Marion Kinney

BY:Washington District| October 13, 2001

Marion Kinney joined the CPUSA in 1937. During the 40s, she was an officer

of the Newspaper Guild Auxilary and also belonged to IAM Local #751.

She worked at Boeing until she was fired upon her election as Vice-President

of the Washington Commonwealth Federation. She belonged to IAM #79 at

Western Gear, and helped found the Washington Committee for the Protection

of the Foreign Born, which she led from 1948 through 1965. She was also

the manager of the Frontier Bookstore in Seattle from 1943 to 1956.

From 1956 to 1969, Marion worked as a cab driver and as a waitress,belonging

to Waitress Local #240. In 1960, she helped found the Co-Op Bookstore.

She was Northwest Editor of the People’s World from 1969 to 1979.

In 1980, Marion ran for the Washington State Legislature from the 37th

District. Running as a Communist, her slogan asked, "Do You Want

A Landlord or a Worker to Represent You?" She garnered over 9% of

the vote.


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