.
    Yes, he walks like a duck, talks like a duck, and looks like a duck. Without a membership record, however, we can only call him a fellow traveler and as far as I’m concerned, that’s damning enough.

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  • chapprg1 says:

    I can understand how with a low information voter base and a compliant media they could expect to slip an Obama into state and national politics.
    But..
    I have wondered why or how with all of this known about BHO’s communist background, did the Democrat committees in charge of his nomination to run for Ill. Senate and soon thereafter nomination to run for US POTUS think that they will not ever be smeared with all of these connections to the Communist Party.
    Obviously the Power behind the Democratic party elite do not care that they will always be branded Communist. Who are these people, does this indicate that the Communist coup had already taken place at the top level and they only needed a appropriately indoctrinated figurehead to place in office?

  • Instigator says:

    And now you know what little secrets go on in impoverished crime ridden areas. I grew up in Chicago and I remember hearing Vernon Jarrett on the radio, but I was also too young at the time to know what he was talking about. It’s pretty shocking to learn what it was. They have their little Communist meetings in crime ridden areas because they know they would never be able to get away with it in a flourishing neighborhood. I bet you’ll think of Chicago differently from now on, won’t you?

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