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Rally for affordable housing, November 12 in San Jose

Posted on November 10, 2015 by the Legislative Committee

Tenants and members of the homeless community will protest outside the hearing of the California Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing at 8:30 am on Thursday morning, November 12.

When: Thursday, November 12 at 8:30am
Where: James P. McEntee Plaza in front of the Santa Clara County Building, 70 West Hedding St, San Jose.(MAP)
What: Rally for affordable housing
Sponsor: Affordable Housing Network of Santa Clara County
Contact: email ahnscc - at -

The Peace and Freedom Party supports SB 608, which would end the criminalization of homelessness, and urges the repeal of Costa-Hawkins, the 1995 law that cripples rent control in California. The discussion below is reproduced from the Affordable Housing Network of Santa Clara County Facebook page.


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:

Last Updated on Monday, 26 October 2015 15:53

Repeal Costa-Hawkins!

By Dave Kadlecek

Posted on November 10, 2015 by the Legislative Committee

In 1995 the California legislature passed the "Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act" that severely limited the provisions of local rent control ordinances in California cities. The bill contained three main provisions:

  1. It required that any local rent control ordinance include "vacancy decontrol", so that rent increases during a tenancy could be regulated, but once a unit became vacant, there could be no limit on what rent a landlord could charge new tenants.
  2. It required that all local rent control ordinances exempt single-family homes and all condominium units from their provisions.
  3. It required that all local rent control ordinances permanently exempt all new construction.
Further, in 2009 in the "Palmer vs Los Angeles", case the courts interpreted Costa-Hawkins as forbidding local "inclusionary zoning" ordinances that required new developments to include a percentage of permanently affordable rental housing.

The current housing affordability crisis in much of California shows that the weakened tools available to local governments under Costa-Hawkins aren't enough to prevent Californians from being thrown out of their communities due to unaffordably high rents. Costa-Hawkins must be repealed now!

Dave Kadlecek is an officer at large of the State Central Committee from Santa Clara County and serves on the Legislative Committee.


Emma Wong Mar Presente!

Posted on October 4, 2015 by the Webmaster

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Emma Wong Mar passed away in her home in Oakland, California on September 16, shortly after her 89th birthday, after a brief illness. She was an outspoken political activist and socialist for most of her adult life. She remained interested and engaged in politics and current affairs up until the end of her life.

Emma was born to Chinese immigrant parents in New York City on September 7, 1926. Her parents worked hard and struggled to support Emma and her six sisters during the Great Depression. She graduated from Hunter College in New York and spent several years working as a medical technologist at Sutter Hospital in Sacramento and Planned Parenthood in Oakland. She married Henry Y. Mar in 1952 and had two children. She was an early opponent of the Vietnam War and could be seen carrying picket signs at countless protest demonstrations.

Emma was a dedicated member of the Peace and Freedom Party. She was elected State Chair of the party in 1982 and ran as its vice-presidential candidate in 1984 with feminist activist Sonia Johnson heading the ticket. She ran for State Assembly three times between 1982 and 1992 and for U.S. Congress once, in 1994. She served as co-chair of the Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party for many years. Emma continued her anti-war and pro-labor activism well into the late 90's and early 2000's. She was recognized by the Hotel and Restaurant Workers' Union for her constant presence on picket lines and at support activities.


We Can't Tail After The Democrats

By Bernie Sanders

Posted on September 2, 2015 by the Communications Committee

This article is the first to appear in The Sanders Campaign: A Symposium. To download in Adobe Acrobat format for printing and distribution, click here.

Introduction by the PFP Communications Committee

We find much of what presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is currently saying about wealth inequality and by implication about the failures of a capitalist economy in the U.S. to be consistent with our platform.

But we think that Bernie Sanders should be running outside the two-party system. Instead, he is running as a Democrat and will likely support the winner of the Democratic primary (he did with Obama), which almost without a doubt will be the "corporate liberal" Hillary Clinton.

While raising important issues for the electorate to consider, the Sanders candidacy also has the function of giving an undeserved left-liberal legitimacy to the Democratic Party. His campaign, which does not directly criticize the record of the Democratic Party or of Ms. Clinton, serves to draw back into the fold otherwise disaffected voters who had been disappointed when the progressive hopes generated by candidate Obama turned out to be largely hopes without substance.

The Peace and Freedom Party considers that one of the first steps toward progressive change in the U.S. is to have an organized left party that is independent of the two corporate parties, the Democrats and the Republicans. Ironically, this argument is masterfully made by Bernie Sanders himself in the following article that is reproduced from The Guardian of September 27, 1989 (we have added the subtitles). Written 26 years ago, Sanders' prescient analysis applies to his current campaign.

Bernie Sanders says the following ...


Positions on Legislation, 2015-2016

Posted on August 19, 2015 by the Legislative Committee

The Peace and Freedom Party has taken positions for or against a number of bills in the 2015-2016 session of the California legislature, and is watching several more. We may take positions for or against bills on our "watch list" as time goes on. This article lists our current positions with links to relevant documents.

The information below was last updated on October 19, 2015.


Action Against Racial Profiling

By C. T. Weber

Posted on September 13, 2015 by the Sacramento County Central Committee

On September 2, opponents of racial profiling staged a die-in and occupation of a Capitol hallway in front of the Governor's office. They were supporting AB 953 (Shirley Weber, Democrat of San Diego). This bill would expand the scope of an existing law prohibiting racial profiling by police. It passed the Legislature on September 10 and is now on Gov. Brown's desk. The action was organized by PICO (People Improving Communities Through Organizing). According to C. T. Weber, who took these photos, "the CHP finally retreated into the Governor's office saying that they would just wait it out. There were several Peace and Freedom Party activists in the demonstration including yours truly."

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Is Trump a Proto-Fascist?

By Roger D. Harris

Posted on August 31, 2015 by the Communications Committee

Agreed, Donald Trump is a supremely unattractive character for folks like us. And that's putting it mildly. He's defiantly not "politically correct" and we hate that. But is he a harbinger of fascism?

Trump certainly fits the Hollywood version of the proto-fascist. He's loud, scowls, has a stiff presence, and is uncomely. But beyond what central casting defines as fascist, does he fit the political definition as some fear (see CounterPunch (August 25))?

Historical Fascism

Aside from the particularities and indeed peculiarities of Mr. Trump's persona, it is instructive to posit him in the current U.S. historical context.

Fascism historically came about when the working class and its allies (i.e., popular classes) – and their organizations such as unions and left political parties – were so strong and well organized that they threatened rule by the corporate class. That was the case in Spain, Italy, and Germany in the 1930s. What happened under fascism is the corporate class imposed a dictatorship over themselves rather than risk loss of power to the popular classes.


United for Community Radio Slate for KPFA Board

Posted on August 8, 2015 by the Webmaster

The Peace and Freedom Party endorses the United for Community Radio slate in the 2015 KPFA local station board election. We urge listener members of KPFA to give their highest rankings to these candidates:

  • Don Macleay – 5 years working for the Sandinistas, 19-year school volunteer, Green Party activist, former union organizer and shop steward Oakland
  • (G.) Mario Fernandez – recent SF State political psychology graduate, former Napa Community College Student Body President, former Occupy Oakland volunteer
  • Janet Kobren – current LSB member, Pacifica National Board Director, PNB Secretary (Pacifica Foundation officer), 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla survivor
  • Jeremy Miller – Idriss Stelley Foundation program director, San Francisco No-Taser Task Force member, host of Heterotopia on Mutiny Radio, independent journalist with S.F. Bayview newspaper
  • Marilla Arguelles – former President of home care workers’ chapter, SEIU, Local 616, editor of “Extracts from Pelican Bay”, former KPFA Labor Collective member
  • Scott Olsen – Board member, Iraq Veterans Against the War, survivor of police raid on Occupy
  • Sharon Adams – attorney; immediate past vice-president of the National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter; was instrumental in protecting undocumented persons from civil ICE detentions in Berkeley jails.
  • T. M. Scruggs – Executive Producer at; ethnomusicologist; Professor Emeritus, University of Iowa; volunteer for community radio stations in U.S., Nicaragua and Venezuela
  • Virginia Browning – current LSB member, health care researcher, down-winder, and longtime KPFA activist
  • Anthony Fest (Staff) – Producer and host, KPFA’s “Weekend News.” Producer of “Project Censored Show,” “Afternoons with Andres Soto,” and “Poor News Network.”


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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.

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