Convention Discussion: Summary of North Texas club discussion on Party Building

BY: North Texas Club, CPUSA| May 16, 2010

This article is part of the discussion leading up to the Communist Party USA’s 29th National Convention May 21-23, 2010. takes no responsibility for the opinions expressed in this article or other articles in the pre-convention discussion. All contributions must meet the guidelines for discussion. To read other contributions to this discussion, visit the site of the Pre-Convention Discussion period.

All contributions to the discussion should be sent to for selection not to the individual venues.For more information on the convention or the pre-convention discussion period, you can email

This is a summary of discussion held by the North Texas on the document “New Opportunities to Grow the Communist Party”

One of the members presented a summary of the document “New Opportunities to Grow the Communist Party.  The following are comments from the following discussion:

“There are a handful of people who would find the Party ideas interesting, but as for getting real honest dues paying members eludes me…”

“We (the club) are involved in mass movements and coalitions, but haven’t been able to figure out how to bring people in.”

“Are we not bringing socialism into the conversation enough?”

“Anybody who parrots Lenin today is not a Leninist, because no one has been as open to change as Lenin.”

“When Lenin argued for his party to have a newspaper, that was new technology in his day.”

“The Bolshevik Party’s demands were ‘State Power and Electrification’ – they wanted the whole country to get electricity (new technology of their day).”

“The Party’s ideology has helped make us more effective in the mass movement by using Marxist/Leninst theories in practice.”

“Not sure we are ready for mass growth – what would we do if we did get 100 new members?”

“Proud of our Party for having the right line – maybe can be organized better.”

“Our ideology is right – we are not wrong ideologically Need to take into account that unions are having trouble organizing.  Peace, civil rights organizations are also not growing.”

“People are not breaking down the doors to join the Party.”

“Proud to be member of this club because of our work in education – specifically around webinars.”

Related Party Voices Articles

For democracy. For equality. For socialism. For a sustainable future and a world that puts people before profits. Join the Communist Party USA today.

Join Now

We are a political party of the working class, for the working class, with no corporate sponsors or billionaire backers. Join the generations of workers whose generosity and solidarity sustains the fight for justice.

Donate Now

CPUSA Mailbag

If you have any questions related to CPUSA, you can ask our experts
  • QHow does the CPUSA feel about the current American foreign...
  • AThanks for a great question, Conlan.  CPUSA stands for peace and international solidarity, and has a long history of involvement...
Read More
Ask a question
See all Answer