Communist Party USA (Marxist-Leninist)

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Template:TOCnestleft Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist), founded on June 4, 1977 from the older maoistOctober League (OL), was a pro-China communist party. Its official name was the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist) (CP-ML). Its' publications, as mentioned in the "Introduction" section of "Class Struggle, Fall 1977, #8" included The Call / El Clarin its' weekly insert section, Class Struggle and other Party literature ..."

Klonsky ledership


In late 1969, Klonsky founded the October League, a a pro-Mao communist organisation which in 1977 became the Communist Party USA (Marxist-Leninist) (CP-ML). Klonsky chaired the CP-ML which was recognised by the Chinese Communist Party as their U.S. fraternal party. Klonsky made several trips to China beginning in July 1977 (with Eileen Klehr), where he was feted by Communist Chinese officials

The October League was the result of a fusion in May 1972 of Mike Klonsky’s Los Angeles October League and the Georgia Communist League headed by Lynn Wells. Both of these local collectives originated in the RYM-II section of 1969 SDS. Wells was a leader of the Southern Student Organizing Committee.[1]

  • Eileen Klehr was identified on p. 2 of the Fall 1977 edition of "Class Struggle" as the CP(M-L) Vice Chairman

NB: Like most maoist communist parties in the U.S., both the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), led by Robert Avakian, and the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist), led by Michael Klonsky, were structured just like any other essentially psychopathic cult (for instance the Rev. James Jones, a Marxist with his "Jonestown" organization/followers. A mixed ideology "cult" that was at times Marxist and then Fascist, and then back ago, was the Lyndon LaRouche organizations/fronts starting with the Marxist thuggery group known as the National Caucus of Labor Committees (NCLC), made up of former SDSers and free-flowing radicals, to his U.S. Labor Party (USLP) and its front, the Schiller Institute, among others.

Their publications all contain and reflected the "thoughts" of their leaders, just as the Communist Party of China was based on "The Thoughts of Chairman Mao", a lot of whose contents were appropriated from the Chinese philosopher Confucius.

"Class Struggle: Journal of Communist Thought"

The "Communist Party USA (Marxist-Leninist)", aka "Communist Party (M-L" published "Class Struggle in 1977 with each edition given a number, CP(M-L), Box 5539, Chicago, Ill., 60680. The following information on CP(ML) staff/members/contributors to their "Fall, 1977, #8" edition is as follows:

"In Memory of Janet Sloan" paragraphs and some of her poems. She was identified as "Janet Sloan was the first martyr of our Party. She was killed by the murderous working conditions at Sun Ship Co. in Philadelphia on June 16. "She was a fine daughter of the working class who died at her post in revolutionary struggle," said Sherman Miller in his speech on behalf of the Party at the memorial service held June 19...."

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • "China's New Leap Forward is a victory for Us All", Interview with Michael Klonsky
  • "Toasts of Solidarity in Peking" - speeches by Li Hsien-nien and Michael Klonsky
  • "Chairman Mao on Dialectics" An excerpt from Volume Five of Selected Works
  • "How RCP's 'Theory of Equality' Serves Soviet Social-Imperialism". A reply to 'Revolution' on the international situation" - by Eileen Klehr
  • "Waging Class Struggle in the Trade Unions" - A summary of the October League's October League (OL) labor campaign" - by Ruth Gifford
  • "Building the Factory Cell" - A Party unit's sum-up - by Mary Wexler
  • "The Guardian's Man in Chicago" - Exposing Nicolaus' Martin Nicolaus phony critique of 'centralism'" - by the Boston Class Struggle Writing Group
  • "Lessons in the Struggle for Communist Unity' - an article from the Marxist-Leninists in Belgium



The Call published the accounts by Daniel Burstein (led by Mike Klonsky) of their trip to Pol Pot's Cambodia aka Democratic Kampuchea in 1978.

In April 1978, a group of four Americans from the Communist Party USA (Marxist-Leninist) visited Cambodia, declaring themselves the "first Americans to visit Cambodia since April 1975." The group included Robert Brown, Mike Klonsky, David Klein and the editor of the communist The Call magazine Daniel Burstein.

This group of Americans met with Iang Sary and toured the country for eight days, including Phnom Penh city and Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham and Takeo provinces. Afterward, they departed with a very favorable impression of Democratic Kampuchea and the 'accomplishments' of the Khmer Rouge regime. Burstein was so impressed that he wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times entitled "On Cambodia: But, Yet," published November 21, 1978, declaring the stories of Khmer Rouge horrors and genocide that were littering the US press at the time to be slanderous lies.

CPUSA (ML) 5th Plenum

In early May, 1980, the 5th Plenum of the First Central Committee of the Communist Party USA (Marxist-Leninist) was convened. The main attention of the Plenum was focused on a detailed and scientific discussion of the history, tenets and motion of the Carter Doctrine and on the relative position of U.S. imperialism in the world today. Among the other points discussed was the Party’s continuing campaign Defeat the ’Left’ in order to Fight Right Deviations from Marxism-Leninism. This has taken place in the wake of the expulsion of the ’left’ liquidationist faction led by Albert Thrasher of Birmingham and Malcolm Suber of New Orleans.[2]





  1. Encyclopedia of Anti-Revisionism On-Line Workers Vanguard New Left Maoism: Long March to Peaceful Coexistence The October League First Published: Workers Vanguard No. 32, November 9, 1973]
  2. [Report from the 5th Plenum of the Central Committee of the Communist Party U.S.A. (Marxist-Leninist) First Published: Unite!, Vol. 6, No. 9, May 15, 1980]