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State of the Union: a socialist answer to deception and liberal self-deception

Posted on January 25, 2015 by the Communications Committee

This response to President Obama's "state of the union" speech to Congress on January 20 is reproduced with permission from Liberation News, the newspaper of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL).

The reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union Address shows again why working-class and progressive people in the United States need to build our own socialist party.

Without a workers’ party, a socialist party, progressive individuals are left hanging on every word of liberal capitalist politicians whose primary expertise is in creating an illusion. Progressives are the most prone to self-deception on account of the Democratic Party’s professional deception.

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Black Lives Matter

Posted on December 22, 2014 by the Webmaster

This statement was issued by California State Chair Debra Reiger on December 21, 2014.

Michael Brown was shot dead by police in Ferguson, Mo. Eric Garner was strangled while in a police chokehold in Staten Island, New York. Neither man had committed any more than a petty crime, and even that is questionable because neither man had a chance to be tried.

These and other recent police murders of unarmed black men, and the fact that the state authorized killers will not face prosecution, have sparked rallies and actions against police violence all over the county.

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The Fight to save Berkeley's Downtown Post Office Continues

Posted on December 20, 2014 by the the Communications Committee

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Photo by George Cammarota

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By Marsha Feinland

The historic downtown Berkeley Post Office is still public property and is still open. A group called “First They Came for the Homeless” and community supporters have been occupying the area outside the Post Office since Nov. 1, 2014. People are camping out and maintaining an information booth continuously, even during the recent rainstorms (see photo below).

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Invitation to Bernie Sanders

Posted on December 4, 2014 by the webmaster

This statement was adopted by the State Central Committee on November 16, 2014.

The Peace and Freedom Party deeply appreciates that many issues important to working people are raised by Bernie Sanders in the U.S. Senate and in the media.

The Peace and Freedom Party welcomes the possibility of Bernie Sanders campaigning for President as an independent.

If Bernie Sanders runs for President independent of the Republicans and Democrats, we invite him to submit his name as a candidate for the Presidential nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party in the 2016 presidential primary.

 

Fukushima/Militarization of Asia, January 22 in Santa Cruz

Posted on January 12, 2015 by the Santa Cruz County Central Committee

Two presentations on Asia:

  • Report from Fukushima by Chieko Shiina
  • Korea And The Militarization of Asia by Christine J. Hong

When: Thursday, January 22 at 7:00pm (music at 6:30)
Where: Resource Center For Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz (MAP)
What: public forum
Sponsor: No Nuke Action Committee
Contact: call 831-688-8692
Cost: suggested donation $5-$10, no one turned away for lack of funds

The Santa Cruz Peace and Freedom Party endorses this event.

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Oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Posted on December 4, 2014 by the webmaster

This statement was adopted by the State Central Committee on November 16, 2014. For information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, visit Fight for the Future and the Citizens Trade Campaign.

The Peace and Freedom Party endorses and encourages local rallies, including the PFP and others, to oppose and educate against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Support prisoners' right to speak

Posted on December 4, 2014 by the webmaster

This resolution was adopted by the State Central Committee on November 16, 2014. For background on the State of Pennsylvania's attack on free speech, visit the Prison Radio Project and the Prison Radio Defense Fund.

Be it resolved that the Peace and Freedom Party, its chapters and County Central Committees, stand in solidarity with Mumia and three other prisoners, who, in conjunction with the Prison Radio Project, have announced their intention to file suit against the State of Pennsylvania for violating the First Amendment rights of these prisoners in its attempt to preemptively stop speech before it happens.

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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.

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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.

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Preamble to Our By-laws

The Peace and Freedom Party is an open, multi-tendency, movement-oriented socialist party. We are united in our common commitment to socialism, democracy, feminism and unionism and our common opposition to capitalism, imperialism, racism, sexism and elitism.

These by-laws do not define socialism, nor do they identify the strategies and tactics of how to achieve socialism. We agree that socialism is necessary and that it will open up a democratic decision-making process for appropriate use of resources and distribution of labor.

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Peace and Freedom Party
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Donate to the Peace and Freedom Party registration drive fund online by clicking the PayPal link above (PayPal membership is not required). Or make checks payable to "PFP Registration Drive" and mail to

PFP Reg Drive
PO Box 22234
Sacramento CA 95822

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In California, voter registration is very important to political parties. The very existence of a political party as "ballot-qualified" is determined by the number of votes its statewide candidates receive or by the number of voters registered with the party. As the only feminist socialist political party on the California ballot, it is imperative that the Peace and Freedom Party continues as a qualified party. Quite simply, the Peace and Freedom Party will not be able to provide Californians with candidates that will represent us unless we register and vote Peace and Freedom.

For more information about registering to vote in California, you can visit the Secretary of State's website.