Highlights from CPUSA’s 29th Convention, includes video

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The following is an e-mail sent by People's World writer  Rick Nagin to hundreds of his friends, family members and acquaintances in Ohio.

Brothers and Sisters -

I had the great pleasure of attending the 29th National Convention of the Communist Party USA this past weekend in New York. It was a very inspiring event and I want to share some highlights.

The convention reaffirmed the party's basic position of working with labor and its allies to build a broad democratic coalition to defeat the ultra-right. The party sees this as necessary to defend the rights of working people at present as well as key in the long run to weaken corporate power and move towards working class power (socialism).

The immediate challenge is to defend and, if possible, extend the gains made in 2006 and 2008 by setting back the right-wing attempt to regain power in the November midterm elections.

In addition, the convention called for helping to build mass fight back against the economic crisis, especially on the issue of jobs as well as defending the gains won in the health care reform. There was an excellent PowerPoint presentation on the economic crisis and what needs to be done to overcome it.

Defeating the right-wing's use of racism and anti-immigrant hysteria was seen as critical to success in both the electoral and economic arenas.

Workshops and plenary panels on were held on the elections, labor, African American equality, Latino equality, peace, youth, the environment, public education, women's rights, gay rights, and work in the religious community and growing the party and Young Communist League. Detailed resolutions on six broad areas were adopted.

Like all conventions there was a lot of hoop-la and fanfare. Each session opened with a cultural presentation and there was a lot of singing. There was also an evening celebration and cultural event on the Party's 90th anniversary with great live music and dancing.

The Democratic State Assemblyman representing the district where the convention was held gave a great speech welcoming the convention as did several local union presidents. We also heard from Communists holding local office in a number of states.

Leadership was elected including Sam Webb as national chairman, Jarvis Tyner as vice chairman and Roberta Wood as secretary-treasurer.

The convention was united and enthusiastic and delegates left with renewed confidence and determination to work to consolidate the defeat of the ultra-right and move forward to repair the damage they have caused to democracy and the rights of working people.

The main reports, resolutions the PowerPoint presentation will soon be available at the cpusa.org website where there is also a video of the opening session. Reports on the convention are on the peoplesworld.org website. Ohio delegates are anxious to meet with groups to discuss the convention and how to move ahead. Let me know if you would like to set up a meeting.

Photo: Delegate from Southern California, Rossana Cambron, shares her experiences on building the Communist Party and YCL at the grassroots. (Pepe Lozano/PW)


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  • Have you ever asked for a re-distribution of wealth equally worldwide? Until we get that, then every person is still a real slave.....to money. We were, after all, forced to need money over the previous millennia, & today, computers make it possible for the first time to re-distribute money equally worldwide & eliminate money for true freedom. David Korten explains how we were forced to need money in "When Corporations Rule The World."

    Posted by Sandy Stark, 07/29/2014 6:28pm (2 years ago)

  • Join Communist and committee
    but for the deaf / ASL (hearing text OK)

    I live Las Vegas,
    where is meeting
    Communist partners?
    at near my place.

    Captain Rocky

    Posted by Rocky Butler, 03/31/2014 2:57pm (2 years ago)

  • Together we can build a better world. I am a big fan of Star Trek, no more wars on Earth, no more poverty, no more disease, famine hae, etc... these are the ideals seen in Starfleet and the Federation, a great Socialist future, I believe we can achieve this!

    Posted by Anthony, 06/08/2013 1:12pm (3 years ago)

  • So inspiring to hear my fellow working people finding their voices. I agree with the last guy - we have an opportunity in the midst of this crisis to bring forth a world friendly to those who create the riches of humanity instead of just those rich enough to exploit them. It is sad that so many working Americans still identify with "Capitalists." You are not a "Capitalist" because you run a small store or believe in "freedom" to get rich; you are a Capitalist if you live only on the labor of others, making money off of money. Getting us to identify with them has been one of the great deceptions of the economic elites.

    Posted by hollywoodartchick, 06/20/2011 9:14pm (5 years ago)

  • Great comments and spirit for change among the delegates making video comments.

    the struggle in panama and latam is intensifying, where young are taking the brunt, facing unemployment with no help or orientation.

    Posted by josefponce@yahoo.com, 05/25/2011 4:09pm (5 years ago)

  • I am suprised by some of the comments posted. As American citizens we benfit from many programs that are socialism in action.

    Social Security, public works and utilities, public roads and highway systems, public schools, public hospitals, public health insurance, community colleges, public universities, VA Centers, etc. are all commonly owned and operated. Haven't we all benfitted from at least one of these?

    Posted by Mike Greer, 02/16/2011 10:42pm (5 years ago)

  • I'm amazed at the # of people that attend this little communist convention that speak w/foriegn accent. You come to the U.S. from where ever it is you are from and you don't give yourself enough time to learn what it is that we have here. The greatest experiment in the history of the world resulted in a foundation of freedom no country or people have ever experienced! And to you communist that were born & live here, maximum shame to ya!!! You are Guilty of class envy. Do you think in that massive brain of your'se that communism will eliminate class envy? The only thing communism will do is eliminate all but 2 classes. the only classes left will be the communist leadership class & the class that you will be counted in, the peasant class. Think about what you are doing!!! DON'T BE AN IDIOT!!!!!! socialism/communism never ends well!!!

    Posted by d.p. alderman, 12/15/2010 11:05pm (5 years ago)

  • It is amazing to hear these old folk songs again. The only thing that bothers me of this particular even is the fact that there's no young people! We live in a modernized American society. I am 21 years old, and this does not motivate me! But it does give me a sense of hope..in a way. Where I am from, there's liberals and leftists in every corner. One day we will get mad and show our faces, but I truly believe that the strong left in America as a whole is scared to come out while the right wings are not afraid at all. It's sad.

    Posted by Ralph Munoz, 12/01/2010 10:12pm (5 years ago)

  • By adopting socialism and communism you will find that you will not be able to call the government to answer. Centralism, globalism, federal czars, centralization will not strength the working class but will lower standards for more. The poor, you will always have with you.
    Read the Road to Serfdom, The Forgotten Man.
    Did you not hear what Fidel said about his socialist experiment? Communism is a proven failed system.

    Posted by jim K, 10/02/2010 9:35pm (5 years ago)

  • Is their a future? Only if progrss is achieved through Socialism, Green friendly of course.

    By the way, what ever happened to birth control and population growth control...too much Pointless smiling!!!

    No Pasaron!

    Posted by Robert Blair, 06/30/2010 10:55pm (6 years ago)

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