On June 23, 1967, as President Johnson defended his war in Vietnam to a select audience inside the Century City auditorium in Los Angeles, a massive crowd gathered to tell him what Californians thought of his war. As the demonstrators peaceably assembled, a small group of activists guided some of them to a deputy registrar of voters, and the first Californians registered as members of the Peace and Freedom Party. A little later in the day many of the new registrants were beaten with clubs in the police riot as the demonstration was dispersed, but the Peace and Freedom Party went on to achieve ballot status in California in January 1968, and in many other states later that year.
The Peace and Freedom Party celebrates June 23 as its birthday. In the next issue of the Partisan we will honor our 40th anniversary, and tell about some of the events that will be held to celebrate it between June 2007 and January 2008.
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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.