C. Clark Kissinger

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Charles Clark Kissinger
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C. Clark Kissinger at the Left Forum, March 2007.

C. Clark Kissinger (born 1940) was the National Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society in 1964-65.[1] He visited the People's Republic of China twice during the Cultural Revolution, and is a devoted Maoist.[2] His writings frequently appear in Revolution, journal of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. He was an activist for Refuse and Resist and Not in Our Name, and is an activist for World Can't Wait.

Early life and education[edit]

Kissinger graduated from the University of Chicago in 1960.[3] He had previously attended Shimer College, a Great Books college then located in Mount Carroll, Illinois.[3] Subsequently, Kissinger became a graduate student in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin.[1]

1960s activism[edit]

As National Secretary of SDS, Kissinger was the principal organizer of the first March on Washington against the war on Vietnam in April, 1965.[4] He faced heavy pressure from the League for Industrial Democracy to incorporate opposition to North Vietnam, but kept the motto of the march as simply "End the War in Vietnam", focusing on the need for immediate US withdrawal.[5] He hoped to build SDS by being the first organization to hold a national march against the war.[6]

In 1968, the Chicago Peace Council hired Kissinger to organize a march against the Vietnam War on April 27.[7] Later in the year, he helped organize demonstrations against the Democratic Party National Convention, and testified at the trial of the Chicago Seven.[8]

Subsequent activism[edit]

In the early 1970s, Kissinger was a founder and national officer of the US China Peoples Friendship Association.[9]

In 1987, Kissinger co-founded the human rights activist group Refuse & Resist!. He became head of the group's operationsin support of Mumia Abu-Jamal.[10] In that capacity, he became particularly known for successfully lobbying the City Council of Santa Cruz, California to adopt a resolution supporting a new trial for Abu-Jamal.[11] In 2000, Kissinger served 90 days in jail after being convicted of violating his probation by speaking at a rally against the death penalty in Philadelphia.[10][12] The probation had been imposed based on Kissinger's conviction for participating in a peaceful protest in support of Abu-Jamal in Philadelphia.[13] Kissinger had requested permission from the court to speak at the rally, but it was denied.[12]

In the 1990s, Kissinger also drew attention for his position that the participants in the 1992 Los Angeles riots were social revolutionaries rather than rioters as portrayed in the media.[14]

In 2002, Kissinger was the coordinator of the Not In Our Name statement of conscience against the impending war on Iraq. Pro-war commentators such as Christopher Hitchens[15] and Laura Ingraham[16] pointed to Kissinger's involvement as indicating that opposition to the war was being organized by the far left. Subsequently, he was also the convener of the International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration.[17] When the commission released its findings, he was quoted as saying "We want this to be a step in the building of mass resistance to war, to torture, to the destruction of the earth."[18]

Kissinger is currently the manager of Revolution Books in New York City.[19]


  1. ^ a b E. David Cronon (1999). University of Wisconsin: Renewal to Revolution, 1945-1971. p. 451. ISBN 0299162907. 
  2. ^ C. Clark Kissinger (2011-05-05). "Clark Kissinger: New Development in the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal". Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  3. ^ a b Sale 1974, p. 126.
  4. ^ Halsted 1978, pp. 31-40.
  5. ^ Barry Sheppard (2005). The Party: The Socialist Workers Party, 1960-1988. pp. 130–131. ISBN 9781876646509. 
  6. ^ Todd Gitlin (2013). The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage. p. 190. ISBN 9780553372120. 
  7. ^ Amy Schneidhorst (2011). Building a Just and Secure World: Popular Front Women's Struggle for Peace and Justice in Chicago During the 1960s. Bloomsbury. p. 132. ISBN 9781441191854. 
  8. ^ John Schultz (2009). The Chicago Conspiracy Trial: Revised Edition. p. 224. 
  9. ^ John George. American Extremists: Militias, Supremacists, Klansmen, Communists & Others. p. 160. 
  10. ^ a b "Speak & Be Arrested". The Nation. 2001-03-19. 
  11. ^ Maureen Faulkner and Michael A. Smerconish (2009). Murdered by Mumia: A Life Sentence of Loss, Pain, and Injustice. p. 193. ISBN 9781599215587. 
  12. ^ a b "The New Backlash: From the Streets to the Courthouse, Activists Find Themselves Under Attack". The Texas Observer. 2001-09-14. 
  13. ^ Linn Washington, Jr. (2000-12-12). "Arrogant officials abuse public: From prison guards to judges, they get away with it". The Philadelphia Tribune. 
  14. ^ David Horowitz (1998). Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey. p. 403. ISBN 9780684840055. 
  15. ^ Christopher Hitchens (2002-10-20). "So Long, Fellow Travelers". The Washington Post. 
  16. ^ Laura Ingraham (2003). Shut Up and Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the UN Are Subverting America. p. 175. ISBN 9780895261014. 
  17. ^ "Bush War Crime Verdict Delivered to U.N." Nuclear Resister. 2006-11-11. 
  18. ^ "US military dominance 'criminal'". Sunday Tribune (South Africa). 2006-09-17. 
  19. ^ C. Clark Kissinger. "Dissident.info". Retrieved 2014-09-29. 

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