Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

Socialist Party Los Angeles Local Interviews Professor Richard Wolff

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Professor Richard D. Wolff


The Socialist:

Professor Richard D. Wolff recently conducted a speaking tour over several major cities in the U.S., noting a consistent and remarkable growth in the number of attendees at his events — a phenomenon which he has linked to the mass of people’s growing frustration with capitalism and the crises it manufactures.… Read more ...

Dave Jamieson at The Huffington Post: Meet The Fist-Shaking Socialist Behind America’s Highest Minimum Wage

From Dave Jamieson at The Huffington Post:

On a recent afternoon in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, hundreds of progressive protesters poured into a pavilion at Seattle University. The demonstration was loosely tied to Fight for $15, the three-year-old, union-backed movement that has workers roiling the service sector with intermittent strikes and corporate shaming campaigns.… Read more ...

New York Times Gives Prominent Coverage to Working Families Party Legislative Win

Diana Richardson (WFP)

Diana Richardson (WFP)

Ballot Access News:

The New York Times has this story about the Working Families Party’s victory in the May 5 special legislative election in Brooklyn. By contrast, when the Working Families Party scored a more impressive win for the Connecticut State Senate on February 24, 2015, the Times did not mention that.… Read more ...

Link to New York Special Congressional and Legislative Elections of May 5

Diana Richardson (WFP)

Diana Richardson (WFP)

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The New York State Board of Elections’ web page is reporting election returns, as various precincts report their results for the special elections of May 5. Here is the link. As of 9:15 p.m., only fragmentary results are in, but they suggest that the Republican nominee is winning the U.S.… Read more ...

Socialist Party of Michigan: Vote No on Proposal 1

From the Socialist Party of Michigan website:

The Socialist Party of Michigan encourages all working class voters of our state to reject the proposed new road-maintenance funding scheme in the May 5, 2015 statewide Special Election (Proposal 15-1). In response to rising corporate investment concerns over the crumbling state of Michigan’s road conditions, the state legislature’s Proposal asks voters to approve a constitutional amendment to authorize raising the state sales tax from six to seven percent, as well as an additional net increase in motor fuel taxes.… Read more ...

Katie Quarles: Religious Freedom Does Not Equal Freedom to Discriminate

From Katie Quarles at the Socialist Alternative website:

The recent state-level “religious freedom” bills in Arkansas and Indiana, which initially included language which would protect businesses from law suits for refusing service to LGBTQ customers on religious grounds, provoked massive opposition. This came on the heels of the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision which allowed a company to refuse to provide birth control to its employees through their health plan on the grounds it would violate the owners’ religious beliefs.… Read more ...

Party for Socialism and Liberation: A New Stage in Baltimore’s struggle

PSL statement posted to Liberation News:

Let there be no doubt. Without the people’s sustained daily protests, marches, rallies, agitation and even rebellion, there would have been no indictment of the cops responsible for the death of Freddie Gray.

The state prosecutor Marilyn Mosby said, “To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace.’”

Mosby and certain other officials hope that prosecution of the officers will end or muffle the struggle of the people.… Read more ...

D’Marie Mulattieri: Time to Derail Fast Track and Free Trade Deals

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From D’Marie Mulattieri at the Justice Party website:

If we were to begin this piece about free trade agreements those of you who have no clue what NAFTA or CAFTA represent would just click your mouse and move on.

What if we begin with these headlines:

Since NAFTA the US has lost over 3 million manufacturing jobs!Read more ...

Freedom Socialist Party: Justice for Freddie Gray

From the Freedom Socialist Party website:

The Freedom Socialist Party stands with the family and friends of Freddie Gray, as well as the entire Black community of Baltimore and all those victimized by police brutality, in demanding that those responsible for his death be brought to justice.

As the world is quickly learning, police harassment and murder of poor Black youth in the U.S.… Read more ...

Socialist Party Report on St Louis Socialist Coalition May Day

spusamaydayactionFrom the Socialist Party website:

Yesterday, May 1st 2015, members of the Socialist Party USA (SPUSA) joined other Socialist Parties and Civil Rights activist from the Black Lives Matter campaigns to protest the recent killings of unarmed black citizens across the US. In particular, the recent death in Baltimore of Freddie Gray, and the announcement of charges brought against six Baltimore Police officers.… Read more ...

Charges Against Kshama Sawant & Two Co-Defendants Dropped

Email blast from 15 Now (dated 5/1/15):

All charges against Councilmember Sawant, Reverend John Helmiere, and Alaska Airlines baggage handler Socrates Bravo were thrown out today as the judge heard the City of Seatac’s case and found it uncompelling.

“The city decided to treat it like the crime of the century, yet could not prove their case,” remarked Dmitri Iglitzin, lawyer for the defendants.… Read more ...

Kshama Sawant on Trial for Disorderly Conduct

From Daniel Beekman at the Seattle Times:

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, a Methodist pastor and a Seattle-Tacoma International Airport worker went on trial in SeaTac’s municipal court Thursday on disorderly conduct charges connected with a minimum-wage demonstration.

The three defendants were among four people arrested Nov. 19 when they refused to leave the middle of the street during a rally outside the SeaTac headquarters of Alaska Airlines.… Read more ...