Class struggle, racial justice, and the road to socialism

BY:Communist Party USA| January 27, 2020
Class struggle, racial justice, and the road to socialism

CPUSA has always insisted that the struggles against capitalist exploitation and against racial and national oppression are separate, but interdependent; overlapping, but distinct in their history and their demands.  Building the unity we need requires that the working class as a whole take up and fight for the demands expressed by movements of the racially and nationally oppressed in their struggle for equality.  As you’ll read in one of this month’s Resources for Discussion, “Can equality be achieved under capitalism? The answer is that the struggle for equality will determine whether socialism can be achieved.”

In honor of Dr. King’s birthday and in celebration of Black History Month, we invite you to a discussion of the following questions:

How can CPUSA contribute most effectively to building unity, both

a.) within the working class, and

b.) between the working class as a whole and the African-American people in their struggle for social and political equality?

We want to hear from you!

We welcome written contributions and especially encourage participation via video or audio.  Priority will be given to submissions of 1000 words/7 minutes or less.  Check out the guidelines below, and send your thoughts to by February 24.

Guidelines for discussion

Click here to send us your ideas!

Resources for discussion

Here are some pieces to stimulate your thinking and  that present the CPUSA’s understanding of special oppression, the fight for equality, and the need for unity.

Survival or liberation? (Henry Winston)

Special oppression and the need for unity (excerpt from 2019 Draft Program)

The urgency of now: African-Americans and women (Dee Miles)

Leninism and the African-American national question (Joe Sims and Jarvis Tyner)

The fight for voting rights today (video, multiple presenters)

Events and Educational Programming

Online book talk: To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice (Dr. Michael Honey)

Dr. King understood that racial equality and economic injustice were incompatible, and that the fight for the rights of workers and the poor was a key part of building a movement for social transformation. Join us February 23 at 8 PM Eastern for a discussion led by the author of this important new book.

Register here:

New Haven, CT, Feb. 21: Film showing: Freedom Summer.

New Haven, CT, Feb. 23: “Dump Trump” unity march and voting rights panel discussion.

Philadelphia, Feb. 28: Forum on art, identity, and communism.



The backlash against the 1619 project and a new history of slavery (Markowitz)

By recognizing the central role of slavery in U.S. history, the 1619 has drawn anger from the right.

Unify the oppressed by organizing incarcerated workers (Carlson)

The prison-industrial complex is the site of maximum exploitation of workers and people of color.

How to fight for racial justice? Look to our past (Denny)

Let’s look to past CPUSA activists for inspiration on working for racial justice.

Race and capitalism: a response to the NYT 1619 Project (Wendland)

White supremacy works to create and safeguard the conditions that create viable rates of surplus-value extraction.

The Backlash against the 1619 Project and a New History of Slavery (Markowitz)

The New York Times 1619 Project is getting pushback from the right and the left.

The 1619 Project: Backlash from the “Left” (Markowitz)

The New York Times 1619 Project illuminates the effects of slavery throughout U.S. history. Why does the World Socialist Review oppose it?


Image: March on Washington, 1963 (photo by Marion S. Trikosko)




    The Communist Party USA is a  revolutionary working-class  political party founded in 1919 in Chicago, IL. The Communist Party stands for the interests of the American working class and the American people. It stands for our interests in both the present and the future. Solidarity with workers of other countries is also part of our work. We work in coalition with the labor movement, the peace movement, the student movement, organizations fighting for equality and social justice, the environmental movement, immigrants rights groups and the health care for all campaign. But to win a better life for working families, we believe that we must go further. We believe that the American people can replace capitalism with a system that puts people before profit — socialism. We are rooted in our country's revolutionary history and its struggles for democracy. We call for "Bill of Rights" socialism, guaranteeing full individual freedoms.

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