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I ran for the office of State Controller in the 2018 California primary and I was able to obtain just under 4% of the vote (about 238,576 votes), making me one of several candidates that gained over the 2% needed to keep Peace and Freedom Party on the ballot in California.
Running a campaign is both educational and frustrating. It’s educational for both me and the people I came in contact with.” The current system purposely makes running a campaign, with its prohibitively ($2000 to $3000) high filing fees or excessively high (10.000) signatures-in-lieu of filing fees and charges for written statements, almost excluding workers on a fixed income from being able to run.
Counting of votes on ballots cast in the 2018 California primary goes on, with turnout far higher than shown by returns counted on Election Day, the Peace and Freedom Party's statewide candidates have received more than enough votes for the party to stay on the ballot through 2022. Many California voters do not realize how many votes are counted after an election day. Voter totals increase daily as more ballots are counted, and this process will continue until 5pm on July 5, 2018, when the count for the June primary election is completed.
The late-counted votes include provisional ballots; mail ballots handed in at the polls; mail ballots postmarked by election day that arrive as late as three days afterward; certain delayed military ballots; damaged ballots; and a few smaller categories. In many counties, the late-counted ballots substantially outnumbered the ballots cast on election day.
For the Peace and Freedom Party, some good news was evident within hours after the polls closed. Three different Peace and Freedom Party statewide candidates – Mary Lou Finley, Kevin Akin and Nathalie Hrizi – received more than 2% of the vote, and this means that the party will stay on the ballot for at least four more years. State law requires only that a single candidate reach the 2% threshold in order to maintain a party’s ballot status, but three successful candidacies shows a solid base of support for the country’s only mass-based socialist party, with over 74,000 registered voter members statewide on election day.
On Monday, June 11, the below resolution on the continued unlawful incarceration of Kevin Cooper, on death row since 1985. The resolution was written by Peace and Freedom Party member Carole Seligman and was submitted by PFP member/OPEIU Local 29 union member Alan Benjamin.
Whereas, Kevin Cooper, a Black man, has been on California’s death row since 1985 despite compelling evidence of innocence in the brutal murder of Peggy and Doug Ryen, their daughter Jessica (10), and Christopher Hughes (11), and the throat slitting of Joshua Ryen (8), who survived and communicated with a social worker in the hospital that the assailants were multiple white men; and
Whereas, DNA and other forensic testing could remove grave doubts surrounding Mr. Cooper’s conviction and death sentence, but, the State has refused to permit it, despite a defense offer to pay for this testing; and
Whereas, On February 17, 2016, having exhausted all of his appeals, Mr. Cooper submitted a petition for clemency to Governor Brown asking him to initiate a full investigation of his case for innocence, including DNA testing; and
Whereas, the Governor has the power to order a full investigation and should do so because the State must do everything in its power to avoid executing an innocent person; and
On October 20-21, thousands will gather in Washington D.C. to participate in the Women’s March on the Pentagon. At the request of the event’s organizers, we are pleased to state that the Peace and Freedom Party officially endorses the Women’s March on the Pentagon.
The PFP is proud to note that the Women’s March steering committee is chaired by our own State Central Committee member Cindy Sheehan; our 2016 presidential nominee and 2018 gubernatorial nominee Gloria La Riva is on the board of organizers as well.
The dates for the demonstration were chosen to commemorate the original Women’s March on the Pentagon, which in 1967 drew some 50,000 participants. In 2018, the event is designed explicitly to “Confront the Bipartisan War Machine” of America in peaceful resistance to “the continuing march of military aggression by the USA.” Event organizers also seek to revive the concept of an antiwar agenda for activists in this country going forward.
In the wake of Tuesday’s California primary election, two Peace and Freedom party candidates were invited to appear on the June 7th episode of the Sputnik News daily podcast Loud & Clear. Joining hosts Brian Becker and Nicole Roussell are PFP’s nominee for State Insurance Commissioner Nathalie Hrizi and PFP chair/State Treasurer nominee Kevin Akin.
Nathalie and Kevin discuss a number of issues in their quarter-hour, including dissolution of insurance companies; the new appeal of socialism in California; the ridiculous “top Two” voting system in California; the performance of Democratic Party- and Our Revolution-backed candidates across the country; low voter turnout
The interview with Nathalie and Kevin starts at right about 77:00 in the podcast. You may listen to the podcast directly via the Sputnik News website or Podbean. Loud & Clear may be subscribed to on iTunes, Spreaker and Player.FM, among others.
(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.
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.
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.