Register of the Mike Conan Collection : The New Communist Movement, 1972-1994

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Register of the Mike Conan Collection : The New Communist Movement, 1972-1994

Collection number: MSS 015

Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research

Los Angeles, California

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  • Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
  • 6120 S. Vermont Avenue
  • Los Angeles, California 90044
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Xiuzhi Zhou
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Mike Conan Collection : The New Communist Movement,
Date (bulk): 1972-1994
Collection number: MSS 015
Creator: Conan, Mike
Extent: 22 boxes
Repository: Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research.
Los Angeles, California
Language: English.

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Biography

Progressive Mike Conan (1946-1994) was born in the United States where he spent most of his life fighting for equality. He was a man who wasn't afraid to change strategies with changing times. Beginning in the early 1960's, Conan demonstrated an ever-growing interest in revolutionary change. He traveled to the South in 1964 where he became involved with voter registration work and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Not too long after that, he pushed on to Cuba where he was able to further establish his commitment to solidarity. Later in the decade, Conan became embroiled in the Civil Rights and Anti-Vietnam Movements. In an attempt to forge a revolutionary vanguard, he engaged in the "new communist" movement of the 1970's. However, when that dynamic movement lost its momentum, he moved on and took initiative in the broader effort to unite diverse strands of the Left. At his death, Mike Conan was active in the Northern California Committees of Correspondence, a Contributing Editor of CrossRoads magazine and a member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/Socialist Organizing Network.
The Communist Labor Party, beginning as the Communist League, changed it's name in 1970. Originally Maoist, the party became increasingly Pro-Soviet (Stalin era). The group described themselves as having "a polite but unwanted opposition to the Communist Party (CPUSA)." They declined greatly like most Maoist groups.
The Communist Party originated as a merger of four of the 1919 left wing Socialist Party split. The party's peak size was 100,000 in 1938. The Cold War and McCarthyism caused a decline to 40,000 by 1950, and 20,000 by 1956. Three factions developed: John Gates, editor of the Daily World, called for party reforms; William Foster advocated business; Eugene Denis tried to play off the other two. With the departure of Gates in 1957, the party had declined to 3,000 members. Gus Hall was elected General Secretary in 1959, a post which he still holds today. The no longer run presidential campaigns, but instead endorse the Democratic Party candidate while espousing antimonopoly populism.
Freedom Road Socialist Organization came about through the merger of the Revolutionary Workers Headquarters and the Proletarian Unity League in 1986. The Organization for Revolutionary Unity joins FRSO in 1987. The group held a Maoist orientation until 1989 when they condemned the student massacres in China. It is active in the Progressive Student Network and the Rainbow Coalition. Mike Conan was an active member of FRSO until his death.
The August Twenty-Ninth Movement and I Wok Kuen merged in 1978 to form the League for Revolutionary Struggle (thought the League eschews such designation). The Revolutionary Communist League joins a year later. A large majority of the members are non-white. They are supportive of Jessie Jackson and the Democratic Party.
The joining of the Network of Marxist-Leninist Clubs and Guardian Clubs formed Line of March in 1980. Members regarded the organizations as being a part of a single communist movement with CPUSA. LOM published the weekly Frontline and a pamphlet Line of March. A "self-critical review" in 1987 caused about 15% of LOM's members to resign, forming the Marxist-Leninist Network. In 1989, LOM changed it's name to Frontline Political Organization. The Marxist-Leninist Party of the United States, formed in 1980, was previously the Central Organization of United States Marxist-Leninists. In the early eighties, it broke with their Canadian allies from the COUSML days. It published Struggle out of Detroit.
The National Caucus of Labor Committees was formed out of the Labor Caucus of the Students for a Democratic Society in 1967. The SDS had purged these members for support of a 1968 New York City teacher's strike. NCLC was led by Lyndon LaRouche.
The Progressive Labor Party, begun in 1965, was America's leading Maoist group until they denounced China in 1971. Much of their present work is with youth gangs and in prisons. Formed in 1973, the group's International Committee Against Racism is a regular participant in anti-Nazi and anit-Klan rallies.
The Proletarian Unity League formed after a split from the October League in the early seventies. It merged with the Revolutionary Workers Headquarters to form Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
Revolutionary Union became the Revolutionary Communist Party in 1975. It is the largest of the american Maoist groups. A faction consisting of a third of RCP's members left in 1978, becoming the Revolutionary Workers Headquarters, leaving about 400 members, 200 of which dropped out of the organization altogether. Bob Avakian is RCP's outspoken leader, charged with felony, among others, stemming from demonstrations against Den Xiao Ping when he visited the U.S. It has continued on, but a reduced level. They are most recently noted for having members who were charged in the most prominent flag burning cases.
The Workers Congress was previously the Black Workers Congress, founded in 1971. BWC changed it's name to WC, admitting whites into the organization. It broke up shortly thereafter.

Container List

 

New Communist Movement--United States

Box 1, Folder 1

A. Green/Ex-Marxist- Leninist Collective (AG/XMLC), 1979-1980.

Box 1, Folder 2

Accelerator, 1972-1973.

Box 1, Folder 3-4

Amical Cabral/Paul Robeson Collective (AC/PRC), 1978-1988.

Box 1, Folder 5

Bay Area Coalition Against Racism and Repression (BACARR), 1981.

Box 1, Folder 6

Bay Area Communist Union (BACU), 1976-1978.

Box 1, Folder 7-10

Bay Area District (BAD), 1987-1990.

Box 2, Folder 1-4

BAD, 1991-1994.

Box 2, Folder 5

Bay Area Socialist Organizing Committee (BASOC), 1978-1981.

Box 2, Folder 6

Bolshevik League of the US, 1979-1980.

Box 2, Folder 7

Bolshevik Union/Lines of Demarcation, 1976.

Box 2, Folder 8

Bookstores, 1978-1980.

Box 2, Folder 9

Boulder Collective 1978.

Box 2, Folder 10

Cuauhtemoc Cardenas Tour, 1989.

Box 2, Folder 11

Central American Solidarity Committee (CASC).

Box 2, Folder 12

CASC--El Salvador Pamphlet, 1982.

Box 2, Folder 13

CASC--Housemeetings, Nds.

Box 3, Folder 1

CASC--Literature, 1981-1982.

Box 3, Folder 2

Chicago Communist Committee, Nds.

Box 3, Folder 3

Chicano Movement--8th National Chicano Student Conference, Keynote Address, 1987.

Box 3, Folder 4

Committee for a Proletarian Party (CPP), 1979-1982.

Box 3, Folder 5

CPP--Correspondence, 1980-1981.

Box 3, Folder 5

CPP--Merger with COBA, 1981-1982.

Box 3, Folder 6

CPP--Trip, Nds.

Box 3, Folder 7

Committee in Support of the People of El Salvador (CISPES), 1982-1983.

Box 3, Folder 8

CISPES--Oakland/Berkeley Chapter, 1981-1982.

Box 3, Folder 9

CISPES--Port Chicago, 1982.

Box 3, Folder 10

Committee of US. Bolsheviks, 1979.

Box 3, Folder 11

Communist Committee (CC), 1977.

Box 4, Folder 1

Communist Labor Party (CLP), 1990-1991.

Box 4, Folder 2

Communist Party, U.S.A. (CPUSA), 1979-1992.

Box 4, Folder 3

CPUSA--aka Workers Party of America, National Convention Reports, 1923/1924, 1925.

Box 4, Folder 4

CPUSA--"The Crisis of the CPUSA," 1930.

Box 4, Folder 5

CPUSA--Monday Night Study Guide Notes, Nds.

Box 4, Folder 6

Communist Party of Northern California, 1991-1992.

Box 4, Folder 7

Communist Organizing Committee (COC), 1984-1992.

Box 4, Folder 8

The Data Center, Nds.

Box 5, Folder 1

Demarcation/U.S. Leninist Core, 1978-1979.

Box 5, Folder 2

Detroit Socialist Colletive, 1980.

Box 5, Folder 3

East Bay Communist Group (EBCG), 1979, 1982.

Box 5, Folder 4

Ex-Marxist-Leninist Collective (XMLC), 1979-1980.

Box 5, Folder 5

For the People, 1975.

Box 5, Folder 6

Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), 1986, Nds.

Box 6, Folder 1

FRSO--Recruitment Study, 1988.

Box 6, Folder 2

FRSO--Internal Bulletin #1-10, 1985-1987.

Box 6, Folder 3

FRSO--Internal Bulletin #12-16, 1987-1988.

Box 6, Folder 4

FRSO--Internal Bulletin #17-22, 1988.

Box 6, Folder 5

FRSO--Internal Bulletin #23-28, 1988-1989.

Box 7, Folder 1

FRSO--Internal Bulletin #29-33, 1990.

Box 7, Folder 2

FRSO--Internal Bulletin #34-37, 1991.

Box 7, Folder 3

FRSO--Internal Bulletin #38-42, 1992.

Box 7, Folder 4

FRSO--Internal Bulletin #43-46, 1993.

Box 8, Folder 1

FRSO--Student Commission, Road Report #3-4, 7-10, 12-15, 1988-1990.

Box 8, Folder 2

FRSO--Student Commission, Road Report #16-17, 20-22, 24-27, 1990-1991.

Box 8, Folder 3

Freedom Socialist Party & Radical Women (FSP/RW), 1992.

Box 8, Folder 4

Graphics, 1983-1987.

Box 8, Folder 5

The Guardian, 1979, 1981, 1982.

Box 8, Folder 6

Hammerquist, Don--"Fascism in the U.S.," 1976.

Box 9, Folder 1

Hawaii, 1978-1979, 1983-1985.

Box 9, Folder 2

Homosexuality, 1973, 1975, 1977.

Box 9, Folder 3

J-Town Collective (JTC)-- New Dawn, 1976, 1978.

Box 9, Folder 4

John Brown Anti-Klan Committee-- No KKK, No Fascist U.S.A., 1989, 1990.

Box 9, Folder 5

J.P Stevens

Box 9, Folder 6

Kansas City Revolutionary Workers Collective (KCRWC), 1978-1979.

Box 9, Folder 7

Kansas Collective, 1979.

Box 9, Folder 8

Ku Klux Klan (KKK), 1979, 1982-1983.

Box 9, Folder 9

Kaufman, Theodore

Box 9, Folder 10

Latin American Bureau (LAB)-- Under the Eagle, 1981.

Box 9, Folder 11

League of Revolutionary Struggle, 1984.

Box 9, Folder 12

Line of March, 1981, 1988-1989, 1992.

Box 9, Folder 13

Marxist Leninist Collective (MLC), 1975-1980.

Box 10, Folder 1

MLC--Black National Question, 1976, 1979.

Box 10, Folder 2

MLC--Plans, 1978, 1979.

Box 10, Folder 3

MLC--Sumups, 1978.

Box 10, Folder 4

MLC-- Workers Press, 1976, 1977.

Box 10, Folder 5

MLC-- Workers Press, Correspondence, 1976.

Box 10, Folder 6

MLC-- Workers Press, Correspondence, 1977.

Box 10, Folder 7

MLC-- Workers Press, Correspondence, 1978.

Box 11, Folder 1

MLC--Workers Press, Correspondence, 1979.

Box 11, Folder 2

MLC--Workers Press, Correspondence, Nds.

Box 11, Folder 3

Marable, Dr. Manning, 1983, 1984, 1989.

Box 11, Folder 4

Marxist-Leninist Party (MLP), 1976, 1982, 1984.

Box 11, Folder 5

Mexican Solidarity Tour, 1989.

Box 11, Folder 6

Mexico/U.S. Border Conference, 1982.

Box 11, Folder 7-8

Michaels, Sammy--Correspondence & Papers, 1981-1992.

Box 11, Folder 9

Mongolian Socialist-Democratic Party, 1990.

Box 11, Folder 10

National Committee of Independent Political Action (NCIPA), 1988-1993.

Box 12, Folder 1

NCIPA--Discussion Bulletin, 1989-1993.

Box 12, Folder 2

National Rainbow Coalition, 1987.

Box 12, Folder 3

NRC--Jesse Jackson Presidential Campaign, 1988.

Box 12, Folder 4

Northstar Network, 1984.

Box 12, Folder 5

October League-- The Call, 1974.

Box 12, Folder 6

Organization for Revolutionary Unity (ORU), 1983, 1986.

Box 12, Folder 7

ORU--Conference, 1984.

Box 12, Folder 8

ORU--Correspondence, 1983-1985, Nds.

Box 12, Folder 9

Organizing Committee for an Ideological Center (OCIC), 1979-1980.

Box 12, Folder 10

The Other Side, 1987.

Box 12, Folder 11

Overview Latin America, 1981-1982.

Box 12, Folder 12

Pacific Collective (PC), 1977-1979.

Box 13, Folder 1

PC--"Nations, National Minorities and Rights of People," 1977.

Box 13, Folder 2

La Pena Cultural Center--La Pena Forum, 1982.

Box 13, Folder 3

Peninsula Socialist Discussion Group, 1992.

Box 13, Folder 4

Peninsulans for a Rainbow Coalition (PERC), 1987-1989.

Box 13, Folder 5

Prairie Fire Organizing Committee (PFOC), 1977.

Box 13, Folder 6

Progressive Labor Party (PLP)--History, 1977.

Box 13, Folder 7

PLP-- Challenge, 1979, 1980.

Box 13, Folder 8

PLP--"Rise and Fall of the Progressive Labor Party," Nd.

Box 13, Folder 9

Proletarian Unity League (PUL), 1978, 1982.

Box 13, Folder 10

Red Dawn Committee (RDC), 1978, 1980.

Box 13, Folder 11

Refugees, 1981.

Box 13, Folder 12

Regents of University of California v. Bakke, 1979.

Box 13, Folder 13

Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP)--Internal Discussion, Nds.

Box 13, Folder 14

Revolutionary Workers Collective (RWC), 1979, 1980.

Box 13, Folder 15

Revolutionary Workers Press (RWP), 1979.

Box 13, Folder 16

San Diego Organizing Committee (SDOC), 1977.

Box 13, Folder 17

San Francisco Bay Area Socialist Network Council, Nds.

Box 14, Folder 1

Security Guidelines, 1981, 1983.

Box 14, Folder 2

Service Employees IU for Jackson (SEIU), 1987.

Box 14, Folder 3-4

Shipyards, Nds.

Box 14, Folder 5

Shop Stewards--Papers, 1978-1979.

Folder 6

Socialist Upheaval of the US. Left Conference, 1990.

Box 14, Folder 7

Soviet Union--Articles.

Box 15, Folder 1

Solidarity, 1990.

Box 15, Folder 2

Some Comrades in the Bay Area-B.R. Johnson (SC), 1978, 1979.

Box 15, Folder 3

SC--Bulletin, 1991-1993.

Box 15, Folder 4

Theoretical Review, 1979-1980.

Box 15, Folder 5

Wichita Communist Cell (WCC), 1977-1979, 1981

Box 15, Folder 6

WCC--Multilateral Conference, 1979.

Box 15, Folder 7

Wahad, Dhoruba Bin, 1990.

Box 15, Folder 8

Women, Nds.

Box 15, Folder 9

Workers Congress, 1977.

Box 15, Folder 10

Workers Party, 1977, 1980.

 

New Communist Movement--International

Box 16, Folder 1

Afghanistan, Independent Afghanistan, 1981, 1982.

Box 16, Folder 2

Albania, 1944, 1978.

Box 16, Folder 3

Angola, 1976-1978.

Box 16, Folder 4

Canadian Revolution, 1976.

Box 16, Folder 5

Carpio, Salvador Cayetano, 1984.

Box 16, Folder 6-7

China1978-1979, 1989-1990.

Box 16, Folder 8

Communist International, 1924-25, 1929-1930.

Box 16, Folder 9

Communist Party of Canada, 1978.

Box 16, Folder 10

Communist Party of Ireland, 1978-1979.

Box 16, Folder 11

Cuba, 1977.

Box 16, Folder 12

El Grupo de Maiz Rebelde, 1979.

Box 16, Folder 13

Guatemala, 1981-1982.

Box 16, Folder 14

In Struggle!, 1979-1981.

Box 17, Folder 1

Iran, 1979, Nds.

Box 16, Folder 2

Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP), Nds.

Box 16, Folder 3

IRSP--Miscellaneous Publications, 1984-1986.

Box 16, Folder 4

IRSP-- IRSP North American Newsletter, 1985-1987.

Box 16, Folder 5

Japan, 1978.

Box 16, Folder 6

Lok Awaz, 1978-1979.

Box 16, Folder 7-8

El Salvador, 1977, 1981, Nds.

Box 16, Folder 9

France, 1984.

Box 18, Folder 1

Frente Farabundo Para La Liberacion Nacional/Frente Democratico Revolutionario (FMLN/FDR), 1981.

Box 18, Folder 2

Germany, Nds.

Box 18, Folder 3

National Publications Centre, 1976-1978.

Box 18, Folder 4

New Afrikaans People's Organization, 1990.

Box 18, Folder 5

Nicaragua, 1980, Nds.

Box 18, Folder 6

Palacios, Jorge, 1979.

Box 18, Folder 7

Partido de Revolucion Democratica (PRD), Nds.

Box 18, Folder 8

People's Canada Daily News, 1979.

Box 18, Folder 9

Peru, 1976, Nds.

Box 19, Folder 1

Philippines, 1984, 1986.

Box 19, Folder 2

Poland, Nds.

Box 19, Folder 3

Puerto Rico, Nds.

Box 19, Folder 4

Ray O. Light, 1978, 1979.

Box 19, Folder 5

Red Eureka Movement (REM)--Discussion Bulletin, 1979.

Box 19, Folder 6

Vietnam, 1982.

Box 19, Folder 7

Zimbabwe, Nds.

 

New Communist Movement--Economy

Box 20, Folder 1

Asbestos, 1977, Nds.

Box 20, Folder 2

"Buy American," Nds.

Box 20, Folder 3

Capitalism--Articles, 1977-1981.

Box 20, Folder 4

Class Chauvanism--Study, Nd.

Box 20, Folder 5

Common Organizing Business Operating Language--Origins of COBOL, 1990.

Box 20, Folder 6

Economy--Articles, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1982, Nds.

Box 20, Folder 7

General Motors (GM), Nds.

Box 21, Folder 1

GM, Nds.

Box 21, Folder 2

Labor

Box 21, Folder 3

Machinists for a Decent Contract (MDC)

Box 21, Folder 4

National Coalition of Labor Committees (NCLC)

Box 21, Folder 5

Political Economy Study Guides & Notes

Box 21, Folder 6

Rank and File Caucuses, Nds.

Box 21, Folder 7

Rate of Profit--Articles, 1979.

Box 21, Folder 8

Salinas Strike, 1987.

Box 21, Folder 9

Trade Unions, 1977-1978, 1980, 1982.

Box 21, Folder 10

Workplace Study, 1973, Nds.

 

New Communist Movement--National Joint Study

Box 22, Folder 1

National Joint Study (NJS), 1979, Nds.

Box 22, Folder 2

NJS--Correspondence, 1979-1980.

Box 22, Folder 3

NJS I, 1980.

Box 22, Folder 4

NJS II, 1980.

Box 22, Folder 5

NJS II--Notes, 1980.

Box 22, Folder 6

NJS II--Paper draft and rewrite, 1980.

Box 22, Folder 7

NJS III, 1981.