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Socialist Party of Michigan: Vote No on Proposal 1 (May 4, 2015, 09:12 PM)

From the Socialist Party of Michigan website:

The Socialist Party of Michigan encourages all working class voters of our state to reject the proposed new road-maintenance funding scheme in the May 5, 2015 statewide Special Election (Proposal 15-1). In response to rising corporate investment concerns over the crumbling state of Michigan?s road conditions, the state legislature?s Proposal asks voters to approve a constitutional amendment to authorize raising the state sales tax from six to seven percent, as well as an additional net increase in motor fuel taxes.… Read more ...

Veterans Party: Another Major Milestone (May 4, 2015, 08:43 PM)


From the Veterans Party of America website:

On April 30th, the Veterans Party of America activated the Utah Veterans Party of America. We have now activated a party in all 50 states–after ONLY 16 months as a political party.

How does that compare? The next major third party in age to the VPA is the Constitution Party.… Read more ...

Katie Quarles: Religious Freedom Does Not Equal Freedom to Discriminate (May 4, 2015, 08:20 PM)

From Katie Quarles at the Socialist Alternative website:

The recent state-level ?religious freedom? bills in Arkansas and Indiana, which initially included language which would protect businesses from law suits for refusing service to LGBTQ customers on religious grounds, provoked massive opposition. This came on the heels of the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision which allowed a company to refuse to provide birth control to its employees through their health plan on the grounds it would violate the owners? religious beliefs.… Read more ...

Party for Socialism and Liberation: A New Stage in Baltimore?s struggle (May 4, 2015, 07:58 PM)

PSL statement posted to Liberation News:

Let there be no doubt. Without the people?s sustained daily protests, marches, rallies, agitation and even rebellion, there would have been no indictment of the cops responsible for the death of Freddie Gray.

The state prosecutor Marilyn Mosby said, ?To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ?no justice, no peace.??

Mosby and certain other officials hope that prosecution of the officers will end or muffle the struggle of the people.… Read more ...

D?Marie Mulattieri: Time to Derail Fast Track and Free Trade Deals (May 4, 2015, 07:40 PM)


From D’Marie Mulattieri at the Justice Party website:

If we were to begin this piece about free trade agreements those of you who have no clue what NAFTA or CAFTA represent would just click your mouse and move on.

What if we begin with these headlines:

Since NAFTA the US has lost over 3 million manufacturing jobs!Read more ...

Freedom Socialist Party: Justice for Freddie Gray (May 4, 2015, 07:25 PM)

From the Freedom Socialist Party website:

The Freedom Socialist Party stands with the family and friends of Freddie Gray, as well as the entire Black community of Baltimore and all those victimized by police brutality, in demanding that those responsible for his death be brought to justice.

As the world is quickly learning, police harassment and murder of poor Black youth in the U.S.… Read more ...

Concord, NH Newspaper Story on Bernie Sanders Also Covers Libertarian Ballot Access Lawsuit (May 4, 2015, 07:19 PM)

lpnhlogoFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

This Concord Monitor story is mainly about whether Bernie Sanders can get on the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary ballot, but the bottom portion of the article also discusses the Libertarian Party?s ballot access lawsuit against the New Hampshire law, passed in 2014, that won?t let new parties petition during odd years.… Read more ...

Green Party of Ohio Statement on 45th Anniversary of Kent State Killings (May 4, 2015, 06:53 PM)

Press release from the Ohio Green Party:

Today is the 45th anniversary of the events at Kent State University in Kent Ohio. On this day, The Ohio National Guard, responding to unrest on campus and the arson of the ROTC building by unknown parties, opened fire on American citizens exercising their constitutional rights, ending the lives of 4 students.… Read more ...

Paula Overby on Transgender Values (May 3, 2015, 11:47 AM)

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Paula Overby

From Paula Overby at the Independence Party of Minnesota website:

As the first Transgender woman to run for U.S Congress I feel that it is appropriate for me to respond to the recent interview by Diane Sawyer with former Olympic Decathlon champion Bruce Jenner about his transgender identity.… Read more ...

Socialist Party Report on St Louis Socialist Coalition May Day (May 3, 2015, 11:15 AM)

spusamaydayactionFrom the Socialist Party website:

Yesterday, May 1st 2015, members of the Socialist Party USA (SPUSA) joined other Socialist Parties and Civil Rights activist from the Black Lives Matter campaigns to protest the recent killings of unarmed black citizens across the US. In particular, the recent death in Baltimore of Freddie Gray, and the announcement of charges brought against six Baltimore Police officers.… Read more ...

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