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
(or, What good is it to vote if you cannot elect poor people to public office…?)
The following is a statement delivered by C.T. Weber, Peace and Freedom Party member and PFP nominee for California Secretary of State in Election 2018 on Monday, May 21, as part of the Poor People's Campaign rally in Sacramento. Following the rally, several activists entered the Capitol building with a list of demands for the governor, and some 18 Poor People’s Campaign activists were arrested for the sit-in protest action.
Poor people’s issues cannot be understood and resolved until poor people are able to run for office and be elected. In 1974, some 40 plus years ago, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in Lubin v Panish that California’s filing fees were unconstitutional because there was not a reasonable alternative for poor people to get on the ballot. The reasonable alternative, which California has put in place is more costly in time, energy and money than just paying the unconstitutional filing fees. That so called reasonable alternative is to gather thousands of valid signatures in lieu of filing fees, a task that no volunteer effort by a statewide candidate has been able to accomplish.
Even if our progressive legislators suddenly found it in their hearts, and I doubt it, to drastically reduce the filing fees and/or the number of signatures in lieu of filing fees to a reasonable level so that poor people can get on the ballot, other obstacles still stand in the way of getting their messages to voters.
For example, the Voters Information Guide put out by the California Secretary of State charges candidates $25 a word for a statement. How many poor people can afford $6,250.00 for a 250 statement? Years ago, there were no charges for these statements and there should be no charges today.
Of course, the real solution to these high costs is to get money out of our elections altogether. Big money is corrupting our electoral system. It is time for equal public funding for all ballot-qualified candidates. These are public elections not corporate elections and therefore the public should pay for them, not be sold to the highest bidder.
Peace and Freedom Party marches in Long Beach Pride 2018!
At the annual Pride March last Sunday, Melina Rodriguez, Ben Huff, John Prysner, Michael Porter, Joe Delaplaine, Javier, Winston, Diego, Oscar and dozens of other activists (pictured below) and organizers distributed hundreds of PFP ballot guides and palm cards promoting candidates, including Gloria La Riva and Nathalie Hrizi, to thousands of cheering supports lining the sidewalks of Ocean Boulevard.
Hermandad Mexicana’s 2018 Voter Guide has just been released; the Peace and Freedom Party is happy to announce that the Political Action Committee has included two PFP candidates among its recommendations: C. T. Weber for Secretary of State and Kevin Akin for State Treasurer.
Hermandad Mexicana also joins with PFP and several other left-leaning parties in California in backing independent candidate for Lt. Governor, Gayle McLaughlin. These three were the sole candidates on the PAC’s list who are not of the Democratic Party. Click on the image at right for the full list of recommendations.
Hermandad Mexicana is a non-profit, non-governmental, community-based organization of members and families of Latino immigrant workers and those who sympathize with the hard-bearing restrictions society places on Latino immigrants and their families.
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.
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.
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.