"While he has been a member of the Communist Party for less than a year, Giannone said he has identified as a Communist for much longer."
In 2013 Giannone ran for Weymouth Council.
The contest for District 1 councilor in Weymouth is drawing some extra attention this time because of the political affiliation of one of the contenders.
Dominic Giannone III is a lot like other candidates for local office who campaign with pledges to seek positive changes for their neighborhood and city, but with one notable distinction: He is a Communist.
Giannone is registered to vote as a member of the Green/Rainbow Party, but belongs to the Communist Party USA and has long been active in promoting its causes.
The 37-year-old union boilermaker is open about his political orientation; his campaign website mentions his membership in the Communist Party and his belief that “capitalism is the root cause of the economic crisis, poverty, discrimination, war, and environmental destruction.”
While he has been a member of the Communist Party for less than a year, Giannone said he has identified as a Communist for much longer.
A 1993 graduate of Weymouth High School, Giannone’s activism has included protesting on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther whom supporters contended was wrongfully convicted of killing a police officer. Giannone has also demonstrated against the war in Iraq.
His political activism led to several brushes with the law. In 2004, he was arrested for assault and battery of a police officer while marching outside the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
Giannone said the charges stemmed from an unfounded claim by police that he took a swing at Boston’s police superintendent during the incident, and that he was found not guilty in a 2005 trial.
In 1999, he was arrested in Weymouth on graffiti charges that he said were the result of his posting leaflets about a protest he was helping to organize at the high school in support of Abu-Jamal. Several days later, he was arrested for trespassing and disorderly conduct during the action.
Giannone said that the case was continued without a finding but that he served 10 days in jail. At the time, he was on probation for an arrest some years before for possession of two marijuana cigarettes. He said serving the jail time allowed him to have the probation dropped.