"Propaganda coup" – How Communist , Evelina Alarcon, Enlisted Obama Family Support for Party Cause

Cross posted from KeyWiki Blog

Los Angeles based activist Evelina Alarcon has held several senior positions in the Communist Party USA, including chair of the party’s Southern California District and Secretary of its National Mexican American Equality Commission.

Evelina Alarcon

Alarcon, runs a Communist Party front out of L.A, the Cesar E. Chavez National Holiday, which campaigns for a march 31 National Public Holiday to commemorate the birth of the late Farm Workers union leader, Cesar Chavez.

The mission of Cesar E. Chavez National Holiday, a public benefit organization, is to work for national recognition of Cesar E. Chavez on his birthday March 31. We are forming national, state and local coalitions; organizing volunteer committees; and providing education about the value to our nation of honoring Cesar E. Chavez.

A hero to the communists, Chavez trained with Saul Alinsky in Chicago for several years before his labor union career, during which he cooperated with Party members and the almost as radical .

Evelina Alarcon has already succeeded in getting California to adopt a Cesar Chavez Holiday and is working hard to get the idea adopted nationwide.

Naturally Evelina Alarcon was thrilled in April 2008 when no less a figure than Democratic presidential primary candidate Barack Obama came out in support of a Cesar Chavez Holiday.

From the Cesar Chavez National Holiday website

April 1, 2008 Washington DC–Evelina Alarcon, Executive Director of Cesar E. Chavez National Holiday welcomed the backing for a Cesar Chavez national holiday from Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama who issued a statement on Cesar Chavez’s birthday Monday, March 31, 2008.

“We at Cesar E. Chavez National Holiday appreciate the backing of a national holiday for Cesar Chavez from presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama. That support is crucial because it takes the signature of a President to establish the holiday along with the Congress’s approval,” stated Evelina Alarcon. “

Not content with presidential candidate Obama’s support, Evelina Alarcon went after another member of the Obama family-Barack Obama’s younger half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng.

According to the LA Progressive website June 22 2008

Addressing a largely Latino audience in East Los Angeles yesterday, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng shared stories about her childhood with her older brother, Barack Obama, and the effect he has had on her life. Held in El Sereno’s Hecho en Mexico restaurant, the event drew more than a hundred enthusiastic community activists, local elected officials, and regular citizens…

Maya Soetoro-Ng at El Sereno’s Restaurant, L.A. June 2008

Evelina Alarcon (pictured below with Soetoro-Ng), a notable Obama supporter and the sister of long-time Los Angeles politician Richard Alarcon, presented a poster to Obama’s sister commemorating the life of Cesar Chavez.

Alarcon presents poster to Soetoro-Ng

Alarcon recounted the accomplishments of the late Chicano leader and argued persuasively for honoring his accomplishments with a national holiday. Reminding those in attendance that Barack Obama supports the call to make Cesar Chavez’s birthday a national holiday. Alarcon trusts that if Obama is elected president the holiday will become a reality.

Propaganda mission accomplished

Obama has been quoted recently to say:“As farmworkers and laborers across America continue to struggle for fair treatment and fair wages, we find strength in what Cesar Chavez accomplished so many years ago and we should honor him for what he’s taught us about making America a stronger, more just, and more prosperous nation. That’s why I support the call to make Cesar Chavez’s birthday a national holiday. It’s time to recognize the contributions of this American icon to the ongoing efforts to perfect our union.”

That is how a leading member of the Communist Party USA, enlisted the support of a candidate for the President of the United States and his sister, to a key Party propaganda cause.

Easy wasn’t it. No wonder the Communist Party USA claims President Obama as a “friend”.


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