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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  • i agree compleatly, we need a lot more jobs in america now more than ever. in my personal opinion i beleve we should close sweat shops in 3rd world countrys and open more in america this could help with both the unemployment rate and the economy. e-mail me if you would like a nice debate on what to do to improve this country.

    Posted by michael carlson, 03/22/2010 12:44pm (6 years ago)

  • Go Move to Russia where you belong!!! Get out of my country, my friends and family who serve in the Miltary didn't fight for Communist or Karl Marx, they fight for Free people and the Republic. Leave this country you dam Communists

    Posted by Nick, 03/21/2010 11:32pm (6 years ago)

  • Day after day, people are loosing jobs due to selfish deeds of those on top. The government needs to work harder to create jobs for people, employing them and making services available to those who are employed rather than sit around discussing how there needs to be more jobs. Follow FDR, he had the right idea.

    Posted by , 03/18/2010 7:24pm (6 years ago)

  • wow are you guys serious? communism is such a waste of time, and its all a lie communism dosent facilitate life it kills it and thwarts the human impulse to create. communism is gray and way too boring

    Posted by DALE HUTCHINSON, 03/02/2010 10:42pm (6 years ago)

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