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PFP Candidates La Riva/Banks Conclude Historic Campaign

An earlier version of this article appeared at on December 8.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Gloria La Riva for President 2016 Campaign! The 2016 Presidential and VP candidates of the Peace and Freedom Party, Gloria La Riva and Dennis Banks waged a dynamic campaign for the socialist movement. They received 66,101 votes in California, the second most of any presidential ticket in the PFP’s nearly 50 year history.

The campaign, under the banner “For the Earth and people to live, capitalism must end,” reached millions of people across the country with the message that we need a new, socialist system.

Trump is President-Elect — What Now?, November 20 in San Jose

Join presidential candidate Gloria La Riva at a post-election forum in San Jose on November 20.

When: Sunday, November 20 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: San Jose Peace and Justice Center, 48 S 7th St, San Jose ( MAP )
What: post-election public forum
Sponsor: Santa Clara County Peace and Freedom Party
Contact: call 408-829-9506
Cost: $3-5 donation requested ($7-10 food included), no one turned away for lack of funds

La Riva campaign rally, November 4 in San Francisco

La Riva campaign rally, November 4 in San Francisco

On November 4, join the La Riva for President campaign for a community speak-out on our “Vote Socialist” campaign. La Riva and supporters will speak about her campaign platform and the need to continue building the movement for socialism beyond November 8.

When: Friday, November 4 at 6:00pm
Where: 24th and Mission, San Francisco ( MAP )
What: campaign rally
Sponsor: Party for Socialism and Liberation
Contact: call 415-821-6171 or visit Facebook event page

Gloria La Riva 4 President LA Tour, October 29-30

Peace and Freedom Party presidential candidate Gloria La Riva will campaign in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30.

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When: begins Saturday, October 29 at 10:00am (see itinerary below)
Where: Crenshaw Fzrmer’s Market, 3650 MLK Blvd, Los Angeles ( MAP )

When: begins Sunday, October 30 at 10:00am (see itinerary below)
Where: MacArthur Park, Los Angeles ( MAP )

What: Campaign appearances and outreach
Sponsor: Party for Socialism and Liberation
Contact: Facebook event page

Independent Political Report Interview with Gloria La Riva

This interview originally appeared at Independent Political Report on October 11, 2016 and is reposted by permission of the editors.

By Peter B. Gemma

Gloria Estela La Riva, a labor, community, and anti-war activist based in San Francisco, is running for president under the Party for Socialism and Liberation. She first ran as a third-party candidate for President in 1992 as the Workers World Party nominee, and was that party’s vice-presidential candidate in the elections of 1984, 1988, 1996, and 2000. La Riva was the Peace and Freedom Party candidate for Governor of California in 1994 and received 72,774 votes (0.9 percent.) She joined the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) when it split from the Workers World Party in 2004.

La Riva is the elected First Vice President of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Communications Workers of America, Local v39521, and worked for more than 13 years as coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, who returned home to Cuba in December of 2014.

Peter B. Gemma: I appreciate your time for this interview. You have stated that, “By the end of my first year at Brandeis University, I decided I needed to become a socialist.” What happened?

Native leader and Vice-presidential candidate Dennis Banks campaigns in CA

This report first appeared at on October 8, 2016.

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Gloria La Riva and Dennis Banks

Banks is on the ballot as the U.S. Vice-Presidential candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party in California, and in Iowa, New Mexico and Colorado for the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement and Vice-Presidential candidate recently visited California to promote the campaign and speak out in solidarity with Native and working-class struggles.

Dennis Banks speaks at Sacramento State

A campaign appearance by vice-presidential candidate Dennis Banks on October 4 got excellent coverage on the Sacramento State University campus. The article begins:

As the major party vice presidential candidates were debating in Virginia on Tuesday night, over one hundred students and activists came to the University Union to listen to Dennis Banks, the vice presidential nominee of the socialist Peace and Freedom Party.

Banks is running alongside Gloria La Riva, who has gained ballot access in eight states, including California.

Banks said that the 2016 race may be remembered as “the worst presidential election in U.S. history.

John Ferrannini, Peace and Freedom vice presidential nominee speaks at Sacramento State, The Sacramento State University Hornet, October 8, 2096.