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The Peace and Freedom Party, founded in 1967, is committed to socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism and racial equality. We represent the working class, those without capital in a capitalist society. We organize toward a world where cooperation replaces competition, a world where all people are well fed, clothed and housed; where all women and men have equal status; where all individuals may freely endeavor to fulfill their own talents and desires; a world of freedom and peace where every community retains its cultural integrity and lives with all others in harmony.

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Open the Debates
Open the Debates 1: Candidate Pledge PDF Print E-mail

The Peace and Freedom Party calls on all candidates for statewide office to sign the following statement on open debates.

Responses from the candidates are being posted on this page as they are received.

For the right of all ballot qualified statewide candidates to inclusion in all televised and radio debates of candidates for the office in which they are running.

The following candidates for California statewide offices call for the inclusion of all ballot qualified candidates in any debate using public air waves through television or radio for the statewide elections in which they are running . We also urge all candidates who are running for statewide office to join this call for democratic inclusion of all ballot qualified candidates on all televised and radio debates for that office in California in which they are running.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 September 2010 09:45
Demonstration October 12 in San Rafael PDF Print E-mail

On Tuesday, October 12, Dominican University in San Rafael will host a televised debate between two of the candidates for Governor, Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown. Why just two candidates? Why not our candidate for Governor, Carlos Alvarez, and Green candidate Laura Wells and Libertarian candidate Dale Ogden and AIP candidate Chelene Nightingale?

The Peace and Freedom Parties of Marin and nearby counties will join with other supporters of open debates to protest the exclusion of four of the six candidates. We will gather at 4:00pm at Acacia Avenue and Grand Avenue, near the Dominican campus in San Rafael (MAP). Please join us. The debate starts at 6:30pm and the demonstration will last until about 6:00pm.

Unlike the sponsors of the statewide televised debates, the League of Women Voters invites every candidate to participate in its forums. The Peace and Freedom candidate for Congress, Gene Ruyle, will participate in a taped debate with Republican Jim Judd, Libertarian Joel Smolen and Democrat Lynn Woolsey on October 13 in Novato. This event will be broadcast multiple times on the Marin community access channel, Channel 26. Check the community television listings for specific times. Video may also be posted on the county League of Women Voters website.

Gene won the first debate hands down. It was held in Santa Rosa on September 20. You can watch the video on line at this link.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 October 2010 12:08
Candidate lauds League of Women Voters, Congressmember Woolsey PDF Print E-mail
This statement was issued by 6th Congressional District candidate Eugene Ruyle on September 24, 2010.

Socialist candidate calls for open debates, lauds League of Women Voters, Congressmember Woolsey

I want to thank the League of Woman Voters for inviting ALL of the candidates to the two forums they have organized in California's Sixth Congressional District, in Santa Rosa on September 19 and in Novato on October 13. The League's integrity in this regard stands in stark contrast to what has become standard practice in statewide politics, where only the candidates of the so-called "major parties" are allowed to speak.

I also want to thank Congressmember Lynn Woolsey for participating in both forums. Again, her courage stands in stark contrast to the usual behavior of statewide candidates of the Democratic and Republican parties.

Not only Peace & Freedom, but also candidates of the Green, Libertarian, and American Independent parties are regularly denied access to public forms and the media. I agree with Green Party gubernatorial candidate Laura Wells in her suggestion that we think of the Democrats and Republicans as the Titanic Parties, because they are so rich and powerful, and, like the Titanic, they are leading us straight into disaster, economic, political, and environmental disaster.

We need to start thinking outside the two party box. We need to hear the voices of independent political parties, independent in the sense that they have not been bought and paid for by the giant corporations that are riding roughshod over our lives.

Open the Debates!

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 September 2010 17:15
Open the Debates 2: Free and Equal Petition PDF Print E-mail

Please sign the Free and Equal petition.

By The Free and Equal Elections Foundation

Often political debates set high thresholds for participation. When an independent or third party candidate manages to meet them, the thresholds are pushed higher. Democratic and Republican candidates often only agree to participate in debates that exclude other choices available to voters. Yet when a Democratic or Republican candidate unexpectedly fails to meet the threshold, it's changed to accommodate them! The clear intent is to control the debate by excluding candidates, so that voters are left in the dark.

Voters deserve to hear what every candidate on the ballot has to say. Informed decision making is fundamental to a healthy democracy. Candidates on the ballot should not be excluded based on the self-fulfilling prophecy that they are not "electable" -- if they're on the ballot, they are certainly electable if given a fair chance. Excluding candidates on the ballot from debates is contrary to the spirit of democracy and it must stop.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 September 2010 10:20

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