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Joe Sims

Joe Sims is co-editor of the Communist Party USA newszine Peoples World. He is the son of the late Joseph Sims and Roz Sims of Youngstown Ohio.

Party member

Joe Sims, section chairman for the Young Workers Liberation League in Washington, D.C., attended the Communist Party USA's extraordinary conference , Milwaukeee, April 1982. [1]

Communist Party co-leader


In June 2019 Joe Sims and Rossana Cambron became co-leaders of the Communist Party USA.

Supporting Democrats in 2018

Commies fighting for Democrats

In 2018, Communist Party USA leader John Bachtell worked on Lauren Underwood's campaign for the 14th District, as discussed with Communist Party USA comrades Joe Sims and Scott Hiley.[2]

In an article posted at on November 26 2018,[3] John Bachtell wrote further on supporting democrats.

Communist youth festivals

Sims had the opportunity to participate in World Federation of Democratic Youth festivals in in Berlin, Moscow and Pyongyang.[4]

At the first festival I was 15 years old. It changed my life and way of thinking. I had such a great time! I would go and sit on corner in Berlin with a beer and hot dog and immediately there would be a crowd of people around me, wanting to talk and exchange views. What a party. I made many friends there, some of which I still have today. At my first Festival I was a young kid from Youngstown, Ohio. That was all I knew. Going to the Festival opened up a whole new world to me. Its impact was lasting. It made me an internationalist. The highlight of my trip to Berlin was crossing the border into the eastern part of the city and seeing the decorations and banners of the festival, the red flags waving, and statues of founders of socialism. All of us cheered. The US delegation has changed over the years I went. Each moment represented the times, cultures and styles of the period. When I first attended I had a big unruly Afro. At the last Festival, my hairline had already started to recede. That's life!
What remained consistent however was the broad and representative nature of each delegation. There were always young trade unionists, students, young Democrats, socialists and communist youth. Some delegations had representatives of prominent civil rights families, like the King family, and others had elected officials. All the delegates represented a strong desire for peace and understanding and solidarity with others. At the Moscow Festival our slogan was "The friendship of young generations, can bring peace among nations.

A U.S. State Department official was once quoted as saying that the Festivals were “the greatest plot ever hatched from the mind of Stalin. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Festivals came out of the experience of the World War and the desire to make sure nothing like that ever happens again. The Festival movement’s greatest contribution has been to bring forward young peace and solidarity supporters who remain active over the years. Once you attend a Festival, the experience never leaves you.

CPUSA Organization Commission

As at March 1994, the following were members of the Organization Commission of the Communist Party USA: Sam Webb, chair; Pat Barile; Judith LeBlanc; Carole Marks; Elena Mora; Esther Moroze; and Joe Sims.[5]

Black Radical Congress

In March 1998 “Endorsers of the Call” to found a Black Radical Congress included Joe Sims, Communist Party USA; Editor, Political Affairs[6].

In 2000 Joe Sims was the New York United contact for Black Radical Congress[7].

In 2001, the Black Radical Congress journal BRC Today editorial board consisted of Jennifer Hamer, Connie White, Deborah Toler, Clarence Lang, Joe Sims and Nelen Neville[8].

Endorsed Communist Party Call

On March 30 2002 the Communist Party USA paper People’s Weekly World called for a national holiday in honor of late Farm Workers Union leader Cesar Chavez. The article was followed by a long list of endorsers[9]including Joe Sims, Almost all endorsers were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA.

Political Affairs

In 2009 Joe Sims was Publisher and a member[10] of the Editorial Collective of Political Affairs, theoretical journal of the Communist Party USA.

"The Life & Legacy of Nelson Mandela"

Tuesday, December 17 2013, the Communist Party USA held a special People's World teleconference presentation on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. People's World co-editor Joe Sims and Communist Party International Secretary Emile Schepers with host Dee Myles discussed "this historic and global figure in the fight for freedom".

Joe Sims has traveled frequently to South Africa since the unbanning of the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party , and has written and reported extensively on South African developments. Sims is From Ohio and lives in New York City.[11]

Peoples World 2015

African American Equality Commission

In July 2015, Members of African American Equality Commission CP USA FaceBook group included Joe Sims.[13]

Beyond Shell Shock


Beyond Shell Shock: Labor after the Trump disaster was hosted by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday, February 26 at 8 PM - 9:30 PM.

Hosts Bill Fletcher, Jr.; Erica Smiley; Bob Master; Neidi Dominguez; Bryan Proffitt; and Jeff Crosby;

Join us in this webcast to take a hard look at the place we're in as a labor movement - and consider how we can make the labor movement be a leading force in the resistance to Trump and the fight for a better world.
What's our strategy? What kinds of alliances do we need? Do we just play defense?
In the face of National Right to Work, vicious attacks on workers of color in and out of the workplace, escalating divisions in the AFLCIO and the Democratic Party, and more we've got our work cut out for us. Let's figure out how to win.

Those invited included Joe Sims.

New member phone bank


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 Joe Sims .

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, as of December 13, 2017.

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