This document is intended to facilitate the introduction of PCR-RCP sympathizers to revolutionary work and their integration into the Party structures. It does not replace the Party Constitution but should be considered as an appendix for clarifying how an individual or a small group on individuals could be involved as soon as possible in a political activity in connection with the PCR-RCP. In this paper, we will look at the setting up of an Organizing Committee of the Party and discuss the tasks and responsibilities of such structure. This document is particularly oriented towards comrades who may not have frequent contact with other members or committees due to geographical remoteness or other constraints.
Anyone wishing to join the PCR-RCP as a member must file a written application preferably to a Party member or if impossible, to an official point of contact of the Party. In the case of a collective or group application, there may be a special process of which the applicants will be notified. This application letter should contain:
- A formal request for becoming member;
- A statement in which the applicant commits to follow Party discipline;
- A short resume including: family background; schooling; political experience; etc.
- General information on the current situation of the applicant: workplace; school; any litigation with the police or Justice; average earnings; health problems; dependencies;
- Main reasons why the applicant wants to join the PCR-RCP and a brief description of his/her understanding of its political and ideological line.
The applicant will first be introduced as a candidate member. During that period, which lasts at least for six months, two party members will follow him or her. As a candidate member, the applicant cannot vote in Party structures or be elected to any position, but has all the other rights and must fulfill its duties. The members in charge of supervising the candidate member will give him/her feedback through the whole process until a final decision be made. The candidate member must apply the decisions of the Party, pay his/her dues and carry out the general or specific tasks assigned to him or her by the Party.
What is an Organizing Committee?
When it is impossible in a given area to regroup enough Party members to have a Party unit (or cell), candidate members and sympathizers can form an organizing committee. Such committee does not require each participant to apply for membership; participation is based on sympathy with the Party’s policies and a general will for unity and solidarity. That being said, the stated objective of an organizing committee is to get enough people at some point to form a cell. When it becomes possible to create a cell, the committee is dissolved, candidate members are integrated into the cell and sympathizers are organized under the leadership of the new cell. The decision to dissolve the organizing committee and create a cell is jointly taken by the Party and the committee itself.
The Organizing Committee takes part to the best of its abilities in the political life of the Party, taking into accounts its inherent limits. The comrades who are part of the Committee can obviously vote on decisions that the Committee takes for itself; however, since the participants are not Party members, the Committee cannot take part in decisions made by the Party. Committee members may reserve their opinion on any decision of the Party and have the right to submit their opinion for discussion; however, if any Committee member performs a task on behalf of the PCR-RCP, he or she must uphold the Party positions. The Committee shall elect a secretary, if possible among Party members or candidate members; the secretary will then report to a comrade appointed by the Party and will become the link between the Party and the Committee. The secretary leads the Committee’s activity and ensures that tasks collectively decided are performed.
As a Party structure, the Organizing Committee should be seen as a place for organizing the revolution. For the revolution to happen, we must prepare it and perform the necessary tasks. These tasks are inseparable from each other; they come from 150 years of proletarian struggle synthesized in Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. This synthesis that supports our political line is the guide of our revolutionary practice. The foundation of MLM can be found in historical materialism. In short, to understand the essence of what it means, we can quote Karl Marx: “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.” Changing the world and knowing how to change it are the challenge we must face.
Revolutionary Investigation and Summarization
A basic task that the Organizing Committee must carry is to prepare lists on the various aspects of the life and activities of the proletarians in the area. These lists will be the basis on which the Committee will develop its propaganda. Here are examples of what could be listed:
- People’s struggles and mobilizations (current and past);
- Community groups;
- Proletarian neighbourhoods and low-income housing;
- Places where proletarians use to go: bar, cafés, parks, daycare, laundries, factories and other proletarian workplaces, etc.;
- Friends and other people sympathetic to the revolution and/or ready to wage class struggle;
- Enemies of communism;
- Places where it could be possible to place propaganda material (newspaper, posters, etc.);
- Any other relevant information for organizing.
By giving an idea of what the proletarian life looks like in the area, these lists will allow the organizing committee and the Party to better know where interested people could be find. Each of these lists should be regularly updated when new information comes; once completed, they will give a better overview of the territory where the committee wants to mobilize and organize. Setting up these lists is part of revolutionary investigation, which seeks to better know the reality in order to change it.
It is by advocating for revolution and by being part of all aspects of proletarian life that it becomes possible to identify what is useful from what is not, and what is desirable from what is undesirable. The more the mobilization will be strong, more this knowledge will be important. There is no need to “know everything” before beginning to be active; to have a concrete practice is the best way to learn, discover and investigate. Individually, as proletarians, we already know the things that immediately concern us. It may be wise to start with what is already familiar to us and then take notes as the information will come through our political work.
With the elements targeted in the lists, it is possible to set goals and tactics to mobilize the proletarian masses using an appropriate propaganda. All the propaganda aims to mobilize the masses in and around the Party, thereby increasing its influence. Any Communist Party worthy of the name should wisely use legal and illegal forms of poli¬ti¬cal work in order to fully achieve its objectives, which are fundamentally opposed to those of the bourgeoisie. All forms of propaganda are inseparable. There are various forms of propaganda, but the organizing committee will particularly strive to develop the following two forms:
General Political Propaganda:
It consists of explaining and promoting the positions of the Party. This propaganda calls the masses to action through written and verbal communication, papers and watchwords. The organizing committee should notably use these tools:
- The Partisan is a free and bilingual newspaper that reports on proletarian and peoples’ struggles in Canada and elsewhere. It gives a political presence for the Party and is useful for getting in touch with the proletarians.
- The PCR-RCP website contains the Party Programme, news, archives, statements from sister and generated organizations.
- Postering is both a way to make known the Party campaigns and activities and implant its presence.
Revolutionary Mass Action:
This type of propaganda wishes to show the revolutionary potential of the just struggles of the proletariat, to show the unity between the Party and the struggling masses and to demonstrate the leadership of the Party as the organizer of the revolutionary struggle. In this sense, members of the organizing committee must participate in demons¬trations, strikes, occupations, riots and other mass actions under the banner of the Party and putting forward its policies, outlook and style work.
Political Education of Committee Members
Remember here that the main objective of the organizing committee is to rally new forces for the Party. We must not only stimulate the desire to fight among the masses, but also bring together the most advanced people to get them to fight for communism. We should begin by working with those who are the most aware of class contradictions, before working on those who are less advanced. At some point, we should be strong enough to mobilize more people and make revolutionary outbreaks. The fight for communism requires qualitative and quantitative developments, that is to say, when we reach the goals that one is given, it sets the table for that we can give even greater goals.
For the organizing committee, the first step of this development by leaps and bounds is to target vanguard elements in its area and educate them to make them capable of becoming revolutionary leaders. To this end, the organizing committee will rely on the Party Programme, on basic MLM works and on documents from the International Communist Movement.
To make steady progress in educating members of the organizing committee, at least a three-hour meeting every two weeks should be devoted to the study and discussion of the documents mentioned above. Of these documents, the Programme is one that is vital because it presents a synthesized analysis of the situation of the Canadian proletariat and of the battle plan for revolution in Canada. In this sense, it is this document that must be better understood, the most studied, discussed and spread. We recommend that the Programme be studied one chapter at a time along with relevant reference to MLM classics. Because the Programme is the basis of unity of the PCR-RCP, candidate members must read it carefully in order for them to evaluate if they are in general agreement or not.
Comrades, our most dangerous weapon against the bourgeoisie is our intelligence—the science of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism. Mastering MLM means knowing the methods for transforming the world. By studying, upholding and applying MLM in our daily activity, there is no doubt that victory will come.