LEWISTON – The national chairman of the Communist Party, USA will lead a discussion on politics from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at Lewiston-Auburn College.

Sam Webb will present “American Empire, History & the Fight for Socialism” in Room 210 on the college campus at 51 Westminster St.

Webb grew up in Maine and was a labor activist for many years in Maine, Ohio and Michigan. He was elected to his present position five years ago, at his party’s national convention in Milwaukee.

Webb sees an acceleration of rule by corporations and an increase in the power of money. Our job now, he says, is to turn back the most dangerous manifestations of a worldwide, aggressive, right-wing assault on the weakest and most vulnerable.

Whatever puts the needs of people before profits is on Webb’s agenda. The first job, of course, he concludes, is to defeat George W. Bush in November.

A big part of socialism is the fight for fairness and decency in the here and now.

In his remarks on April 15, Webb will undoubtedly discuss strategies for resistance within an empire.

He also will cite recent examples of imperial excess, particularly in Haiti, Venezuela and Cuba.

This will be the occasion for questions about revolution versus reform, race and class, elitism versus inclusiveness.

Webb’s appearance is sponsored by the Western Civilization II class at L-A College. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

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