June 1966, LBJ
Communists To Oppose LBJ at Polls NEW YORK (AP) - The American CJommunist party, calling for creation of a leftist force to oppose President Johnson's re-election in 1968, says it wants the cooperation of organized labor and the civil rights movement. Gus Hall, the party’s chief spokesman, said Wednesday night that “1 think the time is right for us to forge an alliance with labor and the civil rights people. There would be no party label on our presidential candidate.” The comment came after Hall had proposed an antiwar front in a 30,0(X) word, 2-hour and 55- minute report at the opening session of the party’s first national convention in seven years. The week-long series of meetings are being held in a musty, ornate ballroom on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. They are billed by the party as its first step back to a role in national politics since a Soipreme Coi^t decision last November freed its members from registering with the Justice Department. .About 700 delegates and observers attended the session. Fifty pickets marched behind police barricades outside the building, shouting anti-Communist slogans.