Puerto Rican Communist Party

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Puerto Rican Communist Party
Partido Comunista Puertorriqueño
Founded 1934
Dissolved 1991
Ideology Communism
Political position Left-wing
Colours      Red
Refoundation 19 June 2010

The Puerto Rican Communist Party (Spanish: Partido Comunista Puertorriqueño, PCP) is a communist party in Puerto Rico.


The PCP was formed in 1934 by dissident members of the Free Federation of Workers (FLT), the union arm of the Socialist Party. Its Secretary-General was Ramón Mirabal. Its membership always remained small, but it played a major role in the formation of the General Confederation of Workers (CGT) in 1940. A couple of the primary union organizers were Juan Sáez Corales and Alberto E. Sanchez.[1][2] The PCP newspaper was Lucha Obrera ("Workers' Struggle"), and its motto "Pan, Tierra, y Libertad" (Bread, Land, and Liberty) was later used by the Popular Democratic Party (PPD).

In the decades following the 1940s, the PCP never gained a large base of support, in part because of the existence of other left-wing parties such as the PPD, Puerto Rican Socialist Party and the Puerto Rican Independence Party. The party finally disbanded in 1991.[3]

In 2010, the Puerto Rican Communist Party was reborn, from a previous organization called "Refundación Comunista". It currently has a political training school called "Escuela Vladimir Lenin", that brings proletarian political education to schools, universities, and workers councils. A similar effort, the "Escuela Manuel Francisco Rojas", was created online to reach an ever-growing group of people connected to the web and social networks. It also published Abayarde Rojo, a weekly periodical that is directed to tackling the reality of Puerto Rico and class struggle.

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