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Joint Statement of ATM, CP (M-L) and IWK for Marxist-Leninist Unity


First Published: The Call, Vol. 7, No. 18, May 8, 1978, Getting Together, Vol. IX, No. 5, May 1978, and Revolutionary Cause, Vol. 3, No. 5, May 1978.
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In April the August 29th Movement (M-L), the Communist Party (M-L), and I Wor Kuen held a trilateral meeting to discuss the initiation of common party building efforts. Since the degeneration of the CPUSA into revisionism, it has been the central task of Marxist-Leninists to build a single, unified communist party in the U.S. In recent years, there have been efforts on the part of the Marxist-Leninist forces in the U.S. to forge greater unity, and all three organizations have expressed the urgency of pushing forward this task.

The development of a concrete plan to unify Marxist-Leninists is a vital necessity at this time. ATM, CP(M-L), and IWK agreed that unity must be based on principle, and that clear lines of demarcation must be drawn with opportunism, as the only sound basis for Marxist-Leninist unity. The three organizations also agreed that party building efforts must be systematized, and that efforts should be directed at unifying the established Marxist-Leninist groups in the U.S. Towards this end, the three organizations agreed to initiate a Committee to Unite Marxist-Leninists.

All three organizations are based on Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tsetung Thought and have certain common views. These unities include upholding Chairman Mao’s theory of the three worlds, and other points of principle. At the same time, all three organizations recognize that there are differences among them which remain, and are committed to struggling to resolve these differences within the Committee. The Committee would set its tasks as seeking higher levels of unity and resolving any major differences in line as well as summing up histories of the organizations, all towards the objective of unifying Marxist-Leninists in a single party. The Committee would operate on the principles of “Practice Marxism, not revisionism; unite, don’t split; be open and above-board, don’t intrigue and conspire.”

A proposal for the formation of the Committee, including its principles of unity, rules land tasks will be discussed and finalized in consultation with other Marxist-Leninist organizations in the coming months. The recent meeting of ATM, CP(M-L) and IWK signifies an important step forward in the struggle for Marxist-Leninist unity in this country, and all three organizations look forward to advances in the coming period.