Socialist Alternative: Victories of 2014

From the Socialist Alternative website:

Underneath the gross commodification that profit-driven corporations have marketed at us in every imaginable way, the holiday season is still a time of communities coming together, of giving, and of valuing others. It is a time of reflection on the year and of looking ahead to what’s to come.… Read more ...

Party for Socialism and Liberation: Huge Demonstrations Sustain Movement Against Racism, Cops

From Walter Smolarek at Liberation News, Newspaper of the Party for Socialism and Liberation:

On Saturday, Dec. 13, over 60,000 people took to the streets of New York City to protest the police murders of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley and all other victims of racist police violence. Another demonstration of 10,000 marched at the same time in Washington, D.C., drawing demonstrators from across the country.Read more ...

Richard Rider’s Old Editorial Rebuts U-T San Diego’s Editorial about Initiative System

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Richard Rider of San Diego didn’t have to come up with a new rant after he read an editorial today in U-T San Diego . He just had to go through his archives to find one that’s still appropriate.

The editorial predicts only trouble for California after the number of signatures needed to qualify initiatives was reduced substantially after last month’s low voter turnout:

Activists are reportedly salivating at the prospect of propositions to extend the “temporary” tax increases approved in 2012, increase other taxes, weaken Proposition 13, legalize recreational marijuana and increase the minimum wage.

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Democrats, Republicans silencing ‘voices of freedom': LP Political Director Carla Howell

LP.org blog:

Carla Howell on Press TVCarla Howell spoke to Press TV on Monday in response to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s recent claim that former secretary of state Hillary Clinton would definitely win the 2016 presidential election by “a large majority.”

“Senator Chuck Schumer hopes that the former Democratic politician from his state, Hilary Clinton, will win the presidency in 2016.… Read more ...

BioEdge Interview with Transhumanist Presidential Candidate Zoltan Istvan

From Xavier Symons at BioEdge:

Zoltan Istvan is an American writer, futurist and philosopher. He is also perhaps the best-known proponent of transhumanism movement. He spoke with BioEdge earlier this week.

Q. The latest news in transhumanist circles, I gather, is that you will be running for President of the United States in 2016.… Read more ...

Arizona Green Party Submits Petition to be Re-Recognized as a Qualified Party

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The Arizona Green Party recently submitted its petition to be recognized again as a qualified party. Election officials are now checking the signatures.

If the party meets the petition requirement, they will be on the ballot for the 2016 & 2018 elections. The AZGP did not have ballot access for 2014.… Read more ...

Joshua Katz Has Letter Published Regarding Torture Report and Police-Involved Shooting

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This letter to the editor has been published in several media outlets.

To the editor:

From Ferguson, to New York, to Guantanamo Bay, we have witnessed systematic brutality,
oppression, and murder by our government. We have also witnessed the complete
unwillingness of the government to hold itself accountable. Defenders of big government
have, predictably, stepped forward to criticize, not the horrific acts of our government, but
efforts to bring wrongdoing to light.… Read more ...

Socialist Workers Party’s Dan Fein Kicks Off Campaign for Mayor of Chicago

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From Laura Anderson in The Militant:

Dan Fein, Socialist Workers Party candidate for mayor, kicked off his campaign here Dec. 6, joining a rally and march on the West Side protesting police torture in Chicago and the killings of Eric Garner by cop Daniel Pantaleo in Staten Island, N.Y., and Michael Brown, shot dead by cop Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.… Read more ...

Opposition News: PSL Teams with NALC to Save the US Postal Service

By Mark Wachtler

In January, the US Postal Service is planning to close or consolidate 82 mail processing centers across America. Management insists it’s required to maintain the Service’s balance sheet. But workers warn that the move is meant to sabotage the USPS in the eyes of Americans by cutting services, increasing wait times and eliminating delivery days.… Read more ...

Green Party: Prosecute Officials Who Approved Torture, Including Bush & Cheney

Green Party Press Release:

The Green Party of the United States supports the demand by a U.N. special investigator that U.S. officials and CIA personnel who authorized and carried out torture must be prosecuted.

Ben Emmerson, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights, called for prosecution in the wake of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture and “black sites” in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, released on Tuesday.… Read more ...

LNC Meeting Discussion Thread, New Orleans, December 2014

Meeting is starting. I will edit the article as I go but most of it will be in the comments. See http://www.lp.org/blogs/staff/lnc-meeting-dec-13-14-2014-new-orleans or http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2014/12/libertarian-national-committee-meeting-dec-13-14-2014-in-new-orleans/ for broadcast channels, preliminary agenda and written reports. … Read more ...