Rosemary Neidenberg: A century of revolutionary struggle

Rosemary Neidenberg (center) and Mae Mallory (right) petitioning in Cleveland
Rosemary Neidenberg (center) and Mae Mallory (right) petitioning in Cleveland. Thanks to Paula Marie Seniors for sharing this historic photo.

By Greg Butterfield  – Reposted from Struggle LaLucha 4/8/20

Rosemary Neidenberg died in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 29 [2020] at the age of 99. For almost a century, her commitment to the revolutionary liberation of humanity never faltered. She was also one of the kindest, funniest, most thoughtful and hardworking people I ever knew.

Comrade Rosie was born just three years after the Russian Revolution and lived through most of the major events of the 20th century. Through the decades, she was also at the center of building an independent Marxist current in the belly of U.S. imperialism, from the harshest days of the 1950s anti-communist witch-hunt to the defense of Black Liberation fighters Mae Mallory and Robert F. Williams, from the 1970s Food Is A Right campaign led by women of Youth Against War and Fascism to ensuring the uninterrupted distribution of Marxist agitation in the difficult years following the destruction of the USSR.

She did it all in her modest, mostly behind the scenes, yet utterly indispensable way.

To give just one example of her far-reaching influence, consider that Bob McCubbin, author of the groundbreaking “Roots of Lesbian and Gay Oppression: A Marxist View,” recently wrote that Rosemary Neidenberg “won me to communism.”

In the dedication to his newest book, “The Social Evolution of Humanity: Marx and Engels were Right!”, McCubbin said: “Rosemary Neidenberg (b. 1921) is a lifelong communist and founding member of Workers World Party, whose anger at imperialism remains undiminished and whose vision of a socialist future for humankind is uncompromised after many decades of struggle with the goal of the establishment of workers’ power here in the world center of capitalism….”

Mother’s Alliance rally from the 1950s. Rosemary Neidenberg is second from left on banner.
Mother’s Alliance rally from the 1950s. Rosemary Neidenberg is second from left on banner

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