Last updated on: 11/17/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Gary Hicks, MA Biography

Title:
Research Fellow at the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“In the [Communist Party USA’s] Preconvention Discussion Document on U.S. international affairs and foreign policy, the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli impasse is held up as being ‘the only solution that enables the Palestinian people to realize their hopes and struggle for national sovereignty, and that enables the Jewish people of Israel to PRESERVE THEIR SENSE OF A PREDOMINANTLY JEWISH STATE.’ [caps are mine-GH]

If someone in our party were to state either publicly or to other comrades in private that ‘segregation in our country is the only way to preserve black people’s dignity and realize their hopes, as well as enable the white population to preserve their sense of a predominantly white state’, the problem would be quite clear…

The role of the Communist Party today, in 2010, must intervene in the following ways to consign Zionism to the rubble of history:

  • To organize those forces in our country that will pressure the United States to withhold all government funding and other non-humanitarian resources to Israel
  • To place travel bans to our country on all prominent Zionist Israeli leadership
  • To forbid commerce and trade between our two countries, until the state of Israel begins to meet in good faith to address the right of return of the Palestinian peoples to their homeland and other forms of reparations for damages and losses suffered since 1948.”
  • “Convention Discussion: Zionism Is a Form of Racism and Has No Place in Our Communist Party!,” www.cpusa.org, Apr. 20, 2010

    Involvement and Affiliations:
    • Member of the Editorial Board, Political Affairs, the online magazine of the Communist Party, 2015-present
    • Research Fellow, Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, Oakland, CA, Apr. 2009-present
    • Former public school teacher
    Education:
    • MA, American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, 1996
    • BLS (Bachelor of Liberal Studies), History and Political Economy, Antioch University West – San Francisco, 1987
    Other:
    • Member of the Communist Party USA
    • Active in the US-China Peoples Friendship Association
    • Has performed poetry for the Revolutionary Poets Brigade in San Francisco, CA