Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

Working Families Party Organizing in Wisconsin

working-familiesFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

According to this story, the Working Families Party is organizing in Wisconsin. Wisconsin does not permit fusion, and generally the Working Families Party only becomes ballot-qualified in states that have fusion. However, the party may be feeling more confident about running and winning races without fusion.… Read more ...

Tony Wilsdon: $15 Moves to Center Stage of U.S. Politics

From Tony Wilsdon at the Socialist Alternative website:

The demand for a $15 minimum wage continues to surge forward as a concrete answer to one of the central issues driving U.S. politics – income inequality.

Not only has Los Angeles joined Seattle and San Francisco in passing $15 an hour ordinances, but politician in other cities like St Louis, New York City and Philadelphia are starting to feel the ground moving under their feet.… Read more ...

Socialist Party People of Color Commission Statement on Police Brutality

From the Socialists of Color website:

Freddie Gray was murdered by the police, just like an untold number in this country every day. More often than not, the legal system is not sympathetic to the people in the streets chanting “Black Lives Matter.” The credit for the indictment of the six officers in Baltimore goes to the youth, the people of color, the parents who took the day off to protest, the kids holding signs and people kicking in windshields.… Read more ...

Reason Article Profiles Bernie Sanders’ History with the Liberty Union Party

Jesse Walker has this article at Reason about Bernie Sanders and his position on gun rights. The piece specifically ties his views to those of the Liberty Union Party in the ’70s. From the article:

Bernie Sanders’ uneven but real support for gun rights has puzzled a lot of pundits, who tend to describe the socialist senator’s position on the issue as “to Clinton’s right” and who tend to figure it’s just a byproduct of getting elected in a rural state where guns are everywhere.… Read more ...

CCD’s Hall: “Radical politics” must challenge two-party structure

nader2000In a letter to the editor of The New York Times, Oliver B. Hall of the Center for Competitive Democracy, which works to eliminate barriers to political participation and protect open and competitive elections, criticizes left-wing journalist and scholar Todd Gitlin over an op-ed he wrote for the Times last week on Sen.… Read more ...

Roger D. Harris: A Left Perspective on Global Warming

From Roger D. Harris at the Peace and Freedom Party website:

Global warming demands immediate and practical solutions. Such solutions are available, and they would enhance our quality of life rather than diminish it. At the same time, pursuit of these solutions points to the need for more basic, long-term changes to the system of waste which defines the country that has contributed the most to creating human-caused climate change.… Read more ...

Party for Socialism and Liberation: A Historic Achievement for Iran

PSL statement posted to Liberation News:

The agreement reached today, July 14, in Vienna is a historic achievement for Iran. While there are many imperialist-imposed conditions in the agreement, what is most important is that it has set the stage for the breaking of the U.S. and UN sanctions regime, the purpose of which was to bring about the overthrow of the Iranian government.… Read more ...

Anderson says “good strong challenge” needed from alternative parties

rocky Former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson, who received 43,018 votes as the Justice Party presidential nominee in 2012, spoke with MintPress News about the need for alternative party presidential candidates in 2016.

Though Anderson said he will not run himself, he said, “We need a good strong challenge, not with the expectation necessarily that somebody’s going to win the election, but that they’re going to help change the course of the debate.”

Anderson “professed his support for Vermont Sen.… Read more ...

Sawant calls for Seattle municipal broadband

sawant Techdirt reports that Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant of Socialist Alternative is calling for municipal broadband for the city. Sawant writes, “Seattle would be the largest city in the country to implement municipal broadband. We should expect Comcast and CenturyLink to go to every length to keep their unchallenged duopoly in Seattle.… Read more ...

Tony Lane: For Tom Fiske ‘Revolutionary Politics Was Pure Enjoyment’

Tom Fiske

From Tony Lane at The Militant:

“Throughout his life Tom Fiske acted on the fact that the lessons learned in struggle through the 165 years of communist continuity are critical for the working class now, and that everything you do to build revolutionary communist parties in the United States and elsewhere today is decisive for the future of humanity,” said Socialist Workers Party National Committee member Norton Sandler at a spirited meeting here May 31 that celebrated the life and political contributions of a 50-year veteran and leader of the party.… Read more ...

Socialist Alternative: Beyond the Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Ruling

From the Socialist Alternative website:

The Next Steps In Queer Liberation

This month, the Supreme Court will rule on whether marriage rights should be given to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) people across the country. The fact the Court is hearing this case reflects a welcome shift in social attitudes brought about by decades of struggle and significant marriage equality victories in state after state.… Read more ...

Indianapolis Socialist Party USA at Indy Pride 2015

From the Socialist Party website:

The Indianapolis Socialist Party had a great time at Indy Pride this year. We had a rotation of around six members at our table throughout the event, handing out literature and engaging people in discussion. People seemed very responsive to our table, freely taking literature and signing up for our mailing list.… Read more ...