“Keynote Address, 27th CPUSA National Convention” first appeared on CPUSA.net on July 6, 2001. Read it on CPUSA.net.

On behalf of the outgoing National Committee, I want to thank the office of the Mayor of Milwaukee and the representatives of the progressive community here for your greetings to our Convention. It seems especially appropriate to hold our Convention in a city whose socialist, progressive, and working-class movements stretch back into the 19th century.