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We Can't Tail After The Democrats
By Bernie Sanders
Posted on September 2, 2015 by the Communications Committee
Introduction by the PFP Communications Committee
We find much of what presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is currently saying about wealth inequality and by implication about the failures of a capitalist economy in the U.S. to be consistent with our platform.
But we think that Bernie Sanders should be running outside the two-party system. Instead, he is running as a Democrat and will likely support the winner of the Democratic primary (he did with Obama), which almost with a doubt will be the "corporate liberal" Hillary Clinton.
While raising important issues for the electorate to consider, the Sanders candidacy also has the function of giving an undeserved left-liberal legitimacy to the Democratic Party. His campaign, which does not directly criticize the record of the Democratic Party or of Ms. Clinton, serves to draw back into the fold otherwise disaffected voters who had been disappointed when the progressive hopes generated by candidate Obama turned out to be largely hopes without substance.
The Peace and Freedom Party considers that one of the first steps toward progressive change in the U.S. is to have an organized left party that is independent of the two corporate parties, the Democrats and the Republicans. Ironically, this argument is masterfully made by Bernie Sanders himself in the following article that is reproduced from The Guardian of September 27, 1989 (we have added the subtitles). Written 26 years ago, Sanders’ prescient analysis applies to his current campaign.
Bernie Sanders says the following ...
Democratic and Republican Parties Are Indistinguishable
We need a new, progressive political party in the U.S. because on almost every important issue the Democratic and Republican Parties, both controlled by Big Money, are indistinguishable. The "Reagan Revolution" of the 1980s was not created solely by Ronald Reagan and the Republicans. It was brought about with the active and strong support of the Democratic Party which controlled the U.S. House of Representatives for eight out of Reagan's eight years and the U.S. Senate for two out of Reagan's eight years.
Is Trump a Proto-Fascist?
By Roger D. Harris
Posted on August 31, 2015 by the Communications Committee
Agreed, Donald Trump is a supremely unattractive character for folks like us. And that's putting it mildly. He's defiantly not "politically correct" and we hate that. But is he a harbinger of fascism?
Trump certainly fits the Hollywood version of the proto-fascist. He's loud, scowls, has a stiff presence, and is uncomely. But beyond what central casting defines as fascist, does he fit the political definition as some fear (see CounterPunch (August 25))?
Aside from the particularities and indeed peculiarities of Mr. Trump's persona, it is instructive to posit him in the current U.S. historical context.
Fascism historically came about when the working class and its allies (i.e., popular classes) – and their organizations such as unions and left political parties – were so strong and well organized that they threatened rule by the corporate class. That was the case in Spain, Italy, and Germany in the 1930s. What happened under fascism is the corporate class imposed a dictatorship over themselves rather than risk loss of power to the popular classes.
Labor at the Crossroads, September 5 in Berkeley
Posted on August 26, 2015 by the Alameda County Central Committee
On Saturday, September 5, the Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Movement presents "Labor at the Crossroads: The 2016 Teamsters Election"
When: Saturday, September 5 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Kshama Sawant Speaks in Oakland on September 19
Posted on August 20, 2015 by the Webmaster
The Peace and Freedom Party supports Kshama Sawant's campaign for re-election to the Seattle City Council. Visit our literature table at her fundraiser in Oakland on September 19. Speakers will include Kshama, journalist Chris Hedges and Richmond City Council member Gayle McGlaughlin.
When: Saturday, September 19 at 7:00pm
The Peace and Freedom Party endorses this event.
Labor Day and May Day: Two Workers' Holidays
By Eugene E. Ruyle
Posted on August 28, 2014 by the Communications Committee
Author's note: these remarks were put together from various sources. A longer article with citations is available on request from the author at cuyleruyle - at - mac.com.
As we enter the Labor Day weekend, many on the left will repeat the myth that Labor Day has no historical significance and is simply a “gift” from capitalist politicians to break up the international solidarity of American workers by providing an alternative to May Day. For many years, I accepted this myth, even while marching with my union comrades in the annual Labor Day Parades in Wilmington, California. Then I learned that the first Labor Day was in 1882, four years BEFORE Haymarket and eight years BEFORE the first international May Day in 1890. How, then, could it have originated as an alternative to May Day? A little historical research revealed a much different, and more complex, story.
United for Community Radio Slate for KPFA Board
Posted on August 8, 2015 by the Webmaster
The Peace and Freedom Party endorses the United for Community Radio slate in the 2015 KPFA local station board election. We urge listener members of KPFA to give their highest rankings to these candidates:
Positions on Legislation, 2015-2016
Posted on August 19, 2015 by the Legislative Committee
The Peace and Freedom Party has taken positions for or against a number of bills in the 2015-2016 session of the California legislature, and is watching several more. We may take positions for or against bills on our "watch list" as time goes on. This article lists our current positions with links to relevant documents.
The information below was last updated on September 1, 2015.
Climate Solutions: A Left Perspective on Global Warming
By Roger D. Harris
Posted on June 23, 2015 by the Communications Committee
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Global warming demands immediate and practical solutions. Such solutions are available, and they would enhance our quality of life rather than diminish it. At the same time, pursuit of these solutions points to the need for more basic, long-term changes to the system of waste which defines the country that has contributed the most to creating human-caused climate change.
Yet the debate over climate solutions has been hijacked. Most mainstream politicians simply point the finger at each other, blaming their opponents for gridlock. Confronting the world’s biggest polluter – the US military – has been taken off the table; even the statistics on greenhouse gas emissions have been cooked to make the effects of the global and domestic security state invisible. And instead of addressing the political dimensions of how to retool an unsustainable economy, the discussion has devolved into choosing among dueling technologies.
Statewide Coordinated Actions to End Solitary Confinement, September 23
Posted on March 11, 2015 by the Webmastser, last updated August 24, 2015
Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement (SCATESC) began Monday, March 23, 2015 and are continuing on the 23rd of each month. This date emphasizes the 23 or more hours every day that people are kept in solitary confinement.
When: Wednesday, September 23
Contact: email prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity - at - gmail.com or call 510-444-0484
The Peace and Freedom Party endorses these events.
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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