Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

Working Families Party Endorses Bernie Sanders

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From Mark Wachtler at Opposition News via Jed Ziggler at American Third Party Report:

For years, the Working Families Party has swayed between an opposition political party and an establishment political organization. At first glance, those efforts seem to contradict each other. But their strategy has paid off in recent years and they are applying it once again in the 2016 Presidential race.… Read more ...

Miriam Padilla: ‘Identity politics: dead end for student activism’

Miriam Padilla at socialism.com (Freedom Socialist Party):

After being denied the truth about our history in early schooling and fed lies about the causes of racism in the United States, people of color care deeply about learning their history in college. As a first-generation student and woman of color, I know how oppression on campus directly hits new students.… Read more ...

Socialist Party: Statement on the Murder Committed by Chicago Police and Attacks Against Minneapolis Black Lives Matter Activists

 

From the Socialist Party website:

 

Laquan McDonald, presente.

The 17 year old child murdered by the Chicago police, represents another in a string of signals sent to the Black community and people of color everywhere. 16 bullets, most in his back, most after he was already down. It was a lynching, the video replayed over and over on social media.… Read more ...

PSL: New York City rally for refugees denounces Trump, racist backers

By Graciela Pichardo at the PSL’s Liberation News:

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On Dec. 10, a diverse crowd of over 350 people rallied in front of the Trump Towers to protest Donald Trump, “loud-mouth-in-chief,” and his most recent outrageous attacks on Muslim refugees. The rally, organized on International Human Rights Day, stood in solidarity with Syrian, Iraqi and all refugees amidst the latest round of Islamophobia.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader on “The Sanders and Trump Insurgencies: What’s Next?”

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By Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

It is not often that Democratic and Republican insurgent candidates for President achieve such prominence and maintain staying power against the establishment “pols” of the two party duopoly that manages elections for the plutocracy that finances campaigns. The media are taking the insurgents seriously, which means that the polls are being done regularly on candidate positions and candidate match ups with other primary candidates.… Read more ...

Socialist Alternative Minnesota: Unite Against Police Repression In Minneapolis

 

From the Socialist Alternative website:

 

“Everybody that stood with Mayor Hodges is not part of the solution, they’re part of the problem.” – NAACP President, Nekima Levy-Pounds

Solidarity statement from Socialist Alternative Minnesota

UPDATE, 12/3/15: Around 4:00 AM this morning, police forcibly evicted the protest encampment around the 4th Precinct, tearing apart what had become a symbolic center of community and resistance for the previous 18 days since Jamar Clark was killed on November 15th.… Read more ...

American Independent Party Opens its Primary to Independent Voters

Ballot Access News:

The American Independent Party, which is on the ballot in California but no other state, will let independent voters vote in its presidential primary in 2016. California law lets each qualified party decide whether or not to invite independents to vote in its presidential primary. The AIP also let independents vote in its presidential primary in 2004 and 2008, but did not do so in 2012.… Read more ...

Socialist Party Statement on the Attack on the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood

From the Socialist Party website:

written by the SPUSA Women’s Commission and passed by the Socialist Party USA National Action Committee 12/2/2015

The Socialist Party USA stands with Planned Parenthood and supports every woman’s right to receive comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including access to safe, legal abortions. We condemn the most recent terrorist attack against a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs and recognize the connection between this attack and the release of videos falsely accusing Planned Parenthood of ‘selling baby parts’, an allegation the alleged shooter specifically mentioned in a statement to the police shortly after his arrest.… Read more ...

The Militant: Celebrate the Political Life of Frank Forrestal

From The Militant:

Frank Forrestal, 61, a member of the Socialist Workers Party National Committee, died of cancer Dec. 1 in Minneapolis.

Over four decades, Forrestal, above left during 2014 reporting trip to Turkey, shouldered many leadership responsibilities in the party printshop, on the Militant staff, in defense of the Cuban Revolution and in trade union activity.… Read more ...

Party for Socialism and Liberation Statement on the Venezuelan Election

PSL statement posted to Liberation News:

The outcome of the December 6, 2015 National Assembly elections in Venezuela is a major victory for the right-wing forces of counter-revolution and U.S. imperialism, and a severe blow to the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and the Left in Latin America.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party of Kentucky, and Constitution Party of Kentucky, File Lawsuit on Definition of “Party”

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On December 4, the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party filed a lawsuit against the Kentucky definition of a qualified party. The case is Libertarian Party of Kentucky v Grimes, e.d. 3:15cv-86.

Kentucky is the only state in which it is impossible for a party to ever be ballot-qualified until it polls a particular share of the vote for President.… Read more ...