Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

Arkansas Makes Petition Deadlines for New Parties and Independent Candidates Much Earlier

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 29, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed SB 8, the bill that moves the primary for all office in 2016 from late May to early March, and which moves the petition deadline for new parties to September 2015 and the non-presidential independent deadline to November 2015.… Read more ...

Party for Socialism and Liberation: Demand Freedom for Jailed Turkish Communists

PSL statement posted to Liberation News:

International Workers Day—popularly known as May Day and celebrated on May 1—in Turkey was marked with the brutal repression of the protests around the country by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its police.

In Istanbul, in an overt display of its ever-increasing fascism, AKP regime deployed twenty thousand riot police, sixty water cannons and 5500 barricades in order to stop hundreds of thousands from celebrating the May Day in Taksim Square.… Read more ...

Socialist Alternative Debate: Bernie Sanders Announces Run for Presidency – What Should the Left Say?

From the Socialist Alternative website:

Promising a “political revolution” against the “billionaires and oligarchs” who have hijacked the political system, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has launched a campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. There was a huge response to the announcement, with 75,000 people donating $3 million to his campaign within four days.… Read more ...

Washington Times Story on Libertarian Party Presidential Debate Lawsuit

govjohnsondeniedJennifer Harper at The Washington Times has written this article about the Libertarian Party’s involvement in the Our America Initiative lawsuit over the CPD’s rules for presidential debate inclusion. The article also mentions the Green Party’s involvement, as well as the 2012 Free & Equal debate featuring Rocky Anderson, Virgil Goode, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein.… Read more ...

Sixth Circuit Upholds Discriminatory Michigan Ballot Access Law


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


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


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

Kshama Sawant

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 ...