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Statement to the North Carolina Advisory Commission on Civil Rights

Date: February 26, 1980

Author: Communist Workers Party U.S.A.

Biographical/Historical abstract: The Communist Workers Party (CWP) was a Maoist group in the United States, active from 1979-1985, and mainly remembered for the "Greensboro Massacre," a November 3, 1979 Death to the Klan march in Greensboro that left five of the CWP protesters dead.

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Description: This February 26, 1980 statement by the Communist Workers Party (CWP) to the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Civil Rights, frames the November 3, 1979, Greensboro Massacre, in terms of civil rights. The statement outlines the work of the CWP and provides biographical background on the five CWP members who were killed. The statement asserts that racial divisions are promoted to distract workers from the economical issues raised by a capitalist system, and that the government is complicit in this process. The statement includes anecdotes gleaned from police reports and other sources alleging mishandling of the situation by the Greensboro police as well as possible collaboration between law enforcement and the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi party members. The CWP requests that all FBI and other law enforcement files on the incident be made available immediately.

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Format of original: Other

Collection: Blanche M. Boyd Papers

Repository: Duke University

Item#: 4.66.1195

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