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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.

 

Rubin v. Bowen oral argument, January 15 in San Francisco

Posted on December 8, 2014 by the webmaster

In Rubin v. Bowen, California's small parties and their candidates are challenging California's system of top two elections, which unconstitutionally violates their right to participate fully in elections. A trial court judge in Alameda County ruled against us in September, 2013. Our appeal was filed in April of this year. Oral argument in the 1st District Court of Appeals in San Francisco is scheduled for January 15, 2015.

When: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 9:00am
Where: California Court of Appeals, 1st District, 350 McAllister St., San Francisco (DIRECTIONS)
What: Oral argument in appeal of Rubin v. Bowen
Contact: Restore Voter Choice

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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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From the Statewide Voter Guide

The Peace and Freedom Party's statement of purpose in the Official Voter Information Guide for the November 4, 2014 general election, published by the Secretary of State.

The Peace and Freedom Party is a working-class party in a country run by and for the wealthy and their corporations. We should not have to sacrifice our health, our livelihoods and our planet for our bosses’ profits. We can tax the rich, whose wealth is created by workers, to pay for society’s needs. We favor:

  • Decent jobs and labor rights for all
  • Free education for all, preschool through university
  • Free universal health care
  • Comprehensive services for disabled people
  • Bring the troops home
  • End all discrimination. Marriage equality
  • Full rights for immigrants
  • Restore and protect the environment
  • Real democracy and fair political representation.
The "top two" law has taken most parties off the general election ballot. We must end it. Please vote for Adam Shbeita for Congress in the 44th District.

While our system puts the wealthy first, we will suffer war, police brutality, low wages, unsafe workplaces and pollution. We advocate socialism, the ownership and democratic control of the economy by working people. If we join together to take back our industries and natural resources, we can work together for the common good, rather than being slaves to the rich and their corporations.

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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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Another View of the Blockade of the Zim Piraeus in Oakland

By Marsha Feinland

Posted on September 26, 2014 by the Communications Committee

Editor's note: as this article is being posted on September 26, another Israeli ship, the Zim Shanghai, is approaching the Port of Oakland. Peace and Freedom Party activists are again joining many other organizations and individuals at the Port to oppose Israel's attacks on Gaza.

Author's note: I wrote this article after participating the events that it describes from Saturday, August 16 through Monday, August 18. I followed the subsequent events through emails and online accounts. I would like to note that while the Peace and Freedom Party was not an official endorser, sponsor, or organizer, we do take a strong stand on the issue. Many Peace and Freedom Party activists and registrants participated.

In response to the recent horrific attacks on Gazan civilians by Israeli armed forces, a coalition of left groups and individuals decided to initiate a "port action." A force of demonstrators could persuade the longshore union members to refuse to cross a picket line, and thus prevent a ship's cargo from being off-loaded.

Israeli Zim Line ships dock and deliver cargo at the Port of Oakland regularly. The action was originally scheduled for August 2. Fliers were distributed at the numerous demonstrations being held in the Bay Area against Israel's occupation of Palestine and the ongoing attacks on civilians. But at an organizing meeting a few days before the scheduled event a number of the major groups voted to reschedule the action to August 16 “in order to give time to build a stronger blockade (according to the International Socialist Organization [ISO]).” Some individuals and smaller groups, feeling strongly that the mobilization was already in gear, decided to gather at the West Oakland BART station on the morning of August 2 to carry out the mission as planned. When a critical mass did not materialize, they disbanded and joined the effort to build the August 16 action.

The call went out to assemble at the West Oakland BART station at 5:00 a.m. the morning of August 16 and then march to the port. The Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) set up a place on their website for the action, including a phone number to contact to receive updates by text message. On the evening of August 15, people were notified that the action was postponed until 3:00 pm because the ship's scheduled arrival had changed. Some people who showed up early Saturday morning got the word to return later that afternoon.

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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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Adam Shbeita for Congress
2617 South Hauser
Los Angeles, CA 90016

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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.