"People are told when they enter the armed forces that they're going to have a career, but the truth is .. when people come out of the armed forces they have less chance of having a career. All the promises that they make about college scholarships, about careers are all false." -- Peace and Freedom Party senatorial candidate Marsha Feinland speaking at a demonstration in support of military resister Sgt. Kevin Benderman at the Oakland Army "Career Center" on July 28, 2005. The demonstration was one of several around the country in support of Benderman on the day of his court martial for refusing orders to return to duty in Iraq.
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Preamble to Our By-laws
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.
In California, voter registration is very important to political parties. The very existence of a political party as "ballot-qualified" is determined by the number of votes its statewide candidates receive or by the number of voters registered with the party. As the only feminist socialist political party on the California ballot, it is imperative that the Peace and Freedom Party continues as a qualified party. Quite simply, the Peace and Freedom Party will not be able to provide Californians with candidates that will represent us unless we register and vote Peace and Freedom.