imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - json version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

Freedom Socialist Candidate for U.S. President tours California in April

by Mary Ann Curtis Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2012 at 9:07 AM
fspla@earthlink.net 323-732-6416 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90018

Stephen Durham, who is vying for the Peace and Freedom Party (PFP) nomination in the California June presidential primary, will campaign in the state from April 12 to May 2. He will speak at several public appearances in and around LA between April 20 and May 2.

Stephen Durham, who is vying for the Peace and Freedom Party (PFP) nomination in the California June presidential primary, will campaign in the state from April 12 to May 2. He will participate in candidate forums, union picket lines, May Day immigrant right marches and other public events in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and Santa Cruz. Durham, who is the New York City Organizer of the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP), is running a national "un-millionaire campaign" with Seattle Radical Women Organizer Christina López, a feminist immigrant rights advocate, as his vice-presidential partner.

Meet the candidate



Durham will kick off his tour at a Presidential Candidate Forum hosted by the Peace and Freedom Party on Saturday, April 14 in Santa Cruz. While in Northern California he will also attend an Oakland house party fundraiser on April 15 and a San Francisco reception on April 19 at the local campaign headquarters, 747 Polk Street. In Los Angeles, Durham will participate in two public forums, “American Third Parties Presidential Debate” on April 21, and “The Party of the 99%, Our Candidates and Issues” sponsored by the PFP on April 22. A house party fundraiser is scheduled in South Central Los Angeles on April 28 hosted by the Southern California Campaign Committee.



The Peace and Freedom Party will present three presidential contenders running on the June 5 primary ballot. California is unusual in that it has a socialist party with ballot status. In other states, Durham/López and the Freedom Socialist Party are running write-in campaigns to provide a socialist alternative to the twin parties of capitalism and to protest the nation’s restrictive ballot access laws.

Socialist feminists provide solutions to the U.S. economic crisis

“With barely half of all eligible voters participating in the 2008 presidential election, interest in third parties is at an all-time high,” notes Toni Mendicino, Coordinator of the Freedom Socialist 2012 Presidential Campaign in Northern California. Durham adds “Today, more people identify as independent than as either Republican or Democrat because neither party represents workers, youth and the millions of people without jobs and housing. Because of restrictive ballot access laws for minor parties, many U.S. voters are left without representation. I plan to talk to California voters about their concerns and bring our campaign’s anti-capitalist and feminist solutions to this electorate.” underscores Durham.

With the platform slogan, “Vote for the Greater Good, Instead of the Lesser Evil,” Durham and López call for full employment; multicultural education for all ages; ending the war on drugs; freedom from discrimination; freedom of speech and of association; and solidarity with workers worldwide.

Durham’s California and social movement history



Durham is returning to his California roots with this tour. He was radicalized as a student and campus worker at the University of California, Berkeley where he was active against the Vietnam War and a pioneer in the fight for gay rights. At UCB he also stood with students of color in the battle for Third World Studies. While in Los Angeles in the 1970s and ‘80s, he led united efforts with other Left groups to defend immigrant rights and won support for connecting the battle for LGBT rights to the fight against policy brutality. His work as a waiter led him to become a union militant.

Today, Durham challenges the status quo out of FSP’s storefront headquarters in Harlem. He ran for New York State Assembly in 1998. In the current campaign he and López have the endorsements of James Lafferty, Executive Director, Los Angeles National Lawyers Guild; Richard Brown, former Black Panther and victor in the San Francisco 8 case; and Tanya Smith, former president of UPTE-CWA 9119 Local 1, in Berkeley.

As a veteran member of the Freedom Socialist Party National Committee and fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese, he is a leader in helping build ties with unionists, feminists and queers in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Durham’s tour follows successful ballot victory vs. the California Secretary of State

In February, a controversy arose when California Secretary of State Debra Bowen released the names of presidential candidates to be listed for the June 5 primary and omitted two of four candidates submitted by PFP, including Durham. On February 28, with public pressure mounting and lawsuits in the works, Bowen added Durham to the primary ballot. Civil Liberties Attorney Robert Barnes, who was prepared to file suit against Bowen in federal district court on behalf of Durham, stated, "If the Secretary of State in the past could have decided which candidate they considered a viable candidate, abolitionist parties may have never found their voice, feminist voices never found their platform, civil rights advocates and war opponents never found their audience."





Durham’s tour is sponsored by the Freedom Socialist 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee. To schedule an interview or speaking appearance, or for the complete California tour schedule, contact http://www.votesocialism.com, or votesocialism@gmail.com, and in Southern California fspla@earthlink.net or 323-732-6416.
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

In LA, San Diego, Sacramento and 147 Other Cities, McD And Other Fast Food Workers Picket S05 1:08PM

Did LA pro-Israel group conceal right-wing identity from Hollywood celebs and media? S04 11:39AM

Stop Circus Animal Suffering – Protestors Urge Audiences to Shun the Wild Animal Circus S02 4:49PM

Anti-blackracism in the U.S. S01 12:10PM

New Zine on Activist Collective Living A29 9:19AM

LA Fields Two Marches Against Police Executions Photoset 2 of 2 A21 9:09PM

LA Fields Two Marches Against Police Executions Photoset 1of 2 A21 7:01PM

Running Down the Walls 2014 A20 8:48PM

Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery Extends Exclusive Engagement A19 3:37PM

Los Angeles Declares “Hands Up!” in Peaceful Protest of LAPD Murder of Ezell Ford A18 4:09AM

Ezell Ford and Ferguson Solidarity A17 6:35PM

Family and Supporters of #Justice4Fords Protest LAPD Execution of Ezell Ford in South L.A. A17 2:49PM

Southern California Swarms to Save the Bees in Solidarity with Honey Bee Day Around the Gl A17 5:30AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Hate-Mongering in America S20 1:50PM

Firestorm Over Steven Salaita's Sacking S20 10:08AM

Scotland's Referendum: Fair or Foul Play? S20 6:57AM

Humanitarian disaster unfolding today: IS encroaches on Kobane on five fronts S20 5:10AM

Israel's Hannibal Directive S19 2:44PM

Are Govt, University And Corporate Labs Spreading Ebola? S19 11:46AM

Flashback to 2001: President Assad to Prime Minister Blair:'Stop bombing Afghan civilians' S19 5:51AM

Ukrainian President Poroshenko in Washington S19 5:48AM

Creative Community for Peace S18 10:00PM

The Shortwave Report 09/19/14 Listen Globally! S18 4:59PM

UCLA Center for Near East Studies charged with racism S18 8:24AM

Anti-Assad Extremists and Obama Plan Coordinated Attacks on Syria S18 7:25AM

Ukraine's President in Ottawa and Washingto S18 4:31AM

Le système, ses agents, ses exécutants S18 1:24AM

The Failure of the Block the Boat tactic S17 8:38PM

Israel's Ruthless Agenda S17 11:46AM

National Football League Violence S17 11:29AM

Bomb Abroad Spank At Home S17 11:05AM

Naomi Klein Breaks a Taboo S17 10:57AM

OECD Takes Strong Stance on Corporate Tax Avoidance S17 7:06AM

Sergey Lavrov: World Class Peace Advocate S17 5:14AM

War Winds Near Gale Force S17 4:31AM

Stop Circus Animal Suffering – Protestors Urge Audiences to Shun the Wild Animal Circus S16 12:14PM

Kiev Grants Donbas Limited Special Status: Hold the Cheers S16 12:13PM

Nuclear Bomb Witness, Mobile Audit Club Daily Forewords, ISIS good Sissies like Reid Fag, S16 10:15AM

police training problem S16 8:19AM

How Neoliberalism Gained Hegemony S16 7:11AM

Dreaming War, Threatening Humanity S16 5:56AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy