Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

Interview with Jerry White, Socialist Equality Party Nominee for President

by Peter B. Gemma

hqdefaultMichigan resident Jerry White is the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) candidate for President. He was the SEP’s first presidential candidate in 1996, and headed their national ticket in the 2008 and 2012 elections. The SEP holds that, “The Democratic Party, committed to militarism and austerity, is no less the political instrument of Wall Street and the military-intelligence apparatus than the Republicans.”

An active socialist since he was 19, White, now 56, serves as editor of the World Socialist Web Site Autoworkers Newsletter and is the author of Death on the Picket Line: The Story of John McCoy, about a fourth generation West Virginia coal miner murdered during a strike.Read more ...

ATPR: Interview With Socialist Equality Party Presidential Candidate Jerry White

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By Adam Seaman, American Third Party Report, September 3rd, 2016:

There are at least 5 Socialist parties in the United States with presidential tickets for the 2016 election.  Continuing my series of interviews with third party presidential nominees today I had the pleasure of interviewing one of those nominees, Jerry White from the Socialist Equality Party.… Read more ...

Voters Need the Input and Impact of a Third Party

By Peter B. Gemma

66921681James Madison wisely observed, “When the variety and number of political parties increases, the chance for oppression, factionalism, and non-skeptical acceptance of ideas decreases.”

Marginalized policy initiatives can often bubble up into the mainstream because of independent candidates and third parties. In his book Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two-Party System, political strategist Douglas Schoen noted, “While third party movements and candidates have periodically emerged to challenge the status quo … none have ever come close to winning, though they did end up having a significant impact on policy formation as a result of their campaigns.”

Although the success of the Prohibition Party was fleeting, it is a good model of how an issue can come from a single constituency, evolve into a formidable political force, and flex muscle on Capitol Hill.… Read more ...

The New Poll Tax: Ballot Access Laws Foil Independent Candidates

By Peter B. Gemma

GiantMeteor2016There is no free market of ideas, candidates, or political parties on Election Day.

It’s not for a lack of demand. According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post survey, 57 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; 44 percent say they would prefer a third-party candidate to run.… Read more ...

Press release: Socialist Party Presidential Ticket Will Be on Michigan Ballot

Socialist Party of Michigan:

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The Presidential Ticket Will Also Be Joined by Socialist Party State House Candidate Michael Anderson (70th district)

For Immediate Release
August 7, 2016
Official Presidential Campaign Website: www.rev16.us

LANSING – The 2016 Socialist Party USA presidential campaign of Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik and vice presidential running mate Angela Nicole Walker will be included among the six presidential tickets appearing on Michigan’s ballot this November.… Read more ...

Interview with Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, Socialist Party USA presidential nominee

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Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, a graduate of Troy University, was co-chair of the Socialist Party USA from 2013-2015 and served as chair of the Socialist Party of California. In 2014, he ran for California’s 62nd State Assembly district and earned 2.5 percent of the vote. On October 17, 2015, he received the presidential nomination of the Socialist Party USA.Read more ...

Federico Garcia: Why I have not felt the Bern – Reflections on perspectives for the American left

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Jill Stein addressing the “Bernie or Bust” crowd outside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (photo: philly.com)

Federico Garcia is a blogger living in Italy who is interested in American third party politics. He published the following article at the American Third Party Report on August 10th:

The Democratic National Convention of Philadelphia is now in the history, but the most iconic event of the entire meeting has been the Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton against all the odds, even after the scandal of DNC leaked emails.… Read more ...

Socialist Action launches first presidential ticket

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Jeff Mackler in New York City (Photo: Socialist Action)

From SocialistAction.org, June 23rd, 2016 (H/T Jeremy Siple):

Socialist Action is launching a national election campaign, with National Secretary Jeff Mackler as the party’s candidate for U.S. president, and Karen Schraufnagel as its candidate for vice president.

Jeff Mackler has spent a lifetime fighting for the working class and social justice.… Read more ...

Peace and Freedom Party 2012 Presidential Nominee Roseanne Barr Praises Donald Trump in Recent Interview

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Comedienne Roseanne Barr, who unsuccessfully sought the Green Party’s 2012 presidential nomination before winning the Peace and Freedom Party nomination that year, took part in an interview this week with the Hollywood Reporter to promote her new documentary Roseanne For President!, a chronicle of her 2012 campaign.  During the interview, the leftist Barr offered high praise for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.… Read more ...

Liberty Union Party of Vermont Nominates Gloria La Riva for President

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From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 8, the ballot-qualified Liberty Union Party nominated Gloria La Riva for President and Eugene Puryear for Vice-President. They are also the nominees of the Party for Socialism & Liberation this year. The ticket will now be on the Vermont ballot automatically, without the need for a petition.… Read more ...

New York Times Carries Major Obituary for Socialist Workers Party Vice Presidential Nominee of 1968

Kwame Somburu, left, with a student in New York in 1969.

Kwame Somburu, left, with a student in New York in 1969.


From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

The New York Times has this lengthy obituary of Paul Boutelle, who was the Socialist Workers Party vice-presidential nominee in 1968. The obituary even has a picture, which is somewhat rare for Times obituaries.… Read more ...