Press Release: Freedom Socialist 2012 Presidential Campaign Queer, Feminist & Working Class

The following Press Release was sent via email by Stephen Durham and Christina López.

Are you fed up with empty promises and big-money control of the elections? Throw your support behind candidates with bold, unconventional and practical solutions to the economic crisis and the escalating attacks on civil rights. The Freedom Socialist Party campaign of Stephen Durham for president and Christina López for vice president has a platform that prioritizes survival issues facing queers, women, people of color, and immigrants. Durham and López call for taxing the super rich to pay for basic social needs.

Full Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender equality NOW
The FSP candidates support passage of an Equal Rights Amendment banning all forms of discrimination based on gender, gender-identity and sexual orientation under the Constitution. Unlike President Obama, their support for same sex marriage did not “evolve” just in time to solicit votes and dollars from the gay community for the November election.

Quality healthcare, education and jobs
Durham and López call for: a national public works jobs program and passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act; nationalized healthcare plus an end to discrimination in hospital visitation and family law; and quality education with school policies that protect the lives and rights of LGBTQ youth.

Cast a protest vote, build a movement!
The Democrats and Republicans play good cop/bad cop, but both slash social services while upholding a capitalist system that concentrates wealth in the hands of the 1%. Voting for the “lesser evil” directly contributes to both parties’ march to the right ­- by refusing to vote for business as usual, you can help push the debate to the left. Vote against war, injustice and austerity and for Durham/López!


LGBT endorsers (partial list): Jeri Deitrick, board member, Mazer Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles . Patrick Haggerty, gay rights activist, musician, Bremerton, WA . Laura Love, singer, musician, songwriter, Okanogan, WA . Moisés Montoya, Occupy Oakland Labor Solidarity Work Group . John O’Brien, gay and labor activist, Stonewall participant, Los Angeles . Bob Schwartz, Gay Liberation Network, Chicago . Emily Woo Yamasaki, New York Radical Women Organizer
affiliations listed for identification only

Durham and López take PRIDE in a queer, feminist and working class platform

Contact: Doug Barnes, Campaign Manager

Freedom Socialist 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee
4710 University Way NE, Ste. 100
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206-985-4621


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14 thoughts on “Press Release: Freedom Socialist 2012 Presidential Campaign Queer, Feminist & Working Class

  1. ctomp

    Has anyone learned of the Socialist Workers ticket? Supposedly, they were to annouce it a couple of weeks ago.

  2. bruuno

    I’m wondering the same thing. to a word about it on their website (their newsletter The Militant). They also claimed they would announce a candidate back in March as well. Something weird going on..

  3. ctomp

    Perhaps an internal power struggle? These groups are usually controlled rather tightly. I expected to see the approved faces of the party by now.

  4. Oranje Mike

    What’s the point of having so many different socialist parties? Is this a “I’m-more-hardcore-left-than-you” kinda thing?

  5. paulie

    @1-3 I though I saw something at BAN but maybe I am mixing up Marxist mini-parties.

    @4 Not sure off hand. They are based in WA, which has pretty easy ballot access, so at a minimum I would think they can get on there. Beyond that I don’t know.

    @5 Yes. Minor ideological conflicts, and personality conflicts. The smaller the turf the more it splinters….

  6. Thane Eichenauer

    “The Freedom Socialist Party is a socialist political party with a revolutionary feminist philosophy that emerged from a split in the United States Socialist Workers Party in 1966.” sayeth Wikipedia.

    I presume all the other socialist parties are insufficiently revolutionary feminist.

    “In one state, California, where the Peace and Freedom Party (PFP) electoral alliance already has ballot status, Durham will compete to be PFP’s presidential candidate.” seems to imply they have ballot access in one state. The rest of the article mentions write-in efforts.

  7. paulie

    No, they are competing for P & F nomination in CA. P & F has ballot access there not FSP, but FSP’s ticket is one of four seeking the P & F line.

  8. bruuno

    #5- The various “socialist” parties actually do have differences but as paulie said much of it does involve personality and ego conflicts.
    From what I understand the Freedom Socialist Party was created during the 1960s because of misogynist attitude within the SWP as well as gay rights (a lot of homophobia within the SWP leadership at the time) and FSP members wanting more focus on Civil Rights in general. The first two were genuine issues within the SWP though I question the last issue considering the SWP was quite focused on the Civil Rights movement.
    As for the SWP they were basically always a separate entity from Socialist Party of America (later the Socialist Party USA) though they sometimes worked with them until the 1930s when the rift became permanent because the SP America supported Fiorello LaGuardia for Mayor of NYC. The SWP always considered themselves Trotsky (anti-Stalin) supporters and were actually originally Communist Party USA members who broke over the CPUSAs support of Stalin back in the 1920s.
    Meanwhile, in the 1950s a group split from the SWP and formed the Workers World Party. The WWP were/are Maoists and have supported such people as Milosovic and Kim Jong-Il. In other words, hard core Communists.
    In 2004 the WWP basically split in two and the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) was created for reasons that are very unclear and as far as I know never publicly explained (in other words most likely personality and ego issues). The PSL is running Peta Lindsay for President and have already gotten on the Vermont ballot. They made news recently for openly mourning the death of Kim Jong-Il.
    So here is the gist-
    Socialist Party USA- moderates (by socialist standards) who follow in the footsteps of Debs and reject the Soviet and Maoist Communist movements. Much more along the lines of the socialist parties in western Europe.

    Socialist Workers Party- more militant and Marxist than SPUSA but less than the other US Communists. Trotskyites.

    Freedom Socialist Party- More concerned (and historically more liberal) with social issues than the SWP and for what it is worth, seemingly less strident and militant in tone and action.

    Workers World Party and PSL- Really just hard core communists

    Then there is the Socialist Equality Party which I think was originally a splinter group of the SWP but don’t really know the origins of the break. Heard rumors it is more along the lines of a personality cult around a few leaders though really I don’t know enough to say for sure.

    At least that is how I understand the differences.

  9. Deran

    Growing up in Seattle and getting active in Left politics back in the late 70s, my experience with the FSP, and Radical Women, is that there is a lot of female leadership in the FSP, and not people appointed to be the female face of the party.

    I would love to know what brought the FSP to running their own candidate for President for the first time in more than 40 years.

  10. Mobert Rilnes

    Peace & Freedom Party Convention Set for August 4-5 in Los Angeles

    The Peace & Freedom Party will choose its presidential nominee on the weekend of August 4-5. The location will be near the Los Angeles International Airport. The decision will be made by members of the State Central Committee, who are collectively all the members of all the county central committees. Although the election of members of the county central committee was carried out on June 5 at the party’s primary, it is still difficult to predict which presidential candidate will win the nomination. Many committee members appear undecided.

    Candidates seeking the nomination are Stewart Alexander, Rocky Anderson, Stephen Durham, and Peta Lindsay.

    The party’s lawsuit over whether Lindsay should have been on the party’s presidential primary ballot has a hearing in federal court in Sacramento on August 27. The issue is whether someone who does not meet the constitutional qualifications to be President should have been allowed on the party’s presidential primary ballot. Although the judge denied injunctive relief on April 26, the constitutional issues remain to be resolved.

  11. NewFederalist

    #9… great synopsis. The only missing party is the Workingman’s Party (later the Socialist Labor Party) from which the Social Democratic Party (later the Socialist Party of Debs, Thomas etc.) split and you did mention the Communist Party from which the SWP split in 1938. There are many more but you hit the highlights very well.

  12. paulie

    It will be interesting to see what happens with the P &F nomination and ballot access for these various parties.

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