Harry Haywood

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Harry Haywood was a leader of the Communist Party USA.[1]

Fought in Spain

On the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War the Communist Party USA helped to recruit people to join the International Brigades. Those willing to fight to defend the Popular Front government in Spain established the Abraham Lincoln Battalion, the George Washington Battalion and the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion. Members who fought against the Nationalist Army included William Aalto, Hans Amlie, Bill Bailey, Robert Merriman, Steve Nelson, Walter Grant, Alvah Bessie, Hank Rubin, Joe Dallet, David Doran, John Gates, Harry Haywood, Oliver Law, Edwin Rolfe, Paul White and Milton Wolff[2].

Provisional Organizing Committee

Several hundred stalwart communists such as Nelson Peery in California and Harry Haywood formed the Provisional Organizing Committee for the Reconstitution of a Marxist-Leninist Party (POC) in 1958. .

This was the first group of the New Communist Movement.[3]

October League

In the 1970s Harry Haywood, and other former Communist Party USA members , Odis Hyde, and Nanny Washburn were active in the October League.[4]


In the late 1970s Harry Haywood joined the Communist Party USA (Marxist-Leninist). In June 1978, Harry Haywood "met with Chinese party leaders[5].