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For the last 55 years, America has celebrated “Veterans Day.” But Veterans Day is nor really Veterans Day. It was, until 1954, “Armistice Day,” a day to celebrate the ceasefire, and eventual peace, of World War I. “Armistice Day” was proclaimed by Congress in 1928 to be “a day dedicated to the cause of world peace” and to “perpetuate peace through goodwill and understanding.”
On June 1, 1954, Congress changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day. A day to celebrate the soldiers, not peace. This was during the McCarthy era and a time of strident patriotism (just like today). Now we honor “heroes” – celebrate our military strength – shower praise on soldiers and veterans, and get great sales deals at the mall. All of this turns the original meaning of the day upside down. This needs to change.
Bring back ARMISTICE DAY!
The election is over and workers lost. Not that there was any chance of winning, with the whole election system rigged against any serious challenge to the existing order. No statewide candidate challenged the military-industrial complex, or talked of reining in Wall Street, or spoke up for people fleeing repressive regimes in their own countries, or seriously addressed global warming.
We lost the election because except for a few Green Party or independent candidates running in local elections, no candidates truly represented working folks and our needs and desires. Where progressives ran as Democrats, they often found that big money and their own party campaigned against them.
Big money was able to defeat the few Statewide propositions that would have clearly benefited working class people. A few big operations that run dialysis clinics beat Proposition 8, thus safeguarding their profits; the big realtors beat Proposition 10, thus protecting them against strong rent control, and the ambulance companies won on Proposition 11, enabling them to deprive workers of their constitutionally protected breaks.
The Peace and Freedom Party of California endorses efforts by Veterans For Peace, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Roots Action, and others to return Veterans Day to its original name of Armistice Day.
Through 2018, Peace and Freedom Party members, supporters and voters have been getting out the word on Prop 10 right up to Election Day 2018. On Sunday, the PFP joined those for Prop 10 to rally in Oakland and spread the message Vote Yes on 10.
From the Peace and Freedom Party 2018 Workers Voter Guide on Prop 10: Rent control was blocked at the state level by the Costa-Hawkins Bill back in 1995, and rents have skyrocketed since then. This initiative would again allow cities and counties to use rent control to keep housing prices down and help keep working people from being priced out of cities as presently happens.
Vote Yes on Prop 10 in Election 2018. The rent *is* too damn high, after all...
The Peace and Freedom Party has taken positions for or against a number of bills in the 2017-2018 session of the California legislature. This article lists our current positions with links to relevant documents.
The Peace and Freedom Party joins all people of goodwill in condemning the senseless acts of violence perpetuated at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and against an African-American man and woman in Jeffersontown, Kentucky.
We see anti-Semitism and racism as part of a pervasive atmosphere of hatred of the “other” including Moslems, Latin American immigrants, and other groups. The current occupant of the White House provokes violence that has deep roots.
The American dream of peace and prosperity is a myth. A college education comes with a promise of lifetime debt, not a productive future. We are the only “advanced” country without a national healthcare system. Workers are increasingly on their own, without a union or even a regular job.
The resulting isolation and insecurity breeds hate, anger, and fear. No wonder the ludicrous statements of a demagogic leader can provoke extreme violent acts.
We can join those who mourn and condemn. But we must redouble our efforts to organize and support all of the working class to strive together for a society in which we have control over our lives and our future.
“Stop Prison Slavery” was just one of the demands of a group of Sacramento activists, including many Peace & Freedom Party members, at a recent rally and press conference held outside the federal building in downtown Sacramento. One of the main demands was to stop the use of incarcerated people as cheap labor.
John Reiger (pictured in top image below), State Chair of the Peace & Freedom Party, reminded the public and the press of the PFP’s longstanding support for prison reform measures. He not only talked about the need for comprehensive prison reforms, but also an end to solitary confinement, an end to the death penalty, no more life-without-parole sentences, and the need to shift resources from prisons to programs to help people who might be in danger of ending up in prison.
Other prison strike supporters from the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), labor, prison reform groups, and ex-prisoners stressed the need to change the racist, expensive, exploitative American criminal justice system.
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.
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