ARTICLE l - NAME.

The organization shall be known as Party of Communists United States of America (PCUSA).

 

ARTICLE -II - PURPOSE.

To build the militant workers movement by establishing the Party of Communists United States of America as the revolutionary workers' vanguard party, firmly rooted in the scientific principles of Marxism-Leninism, and the principled defense of the 20th Century Soviet experience through the implementation of class struggle strategies and tactics. The role of the Party is central to anti-racist, anti-monopoly, anti-imperialist, political independence from the bourgeois parties of monopoly capital in our country. Our purpose is to promote international working class solidarity with the world Communist movement through the science of dialectical and historical materialism, known historically as Marxism- Leninism.

 

RATIONALE AND PROGRAM.

Our goal is to build a Socialist society, advancing toward a classless Communist society. Producing printed periodicals for organizing, educating and agitating the masses is the best way to establish the political leadership necessary to lead the working class. Directing the resources of our Party toward building an educational center for Marxist studies, and building Marxist-Leninist schools, opening bookstores with the goal of building a permanent organizing structure led by the PCUSA is the best method of achieving our goal. Our program is to organize cadre through building local Party Clubs and a vigorous League of Young Communists (LYCUSA). The Party of Communists USA (PCUSA) and the League of Young Communists USA (LYCUSA) use the publication "The Communist Party Manual on Organization" by J. Peters (1935) as their organizational guide.

 

PARTY STRUCTURE

Party structure is as follows:

Congress

Central Committee

Politburo

CouncilofSecretaries

Departments

Finance

International

Organization

Communications

{a. Press
1. Red Star Publishers 2. The Worker
3. Ideological Fightback

4. Our Time is Now

{b. Internet and web communications

{c. Agitation and Propaganda

Education / Ideology

F. Districts (by geographic area) a. Eastern

b. Southern
c. Midwestern d. Pacific

The General Secretary shall establish ad hoc commissions to carry out special areas of work. Currently, the following commissions are regularly functioning commissions of the PCUSA: A. DisabilitiesCommission

Elections Commission

EnvironmentalCommission

LaborCommission

LGBT Rights Commission

Peace & Solidarity Commission

OppressedPeople’sCommission(nationallyoppressed)

RetireesIssuesCommission(Seniors)

Women’s Commission

Youth Commission

1. League of Young Communists USA

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP.

Membership in the PCUSA is extended to applicants living in the United States who are eighteen (18) years of age or older that accept the statutes and program of the Party, and accept the PCUSA’s eight points of Marxist- Leninist unity. If a worker who is less than 18 years of age wants to join the Party, and there is no League of Young Communists in the town or factory, the Party Unit has the right to accept him or her into the Unit until, with the help of the Party Unit, he / she is able to build up a Unit of the LYC. Further conditions for membership in our party or youth league are contained in the following pledge:

"To create a better world, I now take my place in the ranks of the international communist movement and the party of communists USA, the party of the American working class.

I take this pledge to give the best that is in me to the service of my class.
I pledge myself to spare no effort in uniting workers in militant struggle against war, imperialism and fascism.

I pledge myself to work unsparingly in helping the organized labor movement, in the shops, among the unemployed, to lead the struggles for the daily needs of the American working class, understanding fully the class struggle is a central ingredient in solving the oppression of working people.

I solemnly pledge to take my place in the forefront of the struggle for the rights of nationally oppressed groups; against anti-Soviet behavior, anti-Communism. racism, sexism, ageism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, police brutality, and against the chauvinist lies of the capitalist class.

I pledge myself to rally the American working class to defend the ideals of the former Soviet Union, and to support the former Soviet peoples in their struggle to reestablish the Soviet Union as a scientific socialist state.

I pledge myself to remain at all times a vigilant and firm defender of the Leninist line of our party, to ensure the establishment of scientific socialism in these United States of America, transferring power from the capitalist class to the working class.

Our party application carries this declaration: "the undersigned declares their adherence to the statutes and program of the PCUSA, and agrees to submit to the discipline of the PCUSA and to engage actively in its work."

On the basis of this declaration we enumerate the conditions for membership in the party in the following way: 1. Participation in the appropriate Party organizational structure;
2. Regular payment of membership dues;
3. Participation in the decision making process of democratic centralism

4. Adherence to the discipline of the Party.

Membership Dues shall be set by the Council of Secretaries, and payment of dues shall also be a requirement for membership in good standing in the Party. There are two categories of dues: full membership dues and low income dues for reasons including, but not limited to, unemployment, student, and retiree. Hardship cases where comrades are unable to pay dues will be issued special exemption stamps until such time as they are able to begin paying regular dues. Hardship cases must be reviewed individually by the national office for qualification.

SECTION 2.

Subject to the provisions of this article any member shall become ineligible for party membership who is a strike breaker, a provocateur, an informer, or who allows substance abuse to interfere with their party work and their ability to interact with the party or its members.

ARTICLE IV - ELECTION AND TERMS OF OFFICERS.

The highest authority of the Party is the national Congress which elects a Central Committee, Politburo, and Council of Secretaries to serve between congresses. The Politburo consisting of members of the Central Committee implements the party’s Marxist-Leninist line after a period of discussion according to the principle of organization of the Communist Party known as democratic centralism.

Central Committee meetings will be held every four months. PCUSA membership meetings will be held in January of each year. The Party and its day to day operations will be guided and directed by the Politburo, which will meet a minimum of every two weeks except during the holiday seasons of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year. The top leadership of the PCUSA responsible for the operation of the Party between conventions will be known as the Council of Secretaries, which will be composed of the 5 top officers of the PCUSA. These shall be known as:

General Secretary

Organizational Secretary

Financial Secretary

Educational / Ideological Secretary

International Secretary

The Council of Secretaries will meet two times each month, alternating between meetings of the Politburo, and will be charged with organizing the affairs of the Politburo.

ARTICLE V - DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS.

Section 1

The Politburo confirms the activities of the organization. A majority vote of the Council of Secretaries (50% plus 1 vote) shall determine policy, approve statements made on behalf of the Party and approve expenditures between membership meetings.

The General Secretary shall preside over national meetings. Prior to each meeting of the Council of Secretaries, Politburo, Central Committee, or membership of the PCUSA, the General Secretary shall appoint a Recording Secretary to record and distribute minutes of those meetings. An archive of minutes for each meeting will be stored electronically and a printed copy archive will be kept at the national office of the PCUSA. The General Secretary shall carry out the will of the membership as expressed by a democratic process at regular scheduled meetings. The General Secretary shall in no case carry out unilateral actions without the approval of a majority of the Politburo. In the temporary absence of the General Secretary, the Organizational Secretary shall act in his or her place. The need for a permanent replacement will be filled by an election of the Politburo in a special meeting called for that purpose.

Section 2

General Secretary

Between meetings the General Secretary shall carry out the will of the Politburo as expressed by the process of democratic centralism. The Politburo shall oversee the work of all established Commissions, and shall be responsible for the publication of the theoretical journal of the PCUSA, Ideological Fightback. It is further the responsibility of the General Secretary, with the approval of the majority of the Politburo, to appoint an Editor and Editorial Board to oversee the publication of the Organ of the Central Committee of the PCUSA known as The Worker. The General Secretary, together with the Treasurer, will be responsible for, and keep a record of, all monies of the PCUSA. Any amount of expenditure over the amount of $400 shall require two signatures, that of the Treasurer of the PCUSA or their designee, and that of the General Secretary or his or her designee. Bank signatures are on file with the Musicians Interguild Credit Union (MICU) where the PCUSA maintains a share account.

Organizational Secretary

The Organizational Secretary shall be in charge of the Organization Department of the PCUSA, and shall chair all meetings of the Central Committee, Politburo, and Council of Secretaries in the absence of the General Secretary. Should the General Secretary become incapacitated, the Organizational Secretary will act as General Secretary until such time as the Central Committee of the PCUSA meets and elects a new Comrade to the position of General Secretary.

Secretary of Finance

The Secretary of Finance shall preside over periodic meetings of the Finance Department, and shall prepare accounting statements for each meeting of the Central Committee. The Finance Department shall also be responsible for maintaining a roster of districts in good standing with the Party of Communists, and shall work with the Politburo on any special organizational projects requiring advanced financial planning such as travel, media, and national conferences. The Finance Department will prepare detailed reports of such expenditures in advance to present to the Central Committee for their consideration when instructed by the General Secretary.

Educational / Ideological Secretary

The Educational / Ideological Secretary shall be responsible for the oversight of the People’s School for Marxist- Leninist Studies (PSMLS). The Educational / Ideological Secretary will also serve of the Board of Red Star Publishers, the official publishing house of the PCUSA. He/she will be responsible for the development of Party pamphlets and educational materials on the ‘burning questions’ affecting the working class.

International Secretary

The International Secretary is responsible for the running of the International Department, and for all relations and communications with fraternal parties and workers’ organizations in the international communist movement.

ARTICLE VI - DISTRICT ORGANIZATION

The Central Committee, in the absence of a locally elected District Organizer, is authorized to appoint a temporary District Organizer in geographical locations throughout the country where clubs are being established. It is the responsibility of the District Organizer to work with the General Secretary and Organizing Secretary in utilizing local members and contacts to help establish an Organizing District that will coordinate actions with the approval of the Central Committee. Each district is responsible for sending a minimum of $25 quarterly dues to the national office. The Central Committee can remove the District Organizer for activities not in accordance with the aim of the Party of Communists. An appeal of this decision must be heard and acted upon within sixty (60) days at the next meeting of the Politburo.

ARTICLE VII – AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

Amendments to this Constitution may be made by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the delegates present at a national conference. Amendments shall be proposed in writing at least three weeks before the conference and will be communicated to all members.

BY-LAWS SECTION l - DISTRICT MEETINGS.

It shall be the responsibility of the District Organizer to schedule district meetings. Meetings shall be scheduled for the convenience of a majority of the members with timely notice provided. Local organizations shall be called Cells or Clubs and shall be integrated into the proper geographic district as a basic unit of the Party.

SECTION II- DEMOCRATIC RULES OF ORDER.

All party club meetings shall be governed by the process of democratic centralism. A simple majority of comrades present and in good standing shall be the vote required to call a question, limit or extend debate, or pass resolutions. A resolution that is passed or carried is recorded in the minutes of the Party District and the Central Committee.

SECTION III – AMENDMENTS OF THE BY-LAWS.

The procedures for amending the by-laws shall be the same as that for the Constitution

Central Committee meetings will be held every four months. PCUSA membership meetings will be held in January of each year. The Party and its day to day operations will be guided and directed by the Politburo, which will meet a minimum of every two weeks except during the holiday seasons of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year. The top leadership of the PCUSA responsible for the operation of the Party between conventions will be known as the Council of Secretaries, which will be composed of the 5 top officers of the PCUSA. These shall be known as:

General Secretary

Organizational Secretary

Financial Secretary

Educational / Ideological Secretary

International Secretary

The Council of Secretaries will meet two times each month, alternating between meetings of the Politburo, and will be charged with organizing the affairs of the Politburo.

ARTICLE V - DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS.

Section 1

The Politburo confirms the activities of the organization. A majority vote of the Council of Secretaries (50% plus 1 vote) shall determine policy, approve statements made on behalf of the Party and approve expenditures between membership meetings.

The General Secretary shall preside over national meetings. Prior to each meeting of the Council of Secretaries, Politburo, Central Committee, or membership of the PCUSA, the General Secretary shall appoint a Recording Secretary to record and distribute minutes of those meetings. An archive of minutes for each meeting will be stored electronically and a printed copy archive will be kept at the national office of the PCUSA. The General Secretary shall carry out the will of the membership as expressed by a democratic process at regular scheduled meetings. The General Secretary shall in no case carry out unilateral actions without the approval of a majority of the Politburo. In the temporary absence of the General Secretary, the Organizational Secretary shall act in his or her place. The need for a permanent replacement will be filled by an election of the Politburo in a special meeting called for that purpose.

Section 2

General Secretary

Between meetings the General Secretary shall carry out the will of the Politburo as expressed by the process of democratic centralism. The Politburo shall oversee the work of all established Commissions, and shall be responsible for the publication of the theoretical journal of the PCUSA, Ideological Fightback. It is further the responsibility of the General Secretary, with the approval of the majority of the Politburo, to appoint an Editor and Editorial Board to oversee the publication of the Organ of the Central Committee of the PCUSA known as The Worker. The General Secretary, together with the Treasurer, will be responsible for, and keep a record of, all monies of the PCUSA. Any amount of expenditure over the amount of $400 shall require two signatures, that of the Treasurer of the PCUSA or their designee, and that of the General Secretary or his or her designee. Bank signatures are on file with the Musicians Interguild Credit Union (MICU) where the PCUSA maintains a share account.

Organizational Secretary

The Organizational Secretary shall be in charge of the Organization Department of the PCUSA, and shall chair all meetings of the Central Committee, Politburo, and Council of Secretaries in the absence of the General Secretary. Should the General Secretary become incapacitated, the Organizational Secretary will act as General Secretary until such time as the Central Committee of the PCUSA meets and elects a new Comrade to the position of General Secretary.

Secretary of Finance

The Secretary of Finance shall preside over periodic meetings of the Finance Department, and shall prepare accounting statements for each meeting of the Central Committee. The Finance Department shall also be responsible for maintaining a roster of districts in good standing with the Party of Communists, and shall work with the Politburo on any special organizational projects requiring advanced financial planning such as travel, media, and national conferences. The Finance Department will prepare detailed reports of such expenditures in advance to present to the Central Committee for their consideration when instructed by the General Secretary.

Educational / Ideological Secretary

The Educational / Ideological Secretary shall be responsible for the oversight of the People’s School for Marxist- Leninist Studies (PSMLS). The Educational / Ideological Secretary will also serve of the Board of Red Star Publishers, the official publishing house of the PCUSA. He/she will be responsible for the development of Party pamphlets and educational materials on the ‘burning questions’ affecting the working class.

International Secretary

The International Secretary is responsible for the running of the International Department, and for all relations and communications with fraternal parties and workers’ organizations in the international communist movement.

ARTICLE VI - DISTRICT ORGANIZATION

The Central Committee, in the absence of a locally elected District Organizer, is authorized to appoint a temporary District Organizer in geographical locations throughout the country where clubs are being established. It is the responsibility of the District Organizer to work with the General Secretary and Organizing Secretary in utilizing local members and contacts to help establish an Organizing District that will coordinate actions with the approval of the Central Committee. Each district is responsible for sending a minimum of $25 quarterly dues to the national office. The Central Committee can remove the District Organizer for activities not in accordance with the aim of the Party of Communists. An appeal of this decision must be heard and acted upon within sixty (60) days at the next meeting of the Politburo.

ARTICLE VII – AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

Amendments to this Constitution may be made by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the delegates present at a national conference. Amendments shall be proposed in writing at least three weeks before the conference and will be communicated to all members.

BY-LAWS SECTION l - DISTRICT MEETINGS.

It shall be the responsibility of the District Organizer to schedule district meetings. Meetings shall be scheduled for the convenience of a majority of the members with timely notice provided. Local organizations shall be called Cells or Clubs and shall be integrated into the proper geographic district as a basic unit of the Party.

SECTION II- DEMOCRATIC RULES OF ORDER.

All party club meetings shall be governed by the process of democratic centralism. A simple majority of comrades present and in good standing shall be the vote required to call a question, limit or extend debate, or pass resolutions. A resolution that is passed or carried is recorded in the minutes of the Party District and the Central Committee.

SECTION III – AMENDMENTS OF THE BY-LAWS.

The procedures for amending the by-laws shall be the same as that for the Constitution