Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

Sixth Circuit Upholds Discriminatory Michigan Ballot Access Law

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From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 20, the Sixth Circuit upheld the aspect of Michigan ballot access laws for new parties that requires newly-qualifying parties to submit approximately twice as many signatures as the number of votes needed for an established party to remain on the ballot.… Read more ...

Monica Moorehead: Jail Killer Cops

Buffalo, N.Y., activists support Baltimore Rebellion, May 3. WW photo: Ellie Dorritie

Buffalo, N.Y., activists support Baltimore Rebellion, May 3.
WW photo: Ellie Dorritie

From 1996 & 2000 presidential candidate Monica Moorehead at the Workers World Party website:

From Ferguson to Baltimore: JAIL KILLER COPS!

The murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown last Aug. 9 by white police officer Darren Wilson ignited an almost two-week uprising in Ferguson, Mo.… Read more ...

Socialist Alternative: Kshama Sawant Says Shell No

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From the Socialist Alternative website:

Below is the text of a leaflet from the campaign to re-elect Socialist Alternative Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant. The campaign will be handing these out to help build opposition to Seattle hosting Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling rig. Download the leaflet here.

From the beginning, when news broke of the secret deal struck between the Port of Seattle and Shell subsidiary Foss Maritime to bring Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling rig to Seattle’s Port Terminal 5, the public has been told that this is an inevitability.… Read more ...

Socialist Party of Michigan Mother’s Day Demonstration Against Drone Warfare

From the Socialist Party USA website:

Inspired by one of the earliest calls for a Mother’s Day, members of the Socialist Party of Michigan and Kalamazoo for Justice, braving the threat of heavy rain, demonstrated against U.S. drone killings at the Kellogg Air National Guard Base in Battle Creek, which serves at a control center for strikes conducted with the MQ-9 Reaper drone.… Read more ...

Eugene Puryear: To Really Rebuild, Baltimore Needs a New System

From Eugene Puryear at Liberation News:

Every honest person admits that the recent uprisings have been about more than isolated incidents of police brutality. They have to deal with the deeper social and economic conditions in Black and other oppressed communities.

The young people in Baltimore who rose up spoke to the lack of jobs, decent housing or any real opportunities in the city.… Read more ...

BBC: UKIP joins cross-party push for electoral reform

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The BBC reports that the UK Independence Party has joined with the Liberal Democrats, the UK Green Party, the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru (Welsh Nationalist) in support of a call for reforming the electoral system in the United Kingdom. The small parties – all represented in the House of Commons are calling for use of Proportional Representation to elect a more representative Parliament.… Read more ...

Seattle Democrats Split on Whether to Invite Kshama Sawant to Democratic-Sponsored Debates

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Kshama Sawant

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

In 2013, Kshama Sawant was elected in a non-partisan Seattle city election for City Council. She is running for re-election this year. This story says some Seattle Democrats favor inviting her to party-sponsored debates, but other Democrats object. Washington state voter registration forms do not ask about party affiliation, so whether someone is a member of one particular party is often ambiguous.… Read more ...

Freedom Socialist Party: The People of Baltimore are Not Thugs

From a Freedom Socialist Party email blast:

The people of Baltimore — and the entire country — are justifiably angry at the racist cruelty of those in power and their armed occupying force — the Baltimore police. It is outrageous that Freddie Gray died in police custody, arrested for the “crime” of running away from the cops.… Read more ...

Thomas L. Knapp: In 2016, Let’s Have Real Presidential Debates

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Thomas L. Knapp

From Thomas L. Knapp at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism:

Every four years, the Commission on Presidential Debates puts on a series of campaign commercials disguised as presidential and vice-presidential debates.

The CPD is, in theory, a non-profit organization “established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners.”

But the CPD is really just a scam the Republican and Democratic Parties use to funnel illegally large “in kind” campaign donations, in the form of tens of millions of dollars’ worth of free media exposure, exclusively to their own candidates.… Read more ...

Karen Harper: California Water Crisis Requires Systemic Change

From Karen Harper at the Socialist Alternative website:

It barely rains in California anymore. In the face of an historic drought, Democratic Governor Jerry Brown has mandated the state’s first ever rationing of water. The state is in its fourth year of a drought that some scientists estimate is the worst in 1,200 years.… Read more ...

Webster G. Tarpley: Bernie Sanders Refuses to Attack Wall Street and the Fed

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Webster G. Tarpley

From Webster G. Tarpley in the Tax Wall Street Party/United Front Against Austerity morning briefing for May 4, 2015:

With the Presidential election drawing near, we finally have the first opponent for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary: Bernie Sanders, Independent/ Democratic Socialist from Vermont. The Republican primary has Rand Paul, Cruz, Jeb, Rubio and most recently Ben Carson.… Read more ...

Fred Williams: ‘Seventy years since the defeat of Hitler’s Third Reich’

Fred Williams at the World Socialist Web Site (affiliated with the Socialist Equality Party):

In Moscow today, a major military parade will celebrate the victory over Nazi Germany that ended the European theater of the Second World War. Several world leaders of countries that were allies of the Soviet Union in the war are boycotting the ceremonies, and little attention is being paid to the holiday outside of Russia.… Read more ...