Welcome to the website of the California Peace and Freedom Party’s 2016 campaign. Download our Workers’ Voter Guide here.

Gloria La Riva for President
Dennis Banks for Vice President

On August 13, the nominating convention of the California Peace and Freedom Party chose Gloria La Riva for President and Dennis Banks for Vice President.

La Riva is the candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) and is already on the ballot in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington. Banks co-founded the American Indian Movement in 1968 and has been active in Native American struggles since then.

The Statewide Ballot Measures

The Peace and Freedom Party recommends:

Proposition 51, a $9 billion school bond (with $1 billion going to charter school construction), must be repaid with an additional $8.6 billion in tax-free interest. For more, see this article. Vote NO.

Proposition 52 secures funding for MediCal and services for poor people from a hospital fee and prevents the state legislature from diverting the earmarked money to the general fund. Vote YES.

Proposition 53 requires an undemocratic supermajority vote to approve revenue bonds (financed by the proceeds from the funded projects). Vote NO.

Proposition 54 looks like a Republican answer to a dispute between the two major parties about how to make the legislative process more transparent. We are sitting this out for now.

Proposition 55 extends Proposition 30, which taxes the wealthy to increase funding for education and healthcare. Prop. 55 lets the one-half cent sales tax in Prop. 30 expire at the end of 2016. Vote YES.

Proposition 56 adds a $2 a pack excise tax on cigarettes and raises taxes on e-cigarettes. This regressive tax will hurt low-income people. Vote NO.

Proposition 57 reduces sentences for many non-violent crimes and stops the practice of immediately sending juveniles to adult court. Vote YES.

Proposition 58 repeals part of Prop. 227 (1998) to restore the option of bilingual education. Vote YES.

Proposition 59 (advisory) requires officials to push to amend the U.S. Constitution to reverse the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” ruling. Money is not speech; corporations are not people. Vote YES.

Proposition 60 requires that actors in explicit sex scenes wear condoms on the job. This is about health and safety. Vote YES.

Proposition 61 places a limit on the amount pharmaceutical companies can charge the State for prescription drugs. For more see this article. Vote YES.

Proposition 62 abolishes the death penalty. We do not like the alternative, life without parole, and other onerous provisions of this proposition. But we can and must end the death penalty now, and counter the possibility of proposition 66 taking precedence by getting more votes. For more, see this article. Vote YES.

Proposition 63 requires retailers to report anyone who purchases any ammunition to the Department of Justice. There is already a law prohibiting possession of large capacity magazine firearms. Vote NO.

Proposition 64 legalizes marijuana and hemp in Ca. It exempts medical marijuana from some taxation and authorizes re-sentencing and destruction of records for prior marijuana convictions. Vote YES.

Proposition 65 sounds like an environmental measure but is designed to reduce support for a plastic bag ban. For more see this article. Vote NO.

Proposition 66 would speed up the application of the death penalty and require inexperienced lawyers to take death penalty cases. For more see this article. Work to pass Prop. 62 and vote NO on 66.

Proposition 67 is a referendum on the plastic bag ban that was passed by the legislature to protect wildlife and prevent waste. For more see this article. Vote YES.

These recommendations are available here as a flyer (pdf) to download, print and distribute.

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Re-register Peace and Freedom!

If you registered out of the Peace and Freedom Party in order to vote for Bernie Sanders, now is the time to register back into the party. If you have never been registered Peace and Freedom, now is the time to join.

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Why Vote Peace and Freedom Party

Sick of Republicans who are clueless? Tired of Democrats selling you out? There is an alternative! That alternative is the Peace and Freedom Party.

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Top Two Elections: Bad for Democracy

This June your ballot will be different. Except for the Presidential primary (which hasn’t changed), you will no longer vote for candidates to represent your political party in November. Instead, you will vote on which two candidates get to run again in the fall. The party labels that appear next to the candidates’ names will have little meaning because political parties no longer control the use of their names.

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Statement of Purpose

The Peace and Freedom Party’s statement of purpose for the June 7, 2016 Presidential primary election, as posted by the Secretary of State. At some elections (but not this one), these statements are included in the Voter Information Guide mailed to all voters.

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 created by workers, to pay for society’s needs.

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