Cameron Orr

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Cameron Orr


Cameron M. Orr is a New York State Committee member of the Communist Party USA, and leader of the Young Communist League USA.[1]

Cameron Orr is a musician and grassroots journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Having grown up in Sussex County, a scenic rural environment undermined by right-wing control in New Jersey, he came to New York City to study music, and graduated with a BFA in music with a minor in education from the City College of New York. The influence of progressive friends from diverse backgrounds — including people of color, women, and undocumented friends — combined with the 2008 financial crisis and entering the workforce in its wake as a public school music teacher, the outbreak of Occupy Wall Street, the #Fightfor15, the Movement for Black Lives, women’s and immigrants’ movements, and various progressive media, all persistently cleared away the fog of reactionary ideology. He first opened Marx’s Capital in 2012 (still not done), and joined the Communist Party USA in January 2016 after stumbling upon the documentary ​Seeing Red​. Still fine-tuning the balance between the Party, paying rent, music, life, and relationships, he plays on the subways of NYC and writes for PeoplesWorld.org.[2]

Cameron Orr with Doug Shett

In a relationship with Doug Shett.

"WE’RE NOT GOING BACK!"

"WE’RE NOT GOING BACK! Annual celebration of African American culture and struggle".

The defeat of Trump’s coup must be celebrated. The forces of reaction tried by legal maneuvering and brute force to steal the US presidency, but were unsuccessful. For the second time since 1980, the extreme right-wing of the monopoly capitalist class has lost its control of the US political landscape. We are at a turning point on the road to freedom. The movement to defend and expand democracy has made powerful steps and must continue pushing forward.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Gerald Horne

Panelists will include: Rossana Cambron, Communist Party USA*, Hon. Robert Jackson, New York State Senate*, Tamika Mallory, Until Freedom*, Rev. West McNeill, NYS Poor People's Campaign* / NYS Labor-Religion Coalition*

Performers will include: Emi Augustine, Game Rebellion*, Len Xiang, independent artist

Chaired by Susan DiRaimo, PSC-CUNY* & Christian Parra, Citizen Action NY*

The Host Committee (partial list) Zakiyah Ansari, Michael Arney, Kazembe Balagun, Kazu Bernstein, Bianca Cunningham, Bernard Cylich, Susan DiRaimo, Ava Farkas, Pat Fry, Diana Harris, Joel Hertzog, Nova Lucero, Beatrice Lumpkin, Ana Melendez, Marina Metalios, Dr. Gerald Meyer, Charles Mohan, Radhames Morales, Dr. Mark Naison, Estevan Nembhard, Cameron Orr, Cheryl Pahaham, Dr. Mary Louise Patterson, Ibrahim Pedrinan, Carmen Quinones, Carol Ramos, Hon. Carmen De La Rosa, August Scott, Michael Shulman, Joe Sims, Toni Smith, Dominick Tuminaro, Jarvis Tyner, Janice Walcott, Jason Walker, Jorel Ware, Matthew Weinstein, Jawanza Williams.[3]

YCL

“Whose vote counts? All votes count! Whose vote counts? Our vote counts!” the crowd shouted as they marched from Bryant Park to Washington Square Park in New York City—this a day after the largest voter turnout in the history of U.S. presidential elections.

A coalition of labor unions and progressive political organizations gathered at 5th Avenue November 4 2020 afternoon where militant speeches were given to a frustrated crowd. One CWA organizer said, “This may be a ‘blue state’ but voter suppression still happens here. Count every vote!” An organizer from SEIU followed up by stating, “Trump wants to stop counting the votes because it’s not convenient for him to have all of these votes counted. We must remain patient and demand that all votes be counted no matter how many lawsuits Trump throws at us and no matter how long it takes.”

The Communist Party USA’s New York District sent a contingent to the march with banners which read “Defend Democracy” and “People and Nature Before Profits.” Cameron Orr, a representative of the Young Communist League in NY stated, “It’s just too close to call in places like Nevada and Georgia. So we need to be out here every day marching, even if there are recounts in some of these states.” Justine Medina, the co-chairwoman of the NY YCL said, “I’m feeling good about this. Trump may actually lose, but he’s not going down without a fight. Biden may win, but it’s going to be challenged, so we must be ready to fight this battle until January if need be.”[4]

Housing protest

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Comrades Ibrahim and Cameron at Housing protest in Albany with Housing Justice for All demanding #UniversalRentControl and a #NYHomesGuarantee. CPUSA sign says "Fund Housing Not War."

Check out the live stream on the People's World NY page to hear speeches from community activists and their allies in the NY State legislatures. At one point toward the end Assemblymember Michael Blake from the South Bronx said, "and finally, cause I see the sign, maybe instead of taking us to war, we should invest [in housing]!”

Find a protest near you to say, “No!” to Trumps war on Iran!

The Specter!

What is The Specter? In this podcast, young organizers and activists of the Communist Party USA explore politics, social justice, and culture through the Marxist lens using scientific research, observation, and participation in working class movements.

Each week brings a race, gender, and class analysis that force a closer look at the dangers of capitalism and the immediate need for socialism. These organic, insightful and powerful conversations are held with comrades, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders.

Presenters include Maicol David Lynch, Susie Davtyan, Aleena Starks, Zach Carlson, Emma Smith, Molly Nagin, Cameron Orr.[5]

African American Equality Commission

In July 2015, Members of African American Equality Commission CP USA FaceBook group included Cameron Orr.[6]

CPUSA Environmental Action

CPUSA Environmental Action is a Facebook closed group. It is "a meeting place for members and friends of the Communist Party USA to discuss environmental issues (especially climate change), share information, and coordinate activities".

As of June 21, 2017 members included Cameron Orr;[7]

New member phone bank

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New member phone bank Public · Hosted by Communist Party USA.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11 AM - 4 PM EDT

Your living room

We're organizing a phonebank to our new members on Saturday and we need your help. The callfire service allow you to make the calls from home, using your smartphone, laptop or deskstop. You'll get a real charge from talking to them! Aint' nuthin like it!! Please click "going" if you can make calls! Thanks!

Those saying they went, on Facebook included Cameron Orr.

Sochi Sojourn

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More than 20,000 young people from over 183 countries will converge on Sochi, Russia this fall for the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students. Occurring on the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, this year’s festival is expected to be one of the biggest in decades.

When you read People’s World from October 14-22, it will feel like you’re there too because three of our young correspondents will be bringing you daily coverage of the festival proceedings.

The delegation flew on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 13. Eight young people organized by the Communist Party USA flew to Sochi, Russia to join over 50,000 youth expected from over 183 countries for the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS). Running from Oct. 14-22, this worldwide gathering of young leaders will engage in discussions about how to work together to solve problems of war, racism, inequality, lack of jobs and educational opportunities, and many other urgent issues.

2017’s festival will gather under the slogan “For peace, solidarity, and social justice, we struggle against imperialism – Honoring our past, we build the future!” The festival will also include sports and cultural events to further develop international friendship and solidarity.

Centered around the struggle against imperialism, fascism, and racism, and highlighting the role of the youth in the struggle for gender equality, the 19th Festival will honor the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution and the 70th anniversary of the Festival Movement. It will also honor the memory of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Fidel Castro, and Mohamed Adelaziz, leader of the Sahrawi national liberation movement against Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara, the last remaining colony in Africa.

Program themes for the 19th Festival were formulated in line with the U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

On October 1st, CPUSA delegates to the festival held a send-off party in New York City to involve community partners in the Festival Movement. Participating at the event were organizers and activists from the #Fightfor15, the #CLOSErikers campaign, and Black Lives Matter. The conversation was focused on the relationship between racism and imperialism, followed by musical performances.

#CLOSErikers organizer Vidal Guzman said that mass incarceration is another example of “not putting the right investments in the community,” and that “the people closest to the problem are the people closest to the solution.” Another BLM activist requested that the delegates go to the festival to “internationalize the movement” for racial justice in the U.S.

The festival will officially start with a parade commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Other sections of the program will contain focused discussions on primary issues facing specific regions of the world.

The third day, “America Day,” under the heading “Peace, Justice, Anti-imperialism and People’s Friendship,” features a conference on the refugee crisis affecting many areas of the world and the power of solidarity. The fourth, “Africa Day,” features a conference on “the rise of fascism and anti-communism, racism, and xenophobia.” The next day, “Middle East Day,” focuses on the struggle for free and universal access to health, education, science, culture, and information.

The sixth day, “Asia Pacific Day,” will discuss youth unemployment and the precarious sitation of young workers under conditions of capitalist crisis. Addressing issues in Europe on the seventh day, the participants are scheduled to discuss the development of science and the consequences to the environment. The eighth day, “Russia Day,” spotlights the host country and includes sessions on securing access to water and opposing its privatization. A separate seminar will focus on opposition to falsify the history of World War II and attempts to equate communism and fascism.

Additional seminars will be held each day on subjects such as how to confront precariousness and youth unemployment, the role of youth in the struggle for gender equality, climate change, food sovereignty and health, and other issues.

Throughout the festival, there will be exhibitions on the Soviet Union, the victory against Nazism in 1945, the lives of Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, and Mohamed Abdelaziz, and the 6th and 12th World Youth Festivals held in Moscow.

A “Regional House” (Casa Americas) will also be organized to engage in social issues and expressing solidarity with Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Cuba through book presentations, videos, speakers, music, and poetry. Cameron Orr will be giving a looping violin performance during this component.

The festival will also feature an “Anti-Imperialist International Court,” where charges are expected be brought against imperialist forces for terrorism, economic blockades, environmental destruction, and war.[9]

In Russia

Opening ceremony with Sara Ladino Cano, Al Neal, Cameron Orr, Yennifer Mateo, and Emiliana Sparaco
Yennifer Mateo, Cameron Orr, and Al Neal in Russia

United Socialists initiative

United Socialists initiative is a Houston based Facebook group, run mainly by the Communist Party USA, but open to other leftist tendencies.

This group is for left unity. All factions of leftists welcome for open debate and forum discussion

United Socialists initiative closed Facebook group members, as of December 13, 2017 included Cameron Orr. [10]

National Party Building Conference

National Party Building Conference Hosted by Communist Party USA and People's World.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12 PM – 6 PM EST

Join Communist Party activists and members in a national conference. You can register here https://tinyurl.com/ycdouk3y

The conference will take place November 11th to 12th to plan our work in the fight against the Trump Administration and its white supremacist ruling class backers. Find information here about how to participate. http://www.cpusa.org/2017-national-party-building-conference-resist-organize-vote-grow/

The conference will be streamed from Chicago to regional meetings in New Haven, Los Angeles, and Orlando. Whether you’re on the East Coast, West Coast, in the MIdwest or the South, you’ll be able to participate.[11]

According to the Facebook page for the event, those who attended included Cameron Orr.

CPUSA 31st National Convention resolution

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17. FOR ASSESSING OUR WORLD MOVEMENT’S STRENGTHS AND SHORTCOMINGS

WHEREAS humanity faces mounting existential threats from imperialist aggressions and environmental and public-health breakdowns, and

WHEREAS capitalism creates these threats and cannot stop their escalation. and

WHEREAS only the world working class can lead initiatives among the oppressed masses to decisively address these threats, and

WHEREAS labor’s organizations worldwide, including our parties, unions, and states, have identical interests in the global class struggle,

BE IT RESOLVED that the 31st National Convention direct the International Department of the Communist Party USA to support efforts to identify the strengths and shortcomings of international communism from the Comintern to the contemporary international movement of our parties worldwide, and to address the implications for international transition from capitalism to socialism.

Submitted by Sandra Rosen, Emile Schepers, Cameron Orr, John Womack, Donald Donato, Gary Hicks, and Wadih Halabi.[12]

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