Cassandra Devereaux, Peace and Freedom Party candidate for California State Assembly in district 14 gave a brief stump speech at last weekend’s California Progressive Alliance (CPA) conference.

Click here to see Cassie calling out her prospective opponent in Election 2020, sitting assemblyman Tim Grayson, a former police chaplain. Grayson’s record is lowlighted by the murderous Vallejo Police Department, who have demonstrated what Cassie calls “lethal indifference to people of color.” Vallejo is currently the city with highest per capita police killings rate in all of Northern California.

Cassie also touches upon other pillars of her campaign, including the importance of resisting ICE, fighting the PG&E monopoly and making universal healthcare available.

For more on the Cassandra Devereux for California State Assembly campaign, please click here.

In addition to endorsing our own slate of candidates for U.S. president, state and local offices, Peace and Freedom Party is further endorsing some Green Party candidates running for spots in the U.S. House of Representatives, the State Senate and the State Assembly in Election 2020 California primary to be held on March 3.

The following are those eight candidates; links to official campaign sites and Facebook pages are included. For a list of PFP candidates in Election 2020, please click here.

Robert Christian Richardson —
Peace and Freedom Party endorsee, U.S. House of Representatives, 7th district
(includes southern and eastern Sacramento county).
Chris was first inspired to use his problem-solving skills to run for public office in Election 2016. The former VA Medical Center programming specialist, biologist and engineer promises to get the people more of a voice and to right some wrongs in Washington while thinking outside the box on a vast range of issues. For the Chris Richardson for Congress campaign’s Facebook page, click here.

Mike Kerr –
Peace and Freedom Party endorsee, U.S. House of Representatives, 11th district
(includes portions of Contra Costa County).

 

Shannel Pittman –
Peace and Freedom Party endorsee, U.S. House of Representatives, 34th district
(includes parts of central, east and northeast Los Angeles).
With her campaign, 28-year-old Shannel seeks to ensure that justice is served. She is fighting for an eco-socialist Green New Deal; guaranteed housing; single-payer healthcare and the 30-hour workweek. She plans to bring back the corporate death penalty; to end the war on the poor; to decriminalize drug use and sex work; and to end practices with dehumanize the marginalized. If elected, she would be the first congresswoman with cerebral palsy. For the Shannel Pittman for Congress campaign website, click here; for the campaign’s Facebook page, click here.

 Rodolfo Cortes BarraganRodolfo Cortes Barragan —
Peace and Freedom Party endorsee, U.S. House of Representatives, 40th district
(includes portions of south and east Los Angeles).
Rodolfo is a progressive champion running against an establishment Democrat who votes to expand military spending while here constituent suffer from the lack of jobs, healthcare and education. Rodolfo believes that the current structure of society is unsustainable, and that capitalism rewards self-interest at the expense of the community. His platform focuses on single-payer healthcare; guaranteed higher education; rent cnotrol; and an end to the security-incarceration complex. For the Rodolfo Barragan for Congress campaign website, click here.

Wednesday November 20th 2019.  Peace and Freedom Party State Chair John Reiger (center) at the Sacramento office of the California Secretary of State with presidential candidate Gloria La Riva (left), and Nicole Castor (right), representative of presidential candidate Howie Hawkins. Reiger submitted the names of the two candidates to the Secretary of State to appear on the March 3rd 2020 primary ballot,  Both the La Riva and the Hawkins campaigns also submitted required forms to qualify for the Peace and Freedom Party primary ballot.

On March 3, 2020, Peace & Freedom Party voters will not only be casting ballots for candidates running for statewide offices or state assembly; they’ll also be voting to head up the PFP ticket in November as the party’s nominee for U.S. President.

Howie Hawkins of New York seeks the Peace & Freedom nomination for president. His introductory statement runs below. For more on PFP campaigns, candidates and endorsees in the 2020 elections, click here.

I am a retired Teamster from Syracuse, New York, who was swept up into the civil rights, antiwar, and environmental movements in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s, when I became committed to independent working-class politics for democracy, socialism, and ecology.

My first party allegiance at age 15 in 1968 was to the Peace and Freedom Party. I co-founded the Green Party in 1984. I was the first US candidate to call for a Green New Deal in 2010 in the first of three New York gubernatorial runs that won enough votes to secure Green ballot lines.

Our campaign has two primary objectives: party-building and ecosocialism. Party-building means strengthening grassroots organization within – and promoting solidarity, joint events, and reciprocal support among – all independent left parties that want to build a mass party rooted in the working class. I am seeking the nomination of the Green Party and other independent left state parties including the Peace and Freedom Party in California. I have already been nominated by the Socialist Party USA. We expect to qualify for primary matching funds and all 51 state ballots.

Our Ecosocialist Green New Deal addresses the climate and inequality crises. Through social ownership and democratic planning of the energy, transportation, and manufacturing sectors, it eliminates carbon emissions by 2030. It enacts an Economic Bill of Rights based on public provision of a job guarantee, a guaranteed income above poverty, affordable housing, comprehensive health care, lifelong public education, and a secure retirement. To end the new nuclear arms race, we call for no first use and unilateral disarmament to a minimum credible deterrent, followed up by urgent negotiations among the nuclear powers for complete nuclear disarmament.

We ask for your vote in the presidential primary and as a delegate to the state convention.

For more on Howie Hawkins presidential campaign, visit the website HowieHawkins.us or via social media on the Facebook/MeWe page RunHowieRun2020; Twitter @HowieHawkins20; Instagram page HowieHawkins2020; and the H’20 YouTube channel.

On March 3, 2020, Peace & Freedom Party voters will not only be casting ballots for candidates running for statewide offices or state assembly; they’ll also be voting to head up the PFP ticket in November as the party’s nominee for U.S. President.

Lifelong activist Gloria La Riva seeks the Peace & Freedom nomination for president. Her introductory statement runs below. For more on PFP campaigns, candidates and endorsees in the 2020 elections, click here.

I am from a Chicano working-class family in New Mexico. In my first year as an activist at Brandeis University, 1972, I decided I needed to become a socialist.

At the age of 24, I organized a union drive with my co-workers — all women — at a local newspaper in Fairport, New York. After months of struggle we won the union election. The next day, I was fired. That drive was a life lesson in exactly why we workers need the real right to a union. The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) to protect workers seeking to unionize was defeated by the Democratic Party-controlled Congress and White House in 2009. I would make passage of EFCA a top priority.

I am proud to have Leonard Peltier as my running mate, a Native leader still cruelly locked up in U.S. federal prison more than 43 years, railroaded by the U.S. government and FBI. Leonard was Peace and Freedom’s presidential candidate in 2004.

I am a founding member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in 2004, and have been in Peace and Freedom Party for more than 35 years. I was PFP gubernatorial candidate in 1994, 1998 and 2018, and presidential candidate in 2016 for PFP and PSL, receiving the most votes of any socialist candidate since 1976.

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