Communist Party USA: Are You One In a Thousand?

It’s hard to believe, but the 30th National Convention of the Communist Party is just five weeks away.

All Party Districts have held their local conventions and elected delegates to the big event.

Delegations are busy raising money and making travel arrangements. We are also excited to announce that a number of representatives of fraternal parties around the world have confirmed their presence in Chicago. Workshops and panels are being organized.

But one of the things we are most proud of is the fact that over 900 members have answered the call and paid a $10 Convention Assessment — adding up to $9500 of our goal of $10,000 from 1000 members.

This amount doesn’t come close to covering the cost of facility rental, travel, equipment, and everything else, but it shows the commitment of the whole party to the success of the Convention and is a very needed contribution towards covering the event’s costs.

Help us go over the top by paying your $10 convention assessment today.

Of course, if you already paid you assessment or are not a member of the Communist Party, you can still support our convention by making a donation in any amount. Your donation will help us have a successful Convention and share it with the whole membership and the public.

Remember, the Convention Discussion continues right up through the Convention itself. And during the Convention, you will be able to watch live video broadcasts of some of the speeches and panels and participate even if you are not in the hall in Chicago. If you have already participated in the discussion on our website or Facebook, watched our webinar presentations online, or plan to follow the proceedings from home, we need your support to keep doing what we do.

Join me and hundreds of other party members in paying your assessment or make your donation today! See you in Chicago and online!

Sincerely,

John Bachtell, Chair
Convention Organizing Committee

28 thoughts on “Communist Party USA: Are You One In a Thousand?

  1. Gene Berkman

    The Communist Party is not an electoral party at the present time, and it opposes other third parties. The Communist Party encourages its members and supporters to vote for Democratic Party candidates. Therefore news about the Communist Party does not really fit a third party oriented blog.

  2. paulie

    Apparently they did have some local candidates under their label in recent elections. We discussed this on another thread not very long ago but I can’t remember which one and don’t have time to look it up right now.

  3. Jed Ziggler Post author

    There’s been talk going into the convention about once again fielding candidates for local office. We don’t post their stuff much, quitcherbitchin.

  4. Deran

    The talk was that one man in Cleveland, or Ohio somewhere, was running in a nonpartisan municipal race and this fellow as publically known as a member of the CPUSA, though he did not run as a candidate of the CPUSA. I will continue to bitch about it because the CPUSA are unequivocal supporters of the Democrats, including Obama. And there maywell be talk among some CPUSA members of this being the right time to run CP candaites, but the CPUSA is not a democratically run organization, so I’ll be very surprised if the national CP leadership allow such a notion to even get a floor vote, let alone a hearing in a party comittee.

    This is why Angela Davis and others left the CP – even in the face of the collapse of the USSR, the CPUSA refused to modernize. Become more transparent and democratic.

    Besides, I think all the remaining members of the CPUSA may be TOO OLD to run for office.

  5. paulie

    Besides, I think all the remaining members of the CPUSA may be TOO OLD to run for office.

    LOL. All of them?

  6. NewFederalist

    I must protest. Deran and Gene Berkman are as solid as any posters on this site. They have every right to their opinions and perhaps even more so in this case since they represent very different political philosophies but arrived at the same conclusion. I would hope they would be accorded the respect they deserve. Besides, they rarely complain. Cut them some slack!

  7. Jed Ziggler Post author

    I don’t appreciate being told how to do my job, especially since I do it for free. Please, discuss the CPUSA’s shilling for the Dems. But don’t tell me what should & should not be posted here. That’s Warren Redlich’s job.

  8. Jed Ziggler Post author

    I actually really enjoy posting here & have never before had a problem with Deran or Gene before, I’m sorry if I come off as harsh. But when I post something after putting a lot of thought into whether it’s newsworthy, relevant, & promotes diversity of opinion, and then people say that it shouldn’t have been posted, that’s insulting.

    If you want to write here, you should take it up with Paulie, or better yet Warren. It’s his call not mine.

  9. Deran

    Yeah, I’m not that traumatized by mention of the CPUSA. Geoups like that just make socialists look bad – okay, I stepped in right there!

    In this day and age, when so many people are looking for some answers, thre may well be some young reds who’ve joined the CPUSA. But I can recall 30+ years ago when I’d come down to Seattle and looking for interesting political things, now and then I wandered into the tiny CP storefront bookstore, and I swear, everyone else I ever saw in there probably had personal stories about the 1919 Seattle General Strike!

    I may bitch about stalinists, but I do appreciate IPR, Jed among the most frequent posters of such news, giving covereage to socialist politics.

  10. Jed Ziggler Post author

    “I may bitch about stalinists, but I do appreciate IPR, Jed among the most frequent posters of such news, giving covereage to socialist politics.”

    Thanks, Deran. 🙂

  11. paulie

    I must protest. Deran and Gene Berkman are as solid as any posters on this site. They have every right to their opinions and perhaps even more so in this case since they represent very different political philosophies but arrived at the same conclusion

    No one said they can’t complain, and Gene does post articles.

  12. paulie

    NN,

    I’m going to keep it in mind, but I will not recommend that Warren sign you up as a writer at this time. You appeared at the same time CLC was banned, have a similar URL, I’ve never heard of you and you have not been here long. I suspect you may be CLC but don’t know for sure yet. We may consider adding you as a writer in a few months if you behave well in the meantime and if you are still interested then; we’ll see.

  13. langa

    You appeared at the same time CLC was banned…

    I must have missed this. When was CLC banned, and for what reason?

  14. langa

    Trolling? Could you point me to the specific comment(s) that triggered the ban?

  15. langa

    I remember predicting sometime ago that IPR would eventually start banning anyone who rubbed certain people the wrong way. At the time, I was assured that would not happen. I guess those assurances were nothing but pure bullshit. I really wish I could say I’m surprised.

    Warren, if you’re going to go down this road, could you at least have the decency to change the name of the site to something more accurate, like Independent Political Echo Chamber?

    Disclaimer (for people who love to make stupid assumptions): No, I don’t think CLC contributed much to this place. In fact, I disagreed with about 95% of his comments. That doesn’t mean he should have been banned. There are others here who contribute far less, and are much more disruptive, and have been here for years. And guess what? They shouldn’t be banned, either.

    Another disclaimer (for people who are prone to ridiculous conflation): No, I’m not disputing that Warren has the legal and moral authority to ban whomever he chooses. Rather, I’m simply saying that choosing to use that authority in such an arbitrary and capricious manner is foolish.

  16. Jed Ziggler Post author

    Personally, langa, I agree with pretty much all you’ve said. However, others felt differently, and Warren made the final call. Nothing else I can say.

  17. William Saturn

    langa, I’ve been making the same point for over a year now. Nobody seems to care. Or else they’re too afraid to say anything, lest they post in the wrong place. If paulie and Warren want IPR to be the place where commenters are quietly disappeared and/or where opinions cannot be freely expressed for fear of being disappeared, that’s their prerogative. At the very least, though, for fairness’ sake, they could provide some guidelines for what is acceptable and what is not acceptable.

  18. paulie

    I’m not interested in discussing it, and if you do want to discuss it, this thread is not the place for that discussion.

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