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Time for Sanctions and the Prosecution of War Crimes in Gaza

By Maureen Smith

Posted on August 27, 2014 by the Communications Committee

All of the information in this article is a summary of a larger article with more details referenced below. At the end of this article you will find links to a resolution passed on August 10th at the Peace and Freedom Party State Convention in Oakland, California and a letter to the International Criminal Court from several legal organizations.

While we know that US leaders aid and abet Israeli war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, we need to step up to the plate and demand an embargo on military aid to Israel and call for the prosecution of Israeli and US war crimes.

A summary of the war crimes can be found in the August 8th edition of the Jurist in this article by NLG Attorney and Law Professor Marjorie Cohn. They include the following crimes:

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Prosecute Israeli and U.S. War Crimes

Posted on August 27, 2014 by the Webmaster

The following resolution was adopted by the State Central Committee of the California Peace and Freedom Party on August 10, 2014.

The State Central Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party pledges to support the efforts of Palestinians, other countries and the United Nations to prosecute both Israeli and U.S. war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.

The Peace and Freedom Party also affirms its support of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) against companies and agencies involved in the occupation and the illegal settlements.

Finally, the Peace and Freedom Party calls for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and all other violators of human rights that we are currently arming.

 

Labor Day and May Day: Two Workers' Holidays

By Eugene E. Ruyle

Posted on August 28, 2014 by the Communications Committee

Author's note: these remarks were put together from various sources. A longer article with citations is available on request from the author at cuyleruyle - at - mac.com.

As we enter the Labor Day weekend, many on the left will repeat the myth that Labor Day has no historical significance and is simply a “gift” from capitalist politicians to break up the international solidarity of American workers by providing an alternative to May Day. For many years, I accepted this myth, even while marching with my union comrades in the annual Labor Day Parades in Wilmington, California. Then I learned that the first Labor Day was in 1882, four years BEFORE Haymarket and eight years BEFORE the first international May Day in 1890. How, then, could it have originated as an alternative to May Day? A little historical research revealed a much different, and more complex, story.

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June Results Now Final - Adam Shbeita Advances

Posted on July 3, 2014 by the Webmaster

Final results of the June 3 statewide election are now available from the Secretary of State. Here are the results for the candidates and measures endorsed by the Peace and Freedom Party.

In the 44th Congressional District, Peace and Freedom Party write in candidate Adam Shbeita advanced to the November election against incumbent Democrat Janice Hahn.

  • Cindy L. Sheehan (Peace and Freedom) for Governor - 52,707 (1.2%), ranked 7th of 15
  • Amos Johnson (Peace and Freedom) for Lieutenant Governor - 39,675 (0.9%), ranked 8th of 8
  • Laura Wells (Green) for Controller - 231,352 (5.7%), ranked 5th of 6
  • Ellen H. Brown (Green) for Treasurer - 270,388 (6.6%), ranked 3rd of 3rd
  • Nathalie Hrizi (Peace and Freedom) for Insurance Commissioner - 212,991 (5.4%), ranked 3rd of 3
  • WRITE IN Eric S. Moren (Peace and Freedom) for Board of Equalization, 3rd District - 134, ranked 4th of 5 (see note below)
  • Frank Lara (Peace and Freedom) for Congress, 12th District - 2,107 (1.9%), ranked 5th of 8
  • Howard Johnson (Peace and Freedom) for Congress, 34th District - 3,587 (11.6%), ranked 3rd of 3
  • WRITE IN Adam Shbeita (Peace and Freedom) for Congress, 44th District - 5, ranked 2nd of 2
  • Eugene E. Ruyle (Peace and Freedom) for Assembly, 15th District - 2,426 (3.5%), ranked 7th of 8

  • Yes on Proposition 42 (public records and open meetings) -- passed with 61.8% of the vote

Note: the total number of write-in votes for Eric Moren does not include the very small part of San Bernardino County that is in the 3rd Board of Equalization district.

 

Registration Drive urgently Needs Your Contributions

By Kevin Akin

Posted on September 30, 2013 by the Editorial Board

A drive is underway to register more Peace and Freedom Party voters in California. We need more voters to keep us on the ballot in future years.

But we also need to register more voters into the Peace and Freedom Party because registering PFP is an effective way to send a message to every politician, every day, that more and more Californians reject the two parties of war and big business, and support our pro-working class program. Having your name on the voter list as "Peace and Freedom" is like signing petitions for good causes every day, even when election day is far away. Politicians may pay attention to other things now and then (especially money), but they definitely pay attention to voter lists and voter registration statistics.

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End Tuition in California

By Eugene Ruyle

Posted on May 23, 2014 by the Webmaster

This article is reproduced from the the author's campaign website.

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Speech for East Bay Democracy for America Candidates Meetup
Rockridge Public Library in Oakland
Thursday, May 22, 2014 7 PM
by Eugene E Ruyle, Peace and Freedom Candidate
for California Assembly, 15th District

Thank you for inviting me to the East Bay Democracy for America Meetup. My name is Gene Ruyle, it’s a silent “Y” so it rhymes with cool. I’m the guy from the Peace and Freedom Party, the only working class, socialist, and feminist party in this campaign. There was a time when people looked to the Democratic Party for progressive social change in America. We think of FDR and the CIO, the WPA, the Sit-Ins, the Wagner Act, and Social Security. But that was a long time ago, before even I was born.

Let me tell you a story. We have the greatest University in the world, right here in the 15th Assembly District. When I graduated from UC Berkeley in 1963, I paid $150 a year in fees, no tuition. This meant that even with my minimum wage job, I could pay for my education by working two or three hours a week.

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End the Wars & Tax the Rich, AND SAVE THE PLANET!

Posted on April 22, 2014 by the Communications Committee

Statement on Earth Day by Peace and Freedom candidate Eugene E Ruyle, candidate for State Assembly, 15th District.

As we celebrate Earth Day, it is important we keep in mind just who is threatening our beautiful planet. As Dr. King might say, the biggest purveyor of pollution on this planet is our own government, specifically the U.S. military. This was made clear in a report on one of the most unreported stories of 2010 by Project Censored, which states, in part:

The US military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread pollution of the planet, yet this information and accompanying documentation goes almost entirely unreported. In spite of the evidence, the environmental impact of the US military goes largely unaddressed by environmental organizations and was not the focus of any discussions or proposed restrictions at the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. This impact includes uninhibited use of fossil fuels, massive creation of greenhouse gases, and extensive release of radioactive and chemical contaminants into the air, water, and soil. (Project Censored, "US Department of Defense is the Worst Polluter on the Planet," October 2, 2010)

World’s Worst Polluter? The U.S. Military

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No sanctions against Russia

Posted on March 25, 2014 by the Webmaster

The following resolution was adopted by the State Central Committee of the California Peace and Freedom Party on March 23, 2014.

The Peace and Freedom Party opposes the use of sanctions by the United States and the EU against Russia. We support self determination for the people of Crimea and all peoples of the world. Furthermore, we call for the dismantling of NATO and the closing of all U.S. and NATO military bases surrounding Russia. All of the warmongering from Washington D.C. and the corporate media is at a huge cost to the American people whose needs have been neglected far too long.

 

Socialism in Seattle

By Eugene E. Ruyle

Posted on November 16, 2013 by the Communications Committee

As the economy tanks and the approval rating of Congress drops to an historic low of 5%, the city that gave us the Seattle General Strike of 1919 and the WTO Shutdown in 1999 is doing it again. Seattle is on the verge of electing a socialist to its City Council in 2013.

As of Friday afternoon, Nov 15, socialist Kshama Sawant, an Economics Professor at Seattle Central Community College and a prominent figure in Seattle's Occupy Wall Street movement, is leading in the race for Seattle City Council Position 2 by 1640 votes, with 50.30% to incumbent Richard Conlin’s 49.36%. (Daily updates are at King County Elections.) She is in a strong position to be the first open socialist elected to city council in Seattle's history, and the first to win a citywide race in any major US city in generations. (Update on November 16 -- Sawant's opponent, Richard Conlin, has conceded.)

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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.

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