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.
COVID-19 in Cuba: The Journey for Global Peace, Solidarity and Healthcare for All
From Cuban Medical Internationalism during the COVID-19 pandemic to how the U.S. embargo on Cuba poses special challenges for Cuba and the rest of the world, Tony Ryan, co-founder of The National Network on Cuba and long-time activist and CPUSA member, joins The Specter for a second time to break it all down along with special guest Arianne Aquino, a revolutionary Filipino-American activist currently studying medicine in Cuba. Arianne and Tony discuss the ways in which Cuba is a global leader of medicine and a pioneer of providing low-income, BIPOC and LBTQ students from all over the world opportunities to study medicine, with principles in providing affordable care for all and global solidarity.
Neurodiversity Under Capitalism
In this week's episode of The Specter, Aleena and Susie are joined by Jose Santiago, a life long Autism advocate and author, who helps us dive deep into the conversation on Neurodiversity and advocacy.
They Robbed Me of My Sight But Not My Vision: A Biographical Intervention of Former CPUSA Chairman, Henry Winston by Tony Pecinovsky
Tony Pecinovsky sits down with the Edna Griffin Club in Iowa during Black History Month to give a presentation of his recent book, Let Them Tremble: Biographical Interventions Marking 100 Years of the Communist Party, USA. In this talk, he speaks on the life of Black Communist and former Chairman of the CPUSA, Henry Winston, and speaks about how important of a role he played in the movement during his tenure in the Party.
Suggested reading through International Publishers:
The Life of a Black Woman Radical: Claudia Jones
You can find Jaimee’s work at: @blkwomenradical on Twitter @blackwomenradicals on Instagram. Black Women Radicals (BWR) is a Black feminist advocacy organization dedicated to uplifting and centering Black women’s radical political activism.
1. Carole Boyce Davies, Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist, Claudia Jones (2007)
2. Carole Boyce Davies, Beyond Contaiment: Autobiographical Reflections, Essays and Poems (2011)
3. Erik S. McDuffie, Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism (2011)
4. Claudia Jones, “An End to the Neglect of the Problems of Negro Women”, Political Affairs June 1949
Lessons from the YWLL and the Broader Youth Movement in the 1970s and 80s
The Specter talks with comrades from the Communist Party in Washington, D.C., about their history in the youth and liberation movements during the 1970s and 1980s. The Young Workers Liberation League was a successor of the Du Bois Clubs of America and was officially established in 1970. Jaime, Gato, and Carl speak of their experiences as “shock troops” for the Free Angela Davis campaign, which eventually led to the founding of the National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression (naarpr.org). They also discuss organizing in the Rainbow/PUSH coalition in the 1980s, participating in the Venceremos brigades in Cuba, and many more interesting stories of their youth organizing. They also speak briefly about the newly established Claudia Jones School for Political Education in D.C. The conversation ends with some advice for new youth organizers in the CPUSA and broader movements.
The NATO Imperialist Threat on Cyprus
The communist party of Cyprus, known as the “Progressive Party of Working People” or by its Greek acronym “AKEL”, has fought for the unification of their island country for nearly a century. In this week’s episode of The Specter, special guest Vera Polycarpou, gives us an inside look into Cyprus’s struggle for unification and socialism. Vera currently serves as Head of the International Relations Bureau of AKEL and is a member of the party’s Central Committee. Vera previously served as head of AKEL’s delegation in the European Parliament from 2004 to 2015.
U.S. imperialism often dominates the conversation, but what about Turkish and British imperialism from these two other prominent members of NATO? Turkish imperialism plagues Cyprus and currently occupies 37% of the island. Despite imperialist occupation in the north, unoccupied Cyprus is a member of the European Union and AKEL won a historical victory with its election of the first communist president in the EU in 2008. How will the island be united? How will socialism be established under the leadership of AKEL? How does AKEL play a unifying role to lead the working-class in the direction of a unified, multi-ethnic, sovereign state?
The working-class must be unified in order to advance toward socialism, and above all, we must unite to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and growing fascist and imperialist threat to world peace around the globe! Join Vera and Maicol while they discuss all of this and more on the latest episode of “The Specter”!
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I love this as a first podcast ! It’s informative , it’s a great incite on who you are and why your making this podcast , and the fact that you’re Cleveland natives brings another perspective to a topic I rarely heard about in the city. Good job to you ladies !