Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

Socialist Party L.A. Local Members Assist the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition

stopspyingFrom the Socialist Party USA website:

On March 24th, members Zach M. And Craig L. of the Socialist Party Los Angeles local assisted the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition in delivering a message to the city’s police commission. Letters were read targeting the affiliations of individual commission members and also highlighted the collective failure of its appointed membership to review numerous breeches of ethical conduct by police.… Read more ...

Workers World Party New York Forum: ‘Globalize Solidarity with Women’

From the WWP website:

Workers World Party held its annual International Working Women’s Month forum here on March 21 at the Solidarity Center. The main theme of the program was “Globalize Solidarity against ALL Forms of Women’s Oppression: Why is this important?”

The dialogue began with a panel of women activists involved in important battles for justice and liberation in the U.S.… Read more ...

Eugene Puryear: A Revolutionary Perspective on Why the Left Should Engage in Electoral Politics

Eugene Puryear

From Marsha Coleman at Black Agenda Report, reposted to Green Papers:

Eugene Puryear, a 29 year-old African-American activist, was the vice presidential nominee of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) in the 2008 election. He recently ran for an At-Large seat in the DC Council with the D.C.… Read more ...

Eric London: Official Endorsements Reveal Kshama Sawant’s Close Ties with Democratic Party

Kshama Sawant

From Eric London at the World Socialist Web Site:

After over a year in office, Seattle City Councilperson Kshama Sawant’s first term is defined by her determined efforts to draw ever closer to the Democratic Party. Though Sawant claims to represent a “socialist alternative” to the American political establishment, she has in fact worked tirelessly to integrate herself into it.… Read more ...

PSL Condemns Obama Sanctions Against Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro condemns US sanctions. Image courtesy of LiberationNews.org.

From Mark Wachtler at Opposition News:

Two weeks ago, President Obama issued an Executive Order putting in place sanctions against leaders of Venezuela. The US President accused the impoverished South American country of being a threat to the national security of the United States.… Read more ...

Tentative Minutes of 2015 COFOE Board Meeting Available Online

Ballot Access News:

The Coalition for Free & Open Elections (COFOE) is a very loose coalition of most of the nation’s active nationally-organized minor parties, along with other organizations that care about their election law problems. It was founded in 1985 in New York city. The Board meets in person once per year.

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Roseanne Barr: Netanyahu is “Elected Leader of a True Democratic State”

Roseanne, circa 2010

Roseanne Barr was the Peace and Freedom Party’s presidential nominee in 2012. She is seeking the party’s nomination again in 2016. From her blog, Roseanne World:

I supported Bibi Netanyahu because I support democracies-those pluralistic societies that have representative governments, which can coalesce to solve actual problems of their citizens.… Read more ...

VT Progressive Party Nominee for Lt. Gov. Ordered to Pay $72,000

Dean Corren

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

In November 2014, Dean Corren was the Progressive Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor. He was also nominated by the Democratic Party, and he received 36.1% of the general election vote. Now the Attorney General, William Sorrell, has sued Corren, saying that an e-mail sent by the Vermont Democratic Party to its list of supporters, inviting recipients to attend a rally featuring U.S.… Read more ...

Maureen Smith’s Letter to the Santa Cruz City Council

Maureen Smith

From the Peace and Freedom Party website:

This letter was sent to the Santa Cruz City Council in advance of a March 24 public hearing on the city’s acquisition of a Lenco BearCat military vehicle (see “Give back The BearCat”).

March 22, 2015

Mayor Lane and Members of the Santa Cruz City Council:

The Santa Cruz County Peace and Freedom Party opposes the purchase of the Lenco BEARCAT agreed to by the Santa Cruz City Council at their December 9th meeting.… Read more ...

Vermont Progressive Party: Shumlin, Dems Push Austerity Budget

progressiveparty.org:

“Many people are losing with this proposal. Those needing 911 dispatching will lose. At-risk children will lose. Homeless Vermonters will lose. Vermonters with mental disabilities will lose. The losers will be all the people who rely on public services.”

~Adam Norton, VT Progressive Party Coordinating Committee

In strong reaction to the Shumlin administration’s budget proposal, recent statements from state Progressive Party leaders say that the proposal underscores the Governor’s priority since first taking office, defending Vermont’s wealthiest from paying their fair share.… Read more ...

Kshama Sawant in The Nation: How to Rebuild the Left

The following article was featured in the 150th Anniversary edition of The Nation:

Want to Rebuild the Left? Take Socialism Seriously
by Kshama Sawant

After three decades of neoliberal economic policies and the staggering inequality they have produced, we are witnessing a rebirth of socialist ideals.

As the sun set on the Occupy Seattle encampment in December 2011, the question “What next?” hung in the air, as it did over Zuccotti Park in New York City.… Read more ...

Kshama Sawant: Build the Resistance Against the Right

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From Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant at the Socialist Alternative website:

When the Republicans won the midterm elections, we in Socialist Alternative argued that this did not represent a turn to the right in society. It was fueled by an anti-incumbent mood reinforced by a massive abstention by progressive voters.… Read more ...