Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

Democratic Socialists of America Growing in Membership

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In recent years, the Democratic Socialists of America has been experiencing a significant growth in membership. Following the 2016 political campaign season, the party’s membership had gone from a relatively steady membership of roughly 6,000 to a membership of over 32,000. As such, it is believed to be the current largest socialist political party in the country.… Read more ...

Author and Political Activist Darcy Richardson Files for Florida State House Seat

by Peter B. Gemma

Darcy Richardson, well known to IPR readers as a political and campaign historian via his many books, has a lifetime record as a candidate — running on third party lines.  He was the Consumer Party nominee for US Senate in Pennsylvania in 1988 while serving as the national campaign manager of former Senator Eugene McCarthy’s presidential campaign.… Read more ...

Deadlines to Put New Parties on the Ballot for 2018 Have Already Passed in Five States

Ballot Access News:

Already, deadlines for certain procedures to get new parties on the ballot for 2018 have passed in five states. With two exceptions, no new party qualified in these states.

In California, the deadline for a new party to obtain approximately 60,000 registrants, and thus be on the 2018 ballot, passed on January 2.… Read more ...

Ben Walsh Leading in Race for Mayor of Syracuse

Syracuse mayoral candidates Laura Lavine , Juanita Perez Williams,  Ben Walsh, and Howie Hawkins Syracuse.com.(Dennis Nett | dnett@syracuse.com)

Ben Walsh is currently leading in the latest poll for Mayor or Syracuse, New York. Ben Walsh is a Syracuse businessman running for mayor with the support of the Independence, Reform, and Upstate Jobs parties.… Read more ...

Socialist Alternative Candidate Running in Minneapolis City Council Race

Ginger Jentzen is running for Minneapolis City council as a candidate of the Socialist Alternative Party. Jentzen, a first time political candidate, has a background in community organizing and had played a leading role in the campaign for establishing a $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis. She is running in the 3rd Ward against two Democratic Farmers-Labor candidates, Tim Bildsoe and Steve Fletcher, and Green Party candidate Samantha Pree-Stinson.… Read more ...

Ballot Access News: If You Wish to Help the Ballot Access Bill Take Effect in North Carolina, Here is the Contact Page for Governor Roy Cooper

Ballot Access News:

As already noted, on October 5 the North Carolina legislature passed the ballot access bill, SB 656. There is a danger that Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, will veto it. There is a provision in the bill, unrelated to ballot access, that cancels the 2018 primaries for state judicial elections, and Democrats are opposed to this.… Read more ...

LA Times: “Inspired by Seattle and turned off by Trump, People’s Party looks for a national stage”

Organizers of what could become a new U.S. political party will gather in Washington, D.C., this weekend to decide whether to work within the Democratic Party for reform or launch their own progressive movement called the People’s Party, with Bernie Sanders as their preferred presidential candidate.

While the outlines of what the People’s Party might look like are still unfolding, organizers have already found a working model for guidance and inspiration — in Seattle.Read more ...

PSL statement on DACA repeal

Party for Socialism and Liberation:

Statement from the Party for Socialism and Liberation on the recent announcement from the White House of the cancellation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The White House has announced that it will be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program otherwise known as DACA.… Read more ...

Peter Diamondstone, Founder of Liberty Union Party, Dead at Age 82

Ballot Access News:

Peter Diamondstone, age 82, died on August 30. He founded the Vermont Liberty Union Party in 1970 and ran for a statewide office in Vermont every two years since then. See this obituary, which has a nice quote about Diamondstone from Bernie Sanders. Thanks to James Mahoney for this news.… Read more ...

Frank Castro: ‘For Abolition: Prisons and Police Are More Than Brutality, They’re State Terror’

Frank Castro of the Hampton Institute at The Socialist (official publication of the Socialist Party USA):

In his speech “Terrorism: Theirs and Ours,” now deceased Professor Eqbal Ahmad elucidated five types of terrorism: state, religious, mafia, pathological, and political terror of the private group. Of these types, the focus in mainstream political discourse and media has almost always centered itself on discussion of just one: “political terror of the private group” – organizations like al-Qaida, the Taliban, and ISIS.… Read more ...

William Saturn: ‘On Charlottesville’

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A statue honoring Confederate soldiers in Charlottesville, Virginia

William Saturn is a citizen journalist who frequently covers alternative parties and independent candidates and an IPR author/editor. Original article at Saturn’s Repository:

After the events in Charlottesville this past month, I had to clear my thoughts. Discourse had, once again, reached a level of absurdity.… Read more ...

Party for Socialism and Liberation: ‘Houston, Hurricane Harvey and capitalism’s ‘unnatural disaster’’

Party for Socialism and Liberation:

The Party for Socialism and Liberation expresses our condolences and solidarity to those who have suffered the loss of loved ones, been injured, or lost their homes and other vital possessions due to the ravages of Hurricane Harvey.

Twelve years to the day after Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans and much of the Gulf coast, millions in southeast Texas are suffering the devastating impact of another huge storm.… Read more ...