Weekly Featured Marxist Profile – Kevin Tyson, Chicago, IL

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Kevin Tyson

Kevin Tyson

Illinois activist Kevin Tyson is [GB edit: self-identified as] a Christian, a communist, an activist and a Chicago Stock Exchange manager.

He is also a former co-parishioner with US President Barack Obama of the infamous Trinity United Church of Christ in South Chicago.

When the church’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, came under media attack for his extreme views in 2008, Tyson defended his pastor with the “race card.”

There’s a big element of racism involved in this… The black church itself is under attack.

At the 1998 Black Radical Congress in Chicago, one session was entitled – “Faith as a Weapon: Spirituality and the Role of the Church In The Radical Movement. What are the lessons we can learn from Nat Turner, Absalom Jones, Sojourner Truth, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. and other Black ministers as leaders in the struggle? What is the history of spiritual motivation in the radical/liberation movement?”

Panelists included Democratic Socialists of America Marxists and Obama supporters Michael Eric Dyson and Cornel West, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright himself and Kevin Tyson.

In 1991, Kevin Tyson in Illinois was one of several hundred Communist Party USA members to sign the paper, “An initiative to Unite and Renew the Party” – most signatories subsequently left the Party after the December 1991 conference to found the breakaway Committees of Correspondence.

In 1994, Kevin Tyson in Chicago, was listed on a “Membership, Subscription and Mailing List” for the Chicago Committees of Correspondence,

However, Tyson, like many Chicago activists, seems to have drifted back to the Communist Party orbit.

In 2009, the Party’s Peoples Weekly World carried an article, “Saluting workers everywhere!”

Our unity makes Wall Street tremble.
Employee Free Choice and universal health care!
A ‘green’, demilitarized, democratized economy that works for all!

About seventy Illinois readers of the PWW signed the article, including Kevin Tyson.

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