Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

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

“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


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 ...

Joseph Kishore: Bellum Americanum – US Imperialism’s Delusions of World Conquest

Joseph Kishore

From Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Joseph Kishore at the World Socialist Web Site:

The US Congress and White House are currently in discussions over the federal budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins in October. Amidst the various tactical disputes over ruling class policy, on one issue there is near-universal agreement in Washington: there must be a significant and immediate increase in funding for the already gargantuan Pentagon war machine.… Read more ...

Liberation News: Floridians respond to anti-trans ‘bathroom’ bill with outrage

By Bryan Ellis at the PSL’s Liberation News:

Floridians respond to anti-trans ‘bathroom’ bill with outrage

In Florida, anti-transgender bill 583, known by many as the “bathroom bill,” recently made its way out of the House Civil Rights Subcommittee with a 9-to-4 vote. Like bills in Kentucky and Texas, the proposed law would make it illegal for transgender people to use public facilities that correspond with their gender if it is different from the one assigned to them at birth.… Read more ...

Peace and Freedom Party: Give Back the BearCat, March 24 in Santa Cruz

bearcatFrom the Peace and Freedom Party website:

The BearCat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck) is on the City Council’s March2 4 agenda. Tell them to give it back! Rally at 6:00pm on Tuesday, March 24, then attend the City Council meeting at 7:00pm.

When: Tuesday, March 24 at 6:00pm
Where: 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz (MAP)
What: Rally at 6pm, City Council meeting at 7pm
Sponsor: Santa Cruz Resistance Against Militarization (SCRAM)
Contact: call 831-687-9118 or email scram911 – at –

The Santa Cruz County Peace and Freedom Party endorses this event.… Read more ...

Pramila Jayapal Endorses Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant

Pramila Jayapal

Pramila Jayapal

From a Sawant campaign email blast:

We are proud to announce this week that progressive Washington State Senator Pramila Jayapal has endorsed the Kshama Sawant re-election campaign!

“Kshama has been a powerful and unwavering progressive voice in City Hall for Seattle’s working families – from minimum wage to women’s empowerment to housing justice,” Jayapal said in a statement.… Read more ...

Workers World Party to Hold Memorial for Leslie Feinberg March 28

Leslie Feinberg

From Wikipedia:

Leslie Feinberg (September 1, 1949 – November 15, 2014) was an American transgender, butch lesbian activist and author. Feinberg authored Stone Butch Blues in 1993.

Feinberg authored two nonfiction books, Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue and Transgender Warriors: Making History; the novel Drag King Dreams; and Rainbow Solidarity in Defense of Cuba – a compilation of 25 journalistic articles.… Read more ...

Chris Hedges: Kshama Sawant, The Most Dangerous Woman in America

Kshama Sawant

March 15, 2015
By Chris Hedges

SEATTLE—Kshama Sawant, the socialist on the City Council, is up for re-election this year. Since joining the council in January of 2014 she has helped push through a gradual raising of the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Seattle. She has expanded funding for social services and blocked, along with housing advocates, an attempt by the Seattle Housing Authority to allow a rent increase of up to 400 percent.… Read more ...