Get connected to the resistance!

BY:Joelle Fishman| March 13, 2017
Get connected to the resistance!


The dangerous political situation in our country requires that all democratic minded people make our voices heard.  It is time to resist; resist the unconstitutional and racist executive orders; resist the appointments and legislation aimed at deconstructing government’s ability to serve the needs of the people putting millions of lives in jeopardy, while building up the military and delivering huge tax write-offs to corporations and the .1%.

The Trump/Republican agenda depends on dividing people against each other.  To be successful requires a broad people’s resistance that brings people together in solidarity on every issue that hurts each one. Across the country many people are becoming involved for the first time.  There are many new organizations springing up from the Women’s March, from Indivisible, from the immigrant communities and native peoples, joining the Fight for $15 and the labor movement, Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood and many more.

The Communist Party is committed to doing all it can to help build a united resistance in every community where we live and work.  Building this broad people’s front for democratic rights is the immediate task toward a future based on equality and justice instead of greed, racism and war.

If you are not already connected to the resistance in your community, here are some links that will be useful in finding those who have come together to oppose the Trump/Republican attacks and work for a people’s agenda and people’s candidates.

  1. Indivisble is a national group collaborating with MoveOn, Working Families and Peoples Action to coordinate constituent pressure on elected officials and to encourage progressive candidates.
  1. Across the country immigrant rights organizations, refugee organizations and entire municipalities are coming together to resist mass deportations. The sanctuary city movement is sweeping the nation. A way to stand in solidarity is to connect with immigrant rights organizations and to share information and articles from the People’s World in your community to build unity and solidarity.  Here is a link to get connected.
  1. Nationally the Communist Party is a partner for the People’s Climate Movement marches that will take place on April 29 in Washington DC and around the country. Marching together with friends, and possibly with a Communist Party banner is a great way to uphold science and show the interconnection between the climate movement and the movements for jobs and racial justice.

The bigger the Communist Party, the stronger the contribution we can make to building the resistance. One easy idea is to invite folks you have gotten to know, or have marched with, or who are new members of the Communist Party, to a house party and take part in the national webinars offered by the Education Department.  There’s one on Marx’s Germany Ideology and another dealing with criminalization and black youth.


Photo: Creative Commons 3.0

Photo: Creative Commons 3.0




    Joelle Fishman chairs the Connecticut Communist Party USA. She is a Commissioner on the City of New Haven Peace Commission, serves on the executive board of the Alliance of Retired Americans in Connecticut and is an active member of many economic rights and social justice organizations. She was a candidate for Congress from 1973 to 1982, maintaining minor-party ballot status for the Communist Party in Connecticut's Third Congressional District. As chair of the CPUSA Political Action Commission, she has played an active role in the broad labor and people's alliance that defeated the ultra-right in the 2008 elections and continues to mobilize for health care, worker rights and peace.



Comments (10)

Frazer | April 28, 2017 at 8:29 AM

We need to rise up and take power from trump

    Kitty Kelso-Leonard | May 10, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Really, what are you waiting for???????????

Gilbert Lay | April 24, 2017 at 12:09 PM

When I was 18 I saw the Bible verse “If a man has 2 coats give one to he that has none.” It coincides with the From each according to his ability to each according to his need. But the Bible also said “Honor thy Father and mother.” And my dad fought communism in Korea. Dad passed and now I wonder “Is Christ a Communist?” But over the years I see Political groups making alliances with those not of the meat of the message. For example, the Left defends the LBGT and Abortions. Neither of the two have anything to do with literal communism. Now I am waiting for a VA pension, and it’s not much, but they are procrastinating my application, and it makes me feel angry. Angry that I spent years defending guys like Trump. Bottom line is the poor like myself should realize that religion will not pay your bills. I loved my parents, but the day they passed should have been my immediate Political change day.

Fred Bauder | April 01, 2017 at 5:07 PM

Regardless of the political positions of the Communist Party USA and its participation with others in resistance activities there is extremely broad revulsion and rejection of Trump and his actions. This includes everyone who values democracy and humanity, anyone whose thought is reality-based. Marxists are included, indeed, should play a leading role. So there will be a wide variety of resistance activities. Participants extend from leaders and employees of national intelligence services though sycophants of Hillary. So, all your “enemies” are in the struggle with you.

Cameron Orr | March 28, 2017 at 3:50 AM

The comment from “Donna” seems a very good insight into the manipulations of the right in progressive circles: pretending on the one hand to be in favor of bringing about a new reality based on solidarity and cooperation, while attempting to associate popular struggles with monied interests. Attempts like these to sow division, regardless of whatever progressive slogans are used, should always be seen as anti-people. You cannot progress by pitting real life struggles against long term dreams.

    Paul Perkins | March 30, 2017 at 6:23 PM

    Indeed. The so-called liberals are a worse part of our problems than the right wing. Their function, especially in the context of the Democratic party, is to defuse and co-opt any real resistance that arises with feel-good memes about cooperation, a united front, etc. The bankrupt liberal class will say anything they think people want to hear to gain power, and then when they do it’s always the same old same old. Making supposed common cause with the Democrats will never produce any result beneficial to working people in the United States. Supporting them is the same as supporting the right.

Dennis Stamey | March 26, 2017 at 5:05 AM

Ah, the politics of the streets. Where will it end? Revolution and then a tyranny, if it succeeds, which it won’t. You people should be reading Edmund Burke instead of Mao.

Donna | March 25, 2017 at 11:34 PM

Unfortunately, your analysis falls very short of reality. The liberals out in the streets screaming against Trump aren’t interested in building a democratic front or ending the regime change wars. All they are interested in, and the actual purpose of these Soros-funded mob scenes, is to restore the Democrats to power. Supporting them, and buying into their ideology of identity politics, will only set back the class struggle by decades. I would have thought the CPUSA would have had a more Marxist-oriented analysis of current events.

    Fred Bauder | March 31, 2017 at 1:38 PM

    Donna, a surfer rides the wave. She does not argue with it.

      Moises Aguirre | April 21, 2017 at 12:12 PM

      Wow I wasted my time coming to this site. Should change this party name to The Democratic Party Fronting as an Actually Leftist Party. I guess communist party USA is less of a mouthful tho

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