U.S. Peace Council

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The U.S. Peace Council was a Soviet controlled direct action committee founded in the late 1970s.[1] After NATO's decision to deploy a new generation of strategic nuclear warheads in Europe and U.S. President Ronald Reagan's planned defense modernization program, Soviet CPSU General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev issued a call before the Twenty-Sixth Communist Party Congress on February 23, 1981.[2] The KGB's International Department instantly triggered active measures throughout the world to implement the strategy.

Three days of organizational meetings were held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. attended by approximately 275 to 300 people from thirty-three states, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union. Two KGB Officers were in attendance, Oleg Bogdonav an Internal Department specialist in Active Measures, and Yuri S, Kapralov, a KGB Officer assigned to the United States since 1978 and dedicated to penetrating "peace movements." Kapralov was a member of the discussion panel.

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held hearings in 1982 in which Edward J. O'Malley, assistant FBI director in charge of the bureau's intelligence division testified that KGB officers were instructed "to devote serious attention to the antiwar movement in the United States," and that a Communist-front group, the U.S. Peace Council, was among the organizers of a June 1982 huge peace protest in New York City.[3]

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the U.S. Peace Council included such luminaries as

  • U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee who previously served as a volunteer for a local chapter of the Black Panther Party, worked on the 1973 Oakland mayoral campaign of Panther co-founder Bobby Seale, and she served as a confidential aide to the Panthers’ "Minister of Defense," Huey Newton.[4]
  • James Jackson of the National Board of the Communist Party USA, convicted in 1956 for violations of the Smith Act, conspiring to the overthrow of the United States government by force and violence. In the 1960s while Jackson served as CPUSA international affairs secretary during the height of the bombing of Hanoi, Jackson traveled to North Vietnam and interviewed Ho Chi Minh.[5]
  • Illinois state senator Alice Palmer of the Black Press Institute and Black Press Review. In 1986 Palmer reported on the Twenty-seventh Communist Party Congress in Moscow which was published in the CPUSA's official organ, the People's Daily World.[6]
  • Frank Chapman, National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, NYC

Mark Solomon of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS) later served as the national chairperson of the U.S. Peace Council and was Presidential Committee member of the World Peace Council. In the 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union, longtime Castro supporter Leslie Cagan,[7] assumed the role as the organizations official coordinator.

See also


  1. Did the KGB use John Kerry?, Wintersoldier.com; "Abe Feinglass would go on to become ...a founding member of the WPC's U.S. chapter, the U.S. Peace Council, in November 1979. Feinglass was a sponsor of various other CPUSA fronts including those honoring identified Soviet agent Steve Nelson. [Nelson was the leader of the CP front, Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (Invitation, 2/16/75, and Cong. Rec. of 3/22/75, E 1365 & 11/19/75, E 6261).] Feinglass was also a speaker at the "tribute" to Jessica Smith and the CP-Soviet propaganda publication New World Review (Feb. 1, 1976), and helped host the WPC "Dialogue on Disarmament and Detente" in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 25-28, 1978 (CP's Daily World, p.8 with photo).
  2. The Apocalyptic premise : Nuclear Arms Debated, By Ernest W. Lefever, E. Stephen Hunt, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C., 1982, pp. 127-137.
  3. The KGB: Eyes of the Kremlin, Time magazine, Feb. 14, 1983.
  4. Barbara Lee, Discoverthenetworks.org
  5. James E. Jackson Jr. – an Appreciation, By Jarvis Tyner and Sam Webb, Political Affairs magazine, 9-12-07.
  6. Communism in Chicago and the Obama Connection, USASurvival.com, pp. 2-3, 25-29.
  7. Leslie Cagan Discoverthenetworks.org