National Conference for New Politics

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National Conference for New Politics


One of the boldest ventures of the Communist Party USA , others from the Old Left, and rising radicals from the New Left, was the National Conference on New Politics , held from Aug. 31 - Sept. 1, 1967, in Chicago. It was an attempt to create a new, unified political body on the Left, definitely marxist-oriented, but not necessarily a third political party. Some of its history and what happened at the conference can be found in several diverse sources including Alice Widener's writings (she covered it for USA Magazine, the New York Times , and the California Senate Fact-Finding Subcommittee on Un-American Activities[1].

The marxist Peace and Freedom Party came out of this conference as was significantly detailed in the 1970 California report cited above. It was derived from the radical Community for New Politics , also described in this report and the 1967 predecessor report.

Speakers and key participants

Conference Officials:



  1. Fifteenth Report Un-American Activities in California 1970, Report of the Senate Fact-Finding Subcommitee on Un-American Activities to the 1970 Regular Session of the California Legislature Sacramento, California