Communist Party of Texas

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Communist Party of Texas is affiliated to the Communist Party USA.

Communist Party of Texas, CPUSA Closed Facebook Group

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Communist Party of Texas, CPUSA Closed Facebook Group. accessed June 21, 2017;[1]

CPUSA DFW Region Closed Group

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A closed Facebook page fpr Dallas/Fort Worth area communists, as of July 4, 2017.[2]

Presentation of the History of the Texas Communist Party

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Presentation of the History of the Texas Communist Party. Hosted by Communist Party of Texas.[3]

Saturday, April 1 at 2 PM - 4 PM

Cepeda Branch, Austin Public Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, Texas 78702

Austin area meeting presentation of the history of Texas Communist Party. Please join us. Members of the Houston Communist Party will be in Austin to discuss the history of the Communist Party from its formation to the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Presenters were Bernard Sampson and Alvaro Rodriguez.

May Day greetings

2000

The People's Weekly World of May 20 2000, carried a May Day Supplement. On page B, San Antonio activists paid tribute to contributors to the "worker's cause" Emma Tenayuca (1916-1999), John Inman (1896-1996), Manuela Soliz Sager (1911-1996), James Sager (1902-1979), Luisa Moreno (1906-1992).

Anti-FTAA meeting

On Dec. 5, 2003, PWW supporters in West Dallas, Texas, hosted a fund-raising reception. The speaker was Margarita Del Cid, who spoke about her experiences in the anti-FTAA protests in Miami. She said that U.S. workers were in danger of dropping to the levels of exploitation already faced in Central and South America.[4]

San Antonio communists come "out"

From an October 14, 2004 San Antonio Current article, "Out of hiding" by Lisa Sorg.

On a recent Saturday evening, the local Communist Party held a meeting about the upcoming election not in a basement or secret room, but in a Mexican restaurant with big windows that let the setting sun shine in. The 10 attendees included several former and current party members, a Democrat-turned-Green, and a woman who had spent the day registering voters on behalf of Bexar County Democrats.

"The party was hiding for a long time," said member Hernando Martinez. "But the party has been transforming itself into a more open group. We need to participate with others. A lot of people are curious about us. You can get in anytime and leave anytime."

With the McCarthy-era witch hunts at least temporarily behind them, (the Bush administration has positioned Islam as the new bogeyman), Communists can openly build coalitions with the more mainstream left to accomplish its goals. This year, that goal is to unseat President George W. Bush, even if it means electing John Kerry, whose family, the pinnacle of capitalism, owns five houses, a Gulfstream jet, and a yacht.

"Why is the Communist Party supporting a capitalist candidate?" member Roberto Botello asked rhetorically. "There is a diversity of views within the Communist Party; we're not supporting him `Kerry` really, but we have a different perspective of this election."

Kerry, despite his wealth, is still more progressive than his wealthy opponent, Bush, whose joining of private corporations and government, party members say, portends the beginnings of fascism.

The Massachusetts senator's pro-labor, pro-choice stance is more aligned with the Communist Party platform. His views on health care loom closer to a single-payer system. With Kerry in power, the reasoning goes, the Party will be one step closer to reforming the social and political system - although there is still disagreement over how quickly those reforms should be established - incrementally or a quick revolution.

Former party member Frank Valdez, now a "maverick independent," is voting for Kerry since Dennis Kucinich did not receive the nomination. "The Left whines that there is no 100 percent pure candidate. We have a fascist in office. I'm not a fan of John Kerry, but I would rather see him in office. Bush will never vote progressive."

When the Supreme Court ruled Bush the winner in 2000, some members of the Left tried to comfort themselves with the prediction that Bush would devastate the country and allow Democrats to regain control. Yet, four years later, despite massive job losses, the largest budget deficit in history, and a failing war in Iraq, Kerry is still no shoe-in.

Party member Andy Sivak noted this scenario is reminiscent of the '30s, when the Communist Party would not unite with the Socialists to defeat Hitler. At the time, some of Hitler's opponents believed that if he won the election, conditions would disintegrate to the point where the Communists could defeat him and gain control.

"We're still better off if Democrats are in power than Republicans," Sivak said.

Green Party member Val Liveoak and former Communist Stefanie Collins said Texas progressives should not vote for Kerry. Since Bush will likely win Texas and its 34 electoral votes, "I don't see the point in adding to `Kerry's` popular vote," said Liveoak, an ex-Democratic precinct chairwoman. "The Democratic Party has not been good enough for a long time."

A Kucinich supporter, Communist Party member John Stanford plans to vote for Kerry and isn't discounting the chance the Democrat could win in Texas. "I haven't given up on Texas," he said. "We need to mobilize people to vote."

Yet, considering Kerry's support for NAFTA and the Patriot Act, Collins said voting for him is a step backwards.

"We're not realizing the full strength of ourselves," Collins said. "We need to take our rights back, not ask for them. Our dreams are not in their ballot boxes." •[5]

Mother's Day for Joanna Stanford

2009 Mother's Day Greetings and Love to the multi-talented Joanna Stanford — now in hospice care — whose life has combined love of family with distribution of the People's Weekly World and predecessor papers, and with the struggle for a world of peace, justice, freedom, art, dance, dolls and handicrafts.[6]

References

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  4. PW Raising spirits and funds from coast to coast, December 19 2003
  5. [ttp://www.sacurrent.com/sanantonio/out-of-hiding/Content?oid=2271248, San Antonio Current, Out of hiding By Lisa Sorg October 14, 2004]
  6. [http://www.peoplesworld.org/mother-s-day-greetings-and-love-to-joanna-stanford/, PW, Mother's Day Greetings and Love to Joanna Stanford by: Friends May 1 2009]