The candidacy classes are intended to provide a framework for the party’s year-long candidacy program. They are basic classes addressing many of the foundations of Marxism and of Workers World Party.
Additional classes and materials will be uploaded as they become available.
What is a Cadre?
Class: What is a WWP Cadre?
Class: Candidacy Requirements & Comradely Relations
- Lesson Plan: Candidacy Requirements & Comradely Relations
- Excerpts: Guidelines regarding comradely conduct & Guidelines to address internal conflicts, grievances, breaches
- WWP Guidelines for comrades living with comrades
- WWP Guidelines for comrades at work in same workplace
- WWP Mass Organizing Conduct Guidelines
- WWP Social Media Protocols
Class: Workers World Party History
In this taped interview with Deirdre G, a founding member of Workers World Party and an editor of Workers World newspaper, describes the reasons and the principled process by which founding members split from the Socialist Workers Party in 1958 and founded Workers World Party in 1959. She describes with engaging anecdotes the political and cultural climate that early comrades developed in the Party, which continue to guide the Party today.
This class includes a lesson plan to encourage candidate discussion and questions about the history, politics and culture of the Party.
Class: WW Newspaper & Communist Organizing
Class: Democratic Centralism, Party Organization & Comradely Conduct
Class: Tribal Sovereignty and the Right to Self‑Determination
“The history of the United States is a history of settler colonialism—the specific form of colonialism whereby an imperial power seizes Native territory, eliminates the original people by force, and resettles the land with a foreign, invading population.”
— Nick Estes, Our History is the Future
Class: The National Question, Self Determination and the Black Struggle
- Lesson Plan: The National Question, Self Determination and the Black Struggle
- Discussion: Remarks by Monica Moorehead on “National Oppression, Self Determination and the Black Struggle”
- Sam Marcy: “The right of self-determination and the class struggle”
- V.I. Lenin’s thesis on national and colonial questions
- V.I. Lenin: excerpt from Chapter 7 of Imperialism, the highest stage of Capitalism
- Map: Africa in 1914
- What is a Nation? by Monica Moorehead
Class: Reparations & the Black Struggle
The class contains a lesson plan, a talk by Monica Moorehead on “Reparations and the Black Struggle” and several readings to be reported on by participants. There is an option power point slide show, “Overview of San Rafael and Attica Prison Uprisings/ Black August, 1970-71.”
- Article: How real reparations can be won, by Makasi Motema
- Article: Roots of the Kashmir conflict, by Siddika Degia
- Article: Bussing and Self-Determination: The NAACP Rally (1975) by Sam Marcy
- Article: Reparations and Black Liberation, by Monica Moorehead
- WWP Statement: Why we support the Jackson campaign (1983)
Class: LGBTQ2+/Sex, Gender and Sexuality Liberation
- Lesson Plan: LGBTQ2+/Sex, Gender and Sexuality Liberation
- Handout: WWP Excerpts on Gender Oppression
- UC-Davis LGBTQIA Resource Center Glossary
- Statement, Combahee River Collective, 1977
- Article: LGBTQ2+ Liberation and Working-Class Struggle, by Minnie Bruce Pratt, Nov. 16, 2016
- Pamphlet: “Transgender Liberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come.” By Leslie Feinberg
- From Leslie Feinberg’s Lavender & Red series, #71 and #92
“Many histories converged to fight back at Stonewall, 1969”
“Gay Cuba: 1965 UMAP brigades: What they were, what they were not”
- Lesson Plan: Imperialism
- Powerpoint (PDF format): Lenin’s Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism
Class: Neocolonialism in Africa
- Walter Rodney, How Europe Under Developed Africa (1972)
- Kwame Nkrumah, Class Struggle in Africa (1970)
- Kwame Nkrumah, Neo-Colonialism, the Last Stage of Imperialism (1965)
- Monica Moorehead, “Reparations and Black Liberation” and “Africa’s debt crisis calls for reparations” from Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle (2007)
Marxism: Theory and Action
Class: Lenin’s State and Revolution
- What does Lenin mean by the “State?”
- Where does the State come from?
- Why is it important we understand that the State serves
the interests of one class over the others?
- What is the “dictatorship of the proletariat” or workers’ state?
Class: Dialectical and Historical Materialism
Class: Marxist Economics
Class: Democratic Socialism vs. Revolutionary Socialism
This class highlights the difference between democratic socialism focusing on parliamentary procedures and a revolutionary socialism that faces the need to deal with the power of the capitalist state; the control exerted by corporations and the ruling class on the state apparatus; bourgeois control over education, media, religion and culture; and working class divisions cultivated by the ruling class. The class lesson plan of readings from Workers World/ Mundo Obero newspaper clarifies the differences between democratic and revolutionary socialism.
- Lesson Plan: Democratic Socialism vs. Revolutionary Socialism
- Article: The ‘Socialist Manifesto’ and the rise of social democracy
- Article: The strength of women: Venezuelan commune members confront the blockade
- Article: Seeking truth about Venezuela’s food production
- Article: Venezuela today, part 2: People power resists U.S. threats
- Article: Venezuela today: consolidating people power to face U.S. threats
Class: China and Socialist Development
This two-part class concentrates on China’s role as a new global superpower that still continues to build on its socialist revolutionary roots, and also focuses on the 2019 Hong Kong protests and how these are linked to imperialist and capitalist global competition with China. The lesson plan includes extensive readings suggestions.
- Lesson Plans: China and Socialist Development
Organizing the Working Class
Class: Deep Organizing: An Introduction