Skip to comments.Dorothy Healey, 91; Lifelong Communist Fought for Working People
Posted on 08/08/2006 4:47:23 PM PDT by calcowgirl
Dorothy Healey, a onetime labor organizer, civil rights activist and Marxist radio commentator who was chairwoman of the Southern California district of the Communist Party USA from the late 1940s through the 1960s, has died. She was 91.
Healey, dubbed "the Red Queen of Los Angeles" by headline writers during her heyday, died Sunday of pneumonia in the Greater Washington Hebrew Home, said her son, Richard. She had been a resident of Washington, D.C., since 1983.
The diminutive Healey, who stood just under 5 feet tall and once wore a pendant that pictured a clenched fist raised as a symbol of solidarity and militancy, fought a lifelong battle against what she called the oppression of the middle class and minorities.
"She was a heartfelt revolutionary of her time," Donna Wilkinson, the widow of national civil liberties leader Frank Wilkinson, told The Times on Monday. "She was always so fiercely partisan for working people. Yes, of course, she cared about war and peace and women's issues, but she was always concerned about working people."
The daughter of Hungarian Jewish immigrants, Healey was born in Denver on Sept. 22, 1914. Her father was a traveling salesman, and the family moved from Denver to California when she was 6. Constantly on the move because of her father's work selling smoked meat and cheese, Healey attended 19 schools. Her father died when she was 16.
Healey, whose Socialist mother was a founding member of the Communist Party in America, joined the Young Communist League in 1928, when she was 14.
"I joined the Young Communist League out of a feeling of hate and love," she told an audience at Golden West College in Huntington Beach in 1977. "I hated the system that reduced all humans to a feeling of total helplessness . . .
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Which supports the theory that only the good die young...
There, fixed it.
Sounds like a wonderful person. /gag
My guess is that she was as utterly disconnected from actual working class Americans as the democrat party is.
There, now I really fixed it.
Hate is always a key to leftists.
Gorbasm for this woman from the author.
What can one say? A life dedicated to...?Now that she has passed over she can reap her real reward. I suspect she is feeling rather warm right about now.
She becomes one of the 72 virgins.
later was active in the DS of A ,, once a commie, ..
It might be interesting to see who will show up at the funeral.
Prayers for her soul.
Only surprising thing is that the Times used "communist" in the headline instead of their usual codeword "Activist".
So did we.
The best kinda Red.
Substitute "National Socialist" for "Communist" in the obit and see how it reads. Hardly any difference in governing philosophy, anyway. ;)
"Communist Fought for Working People"
Communist imprision free people, destroy the destiny of mankind.
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