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If you’re in the San Francisco area next weekend, the local Peace and Freedom party invites you to their annual summer potluck picnic to be held on Sunday, July 22 from 1pm to 5pm.
Everyone is welcome to join! Come and meet PFP members, hang out and discuss the issues of the day. Please bring food which does not require additional cooking on-site. Also, please bring your own non-disposable plate, cup and eating utensils if possible.
The address is:
2217½ McGee Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703
Please phone (510) 465-9414 if you can help with setup or clean up. We hope to see you there!
The July 5th deadline for the Secretary of State’s office to have finished ballot counting for the 2018 California primary election has passed, and the Peace and Freedom Party is thrilled to see the excellent performances turned in by our statewide candidates.
Most importantly, they received more than enough votes for the party to stay on the ballot through 2022: State law requires only that a single candidate from a given party reach the 2% threshold to maintain that party’s ballot status, and PFP’s three successful candidacies – those of Nathalie Hrizi, Mary Lou Finley and Kevin Akin – 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.
In the primary, PFP candidates did particularly well in the San Francisco area, traditionally a stronghold of the Peace and Freedom Party.
Note that the below-listed figures are not quite the *final* results, but virtually represent the grand totals. These totals will be certified by the Secretary of State next week, and there is a possibility that a tiny number of votes may be added during this process, but this is not likely.
Another weekend, another demonstartion in the name of Keep Families Together: On June 30 throughout California, the Southwest and America were rallies held in support of those immigrants suffering due to the current sadistic practices of the borderland security unit ICE.
Peace and Freedom Party members naturally participated in events throughout the state, among the tens of thousands who turned out. The following are but a few images from on the scene.
The signatures have been verified. An initiative whose working title is “The Affordable Housing Act” will be on the November 5, 2018, ballot in California. This measure would repeal the 1995 state legislation which limits local governments’ power to enact and exercise strong rent control.
(image courtesy TenantsTogether.org)
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.
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.