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Freedom Socialist Party: Trump’s rise: a reaction long in the making

From the Freedom Socialist Party website, March 4th: 

The anger, xenophobia, and polarization so sharply on view on Super Tuesday didn’t come about overnight, or even since the Great Recession began or since 9/11 in 2001. It’s been a long time brewing, a product of some 50 years of unfolding bipartisan crisis. Continue reading

Freedom Socialist Party: Identity politics and free Nestora Salgado

From the Freedom Socialist Party website:

Identity politics: dead end for student activism

Miriam Padilla
December 2015

Miriam Padilla

After being denied the truth about our history in early schooling and fed lies about the causes of racism in the United States, people of color care deeply about learning their history in college. As a first-generation student and woman of color, I know how oppression on campus directly hits new students. Tuition is huge, financial aid scarce, classes not that relevant to what’s happening in our lives. Our campuses are predominantly white. Living proof that higher education under capitalism is as infected with inequality and bigotry as life off-campus. Continue reading

Freedom Socialist Party: In defense of rent control

Linda Averill
December 2015, Freedom Socialist Party website

From San Francisco to cosmopolitan New York City, urban tenants are beleaguered by soaring rents and the anxiety of how to keep a roof over their heads. Several generations pack into one apartment or house trying to cover living costs. Tent cities sprout across the country or the homeless seek shelter in overflowing facilities and freeway underpasses. And the working class — an increasingly poor working class — is being forced out of cities to locations with lower rents, far away from their low income jobs. Continue reading

Freedom Socialist Party: Can Bernie Sanders move the Democrats left?

From the Freedom Socialist Party website:

Unfortunately, the history of campaigns like his says no
Dennis Sanders
October 2015

Bernie Sanders packed the house at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on Aug. 10, 2015. Photo: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times

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Open FSP Meeting


(The following was originally published on the Freedom Socialist Party website.)

You’re invited to a meeting of the Freedom Socialist Party featuring discussions on two key topics: 

 First we’ll take a critical look at the recent combustion of sectarian rage in Iraq, tracing its relation to war and occupation and the role played by the  American government.  For background on this issue, you can read more at “Fundamentalist onslaught in Iraq: made in USA”
The meeting will also include an update on Israeli aggression in Gaza and a discussion of actions here to support Palestinians.  You can read the FSP statement: End the Israeli assault on Palestine! 

The meeting is free.  A tasty brunch (vegetarian-friendly) will be available at 1pm for a $10 donation.
Meeting starts at 1:30pm at Freedom Hall, 113 W. 128th St. (just west of Malcolm X Blvd.; closest subway is #2/3 to 125th St.).

If you’d like more information, call 212-222-0633.  Hope to see you on Saturday.

In solidarity,
Susan Williams
NYC FSP Organizer


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Freedom Socialist Party reports on its 2014 national convention

From Freedom Socialist Party – socialism.com:
A world to win, a planet to save
Susan Williams
August 2014

Norma Gallegos (foreground), San Francisco, finds something to smile about while listening intently. Photo: Doug Barnes / FS

From May 24 to 27, U.S. Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) members, friends, and international allies came together in Los Angeles to discuss the economic and environmental disasters threatening humanity — and what to do about them. Just days before, a ruptured pipe had spread 10,000 gallons of oil knee-deep over the streets of an LA neighborhood, underlining the urgency of these questions.

District Council 36 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) generously donated its headquarters for the convention. Banners calling for open borders, freedom for political prisoners, and queer rights joined the labor posters lining the walls. Participants cheered a gracious and thoughtful welcome by Council 36 President Alice Goff as they settled down to business.

Organizing globally. FSP believes that certain elements are indispensable to a successful fight for socialism: the organization, direction, and power that a revolutionary party can provide; the leadership of women and the oppressed; and international collaboration. Sessions from the first day to the last explored these points, beginning with a keynote talk on the global state of affairs and ending with the election of new party leadership.

A strong red cord of internationalism wound through the convention, which people from six countries attended, including comrades from the FSP section in Australia. Participants were especially thrilled to share the experience with Latin American partners with FSP in the year-old Committee for Revolutionary International Regroupment (CRIR).

A presentation chaired by FSP International Secretary Anne Guerry Hoddersen gave CRIR members a chance to discuss “One Hemisphere Undivided.” Panelists were Marcos Adames for Núcleo por un Partido Revolucionario Internacionalista, Dominican Republic; David Morera for Partido Revolucionario de las Trabajadoras y los Trabajadores, Costa Rica; Cuauhtémoc Ruiz for Partido Obrero Socialista, Mexico; and Stephen Durham for FSP.

One subject they addressed was CRIR’s involvement in the campaign to free Nestora Salgado, unjustly jailed in Mexico for leading a community self-defense force. (See story here.)

Striking a deep chord with FSPers, the CRIR members from Latin America paid tribute to party co-founder Clara Fraser for her pioneering theoretical work on the interrelationship of socialism and feminism. In order to build the revolutionary movement in Mexico and internationally, Ruiz said, “We need many more Clara Frasers and Nestora Salgados, women who will not only join emancipatory movements but who will also lead them.”

Of CRIR itself, Morero said, “CRIR is the embryo of an international party that we dream of, that we need.”

READ THE REST of the article  here.