UNITY: Political Action Newsletter: November 2012

BY:Joelle Fishman| November 3, 2012

Special note: Our thoughts go out to the millions of people affected by Hurricane Sandy throughout the East Coast especially those who have lost loved ones, homes, or businesses. A special thanks is due to the many thousands of workers who put their own safety on the line to keep us all safe and get our lives back together. The storm and the response to it is a grim reminder of the need to defeat the idea that privatization, destroying public sector unions, and dismantling federal agencies like FEMA is good policy.

In the history of the United States the working class has won great victories, and suffered serious setbacks. The beginning of the 21st Century has proved no different. Public workers were dealt a setback in Wisconsin when attacked by tea-party Governor Scott Walker. In Ohio however, labor and allies repealed SB 5 and preserved collective bargaining rights. Strike struggles and protests like the Chicago teachers, at Bainport, and Walmart show the power of unity. The next test is November 6. Will the 1% consolidate even more power or will the historic gains of the working class be safeguarded? Will voter suppression and lies prevail or be overcome? For voters the question is “Which side are you on?” Door-to-door, at phone banks, in every bodega and barbershop, every shop floor and feed mill, every campus and community center the rallying cry must be ‘Unite to Defeat the Right! VOTE!

Joelle Fishman
Political Action Commission


Double Speak & Double Cross


Mitt Romney held a rally in Ohio featuring an impressive backdrop of coal miners standing behind him on stage as he spoke. Were these working people really supporters of the candidate of the 1%? Were they buying into a strategy of division? Turns out they were forced into the charade by their employer who said – “attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but nobody was forced to attend.” Usually when your employer tells you to be some place you expect to be paid. Not this time. These miners got the shaft when their employer stiffed them for the time they spent at the rally. Wonder who they will cast their secret ballot for on November 6th?

Rock of Ages v. Age of Rocks


Regarding evolution President Woodrow Wilson once said “of course like every other man of intelligence and education I do believe in organic evolution. It surprises me that at this late date such questions should be raised.” Wilson died in 1924. Have our elected officials continued to follow such progressive thinking? Not if you listen to Georgia Republican Congressman Paul Broun. Mr. Broun asserts that evolution is a lie that “comes straight from the pit of hell”. The Republican leadership of the House of course thought that Broun was just the fellow to serve on the House ‘Science Committee’. Mr. Broun is running unopposed, but if 25 Republicans are defeated and Democrats hold their own, Broun will lose his ‘leadership’ spot on scientific issues.

Bird is the Word


Mitt Romney used the occasion of the first Presidential debate to proclaim that the primary way he intended to reduce government spending was to cut off federal funding for the Public Broadcasting System. PBS is the only non pay-for-service television network that anyone with access to a television can tune in and enjoy commercial free programming. PBS is known for it’s groundbreaking and innovative children’s programs. However as Mitt Romney has said in a crassness that could only come from the mouth of someone born and bred and serving at the behest of the 1%, “Big Bird is going to have to get used to Corn Flakes.” The public’s reaction to Romney’s plans to pollute the airwaves with even more advertising, this time aimed directly at children, was swift and negative.


Take Action – Register to Vote/Voter Protection


State by state voter protection information or Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (687-8683)

Working America, the AFL-CIO community affiliate, and Workers Voice have voting information by states.


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Handouts to share in your community

Democracy at the Crossroads: Class Warfare and the 2012 Elections (PDF)
Democracia en una Encrucijada: la Guerra de Clases y las Elecciones de 2012 (PDF)

The pamphlet seeks to provide union and other progressive activists with basic information about the U.S. economy, the 2008 meltdown, the grave danger of right-wing extremism and the crucial, turning point nature of the November elections. It is a great tool for union leaders and stewards, political coordinators, grassroots activists or personal use.

Why Vote? [English / Spanish] (PDF)

Save Our Nation – Tax Corporations – Tax the Rich (PDF)
Salvemos nuestra nación – Impuesto para las empresas – Impuesto para los ricos (PDF)

Reports from National Committee Meetings


It’s up to us (PDF)  by Joelle Fishman, chair Political Action Commission


    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 (11)

Henry Major Junior | May 17, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Greetings Comrades,
This be Rasta Simbaa coming to you from the South at Greenville ,Mississippi with the word.
Things are sthill at the straightening stage here .We be down to the Black Gangstas now .I ask that other folks step forward and claim a position in the birth of the folks army without shame or fear.
Come forward and work with me in developing a branch of the folks army here .
This is my plead to those that have the knowledge to fight against racism,oppression,poverty.ignorance,injustice,and inequality.
I can be reached at 662-537-1377 any time.
I now close thhis draft L.L.L.

Henry Major Junior 13-3 Mississippin

Comrade Scott Sandon | March 12, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Comrades! While voting for the Democrats sounds like an easy way to further the revolution, we don’t achieve anything by molding to the Centre-Left. No, we must stay on the True Left. We must defeat the Revisionists that control the CPUSA. If you’d like to initiate actual change, then join the True Left by clicking the link in my name. Come to the Marxist-Leninist Front USA and support the return to Marxism in the Party. This post might be taken down by the Revisionists that run this site, but if it is, I will make sure that their paranoia is known.

detroit87 | January 27, 2013 at 7:46 PM

You claim to represent the working class but you’re all a bunch of liars. You represent people who don’t work, don’t want to work, or are too stupid and hatefilled to work. You put down all the real workers in this country and load hate on them. When the real workers, not the lazy idiots you represent, rebel, we will remember who our friends are and who they are not. Molon Labe and semper fi.

detroit87 | January 27, 2013 at 7:43 PM

You claim to represent the working class but you’re all a bunch of liars. You represent people who don’t work, don’t want to work, or are too stupid and hatefilled to work. You put down all the real workers in this country and load hate on them. When the real workers, not the lazy idiots you represent, rebel, we will remember who our friends are and who they are not. Molon Labe and semper fi.

Javeed R.A | January 17, 2013 at 4:21 AM

Why is people of USA still having hopes that Democracy can do something? Nothing gained in Democratic rule, it just makes the Rich, Richer and Poor, Homeless.
Look at your Electric Car, all gone to the scrapyard just because the Rich can’t become Richer when the Oil demand lowers. Are the Rich bothered about the Pollution created by Fossil Fuel dependence? They are least bothered, because they can afford to wear Air-Conditioned space suits that filter the air they breathe. What about the poor, get choked and dead is their solution.
Wake UP AMERICANS, bring a Change a Change that protects our environment so our grandchildren can still breathe clean air.

| December 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Я граждданин бывшего Союза Советских Социалистических Республик! Мы поддерживаем советский строй и ратуем за наше объединение

| December 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Ciao Compagni, intanto un Complimenti Sincero per questo sito molto bello che da ottimi spunti di riflessione. Anche la Federazione della Sinistra in Italia è con Voi. Continuate così. Ciao e Buon Natale.

Peter Longfellow | December 17, 2012 at 12:53 AM

You people will be the root cause of America’s economic downfall! Look at where communism has gotten other countries: Russia, China, Vietnam, North Korea! You think they are well off? You my friends are lacking the proper knowledge to be involved in politics. Communists are idiots with no realizations. You people have caused more problems than any other political regime. Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Napoleon, The Roman Empire? Look at history you fools!

Justin | December 07, 2012 at 3:44 PM

People, this is a socialist movement? then why is it called the communist party of use when in fact we dont want socialism when we join the COMMUNIST PARTY….. LEAVE THIS PARTY FOR THE FOOLS AND JOIN A REAL POLITICAL PARTY FOR COMMUNISM

FDR | November 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Stalin Loved PBS

FDR | November 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Stalin Loved PBS

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