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Why we oppose Biden’s Warsaw speech and Putin’s war

As the bombs drop and the war rages on into the 5th week of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, President Biden dramatically escalated the danger of a wider conflict by calling for Vladimir Putin’s removal. “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” quipped Biden at the end of a much-touted speech in Warsaw. The allegedly off-the-cuff remark…

Emmett Till Antilynching Act is important, but just a start

“Lynching is now a federal hate crime after a century of blocked efforts,” NPR’s Eric McDaniel and Elena Moore reported on March 29, continuing: After multiple failed attempts across twelve decades, there is now a federal law that designates lynching as a hate crime. In a Tuesday ceremony at the White House, President Biden signed the Emmett Till…

Helen Leiviska Kruth and Helvi Savola: CPUSA dynamic-duo leaders

Helen and Helvi were both from families whose Finnish language and progressive politics informed their worldview. Helvi was born in 1915 in Wakefield, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula. Helen was born in 1907 and grew up in Red Lake County, Minnesota. Many Finns in the Upper Midwest at this time found work in the lumber camps and the iron and copper…

The Communist Party’s position on Russia’s war in Ukraine

There have been questions recently about the CPUSA’s position on the war in Ukraine.  Following are official statements of our leadership.  First is the most recent statement excerpted from Joe Sims’ report to the National Board on March 3.  The second is taken from the NB’s first statement on Feb. 25th, 2022.   Our party does not support…

What’s behind the coups d’état rocking the African Sahel?

Recently there has been a series of military coups d’état in the Sahel region of West Africa, and in Sudan further to the East. Civilian government was overthrown in Mali in August of 2020, when President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was replaced by a military junta. In September of 2021, President Alpha Condé of Guinea was ousted and arrested by the…

Profiting off the pandemic

While vast numbers of working-class people struggle to find affordable housing, put food on the table, and pay for prescription medicines, the U.S. ruling class is living its best life: reaping in profits, showering rewards on their executives and shareholders, and exploiting workers as vigorously as ever. Contrary to expectations that the Covid-19…

Lucy Parsons, American revolutionary

Let the masses understand that these robbers hold this property (which is so much unpaid labor) under the plea of the laws which they themselves have made . . .  and further, that these so-called laws would not be worth the paper they are written on, twenty-four hours after the producers of all wealth had willed it otherwise. Lucy Parsons wrote the…

Person of faith? The Communist Party welcomes you!

There is so much misunderstanding of the relationship between religion and communist views. More often than not, people only associate communism with atheism due to misquoting Marx in his comment of religion being the “opium of the masses.” Due to misquoting and misinformation, the general thought has been that no one of religious faith or practice…

Dorothy Burnham, civil rights activist

The Amsterdam News published an article on Dorothy Burnham, an African American activist who turns 107 years old on March 22. Dorothy was a long-time member of the Communist Party, which goes unmentioned in the article. Dorothy’s radicalism may have begun while a microbiology major at Brooklyn College, when she met students and teachers who were involved…

Helen Winter, CPUSA leader, labor and peace activist

In 1908, as the first decade of the 20th century was coming to a close, Helen Winter was born in Seattle, Washington. Her parents, Alfred Wagenknecht and Hortense Allison, as leaders of the Washington State Socialist Party, no doubt hoped that their daughters would grow up to understand and fully participate in the ongoing struggles for a more just…

The role of Communists in union organizing

Decades of wage stagnation, little to no benefits, work weeks well above 40 hours, increasing housing costs, drastically declining standards of living, and plummeting life expectancy rates have all led working people across the United States to rethink having a union at their workplaces. Two years of the pandemic have woken up millions of people around…

Let’s organize around student debt!

While on the campaign trail, Joseph Biden made a lot of promises. One of them was to forgive $10,000 dollars in student debt. His promises paid off big. When election time came around, Biden won roughly 60% of the youth vote. So far, the president has only partially honored his promise. The Education Department recently announced the forgiveness of…

Women power today and forever!

On March 8, International Women’s Day, we remember the past and recommit ourselves to the struggle for a better future for all women. It was the courage of hundreds of women needle-trades workers that inspired International Women’s Day. They walked off the job for better wages and the right to vote in 1909, striking for 13 weeks in a bitter cold…

GOP’s shameless gerrymandering shapes Ohio’s political landscape

The following report was prepared for the Feb. 13, 2022, National Committee meeting. Coming up to the 2022 midterm elections, the democratic movement in Ohio is getting battered by Republicans’ shameless gerrymandering at the level of the state legislature and congressional districts. The new maps for both have been rejected twice by the State Supreme…

Defending Black history and making “good trouble”

The following remarks were given at the People’s World African American History Month event in Connecticut in Feb. 2022. Thank you for inviting me to join you today. My name is Eric Brooks, Co-Chair of the African American Equality Commission of the Communist Party USA, along with comrade Zenobia Thompson. I am honored to participate in the 48th People’s…

Marxist IQ: Women in history

The Marxist IQ for Women’s History Month is dedicated to women who struggle for democracy, socialism, and peace. 1. International Women’s Day was first established by the Socialist International (Second International) in solidarity with an early twentieth-century strike of women workers in a. London. b. Berlin. c. New York. d. Paris. 2. Women activists…

What Biden didn’t say at the State of the Union

The following is based on a report given by Joe Sims at the National Board meeting on March 2, 2022. Perhaps the most incredible thing about Biden’s State of the Union address the other night is that nary a word was said about the storming of the Capitol. How could that be? A scant few weeks after the coup’s first anniversary and no mention? What…

The Young Communist League in Great Britain is growing — here’s why.

Over 30 years on from the dissolution of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), British communism has reached a new juncture, characterized by defiance of the anti-communist myths of the past and faith that Marxism-Leninism is the political path best suited to turning the looming contradictions in contemporary capitalism — climate collapse and…

Reflections on the current school board wars

It started in Loudon County, Virginia, and now it has metastasized all over the United States. In state after state and county after county, raucous scenes have been enacted at school board meetings, in which groups purporting to represent parents, extremely angry and worried about evil that is supposedly being done to their children, have shut down…

Langston Hughes: Progressive poet and wanderer

On a cool, tropical morning in the tumultuous year of 1931, the American poet Langston Hughes woke up snugly and confusedly on the inside of a large clay drainage pipe. The pipe, his home for the previous night, was one of a series of large pipes that sat estranged on the side of a mountainous road somewhere in rural Haiti, perhaps to later be placed…

No war on Ukraine, no war on Russia, no war period! 

The following statement was issued by the National Board of the CPUSA. The CPUSA calls on the U.S. people to demand the Biden administration change course immediately. War is never an acceptable solution and must be rejected in the strongest terms. Therefore, we also call on Russia to withdraw troops. All sanctions must be ended and borders secured…

Rodney L. Hurst and the Florida lunch-counter sit-ins

Rodney L. Hurst, Sr. was five years old when he entered kindergarten. At 11, he joined the Jacksonville, Florida Youth Council of the NAACP. Five years later, at 16, he took a bold step into the Civil Rights Movement as one of the leaders of peaceful “whites only” lunch counter sit-ins in downtown department stores. When the KKK had enough, hundreds…

Democracy cannot be sacrificed for the profits of the 1%

The following is based on a report given by Joe Sims and adopted by the National Committee on Feb. 13, 2022. It’s been little over a year since Trump’s assault on the Capitol, and while the coup failed, everyone knows the danger is far from over. Since that terrible day in January, Trump’s forces have been busy holding rallies, raising money…

Elsie Dickerson: Philly trade unionist, civil rights advocate, and Party leader

The following was adapted from a memorial tribute given on Feb. 28, 2006. To many in the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware District of the Communist Party, Elsie was a mentor and a teacher. Whether it was in the Party, in the many mass organizations in which she participated or on the shop floor, where she worked for 30 years, Elsie’s most valuable…

Hershel Walker, civil rights and labor activist

Hershel Walker was an African American St. Louis, Missouri trade unionist and civil rights leader with an unparalleled degree of commitment to the struggles for peace and justice. He devoted his life to the movements for social transformation and joined workers across the world in the struggle for equality, workers’ rights, peace, and socialism. Born…


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