(Editor's note; This interview was orginally published under
the title "Mistakes were made: A talk with the head of the
Communist Party USA.)
The presentation below was presented to the CPUSA National
Board on June 10, 2015.
The remarks by John Bachtell were delivered to the CPUSA
National Board, on May 6, 2015. It is the first of several
On January 25, voters in Greece issued a clear rebuff to the
anti-worker policies of privatization and austerity that
have left the country with a 25 percent unemployment rate
and a shredded social safety net. The left wing SYRIZA party
won 149 seats and has formed a government headed by Alexis
Tsipras. The new government has moved fast to undo the
damage that has been imposed on the country by the dictates
of the "Troika" of the International Monetary Fund, the
European Central Bank and the European Commission. The
election result and the initial measures of the new
government have sent a shock wave through the European
ruling class and has given not only the Greek people but
millions Europe-wide a new sense of hope. The people of
Greece have shown that they are determined to chart their
own future course. And immediately there was a tremendous
echo of the Greek events in Spain, where on Sunday hundreds
of thousands marched in Madrid to denounce and reject the
same policies of privatization and austerity that led to the
Greek uprising. More manifestations of this fighting spirit
are been seen all over Europe.
Below is the report by Joelle Fisham to the National Board,
Communist Party USA on November 6, 2014
Here in Connecticut it's been a busy and exciting time.
After returning from the national convention in Chicago this
June, we spent the summer registering voters, going door to
door in our club neighborhoods, hosting People's World voter
registration tables at neighborhood parks and super markets,
and getting out the word about what has been won for jobs
and workers rights and youth in the past four years.
Picnics, a club house party and a Friday Night People's
World Film and Discussion Series gave a chance to introduce
new friends to our movement.
*Countdown to election day*
Across the country, women are fighting back to defemd their
jobs and their families against candidates who want to
destroy women's reproductive rights, health care, family
leave and paid sick days. Women's voices and votes can make
the difference in this election in the U.S. Senate and
House, for Governors and State Legislatures, and in the
movement going forward for full equality. Here are a few of
the efforts underway from now to election day:
Student debt has exceeded $1.2 trillion. One third of black
men are serving time in prison, and young black men are 21
times more likely to be killed by police than whites.
Republicans are attacking DACA and aiming to deport more
undocumented students. At the same time, unemployment
persists at eighty percent for youth of color, and voter ID
laws have quelled youth voter turnout in many states.
What do we say? Stand up, fight back, VOTE!