Congressman Hansen Clarke and the Michigan Marxists
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.
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.
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.