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July 2014: Once again, death and destruction with U.S.-provided arms and money.
Posted on July 22, 2014 by the Webmaster
Statement of Peace and Freedom Party State Chair Kevin Akin, 22 July 2014.
The following statement was adopted by the State Central Committee of the California Peace and Freedom Party at its meeting on November 18, 2012.
The California Peace and Freedom Party condemns the recent attacks on the people of the Gaza Strip, the most aggressive since the massacres of 2008. We join the many voices calling for an end to sending arms to Israel. The United States is responsible for these and other violations of U.S. and international law performed with regularity by the Israeli military. As long as the United States enables the Israeli government by providing support such as money, weapons, and diplomatic cover, the violence will continue. As Americans we must once more say "Not in our name."
It is now July 2014, almost two years later. Once again, using as a pretext the murders of three teenagers whose killers the israeli authorities apparently have no intention of catching, the Netanyahu government has launched a murderous series of attacks on Palestinians. As expected, the rockets in Gaza have been firing at Israel in response, and have killed one Israeli, while under the Netanyahu government's military attacks hundreds of Palestinians have been killed: children, women, old men, whole families, and even a few fighters. And as expected, while murmuring quiet words about fairness and peace, the United States government has fully backed Netanyahu and his even more fanatical allies like the racist Foreign Minister Liberman.
June Results Now Final - Adam Shbeita Advances
Posted on July 3, 2014 by the Webmaster
Final results of the June 3 statewide election are now available from the Secretary of State. Here are the results for the candidates and measures endorsed by the Peace and Freedom Party.
In the 44th Congressional District, Peace and Freedom Party write in candidate Adam Shbeita advanced to the November election against incumbent Democrat Janice Hahn.
- Cindy L. Sheehan (Peace and Freedom) for Governor - 52,707 (1.2%), ranked 7th of 15
- Amos Johnson (Peace and Freedom) for Lieutenant Governor - 39,675 (0.9%), ranked 8th of 8
- Laura Wells (Green) for Controller - 231,352 (5.7%), ranked 5th of 6
- Ellen H. Brown (Green) for Treasurer - 270,388 (6.6%), ranked 3rd of 3rd
- Nathalie Hrizi (Peace and Freedom) for Insurance Commissioner - 212,991 (5.4%), ranked 3rd of 3
- WRITE IN Eric S. Moren (Peace and Freedom) for Board of Equalization, 3rd District - 134, ranked 4th of 5 (see note below)
- Frank Lara (Peace and Freedom) for Congress, 12th District - 2,107 (1.9%), ranked 5th of 8
- Howard Johnson (Peace and Freedom) for Congress, 34th District - 3,587 (11.6%), ranked 3rd of 3
- WRITE IN Adam Shbeita (Peace and Freedom) for Congress, 44th District - 5, ranked 2nd of 2
- Eugene E. Ruyle (Peace and Freedom) for Assembly, 15th District - 2,426 (3.5%), ranked 7th of 8
- Yes on Proposition 42 (public records and open meetings) -- passed with 61.8% of the vote
Note: the total number of write-in votes for Eric Moren does not include the very small part of San Bernardino County that is in the 3rd Board of Equalization district.
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.
End Tuition in California
By Eugene Ruyle
Posted on May 23, 2014 by the Webmaster
This article is reproduced from the the author's campaign website.
Speech for East Bay Democracy for America Candidates Meetup
Rockridge Public Library in Oakland
Thursday, May 22, 2014 7 PM
by Eugene E Ruyle, Peace and Freedom Candidate
for California Assembly, 15th District
Thank you for inviting me to the East Bay Democracy for America Meetup. My name is Gene Ruyle, it’s a silent “Y” so it rhymes with cool. I’m the guy from the Peace and Freedom Party, the only working class, socialist, and feminist party in this campaign. There was a time when people looked to the Democratic Party for progressive social change in America. We think of FDR and the CIO, the WPA, the Sit-Ins, the Wagner Act, and Social Security. But that was a long time ago, before even I was born.
Let me tell you a story. We have the greatest University in the world, right here in the 15th Assembly District. When I graduated from UC Berkeley in 1963, I paid $150 a year in fees, no tuition. This meant that even with my minimum wage job, I could pay for my education by working two or three hours a week.
End the Wars & Tax the Rich, AND SAVE THE PLANET!
Posted on April 22, 2014 by the Communications Committee
Statement on Earth Day by Peace and Freedom candidate Eugene E Ruyle, candidate for State Assembly, 15th District.
As we celebrate Earth Day, it is important we keep in mind just who is threatening our beautiful planet. As Dr. King might say, the biggest purveyor of pollution on this planet is our own government, specifically the U.S. military. This was made clear in a report on one of the most unreported stories of 2010 by Project Censored, which states, in part:
The US military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread pollution of the planet, yet this information and accompanying documentation goes almost entirely unreported. In spite of the evidence, the environmental impact of the US military goes largely unaddressed by environmental organizations and was not the focus of any discussions or proposed restrictions at the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. This impact includes uninhibited use of fossil fuels, massive creation of greenhouse gases, and extensive release of radioactive and chemical contaminants into the air, water, and soil. (Project Censored, "US Department of Defense is the Worst Polluter on the Planet," October 2, 2010)
World’s Worst Polluter? The U.S. Military
No sanctions against Russia
Posted on March 25, 2014 by the Webmaster
The following resolution was adopted by the State Central Committee of the California Peace and Freedom Party on March 23, 2014.
The Peace and Freedom Party opposes the use of sanctions by the United States and the EU against Russia. We support self determination for the people of Crimea and all peoples of the world. Furthermore, we call for the dismantling of NATO and the closing of all U.S. and NATO military bases surrounding Russia. All of the warmongering from Washington D.C. and the corporate media is at a huge cost to the American people whose needs have been neglected far too long.
In statewide debut, top-two primary blocks third parties from June ballot
By John Hrabe
Posted on February 16, 2014 by the Webmaster
This article is reproduced from Cal Newsroom by permission of the author. Please visit the original location for the comment thread, which is not included here. Also read Hrabe's comments on the Los Angeles Times defense of Top Two.
California’s top-two election system –by its very design– excludes third parties from the general election ballot. But, as the law makes its debut in statewide races, minor parties say it’s undermining their ability to even field candidates for the June primary ballot.
"I had planned to run for Secretary of State, but I did not because I could not afford the filing fee," said C. T. Weber, a member of the Peace and Freedom Party of California’s State Executive Committee. "As a result of Top Two and its implementing legislation, I could no longer get the signatures in lieu of filing fees."
This year, the Peace and Freedom Party only has the resources to get a few candidates on the ballot. They aren’t alone in their struggle. All of California’s "third parties" are battling new ballot qualification procedures established with the Top Two primary, and they say that it’s a fight for their very survival.
Socialism in Seattle
By Eugene E. Ruyle
Posted on November 16, 2013 by the Communications Committee
As the economy tanks and the approval rating of Congress drops to an historic low of 5%, the city that gave us the Seattle General Strike of 1919 and the WTO Shutdown in 1999 is doing it again. Seattle is on the verge of electing a socialist to its City Council in 2013.
As of Friday afternoon, Nov 15, socialist Kshama Sawant, an Economics Professor at Seattle Central Community College and a prominent figure in Seattle's Occupy Wall Street movement, is leading in the race for Seattle City Council Position 2 by 1640 votes, with 50.30% to incumbent Richard Conlin’s 49.36%. (Daily updates are at King County Elections.) She is in a strong position to be the first open socialist elected to city council in Seattle's history, and the first to win a citywide race in any major US city in generations. (Update on November 16 -- Sawant's opponent, Richard Conlin, has conceded.)