Communist Party of Wisconsin is running a workshop at the 30th National Communist Party Convention on how to effectively build your club online. Click below to access the PDF of the presentation, and be on the lookout for the full video of the presentation soon.
This week, Communist Party USA Chairman Sam Webb penned an exploratory piece for People’s World about the situation in Detroit. “Detroit: Through the lens of class and race” aims to combat some of the extreme lines of thinking prevailing in the media concerning Detroit’s terrible situation, and Webb offers some clear answers on why this occurred – and how it will continue to happen in other cities in the United States. An important piece for anyone looking for answers in this distressing time, Webb outlines exactly how Detroit was put in this predicament and how the citizens have suffered greatly. Webb pulls no punches in his analysis, leveling blame at the feet of auto executives, real estate brokers, and elected officials.
Blaming the crisis on its victims is designed to divert the eyes of the American people from the actual causes of the crisis and its agents. The former are located in the structures and dynamics of racialized capitalism, while the latter are the individuals and institutions who drive the crisis and also enrich themselves mightily from this system of class and racial exploitation and domination of the immense many by the minuscule few.
But he doesn’t just levy blame in his article – he offers a clear solution to help in the resurrection of this once-great city.
The near- and long-term struggles of the people of Detroit have to be connected to the energies of like-minded people in nearby suburbs and around the country who also aspire to radically restructure the politics, economics, culture, and racial relations of their city, region, state, and country.
You’ve seen them before – political profile quizzes. Are you a Republican or Democrat? Are you Left or Right? We’ve taken them, and honestly, they are a bit underwhelming if not wholly confusing. Thanks for the chart guys, but what other likeminded figures agree with my beliefs? Why isn’t there an easy quiz that takes little time and cuts right to the chase?
Well, we went ahead and made that for you: The Worker’s Political Quiz. Our ten question quiz is fast and you get instant results. Find out where you fall on the political spectrum either through our instant reporting or our more in-depth email results.
Are you a Progressive? Perhaps you’re on the other end of the scale as a Reactionary, but who are contemporary and historical figures that fall in that same class? Find out today by quickly taking the Worker’s Political Quiz.
Recently, CPWisconsin hosted a conference call with Jarvis Tyner, Executive Vice Chair for CPUSA, that was open to our members and other interested parties. The call was immensely informative and Jarvis provided listeners with a clear vision of current struggles, both nationally and in the state of Wisconsin.
Our conference calls in Wisconsin are a great way for members and non-members alike to interact with CPUSA figures, and we’ve always encouraged those from varying viewpoints to listen in. Typically, though, we rarely see recordings of our calls end up on right-leaning websites.
On March 4th, EAGNews.org published a short article by Editor Kyle Olson highlighting a small section of Jarvis Tyner speaking on the Wisconsin conference call. Olson doesn’t go into too much detail about the rest of the call, nor does he provide any real commentary about the call, but his short piece was picked up by Townhall last week.
Olson, a follower of ours on Twitter, heads up the news arm of the Education Action Group Foundation which is based out of Michigan. Their “About Us” describes the organization as “a non-partisan non-profit organization with the goal of promoting sensible education reform and exposing those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo,” which sounds fairly non-partisan to me. In addition to his work for EAG, he’s also the author of “Indoctrination: How ‘Useful Idiots’ Are Using Our Schools to Subvert American Exceptionalism”, which has garnered customer reviews on Amazon that range from “must read” to “nothing but extreme right-wing propaganda”. Nobody said having strong opinions would be easy.
Read Kyle Olson’s quick article over at Townhall. I apologize for directing our readers to a site with an immediate popup trying to sell “Obama’s Four Horseman” – Townhall’s got to pay the bills somehow. Don’t forget to read the comments at the end of the article to get a clear understanding of the audience.
While the link to the audio of the call errors out on Townhall’s site, it can be found over at EAGNews. We’ve also embedded the clip below.
Late last year, CPUSA Chairman Sam Webb stopped by 92.1FM “The Mic” in Madison to talk about the Communist Party, our country’s need for Socialism, and a number of other topics on the “Books and Beats” radio program. It is a fantastic introduction to party politics for newcomers and for those who have been here for a while, it is refreshing to see an interview concerning CPUSA begin without the tired question of “are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party of the United States?” Anyway, the interview is just shy of thirty minutes, but definitely worth a listen. For music lovers, Billy Bragg’s version of “The Internationale” is included towards the start of Part Two.
Recently, the Phi Kappa Literacy Society at the University of Georgia hosted a debate structured around one question: is full employment possible under capitalism? Sam Webb, the CPUSA chairman, was invited to participate in the debate, along with Greg Morin from the Libertarian Party of Georgia.
An article over at People’s World profiles the interesting historical circumstances surrounding the debate as well as Sam Webb’s complete transcript. Please click here to view the People’s World writeup.
The full debate has been embedded below for your viewing pleasure!