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June 2016 Endorsements

Posted on May 22, 2016 by the Webmaster

Clicking on a candidate’s name takes you to her or his page on our 2016 campaign site, peaceandfreedom2016.org.

Presidential Primary: The State Central Committee has not taken a position for or against any of the three candidates in the Peace and Freedom Party Presidential primary.

Legislative offices: The Peace and Freedom Party has endorsed these candidates for Congress and the State Legislature..

Statewide ballot measures:

  • Proposition 50 (suspension of legislators) – we have not taken a position on Prop. 50

 

Candidates speak in Oakland on April 17

Posted on May 26, 2016 by the Webmaster

On April 17, the Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party sponsored a candidates forum in Oakland. The event featured all three candidates for the party's presidential nomination -- Lynn Kahn, Gloria La Riva and Monica Moorehead -- and our candidate for U.S. Senate, John Parker. The forum was moderated by Alameda County Central Committee member Mary McIlroy. This video transcript was made by the Party for Socialism and Liberation and is posted here by permission.

First half of the forum (approximately one hour):



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Elections 2016 at a Crossroads: Where do we go from here?, June 4, 2016 in Berkeley

Posted on May 16, 2016 by the Alameda County Central Committee

On Saturday, June 4, the Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Movement presents "Elections 2016 at a Crossroads: Where do we go from here?".

When: Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Where: Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley(MAP)
What: Forum on Elections 2016
Sponsor: Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Movement
Contact: call 510-332-3865
Cost: Free, but please buy food and drink at the pub

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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

This article is the seventh to appear in The Sanders Campaign: A Symposium. A somewhat different version 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 Friday, 27 May 2016 09:46
 

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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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