Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

Howie Hawkins Makes Appeal for Teachout Voters, Criticizes Working Families Party

Howie Hawkins

Howie Hawkins is the Green Party candidate for Governor of New York. Press Release from the Hawkins campaign:

In a Monday morning media conference call Green Party Governor candidate Howie Hawkins made a direct appeal to Zephyr Teachout’s supporters. He then blasted the Working Families Party (WFP) for its cynical, sad and impotent strategy to convince its members and supporters that somehow voting Cuomo on the WFP line makes him a progressive.… Read more ...

Freedom Socialist Party Supports a $20/Hour Minimum Wage, Posts $13/Hour Job Listing

From Ben Swann:

The website of Seattle’s Freedom Socialist Party lists its most recent presidential candidate Stephen Durham’s political positions, which include the party’s effort to “raise the minimum wage to $20 an hour.” The group also avidly supported a successful push for a $15-per-hour minimum wage in Seattle, which passed this year.… Read more ...

Socialist Equality Party: The Invisible Election

From Barry Grey at the World Socialist Web Site, the official website of the International Committee of the Fourth International (the international affiliation of Socialist Equality Parties):

In less than three weeks, the United States will hold national elections to choose a third of US senators, all 435 members of the US House of Representatives, the governors of 36 out of 50 states, and thousands of state legislators.… Read more ...

Luis Rodriguez Named Poet Laureate of Los Angeles

Luis Rodriguez was the Justice Party’s vice presidential candidate in 2012 and in the 2014 primary ran for governor of California as a Green. From Jennifer Swann at LA Weekly:

Ex-gang member, author, publisher, organizer, activist, lifelong Angeleno and Green Party California gubernatorial candidate Luis J. Rodriguez can officially add yet another hefty title to his resume: Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, as appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti today at a ceremony at the Central Public Library.… Read more ...

Opposition News: Stats Reveal Major Flaw in 3rd Party Election Strategies

By Mark Wachtler

Your author has been volunteering, helping and reporting on independent and opposition parties and their candidates for over 25 years. We know a thing or two about what we’re talking about here at Opposition News. So take it from the opposition’s equivalent of Karl Rove and David Axelrod – stop running for national offices with no experience.… Read more ...

New Ballot Access Law in California Keeps 4 Alternative Parties on the Ballot

From Ballot Access News:

On September 30, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2351, which makes it easier for a group to qualify as a party in California, and also makes it easier for an already-existing party to remain ballot-qualified. The old law required an already-existing party to either poll 2% for any statewide in a general election, or to have 103,004 registrants (1% of the November 2010 turnout).… Read more ...

Party for Socialism and Liberation Analyzes Protests in Hong Kong

PSL statement posted to Liberation News:

The protests in Hong Kong have subsided Monday as negotiations continue between the opposition movement and the local government. There are unconfirmed reports of the basic framework of an agreement, details of which have not yet been released.

Discussions are continuing on the basis that the police will not forcefully break up the protesters’ encampments and the protesters will in turn reopen the streets they had blocked.… Read more ...

Workers World Party to Hold National Conference in November

Release from the Workers World Party:

Dear sisters and brothers,

We would like to extend a special invitation to you to attend this year’s Workers World Party National Conference on Nov. 15 and 16.

Why is it important to come? We are in the midst of a deepening capitalist global crisis, which has unleashed imperialist war on Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Africa and the world, and militarized racist police terror here at home.… Read more ...

Liberation News: Inaugural Southwest Socialism Conference Educates, Agitates

By Margaux Lopez and Evan Rohar at Liberation News, the official newspaper of the Party for Socialism and Liberation

Over one hundred people met throughout Saturday during the inaugural Southwest Socialism Conference in Albuquerque. The event, hosted by the Albuquerque branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, focused on the necessity of building a revolutionary socialist movement in New Mexico and beyond.… Read more ...

Socialist Alternative Publishes Report on National Convention in Seattle

Largest-Ever Socialist Alternative National Convention

By Andy Moxley

It was a fever pitch as the largest-ever Socialist Alternative National Convention met for three days this past Labor Day weekend in Seattle. The National Convention is the highest decision-making body of the organization, convened at least every two years to not only analyze key economic, social, and political developments but to collectively decide how best to build Socialist Alternative and the broader movement.… Read more ...

Three Minor Party Legislators, and One Independent Legislator, Have No Opponents

Rusty Kidd

From Ballot Access News:

Four incumbent state legislators who are not Democratic or Republican nominees are virtually certain to be re-elected next month, because no opponent to them is on the ballot.

Rusty Kidd, Georgia’s only independent state legislator, has no opponents. He didn’t need to submit a petition signed by 5% of the registered voters because Georgia law exempts independent and minor party incumbents from petitioning.… Read more ...

Five Candidates Remain on New York Gubernatorial Ballot, Two Removed

Jimmy McMillan

From Ballot Access News:

On September 26, the Rent is 2 Damn High Party petition for New York Governor was held invalid. See this story. The story does not mention another ticket, the candidacy of Michael J. Carey under the label “Life & Justice”; but according to the New York State Board of Elections web page, that petition was also invalidated.… Read more ...