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Stanley Sheinbaum

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Stanley K. Sheinbaum (June 12, 1920 – September 12, 2016) was an American peace and human rights activist.[1]

Stanley Sheinbaum
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Born(1920-06-12)June 12, 1920
DiedSeptember 12, 2016(2016-09-12) (aged 96)
Alma materStanford University
OccupationPeace and human rights activist
Spouse(s)Betty Warner

Early lifeEdit

Sheinbaum was born on June 12, 1920,[2] in New York City. His father was in the leather goods business. The family lost its money during the Great Depression. While in high school, Sheinbaum took a job after school as a sewing machine operator.

Sheinbaum was drafted into the army during World War II and assigned to making aviation maps. When discharged, he applied to 33 colleges on the GI Bill, but was rejected due to his poor grades.[3] He returned to high school, and after graduating, was accepted at Oklahoma State University–Stillwater (Oklahoma A&M), where he excelled. After a year, he transferred to Stanford University and became an economics teacher.[3] He subsequently accepted a position at Michigan State University teaching economics.[4] While there, he became the administrator of a 54-person[4] project named Michigan State University Vietnam Advisory Group (MSUG) which advised the unstable government of South Vietnam on how to prevent Communism.[5] Sheinbaum eventually discovered that the university was providing cover for an ongoing Central Intelligence Agency operation. In 1959, he resigned from the project.

Center for the Study of Democratic InstitutionsEdit

After leaving Michigan State University, Sheinbaum moved to Santa Barbara, California, and became part of a think tank headed by educational philosopher Robert Hutchins called the "Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions". There he met and fell in love with Betty Warner, daughter of film mogul Harry Warner, who was also an activist. They married in 1964.[6]

MSUG projectEdit

While doing research into America's involvement in Southeast Asia, journalist Robert Scheer discovered the MSUG project. He found documents providing evidence that MSUG had been involved in the torture of Vietnamese nationals.[3] Among the documents was a list of those involved with the project, including Sheinbaum, whom Scheer contacted. Appalled with the revelations, Sheinbaum went public with the information and became an active opponent of the Vietnam War. Because of his actions, he was dismissed from the think tank.

Run for CongressEdit

In 1966 and again in 1968, Sheinbaum ran for the United States Congress in Santa Barbara on a peace platform, but was unsuccessful both times.[6]

Daniel Ellsberg defenseEdit

In 1971, Sheinbaum was asked to help organize the Daniel Ellsberg Pentagon Papers defense team.[3][4] He helped assemble the team of attorneys and became the main fundraiser and spokesperson, raising nearly one million dollars from over 25,000 contributors.[6]

Arafat agreementEdit

Along with the Palestinian Intifada, Sheinbaum assembled a team of Jews to meet with Yasir Arafat to persuade him to disavow terrorism and recognize Israel's right to exist.[3][7] Anticipating that Arafat would question his credentials, Sheinbaum first held a meeting with then-National Security Advisor of the United States Colin Powell, explaining the situation. Five days later, Sheinbaum received a letter from President Ronald Reagan stating that if Arafat would fulfill his promises, the United States would "be responsive".[6]

Sheinbaum presented the Reagan letter to Arafat during their initial meeting, and an agreement was reached. Arafat intended to discuss the agreement in front of the United Nations, but then-Secretary of State George Shultz rejected Arafat's visa request. In response, the entire UN Assembly flew to Geneva, where Arafat spoke, stating his intentions.[8] The effort culminated in Yitzak Rabin and Arafat shaking hands at the White House in 1993 before President Clinton. Ultimately, Arafat did not fulfill his agreement, resulting in criticism of Sheinbaum.[6]

Rodney King beatingEdit

From 1991 to 1993, Sheinbaum served as President of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners. He was highly critical of Chief Daryl Gates' response to the Rodney King beating. He believed the incident was not an isolated one, and led the effort, along with fellow commissioners, to force Gates from office.[3]

Recent timesEdit

Sheinbaum served on the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) National Advisory Council.[3]

Additional achievementsEdit


Sheinbaum died at his home in Brentwood on September 12, 2016. He was aged 96.[10]


  1. ^[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Gardner, Gerald (2007). 80: From Ben Bradlee to Lena Horne to Carl Reiner, Our Most Famous Eighty Year Olds, Reveal Why They Never Felt So Youn. Sourcebooks. ISBN 1402248237.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Ballon, Marc (2004-09-09). "Father of the Leftist Guard | Los Angeles". Jewish Journal. Archived from the original on 2012-01-18. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  4. ^ a b c d e "NPQ". Retrieved 2011-12-01.
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  6. ^ a b c d e Citizen Stan documentary
  7. ^ "Personality: Stanley Sheinbaum". Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  8. ^ "Mission to Stockholm : How Stanley Sheinbaum, an American Jew, Found Himself With His Arm Around the PLO's Yasser Arafat - Los Angeles Times". 1988-12-16. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  9. ^ "The Man Who Would Be KINGMAKER : Stanley Sheinbaum, High-Level Kibbitzer, Mentor and Fund-Raiser for American Liberals - Los Angeles Times". 1987-09-27. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  10. ^ "Stanley Sheinbaum, L.A. liberal lion who shaped decades of dialogue, dead at 96". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 September 2016.

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