Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What is the Peace and Freedom Party about?

 The Peace and Freedom Party of California, founded in 1967, is committed to socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism and racial equality. We organize toward a world where cooperation replaces competition, a world where all people are well fed, clothed and housed; where all women and men have equal status; where all individuals may freely endeavor to fulfill their own talents and desires; a world of freedom and peace where every community retains its cultural integrity and lives with all others in harmony.
 The summary platform is available as a flyer in both English and Spanish to print and distribute.
 Click here to download [http://​​about-us/platform/​summary-platform]
 We offer this summary of our immediate and long-range goals:
* Double the minimum wage, and index it to the cost of living.
* Guarantee the right of all workers to organize and to strike; forbid striker replacement.
* Socially useful jobs for all at union pay levels.
* Equal pay for equal work, and for work of comparable worth.
* A 30-hour workweek with no cut in weekly pay; longer paid vacations.
* Guaranteed dignified income for those who cannot work.
* A Universal Basic Income to alleviate poverty and homelessness.
* Tax the income and assets of the rich to meet human needs.
* International trade agreements must guarantee the protection of workers and the environment in all participating countries; abolish NAFTA, GATT and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
* End homelessness; abolish vagrancy laws; provide decent affordable housing for all.
* Social ownership and democratic control of industry, financial institutions, and natural resources.
* The United States should take the initiative toward global disarmament by eliminating nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
* Withdraw U. S. troops and weapons from other countries, and reallocate the resulting "peace dividend" for social benefit.
* Abolish the CIA, NSA, AID and other agencies for interference in other countries' internal affairs.
* Convert from a military to a peace-oriented economy, with jobs for displaced workers.
* Self-determination for all nations and peoples of the world, including Puerto Rico and all U. S. territories.
* Defend and extend liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.
* End discrimination based on race, sex, age, sexual orientation, or disability.
* Restore affirmative action, guarantee full education and employment rights for all.
* Abolish the death penalty.
* No prison labor for private profit.
* Support the right of working people to keep and bear arms.
* Democratic elections through proportional representation; full political, social and economic rights for resident non-citizens.
* Honor treaties with Native American nations; recognize California's Native American nations. Defend and extend Native American rights and sovereignty.
* Provide full free quality public education through university level. Teach the history of workers' struggles and labor's creation of society's wealth and progress.
* Full rights for all immigrant workers. No human is illegal. Stop ICE raids. Stop jailing and deporting immigrants.
* Restore and strengthen bilingual education.
* Uncensored government funding for ordinary people to create and enjoy art.
* Scientific and technological research to benefit ordinary people, not the capitalists.
* Free high-quality health care for everyone, including birth control, abortion, pre-natal and childhood health care. No forced sterilizations.
* Legalize marijuana, decriminalize drug use, and make substance abuse treatment freely available.
* Give special attention to preventing epidemics of communicable diseases such as AIDS. Guarantee the rights of people living with AIDS.
* Restore and protect air, water, land and ecosystems.
* Promote conservation and develop solar and other renewable energy to replace nuclear power and fossil fuels.
* End environmental racism: no toxic dumping in anyone's back yard.
* Massive development of public transportation available free or at nominal fares.
* Outlaw clear cutting and protect remaining old-growth forests.
* Promote an environmentally sound agricultural system which meets human needs and protects farm workers' labor rights and standard of living.

"Why is the economy stuck in such a rut?" from a rank-and-file member of the Peace and Freedom Party, from Fremont, in Alameda County:
In the 1970's, corporations began “outsourcing” good-paying  factory jobs in the North to low-wage southern states. Then  to Mexico after Clinton's NAFTA, and then to China with its  semi-slave wages. As corporations moved capital overseas  seeking greater profits, the US economy was hollowed out.  It became a “consumer” economy. As good-paying factory jobs  left, America's 200 years of rising “real wages” came to an  end. (“Real wages” means inflation-adjusted.)   
Without rising wages, a “consumer” economy can't grow. The  Internet and housing bubbles kept it going for awhile, but in  2008 the bubbles collapsed. The heyday of America's “private  sector” is gone forever.   
The Democrats and Republicans still worship the “private  sector” as the job creators, but it is hoarding TWO TRILLION  DOLLARS of accumulated corporate profits – and would rather  invest it in China than in creating jobs here!    In the 1930s Depression, progressive movements forced the  government to create 11 million jobs. That's the only fix for  this “Great Recession” – and thousands of people are starting  that movement. Support the Peace and Freedom Party. Join us  to help build that movement!

Peace and Freedom Party welcomes Roseanne Barr as our newest (and most famous) Candidate!

Roseanne Barr has begun: []
To Peace and Freedom Party convention delegates,
I am seeking the nomination of the Peace & Freedom Party for President of the United States. I am running for President for several reasons. It is a great opportunity to wake people up from the stupor and futility created by the Democratic and Republican parties. Both of these parties continue the wars, tortures, and extreme economic injustices that most Americans oppose. They serve money, not people.
I am also making it a priority of my campaign to help the Peace & Freedom Party maintain ballot status by increasing its voter registration in California and to start building Peace and Freedom Parties in the 11 other states we have targeted for petitioning. I will promote the Peace and Freedom Party and encourage my supporters to register in it. If nominated, I hope to hold joint fundraising events for the campaign and the party where we can register voters in the party and share audiences, information, and support.
If we want to change this country for the better and throw all the bums out, we need to make the promises of socialism appeal to a wider variety of people. As someone who reached and communicated to masses of working people through my TV show for 9 years, I am well positioned to help the Peace and Freedom Party's platform reach that wider audience. I also think that my experience in the entertainment industry can help serve the very good cause of helping the Peace and Freedom Party continue to reach voters through its ballot line. It would be great to bring some fun and humor to politics, too.
I ask for your vote at the convention to give me this opportunity to reach the voters and help the Peace and Freedom Party at the same time. We need Peace! We need Freedom!
Roseanne Barr
"Socialism -- it's not just Wall Street, military contractors, or Congress anymore, but all Americans!"

2012-06-07 "Roseanne Barr announces independent run for President" from ""
 Following Wednesday's news that rival Jill Stein had clinched the Presidential nomination of the Green Party, Roseanne Barr announced on Twitter this afternoon that she would continue her campaign for President of the United States as an independent with her own so-called "Green Tea Party":
"Roseanne Barr ‏@TheRealRoseanne - I will run as an Independent- 4 'Green Tea Party'-an American Woman's Party-based on Green Markets, Sustainability, Social Safety Net/peace"
 The famous comedienne conducted the deliberations leading to her decision publicly today on her Twitter account. The decision seems to be at least partly motivated by her feeling that the national leadership of the Green Party has colluded to to give Stein the nomination by playing favorite in state nominating contests:
"I heard rumors that green party MAY have broken its own rules in Cali-in NY, in Hawaii-by going out of its way 2 aid Stein-"
 Barr also retweeted another user's comment that, "The GP colluded to exclude Roseanne in many states, said terrible things about Barr, and stonewalled complaints." Some of Barr's other tweets today indicated a wish to debate Stein on several issues where she feels the Green Party's presumptive nominee falls short, including Israel/Palestine, race, and proportional representation. Barr characterized the Green Party's refusal to debate those issues in an open forum as a "#circlejerk."
 As perhaps indicated by the name of her new "Green Tea Party," Barr also tweeted today that her presidential run seeks to build a "Libertarian/Green Coalition."

2012-07-18 "Roseanne Barr Responds to Questions"

This documented can also be downloaded as a pdf [].
I. Introduction
What is your occupation?
Actress, comedian, television producer, director, screenwriter, author, and macadamia nut collective farmer

Where are you from?
I grew up in a working-class Jewish family in Salt Lake City. I currently live in Hawaii.

Briefly describe your educational background, any past political campaigns, and any work you’ve done as an activist.
I’m self-educated. Barbara Ehrenreich called me a working-class spokesperson representing “the hopeless underclass of the female sex: polyester-clad, overweight occupants of the slow track; fast-food waitresses, factory workers, housewives, members of the invisible pink-collar army; the despised, the jilted, the underpaid.” I brought working class issues to millions of viewers weekly for nine years. I always refuse to use the term “blue collar” because it masks the issue of class.
My entire life has been one activist campaign for justice, peace, and freedom. I have incorporated these values into every aspect of my professional and personal life.

Describe how your candidacy would promote the Peace and Freedom Party (PFP), and how you expect the PFP to promote your candidacy.
Millions of people look to me for the real deal about a world that oppresses them from all sides. I can reach that audience and ask them to consider socialism and registering in the Peace and Freedom Party or starting one in their state. I hope that would help the party maintain its ballot status as of 2014. I would expect the party to join with me in creating and promoting joint events to register voters and raise funds for the party and the campaign.

What attracts you to the PFP? What past involvement have you had with it?
We don’t have the PFP in Hawaii yet, but I’m interested in starting one. I like that the party is socialist and very committed to its principles. I like the platform and agree with it.

Do you have any experience that would be particularly useful to you as a presidential candidate – such as public speaking experience, union organizing experience, teaching experience, or the like?
I reached 40 million viewers for nine years with my TV show. I have 40 years of experience crafting messages for, and carrying them to, working class people. I continue to speak to nationwide television audiences on a regular basis.

II. Specific Topics.
The following topics and questions highlight areas of concern to the PFP and its registrants. Please answer them in any form you deem appropriate, and in as much detail as you wish. We hope that your answers will reveal who you are, what you believe, how you would represent the PFP, what you would say to voters during your campaign. Although we would like to know about your particular brand of socialism, these questions are not framed with a socialist slant; they are phrased as if by the mainstream media, since that is what you are likely to encounter during your campaign. We hope your answers will help us distinguish you from other candidates seeking the PFP nomination, as well as from the candidates of the other political parties.

 1) Foreign Policy. Please tell us what you think the foreign policy of the United States should be. In your answer, you may choose to address one or more of the following related questions:
 a) What changes do you propose to the current defense budget?
 b) How would you decide whether or not to use U.S. military resources in
 any particular foreign conflict?
 c) Should the United States use economic sanctions to advance its foreign policy? If so, under what circumstances?
Human Rights and implementing the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at home and abroad should be a priority of U.S. policy. This will lead to an improvement in the quality of life of U.S. and world citizens. Accordingly, the Pentagon budget would be severely slashed, because “national security” would no longer be about counting bombs and missiles and nuclear payloads and throw-weights, but instead about harmonizing a humane lifestyle with the needs of Planet Earth.
 Economic sanctions, an act of war, are not appropriate tools to advance the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or the ALBA concept of the inherent rights of the planet itself (see I support the concept of a Department of Peace. As President, I would transform the Pentagon to such a Department to demonstrate to the world and to U.S. citizens the seriousness with which my Administration takes the issue of peace, as well as the justice on which a lasting peace must be built.

2) Economy. What would you do to achieve socialism in the U.S.? You may choose to address the following related questions in your response:
 a) What sort of welfare programs do you think should exist in the U.S.? Do you support a guaranteed annual income for all U.S. citizens?
 b) Do you support the nationalization of any industry?
 c) What do you think should be done about our nation’s foreclosure crisis?
 d) What steps would you take to reduce unemployment?
 e) What specific legislation would you support to improve workers’ rights?
Mario Savio led the way for us when he told us that there comes a time when the machine becomes so odious that one cannot even passively take part in it. Many in the United States have reached this point, but have no idea of how to proceed in a way that serves their interests. Therefore, we need to explain to the people of this country exactly what socialism is. Because of the reach of my voice, I can be of particular help with that task. I will use my voice to help familiarize people with socialism as something not to be feared, but enjoyed by all. After all, Wall Street and Big Pharma have already been taking our public funds for their private profit; it’s time for the public to benefit from socialism!
I support a United States government policy that seeks first to meet the basic needs of the people as in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Privatization and out-sourcing have swept even the most hallowed of government responsibilities. I would put an end to such practices immediately and hire unionized workers to serve the needs of the people of the U.S. I would also support legislation ending so-called “Right to Work” laws. The Taft-Hartley Act should be repealed in order to restore the freedom of workers to organize for their rights.
I would make derivatives trading illegal and end the bailouts of the banks that sold trillions of dollars of worthless derivatives. Banksters gamed the system with illegal activities that sent profits in the financial sector skyrocketing. However, those profits were built on a house of cards that was sure to collapse on millions of U.S. home owners. To blame the current economic collapse on low-income home buyers who were illegally discriminated against is a further political crime of class slander, to which the victims cannot equally respond. It’s time for the justice system to work by rendering justice to those who have been illegally foreclosed on. A foreclosure moratorium is needed now; and those responsible for erecting that house of cards should face of jury of the people. Iceland is an example in this regard.

3) Health and Health Care. Please outline your approach to health care. In your response, you may wish to address the following:
 a) Should there be a national health care policy? If so, what should it be?
 b) What are the key problems with health care in the U.S. today?
 c) What are your positions on abortion, contraception, and stem cell research?
I believe in Medicare for all. That includes abortions consistent with Roe v. Wade, contraception for young adults, a nurse in every school, expansion of public health centers, and treatments that result from stem cell research. Adequate medical care should be accessible to everyone, and this should prioritized over the profit of pharmaceutical and insurance companies.

 4) Civil Rights. Please outline your approach to civil rights. In answering, you may choose to answer any or all of the following:
 a) What parts of the Patriot Act should be eliminated and what, if anything, should be retained?
 b) What do you think the chief aims of the criminal justice system should be, and what are your views on the death penalty?
 c) What is your position on “gay marriage,” and what can the President do to facilitate the adoption of that position?
Discrimination rears its ugly head in many forms and must be stamped out by leadership, example, and policy. Feminism, turning back white supremacy, and eliminating intolerance for LBGTQ and ability discrimination are the best ways to ensure the civil rights of all. I support marriage rights for loving adults.
I support repeal of the Patriot Act, the Secret Evidence Act, the Funding for the War Against Terrorism Act as a way to safeguard civil rights and civil liberties in this country. I would delete the exceptions carved into Posse Comitatus for fighting the drug war and during national emergencies. I would end surveillance by drones over U.S. cities and the U.S. military on U.S. streets. I would delete Operation Garden Plot and Rex 84 from U.S. planning. I would publicize the COINTELPRO Papers and expose their current practice.
The Justice Department should administer justice–it currently does not. I oppose the death penalty for people and support it for corporations that commit capital offenses against the people.

 5) Immigration. Please outline your approach to immigration issues. In answering, you may choose to answer any or all of the following:
 a) What would the goals of your immigration policy be?
 b) What is the appropriate role of the Federal Government in regulating, policing, and/or tracking immigration into the U.S.?
 c) What should the federal government do with regard to the millions of people now in the U.S., often labeled “illegal immigrants”?
A U.S. foreign policy that promotes human upliftment consistent with ecological wisdom is a prerequisite to a sane immigration policy that respects human dignity and the right to life. I believe in open borders and reject the notion that any person is illegal.

6) Education. Please outline your views on how to improve the educational system. You may choose to answer any or all of these questions in your response:
 a) What obligations does the federal government have with regards to providing education the people within the U.S. borders?
 b) Should state and/or local governments be able to regulate the content of public school curricula?
 c) How should education in the U.S. be paid for?
Because education is an important aspect of national security, education to completion of a terminal degree should be paid for from the general fund with national minimum standards in teacher compensation, a maximum permissible student-teacher ratio, and adequate remediation and disability funding. Local funding should also come from the general fund on a per-pupil basis and not from property taxes that exacerbate inequalities even within single school systems.

7) Environment. Please outline your approach to environmental issues. In answering, you may choose to answer any or all of the questions below:
 a) As president, what would you do to limit pollution and preserve our natural resources?
 b) Would your actions described above negatively impact industry?
 c) Do you advocate a national energy policy? If so, please describe it.
The ALBA countries of Bolivia, Venzuela, and Ecuador have paved the way with Nature’s Rights. I would support legislation in the U.S. to protect the rights of the ecosystem. I would support an end to oil subsidies and aggressively promote solar conversions wherever possible. In our colder climates, I would support geothermal retrofitting. I would eliminate nuclear power subsidies and shut down all nuclear power plants. I would also shut down U.S. energy labs that produce nuclear weapons and institute massive clean-up policies. I would end war, which is the cruelest insult to the environment. I would encourage and subsidize the creation of community farms in every neighborhood using organic and bio-dynamic technologies. I would outlaw the genetic modification of foods, organisms, and people!

(8) Election Improvement. Please outline your approach to improving the electoral process in U.S. In your answer, you may wish to answer some or all of the following questions:
 a) What is your view of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling?
 b) Is “get the money out of politics” a realistic goal? If so, how do you think that goal could be accomplished?
 c) What can be done to loosen the two major parties’ stranglehold on the electoral process?
We have to get money out of political campaigns. It’s become a legalized system of bribery. Obama made fine speeches to the voters about a “public option” for health care at the same time that he was assuring insurance companies that no public option would be in the final bill. The option of public financing of “clean” campaigns has worked well in the states that have adopted it and is even promoted by some of the politicians who originally opposed it.
The stranglehold of the two major parties can only be broken by creating a truly multi-partisan democracy with proportional representation. It is only fair to represent voters opinions proportionately. Our current system holds in place all the evils that a majority of the voters oppose. It allows Big Money to control the candidates of the two dominant parties and thereby subvert the will of the people.

 9) Your Campaign. What are the realistic goals of your campaign, and what are your strategies for achieving those goals? In your response, consider answering the following:
 a) What would you most like to teach voters about socialism?
 b) What makes you more appealing to “the 99%” than Barack Obama, and how can you most effectively communicate that?
 c) If you believe that socialist candidates have generally failed to live up to their potential in U.S. political history, do you have any explanation for why that is? How do you think socialist candidates could succeed in the future?
I would like to teach voters that socialism is for us, the people. I would like to reclaim the word from all the lies and negative propaganda about it. I know how to reach “the 99%” and have done so for 40 years.
I think the problem with past socialist candidates has been an inability to reach the wider audience that most needs to hear about socialism. If socialists only appeal to intellectuals, they deprive those most in need of their message.

"Keep Socialism on the Ballot--Register Peace and Freedom Party in California" by Cindy Sheehan

In the June Primary of 2010, corporate interests misled California voters into passing Proposition 14, which replaces the June partisan primary elections with the first round of a partly partisan, partly non-partisan "top two" election in which political parties no longer nominate candidates for office. The November General Elections are thereby reserved for the "top two" vote getters, usually the two richest candidates. Independent party candidates will not appear on the ballot and even write-in votes will not be counted.
 Prop 14 makes an already seriously flawed electoral system even worse by striking a devastating blow against independent parties like Peace and Freedom which receive no funds from corporate interests.
 Although touted as an “Open Primary” measure, Prop 14 will in fact close November General Elections to all but the two richest candidates. Voters will no longer be able to choose Green, Libertarian, or Peace & Freedom candidates in the General Election. Prop 14 will thus increase the power of wealth over an electoral system already biased in favor of corporations and the rich.
 The Peace and Freedom Party fought vigorously against this ballot measure. We will continue to fight it in the courts and at the ballot box. Meanwhile, we must mount a voter registration campaign. Previously, independent political parties could maintain their ballot status either by receiving two per cent of the vote in a statewide November general election or by maintaining two percent of all registrants. Now, since Peace and Freedom will no longer appear on the November ballot, the only way to maintain our ballot status is by increasing our voter registration. In other words, to meet the new requirements of the new system, we must almost double our registration by the end of 2014 to stay on the ballot.
 By registering Peace and Freedom, you are joining with tens of thousands of others who want to take control of our political system away from the ruling capitalist class. You want an end to the war machine that gave us the wars in Vietnam and the Middle East. You want an end to bail outs for bankers and the rich. You want to shift the tax burden to the rich and their corporations and away from the working class and the poor. You want an end to the corporate rape of the environment and no compromise in defense of our Mother Earth.
 Friends Help Friends Register Peace and Freedom.
 For Ralph Nader’s analysis of Prop 14, click here [].
 Here are links to all of our website materials from this campaign [].

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Peace and Freedom Party Statement for November 6, 2012, General Election Voter Information Guide

The Peace and Freedom Party is a working-class party in a country run by and for the wealthy and their corporations.  We should not have to sacrifice our health, our livelihoods and our planet for our bosses' profits. We can tax the rich, whose wealth is entirely created by workers, to pay for the people's needs. We favor:
·    Decent jobs and full labor rights for all.
·    Free education for all from preschool through the university.
·    Free health care for everyone.
·    Good services for disabled people.
·    Bringing all troops home now.
·    Ending all discrimination.
·    Full rights for immigrants.
·    Real democracy and fair political representation.
·    Restoring and protecting the environment.

As long as our system puts the wealthy first, we will suffer war, police brutality, low wages, unsafe workplaces and pollution. We advocate socialism, which we see as the ownership and democratic control of the economy by working people. If we join together to take back our industries and natural resources, we can work together democratically and cooperatively for the common good, rather than being slaves to the rich and their corporations.
Vote for those who will fight for what you need, the candidates of the Peace and Freedom Party.

Peace and Freedom Party of California
P.O. Box 24764, Oakland, CA 94623
(510) 465-9414, (916) 422-5395, or (323) 960-5036
Website: []

Monday, July 16, 2012

2012-07-16 "Six Write-in Candidates Qualify for November" by Alex Vassar
Election 2012 Coverage -
Six candidates qualified for the 2012 General Election ballot by running as write-ins in the June Primary, according to information released Friday by the Secretary of State’s office. According to the Statement of Vote for the June Primary, three Republicans and three Peace and Freedom Party candidates received enough votes to be one of the “Top Two” candidates who will appear on the November ballot;
* Morgan Osborne, a Republican in Congressional District 37
* Frank Miranda, a Republican in State Senate District 3
* Mary Catherine McIlroy, a Peace and Freedom candidate in State Senate District 9
* Lee Chauser, a Peace and Freedom candidate in State Senate District 33
* Gene Ruyle, a Peace and Freedom candidate in State Assembly District 15
* J.D. Bennett, a Republican in State Assembly District 31
Of the six candidates, all three Peace and Freedom nominees have previously run for state office before. None of the Republicans have sought partisan office before.