Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

Former VT Gov. recounts Bernie’s 1986 Independent campaign against her in endorsement of Hillary

In discussing her endorsement of Hillary Clinton, Vermont’s first female Gov. Madeleine Kunin (D, 1985-1991) recounts her experience in the 1986 gubernatorial campaign, when then-Mayor Bernie Sanders ran against her as an independent:

When Bernie Sanders ran against me in Vermont

Hillary Clinton is not the first progressive Democratic woman to be challenged by Bernie Sanders.

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Politico Magazine on how socialist and left-wing minor parties, including Greens, are divided over Sanders

Excerpt from Politico Magazine:

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Sanders campaign literature from one of his Liberty Union third-party bids in Vermont in the 1970s.

Some welcome it. Philip Locker, Seattle-based spokesman for the national Socialist Alternative organization, is thrilled by Sanders phenomenon, enthusing that “the political system is starting to be shaken” as Sanders “is popularizing socialism to an audience of tens of millions.”

To others, that’s dangerous naiveté.

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Candidates with third-party and independent connections in Iowa caucus

The Iowa GOP caucus has been won by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Cruz was endorsed by 2008 LP nominee Bob Barr, as part of his outreach effort to lowercase-l libertarians that merited a mention in Cruz’s victory speech. Second place went to Donald Trump, who in 2000 briefly sought the nomination of the Reform Party and has in the past identified as an independent.… Read more ...

Left-wing parties to contest first all-female presidential primary in California for Peace & Freedom Party nomination

Richard Winger’s Ballot Access News reports:


The Peace & Freedom Party has asked the California Secretary of State to list these four names on its presidential primary ballot:
Lynn Kahn, Gloria LaRiva, Monica Moorehead, and Jill Stein.

Assuming the Secretary of State accepts this list, this will be the first presidential primary in any state in U.S.

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American Independent Party Asks California Secretary of State to List 12 Presidential Candidates on Primary Ballot

Tom Hoefling

Tom Hoefling

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On January 11, the American Independent Party asked the California Secretary of State to list these twelve candidates on its presidential primary ballot: Lawrence Beliz, Wiley Drake, Brian Henry, Tom Hoefling, Rex Kafo, J. R. Myers, Walter Niyakik, Robert Ornelas, George Peabody, Robert S.… Read more ...

Jane Cutter: ‘Fascist militia occupation desecrates Native land’

Jane Cutter at the PSL’s Liberation News:

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Fascistic militia march in Burns, Or. prior to takeover of federal property at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The attention of all anti-fascist people in the U.S. has been drawn to Burns, Oregon in recent days, due to the takeover of a federal building in a wildlife refuge by a group of so-called Patriots/Militia members led by the sons of Cliven Bundy.… Read more ...

Mary McIlory: Feeling the Bern? Or Getting Burned?

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

From Mary McIlory at the Peace and Freedom Party website:

It is understandable that so many working class people are “Feeling the Bern.” Self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, the independent Senator from Vermont currently seeking the Democratic Party nomination for President, says a lot of things that resonate with us.… Read more ...

Naomi Crane: Priscilla March, Political Cadre of SWP for 62 Years

Priscilla March

Priscilla March

From Naomi Crane at The Militant:

“Priscilla March was a political cadre, grounded in working-class politics and the program and continuity of the Socialist Workers Party. That is what sustained her for 62 years of building the party,” said Norton Sandler, speaking for the SWP’s National Committee at a Dec.… Read more ...

Monica Moorehead: Racist Police Violence & the Need for Socialist Revolution

Monica Moorehead at the Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson, Mo., August 2014.

Monica Moorehead at the Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson, Mo., August 2014.

From Monica Moorehead at Workers World:

“According to [Karl] Marx, the state [comprised of armed bodies of men and women such as police; prisons; courts, etc.] is an organ of class rule, an organ for the oppression of one class by another; it is the creation of ‘order,’ which legalizes and perpetuates this oppression by moderating the conflict between classes.Read more ...

Joseph Kishore: On the Threshold of the New Year

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From the Socialist Equality Party’s Joseph Kishore at the World Socialist Web Site:

 

As the year 2015 ends, a general mood of fear and foreboding predominates in ruling circles. It is hard to find a trace of optimism. Commentators in the bourgeois media look back on the past year and recognize that it has been a year of deepening crisis.… Read more ...

Gaetana Caldwell-Smith: Trumbo — The Hollywood Witch Hunt

Dalton Trumbo is third from left in protest as the Hollywood Ten are sent to prison.

From Gaetana Caldwell-Smith at the Socialist Action website:

 

TRUMBO, written by John McNamara, from the book by Bruce Cook. Directed by Jay Roach. With Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, and Diane Lane.

Hopefully, word of mouth will encourage the general public to see this engaging film, in part because of the contemporary relevance of its focus on the consequences of not swearing an oath of loyalty to the U.S.… Read more ...

Statement of Non-Indictments by the Soltysik/Walker Campaign (Socialist Party USA)

Sandra Bland

Tamir rice

Statement by the Soltysik/Walker Campaign

The non-indictments of Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann for the murder of twelve year-old Tamir Rice, and of Texas officer Brian Encinia in the murder of Sandra Bland are the salt in a wound that has never been allowed to heal. They are a continual reminder that the devaluation and destruction of Black life under this capitalist system is just business as usual to the people who believe they are in charge.… Read more ...