The Peace and Freedom Party has been a ballot-qualified third party in California since 1968 (with a brief exception from 1999-2003). The party has, for a few decades, existed almost solely within the borders of California. However, when the party first began it was national in scope, though never more powerful anywhere else than in California. Now, the party is looking to expand it’s focus nationwide again. The Peace and Freedom Party National Organizing Committee is a meeting for Peace and Freedom Party leaders and similarly minded individuals outside of California, to determine whether to build a national third party using the Peace and Freedom Party in California as a model and base.
The Committee’s two day forum is being held in San Francisco this weekend, December 10th and 11th. Richard Winger reports that:
It is likely that representatives of the Socialist Party, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, the Freedom Socialist Party, and Peace & Freedom itself will participate. It is also possible that representatives of Rocky Anderson’s new Justice Party will attend.
I have heard additional speculation that many Ralph Nader voters and activists will be paying close attention to this body’s work, too, though not necessarily that any representatives will be at the meeting.