Peace and Freedom Party

California's Feminist Socialist Political Party

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Home Who We Are Our history The Partisan (1994-2009) Partisan Number 23 Peace and Freedom Party celebrating 40th birthday

Peace and Freedom Party celebrating 40th birthday

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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