“One Nation” Rally Organizer Linked to “Greensboro Massacre”

Posted: October 9, 2010 in Anarchists & Communists, Hate Crimes Against Whites, New Black Panthers

“One Nation” Rally Organizer Linked to “Greensboro Massacre”, Black Radical Congress

Roz Pelles, the key organizer of last Saturday’s “progressive” One Nation Rally in Washington DC was linked to one of the most violent incidents in US political history – the 1979 “Greensboro Massacre”.

the Washington DC based Civil Rights Director, of the  AFL-CIO served as one of three key “senior managers” of the rally – her official title “Steering Committee Liaison”.

The rally drew up to 140,000 Democrats, labor unionists, activists,
communists and socialists to the capital in a major show of support for
President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

The rally was overtly touted as a counter to Glenn Beck’s earlier and much larger rally of 8/28.

Thirty years earlier,  Roz Pelles and her comrade and husband Don
Pelles were leaders of a radical and sometimes violent Maoist sect known
as the Workers Voice Organization or Communist Workers Party.

The C.W.P. followed Mao Tse Tung, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot and for a time,
the Islamic revolutionaries of Iran.  The party also emphasised
unionisation and “self determination” for black Americans.

This led the C.W.P. into direct confrontation with the North Carolina Ku Klux Klan.

In July 1979, the Klan held a rally and viewing of the pro Klan 
film, The Birth of a Nation, in China Grove near Greensboro NC. This
rally was violently attacked by  C.W.P. members who assaulted Klansmen
with clubs and burned a Confederate flag.

C.W.P. leader Paul Bermanzohn then taunted the Klan, “to attend our rally in Greensboro.”

On November 3, 1979, members of the K.K.K. and the American Nazi Party attacked a C.W.P. “Death to the Klan!” rally.

During the rally, a caravan of cars containing Klansmen and Nazis drove
by the housing projects where the C.W.P. and other anti-Klan activists
were congregating. Several marchers began to attack the Klansmens’
cars with small wooden sticks or by throwing rocks. According to
witness  Frazier Glenn Miller, the first shots were fired from a handgun
by an anti-Klan demonstrator.

Klansmen and Nazis fired with shotguns, rifles and pistols. An 88 second
gunbattle followed, leaving the outgunned C.W.P. members and their
allies with 5 dead or dying and 10 injured.

The dead were James Waller, Sandi Smith, William Sampson, Michael Nathan and Cesar Cauce.

Forty Klansmen and Nazis, and several C.W.P./W.V.O. members  were
involved in the shootings; 16 Klansmen and Nazis were arrested and the 6
best cases were brought to trial first.
Two criminal  trials resulted in the acquittal of all defendants, 
though  a 1985 civil lawsuit the survivors won a $350,000 judgment
against the city, the K.K.K. and the  Nazi Party for violating the
civil rights of the demonstrators.

Both Roz and Don Pelles were at the scene, with Roz assuming a
leadership role as more senior C.W.P. comrades were killed or wounded.

According to the testimony of Don Pelles;

Pretty soon after that I ran in to Roz (Pelles) who was pretty frantic who had been looking for me. And she realized that she was in charge, as all the other leaders were gone. That all of the WVO
leadership were either dead or incapacitated so she was kind of the
ranking leadership there.

Twenty one years later Roz Pelles was  a leader of another controversial organization, the Black Radical Congress.

A creation of the Communist Party USA, Committees of Correspondence, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Democratic Socialists of America and some veterans of the C.W.P., the B.R.C. sought to unite leftist blacks into a united revolutionary front.

In March 1998 “Endorsers of the Call” to found a Black Radical Congress included Roz Pelles, Washington, DC.

Participants in the B.R.C.’s founding conference in  June 1998 included several activists connected to Barack Obama.

It shows how much the U.S. labor movement has lost its way that the AFL-CIO would appoint someone like Roz Pelles to a key civil rights position.

It shows how out of touch is the US “progressive” movement that someone
of Roz Pelles’ background would be entrusted with such an important
position. Let alone be appointed to be one of the three “senior
managers” of a progressive rally which would be endorsed by the
Democrats’ organizing arm, Organizing for America.

Many  US “progressives” regard Glenn Beck supporters and Tea Party activists as little better than the Klan.

God forbid that Roz Pelles’ modern comrades will try to provoke violence in order to discredit their Tea Party opponents.

No sane person wants to see any more bodies on the streets of America.


  1. 1776redux says:

    It has been suggested that the K.K.K. is on the far right. This assumption is false. Both the K.K.K. and Black Panthers are socialist, totalitarian and racist organizations. The “Right” is for Liberty, E Pluribus Unum and Inalienable Rights. The “Right” is the exact opposite of the philosophy promoted by these hate groups.

    Fascism and Communism are both products of Marxism and Progressivism. These ideologies are diametrically opposed to the American Value system.


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