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  • Longtime communist activist
  • Was sympathetic to the late Yasser Arafat
  • Served as national co-chair of United for Peace and Justice 
  • Supported the newly formed Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011
  • Is currently a field director for Peace Action



See also:  Communist Party USA   United for Peace and Justice   Peace Action


A member of the Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma, Judith LeBlanc joined the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) in 1974. During the 1990s, she worked as a reporter for the People's Weekly World, a CPUSA news publication that was the forerunner of the People's World. In 1998 LeBlanc served on the editorial board of CPUSA's Political Affairs, a monthly magazine of Marxist-Leninist theory and practice. In 1999 she hosted the CPUSA cable television program Changing America.

In May 2002, shortly after Israel's siege of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's national headquarters (as punishment for Arafat's continuing terror war), LeBlanc traveled to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza to report on what People's World characterized as the Palestinian “struggle to end the Israeli occupation.” Five months later, she returned to Israel to attend the nation's Communist Party Congress. While there, LeBlanc denounced the “crisis in the region” which had been sparked by “the Bush administration’s drive to go to war with Iraq.”

From 2005-2008 LeBlanc served as national co-chair of United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), a coalition which she had helped to establish; afterward she became UFPJ's national organizing coordinator.

Circa 2007 LeBlanc was a member of the U.S. “Regional Workshop” of the Women's International Democratic Federation, a former Soviet front. Other noteworthy members included Nydia Velazquez, Howard Dean, Angela Davis, and representatives of the International Action Center, Women for Racial and Economic Equality, Mujeres Radicales, MADRE, International ANSWER, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

At the sixth national convention of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism in July 2009, LeBlanc participated in a roundtable discussion titled “Building the Left and the Progressive Majority.” That same month, LeBlanc toured Australia as a guest of that nation's Communist Party and the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition, with whom she participated in protests against joint U.S.-Australian military exercises which were taking place at the time.

Stating
that “the peace movement scored an incredible victory with the election of Barack Obama,” LeBlanc in 2009 praised the new President for “keeping his pledge that he would set a deadline, a timetable for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq”; she expressed hope that Obama would advance “our work to end the war and the occupation in Afghanistan” as well; she lauded Obama for “changing foreign policy” by improving America's “relationship to Cuba” and forging a better “relationship to the Muslim world”; and she celebrated the President's understanding that "it is not only the moral responsibility of the U.S. to cut nuclear arms but it is a necessity to move towards the abolition of nuclear weapons."

On October 31, 2009, LeBlanc endorsed a statement by Latinos For Peace calling for “no escalation of the war in Afghanistan and for expedited withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.” Eight months later, LeBlanc addressed the "Disarm Now!" Conference at New York's Riverside Church.

In the fall of 2011, LeBlanc became a member of the NYC General Assembly, the main decision-making body of the newly formed Occupy Wall Street movement.

LeBlanc today is a field director for Peace Action, a vice-chair of the CPUSA, and chairwoman of the latter's Peace and Solidarity Commission.

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