Communist Party of Hawaii


Communist Party of Hawaii
Communist Party of Hawaii
Chairman Charles Fujimoto (last known)
Founded 1930's[1]
Headquarters Honolulu, Hawaii
Ideology

Marxism
Trade unionism

Communism
National affiliation Communist Party USA
Politics of the United States
Political parties
Elections

The Communist Party of Hawaii was the regional party of the Communist Party USA in the United States Territory of Hawaii.

Contents

Appeal

The party targeted poor working class such as the stevedores and plantation workers in the Territory.

Unions

The Communist Party were involved with forming labor unions and organizing labour strikes and the general strikes during the nonviolent revolution leading up to the "Revolution of 1954".

Decline

Hawaii 7

In an attempt to stop the movement the FBI launched synchronized raids in 1951, rounding up seven prominent member of the party including chairman Charles Fujimoto. The seven detainees became known as the Hawaii 7 and were charged with conspiracy to overthrow the territorial government. Following the raids the party went into hiding. Several members that were members of both the Communist and Democratic parties moved to the Democrats and helped push the Democrats of Hawaii closer to center-left. Little is known about the Communist Party after it went underground, but it was still active in the successful Revolution of 1954.

Defunct

By far the largest contribution to the decline of Communist Party was their own success. They had gained support from the poor and non-Caucasian workers by messages of bringing an improved lifestyle, equal rights, and expanded opportunists. But as these promises were coming true there was no longer a need for the Party. Most members, including Jack Wayne Hall head of the ILWU in Hawaii, became convinced the task of the Communist Party was completed and the Party was dissolved in 1958.

References

  1. ^ No Sword to Bury by Franklin Odo

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