California's socialist and feminist political party urges you to:
- Support the Peace and Freedom Party candidates and endorsees in Election 2018!
- Register to vote with the Peace and Freedom Party
- Become a supporting member
- Support our registration drive
- Support our candidates and campaigns
- Get involved where you live
Last Thursday, May 10, San Jose State University hosted its California Gubernatorial Debate. Five candidates were present at the forum to which all were invited. Peace and Freedom Party candidate Gloria La Riva stood out among the field, which also included Josh Jones (of the Green Party), Delaine Eastin (Democrat), Zoltan Istvan (Libertarian) and Nicholas Wildstar (Libertarian).
Video of the entire event may be seen here. Gloria spoke on the following topics at the times listed below.
As part of the ballot for the California statewide primary on June 5, 2018, five ballot propositions will also be decided upon by voters. On propositions 68, 69, 70, 71 and 72, the Peace and Freedom Party endorses the following stands in Election 2018. For more on the party's stance regarding a specific ballot proposition, please click on the appropriate embedded link.
Proposition 68: No
Proposition 68 appears to provide for needed park and water projects. But it can put billions of undedicated dollars into the hands of politicians who traditionally use revenue for their strategic agendas. A bond issue, it will burden the people of California with increased taxes for years to come, and provide tax-free interest to the rich.
Proposition 69: Neutral
This measure ensures that the additional diesel tax raised by SB1 is dedicated to transportation purposes, mostly roads and highways. It exempts the new vehicle fuel taxes from the Gann spending limit. We are staying out of this skirmish between the Democrats and Republicans over taxing and spending. Our fight is for progressive taxation to provide for our needs.
Proposition 70: No
This proposition would require a 2/3 majority vote by both houses of the state legislature for spending funds from cap-and-trade revenue. We support simple majority votes for spending bills.
Election 2018: Alameda County PFP urges voters to write in Laura Wells for U.S. Congress, 13th District
The Alameda County PFP Executive Committee urges people who live in Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro, and any other parts of the district to write in Laura Wells, a Green Party member, for U.S. Representative, 13th Congressional District in the June 5 primary election.
This seat is currently held by Barbara Lee, a Democrat who is running unopposed for re-election. The write-in candidate who receives the most votes in the June primary will be on the November ballot. Please write "Laura Wells" in the blank square under United States Representative, and draw a line to connect the arrow on the right so that your vote will be counted.
Vote in the June primary! The primary on June 5 will likely be the only chance to vote for Socialist candidates for office. Only the top two vote-getters will go on to the November general election. The Peace and Freedom Party has six statewide candidates on the ballot, for Governor, Secretary of State, Insurance Commissioner, Treasurer, Controller, and US Senate. We have also endorsed Gayle McLaughlin for lieutenant governor.
Peace and Freedom Party candidates are raising issues of importance to the working class, issues the Democrats and Republicans ignore. We support single-payer health care and a state bank; we oppose red-lining insurance availability and costs. We need proportional representation and equal public funding in order to have fair elections. We oppose US imperialism and endless war. We want free education from pre-K through university, and we support public schools. We support the repeal of the Costa-Hawkins law that cripples local rent control, and we recognize the need for decent housing for working-class families throughout the state of California.
We know these issues are important to you, as they are to us. Let’s work together to build a California for the working class! If you don’t vote for Socialist candidates in June, you most certainly will not have Socialists on the ballot in November.
For the Peace and Freedom Party to continue on the California ballot, at least one of our statewide candidates must receive 2% of the vote in June. If you want to continue having an alternative voice on the ballot from the Democrats and Republicans, vote in the June primary. Vote Peace and Freedom!
The California state primary will be held on Tuesday, June 5. For information on registering to vote in California, click here.
The Peace and Freedom Party has released our Workers’ Voter Guide for Election 2018. (And don’t forget to vote in the June 6 primary!)
Both sides of the double-sided pamphlet may be seen below. To enlarge either page for viewing, click and it will appear actual size in a new window. For a full-sized PDF version, please download from here.
Please feel free to print and distribute this information as you wish! The downloadable file is intended for printing on both sides of 8.5” x 11” (standard letter-sized) paper.
Thank you for voting Socialist in Election 2018!
Posted on April 16, 2018 by the Communications Committee
The California Green Party has endorsed four Peace and Freedom Party statewide candidates: John Thompson Parker for US Senate, Mary Lou Finley for Controller, Kevin Akin for Treasurer, and Nathalie Hrizi for Insurance Commissioner. The Green Party announced their formal endorsements of candidates for statewide office on Saturday, April 14.
On November 6, Californians will be voting in the 2018 Gubernatorial Elections, an election that will also include elections of lieutenant governor, senators, state representatives, attorney general and several key executive official positions.
Seven Peace and Freedom Party candidates to date have filed to run for statewide office in the June 2018 California Primary. Our current slate of candidates, plus one independent candidate the PFP is endorsing, is as follows.
Gloria La Riva — Peace and Freedom Party candidate, Governor
Gloria La Riva is a veteran social justice, anti-war and union activist and organizer. She was 2010 and 2014 candidate for governor, and 2016 Peace and Freedom Party and Party for Socialism and Liberation candidate for U.S. president.
Gayle McLaughlin —
Peace and Freedom Party endorsee, Lieutenant Governor
Gayle McLaughlin is a former two-term mayor of Richmond, where she founded the Richmond Progressive Alliance. As mayor, Gayle led Richmond’s remarkable transformation which included reducing homicides by 75%, increasing the minimum wage, promoting sustainable development, advocating rent control, defending immigrant rights, progressively taxing corporate interests, defending public schools and opposing the expansion of charter schools. Gayle is proudly corporate-free and running for Lieutenant Governor with one concept at center: People First!
John Thompson Parker —
Peace and Freedom Party candidate, U.S. Senator
John is a coordinator of the International Action Center, an elected member of the Peace and Freedom Party State Central Committee, and an activist with the Workers World Party. He is a socialist who seeks to represent the working class rather than the billionaires. John says, “In these days when the Trump administration is trying to divide and weaken the working class, solidarity in each other’s struggles is our most important weapon.” Among John’s top priorities as a U.S. Senator include stopping police killings, redistributing monies devoted to “endless wars” into social necessities such as free healthcare, and ending the prison-industrial complex.
Let’s face it: We can’t fight for working people at the ballot box (or anywhere else) without spending money. We don’t represent the owners of the businesses that pay for and control, directly and indirectly, the major political parties. The capitalists are not going to help us – not one cent.
We need your help to stand up for working people in the 2018 election and beyond.
Spread the word about the Peace and Freedom Party. Encourage your friends to register Peace and Freedom, join the supporting membership program, and get involved.
Here are some introductory handouts you can download and print for distribution. For a more extensive archive of our literature, click here.