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November 2014 Endorsements
Posted on September 27 by the Webmaster
Our campaign website is at peaceandfreedom2014.org. This article is a summary of our endorsements.
The Peace and Freedom party supports the following candidates in the November 2014 election.
U.S. House of Representatives
44th District: Adam Shbeita - candidate website
Richmond City Council:
The Peace and Freedom Party urges you to vote as follows on the statewide propositions. See our campaign site for details, and click here for a flyer to print and distribute.
- No on Proposition 1 - water bonds
- No on Proposition 2 - rainy day fund
- Yes on Proposition 45 - regulation of health insurance premiums
- No on Proposition 46 - drug testing of doctors/medical malpractice
- Yes on Proposition 47 - criminal sentence reductions
- Yes on Proposition 48 - Native American gaming compact
From the Statewide Voter Guide
The Peace and Freedom Party's statement of purpose in the Official Voter Information Guide for the November 4, 2014 general election, published by the Secretary of State.
The Peace and Freedom Party is a working-class party in a country run by and for the wealthy and their corporations. We should not have to sacrifice our health, our livelihoods and our planet for our bosses’ profits. We can tax the rich, whose wealth is created by workers, to pay for society’s needs. We favor:
- Decent jobs and labor rights for all
- Free education for all, preschool through university
- Free universal health care
- Comprehensive services for disabled people
- Bring the troops home
- End all discrimination. Marriage equality
- Full rights for immigrants
- Restore and protect the environment
- Real democracy and fair political representation.
The "top two" law has taken most parties off the general election ballot. We must end it. Please vote for Adam Shbeita for Congress in the 44th District.
While our system puts the wealthy first, we will suffer war, police brutality, low wages, unsafe workplaces and pollution. We advocate socialism, the ownership and democratic control of the economy by working people. If we join together to take back our industries and natural resources, we can work together for the common good, rather than being slaves to the rich and their corporations.
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Peace and Freedom Party on ballot at least through 2018
By Kevin Akin
Posted on October 7 2014 by the Communication Committee
When the voters were fooled into passing Proposition 14 in 2010, they were told it provided for an "open primary" that would give voters "more choice". Many did not realize that more choices in June meant taking away all but two choices for each office in November. But less choice in November -- when it counts -- was not the only bad result of "top two". Because no candidates of the smaller parties would appear on the statewide ballot in November, the new law made it essentially impossible for these parties to remain ballot qualified by getting enough votes in the gubernatorial election every four years.
On Tuesday September 30, Governor Brown signed AB 2351 by Assembly member Richard Gordon of Menlo Park. This bill changes the vote test to the June primary election in gubernatorial election years, with votes for all candidates preferring the party counting toward the required two percent of the vote. As Nathalie Hrizi of the Peace and Freedom Party received 5.4% of the vote (212,999 votes) for Insurance Commissioner in the June 2014 primary, the party will stay on the ballot at least through 2018, the year of the next gubernatorial election.
Another change in the law included in AB 2351 specified that a party can qualify through having 0.33% of all the voters in the state registered as preferring that party. The former standard was a number of voters equal to 1% of all those voters who cast ballots in the November gubernatorial election. The number of voters in an election for governor is very hard to predict accurately. Using a figure based on actual voter registration is easier for everyone involved, including the Secretary of State, whose endorsement of AB 2351 helped get it through the legislature. Right now, the Peace and Freedom Party is well above the 0.33% level, and with continuing voter registration work should remain qualified no matter what the vote in 2018 may be.
Another View of the Blockade of the Zim Piraeus in Oakland
By Marsha Feinland
Posted on September 26, 2014 by the Communications Committee
Editor's note: as this article is being posted on September 26, another Israeli ship, the Zim Shanghai, is approaching the Port of Oakland. Peace and Freedom Party activists are again joining many other organizations and individuals at the Port to oppose Israel's attacks on Gaza.
Author's note: I wrote this article after participating the events that it describes from Saturday, August 16 through Monday, August 18. I followed the subsequent events through emails and online accounts. I would like to note that while the Peace and Freedom Party was not an official endorser, sponsor, or organizer, we do take a strong stand on the issue. Many Peace and Freedom Party activists and registrants participated.
In response to the recent horrific attacks on Gazan civilians by Israeli armed forces, a coalition of left groups and individuals decided to initiate a "port action." A force of demonstrators could persuade the longshore union members to refuse to cross a picket line, and thus prevent a ship's cargo from being off-loaded.
Israeli Zim Line ships dock and deliver cargo at the Port of Oakland regularly. The action was originally scheduled for August 2. Fliers were distributed at the numerous demonstrations being held in the Bay Area against Israel's occupation of Palestine and the ongoing attacks on civilians. But at an organizing meeting a few days before the scheduled event a number of the major groups voted to reschedule the action to August 16 “in order to give time to build a stronger blockade (according to the International Socialist Organization [ISO]).” Some individuals and smaller groups, feeling strongly that the mobilization was already in gear, decided to gather at the West Oakland BART station on the morning of August 2 to carry out the mission as planned. When a critical mass did not materialize, they disbanded and joined the effort to build the August 16 action.
The call went out to assemble at the West Oakland BART station at 5:00 a.m. the morning of August 16 and then march to the port. The Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) set up a place on their website for the action, including a phone number to contact to receive updates by text message. On the evening of August 15, people were notified that the action was postponed until 3:00 pm because the ship's scheduled arrival had changed. Some people who showed up early Saturday morning got the word to return later that afternoon.
PFP-initiated election bill signed into law
By Bob Richard
Posted on September 25, 2014 by the the Communications Committee
On August 22, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2233, which reduces the number of petition signatures required to avoid paying filing fees in special elections to fill vacancies. In special elections, the time available to collect signatures is shorter than in regular elections -- sometimes as short as a couple of days. AB 2233 makes the number of signatures-in-lieu proportional to the time available to collect them.
AB 2233 passed the Assembly by a vote of 70-3 on May 27. It passed the Senate 30-3 and was sent to the Governor on August 7.
In the 2014 June election, candidates had 55 days to collect signatures in lieu of filing fees. In special elections, the time available depends on when the Governor calls the election. There is no minimum number of days. The filing fees and number of signatures vary by office:
- Candidates for statewide office and U.S. Senate need 10,000 signatures in lieu of fees ranging from $2,610 to $3,480.
- Candidates for the Board of Equalization need 5,220 signatures in lieu of the filing fee of $1,305.
- Candidates for State Senate and U.S. House need 3,000 signatures in lieu of fees ranging from $953 to $1,740.
- Candidates for the Assembly need 1,500 signatures in lieu of the filing fee of $953.
Each valid signature reduces the filing fee proportionately, so candidates can qualify by any combination of signatures and fees.
Collecting these signatures in 55 days is hard. Collecting them in 2 or 3 days is impossible. AB 2233 provides that the number of signatures in lieu will be directly proportional to the number of days available to collect them, except that it will never be less than 100 signatures.
This bill might seem like a relatively minor improvement to the state's election law. But it has a double significance for the Peace and Freedom Party.
Time for Sanctions and the Prosecution of War Crimes in Gaza
By Maureen Smith
Posted on August 27, 2014 by the Communications Committee
All of the information in this article is a summary of a larger article with more details referenced below. At the end of this article you will find links to a resolution passed on August 10th at the Peace and Freedom Party State Convention in Oakland, California and a letter to the International Criminal Court from several legal organizations.
While we know that US leaders aid and abet Israeli war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, we need to step up to the plate and demand an embargo on military aid to Israel and call for the prosecution of Israeli and US war crimes.
A summary of the war crimes can be found in the August 8th edition of the Jurist in this article by NLG Attorney and Law Professor Marjorie Cohn. They include the following crimes:
Labor Day and May Day: Two Workers' Holidays
By Eugene E. Ruyle
Posted on August 28, 2014 by the Communications Committee
Author's note: these remarks were put together from various sources. A longer article with citations is available on request from the author at cuyleruyle - at - mac.com.
As we enter the Labor Day weekend, many on the left will repeat the myth that Labor Day has no historical significance and is simply a “gift” from capitalist politicians to break up the international solidarity of American workers by providing an alternative to May Day. For many years, I accepted this myth, even while marching with my union comrades in the annual Labor Day Parades in Wilmington, California. Then I learned that the first Labor Day was in 1882, four years BEFORE Haymarket and eight years BEFORE the first international May Day in 1890. How, then, could it have originated as an alternative to May Day? A little historical research revealed a much different, and more complex, story.
Registration Drive urgently Needs Your Contributions
By Kevin Akin
Posted on September 30, 2013 by the Editorial Board
A drive is underway to register more Peace and Freedom Party voters in California. We need more voters to keep us on the ballot in future years.
But we also need to register more voters into the Peace and Freedom Party because registering PFP is an effective way to send a message to every politician, every day, that more and more Californians reject the two parties of war and big business, and support our pro-working class program. Having your name on the voter list as "Peace and Freedom" is like signing petitions for good causes every day, even when election day is far away. Politicians may pay attention to other things now and then (especially money), but they definitely pay attention to voter lists and voter registration statistics.