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Sip-In at Courthouse Arlington Starbucks

Photo credit: Virginia Diamond ARLINGTON — Starbucks union organizers held a sip-in at the Courthouse Arlington Starbucks in Northern Virginia this past Thursday, October 20, from 8 AM to 3 PM. The organizers gathered to demonstrate community support for the baristas, who are organizing their union with Starbucks Workers United. Customers ordered…

The Situation In Haiti: Regarding The Recent Uprising

The Virginia CPUSA is once again saying “Hands Off Haiti.” The Fallout From Last Year’s Assassination Continues, Even Now In an article from last year, the Virginia CPUSA expressed outrage over the possibility of some sort of military intervention in Haiti after the coup that took place there last year. A year has passed since then and the fallout…

Trans Rights are Workers’ Rights: The Virginia CPUSA Weighs In on Glenn Youngkin’s Bigoted Policies

Working-class solidarity and solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community are one and the same. The Situation and The Response to It Recent school walkouts in Virginia, the state of the “Old Dominion,” have garnered attention from such outlets as The Guardian and NBC News. In a time when many Virginia teachers are leaving the profession behind for good…

Is Abortion On the Chopping Block in Virginia? The Communist Party USA in Virginia Discusses The Implications of The Recent SCOTUS Ruling For The State As Well As The Country As Whole

Even as countries like Sierra Leone are making progress by decriminalizing abortion, the United States of America has regressed on the issue of abortion by declaring Roe v. Wade unconstitutional, doing away with abortion as a constitutional right. An Ineffectual Democratic Administration And Growing Reactionary Forces The White House declared the Supreme…

Interview with Striking Starbucks Workers in Leesburg, Virginia

Joel: Is there anything in particular which sparked this (this protest in particular)?Jaimee: The cutting of hours. That’s what this is about.Richard: Yeah, this is about the cutting of hours.Stephanie: Because this week’s schedule and the week after, we’ve all had significant cuts to our hours. I know I’ve personally [been] cut 20 hours.Jaimee…

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Historic Challenge & Historic Victory: Ode to the Workers and Comrades in New York

By Comrade MC (Image: Banner of the Amazon Labor Union, via amazonlaborunion.org) On the 1st of April, 2022, the first Amazon facility in the United States officially won the years-long battle for unionization. Through the committed work of thousands of workers, supporters, and comrades, joining together in the united struggle for dignity and decency…

Columbia Gardens Anti-Eviction Protest

By Cde. TN Long On March 11, residents of the Columbia Gardens apartments in Arlington, VA, held a rally to protest their upcoming mass eviction at the end of the month. The rally was organized by local immigrant rights group La ColectiVA and also attended by members of the community, CPUSA, PSL, and Our Revolution. The apartments’ slumlord is evicting…

The War in Ukraine: An Analysis

Image: “Russia Blames West for Odessa Carnage, Ukraine Warns ‘It’s a War,’” NBC News. May 3, 2014. Link) Ukraine was an oligarchic post-Soviet capitalist state, like all of the former USSR, until 2014. The process of liberalization was increasingly antagonizing the workers as the alienation and oppression of capitalist relations intensified…

On Comrade Engagement and the Revitalization of our Clubs

(Directive prepared by the District Chair, VACPUSA) Dear Comrades,             This document is intended to outline the Virginia District’s discussions on maintaining the engagement of our Party members, as well as revitalizing club action. This topic was discussed at the most recent open session of our District Committee on March 12th…

A Letter to Starbucks Workers United

Organizers and Partners, The recent tide of applications for union elections brought about by your hard work and passion in the struggles for workers’ rights brings hope in these times of economic uncertainty beneath the gluttonous weight of corporate greed. In a time when Starbucks reports record revenues for Q4 2021 of $8.1 billion, an increase…

VACPUSA Condemns the Bipartisan Sinophobic Lies from Rep. Wexton (D-VA) and Waltz (R-FL)

Our nation has a long and ongoing history of racism, discrimination, and brutality against the people who have come to reside here from all across Asia. The very first legislation passed by the United States concerning immigration was the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which would remain in effect until 1943. Anti-discriminatory laws that might protect…

Official Statement of the Appalachia Subregion of the Virginia District of the Communist Party USA in Support of Campbell Heinberg

The story shared by Campbell Heinberg shocks and horrifies the working people of Southwest Virginia because the abuses and manipulations were allowed to continue for far too long while the abuser, Kip Vehorn, enjoyed a culture that protected his reputation and interests against scrutiny or justice. This culture is one bred to protect young men within…

The Convention of States. About Freedom or Not?

By John Siegmund The convention of the state’s movement is a political initiative to invoke Article V of the U.S. constitution. Convening a convention of states to change the U.S. constitution under the guise of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, imposing term limits and a balanced Federal budget requirement, but it really…

Land Back: Why CPUSA Supports Indigenous Land Rights

Indigenous rights are central to the fight against white supremacy and, of course, capitalism. The Land Back movement aims to give more power and autonomy to Indigenous communities, and it promotes self-determination for Native Americans across what is now considered the United States. Why We Must Return All Indigenous Lands To borrow a summary from…

Stand With Kazakhstan!

(Image: Government building burns in Almaty. Via ASB News.) Evacuation sirens are ringing out over the city of Almaty, nestled in the foothills of the Ile-Alatau National Park. On the other side of the mountains lies Kyrgyzstan, another post-Soviet State. To the West is Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital. To the East lies Xinjiang, China.  As the armored…

A Union Man Ponders the Democrats’ Collapse in the Virginia Elections

The following article was originally written in 2009 by Chris Townsend, Political Action Director of the United Electrical Workers Union. We share this article with permission in light of its extreme relevance to the most recent failures of the Democratic Party in the 2021 election. The Democratic Party collapse in the 2009 Virginia statewide elections…

“Hands Off Haiti”: The Biden Administration’s Imperialist Record and Haiti’s History of Foreign Occupation

The Virginia branch of CPUSA strongly condemns any notion of U.S. intervention and occupation of Haiti. The Biden administration has upheld U.S. imperialism, most recently in the form of state troopers on horsebacks whipping immigrants legally seeking asylum. This history shows that U.S. imperialism, exemplified by the current administration, is the…

Childcare in Roanoke: Educational Inequity

Rafael Velez VA CPUSA Star City Workers Club September 24, 2021 It is a myth, and a pervasive one at that, to believe that every person living in the United States will be given an equal opportunity. Americans claim to uphold the value of equality of opportunity, that regardless of where somebody is born, they should have access to the same kinds of…

Quarterly Report, Summer-Fall 2021

Executive Committee District of Virginia Communist Party USA “The world is scourged by heat and snow, by both wealth and poverty The youth of the land fights with us, they are the builders of the new world! The battle has ignited once again! Tension fills the heart! Lenin is young once again, and the youth of October are taking the lead!” And the…

Woodgrain Manufacturing Expansion in Southwest Virginia

Ryan Boone Secretary, Star City Workers Club On August 20, Democratic Governor Northam and Republican Congressmen Griffith and O’Quinn spoke at a facility on Industrial Drive in Marion recently acquired by Woodgrain, Inc. The announcement of Woodgrain’s expansion into the new facility heralds an additional 100 jobs for Smyth County, as well as the…

Secretary’s Report, August 27th

Star City Workers Club met twice on August 1 and 21. With quorum during the August 1 meeting, a bi-weekly meeting schedule of alternating virtual and hybrid in-person meetings was set by unanimous vote. The August 21 meeting was the first hybrid meeting of the club, held at South County Library in Roanoke. Attending members did not make quorum but we’re…

A CPUSA Primer on Progressive Orgs in Virginia

This, as the name suggests, is meant to survey and bring comrades up to speed on the state of organizing in Virginia as well as familiarize readers with organizations, big and small, that operate within the state. For our purposes, the Virginia AFL-CIO is, like most similar AFL-CIO organizations in each state, comprised of the largest agglomeration…

Secretary’s Report, July 16th

6th Meeting, 1st Session Executive Committee, Virginia District Communist Party USA Reports from Clubs and Collectives NoVA Representative Reports: Organizing meetings ongoing. The NoVA subregion has elected a new representative to the Executive Committee. The process of drafting and approving a club constitution and bylaws is going, as well as the…

The Opioid Crisis In Virginia And Elsewhere: The Communist Party USA of Virginia, Its Views, What It Fights For, And What’s Needed Right Now

The opioid crisis has wreaked devastation on the American people physically, psychologically, and financially. The media has largely ignored it while the previous administration, including the current one, have done little to alleviate the people affected. The Opioid Crisis and Virginia According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse on Virginia…


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