The following statement was issued by Peace and Freedom Party nominee for California state treasurer Kevin Akin and delivered at the February 15 press conference in Sacramento officially introducing PFP candidates running for office in the June 2018 primary election.

I am running for Treasurer because working people do all the labor, but billionaires take what we make. The ultra-wealthy dominate our economic and political system, keeping major-party politicians from doing anything that will benefit workers to the detriment of the billionaires. I have no intention of representing “all Californians” in Sacramento. I will only represent 99% of them. The One Percent has plenty of representation in Sacramento already.

An excellent example of the distortion in our political system is the question of a California State Bank. North Dakota has a state bank, established back in the day when socialists were represented in their legislature. North Dakota is politically dominated by rather right-wing Republicans today, but the state bank is alive and well, providing important services and saving North Dakota taxpayers millions every year. It is too popular for politicians to kill. But in California, when the legislature passed a bill that merely authorized a study of the possibility of setting up a state bank back in 2011, our oil multi-millionaire governor vetoed the bill. The bankers were determined that no study be done, because it would reveal the immense benefits such a bank would bring to our state.

Last Monday, I submitted my candidate statement to the Secretary of State for printing in the Voter Information Guide. It included this sentence: “A publicly-owned State Bank would save enormous sums for the people.”  The following morning, I was pleased to see the Los Angeles Times print an op-ed piece by David Dayen called “A public bank for all, not just pot entrepreneurs.” He provided excellent arguments, but I will be providing more reasons every week on my campaign website.

The following statement was issued by Peace and Freedom Party nominee for U.S. Senate John Parker and delivered at the February 15 press conference in Sacramento officially introducing PFP candidates running for office in the June 2018 primary election.

To book John to speak at your campus, union hall, community group or house meeting, or for more information, contact John Parker for U.S. Senate campaign manager Maggie V. at (323) 413-2120, visit the campaign’s official Facebook page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

John Parker, a national leader of Workers World Party, is the Peace and Freedom Party candidate for U.S. Senate. He is well-known in Los Angeles, where he resides, as a long-time fighter against white supremacy, police terror and for immigrant and worker rights.

Parker has traveled worldwide and written extensively as an anti-war and anti-imperialist activist often representing the International Action Center. His international experience is critical at a time when Trump’s trigger finger is itching to go nuclear against North Korea and also threatening military intervention in Venezuela, and all the while escalating the war in Syria.

Parker campaigns to end capitalism and fight for socialism, declaring that Trump’s deportations, police terror, giveaways to corporations, white supremacy, misogyny, programs to deepen poverty, and his extreme militarism are part of capitalism, inspired by the previous administration’s record deportations and wars. Your vote for John Parker for U.S. Senate will help to build a movement for revolutionary change.

The following are the statements in the official Voter Information Guide for the Peace and Freedom Party statewide candidates running in the June 5 primary election. Some are short and to the point, as state law requires a high price per word for the statements, and they must be paid for before the candidate has even qualified for the ballot. The Voter Information Guide is mailed to every voter in the state by the Secretary of State about one month before the election. The Peace and Freedom Party candidates submitted statements that cover a broad range of issues relevant to the various offices.

altGloria Estela La Riva, PFP candidate for Governor
For too long, corporations, banks and the Pentagon have dominated society. The result: Half of all people live in or near poverty. Housing costs are skyrocketing. Immigrants get scapegoated. The prison population and police repression grow. The environment is being destroyed. Enough! Vote socialist! Get involved!
Contact: 2969 Mission St. • San Francisco, CA 94110
Tel. (415) 821-6171
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.lariva2018.com

altC.T. Weber, PFP candidate for CA Secretary of State
Do you feel that your vote doesn’t count? No one in government is paying attention to your issues? You’re not alone. Polls show large majorities want a third party, but bipartisan election laws, private money, and the corporate media prevent this and deny representation for many of us, making democracy an illusion. We used to have six candidates on our general election ballot. Now, we only have two, often from the same party. That’s horrible! Let’s get rid of Top-Two and have more choices in our general elections. Many countries use Proportional Representation to elect multiple legislators from each district, with parties and independents elected in proportion to their number of votes. Fewer votes are wasted, gerrymandering ceases to be useful, there are higher voter turnouts, and those elected are more diverse. If a party gets half the votes it gets half the seats, not all of them. If a party or independent candidate gets 10% of the votes, that party or candidate gets 10% of the seats, not none of them. That way the majority is protected and minorities get voice and representation. Let’s replace Top-Two with Proportional Representation. Let’s get money out of politics. Money has corrupted our political system. Let’s establish a clean money type of equal public funding to those candidates who raise a base amount. Make these costly voter information guide statements free again. Please vote for me to show your support for fair and open elections.
Contact: 1403 Los Padres Way • Sacramento, CA 95831
Tel. (916) 320-9186
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
tinyurl.com/CTWeber2018

altMary Lou Finley, PFP candidate for State Controller

Use taxes wisely providing for people’s needs instead of subsidizing wealthy corporations wasting billions of dollars.

Contact: 5041 Guava Ave., Apt. 110 • La Mesa, CA 91942
Tel. (619) 713-0103
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
tinyurl.com/FinleyIn2018

altKevin Akin, PFP candidate for State Treasurer
I favor promoting and strengthening socially-owned economic units like cooperatives and credit unions, municipal utilities, public roads and transit. A publicly-owned State Bank would save enormous sums for the people.

To me, socialism means democratic control and social ownership of our economy. To win it, we must break the billionaires’ economic and political power.

Contact: 20212 Harvard Way • Riverside, CA 92507
Tel. (951) 787-0318
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
KevinAkin4California.org

altNathalie Hrizi, PFP candidate for Insurance Commissioner
Healthcare is a right! Abolish health insurance companies. State must create non-profit provider for all required insurance. Vote Hrizi 2018!

Contact: 2969 Mission St. • San Francisco, CA 94110
Tel. (415) 821-6171
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hrizi2018.com

altJohn Thompson Parker, PFP candidate for U.S. Senate
“End capitalism—don’t enable it.” Trump’s deportations, police terror, giveaways to corporations, white supremacy, misogyny, poverty, are part of capitalism, and inspired by the previous administration’s record deportations and wars. Your vote for socialist Parker counts—it’s not supporting enablers, but instead inspiring a movement for revolutionary change.
Contact: 4167 S. Harvard Blvd. • Los Angeles, CA 90062
Tel: (323) 899-2003
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Parker for Senate campaign on Facebook

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