“Organizing low wage workers, combating climate change and fighting racism, sexism, homophobia and all forms of bigotry top the convention's agenda,” according to Sam Webb, the CPUSA's national chairman.
Webb will deliver the convention's keynote in the university's Illinois ballroom Friday afternoon.
Friday evening Peoplesworld.org, successor to the Daily Worker, is sponsoring a panel discussion “Working for a Living: New Challenges.” The panel will include Teresa Albano, co-editor of Peoplesworld.org, Howard Kling, Secretary of International Labor Communications Association AFL-CIO, Rasheen Aldrige from St. Louis' Can't Survive on $7.35, and Naquasia LeGrand, from New York City's Fast food forward movement.
The event is open to the public. Saturday evening, the convention will host an international evening featuring guests from Bangladesh, Cuba, Brazil, Georgia, Great Britain, Mexico, South Africa and Vietnam.
“Globalization has made us all interconnected” said Emile Schepers, who is working with the international delegation. “We anxious to hear about their experiences.”
“Electoral campaigns, immigrant rights, online organizing, combating voter suppression: you name it, we'll be discussing it,” remarked convention organizer John Bachtell. “We're looking forward to seeing everyone in Chicago.”