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Full text of "C P A Official Bulletin 1 Circa May 1921"

No. 1. 



OFFICIAL BULLETIN 

OF THE 

COMMUNIST PARTY OF AMERICA 

(Section of the Communist International) 

Formed at the Joint Unity Convention of the U. C. P. and the C. P. 

UNITY ACHIEVED! 

TO ALL MEMBERS 

of the C. P. and the U. C. P. now united in the COMMUNIST 
PARTY OF AMERICA, SECTION OF THE COMMUNIST 
INTERNATIONAL. 



Comrades: — 

The Joint Unity Convention 
which has just completed its labors 
marks the beginning of a new 
epoch in the life of the Communist 
movement of this country. The 
period of factional strife, which has 
torn the movement asunder during 
the past two years is now at an end. 
A new era has now begun, — the era 
of UNITY of all Communist ele- 
ments in ONE Party for the achieve- 
ment of the proletarian revolution. 

In this issue of the Official 
Bulletin the complete constitution 
adopted at the joint unity conven- 
tion of the United Communist Party 
and the Communist Party of Amer- 
ica is published. Every member is 
urged to study and apply the provi- 
sions contained in it. This constitu- 
tion represents the effort of the 
Convention to lay the basis of real 
and lasting unity between the divid- 
ed factions of the communist move- 
ment in this country. Its provisions 
are designed to cement together 
into one unified party, the comrades 
and groups so long separated from 
each other. Of the many conven- 
tions held by both the U. C. P. and 
the C. P. this unity convention will 
prove to be the most momentous 
and the most far-reaching in its ef- 
fect upon the communist movement 
in the U. S. Every member of both 
the former parties is expected to 
carry into life the letter and the 
spirit of this document. Upon the 
rapidity and thoroughness with 
which this is accomplished depends 
the realization of the actual liquida- 
tion of the organizational forms of 
both the former parties and the 
welding of the ruptured parts into 
one organic whole. 

The old, long drawn out, inter- 
party struggle is ended. Much bit- 
terness was engendered during this 
two-year factional fight, and while 
it cannot be expected that this 
acrimony will disappear overnight, 
it now becomes the supreme duty of 
every comrade whatever his or her 
place in the party, to get together 
and bend every effort to the im- 
mediate task which now confronts 
us of bringing every unit of both 
the former factions into the frame- 
work of the new, united party— • 
The Communist Party of America. 

How this unity was consum- 
matedT the story of the- convention 



at which thirty C. P. delegates met 
with thirty U. C. P. delegates, and 
there drew up and pledged themsel- 
ves to carry out the unification of 
both factions upon the basis of the 
Constitution and Program adopted 
there, will be told in the next issue 
of the Communist — the official 
organ — which will soon be issued. 

After wrestling for two weeks 
with the problems that contorted 
them, the sixty delegates, thirty 
trusted Comrades from each party. 



The Unity Assessment 

The Joint Unity Convention has 
levied an assessment of 50 cents 
upon every member of the Com- 
munist Party of America, former C. 
P. and U, C. P.) 

This Convention, lasting nearly 
two weeks, cost thousands of dollars 
more than the returns from the con- 
vention assessment, and leaves the 
party without the necessary funds to 
properly carry on the work imposed 
upon the new C. E. C. by the Con- 
vention. 

TheX. E. C. appeals to the mem- 
bers to purchase as many 50 cent 
stamps as they possibly can. 
EVERY MEMBER MUST BUY 
AT LEAST OKE. 

Let every group captain see that 
his group pays for its full quota. 
Members who are out of work are 
exempt, but those who are working 
should make up for those comrades 
who cannot pay the unity assess- 
ment by buying several stamps. 

The C. E. C. must immediately 
issue a Manifesto; send out organ- 
izers; issue leaflets; push the work 
within the unions ; issue the legal and 
illegal papers ; etc. The Federations 
must hold their language con- 
ferences: District Conventions must 
be held as soon as possible. 

ALL THIS REQUIRES MONEY 
AT ONCE. 

PAY YOUR ASSESSMENT 
NOW and thus provide the means 
for carrying out those activities 
which will cement all communist 
units into ONE Communist Party. 

Let every member of the former 
C. P. and U. C. P. respond AT 
ONCE. 

The need is urgent. 

BUY AS MANY UNITY AS- 
SESSMENT STAMPS AS YOU 
CAN. 



came to a unanimous agreement on 
every essential point. 

No compro'mise was needed on 
either side to reach an agreement 
on principles. The discussion soon 
showed that on Program there was 
practical unanimity of opinion, and 
the Party Program, which will 
soon be published in all Official 
Organs, was adopted without dif- 
ficulty. 

With the constitiution it was dif- 
ferent. This offered the real prob- 
lem. Here "deadlocks" occurred 
on many points, until both sides 
were convinced that without con- 
cessions from both it would be im- 
possible to achieve that unity of 
Communist working forces which 
was so greatly desired by all. 

A negotiations committee, con- 
sisting of five from each side, work- 
ed out a compromise, a happy me- 
dium embodying the best points of- 
fered by each Party in constitution- 
al provisions, After all night caucus 
sessions these were adopted first 
by the C. P. and U. C. P. delegations 
separately, and then unanimously 
by the Joint Unity Convention. 

The principal points at issue and 
the decisions regarding them are as 
follows: 

1. Appointment or election of 
organizers. The C. P. proposed to 
appoint all District, subdistrict, and 
section organizers, while the U. C. 
P. stood for the election of the sub- 
district and section organizers ap- 
pointing only the District organ- 
izers. The agreement provides for 
the appoinment of subdistrict or- 
ganizers and election of section or- 
ganizers, 

2. Composition ot District and- 
subdistrict committees. The C. P. 
proposed that these should consist 
of appointed officials only. The U. 
C. P. proposed that they should be 
elected by membership concention. 
The compromise is that each com- 
mittee should have five members 
elected by the convention in addi- 
tion to the appointed District and 
subdistrict organizers. 

3. Filling of vacancies on the C.^ 
E. C. The C. P. proposed that this' 
should be done by co-optation. The 
U.'C. P. that alternates should be 
elected by the convention. It was 
decided to have the convention 
elect six alternates, three from 
each side, and to permit the C. E. 



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E. to co-optate when this list is 
exhausted. 

4. Size of C. E. C. The C. P. asked 
for nine members, so that there 
should be a majority. The U. C. P. 
for ten, so that neither side could 
crush the other. The C. P. proposal 
was agreed to, but due to deadlock 
in election it was impossible to car- 
ry this out, and a Committee of ten, 
five from each side, was finally 
elected. 

5. Language Federations. The 
C. P. wanted federations which 
were integral parts of the national 
organization, with power to collect 
dues and assess and discipline their 
members. The U. C. P. wanted 
the proposition of the American 
Agency. The form of language or- 
ganization finally agreed upon 
provides: 

a. All groups to consist of mem- 
bers speaking the same language 
and to be affiliated with language 
branches and federations. 

b. Federations to meet in annual 
national conferences to elect Na- 
tional Language Bureaus. . 

c. These Bureaus to elect editors, 
appoint organizers, supervise all 
federation activities. 

d. All acts of federations, confer- 
ences and Bureaus to be under 
strict control and subject to appro- 
val by C. E. C. 

e. Federations and Bureaus to 
have NO authority to discipline 
membership, b x ut may recommend 
discipline to regular Party units. 

f. All dues and assesments to go 
through regular Party channels in- 
stead of federation channels, C. E. 
C. to remit 1/3 of dues to respective 
Language Bureaus. 

g. District language conferences 
to elect members on District lan- 
guage Bureaus: The National Bu- 
reaus deal with Branches through 
the District Bureaus and through 
direct connections between the 
Language Bureaus and their 
branches. 



It is hoped that this form of lan- 
guage organization offers a method 
of supplying the language needs 
without those features of /the feder- 
ation from or organization against 
which the membership of the U. C. 
P. had protested most. 

The membership of the old C. P. 
Federations will please note that 
the new method of paying dues 
takes effect July 1st. During June 
C. P. language branch dues should 
still be paid through the old federa- 
tion channels. After July first 
ALL dues and assessments must be, 
paid by the branch organizers to 
the Section organizers in their lo- 
calities in order for the branch to 
be in good standing. 

Th old U. C. P. membership will 
note that dues are reduce to sixty 
cents per month, the change taking 
effect July first. For June every U. 
C. P. member must still pay the 
dues at the old rate of 75 cts. 
EVERY ONE MUST PAY DUES 
FOR JUNE. Group captains must 
collect in full and remit at once, so 
as to merge 100 percent of the 
membership into the newly united 
Party. 

6. Official Organs. Hereafter the 
Officials organs will be published 
monthly. There will be no more free 
distribution to the membership. 
All must pay for their copies. 

There will be issued a Party Bul- 
letin twice a month, every mem- 
ber to receive a copy without charge. 

The unity convention adopted a 
plan for liquidation and amalga- 
mation of the two party organiza- 
tions, which is published in full in 
another column. Special attention 
must be paid to the following 

a. Until new connections are es- 
tablished securely, all (Committees 
and organizers must remain on the 
job. Every organizer must turn over 
all his connections to his successor 
and work with him until he is firmly 
established. Every new oragnizer 
must make sure that he has all con- 



nections of his predecessor before 
letting him go. 

b. The membership should not 
wait for the official amalgamation 
locally, but should begin to co- 
operate in their activities at once. 

c. Every member and every unit 
must make sure that connections 
are properly established in the reor- 
ganization process, so as not to be 
overlooked and left out. 

d. Every unit must at once make 
statement and remit for all litera- 
ture sold or saleable literature on 
hand and report to the higher unit. 
Also an inventory of all equipment, 
typewriters, desks etc that may be- 
long to the Party. 

Your Central Executive Commit- 
tee calls upon members and all 
party units of both former factions, 
to carry out its decisions promptly 
and without reservation, with the 
assurance that all that was best in 
both former factions will be con- 
served; that the one will supple- 
ment and add to the other; that 
neither side will or can crush or 
suppress the other; that the liquida- 
tion of the affairs of both the for- 
mer parties will proceed in the spirit 
of communist unity, until, at last, 
all the old factional lines will dis- 
appear, and the comrades will be 
united into one compact, disciplin- 
ed Communist Party. 

From this time on let every mem- 
ber, whether he belonged to the for- 
mer U C. P. or to the former C. P. 
A., remember that'there is now only 
ONE Communist Party in the U. 
S., and that it becomes his or her 
immediate duty to perfect the unity 
which was achieved at the Joint 
Unity Convention. Let every mem- 
bers now devote every ounce of 
energy and enthusiasm to bring to 
a Successful issue the tremendous 
task that confronts our Party — 
the triumph of the Proletarian Re- 
volution in America. 

Central Executive Committee 
Communist Party of America 



Constitution of the Communist Party of America 



(Adopted at the Joint Unity Convention of 

the United Communist Party and the 

Communist Party of America.) 

ARTICLE I. NAME. PURPOSE, and 
EMBLEM 

Section 1. The name of this organization 
shall be the Communist Party of America, 
Section of the Communist International." 

Section 2. The Communist Party of 
America is the vanguard of the working 
class, namely, its most advanced, class con- 
scious and therefore its most revolutionary 
part. Its purpose is to educate, direct and 
lead the working class of America for the 
conquest of political power; to destroy the 
bourgeois state machinery; to establish the 
Dictatorship of the Proletariat in the form 
of Soviet power; to abolish the capitalist 
system and to introduce the Communist 
Society. 

Section 3. The emblem of the Party 
shall be the crossed hammer and- sickle bet- 
ween sheaves of wheat and within a double 
circle. Below the hammer and sickle the 
words "All power to the workers." In the 
circular margin the words "Communist 
Party of America — Section of the Com- 
munist International." 

ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP 

Section 1. Every person who accepts the 
principles and the tactics of the Commun- 
ist Party and of the Communist Interna- 
tional, and agrees to submit to the Party 
discipline and engage actively in its work, 
shall be eligible for membership, provided 
he is not a member or supporter of any 
other political organization. 



Section 2. No person whose livelihood is 
gained by exploiting labor shall be eligible 
to membership in the Communist Party of 
America. 

Section 3. Applicants shall be vouched 
for by two persons who have been members 
of the Party for at least six consecutive 
months, except in newly organized groups 
in new territory. Every applicant shall be 
assigned to a recruiting grcfap on probation 
for three months, with voice but no vote. 
The applicant shall be accepted only upon 
examination and recommendation by the re- 
cruiting group captain, and by unanimous 
approval of the Branch Executive Com- 
mittee. 

Section 4. A special captain shall be 
placed in charge of each recruiting group 
by the Branch Executive Committee. 

Section 5. An applicant shall pay one 
dollar initation .fee, and all dues and as- 
sessments beginning with the month in 
which he is accepted in the recruting group. 

Section 6. A member may transfer from 
one Party unit to another only upon certi- 
fication of the Party unit to which he be- 
longs. The unit granting the transfer must 
ascertain that the member asking for it 
has discharged all his Party obligations, 
and shall notify the unit to which the 
member transfers through the regular 
Party channels. He shall go to the group 
to which he assigned by the Branch Execu- 
tive Committee. 

ARTICLE III. FORM AND UNITS OF 
ORGANIZATION 

Section 1. The Communist Party of 
America is an underground, illegal organ- 
ization. It is highly centralized, with the 



Convention as its supreme body, and the 
Central Executive Committee acting as 
such between Conventions. 

Section 2. The basic unit of the Party 
shall be a group of approximately ten 
members, and wherever possible not less 
than five. 

Section 3 Groups of the same language 
within a city or locality shall form a 
Branch. Branches shall consist of not more 
than ten groups each. 

Section 4. Branches within a locality 
shall form a Section. /■ Sections shall consist 
as nearly as possible of ten Branches, and 
shall be formed wherever there are two or 
more Branches within a locality. 

Section 5. Sub-districts shall consist of 
not more than ten Sections and of isolated 
Branches within a territory prescribed by 
the District Executive Committee. 

Section 6. All Sub-districts within a 
prescribed territory shall form a District. 
The limits of Districts are determined by 
the Central Executive Committee. Districts 
and Sub-districts shall be organized within 
industrial sections regardless of political 
boundaries. 

ARTICLE IV. CONVENTIONS 

Section 1. The Convention is the sup- 
reme body of the Party, and shall be called 
by the Central Executive Committee at 
least once a year. 

Section 2. Emergency Conventions, with 
all the powers of regular Conventions, shall 
be called by the Central Executive Com- 
mittee upon its own initiative or upon the 
demand of District Conventions represent- 
ing a majority of the membership. 



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Section 3. (a) Elections to the Con- 
vention shall begin in the groups. Each 
group shall elect one elector to the Section 
Convention, and the Section Convention 
shall elect delegates to the District Con- 
vention. Branches that are directly connect- 
ed with the Sub-district shall send their 
delegates to the nearest Section. The rep- 
resentation in the Section and the District 
electors' meeting and in the Convention of 
the Party shall be fixed by the Convention 
call, issued by the Central Executive Com- 
mittee. 

(b) If there are more than fifteen 
groups in a Section, the Sub-district Com- 
mittee shall subdivide the Section for the 
elections so that no more than fifteen at- 
tend a Section electors' meeting. Wherever 
necessary, units shall be combined to comp- 
ly with the accepted basis of representa- 
tion. 

Section U. The number of delegates shall 
be determined by the Central Executive 
Committee according to the circumstances. 
Delegates shall be apportioned to the Dist- 
ricts in proportion to the membership. 

Section 5. Section, Sub-district and 
District Organizers of the Party shall at- 
tend the electors' meetings of their respec- 
tive and subordinate units, and shall have 
voice but no vote, unless elcted as delegates 
themselves. 

Section 6. Section, Sub-district and 
District electors' meetings may elect as 
their delegates members of the Party from 
any unit outside their territorial divisions. 

Section 7. At the same time that the call 
for the Convention is issued, the Central 
Executive Committee shall submit to every 
group for discussion the Agenda and other 
propositions that are to come before the 
Convention. At least sixty days before the 
Convention, the Party Press shall be open- 
ed for discussion of important Party mat- 
ters. 

Section 8. Delegates to the National 
Convention shall be paid railroad expenses 
and the same wages as Party officials. 

ARTICLE V. CENTRAL EXECUTIVE 
COMMITTEE 

Section 1. Between Conventions the 
Central Executive Committee shall be the 
supreme body of the Party and shall direct 
all the Party's activities. 

Section 2. The Central Executive Com- 
mittee shall consist of ten members elected 
by the Convention. The Convention shall 
also elect six alternates. When the list of 
alternates shall have been exhausted the 
Central Executive Committee shall have the 
right -of co-optation. 

Section 3. All Central Executive Com- 
mittee members shall devote all their time 
to the work of the Party and shall live in 
the city in which the National Headquart- 
ers are located, or in adjacent cities. 

Section U. Candidates for the Central 
Executive Committee must have been memb- 
ers of a Party affiliated with the Com- 
munist International at least eighteen 
months. 

Section 5. The identity of the Central 
Executive Committee members shall not be 
made known either by themselves or by 
those present at the Convention. 

Section 6. The Central Executive Com- 
mittee shall elect delegates to the Inter- 
national Congresses and the Communist 
Party of America members of the Executive 
Committee of the Communist International. 

Section 7. The Central Executive Com- 
mittee shall call in the District Organizers 
for a conference at least every six months. 

Section 8. The Central Executive Com- 
mittee shall make a monthly report of the 
Party activities and Party finances item- 
ized by Districts. 

Section 9. A complete audit and ac- 
accounting of all Party funds shall be made 
every six months. The auditing committee 
shall consist of three members elected by 
the Convention. The Convention shall also 
elect three alternates. No member of the 
Central Executive Committee and no paid 
Party employee shall be a member of the 
auditing committee. The report of the 
auditing committee shall be made to the 
membership, within one month after the 
completion of its work. 

ARTICLE VI. DISTRICTS AND SUB- 
ORDINATE UNITS 

Section 1. The Central Executive Com- 
mittee shall appoint District Organizers for 
each District. 

Section 2. Every District Organizer 
shall make complete reports to the District 
Executive Committee as to the general 
Party work in his District. He shall sub- 



mit and carry out the instructions and de- 
cisions of the Central Executive Committee. 
He shall make remittances, financial state- 
ments and reports to- the Central Executive 
Committee at least once a week. He shall 
submit financial statements to the member- 
ship in his District at least once a month. 
Section 3. District Conventions shall be 
held at least every six months. Every 
Section shall . send delegates to the District 
Convention in proportion to the member- 
ship. The District Convention shall elect 
five members to the District Executive 
Committee. These five members, together 
with the District Organizer and the Sub- 
district Organizers shall constitute the 
District Executive Commitee. The District 
Executive Committee shall supervise the 
activities of the District Organizer and shall 
regularly submit the minutes of its meet- 
ings to the Central Executive Committee. 
All actions of the District Executive Com- 
mittee and the District Covention are sub- 
ject to approval by the Central Executive 
Committee. 

Section 4. District Organizers shall ap- 
point Sub-district Organizers subject to the 
approval of the Central Executive Com- 
mittee. 

Section 5. Sub-district Organizers shall 
make remmittances, financial statements 
and reports to the District Organizers once 
a week. 

Section 6. The Sub-district Organizer 
shall call meetings of the Sub-district Ex- 
ecutive Committee at least every two weeks. 
He shall make a complete report to the 
Sub-district Executive Committee, and 
transmit and carry out the decisions and 
the instructions of the Central Executive 
Committee, the District Organizer and the 
District Executive Committee. 

Section 7. The Sub-district Executive 
Committee shall consist of the Sub-district 
Organizer, the Section Organizers and the 
Organizers of isolated Branches having 
direct- connections with the Sub-district. 

Section 8. The Section Executive Com- 
mittee shall consist of Branch Organizers 
and shall elect Section Organizers. 

Section 9. Branch Organizers shall be 
elected by the group captains. They shall 
work under the direction of the Section 
Organizers and shall meet at least once a 
week. 

Section 10. The Branch Executive Com- 
mittee shall consist of the Branch Organ- 
izer and the group captains of the Branch. 
The Branch Executive Committee shall 
meet at least once a week. 

Section 11. District Organizers, Sub- 
district Organizers, Section and \J3ranch 
Organizers shall have been members of the 
Party not less than one year. Group cap- 
tains, six months. 

Section 12. Executive Committees of the 
various Party units have authority to act 
within their jurisdiction, subject to the de- 
cisions of the higher Party units. 

Section 13. Each group shall meet at 
least once every week under the direction 
of the group captain, who shall make a 
complete report to his group on all Party 
work, on the activities of his Branch and 
of all other Party units. 

ARTICLE VII. LANGUAGE FEDE- 
RATIONS 

Section 1. Language groups shall con- 
sist of members speaking the same langua- 
ge. Language groups in the same locality 
shall be formed into Language Branches; 
all Branches of the same language shall 
be united into Language Federations, pro- 
vided they have at least 250 members. 

Section 2. All language groups and 
branches shall be integral parts of the 
Party structure in their localities, and shall 
perform and carry out all Party functions 
and obligations. 

Section 3. (a) Shortly after Party 
Conventions, National Language Conferen- 
ces shall be held. The expenses of these 
conferences shall be paid out of the regular 
Party treasury. 

(b) These National Conferences shall 
formulate plans for education and propa- 
ganda in their respective languages, both 
legal and illegal, and shall elect National 
Language Bureaus consisting of not less 
than five and not more than seven mem- 
bers each, subject to the approval of the 
Central Executive Committee. All actions 
of these conferences shall be in strict con- 
formity with the decisions of the Party 
Convention and the Central Executive Com- 
mittee. 

Section b. National Language Bureaus 
shall elect editors for their legal and illegal 



publications, and shall supervise all legal 
and illegal activities of their respective 
Federations, subject to the lapproval of 
the Central Executive Committee. 

Section 5. The minutes of the National 
Language Bureaus shall be regularly sub- 
mitted to the Central Executive Commit- 
tee and all their actions shall be subject to 
the direction, control and approval of the 
Central Executive Committee. 

Section 6. (a) For illegal work, the 
National Language Bureaus shall connect 
with their respective Branches through 
;heir Language Federation Channels. 

or if necessary, through regular Party 
channels of communication. 

(b) They shall have the right to appoint 
Organizers, including District and Sub- 
district Language Organizers, subject to 
approval of the Central Executive Com- 
mittee 

(c) All Language Organizers shall 
work under the supervision of the Party 
District Organizers in the various districts. 

Section 7. National Language Bureaus 
shall translate and transmit all statements, 
circulars and communications addressed to 
the membership by the Central Executive 
Committee, within one week after their re- 
ceipt. They Shall issue at least once a 
month an underground official organ in 
their respective languages, subject to the 
approval of the Central Executive Com- 
mittee. 

Section 8.- (a) Language Groups and 
Branches shall pay all their dues and as- 
sesments through the regular Party chan- 
nels to the Central Executive Committee. 

(b) By the 10th of each month the 
Central Executive Committee shall remit 
20 cents of the dues received from each 
member of the Language Branches to the 
respective National Language Bureaus. 

(c) Additional expenses of Language 
Bureaus, authorized by the Central Ex- 
ecutive Committee shall be paid from the 
regular Party treasury. 

(d) The National Language Bureau 
shall aeconut to the Central Executive 
Committee regularly for all funds entrust- 
ed to them and shall make regular finan- 
cial reports to the Central Executive Com- 
mittee regarding all the legal institutions 
in their respective languages, subject to 
the audit of the Central Executive Com- 
mittee. 

Section 9. (a) Special assessment for 
language work may be recommended by 
the Language Bureaus and may be levied 
by the Central Executive Committee upon 
the entire Party membership. 

(b) Special assessments may also be 
levied by the National Language Bureaus 
on the membership of their Federations, 
with the approval of the Central Executive 
Committee. 

Section 10. Language Bureaus and Fede- 
rations shall have no power to suspend, ex- 
pel or reorganize affiliations. All discip- 
linary powers are vested exclusively in the 
regular Party organization machinery. 

(b) Language Bureaus and Federations 
may recommend such suspension, expulsion 
or reorganization to the party units having 
jurisdiction. 

Section 11. District Language Confer- 
ences shall be called by the District Execu- 
tive Committee to discuss educational and 
propaganda needs of their languages in the 
district and to elect five members to the 
District Language Bureau. These, together 
with the Federation District Organizer and 
the Federation Sub-district Organizer shall 
constitute the District Language Bureau. 
The District Language Bureau shalUcarry 
on the work in their respective languages 
under the direction of the District Execut- 
ive Committee. 

ARTICLE VIII. DISCIPLINE 

Section 1. All members and Party units 
shall maintain and enforce strict Party 
discipline. All decisions of the governing 
bodies of the Party shall be binding upon 
the membership and subordinate units. 

Section 2. The following offenses are 
breaches of Party discipline: 

1) Violation of the fundamental prin- 
ciples of the program and the Constitution 
of the Party. 

2) Refusal to accept and carry out the 
decisions of the Party. 

3) Willfully to block and disrupt Party 
work and the co-operation of the various 
Party units. 

4) Knowingly and unnecessarily to en- 
danger the underground work of the Party. 

5) In any way to betray the Party trust. 
Section 3. Formal charges must be pre- 

cented against any member or unit accused 
of breach of discipline, and these must be 



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investigated by the next higher unit before 
discipline is enforced. 

Section 4. Members deliberately accus- 
ing any member or unit of the Party, after 
accusation has been found groundless by 
the investigating committee, are subject to 
discipline. 

Section 5. Members may be suspended 
or expelled by the Braach Executive Com- 
mittee subject to approval of the Section 
Executive Committee. 

Section 6. Groups may be suspended, ex- 
pelled or reorganied by the Section Execu- 
tive Committee subject to the approval of 
the Sub-district Executive Committee. 

Section 7. Branches may be suspended, 
expelled or reorganized by the Sub-district 
Executive Committee subject to the ap- 
proval of the District Executive Committee. 

Section 8. AfSection or Sub-district may 
be suspended, expelled or reorganized by 
the District Executive Committee subject 
to the approval of the Central Executive 
Committee. 

Section 9. Districts may be suspended, 
expelled or reorganized by the Central Ex- 
ecutive Committee subject to the approval 
of the Convention. 

Section 10. Members or groups suspends 
ed or expelled may appeal to the District 
Executive Committee before final action 
is taken. 

Section 11. Any higher unit in the Party 
may present charges against any subordi- 
nate unit or member within its jurisdiction. 

Section 12. Every member of the Com- 
munist Party elected, or appointed to an, 
official position in a labor union or any 
other organization shall be under strict 
Party control and the immediate instruc- 
tions of the Party nucleus of his labor union 
or other organization. 

Section 13. No delegates to the Nation- 
al Convention shall be bound by decisions 
of the units by which they are elected. 
Delegates are obliged to present instruc- 
tions as recommendations to the Convention. 

Section H. The Central Executive Com- 
mittee shall maintain discipline over its 
members. It may suspend or expel one of 
its members by a vote of eight to one, ac- 
cused member not voting. 

Section 15. Any suspended or expelled 
member of the Central Executive Com- 
mittee shall have the right to appeal in 
writing to the next National Party Con- 
vention. 

ARTICLE IX. FINANCE 

Section 1. Applicants for membership 
shall pay an initiation fee of One Dollar, 
which shall be forwarded to the National 
Organization. 

Section 2. Monthly dues shall be sixty 
cents and shall be receipted for by dues 
stamps issued by the Central Executive 
Committee and paid into the National 
Party treasury through the regular Party 
channels. 

Section 3. Special assessments may be 

levied by the Convention and the Central 

Executive Committee. No member shall be 

considered in good standing unless he pays 

"such assessments. 

Section 4. Members unable to pay dues 
and assessments on account of sickness, un- 
employment, inprisonment, strikes or for 
similar reasons, shall be granted exemption 
upon application to the Branch Executive 
Committee. Group Organizers shall in- 
clude such requests in their' reports, and 
Branch Organizers shall report all exempt 
tions granted every time they make their 
remittances for dues. 

Section 5. Dues shall be paid monthly. 
No advance payments shall be made, and 
members who have not paid dues by the 
first of the month for the previous month, 
shall be considered in bad standing. A 
member who is two months in arrears 
shall be dropped from membership, unless 
within one month after notification by the 
Group Organizer, he places himself in good 
standing. 

ARTICLE X. PARTY PRESS 

Section 1. The Central Executive Com^ 
mittee shall publish the official under- 
ground organ of the Party, which shall be 
issued at least once a month. 

Section 2. The Central Executive Com- 
mittee shall issue a bi-weekly Party bulletin 
which shall be distributed to the member- 
ship free of charge. 

Section 3. Literature issued by the 
Party shall be under the supervision of 
the editorial committee and under the con- 
trol of^ the Central Executive Committee. 

Section U. No subdivision of the Party 
may publish papers or books without the 
permission of the Central Executive Com* 



mittee. Over their own signature, Sec- 
tions may issue leaflets, dealing with mat- 
ters in their locality, subject to the ap^ 
proval of the Central Executive Commit- 
tee or such District Committees as may be 
so empowered by the Central Executive 
Committee. 

Section 5. All legal and illegal Party 
press and publishing machinery, including 
Federation press and establishments shall 
be unconditionally and fully subject to the 
Party through its Central/ Executive Com- 
mittee or «uch other Party units as may 
be expressly authorized by the Central Ex- 
ecutive Committee. 



Section 6. No member of the Party shall 
contribute articles pr editorials of a politic- 
al or economic nature to the bourgeois press 
except by permission of the Central Ex- 
ecutive Committee. 

ARTICLE XI. PARTY NUCLEI. 

Section 1. The Central Executive Com- 
mittee shall provide for the organization 
of Communist Party nuclei, composed of 
Communist Party members only, in the 
shops, in the unions, and in other workers' 
organiations ; winthin the army and navy, 
and ex-soldiers' organizations. 



Report of Liquidation Committee 



The Liquidation Committee recommends 
to the Convention to instruct the Central 
Executive Committee to bring about unity 
of all Party organizations and activities in 
the shortest possible time, and on the fol- 
lowing basis: 

PARTY UNITS 

1. At the first meeting the Central Ex- 
ecutive Committee shall decide upon the 
number and limits of Party Districts, tak- 
ing into consideration the existing Dis- 
tricts of both Parties. 

2. In cases where the redivision differs 
from the existing limits, provision shall be 
made for turning over connections involved 
from the existing District to the new ones, 
and the units involved shall participate in 
the formation of Section, Sub-district and 
District organs in their new Districts. 

3. Until the new District* Executive 
Committees are organized according to the 
new constitution of the Party, temporary 
District Executive Committees shall be 
formed, consisting of the new District Or- 
ganizer and the old District and Sub-dis- 
trict organizers of both parties. The Sub- 
district Executive Committees and local 
or Section Executive Committees shall con- 
tinue as heretofore, until the respective 
bodies are organized according to the new 
constitution. 

(a) The temporary District Executive 
^Committees shall determine the divisions 
of their Bistricts into Sub-districts, and the 
division of the Sub-districts into Sections. 

(b) All activities of all the units of 
both Parties shall be co-ordinated at once. 

4. Former United Communist Party 
and Communist Party Branches of the 

same language, existing in the same Branch 
territory, shall be combined (and again sub- 
divided, if necessary) so as to form strong 
Branches without overlapping each other. 
This reorganization shall be carried out by 
the Section Executive Committees (or Sub- 
district Executive Committees in case of 
isolated Branches directly connected with 
the Sub-district), formed by the old Branch- 
es according to the new constitution of the 
Party. 

5. Full strength Groups within a small 
territory may continue as heretofore. 
Small Groups and Groups with scattered 
membership shall be combined and reor- 
ganized without regard to former affilia- 
tion. 

ASSETS AND LIABILITIES 

6. All assets and liabilities of the Com- 
munist Party and the United Communist 
Party shall be taken over by the united 
Party. 

7. The Executive Secretaries of the 
Communist Party and the United Commun- 
ist Party shall turn over all cash and Party 
property under their control to the new Ex- 
ecutive Secretary through the auditing 
Committees elected by this Convention; in 
the same way they shall submit full item- 
ized statements of all their liabilities and 
obligations. This refers to all assets and 
liabilities of the Central Executive Com- 
mittees of both parties. 

8. The District Organizers of the Com- 
munist Party and United Communist Party 
shall immediately prepare full itemized 
statements of their assets and liabilities 
(cash balances, office furniture and equip- 
ment, other properties, loans and' accounts 
receivable, loan accounts payable, etc.), 
signed and prbperly audited copies of which 
they shall send to the Central Executive 
Committee of the Party and give to the 
new District Organizers. They shall pay 
their liabilities as far as possible, and turn 
over the cash and property according to 
instructions from the Central Executive 
Committee. 



PRESS AND LITERATURE. 

9. All Party press and publications of 
the Communist Party and United Commun- 
ist Party shall immediately come under the 
control and direction of the new Central 
Executive Committee. The decisions of 
this Convention taken on the report of the 
Press Committee shall be carried out as 
quickly as possible. 

10. All printing and shipping facilities, 
machinery and equipment of both Parties 
shall be turned over to the new Central 
Executive Committee at once; a complete 
statement of the same to be prepared by 
the Executive Secretaries of both Parties. 

11. Any Party paper or publication 
(legal) having its own management and 
accounts shall immediately submit to the 
Central Executive Committee full itemized 
statement of its assets and liabilities. 

12. Party Defense Committees maintain- 
ing separate treasuries and accounts shall 
immediately submit to the Central Execu- 
tive Committee full itemized statements of 
their assets and liabilities. This applies 
to all other Party Committees or organiza- 
tions. 

13. Full statement of literature stock 
on hand and of amounts owing for papers 
and literature from the Branches and other 
Party units shall be submitted as soon as 
possible. 

14. The Executive Secretaries of both 
.Parties shall submit to the Central Execu- 
tive Committee a complete list of books 
and pamphlets printed, ordered, and in 
preparation, as well as stock on hand, giv- 
ing number of copies, titles, printers, cost, 
estimates, advance payments and amounts 
owing for lietrature. 

MISCELLANEOUS. 

15. To avoid duplication, waste, and 
competition, steps shall be taken for the 
immediate amalgamation and co-ordination 
of all legal Party organizations and activi- 
ties, such as defense, education, entertain- 
ments, etc. 

16. The nuclei of both Parties in unions, 
shops and workers' societies shall be 

brought together and united with the least 
possible delay. 



Get Together! 

Detailed instructions regarding the 
process of liquidating the affairs of the 
two Parties and amalgamating them 
into one organic whole will be trans- 
mitted through District organizers. Do 
not take the specific steps for official- 
.ly uniting locally until these instruc- 
tions reach you through the regular 
Party channels. This must be done 
very carefully and according to one 
uniform plan, or great confusion may 
result. The plan of the C. E. C. pro- 
vides that this process of amalgama- 
tion shall be completed by July 1st. 

You should however, not wait until 
this official amalgamation takes place 
before uniting th e local forces of the 
two parties. Get together at once for 
practical work. 'Support wholehearted- 
ly whatever educational and propa- 
ganda 'work may have been initiated 
by either Party. Co-operate in the 
union-, nuclei in Defense activities, 
in mass meetings for the unemployed, 
in the sale and distribution of literature 
that either Party may have on hand.