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."

Photo / CC BY 2.0




Post your comment

Comments are moderated. See guidelines here.


  • The sad fact on globalism is that the far right now
    have a global base of power and control through
    the stock market.Why officialy we dont have a global
    government we realy do through the projection
    of imperial power through the international stockmarket.
    That was one of the weakness of international
    socialism in that it never achieved a true power base
    in evolving into a global government.

    The job market- The brokerages are forming international power partnerships that can deny anybody the far right doent agree with jobs.
    Unionize a coupany and thier is always a country
    with sweatshop labor just a phonecall away by a brokerage.

    Global plannned parenthood this was never addresed
    by the soviet union.Thier is never enough jobs
    in any country and thier is always someone sitting
    in jail because of it. That why its important that people
    limit thier family size to two kids.

    Posted by sean , 06/04/2011 6:04pm (4 years ago)

  • At one time, a little earlier, a communist leader, who was quite popular, came from Minnesota. I would like to know his name if this is available. I have a late uncle who lived in Washington State. He knew this man. My uncle, Milford Sutherland (suspected of being a communist-so what?) was chased up into the hills and had to retreat and hide because of his beliefs. This did not endear me to the country that professes to be free. Thank you so much for reading my comments. I wish I could send you some of his poetry before he died.
    I just want this gentleman's name, because quite frankly, I forgot it!? So sorry!

    Mark S. Christenson, 580 Huset Parkway, Columbia Heights, Mn., 55421,

    Posted by Mark Christenson, 05/12/2011 4:39pm (4 years ago)

  • We need jobs. Good work fellow Commies

    Posted by Vladimir , 03/24/2011 12:39pm (4 years ago)

  • Workers of the world unite! Crush the fascist and capitalist pigs and their vitriolic responses on this page.

    Posted by Jimmy, 01/05/2011 12:17am (5 years ago)

  • I love it when people say there has not been a succesful communist economy. What people do not realize is that there has not been a succesful capitalist economy. A capitalist economy fails constantly and it is only by adding socialistic polocies does capitalism get brought back to life. Capitalism would have died long before communism if it were not for socialism.

    Posted by Justin, 01/02/2011 11:52am (5 years ago)

  • How did that whole Green Job creation movement work out in Spain again?

    Why must we be forced to learn only by experience rather than observation of history?

    Posted by DP, 10/04/2010 3:33am (5 years ago)

  • You say you want to create jobs while at the same time attacking the job creators. Your only answer is, of course, more government jobs until all of us are happy little North Korean peons. You encourage illegal immigration as a means to import the illiterate naive underclass that your party feeds on. You even try claiming that your ideals are in some way or fashion compatible with our Bill of Rights! Get real...voters have long since figured out that this is nothing more than the Communist Party of Lenin and Stalin and all your pitiful attempts to re-brand yourselves are wasted effort... maybe if you could point to just ONE successful Socialist/Communist regime you just might have some credibility. Until then you are nothing more than naive college idiots, led and inspired by professors who took WAY too much acid in the 60's. Pathetic...

    Posted by Bert Ramirez, 10/02/2010 10:12am (5 years ago)

  • Listen CPUSA, the Federal Government is doing everything they can without destroying the country to bring down unemployment. I just graduated from college in Economics. The unprecedented size and scope of the deficits and the monetary policy being conducted by the Federal reserve will bring this recession to an end in time. Until then, enjoy this welfare state the Progessives made for you. FDR's New Deal was peanuts compared to the size of the 2008 Recovery Act.

    Posted by Bryce, 06/14/2010 10:56pm (5 years ago)

  • If people had an education they would relies the the u.s.s.r wasn't corrupt because it was communist, but because it was a authoritarian state which in its own way was a dictatorship

    Posted by alexander kroll , 05/19/2010 11:33pm (5 years ago)


    Posted by Joseph McCarthy, 04/23/2010 11:54am (5 years ago)

RSS feed for comments on this page | RSS feed for all comments