Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
The Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS) is a democratic socialist group in the United States that originated in 1991 as the Committees of Correspondence, a moderate grouping in the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). Named after the Committees of Correspondence formed during the American Revolution, the group criticized the leadership of CPUSA president Gus Hall and argued that, in light of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the party should reject Leninism and adopt a multi-tendency democratic socialist orientation. The party remains Marxist in nature.
The former CPUSA official Gil Green, as well as notable activists such as Pete Seeger and Angela Davis, led the reformist movement in December 1991 at the national convention. Failing to win over the majority of CPUSA members, the group left the party. It held conferences to establish a new organization, which attracted independent leftists and socialists from outside the CPUSA tradition, or some who had left the party previously over its policies.
In 2000 the group changed its name to the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. CCDS permits dual membership in the Democratic Socialists of America, Socialist Party USA and the Communist Party USA.
Its publications include Dialogue and Initiative and Crosscurrents.
- Erwin Marquit and Doris G. Marquit, "Party survives, but as a shell", Minnesota Daily, February 19, 1992. (Archive.org copy)
- Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism Website