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Solidarity with ILWU, May 1 in San Francisco

Posted on April 29, 2016 by the Communications Committee

ILWU Local 10 will shutdown all San Francisco Bay Area Ports on May Day 2016 and is calling on all workers, labor and community to help build for and participate in a rally and march on May 1, along the historic Embarcadero site of the 1934 General Strike, starting at 11am at ILWU Local 10 Union Hall 400 North Point San Francisco.

The Peace and Freedom Party has endorsed this action, which is a protest against police violence in the Bay Area and throughout California and the United States.

When: Sunday, May 1 at 11:00am
Where: ILWU Local 10, 400 North Point, San Francisco (MAP)
What: March to Harry Bridges Plaza and rally at 1:00pm
Sponsor: ILWU Local 10
Contact: email MayDay2016OrganizingCommittee - at - gmail.com

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Freedom for Kevin Cooper

Update: There is a Petition for Executive Clemency on the Free Kevin Cooper website. We urge everyone to follow the link and sign the petition.

Petition for Executive Clemency

By Marsha Feinland

Posted on January 28, 2016 by the Communications Committee

Kevin Cooper is an African-American man who was wrongly convicted and sentenced to death in 1985 for the murder of a white family in Chino Hills, San Bernardino County. He was the only person accused of this crime, even though evidence shows that the perpetrators were three white men. The DNA evidence used to convict Cooper is highly suspect. Several justices on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have said that Cooper did not receive a fair trial and is likely innocent.

There are no more appeals available for this case. Kevin Cooper will very likely be executed because the State of California is considering options for renewed implementation of the death penalty. His only chance to live is to be granted clemency by the Governor of California Sign the petition to Governor Brown asking him to grant clemency for Kevin Cooper You can find the petition and more information about the case at www.savekevincooper.org.

On November 8, 2015 the State Central Committee, by a unanimous vote, adopted the following statement:

The Peace and Freedom Party adds its voice to those who call for freedom for Kevin Cooper.

Marsha Feinland is a member of the State Central Committee from Alameda County and chairs he Communications Committee. She has run for the U.S. Senate and other offices as a Peace and Freedom Party candidate.

 

Activists Protest Exclusion from the Ballot

Posted on March 28, 2016 by the Webmaster

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Fifteen people, mostly members of the Peace and Freedom Party of California, along with others concerned about ballot access and democracy, protested in front of the Ca. Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento on Thursday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m. The Secretary of State is not listing Jill Stein, one of four names submitted by the party for the June 7, 2016 Presidential primary ballot, and has not publicly stated any reason for this omission.

On Jan. 18, 2016, Debra Reiger, the State Chairperson of the Peace and Freedom Party of California, submitted the names of four women who have declared that they are seeking the party’s nomination for President: Lynn Kahn, Gloria LaRiva, Monica Moorehead, and Jill Stein. So far, only the first three will be listed as PFP candidates on the June primary ballot. The Secretary of State can correct this before the list is finalized on April 1.

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Michael Moore’s Election Year Documercial

Where to Invade Next (North End Productions, 2015), written and directed by Michael Moore.

Reviewed by Roger D. Harris

Posted on February 23 by the Communications Committee

The title Where to Invade Next pimps off of the idea of critiquing US imperialism’s war without end. But documentarian Michael Moore is not going there in his first film in six years.

With Old Glory in tow, Moore’s “one-man army…invades” Western Europe, plus stops in Slovenia and Tunisia, to “steal” good eye-opening ideas to take home:

  • Gourmet public school lunches in France.
  • Free higher education for citizens and foreigners alike in Slovenia.
  • Decriminalization of drugs and attendant social services in Portugal.
  • Schools emphasizing time to socialize over teaching to the test in Finland.
  • Two-hour lunch breaks and eight-weeks of vacation plus paid maternity leave in Italy.
  • Public education condemning its fascist past in Germany, compared to the amnesia in the US regarding the genocide of our indigenous and the enslavement of Africans.
  • Prisons for humane rehabilitation in Denmark.
Spoiler alert, each and every country “surrenders” and even points out that some of their “secrets” originated in the US, such as the May 1st celebration of working people.

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Sanders, Clinton and Trump: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Roger D. Harris

Posted on February 23 by the Communications Committee

A somewhat different version of this article appeared at Counterpunch on February 19.

Feel the Bern! Sanders swept the 2016 Democrat New Hampshire presidential primary with a landslide 60% of the vote. He won without accepting corporate PAC money, with practically all the newspapers endorsing his opponent, and with almost every Democratic Party official in opposition.

Coupled with an insurgency win by Trump on the Republican side, the grassroots have spoken out, expressing their smoldering dissatisfaction and alienation with politics as usual. This popular upwelling is welcomed and embraced by the Peace and Freedom Party, pointing to opportunities for independent politics and even political realignments.

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The Sanders Campaign: A Symposium

Posted on September 26, 2015 by the Communications Committee

The Presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders has drawn record crowds and electrified many left/progressives, but we need to ask some hard questions. Is it enough to "feel the Bern?" Or do we need to build a movement that will last beyond 2016 and transform America and the world?

In this symposium, writers from different political perspectives join writers from the Peace and Freedom Party to discuss these and other questions raised by the Sanders campaign. All contributions are signed articles that reflect the opinions of their authors and not necessarily the positions of the Peace and Freedom Party.

The articles posted so far are (or click here for all of the articles together on one page):

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016 17:09
 

Outrage Against Big Pharma! Activists Protest "Obscene" Conference

By Chris Kinder

Posted on January 26, 2016 by the Communications Committee

This article first appeared at Counterpunch on January 22, 2016 and is reproduced by permission of the editors.

This conference that we are picketing ... is an obscene reflection of the reality of this country today, that the most important thing is money and profit, and not human needs! -– Carole Seligman, speaking at the demonstration
It was in their fancy tailored suits and with suspicious eyes that Big Pharma CEO’s and investors got interrupted by protestors and speeches such as the above, as they came and went from the (too-big-to-fail) JP Morgan-sponsored conference on "health care" (read: profit care) at the elite Westin St. Francis hotel on Union Square in San Francisco on Monday, the 11th of January 2016.

Public Health Not Corporate Wealth!

Called out by the OASIS Clinic, a not-for-profit in Oakland CA that specializes in treating patients with Hepatitis-C, the demonstration was organized in collaboration with the Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal (LAC) and supported by numerous other groups. Some 70 protestors, including OASIS staff, patients and medical professionals, marched outside the hotel, as the pharmaceutical investors came and went, to demand proper treatment for the 3 million victims of Hep-C in the US, including 700,000 prisoners; and to give the CEOs a warning: we are watching! Profiteering must stop!

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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.

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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.

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