Over 30 workers join Communist Party at Buffalo Juneteenth

 
BY: Cameron Orr And Scott Hiley| June 29, 2017
Over 30 workers join Communist Party at Buffalo Juneteenth

 

CPUSA’s message of equality, democracy, and socialism found an eager audience at this year’s Juneteenth celebration in Buffalo, NY—the largest such festival on the East coast.   Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of legal chattel slavery in the United States, celebrates the revolutionary work of abolition and Reconstruction.

In that revolutionary spirit, comrades from CPUSA’s New York district joined in the festivities, staffing a table with a cooler of ice cold punch and piles of Communist books and pamphlets, including “Bill of Rights Socialism” and “A Handy Guide to Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy.”

We moved a lot of paper, but the real focus was on conversations.  Many festival-goers reported that they came to talk with us after seeing our banner:  “Stop Trump’s New Jim Crow fascist danger!” The message of resistance to Trump and his alt-right, white supremacist regime had broad appeal, as did the call for “$15 and a union.”

Over the course of the Juneteenth weekend in Buffalo, more than 30 new comrades joined the CPUSA.  Food servers and hotel housekeepers, cultural workers and community organizers, students and retirees—their response shows that CPUSA’s message continues to resonate among our diverse working class.

 

Author
    Scott Hiley has taught French, literature, history, and philosophy at the high school, college, and post-graduate levels.  A member of CPUSA since 2010, he is active in struggles against austerity and for education justice and labor rights. His articles have appeared in the People's World (US), the Morning Star (UK), and l'Humanité (France). He lives in a rural town in upstate NY.

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