Michael Klonsky is a Chicago activist and Director of the Small Schools Workshop, author of Small Schools: The Numbers Tell a Story, and said to be a researcher and educator in Chicago, Illinois.
Students for a Democratic Society
In 1968 Mike Klonsky was the National Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society. In May 1969 was one of five SDS members arrested when police raided SDS offices in Chicago.
- "Look, I've heard a lot of people say, that the campus pigs are O.K., that they're on our side, But I tell you, when the trouble comes, they'll bring the guns down on our heads with the rest of them. To resist successfully, you have to have an outright hatred for all pigs.
Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist)
In late 1969, Klonsky founded the October League, a a pro-Mao communist organization which in 1977 became the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist), or CP-ML. Klonsky chaired the CP-ML which was recognized by the Chinese Communist Party as their U.S. fraternal party. Klonsky made several trips to China beginning in July 1977, where he was feted by Communist Chinese officials
In 1991, Mike Klonsky co-founded the Small Schools Workshop in Chicago with Bill Ayers.
Committees of Correspondence
In 1994 Mike Klonsky and his wife Susan were listed on a "Membership, Subscription and Mailing List" for the Chicago Committees of Correspondence, an offshoot of the Communist Party USA President Obama's personal family friend and fugitive terrorist Bill Ayers, Progressives for Obama webmaster Carl Davidson, and Klonsky all appeared on the Committees of Correspondence list. The three former SDS leaders have remained friends through the years, despite belonging to different political factions.