By Freedom Road Socialist Organization |
June 3, 2022
With the successful conclusion of the 9th Congress of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), a real leap has been made in our efforts to build a serious and revolutionary organization that can make significant contributions to the struggle of the people. It is also clear that we continue to make progress in our efforts to build a new communist party, which can stand at the forefront of the struggle for socialism.
Beneath a bright red banner reads: “Freedom Road Socialist Organization 9th Congress: Seize the weather, the future is bright!” a packed room of delegates and members gathered to adopt major sections of our political program, to set goals and make plans to strengthen the organization, and to elect officers.
Delegates came from all parts of the country. Reflecting the rapid growth of the FRSO over the past four years, this was the first congress for most attendees. While some of the attendees were veterans of the communist movement with decades of experience, the vast majority were under 35. Many participants were labor movement leaders and activists. More than a third of those present were of oppressed nationalities, including a significant number of African Americans. About half of those in attendance were women and LGBTQ people.
The 9th FRSO Congress came at a critical time in the development of popular struggle and the accelerated decline of monopoly capitalism in the United States. As the call to congress indicates, in recent times “we have seen a level of struggle not seen since the 1960s. The great rebellion that followed the murder of George Floyd, both broad and militant, signals the shapes things to come. Arguably, the burning police stations helped light the way to freedom. The fight against police crimes has led to a resurgence of the African-American national movement.
The congress passed political resolutions on the economy, the political situation and the international situation which provide materialistic analyzes of the conditions we face and which help us to understand the terrain of the struggle to come. After widely watched debate and discussion, the congress also adopted sections of our political program on socialism and capitalism. Participants new and old navigated the democratic process to achieve unity on our line.
The congress discussed and passed several resolutions about our work to build a new communist party in the United States, including one that lays the groundwork for the creation of an African-American commission to help further develop our work in the liberation movement. blacks. Another resolution, castigating the role of the United States in the inter-imperialist war in Ukraine, was adopted.
The congress elected a new central committee to lead our organization. The central committee elected longtime communist Mick Kelly as the organization’s political secretary. Outgoing political secretary, Steff Yorek, will continue to serve on the central committee, where she will help provide leadership for the organization.
Messages of greetings from communist and workers’ parties, national liberation movements and anti-imperialist organizations were read to the delegates, including messages from the Liberation Party of Argentina (PL), the Workers’ Party of Belgium, of the Communist Party of Greece, New Communist Party of Great Britain, Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD), Fronte Popolare (Italy), Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), International League of People’s Struggle – Jose Maria Sison , Communist Party of Sweden, Labor Party of Turkey, and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.
Messages from revolutionary organizations in the United States, including the Workers World Party and the Socialist Unity Party, were read to the delegates
A message from the Communist Party of the Philippines states: “The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) presents its revolutionary greetings to the 9th Congress of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO). We are confident that the leaders and members of the FRSO will lead the congress to success and make it a source of inspiration and guidance for the working class and workers of the United States in their resistance against class exploitation and all other forms of oppression.