First Published: The Call, Vol. 6, No. 27, July 11, 1977.
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News of the founding of the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist) here in the U.S. last month is being warmly greeted around the world. Although our new Party is still young and relatively small, revolutionaries the world over have enthusiastically welcomed its formation, taking special note of the fact that there is now a Marxist-Leninist party inside one of the two imperialist superpowers.
On the night of June 23, Radio Peking broadcast the news of the Party’s First Congress to hundreds of thousands of people in all parts of the world through shortwave transmissions. People’s Daily, the newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, also carried a report, as did the Hsinhua News Agency’s bulletin of June 23.
The Hsinhua article summed up the chief accomplishments of the Congress and the main points of the Party’s Program, quoting several passages from the Political Report delivered by Party Chairman Michael Klonsky.
L’Humanite Rouge, daily newspaper of the Marxist-Leninist Communists of France, gave front-page importance to the founding of the CP(M-L) in its June 23 edition. “We Salute the Creation of the Communist Party Marxist-Leninist,” read the headline.
The article noted, “The great identity of views between the Marxist-Leninist Communists of France and the main founding organizations of the new Party have led them to build fraternal ties for several years already. These ties have allowed the deepening of understanding and friendship between our two peoples and our working classes, through their vanguards.”
The article added, “That this young Party has been born in the very heart of one of the two superpowers is a highly encouraging sign.” Klassekampen (Class Struggle), daily newspaper of the Workers Communist Party (M-L) of Norway, also gave extensive coverage to the formation of the new Party. Klassekampen quoted extensively from the speech delivered at the Congress by veteran communist Harry Haywood.
The June 27 issue of the biweekly Forge from Canada also published a major article on the birth of the CP(M-L) in both its French and English editions. The Forge, organ of the Canadian Communist League (M-L), observed, “The new Communist Party (M-L) will lead the U.S. working class and its oppressed peoples surely and unswervingly toward revolution.
“This event is extremely important for all peoples of the world, hitting U.S. imperialism hard from within. With the danger of war growing daily between the two superpowers, the creation of a Marxist-Leninist party in one of them is a tremendous advance for the world’s peoples.”
Through the pages of many other Marxist-Leninist newspapers, workers around the world are coming to know of the existence of our Party and of the growing struggles of the U.S. working class. We must pledge ourselves to live up to the high expectations that the revolutionary people of the world have set for us, and make our contribution to ridding the world of the capitalist system forever.