Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

Michigan Socialist Party Nominee Asks Sixth Circuit to Put Him on November Ballot

From Ballot Access News:

On July 24, Matt Erard asked the Sixth Circuit to put him and four other Socialist Party nominees on the Michigan ballot this year. The basis for the case, Erard v Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, 14-1873, is: (1) Michigan’s law discriminates against new parties, relative to old minor parties, because the number of signatures is approximately twice the number of votes for an old party to remain on; (2) Michigan barred out-of-state circulators during most of the petitioning period for this year’s election and only recently repealed the law, too late to do much good; (3) language on the petition which discourages voters from signing; (4) the six-month limit on petitioning.… Read more ...

PSL: Despite reform, worst parts of War on Drugs left in place


By Eugene Puryear at Liberation News, Website of the Newspaper of the Party for Socialism and Liberation:

The United States Sentencing Commission has again made a major decision taking a step back from some of the more draconian drug policies at the federal level. The roughly 2 million people behind bars, 7 millionincluding those on parole or probation, has become one of the most embarrassing aspects of the American social landscape.… Read more ...

The State: American Party, Petition Candidates Take Political Stage in SC

By Cassie Cope:

The Americans hope to rise, the Greens say they are refocusing and two petition candidates have millions to throw into their own campaigns.

Thus far in 2014, that is the story of the wild card candidates — the third-party and petition hopefuls — who will be on November’s ballot, where one third party will disappear from statewide races, another is making its debut and two candidates with personal fortunes hope to make waves in the races for governor and the U.S.… Read more ...

PSL: Ukraine’s Communist Party banned by new ‘democratic’ government

By Brian Becker at the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s Liberation News:

U.S. style democracy, with its signature feature of extreme anti-communist red-baiting and repression, has come to Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Communist Party (KPU), which received around 2.5 million votes or 13% of the vote in the 2012 Parliamentary elections, has been outlawed and its parliamentary delegation has been dissolved.… Read more ...

Party for Socialism and Liberation: Free All the Detained Refugee Children

By Estevan Hernandez:

In capitalist America poor children face detention

People across the country are outraged by the cruel detainment of refugee children by the U.S. government. Pictures have surfaced showing the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions in the detention centers that Homeland Security is using to house hundreds of children. The children have come with recent waves of immigrants who are fleeing Central American countries such as Honduras, El Savador, and Guatemala because of their extreme levels of poverty, unemployment and violence.… Read more ...

Justice Party’s Position on the Current Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

The Justice Party of America vehemently opposes the recent bombing and ground invasion of Gaza by the Israeli military. We support an immediate withdrawal of Israel’s ground forces from Gaza and a ceasefire by both Hamas and Israel, and we call on both governments to seek diplomatic solutions to the ongoing conflict whose primary victims have been — and will undoubtedly continue to be — unarmed citizens, mostly Palestinians.… Read more ...

Peace and Freedom Party: Once Again, Death and Destruction with U.S.-Provided Arms and Money

Statement of Peace and Freedom Party State Chair Kevin Akin, 22 July 2014.

The following statement was adopted by the State Central Committee of the California Peace and Freedom Party at its meeting on November 18, 2012.

The California Peace and Freedom Party condemns the recent attacks on the people of the Gaza Strip, the most aggressive since the massacres of 2008.

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BAN: Los Angeles Times Story on Candidates Who Placed Second in June 2014 Primary Via Write-in Votes

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The Los Angeles Times has this story about the California write-in candidates who placed second in the June 2014 primary. In all cases, a write-in candidate only placed second when only one candidate had filed to be on the June ballot for that office. The only three minor party candidates who will be on the California general election ballot this year were write-ins who ran in such races.

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Party for Socialism and Liberation: STEM isn’t the Solution

By Walter Smolarek

How can young people avoid joining the growing ranks of the permanently unemployed or underemployed? Apologists for the system, especially in the educational field, talk all the time about the virtues of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. If young people tailor their studies to prepare themselves for a career in these fields, the story goes, they will almost always be able to find well-paying work.… Read more ...

Social Policy: Union Member Recruitment by Vermont Progressives

By Steve Early

As labor-backed independent electoral efforts proliferate, more activists in other state are looking to the example of the Vermont Progressive Party (VPP). More than any other third-party formation in the country, the VPP has campaigned successfully for state legislative seats and municipal office, “while building support for reform and nudging the Democrats left.”

Over the last three decades, Vermont Progressives have also been able to woo local labor organizations away from their previous knee-jerk support for local Democrats or moderate Republicans.… Read more ...

Socialist Alternative: Stop Israeli State Terror

Over 260 Palestinians have been killed in the current war – the overwhelming majority civilians. Two Israelis have also lost their lives. The destruction raining down on the Gaza strip, carried out by the huge US-backed military machine of the Israeli government, is completely disproportionate to the threat faced by homemade rockets fired from Gaza.… Read more ...

Workers World Party: Stand with Gaza

When oppression makes life a living hell for those who suffer under it, there can be no end to their resistance, whatever the cost.

This is what the Israeli settler state and its imperialist backers, particularly the U.S. ruling class, fail to take into account as they try to bludgeon and squeeze the people of Gaza until they can take no more.… Read more ...