Lessons from the YWLL and the Broader Youth Movement in the 1970s and 80s

April 21, 2020
Lessons from the YWLL and the Broader Youth Movement in the 1970s and 80s

The Specter talks with comrades from the Communist Party in Washington, D.C., about their history in the youth and liberation movements during the 1970s and 1980s. The Young Workers Liberation League was a successor of the Du Bois Clubs of America and was officially established in 1970. Jaime, Gato, and Carl speak of their experiences as “shock troops” for the Free Angela Davis campaign, which eventually led to the founding of the National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression (naarpr.org). They also discuss organizing in the Rainbow/PUSH coalition in the 1980s, participating in the Venceremos brigades in Cuba, and many more interesting stories of their youth organizing. They also speak briefly about the newly established Claudia Jones School for Political Education in D.C. The conversation ends with some advice for new youth organizers in the CPUSA and broader movements.

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