The Fight for Jobs: Pre-Convention Discussion with Scott Marshall

BY:Scott Marshall| April 26, 2010
The Fight for Jobs: Pre-Convention Discussion with Scott Marshall

The Communist Party National Convention is just three weeks away and we have one final live video presentation as part of the pre-Convention discussion tomorrow evening.

Later this week is Workers’ Memorial Day and May Day – International Worker’s Day. All over the country, local demonstrations are planned, targeting Wall Street as the main cause of today’s economic and jobs crisis, and to defend labor and immigrant rights.

In the midst of the national movement for jobs and as part of the Communist Party’s own ongoing campaign for jobs and relief, we are presenting a national live broadcast of a presentation by CPUSA Labor Secretary Scott Marshall. The brief presentation will be followed by answers to questions from participants.

You can watch the video live on this page. Make sure to test to see if your computer can play the video by reading the system requirements at ahead of time. If you have trouble with the video, you can also call in to hear the presentation by telephone. To participate by phone, call (605) 475-4850. Dial 1053538# when prompted. (Long distance fees from your carrier will apply.)

You can send questions ahead of time to or submit questions live during the discussion by watching on the Communist Party’s Ustream video channel. The video will also be available for viewing following the event.

The Fight for Jobs
Pre-Convention Discussion Presentation with Scott Marshall
Tues, April 27, 2010
8pm Eastern time


    Scott Marshall is a vice chair of the Communist Party and chair of its Labor Commission. Scott grew up in Virginia where he first became active in the civil rights movement in high school, working on voter registration and anti-Klan projects in rural Southern Virginia and Tennessee. He was also active against the war in Vietnam.

    Scott has been a life long trade unionist and was active in rank and file reform movements in the Teamsters, Machinists and Steelworkers unions in the 1970s and '80s. He was co-chair of the Save Our Jobs committee of USWA local 1834 at Pullman Standard in Chicago and active in nationwide organizing against plant shutdowns and layoffs. He was a founder of the unemployed organization Jobs or Income Now (Join), in Chicago, and the National Congress of Unemployed Organizations in the 1980s.

    Scott has worked for the Communist Party since 1987 when he became the district organizer for the party in Illinois, a post he held until he was elected chair of the National Labor Commission in 1997. Scott remains active in SOAR (Steelworkers Active Organized Retirees). He lives in Chicago.

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