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The buzz is that “we” have to “take back” the House and Senate in the November midterm elections. Legendary bluesman Muddy Waters said it best: “you can’t lose what you ain’t never had.” What the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is really telling us to do is to give them Congress, which is a whole other story.
“We” Never Had Congress
Trump has an abysmal 38% approval rating. The Democratic Party in the same independent national poll is even deeper in the abyss with only a 31% approval rating … for at least a dozen reasons:
1.The Democratic Party is consistently far to the right of its constituents. While nearly 75% of Democrats support single-payer health care, President Obama and the Democratic Congressional members didn’t even allow single-payer to get before Congress. Single-payer was rendered “off the table.”
PFP announces a
Meeting of the State Central Committee of the California Peace and Freedom Party
Saturday & Sunday, November 10 & 11, 2018
240 Richards Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95811
*** Open to the public ***
Registration opens at 11 am; meeting starts at noon. For the full agenda, please click here.
The Peace and Freedom Party joins all people of good will in condemning the senseless acts of violence against a Jewish congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and an African American couple in Jefferson City, 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.
The stock market’s gone wild – mostly down. How are your stocks doing? Oh, you don’t have any stocks. Then you are just like most workers, but you are still at the mercy of the stock market and its boom-and-bust cycles.
With or without stocks, we suffer the ups and downs of the capitalist system: the sudden job losses, inflation, housing availability swings, and other ills that naturally go along with the money-driven capitalist economic system.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a planned economy, one focused on human needs not corporate greed, we can smooth out the ups and downs of our economic life. Let’s build a society based on what people need, not what a few people can get rich on. Let’s put an end to this crazy capitalist experiment and build a socialist society where everyone does better when everyone does better.
– John C. Reiger, Peace and Freedom Party State Chair
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.
“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.
Here are some introductory handouts you can download and print for distribution. For a more extensive archive of our literature, click here.