Peace and Freedom Party

California's Feminist Socialist Political Party

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Gloria La Riva for President
Dennis Banks for Vice President
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La Riva & Banks San Quentin Press Conference, October 1

Posted on September 30, 2016 by the Webmaster

This announcement originally appeared at on September 30, 2016.

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“The death penalty is an abomination and we call for its immediate abolition” says Presidential candidate Gloria La Riva. “We urge the people of California to vote yes on proposition 62, and no on proposition 66. It is a crucial step to not only end this cruel and unusual punishment in California, it will also have a profound effect across the United States.”

La Riva and Banks will hold a press conference in front of San Quentin State Prison with her Vice Presidential running mate Dennis Banks, on Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 am.


It’s High Time for Mass Mobilization to Free Mumia!

By Jack Heyman and Eric Clanton

Posted on September 22, 2016 by the Webmaster

This article originally appeared on Counterpunch on September 9. Mumia's lawyers and supporters are meeting in New York on September 22 to plan a mass protest on December 9. The authors are involved in building labor movement support for the mobilization.

Could Mumia Abu-Jamal, one of the twentieth century’s most high profile political prisoners, a powerful and renowned author and a former Black Panther, have hope of being released after 34 years in prison, 30 of those years on death row? Could Mumia, unlike the anarchists, Sacco and Vanzetti, or the Communists Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed by the state, finally see the light of day after decades in prison like former Black Panthers Geronimo Pratt, the Angola Three and Eddie Conway?

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Williams v. Pennsylvania, could provide a legal precedent to open the door for Mumia’s release. But that will not end the police vendetta against him as demonstrated by the bitter experience of unending persecution by courts, cops and prison authorities. For every legal principle there is a “Mumia exception.” There can be no reliance on the courts for justice, in large part because Mumia is falsely accused of killing a cop. As in the case of Angela Davis, it will require mass mobilizations to free Mumia, mobilizations from trade unions with large black memberships and community organizations like Black Lives Matter.


On Solidarity with Standing Rock, Executive Clemency and the International Indigenous Struggle

By Leonard Peltier

Posted on September 18, 2016 by the Communications Committee

This statement first appeared on Counterpunch on September 16.

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Greeting Sisters and Brothers:

I have been asked to write a SOLIDARITY statement to everyone about the Camp of the Sacred Stones on Standing Rock. Thank you for this great honor. I must admit it is very difficult for me to even begin this statement as my eyes get so blurred from tears and my heart swells with pride, as chills run up and down my neck and back. I’m so proud of all of you young people and others there.

I am grateful to have survived to see the rebirth of the united and undefeated Sioux Nation at Standing Rock in the resistance to the poisonous pipeline that threatens the life source of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. It is an honor to have been alive to see this happen with you young people. You are nothing but awesome in my eyes.


A Real Presidential Debate, October 1 in Berkeley

Posted on September 19, 2016 by the Alameda County Central Committee

On Saturday, October 1, the Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Movement presents "A Real Preidential Debate: Peace & Freedom vs. Greens". Confirmed speakers include:

  • Laura Wells, Green Party candidate for Governor in 2010, on the Jill Stein campaign
  • Nathalie Hrizi, Peace and Freedom Party candidate for Insurance Commissioner in 2014, on the Gloria La Riva campaign
  • Aundre Herron, senior staff attorney at the California Appellate Project, on on Proposition 62


When: Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Where: Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley(MAP)
What: Forum on on the November 2016 election
Sponsor: Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Movement
Contact: call 510-332-3865
Cost: Free, but please buy food and drink at the pub


To Cuba with a Purpose

By C. T. Weber

Posted on September 20, 2016 by the Communications Committee

Taking a vacation and going to interesting places is always something we should try to squeeze into our busy lives. However, it is more significant and satisfying if the trip has a purpose in addition to relaxation and enjoyment. This year I was privileged to make such a trip. An invitation had been made to the Sacramento Central Labor Council from Raymundo Navarro Fernandez, the General Secretary of the Worker’s Central Union of Cuba, to bring a labor delegation from California to Cuba in order to participate in International Workers Day activities and attend a Solidarity Conference of labor leaders from around the world. With U.S. capitalists waging its war against the Cuban people, I wanted to see the damage caused by the embargo and the United States in its continuing efforts to try to change it back to the way it was under Batista.


Trump Is the Symptom, Clinton Is the Disease

By Roger D. Harris

Posted on September 15, 2016 by the Communications Committee

A somewhat different version of this article appeared at Counterpuch on Spetember 16.

Open Letter to My Progressive Pal Who Votes for the Lesser-of-Two-Evils

I asked you who is the lesser evil when even the Washington Post posits Hillary Clinton to the "political right" of Trump on international issues?

And you responded: "So I guess I should vote for Trump?"

Gimme Shelter: Fleeing Trump to the Democrat’s Big Tent

You are right that there are differences between the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. No one recognizes that better than the ruling elites who are tripping over each other to join the Clinton bandwagon.


Re-register Peace and Freedom!

Posted on June 12, 2016 by the Webmaster

If you registered out of the Peace and Freedom Party in order to vote for Bernie Sanders, now is the time to register back into the party. If you have never been registered Peace and Freedom, now is the time to join.

The Peace and Freedom Party has long advocated many of the things Bernie Sanders brought to the fore during his primary campaign. Things like tuitionfree college and university education, free healthcare, and housing for all are things we, as a party of the working class, support.

The Peace and Freedom Party is a ballot-status socialist, feminist party, the only ballotstatus socialist party in California. If you consider yourself a socialist you belong in the Peace and Freedom Party. Register today!

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The Sanders Campaign: A Symposium

Posted on September 26, 2015 by the Communications Committee

The Presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders has drawn record crowds and electrified many left/progressives, but we need to ask some hard questions. Is it enough to "feel the Bern?" Or do we need to build a movement that will last beyond 2016 and transform America and the world?

In this symposium, writers from different political perspectives join writers from the Peace and Freedom Party to discuss these and other questions raised by the Sanders campaign. All contributions are signed articles that reflect the opinions of their authors and not necessarily the positions of the Peace and Freedom Party.

The articles posted so far are (or click here for all of the articles together on one page):

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 August 2016 16:02

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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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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.