Join the Communist Party at Left Forum this weekend

BY:Jarvis Tyner| March 16, 2012

Thousands of people will be attending Left Forum 2012 this wkend in New York City. If you are attending, we invite you to participate one the many panels and workshops the Communist Party will be participating in. Some of the panels are listed below.

You can also swing by the tables for information about the Communist Party, Young Communist League, People’s World, Political Affairs, and International Publishers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Prospects for Left Unity in the Political Battles of 2012

Sat, Mar 17, 3:00pm – 4:50pm

Can a number of socialist and left organizations join together and achieve a critical mass in common projects during the complex battles throughout 2012? Representatives of several organizations – CCDS, CPUSA, DSA, Freedom Road and others – will discuss and debate matters arising from the OWS insurgency, the working class fightback and the 2012 elections.

Pat Fry, CCDS
Randy Shannon, CCDS
Maria Svart, DSA
Libero Della Piana, Communist Party

To be announced, FRSO

China’s Peaceful Rising in Interesting Times

Sat, Mar 17, 5:00pm – 6:40pm

The question of China will be introduced by examining China’s revolution in the 20th Century, and its place and behavior in international and global policies today. Such a presentation is supplemented by presenting several criteria that establish China’s socialist credentials, in whole or in part. Finally there is the place of Marxism in ascertaining China’s interaction with the global economy in the context of the general crisis of capitalism.

Gary Hicks, Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
Norman Markowitz, Rutgers University
Wahd’i Halabi, Economics Commission, Communist Party USA
Wei Xiaoping, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing 

Party Building and Organizing on the Left

Sat, Mar 17, 5:00pm – 6:40pm

This is a round table dialogue with various parties on the Left. It is a discussion that will look at the rewards and challenges of building a party of the Left, areas of common experience and difference with other Leftists, and how future action may be structured to assist our party building efforts.


Stephon Boatwright
Bill Wharton, Socialist Party
Peter Ikeler, Socialist Action
Libero Della Piana, Communist Party
Michael Hirsch, DSA
Larry Holmes, Workers World Party
Ahmed Shawki, ISO
Juliet Ucelli, FRSO

For Democracy? For Ending Capitalism? For Socialism?: A Diverse discussion on Strategy and Tactics

Sun, Mar 18, 3:00pm – 4:40pm

This will be a panel discussion on strategy and tactics for democratic and revolutionary change. Our starting point is that the history of our country has been one of a resistance and struggle for freedom, democracy and Socialism. From the American Revolution, up to now. The struggle gets more complex and difficult the deeper capitalism sinks into crisis. The left as part of the progressive forces faces many challenges. How do we deepen our roots among the broad democratic and left forces working for change today? Where is the movement heading and how do we get there? What lessons should we draw from the movement that elected Obama, from the Arab Spring, from the movement that defeated the right in Wisconsin and Ohio and from the rise of the OWS movement? Short term and long term, how do we defeat the 1% and qualitatively advance the interest of the 99%? Can this epic battle be won? Can people of diverse views on these matters have an honest discussion and bring clarity and even unity? We all better hope so.

Sponsoring Journal: 

Political Affairs and Communist Party USA

Jarvis Tyner, Communist Party
Gary Bono, TWU Local 100
Pearl Granat, 1199/SEIU
Fatima Rojas, immigrant rights organizer
Estavan Nembhard, Bronx/northern Manhattan based community organizer

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    Jarvis Tyner is executive vice chair of the Communist Party USA and a long-time member of the party's national board.. He was a founding member of the Black Radical Congress and served on its national coordinating committee for five years.

    Tyner was born in the Mill Creek community of West Philadelphia in 1941 and graduated from West Philadelphia High School. He joined the Communist Party USA at the age of 20. After several years working in various industrial jobs in the Philadelphia area, where he was a member of the Amalgamated Lithographers and the Teamsters union, he moved to New York in 1967 to become the national chair of the DuBois Clubs of America, and later founding chair of the Young Workers Liberation League. He was the Communist Party USA candidate for vice president of the U.S. in 1972 and 1976, running with party leader Gus Hall.

    As a leader of the CPUSA Tyner has been an active public spokesperson against racism, imperialism and war. He has written numerous articles and pamphlets and appears on the media, campuses and in other public venues advocating for peace, equality and the socialist alternative. He currently resides in the Inwood section of Manhattan, N.Y., is married and the father of four adult children and one grandchild.


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