Why does the CPUSA support Democratic Party candidates for the presidency instead of running their own candidates?

BY: Joelle Fishman| June 20, 2016
QWhy does the CPUSA support Democratic Party candidates for the presidency instead of running their own candidates?
AThe Communist Party does not endorse candidates from other parties, but we are deeply involved in mobilizing people to participate in the elections.

The presidential election is not just about candidates themselves.  It is about choosing what direction the country will go in. So, we work with allies in the union movement, in immigrant rights and civil rights and environment and organizations of women, LGBTQ, youth, and retirees with the goal of stopping extremists like Trump and building enough “people power” to win better jobs, education, healthcare, equality and peace.

Trump's agenda is threatening to working and poor people and our entire planet because it is based on hatred, racism, bigotry and looking out only for the .1%.  But stopping Trump is not enough.

Big changes are needed to put people's needs before profits in our country. We organize at the local level.  We run in local elections, especially non-partisan.  We have run presidential candidates in the past.  When the labor and people's organizations are strong enough to route the extremist corporate right wing, and when we have gained more strength at the local level, we may well decide to run national candidates again.

    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 (8)

Bill | July 18, 2018 at 8:52 AM

Does the cpusa believe in our Lord Jesus Christ and all that he represents

    Joe Sims | July 18, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    The Communist Party is a secular organization. We have members of all faiths, many of whom are Christians. We consider religion a personal matter.

Lisa lynn | June 06, 2018 at 2:51 PM

I would like to see CPUSA talk openly about who they are and what they want. How can masses of people know what options they have if they don’t know about communism and what it might do for the world?

Frankbang Tran | December 17, 2017 at 11:37 AM

Communism has failed at all times; Why do you want to recover it?

Mike browning | August 21, 2017 at 10:59 PM

What progress did you make for workers in Obamas eight years?

    Laura | March 28, 2018 at 2:45 AM

    How would CPUSA have made progress? There’s nobody from the party in any major office. If you really think Obama is a communist, actual communists would terrify you.

Thomas Jacoby | February 03, 2017 at 5:32 PM

“When the labor and people’s organizations are strong enough”

Well I suppose it’s too late for this, but I hope you’ve come to recognize that you get stronger by sticking to your principles, even if it hurts; you don’t get stronger by caving in to the democrats because “blah blah lesser evil”.

Peter Ronne | October 19, 2016 at 8:08 AM

Well, that answers the question I just submitted. So, there is no one to endorse. I wonder, will Hillary C. be the first woman to start a world war?

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