Jerry Tung

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Jerry Tung


Jerry Tung was a leader of the US Maoist movement.

Background

A seasoned organizer and experienced communist, Jerry Tung mobilized fellow students and workers at the State University of New York at Stony Brook during the anti-Vietnam War movement, organized garment workers in New York City sweatshops, and fought for minorities’ rights as a Lower East Side community organizer. Jailed many times, he was arrested in 1969 on 29 counts of “conspiracy to riot” and jailed for a year.

After initiating the Asian Study Group in 1973, he drew Marxist-Leninist collectives and leading individuals together into the Workers Viewpoint Organization. In October, 1979 he led the WVO to found the Communist Workers Party. and was elected General Secretary of the Party, and head of the Central Committee.

Jerry Tung was born in China and raised in the United States by his mother, a garment worker. His father, a visiting student in Raleigh, North Carolina, was allegedly killed by the Ku Klux Klan in 1951. Twenty-eight years later, Jerry Tung personally organized the funeral march, and then a full-scale campaign, to avenge the November 3, 1979 murders in Greensboro, North Carolina, of five CWP members by a KKK/Nazi/ "terror squad". [1]

Workers Viewpoint Organization came out of Asian Study Group, which was formed in the early 1970s by Jerry Tung, who had formerly been a member of the Progressive Labor Party. Initially, ASG consisted primarily of Asian-Americans in New York's Chinatown. In 1976, the group changed its name to the Workers Viewpoint Organization when it merged with a group in Philadelphia called Yellow Seeds. WVO launched Asian-Americans for Equal Employment and actively competed with other Chinese Marxist-Leninist groups in the community.

Through its participation in national party building activities including, for a brief time, the “Revolutionary Wing”, WVO was able to attract members from other groups, including some active former members of the Revolutionary Workers League.

In October 1979, with several hundred members, WVO would change its name to the Communist Workers Party.[2]

WVO leader

In the 1970s, Michio Kaku was a leader, with Jerry Tung, of the Workers Viewpoint Organization, forerunner to the Communist Workers Party.[3]

Greensboro support

After the infamous November 1979 Greensboro Massacre of 5 Communist Workers Party members by the Ku Klux Klan, the CWP stepped up its political offensive, blow for blow. The Party’s task, as formulated by General Secretary Jerry Tung, was to reach out to all who would listen, and proceeding from a spirit of uniting with them around this question, to struggle to ’ provide direction and organization for all who were being drawn into the struggle. Within thirty days of November 3rd, the CWP began a national tour of the widows of the CWP 5, Party speakers like Central Committee member Philip Thompson, and prominent friends. In New York, for instance, attorney William Kunstler and anti-nuke activist Dr. Michio Kaku spoke at the forum. General Secretary Jerry Tung personally attended the event.[4].

The Eigthies

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The Eighties was a journal of the Communist Workers Party. Jerry Tung contributed to the Winter 1984 issue.

NDM leader

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In 1986, the three co-chairs of New Democratic Movement, were Phyllis Jones, Dan Siegel, and Jerry Tung.

References

  1. [http://www.marxists.org/history/erol/ncm-7/tung-road/about.htm, Jerry Tung The Socialist Road, Character of Revolution in the U.S. and Problems of Socialism in the Soviet Union and China]
  2. Family Tree Chart of U.S. Anti-Revisionism, 1956-1977 by the Communist Workers Group (Marxist-Leninist). Asian Study Group – Workers Viewpoint Organization
  3. [Legacy to Liberation: Politics & Culture of Revolutionary Asian Pacific America, By Carolyn Antonio, page 248]
  4. [The 80’s, Vol. II, No 1, January-February 1981]