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Congressman Hansen Clarke and the Michigan Marxists

Submitted by on November 27, 2011 – 11:15 pm ESTOne Comment

Hansen Clarke

Michigan freshman Democratic Congressman Hansen Clarke has openly aligned himself with the Detroit local of the US’ largest Marxist organization Democratic Socialists of America.

Reaffirming a relationship that began several years ago, Congressman Clarke personally presented awards at Greater Detroit DSA’s 12th annual Frederick Douglass-Eugene V. Debs Dinner on October 1st at UAW Local 600 in Dearborn Michigan.

Clarke presented Congressional citations to far leftist, the Reverend Ed Rowe and to the Restaurant Opportunities Center-Michigan.

Other speakers included an event regular, Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO President Saundra Williams and newly appointed DSA National Director Maria Svart.

Hansen Clarke’s relationship with DSA goes back to at least 2002.

In that year, Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of America contributed to the primary campaign of  Hansen Clarke, who ran against incumbent State Senator Ray Murphy in the first district. The local did some early fundraising and conducted a postcard campaign on Clarke’s behalf to its members in the first senate district. Hansen  Clarke achieved an upset victory, winning comfortably by thirteen points.


Greater Detroit DSA boasts a “simple but effective electoral strategy.”

We endorse progressive candidates in competitive races where the focused efforts of a small group such as ours can tip the balance in favor of the progressive candidate. This strategy has served us well in electing state representatives such as Steve Bieda, Alma Wheeler Smith, John Espinoza, Aldo Vagnozzi, and Fred Miller, and state senators such as Gilda Jacobs and Hansen Clarke.

Hansen Clarke has also enjoyed a strong relationship with the pro-Cuban and North Korean Workers World Party. In 2008, Rev. Ed Rowe and Clarke worked with ACORN and other radicals on the WWP’s anti-eviction campaign.

Workers World Party leaders Jerry Goldberg and Abayomi Azikiwe, with Hansen Clarke, June 14, 2008

Clarke is also affiliated with Detroit’s Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice – named after the late pro-communist labor lawyer Maurice Sugar, and affiliated with the Communist Party USA founded National Lawyers Guild.

On November 18, 2010, the Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center presented “The Maurice Sugar Voice for Justice Award” to former Obama “Green Jobs Czar” Van Jones, “a Human Rights Activist and Green-Jobs Advocate,” at the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, 660 Woodward Ave.


Members of the Honorary Host Committee included Hansen Clarke, David Elsila, Retired Editor, UAW Solidarity Magazine and a DSA member, Bob King, President, UAW International Vice President and a DSA supporter, Claudia Morcom, Retired Wayne County Circuit Court Judge and a DSA and Communist Party affiliate, Hasan Newash, Palestine Office of Michigan, and a Communist Party affiliate, Saundra Williams, President, Metro Detroit AFL-CIO and a DSA affiliate, and the Hon. JoAnn Watson, Detroit City Council and a long time Workers World Party affiliate.

The half black, half Bangladeshi Hansen Clarke, has been described as Detroit’s answer to Barack Obama.

The freshman Congressman from Michigan and the US President certainly share similar political roots and affiliations.

One Comment »

  • Mahesh says:

    Really nice posters. So spmlie and effective but at the same time very clever.The Wolff Olins abortion of a logo on the other hand will look so out of date in 2012. I think the a3400,000 they charged for it must have been the cost involved to build a time machine to go back to 1986 to design it.

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