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Popularity of Socialism Revealed as Sanders Moves Ahead in the Polls

By Roger D. Harris

Posted on January 28, 2016 by the Communications Committee

This article is the sixth to appear in The Sanders Campaign: A Symposium.

Lately the s-word has gotten ink in the corporate media – and not all pejorative – now that a candidate in the presidential primary of one the major corporate parties has had the temerity to run as some sort of socialist.

That socialism has legs in the world beyond the Beltway comes as no surprise to the Peace and Freedom Party, the only ballot qualified socialist party in California. Check out these statistics. In the Washington Post ("The Fix", January 17), Aaron Blake reports the following polling results:

  • 43% of likely participants in the Iowa caucus identify as “socialists” compared to only 38% as “capitalists” in a January Selzer poll.
  • 47% of all American voters are willing to vote socialist in a June Gallup poll; 59% among Democrats.
  • 56% of Democratic voters had a positive view of socialism in a November NYT/CBS poll; 49% considered themselves “anti-Wall Street.”
Blake concludes that "this number proves Bernie Sanders can win Iowa."

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Freedom for Kevin Cooper

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 the Communications Committee. She has run for the U.S. Senate and other offices as a Peace and Freedom Party candidate.

 

Resolution on Marriage Equality

Posted on January 28, 2016 by the Communications Committee

This statement was adopted unanimously by the State Central Committee on November 8, 2015.

The Peace and Freedom Party of California is proud to support the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the legality of same-sex marriage, and congratulates same-sex couples that have been waiting for an opportunity to marry. We continue to support equal application of the law for the LGBT community.


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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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Running for Office in 2016

Posted on December 14, 2015 by the Communications Committee

The following is a general introduction to the processes for the coming 2016 election. Anyone seriously considering running for political office as a Peace and Freedom candidate is also advised to consult with Party officials, local PFP organizations, the California Secretary of State and local county election officials.

Candidates for Presidential Nomination

As a ballot qualified party, the Peace and Freedom Party is entitled to place its nominee for President of the United States on the November ballot in California. Candidates considering seeking the Peace and Freedom Party nomination for President need to contact us, if they have not already done so, using this contact form. The following is only a summary.

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Become a Leader in the Peace and Freedom Party

By C. T. Weber

Posted on December 14, 2015 by the Communications Committee

See also this list of deadlines.

Every organization needs to have a dedicated, hard working group of people to organize, build and help it grow. This is its leadership body.

Our party is governed by our Central Committees, which are organized at both the state and county levels. The State Central Committee meets at least three times a year. It sets policy, decides on our platform and writes our bylaws. At our state convention in Presidential years, the State Central Committee chooses our Presidential slate.

State Central Committee members also participate in County Central Committees that meet on a regular basis. They plan their participation in local picket lines, demonstrations, social gatherings, fundraisers and other activities.

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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
 

Movie Review - Trumbo

By Roger D. Harris

Posted on January 5, 2016 by the Communications Committee

Trumbo, a Hollywood movie with big name actors and cutting edge production values, portrays communists and by extension their principles in a sympathetic light. Further, Democrats come off in the movie as cowards and quislings, while Republicans are mean-spirited corrupt bullies. Besides being historically accurate, Trumbo is a thoroughly engrossing entertainment experience with drama, intelligent dialogue, and flashes of humor. All that and without gratuitous sex and violence.

Little wonder then that the mainstream media have been less than enthusiastic about a depiction of American history that is critical of their corporate sponsors. The New York Times dismisses the film as hagiography.

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Spread the Word

Spread the word about the Peace and Freedom Party. Encourage your friends to register Peace and Freedom, join the supporting membership program, and get involved.

Here are some introductory handouts you can download and print for distribution. For a more extensive archive of our literature, click here.

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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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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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