U.S. Friends of the Soviet People

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U.S. Friends of the Soviet People is dedicated to supporting struggles to restore socialism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

USFSP is the U.S. affiliate of the International Council for Friendship and Solidarity with the Soviet People.

The International Council carries on the traditions of the “Hands Off Russia” committees that were established internationally in 1918 to help protect the young Soviet Republic from foreign intervention.

The aim of all Friends of the Soviet People is international cooperation in building socialism and solidarity with the anti-imperialist forces of the world who are struggling against U.S. imperialism — the main enemy of humanity.

USFSP acts as a unifying force to help consolidate and coordinate the anti-imperialist forces of the world with the ongoing movement to restore the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe as socialist states.

We act as a united front, but are not a forum for ideological debates. The peoples of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe themselves will choose their paths toward socialism.[1]

USFSP Board of Directors

As of May, 2014;[2]

As of April, 2013;

In 2011, additional Board members included;[4]

  • Daniel Frontino Elash - Secretary and Bulletin Editor, Historian and Retail Clerk, Philadelphia Branch USFSP
  • John Carter - Virginia Branch USFSP
  • Michael Ladson - International Youth Liaison, Philadelphia Branch USFSP, U. S. Friends of the Soviet People

U.S. Friends of the Soviet People hold summer meet

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Circa 2010, members of the East Coast Section of U.S. Friends of the Soviet People met in New York City to solidify organizational plans for the upcoming year.

Under the banner proclaiming solidarity with the Soviet People in their continuous struggle to restore Socialism to a rejuvenated USSR, the delegates enjoyed comradely discussions. After lunch they discussed the future growth of the organization across the country.

delegates heard of plans for the growth of the organization across the United States with Branches planned for Philadelphia, Berkeley, Virginia and the Mid-West with the center being in New York City Branch Also discussed were plans for future telephone conferences leading up to a National Convention in 2011.

the Soviet Film Project was discussed at length, including the Project Fund Drive, which had already netted over $500 in addition to equipment for digitization worth $1,000.

Membership Cards were approved by the delegates as well as joint activities with other groups, including a meeting in an upstate New York progressive Park for an all-day Conference.

The next meeting was scheduled for November and will feature the re-published book "Socialism Betrayed" and its author, as well as a full lunch and program, celebrating the 93rd Anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.

Director Dr. Angelo D'Angelo announced that the USFSP would be sending several delegates to the upcoming 3rd Congress of the International Council for Friendship and Solidarity with the Soviet People, to be held in Belgrade, Serbia in 2011. Observers would also be sent to the International Congress of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) to be held in Athens, Greece in 2011.[5]

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