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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.

 

New Day - Cindy Sheehan for Cal Gov Campaign Song

Posted on February 16, 2014 by the Webmaster

This video was written, performed and produced for the Sheehan campaign by Jolie De Pauw of San Rafael.

Source: Cindy Sheehan for Governor.

 

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.

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We Have a Dream

By Cindy Sheehan

Posted on January 20, 2014 by the Website Administrator

The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government...I cannot be silent. -- Martin Luther King Jr., "Beyond Vietnam", April 4, 1967

To celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. we must really analyze some facts that made people (even his own colleagues) uncomfortable. On April 4, 1967--exactly one year before he was killed--at the Riverside Church in New York City, he gave his seminal speech: "Beyond Vietnam--A Time to Break the Silence."

Dr. King's colleagues begged him not to conflate the "war at home" with the Empire's wars abroad. He rejected that and said, (among other brilliant things in just this one speech):

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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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Oppose Sen. Feinstein on Surveillance

Posted on December 17, 2013 by the Webmaster

In this open letter to Sen Dianne Feinstein, the Peace and Freedom Party joins with many other organizations and individuals opposed to her support for unconstitutional spying on U.S. citizens by their own government. It is reprinted with permission from shameonfeinstein.org.

Summary

We, the constituents of Senator Dianne Feinstein, are dismayed and embarrassed by her decision to defend unconstitutional surveillance. As chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, she is required to oversee data surveillance to protect her constituents and all Americans. Instead, she has decided to use this moment of crisis to expand surveillance powers to include all bulk data collection. Feinstein has betrayed our trust and support that has sustained her for decades. To regain that trust, she must make amends by resigning as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and withdrawing her NSA legalization bill.

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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.)

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Can a Small California City Take on Wall Street—And Survive?

Posted on October 3, 2013 by the Communications Committee

Introduction

By Eugene Ruyle

Peace and Freedom members have long been active in the Richmond Progressive Alliance, a grassroots organization that has not only elected a Green Mayor, Gayle McLaughlin, and members of the City Council, but also taken on the arch-polluter Chevron, while addressing a variety of community issues ranging from jobs and the environment to gay pride and immigration. These activities have earned Richmond the title of The Progressive City on the Bay (And It’s Not Berkeley or S.F.) Now Richmond has decided to take on Wall Street itself, as described in the following article by Hannah Appel and JP Massar of Strike Debt Bay Area.

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Why Ecosocialists Should Register Peace and Freedom

By Eugene Ruyle

Posted on September 29, 2013 by the Communications Committee

This article is available as a flyer to download, print and distribute here. It is reproduced by permission of the author from the Campaign for Peace and Socialism

Formed in the anti-racist and anti-imperialist struggles of the sixties, the Peace and Freedom Party has the strongest ecological stance of any ballot-qualified party in the United States. Alone among ballot-qualified parties, the Peace and Freedom Party locates the cause of our ecological crisis in capitalism and understands that any real solution must involve socialism. The Peace and Freedom Platform clearly states our position on capitalism, socialism, and ecology:

The same corporate forces and economic system that exploit and brutalize the world's working class people are destroying the world's biosphere. These social policies and ecological destruction often overlap. Socialism is necessary to end the ecological destruction caused by capitalism. Our goal is a society that is in harmony with nature as it is in harmony with its own people.

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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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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.