NEW YORK – Responding to the call to “Build unity to take back our country in 2004 – Defeat Bush and the Ultra-Right,” about 300 people packed the Communist Party’s Winston Unity Auditorium here Jan. 31. The overflow crowd came to hear speeches, share experiences, get energized, and map plans to oust George W. Bush and his cronies on Election Day.

The diverse group of trade unionists, students, peace activists and community leaders came from about 25 states – from Alaska to Georgia, California to Maine. Speakers included CPUSA activists and guests from many trade unions, the NAACP, NOW, the Working Families Party of New York, and United for Peace and Justice, to name just a few. All shared a common determination to defeat Bush on Nov. 2 and turn the country around.

The conference ended with a terrific cultural program of song, spoken word, and multimedia presentations. A full story will appear in next week’s edition.