Category Archives: Socialist/left parties

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 ...

Working Families Party: ‘Big Wins You May Have Missed: 2017 Victories for Local WFP Candidates’

workingfamilies.org:

Trump’s presidency has sparked a massive grassroots resistance. But we’re not only fighting Trump — we’re also electing the next generation of progressive leaders in local races around the country.

When WFP-backed progressive Christine Pellegrino upset her Republican opponent in a special election for New York State Assembly this spring, WFP New York State Director Bill Lipton said it best:

“Bold populism that puts working families’ issues front and center — this is how we win in Trump country.Read more ...

Gloria Rubac: ‘Eyewitness Harvey: Toxic chemicals, biased coverage and prisons’

Gloria Rubac at the Workers World Party’s workers.org:

An oil refinery flare, right, continues to burn through wind and rain as Hurricane Harvey moves into Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.

Houston, Aug. 28 — I grew up in Oklahoma’s “tornado alley.” I’ve lived on the Texas Gulf Coast for almost 50 years.… Read more ...

Some Bernie Sanders Supporters Organize National Meeting for Purpose of Creating a Progressive Party

Ballot Access News:

Several groups, most of which are Bernie Sanders supporters, have called a national meeting in Washington, D.C., for September 8-10, for the purpose of discussing creating a new Progressive Party. The meeting will be at American University. The meeting is also called by Socialist Alternative. One of the speakers will be Rocky Anderson, who founded the Justice Party in late 2011 and was its presidential nominee in 2012.… Read more ...

Ralph Nader: ‘Dick Gregory deserves serious biographers and a civic institution to further his work and inspire posterity’

Ralph Nader at blog.nader.org:

The loss of justice-fighter, satirist Dick Gregory, at age 84 was received with cries from his friends that “he was one of a kind.” No one showed up, here and abroad where people in severe crises needed empathy and support, more than Dick Gregory. He fasted to dangerous personal levels to attract attention to those deprived and oppressed who were striving for justice.

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Willow Nash: ‘Thousands stand against Trump in Phoenix’

Willow Nash at the PSL’s Liberation News:

Photo credits Isaiah Jiang

On August 22, thousands of people from all walks of life gathered outside Phoenix Convention Center to protest Pres. Donald Trump’s rally. During his rally, Trump reiterated that “both sides” were to blame for the Charlottesville catastrophe, doubled down on his rhetoric about building “the wall,” and stated his plans to pardon racist Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a man responsible for the inhumane treatment of both immigrants and inmates.… Read more ...

Workers World Party: ‘Bannon out – but hold the cheering’

Deirdre Griswold at Workers World:


Three Marine Corps generals in the White House: Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph Dunford.

When the news broke that Steve Bannon, the racist “alt-right” adviser to Donald Trump, had been forced out of his job at the White House and was returning to his home at Breitbart News, it was easy to feel elated.… Read more ...

Peace and Freedom Party: ‘NAFTA, Deportations, Workers’ Struggles’

peaceandfreedom.org:


This resolution was adopted unanimously on August 13, 2017 by the State Central Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party of California.

Cancel NAFTA! Tear Down the Wall of Shame / Not One More Deportation! Support Workers’ Rights and Struggles in Mexico, the United States, and Canada!

Whereas, there is a stepped-up attack on immigrant workers — documented and undocumented — in the United States, and NAFTA has been used to pit U.S.… Read more ...

Dick Gregory Dies

Ballot Access News:

Dick Gregory, the last surviving presidential candidate from the November 1968 election, died on August 20. He was 84 and was living in Washington, D.C. He was the Freedom and Peace presidential nominee in 1968. Here is a major obituary from the Los Angeles Times. Thanks to Irv Sutley for the link.… Read more ...

WSWS: ‘Trump deepens appeal to fascist right’

Patrick Martin at wsws.org (associated with the Socialist Equality Party):

In a series of tweets Thursday morning, US President Donald Trump intensified his appeal to racist and fascist forces, bemoaning the loss of “beautiful statues and monuments” of Confederate generals like Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

Trump’s comments were a calculated overture to the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday over efforts to remove a statue of Robert E.… Read more ...