The Communist Party USA

What is the Communist Party USA? Inspired by the Russian Revolution, the CPUSA was founded in 1919. The CPUSA is both reformist and revolutionary. We assume that to rid ourselves of capitalism, to make a revolution, we need a big majority on our side. That won’t be soon. The job now and for the foreseeable future is to build that majority. To do that, and do some good, Communists work on some reforms. They do so in collaboration with other progressives, sometimes those who are with regular political parties. The idea is to build unity, grow, and to become a force.

How is the CPUSA organized? Our Party has a National Board, a chairperson (today two co-chairs), and a National Committee. The latter selects the National Board, which deals with Party affairs between National Committee meetings. The Party has a constitution, which is accessible on the Party’s website ( A national convention meets every four years. That’s when the Party reassess its “Program,” which is also viewable on the website. There’s lots of other information there.