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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party — Peace and Freedom PartyCandidate for County Central Committee, Supervisorial District 5

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Eugene E. Ruyle

37 votes (8.75%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue our Forum, "Suds, Snacks, and Socialism at the Starry Plough Pub"
  • Choose the most effective Presidential candidate at our August Convention
  • Work to make Peace and Freedom more democratic, open, and effective



Profession:Emeritus Professor of Anthropology
Central committee Member, Peace and Freedom Party of California — Elected position (1982–current)
Professor of Anthropology, California State University, Long Beach (1978–2006)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Virginia (1970–1976)
Caseworker, New York Department of Welfare (1964–1966)
Correctional Officer, California Department of Corrections, San Quentin (1961–1963)
Lance Corporal (E-3), U.S. Marine Corps (1957–1960)


UC Berkeley, Yale, and Columbia BA, MA, and PhD, Anthropology and East Asian Studies (1971)

Community Activities

Researcher and Organizer, Institute for the Critical Study of Society at the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library (2006–current)
Candidate and Central Committee Member, Peace and Freedom Party (1982–current)
Member and President of East Bay Chapter, Veterans for Peace (1990–current)
Founder and Organizer, Long Beach Area Peace Network (LBAPN) (1988–2006)
Organizer, Save Puvungna Coalition at Cal State Long Beach (1992–2006)


Gene Ruyle graduated from UC Berkeley in 1963, debt free and with a fellowship for graduate study in Anthropology at Yale University. Yale did not agree with him so he moved to New York City where he worked for the Welfare Department and joined with welfare clients and his fellow workers in the historic Welfare Strike of 1965. He was a student at Columbia and participated in the student strike of 1968. After receiving his doctorate from Columbia in 1971, he spent 35 years teaching Anthropology and Marxism at the University of Virginia and Cal State Long Beach. (He was paid to teach Anthropology and threw the Marxism in for free, a good deal for students and the University.) While at Long Beach, he joined with local Gabrielino/Tongva Indians and the ACLU to block the plans of campus officials to privatize a 30 acre site that was on the National Register of Historic Places as the birthplace of Chungichnish, sacred to Southern California Indians as lawgiver and god. Their plan was to build a strip mall on campus. This took place while the Clinton administration was negotiating NAFTA. The entire affair deepened Gene’s understanding of the corruption of campus officialdom and within his own field of Anthropology.

Since retiring from Long Beach, Gene has been affiliated with the Institute for the Critical Study of Society at the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library in Oakland. He is a longtime member of DSA and an eected member of the State Central Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

A veteran and grandfather for peace, Gene came of age, politically and intellectually during the civil rights and anti-war struggles of the 1960s. As a graduate student, he found the scientific socialism of Marx, Engels, and Lenin to be the most meaningful way of understanding and changing the world. He enriched his understand of Marxist during his 35 year career of teaching and research at UVa and CSL, Long Beach and, more recently, at the Institute for the Critical Study of Society at the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library in Oakland. Wherever he had lived and worked, from NYC to LA to the Bay Area, he has participated in the class struggle as a union member and the working class.

Gene supports the Peace and Freedom Party platform and helped revise it in light of the class struggles of the Twenty First century. He also supports efforts to adapt socialism to the realities of contemporary America and the world.


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