Reds put jobs fight at top of to-do list


The fight for jobs, and for the unemployed, is central to any economic recovery and to any forward motion for a people's agenda. With this in mind, last week the national board of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) took steps to beef up its work on the economic crisis.

"Labor, civil rights, women, youth and all the progressive core forces in our country are now moving to place the fight for jobs and the unemployed front and center on their agenda," said Sam Webb, chair of the CPUSA, "We have to pay particular attention to the working-class communities hardest hit, especially African American, Latino, and immigrant communities. And unemployment for youth is staggering."

He proposed that the national board establish a jobs committee of party activists to help coordinate and develop the work at all levels with special attention to party clubs and districts. Scott Marshall, chair of the CPUSA's labor commission was asked to chair the new committee.

The board hailed the establishment the  Jobs for America Now national coalition andthe AFL-CIO's five point program for economic recovery and jobs.

"This is exactly the broad national coalition framework needed for this fight," said Marshall. The board pointed out that there are literally thousands of efforts and projects at the grassroots level led by local unions and union unemployed committees, community groups, retiree organizations, churches and central labor councils around the country. These efforts include not only advocacy and legislative efforts, but also food pantries, homeless shelters and job counseling and training efforts.

In accepting the assignment for the national board, Marshall said that while working in coalitions to strengthen and expand the national fight for jobs, the new committee will work with members and clubs to help build similar broad local coalitions and actions at the grassroots. "Millions are angry and suffering. If we look around in our communities and work places we will find many opportunities to get involved and help build grassroots action and muscle behind the demands of the national coalitions," Marshall said. "We need emergency action now."

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  • noi comunisti dobbiamo lottare per il bene della popolazione eliminsndo le disuguaglianze sociali :aiutare i povveri ;itossico dipendenti;gli alienati;i senza tetto.Viva il comunismo marxista.

    Posted by Raumondi Flora, 12/26/2013 1:44pm (2 years ago)

  • il marxsismo va condotto su due strade:indotrinamento politico e azione sul campo ,un esempio?:i black block i qquali lottano se necessario violentmente contro il sistema capitalistico affamatore di popoli.O con noi o contro di noi!.Viva il msrxismo comunists!.

    Posted by Raumondi Flora, 12/26/2013 1:32pm (2 years ago)

  • Folks,
    Green is good if it does not harm people in the process. In that light, the "smart" grid uses wireless meters, etc. that make some people sick with Radiofrequency Sickness. Wireless technology was never fully vetted. Fiber optic would be a sustainable technology for all and any applications. The rush into wireless for supposedly green uses was rash. Everyone will pay with their health, and the do-overs that will inevitably come. Wireless systems are not sustainable. They risk our most vulnerable citizens' health and wellbeing. Please see 2012 BioInitiative. Please look up smart meter symptoms. People are suffering now as big wireless industries rake in the profits. More natural solutions must come. Also, consider the complete collapse of food supplies from electrosmog impacts on bees, etc. Someone has to wake up here or the future is not bright no matter what ideology you might have. Health affects all.

    Posted by Susan Reed, 04/25/2013 2:29pm (3 years ago)

  • Everyone has the right to work , to feed his own self and family in equality as everyone ... It is unbearable about the way that this system treat a men ... "To eat you should fight" ... This remind me cannibalism and those hyenas of jungle that bit each other , only to eat the first.

    Posted by egli, 03/18/2012 3:13pm (4 years ago)

  • Yes, we need jobs. More importantly, we need jobs with living wages. The capitalist system cannot provide them. We should be demanding public works jobs. We should also be encouraging the backing and organization of worker collectives. We can and should build an alternative to wage slavery via collectives which operate worker-owned small businesses on a socialist model. Along these same lines, we can organize micro-economic credit unions and cooperative housing/apartments.

    The bourgeois economy has run its course and it is not up to Communists to save it. Yes, we should make demands people can unite around but we should also be building the next, better system now because the old one is dying.

    Posted by Al, 02/19/2012 8:36am (4 years ago)

  • I personally am build a government that mixes the values of Communism and Capitolism together. Why not support both?

    Posted by Jacob, 01/31/2012 8:14pm (4 years ago)

  • I agree totally in the outcome of more Americans being employed, but a lot of people try to simply milk unemployment for the benefit of not having to do any work while being paid. I in fact know a man who has a job, yet is filing unemployment right now.

    Posted by Kevin, 01/07/2012 10:48am (4 years ago)

  • Who's going to supply these jobs? The capitalist? If we implement communism, doesn't that mean an equal share of everything? Who's going to start a business with this mindset? "I'll start a business so I can give away any and all profits" I just don't understand, I want to but I'm confused and need help getting a grip around this. What kind of government do we establish? And, who runs it? A communist government like old Russia? or China? Once again, I'm all for progress, but I need to have a few more facts before I throw my hat in with anyone.

    Posted by bob, 10/23/2011 9:12pm (4 years ago)

  • Why not simply remove outsourced jobs and bring them back into the country? If we put the jobs back into the hands of Americans, the unemployment rate goes down, money circulates back through the hands of Americans and they're able to circulate that money back through the economy. There's no need for the government to get involved in the job market. Corporations just need to be shown that keeping jobs here will actually increase profit because more people will have money to spend on their profits, making up for the money they lose by not using extremely cheap labor.

    Posted by Nathaniel, 08/06/2011 5:37pm (4 years ago)

  • Communis is flawed from the begining. People should be able to keep what they produce. Whether that be spending, donating, or saving the money. The money belongs to that person, and it is not a gift from the government. I truly pity communists for their absence of economic unedrstanding.

    Posted by John Smith, 06/21/2011 7:33pm (4 years ago)

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