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The Peace and Freedom Party endorses Gayle McLaughlin for the position of Lieutenant Governor in California’s 2018 statewide election.
A former mayor of Richmond, Gayle was a leader of a progressive coalition that took on the Chevron Corporation and passed a new rent control law in her town. She is running as an independent.
The following is her official statement upon receiving PFP endorsement.
I am the former two-term mayor of Richmond (2007-2014) and a founder of the Richmond Progressive Alliance.
I led Richmond’s remarkable transformation, reducing homicides 75%, increasing the minimum wage to $15, controlling pollution, promoting sustainable development, solarizing the city, promoting rent control, defending immigrant rights, forcing Chevron to pay $114 million in additional city taxes, helping homeowners avoid foreclosure, bringing greener and less expensive electricity, defending public schools and opposing the expansion of charter schools.
I am corporate-free and running for Lieutenant Governor to organize anti-corporate forces in every city throughout the state and to stand in Sacramento against corporate corruption and backroom deals, and to promote an agenda based on one concept: People First!
by Roger Harris
It’s over a year since the presidential elections. Yet some folks seem ever more obsessed about possible Russian influence; what with revelations of Moscow gold spent on Facebook ads for clickbait showing adorable puppies and the outing of alleged Kremlin operative Jill Stein. With the hindsight of history, we can now look back at what some Democrats have called the crime of the century and see how it could have been averted.
What a crime it was! After all, the US is the one that is supposed to have a monopoly on “democracy promotion” in other countries. Our government most recently endorsed the fraudulent re-election of the incumbent in Honduras, who was a product of a coup backed by the Obama administration. And let us not forget Bill Clinton’s well timed loan to good ole Boris Yeltsin in Russia. The WTO should fine Russia for unfair practices and infringement on the US concession.
For, as Obama proclaimed, we are an “exceptional” nation with correspondingly exceptional electoral practices. Where else are corporations considered people and spending obscene amounts of cash to influence politicians protected as free speech? Our press is free to anyone who can afford to buy one. We wouldn’t want rich and powerful foreigners competing with our domestic plutocrats, unless they represent such bastions of zealotry as Saudi Arabia or Israel.
Looking beyond the myopia of the Washington consensus, the most outstanding fact about the 2016 US presidential election was not who won…given the alternative.
No, the most outstanding fact of that election and of elections in the US in general is that close to half of the adult population doesn’t vote. Only 55% of the electorate cast ballots in the hotly contested 2016 presidential race, and that was considered a great achievement. Compared to other developed nations, the US is among the ones with the lowest voter turnouts…and for good reasons besides the unpalatability of the proffered candidates.
Let’s face it: We can’t fight for working people at the ballot box (or anywhere else) without spending money. We don’t represent the owners of the businesses that pay for and control, directly and indirectly, the major political parties. The capitalists are not going to help us – not one cent.
We need your help to stand up for working people in the 2018 election and beyond.
On November 6, Californians will be voting in the 2018 Gubernatorial Elections, an election that will also include elections of lieutenant governor, senators, state representatives, attorney general and several key executive official positions.
Five Peace and Freedom Party candidates to date have filed to run for statewide office in the June 2018 California Primary. Our current slate of candidates is as follows.
Gloria La Riva — Peace and Freedom Party candidate, Governor
Gloria La Riva is a veteran social justice, anti-war and union activist and organizer. She was 2010 and 2014 candidate for governor, and 2016 Peace and Freedom Party and Party for Socialism and Liberation candidate for U.S. president.
C.T. Weber — Peace and Freedom Party candidate, Secretary of State
C.T. Weber was a long-time union organizer, steward, and elected leader (including four two-year terms on the California State Employees Association Board of Directors. As Service Employees International Union, Local 1000, District Labor Council 784 president, he served on the SEIU Local 1000 State Council and was a delegate to the Sacramento Central Labor Council. Currently, he serves as a delegate to the Sacramento Central Labor Council, representing California Alliance for Retired Americans. He is also director of public relations for the Retired Public Employees Association.
Adriane Bracciale — Peace and Freedom Party candidate, Attorney General
Adriane Bracciale is a practicing criminal defense attorney in the Inland Empire. Through her experience both as a public defender and in private practice, she has witnessed firsthand how the system is stacked against poor and working people, people of color, and vulnerable communities. She has devoted her career to defending people against an overreaching government, and has an extensive background in community leadership, in volunteering, and as an organizer of direct services to disenfranchised communities, including homeless and indigent veterans. As Attorney General, she would prosecute killer cops; crack down on prosecutorial misconduct; fight against illegal police harassment of the homeless; take a strong stand against Donald Trump’s federal rollbacks; restore constitutional protections for all Californians; and enforce protections for workers’, immigrants’, and women’s rights. Adriane Bracciale is a lawyer for the people and a tireless advocate – exactly the lawyer California needs.
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.
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