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The following statement was issued by Peace and Freedom Party nominee for U.S. Senate John Parker and delivered at the February 15 press conference in Sacramento officially introducing PFP candidates running for office in the June 2018 primary election.
John Parker, a national leader of Workers World Party, is the Peace and Freedom Party candidate for U.S. Senate. He is well-known in Los Angeles, where he resides, as a long-time fighter against white supremacy, police terror and for immigrant and worker rights.
Parker has traveled worldwide and written extensively as an anti-war and anti-imperialist activist often representing the International Action Center. His international experience is critical at a time when Trump’s trigger finger is itching to go nuclear against North Korea and also threatening military intervention in Venezuela, and all the while escalating the war in Syria.
Parker campaigns to end capitalism and fight for socialism, declaring that Trump’s deportations, police terror, giveaways to corporations, white supremacy, misogyny, programs to deepen poverty, and his extreme militarism are part of capitalism, inspired by the previous administration’s record deportations and wars. Your vote for John Parker for U.S. Senate will help to build a movement for revolutionary change.
The following statement was issued by Peace and Freedom Party nominee for California state treasurer Kevin Akin and delivered at the February 15 press conference in Sacramento officially introducing PFP candidates running for office in the June 2018 primary election.
I am running for Treasurer because working people do all the labor, but billionaires take what we make. The ultra-wealthy dominate our economic and political system, keeping major-party politicians from doing anything that will benefit workers to the detriment of the billionaires. I have no intention of representing “all Californians” in Sacramento. I will only represent 99% of them. The One Percent has plenty of representation in Sacramento already.
An excellent example of the distortion in our political system is the question of a California State Bank. North Dakota has a state bank, established back in the day when socialists were represented in their legislature. North Dakota is politically dominated by rather right-wing Republicans today, but the state bank is alive and well, providing important services and saving North Dakota taxpayers millions every year. It is too popular for politicians to kill. But in California, when the legislature passed a bill that merely authorized a study of the possibility of setting up a state bank back in 2011, our oil multi-millionaire governor vetoed the bill. The bankers were determined that no study be done, because it would reveal the immense benefits such a bank would bring to our state.
Last Monday, I submitted my candidate statement to the Secretary of State for printing in the Voter Information Guide. It included this sentence: “A publicly-owned State Bank would save enormous sums for the people.” The following morning, I was pleased to see the Los Angeles Times print an op-ed piece by David Dayen called “A public bank for all, not just pot entrepreneurs.” He provided excellent arguments, but I will be providing more reasons every week on my campaign website.
At the press conference held by Peace and Freedom party candidates on February 15 in Sacramento, PFP’s nominee for California governor in 2018, Gloria La Riva, delivered the following statement.
California, the most populous and in many ways the richest state in the country, California, among the 10 largest economies in the world, is experiencing a deep crisis.
It is not a crisis for the major corporations, the banks, the military contractors. It is a crisis for millions of Californians, workers, the employed, the unemployed, and underemployed, who are struggling to survive on starvation wages, those who have to work two or even three jobs to make ends. It is a crisis for those millions who don’t even dream of going to a doctor or dentist.
It is a crisis for undocumented immigrants across this state, and their millions of family members, who even if they are not undocumented, are still victims of this very racist, brutal war being waged against the immigrants. Today, this very day, there are people being arrested, at work, at home, at school, ripped apart from their families, jailed and deported, leaving behind children. We demand full rights and immediate legalization for all immigrants. The Democrats only like to talk about the Dreamers, but those Dreamers have parents subject to deportation, there are youth who don’t qualify for DACA.
Yes, in the midst of astounding wealth, with skyscrapers rising higher, multi-million-dollar condos, Californians are facing a crisis, sleeping under bridges, in doorways of empty buildings, even mothers with infants are homeless in a state where there are more than enough unoccupied homes to house everyone.
Yesterday, February 15, Peace and Freedom party gubernatorial nominee Gloria La Riva, PFP nominee for state insurance commissioner Nathalie Hrizi and PFP nominee for secretary of state C.T. Weber held a press conference in Sacramento to announce the PFP's candidacies for Election 2018.
Voters and supporters in attendance heard statements from the party, including those delivered by Gloria, C.T. and Nathalie as well as statements from PFP nominee for U.S. senator John Parker and PFP nominee for state treasurer Kevin Akin read by proxy. These statements may be read from the links directly below.
A few images of the event follow. Thank you to all who turned out, and to all those considering voting Socialist in Election 2018!
Help us send statements calling for fundamental change to 19 million American voters living in California!
The Peace and Freedom Party candidates in California’s June 5th election need to pay for their statements in the official voter information guide, sent to 19 million voters, by Wednesday, February 14th.
We hope to reach the voters of the most populous state in the union with strong and clear statements of the need for real solutions to the problems caused by the billionaires. Full-length statements of 250 words each would cost a total of $43,000, so we will have to settle for shorter statements, but every word counts.
Please help! Can you give at least $25 to put one word in the voter’s guide? More or less is fine, but please give something for these campaigns by working-class candidates. Residents of any state may contribute, and people in every state will benefit from putting a left view on major issues before the voters of the most populous state in the union.
Cindy Sheehan is a member of the Peace and Freedom Party State Central Committee. She was the Peace and Freedom Party candidate for Vice President in the 2012 general election and for Governor of California in 2014.
Cindy’s son, US Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed during the Iraq War. Cindy thereafter attracted national and international media attention in August 2005 for her extended anti-war protest at a makeshift camp outside President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch – a stand that drew both passionate support and criticism. Her memoir, Peace Mom: A Mother’s Journey Through Heartache to Activism, was published in 2006.
Last week, Cindy was interviewed by the Tasnim News Agency on the subject of the ongoing US-backed Saudi-perpetuated genocide in Yemen. The full text of the interview runs below; material from Tasnim is reprinted here under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Tasnim: The UN children’s agency has recently said the ongoing Saudi aggression against Yemen has killed or injured more than 5,000 children and left another 400,000 severely malnourished and fighting for their lives. UNICEF said nearly 2 million Yemeni children were out of school, a quarter of them since the start of the war. In the meantime, the Saudi-led war on Yemen has led to a cholera epidemic in Yemen, which is one of the worst ever recorded in the world. The epidemic is likely to surge again around March, according to media reports. What do you think about the Saudi crimes in the Arabian Peninsula country? Why doesn’t the UN take a practical measure, like imposing sanctions against Riyadh, in the face of its crimes?
Sheehan: Saudi Arabia is a noted abuser of human rights in its own country and has consistently exhibited inhumane behavior to its own citizens, so, while I am deeply disturbed by the continuing human rights violations and seeming program of genocide in Yemen, I am not surprised. As I have discussed before in this publication, Saudi Arabia could not be committing these atrocities in Yemen without the support and encouragement by the United States and the colonial settler apartheid state of Israel. If the United Nations does not place sanctions on Riyadh, it is because it has always, and mostly, functioned as a foreign policy rubber-stamp of approval for the crimes that are made by the United States and its allies.
On November 6, Californians will be voting in the 2018 Gubernatorial Elections, an election that will also include elections of lieutenant governor, senators, state representatives, attorney general and several key executive official positions.
Seven Peace and Freedom Party candidates to date have filed to run for statewide office in the June 2018 California Primary. Our current slate of candidates, plus one independent candidate the PFP is endorsing, is as follows.
Gloria La Riva — Peace and Freedom Party candidate, Governor
Gloria La Riva is a veteran social justice, anti-war and union activist and organizer. She was 2010 and 2014 candidate for governor, and 2016 Peace and Freedom Party and Party for Socialism and Liberation candidate for U.S. president.
Gayle McLaughlin —
Peace and Freedom Party endorsee, Lieutenant Governor
Gayle McLaughlin is a former two-term mayor of Richmond, where she founded the Richmond Progressive Alliance. As mayor, Gayle led Richmond’s remarkable transformation which included reducing homicides by 75%, increasing the minimum wage, promoting sustainable development, advocating rent control, defending immigrant rights, progressively taxing corporate interests, defending public schools and opposing the expansion of charter schools. Gayle is proudly corporate-free and running for Lieutenant Governor with one concept at center: People First!
John Thompson Parker —
Peace and Freedom Party candidate, U.S. Senator
John is a coordinator of the International Action Center, an elected member of the Peace and Freedom Party State Central Committee, and an activist with the Workers World Party. He is a socialist who seeks to represent the working class rather than the billionaires. John says, “In these days when the Trump administration is trying to divide and weaken the working class, solidarity in each other’s struggles is our most important weapon.” Among John’s top priorities as a U.S. Senator include stopping police killings, redistributing monies devoted to “endless wars” into social necessities such as free healthcare, and ending the prison-industrial complex.
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