League of Revolutionary Struggle (Marxist-Leninist)

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The League of Revolutionary Struggle (Marxist-Leninist) was a communist organization in the United States. It was formed in 1978 and was dissolved by the organization's leadership in 1990. The LRS was part of the New Communist Movement that considered itself anti-revisionist and took political inspiration from the Communist Party of China and Mao Zedong.

The LRS(M-L) was formed from a merger of the Asian American communist organization I Wor Kuen and the Chicano-Latino communist organization August 29th Movement (M-L) in September 1978. By 1979 they absorbed a number of other ethnic based radical groups including the East Wind Collective of Japanese Americans in the Los Angeles and the Seize the Time Collective of Chicanos and African Americans in San Francisco and The New York Collective of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. Early in 1980 it merged with the Revolutionary Communist League (Marxist-Leninist-Mao Tse-tung Thought) led by Amiri Baraka. This organization, formerly known as the Congress of Afrikan People, was composed mostly of African-Americans and had stressed Black cultural nationalism. When this merger occurred they issued a joint statement declaring ""Our unity signals a big advance in this struggle for Marxist-Leninist unity and for a single, unified, vanguard communist party."[1]

The LRS(M-L) published a newspaper called Unity and a journal called Forward: Journal of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought.

The LRS(M-L) was active in electoral work, including playing important roles in the Rainbow Coalition and the campaigns to elect Jesse Jackson for U.S. president in 1984 and 1988.

When the LRS dissolved, part of the organization regrouped as the Socialist Organizing Network, which merged into Freedom Road Socialist Organization in 1994.


  • Statements on the Founding of the League of Revolutionary Struggle (Marxist-Leninist), San Francisco: Getting Together Publications, 1978
  • A Study Guide for Mao Zedong's Theory of the Three Worlds Oakland: Unity Publications, 1978.
  • Normalization of U.S.-China relations and Deng Xiaoping's U.S. visit: a victory for socialism : an analysis, San Francisco: Getting Together Publications, 1979
  • Repression, Reaganomics, war and revolution: the present situation and the tasks of U.S. Marxist-Leninists. [Oakland? Calif.] : U.S. League of Revolutionary Struggle (M-L), 1981
  • Speech given by Amriri Baraka, June 27, 1980: League of Revolutionary Struggle (M-L)., by Amiri Baraka, 1980.
  • RWH on the Black Liberation Movement: Wrong Again!, by Amiri Baraka, 1981.
  • Peace, justice, equality and socialism: from the Second Congress of the League of Revolutionary Struggle (M-L). , Oakland: Getting Together Publications, 1984
  • 'A future to win: the student movement and the 1980s. [Oakland, CA] : U.S. League of Revolutionary Struggle (Marxist-Leninist), 1984
  • Education is a right, not a privilege: a program for the Chicano student struggle, and other articles. Oakland: Unity Publications, 1985
  • Chicano students and community fighting for educational rights Oakland: Unity Publications, 1986
  • Black students in struggle. Oakland: Unity Publications, 1987


  1. ^ Alexander, Robert J. Maoism in the developed worldWestport, Conn. Prager 2001 pp.33-34

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