Frank Chapman served on the KGB front organization, the U.S. Peace Council which actively opposed U.S. President Ronald Reagan's nuclear weapons modernization program. The Soviet policy of a "nuclear freeze" was an effort to forestall the final collapse of CPSU monopoly control of the Russian social, political, and economic system. Chapman, Barbara Lee, Alice Palmer and others served on the council's Executive Board. Chapman also attended the World Peace Council assembly in Prague.
Writing in the official Communist party USA publication the People's Weekly World, Chapman commented on Barack Obama's 2008 win in the Iowa Democratic Party caucuses,
|“|| Obama's victory was more than a progressive move; it was a dialectical leap ushering in a qualitatively new era of struggle. Marx once compared revolutionary struggle with the work of the mole, who sometimes burrows so far beneath the ground that he leaves no trace of his movement on the surface. This is the old revolutionary 'mole,' not only showing his traces on the surface but also breaking through.
The old pattern of politics as usual has been broken. It may not have happened as we expected it to happen but what matters is that it happened. The message is clear: we can and must defeat the ultra-right, by uniting the broadest possible coalition that will represent an overwhelming majority of the people in a new political dynamic. We must quickly shed yesterday's political perspective and get in step with the march of events.