The American working class has been in an ongoing fight for progress since before the founding of the Republic. The history of Wisconsin is no exception. Wisconsin’s history is inextricably linked to progressive thought and action. Wisconsin attained Statehood in 1848 and was populated by German immigrants who had fled the failed Marzrevolution of their own country that same year. These immigrants would shape the State and it’s progressive outlook. The struggle of labor in Wisconsin is writ large, from the Bayview massacre in 1886 to the Wisconsin uprising in 2011, with countless struggles in between and everyday. At the forefront of these struggles have been American Marxists and, since 1919, the Communist Party. In 2001 Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist sent a letter of welcome to the Communist Party, USA National Convention, being conducted on the UWM campus and it read in part, “…We share many things in common with the long history of the Communist Party and all those engaged in the fight for a decent life for working families.”
The struggle for peace, democracy and socialism continues. Won’t you join us?
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