Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

Tax Wall Street Party: 1% Wall Street Sales Tax

From TaxWallStreet.org; H/T IPR commenter “Guess What.” This issue has been recently discussed first in our LP presidential debate/discussion thread and then in the January 2015 Open Thread. According to Politics1.com:

TAX WALL STREET PARTY – This party, founded in 2013, seems to have appropriated the populist anti-corporate message of the Occupy Wall Street movement — although the real story of this party is far removed from OWS.

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Kshama Sawant: A Historic Year in Review

Press release from the Sawant campaign:

My sisters and brothers,

This week marks the passage of one year since the first socialist took office in Seattle in over a century. Our election victory, a collective endeavor by everyone who worked on and supported our bold working-class campaign, came in the context of growing anger against economic inequality and the beginnings of a movement against poverty wages.… Read more ...

Socialist Party USA State of the Union Response

From SPUSA Co-Chair Stephanie Cholensky at the Socialist Party USA website:

Stephanie Cholensky

The political theater of a State of the Union Address, while certainly absurd in its disconnect with the struggle of the people, does serve as a reminder of our commitment to democratic socialism. While we are not insensitive to the impact, undoubtedly temporary in a two-party capitalist system, that incremental reform may have for the working class, the Socialist Party USA continues its fight for a revolutionary change impervious to market fluctuations and two-party politics.… Read more ...

Party for Socialism and Liberation: State of the Union – a Socialist Answer to Deception and Liberal Self-Deception

“Economic recovery” for whom? Under both Republicans and Democrats, the capitalist system has plunged tens of millions into deepening poverty.

PSL statement posted to Liberation News:

The reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union Address shows again why working-class and progressive people in the United States need to build our own socialist party.… Read more ...

Kshama Sawant Gives #SocialistResponse to Obama’s State of the Union Address

From the Socialist Alternative website:

Socialist Alternative member and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant gave a #SocialistResponse to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address. The transcript is below.

Watch it at http://www.seattlechannel.org/event-live

Check out last year’s response here: http://sawant.seattle.gov/response-to-obamas-state-of-the-union-address/

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Sisters and Brothers,

Six years ago, Obama was elected on the hope that he would represent the millions, not the millionaires.… Read more ...

Glova Scott: ‘Workers Need to Wage Fight for Political Power’

Glova Scott (left), Socialist Workers Party candidate for DC City Council in Ward 4 and worker at Walmart, campaigns and petitions to put the working-class campaign on the ballot Jan. 11.

From John Hays in The Militant, newspaper of the Socialist Workers Party:

“This is a good time to run a socialist campaign for office,” Glova Scott, Socialist Workers Party candidate for City Council in Ward 4 here, told supporters at a Militant Labor Forum Jan.… Read more ...

John McDevitt: Join the #Selfies4Kwadir Social Media Push

From John McDevitt at Liberation News, newspaper of the Party for Socialism and Liberation:

Kwadir Felton was shot in the face, leaving him legally blind, by a racist Jersey City “cowboy” cop. Last year, Kwadir began serving a 16 year sentence on fabricated charges promoted by the Jersey City police.… Read more ...

Freedom Socialist Party: Should Socialists Align with Greens and Liberals?

At a Capitol rally: progressive U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, whom Socialist Alternative is urging to run for president. Courtesy photo

From Elias Holtz in Freedom Socialist Newspaper:

In the November 2014 election season, voter participation hit a record low. This is more than just a mid-term slump. Voters are increasingly alienated from the two major parties.… Read more ...

Socialists Protest to Close Guantanamo, Support Healthcare Worker Strike

Two short blurbs from the Socialist Party USA website:

Northern NJ Local Members Help Kick Off Week of Action to Close Guantanamo/ End Torture

Northern NJ Local members joined member of NJ Peace Action to kicking off a week of actions to close Guantanamo and end torture.

Socialist Party L.A. Local at the NUHW/Kaiser Mental Health Clinician’s Strike

Gabe and Mimi from the Socialist Party Los Angeles Local lent their support to the striking Kaiser mental health clinicians in front of the Kaiser facility in West Los Angeles.… Read more ...

David North: “Free Speech” Hypocrisy in the Aftermath of the Attack on Charlie Hebdo

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From Socialist Equality Party National Chairman David North at the World Socialist Web Site:

The attack on the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo has shocked the public, which is horrified by the violent deaths of 12 people in the center of Paris. The video images, viewed by millions, of the gunmen firing their weapons and killing an already-wounded policeman have imparted to Wednesday’s events an extraordinary actuality.… Read more ...

Ballot Access News: California State Appeals Court Hearing Goes Badly for Minor Parties

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On January 15, the California State Appeals Court based in San Francisco heard oral arguments in Rubin v Bowen, the case in which minor parties sued to overturn the top-two primary system on the grounds that the system disenfranchises voters in the general election who wish to vote for minor party candidates.… Read more ...

Toya Mileno Speech to Public Forum on Sony Hack and Cyber Warfare

From Toya Mileno at Liberation News:

This article is based on a talk given at a PSL public forum.

Good evening sisters and brothers, my name is Toya and I will be talking about the “Sony hack.”

I like this name because it can have multiple interpretations. You can think of the hack that happened to Sony, or you can think of this whole situation being a “hack” to yet another intervention abroad.… Read more ...