Fifth Congress of Freedom Road Socialist Organization:
The 5th Congress of Freedom Road Socialist Organization was a solid success that built on our many accomplishments over recent years. Delegates came from across the United States, from New Jersey to North Carolina, from Los Angeles to Chicago. It was particularly heartening see a strong delegation from the southern U.S.
The call to the congress stated:
As a result of the changed political situation, much of the work at the 5th Congress was devoted to analyzing the new political period we find ourselves in and our related tasks.
Our national Political Secretary, Stef Yorek, gave a speech to open the congress where she noted:
The 5th Congress adopted a Main Political Report. Prepared under the leadership of our National Executive Committee, the Main Political Report summarized the political terrain in the U.S., focusing in on the rise of the immigrant rights and anti-war movements.
We adopted a central task document that lays out our main line of march for the period ahead. We will continue our efforts to build a new communist party, in the context of the growing mass movements. We also elected the leadership of our organization that will guide us in our work over the next few years.
The assembled delegates also adopted two sections of our political program - one being a class analysis of the U.S. and the other putting forth the immediate demands of the national movements inside the U.S. The development of the rest of the program will be an ongoing project of our organization over the next few years.
The Political Secretary expressed the delegates' enthusiasm for working class internationalism and socialism, stating:
Delegates to the congress discussed some of the practical work to support the revolutionary movements in other countries.
Messages of solidarity from revolutionary organizations around the world were read to the delegates. The parties that sent messages to the 5th congress included: Communist Party of Albania, Socialist Party of Bangladesh, Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), Workers Party of Belgium, Socialist Unity Center of India, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Communist Party of the Philippines, Proletarian Union (Spain), Communist Party of Sweden and the Syrian Communist Party.