Category: Presidential Primary

Jill Stein for President

Although Secretary of State Alex Padilla unfairly excluded Dr. Jill Stein from the June 6 presidential primary of the Peace and Freedom Party, she is actively seeking our nomination in California. (See this article for details.) The following statement was provided by the candidate, who is responsible for its content.

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Dr. Jill Stein

Jill Stein’s Power to the People Plan creates deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit. it empowers the American people to fix our broken political system and make real the promise of democracy.

This plan will end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society and our world.

Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s 2012 candidate for President, holds the current record for most votes ever received by a woman candidate for President in the general election. She is a mother, an organizer, and physician. She has helped lead initiatives to fight environmental racism and injustice, to promote healthy communities, to strengthen local green economies and to revitalize democracy. She has helped win victories in campaign finance reform, racially-just redistricting, green jobs, and the cleanup of incinerators, coal plants, and toxic threats.

Her Power to the People’s Plan includes:

A Green New Deal:

Create millions of jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation.

Jobs as a Right:

Create living-wage jobs for every American who needs work, replacing unemployment offices with employment offices. Advance workers rights to form unions, achieve workplace democracy, and keep a fair share of the wealth they create.

End Poverty:

Guarantee economic human rights, including access to food, water, housing, and utilities, with effective anti-poverty programs to ensure every American a life of dignity.

Health Care as a Right:

Establish an improved “Medicare For All” single-payer public health insurance program to provide everyone with quality health care, at huge savings.

Education as a Right:

Abolish student debt to free a generation of Americans from debt servitude. Guarantee tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university. End high stakes testing and public school privatization.

Jill Stein has been polling as high at 8% in some national polls. Her website is www.jill2016.com.

Her Vice-Presidential running mate is Ajamu Baraka, an internationally recognized human rights activist, organizer and geo-political analyst. Founding Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (until 2011) and Coordinator of the U.S. based “Black Left Unity Network’s” Committee on International Affairs, Baraka has served on the boards of various national and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (USA) and the National Center for Human Rights Education. He has served on the boards of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Africa Action; Latin American Caribbean Community Center; Diaspora Afrique; and the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights.

Baraka is a member of the Green Shadow Cabinet and an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C. An editor and contributing columnist for Black Agenda Report, Baraka has appeared on and been covered in a wide-range of print, broadcast, and digital media outlets such as CNN, BBC, the Tavis Smiley Show, ABC’s World News Tonight, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Telemundo.

Meet presidential candidate Lynn Kahn, February 3 in Sacramento

Originally posted at peaceandfreedom.org. on January 31, 2016.

On Wednesday, February 3 the Sacramento County Peace & Freedom Party will host a visit by Peace & Freedom Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Lynn Kahn.

When: Wednesday, February 3 at 6:00pm
Where: SEIU LOcal 1877, 1401-21st St, Sacramentao ( MAP )
What: Meet presidential candidate Lynn Kahn, PhD.
Sponsor: Sacramento County Peace and Freedom Party
Contact: phone 916-320-9186 or 916-207-4595
Cost: free

Gloria La Riva for President

The following statement was provided by the candidate, who is responsible for its content.

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Gloria La Riva

Gloria Estela La Riva is a labor, community and anti-war activist based in San Francisco, California. Born in Albuquerque, N.M., Gloria attended Brandeis University where she was active in affirmative action struggles.

Gloria has been a registered member of the California Peace and Freedom Party since 1981. In 1994 and 1998, Gloria was the PFP’s candidate for governor of California. She was the 2008 presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Gloria is the elected Executive Vice President of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Communications Workers of America.

Her Vice-Presidential running mate in California is Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement.

La Riva is running on a ten-point program:

Dr. Lynn Kahn for President

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Dr. Lynn Kahn

I am Dr. Lynn Sandra Kahn, independent candidate for President of the United States, seeking the nomination of California’s Peace and Freedom Party. I have a very clear platform — Fix Government, Build Peace: transform government while building peace here at home and around the world.

I am not a politician. I worked as an organizational psychologist inside federal agencies for 32 years, including 6-1/2 years on the White House Partnership to Reinvent Government. I have a vision for America that begins with this:

  • My vision is an America that works for everyone with no one left out.
  • My vision is a government that restores trust and builds peace here at home and around the world.

My goals for America include 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years; a world-class public health system; free tuition at public colleges; free early childhood education; community-based policing; a justice system that is just; a tax system that is fair; an immigration system that is compassionate; a realistic roadmap to an economy based on 100% clean, renewable energy; an energy grid that is independent of foreign governments and does not poison our air, water, soil and food; a 21st century economy where everyone who wants a job has a job at a living wage with benefits. Integrity demands this government honor our commitments to our veterans, our children, our seniors and our Native American brothers and sisters. This is the plan that will allow all that:

  • Track 1: CUT ONE TRILLION DOLLARS OF GOVERNMENT WASTE and invest the savings in our families and our communities!
  • Track 2: MULTIPLY SOLUTIONS
  • Track 3: REINVENT ALL OUR AGENCIES STARTING ON DAY 1
  • Track 4: BUILD PARTNERSHIPS
  • Track 5: COMMUNICATE HONESTLY
  • Track 6: MEASURE THE TRUTH
  • Track 7. BUILD PEACE AT HOME AND AROUND THE WORLD

More than any other Presidential candidate of any party, I know how to look under the hood of our federal agencies to see what works, what does not work and what changes to make. For example, the current mission of the U.S. Department of Justice is organized around three words: “control, enforcement and punishment.” That mission will never solve mass incarceration, school-to-prison pipelines and tensions between communities and law enforcement. We must change that mission, re-set agency priorities, insert new requirements in budgeting systems and reverse policies that deny the connections between poverty, lousy schools, unemployment, low wages and entanglement in criminal justice systems.

The same work must be done in every federal agency; they are all out of touch with the dreams of We the People. I do not need on-the-job training. I can start all that on Day 1. And with my experience designing and facilitating Citizen Summits and Conversations with America, we will have true citizen input to the shape of our government and community control over what federal programs get funded.

I looked at the platform of many independent parties and I chose to seek the Peace and Freedom Party nomination, in many ways a natural fit. My first book is closest to my heart: Peacemaking. I went on to design a 1,000-person citywide summit on violence. I worked for eight years in
juvenile justice and probation reform. My platform flows perfectly from who I am – visionary and government mechanic.

The challenge for political candidates in 21st century America is creating a more perfect union – bringing diverse points of view together and forging one America that combines our differences to create a strength we can barely imagine today. We must Transform America by Transforming Government and leave our children a safer and healthier nation and
planet.

Monica Moorehead for President

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Monica Moorehead

Sisters and Brothers, Comrades in Struggle:

We send warm greetings of solidarity to Peace and Freedom Party members.

The 2016 election year is momentous. We are faced with the racist, reactionary hatred of billionaire Donald Trump and all the Republican candidates who want to take this country back to an earlier stage of imperialism — before the Civil Rights, national liberation and workers’ struggles won major gains and before the women’s and LGBTQ movements.

One presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, describes himself as a democratic socialist. Who would have thought he would be giving the Democratic Party establishment a run for their money?

In the midst of all this stands the Black Lives Matter movement resisting unbridled police terror. This movement has forced police brutality, mass incarceration and gentrification front and center. This ongoing battle against white supremacy is a tremendous step forward for the working class, poor and oppressed — including the victims of racist state repression, notably by the police and ICE.

The movement for immigrant rights continues, as witnessed in Wisconsin on Feb. 18, when thousands held a Day without Latinos. The fight against environmental racism is strong in Flint, East L.A. and North Carolina. The fight for $15 and a union continues.

Capitalism is a system that must be uprooted if humanity and the planet are to survive however. This is why the Workers World Party campaign pushes for a movement to make fundamental change now and beyond the elections.

Most importantly, the current period calls for a strong stand against white supremacy. This is why we are running two Black candidates, Monica Moorehead for President and Lamont Lilly for Vice President.

Socialists must make the struggle against racism pivotal. The legacy of slavery is still integral to U.S. society, despite the historic election of the first Black president. The Black Lives Matter movement is carrying forth the ongoing struggle for Black Liberation, central to the victory for our entire class.

Tragically, a significant number of people are influenced by messages of racism, division and fear, focused on scapegoating Muslims, Mexicans, Arabs and others. But the root of this racist division emanates from the ruling class, so fearful of a total collapse of their profit-greedy system with capitalism at a dead end. This is why Bernie Sanders’ anti-Wall Street message is resonating.

The Moorehead/Lilly Campaign is reaching out to those who want fundamental change. It is a clarion call to challenge racism and fight for revolutionary socialism. Therefore we are calling for Tamir Rice Brigades at the Republican Party Convention in Cleveland this July. And why we’re mobilizing for the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia to demand that fighting police terror is not just campaign rhetoric.

This is a great moment to unite all affected by the deepening economic crisis to build a massive anti-capitalist movement. It’s time for revolutionary socialists and leftists to help advance solidarity with Palestine, the Ayotzinapa 43, Haiti, Syria and oppose all imperialist interventions abroad. Let’s make international solidarity part and parcel of all U.S.-based movements.

We would be honored to represent Peace and Freedom Party on the ballot. California was the home of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. It’s where the people’s rage forced the first cop, Johannes Mehserle, to be convicted of killing a Black man, Oscar Grant. In 2006 California’s immigrant rights rebellion inspired the world.

Every crisis of the system is illuminated in our campaign. We offer California two Black revolutionaries who have been tested in our dedication to unity, solidarity and class struggle in the fight to win socialism.

WWP Monica Moorehead for President Lamont Lilly for Vice President