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Video of the Libertarian Party of Florida’s presidential debate

From IPR, April 10th, 2016:

Below is a video of yesterday’s Libertarian Party of Florida’s presidential debate featuring candidates Gary Johnson, Marc Allan Feldman, Darryl W. Perry and Austin Petersen. The video was taken from Petersen’s campaign Facebook page and re-uploaded to YouTube. It lasts for an hour and 16 minutes.

One testy moment of the debate came at the 40 minute mark in the video, when Darryl W. Perry said,  ” I would be doing a lot better than at least one candidate on this stage, who still owes about $1.4 million from his 2012 campaign.” Johnson immediately interrupted, saying it’s “it’s not true, it’s not true.” Perry countered, saying “that’s what the FEC filings say, Governor.”

Johnson replied that the FEC would not allow him to take “it” [campaign debt] off the books. Johnson added that every penny donated to his campaign goes to the 2016 campaign. As he was talking, the moderator yelled “order!” saying this was not the time for a campaign response. Johnson angrily responded: “when there is an outright lie or an outright misrepresentation,” before being cut off by the moderator, who told the former New Mexico governor  that “you are out of order.”

The moderator then proceeded to say that “money would still be owed to the 2012 campaign,” continuing the point Perry was making. A beet-faced Johnson retorted: “what…you as the moderator are saying what?” to which some of the audience responded with faint laughter. Johnson continued, saying “you are out of order” to the moderator.” After that, there was some more laughter followed by applause from the debate viewership,

Socialist Workers Party Says It is ‘Working-Class Alternative to Brutality of Capitalism’; Will Begin Petitioning in New Jersey Later This Month

Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy speaks at NY forum March 25. From left, Norton Sandler, chair, and Osborne Hart, SWP candidate for vice president.

Socialist Workers Party presidential candidate Alyson Kennedy speaks at NY forum March 25. From left, Norton Sandler, chair, and Osborne Hart, SWP candidate for vice president.

From Arlene Rubinstein at The Militant (via Jeremy Siple at IPR)

“The Socialist Workers Party is running against capitalism and its brutal consequences for working people the world over. The Socialist Workers Party campaign is presenting a working-class alternative to everything that capitalism and its candidates, from Trump to Cruz to Kasich to Sanders to Clinton, stand for,” said Alyson Kennedy, the party’s candidate for U.S. president in the 2016 elections at a public forum here March 25. At the center of the party’s campaign is joining struggles that advance the interests of the working class, including organizing unions, opposing police brutality and fighting government frame-ups, she said.

“Workers we meet ask, ‘What can we do?’ Join these fights, and join the SWP. Workers are always going to fight, but to take power we need a revolutionary party forged in struggle well ahead of time. The SWP has a history and continuity going back many decades,” said Kennedy.

The event, and a similar meeting the next evening in Philadelphia, kicked off the Socialist Workers Party 2016 campaign in the region. Both programs featured Kennedy and Osborne Hart, SWP candidate for vice president, along with state candidates.

Norton Sandler, SWP chairperson in New York, urged those present to help the efforts over the next two months to put the party’s ticket on the ballot in Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Tennessee and Washington state. The New Jersey petitioning drive will begin April 16. “These efforts are an important part of protecting the ability of working-class parties to participate in politics,” Sandler said.

Kennedy said she had planned to join a picket line at JFK airport for a one-day strike for $15 and a union March 23. But the action was called off by Service Employees International Union officials after the brutal terrorist bombings in Brussels. “The SWP is against calling off the class struggle in the name of fighting terrorism,” she said. “We need these actions. They help defend our political space.

“We start with the world, with the interests of working people worldwide. The bourgeois candidates start with ‘America,’” she added. “They don’t care about the lives of workers, whether it’s here or in Syria, where the U.S. government is collaborating with the governments of Russia and Iran to assure Washington’s continued domination and plunder in a part of the world the imperialist powers have carved up over and over again,” said Kennedy.

‘U.S. out of the Mideast!’

Although there has been some easing of bombings in recent weeks, the brutality of the war in Syria continues. “The Socialist Workers Party demands Washington get out of the Middle East now. It’s one more obstacle in the fight against the Bashar al-Assad regime, the greatest enemy of Syrian toilers today, and to the ability of working people in the region to put together the revolutionary working-class leadership they need,” said Kennedy.
She described the impact of the world capitalist crisis of trade and production on the lives of workers and farmers, including growing layoffs from the oil fields to railroads. “The capitalist class cannot make a high enough rate of profit from industrial production, so they invest in stocks, bonds, hedge funds. You can see these bubbles of speculation spiraling again, like in 2008,” said Kennedy.

The Socialist Workers Party candidates point to the need to fight for a federally funded jobs program to put millions back to work.

“Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders talk about unemployment, and some capitalist candidates even mention the working class,” she said. “But they will never point to working people fighting in our own interests as the answer. The SWP is explaining that our class can organize a revolutionary movement and make a socialist revolution, a road forward.”

SWP vice-presidential candidate Osborne Hart spoke about why opposing the scapegoating of immigrants, including attacks on Muslims and their mosques, is a life-and-death question for the working class. “These are fellow workers, part of the fight for jobs, for unions, for dignity,” he said. “Unless we approach every worker that way, we can’t build a movement to overturn capitalism.”

“Workers need to build a labor party, based on the unions, that organizes independently of all the capitalist parties,” Hart said. “We need to act as a class, I don’t care what country you’re from, what language you speak, what religion you practice.”

“As the crisis of the capitalist system deepens, there is more pressure on women. The right to control their own bodies is fundamental to women’s equality,” said Hart, who took part in a March 2 rally in Washington, D.C., to defend women’s right to choose abortion.

‘Return Guantánamo, end embargo’

Jacob Perasso, SWP candidate for U.S. Senate, joined Kennedy and Hart on the platform in New York. Perasso is a freight rail conductor for the CSX railroad and a member of United Transportation Union Local 1447, on leave from his job for the campaign.
“The SWP calls on working people to demand that the U.S. government return Guantánamo to Cuba,” said Perasso, “and end the embargo, which is still enforced against the Cuban people. U.S. imperialism has changed its tactics, not its objective to overthrow the Cuban Revolution.

“The main thing Barack Obama tried to do in Cuba was ramp up pressure on the Cuban government and push capitalist dog-eat-dog values,” he continued. “The Cuban Revolution has proletarian values, exemplified by the Cuban Five. In Cuba, as Ramón Labañino explains in the new book The Cuban Five Talk About Their Lives Within the US Working Class, it’s normal for people to help one another, to cooperate. The SWP points to the need to emulate that revolution as a precondition to building a society based on those values here. SWP campaign supporters will get this book out broadly, to explain what we stand for.” (See book specials on page 3.)

‘You explain what we can do’

John Staggs, SWP candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, chaired the March 26 program in Philadelphia, which also celebrated the opening of an attractive new campaign headquarters.
“Pennsylvania has the distinction of being one of the top states for deaths due to drug overdoses,” said Staggs. “The SWP campaign is speaking out about the abysmal failure of the capitalist system to provide health care and jobs for millions.”

“The other candidates are not for the working class,” Cecelie Brown, a Walmart worker who attended the meeting, told Kennedy. “You’re explaining what we can do. I like that.” Brown met Hart at a protest for $15 and a union last year on April 15. SWP candidates will be joining similar protests being organized in many cities April 14.

Carmen Guerrero, who is active in opposing attacks on immigrant workers in Philadelphia, brought greetings. Delphine Matthews, whose son, Frank McQueen, was killed by police in June 2014, stopped by after a day of leafleting for People Against Injustice, an anti-police brutality group.

Jim Moran, chair of the Joseph Dougherty Legal Defense Fund, also spoke. Dougherty, 74, who was business manager of Ironworkers Local 401, was sentenced last year to 19 years in prison on frame-up charges of racketeering, conspiracy, arson and extortion.

“A 10-person SWAT team appeared on his lawn in full battle array. Joe told me all that they had to do is pick up the phone. The case against him doesn’t pass the smell test and workers shouldn’t put up with it,” Moran told the meeting.

Participants in the two meetings contributed $6,841 to the campaign.

William Saturn: Bob Whitaker Resigns from American Freedom Party Presidential Ticket

The following was published by William Saturn at IPR on April 7th, 2016:

Longtime political operative Bob Whitaker has resigned from the 2016 presidential ticket of theAmerican Freedom Party (AFP) over the party’s softening language and explicit support for GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

“You’re fighting the good fight,” Whitaker wrote in a letter informing AFP chairman William Johnson of his decision, “I just don’t think you’re very good at it.”

Whitaker is known for coining the phrase “White Genocide” to describe the declining percentage of Whites in the United States.  In March, in an effort to be “more diplomatic” with the media, the AFP Board decided to replace the term “White Genocide” with “physical, administrative removal of Americans of European extraction.”  In addition, it asked members to use the terms “white advocates” or “advocates of European heritage” in lieu of “White Nationalists.”

“I’ve never had this happen,” says Whitaker, “I’ve been in campaigns for fifty years, and I’ve never seen anything as screwed up as this.”

Whitaker originally had been the party’s vice presidential nominee but moved atop the ticket in July after the resignation of blog editor Kenn Gividen, the original presidential nominee.

For some time Whitaker has expressed disappointment with the party’s backing of Trump to the detriment of his own campaign.  Party funds have been used for robo-calls supporting Trump.  During an interview with American Third Party Report back in December, he revealed, “I don’t think the [A]FP really supports me one way or the other.”

The AFP has ballot access in Mississippi. Safety Specialist Tom Bowie of Maryland is currently the Vice Presidential nominee.

From WhitakerOnline.com, April 4th, 2016:

As Bob stated to Johnson, “this is not a sudden decision”.

During the March 26th AFP Board meeting, Bob told Johnson and the AFP Board that their proposed Trump cabinet idea was “childish and amateurish”, “total kindergarten”.

The past few months Johnson and the AFP seem more focused on promoting and spending money on peasant Trump’s campaign instead of Bob’s.

“I’ve never had this happen. I’ve been in campaigns for fifty years, and I’ve never seen anything as screwed up as this.”

Below is our side of the audio from the March 26th Board Meeting where we are discussing their proposed Trump cabinet:
March 26 Board Meeting

Johnson’s email less than 24hrs after the board meeting:
“To: Bob Whitaker,

I stand ready to follow your council. No more ineffective approaches. Here is the release that Tom Sunic will send out.”

“No more ineffective approaches” but here’s the Trump Cabinet you said was “total kindergarten” that Tom Sunic will send out since you wont, Bob.

The AFP’s approach seems to be focused on getting media attention, any media attention, instead of getting a consistent message out there and doing what WORKS.

Bob is a professional at knife edge politics, but rather then listening to the professional, the AFP board abandon Bob and his expertise for the likes of Jared Taylor, Tom Sunic and Kevin MacDonald, each of them advising the AFP to drop the most effective meme for our cause to date, “White Genocide”.

“It is important to make waves and let them know we are here. BTW. Let’s be a wee more diplomatic with the ms media. Instead of using the right word “ white genocide” let’s use “ physical, administrative removal of Americans of European extraction” ; instead of “white nationalists” – lets use “white advocates” or, or “advocates of European heritage.” etc. I know it does not sound right for us, but that’s the name of the game in pc DC and Brussels. I am sure JD Team would appreciate it. Send the pr to him. Let’s stick together now and forget our minor divergences.” – Tom Sunic

“I agree that “genocide” is too strong. It sounds like people attacking us with machetes and pitchforks. I think simple “dispossession” is better. Also white nationalism sounds pretty stern. I think white advocacy sounds less scary but says what we want to say.” – Jared Taylor

“I agree. If you say genocide, people roll their eyes. It’s not a good label to use in a sound bite.” – Kevin MacDonald

Bob’s note to Johnson:

Your note to Laura said that while the Party hasn’t a dime for my campaign now, those radio ads will be something!

The radio ads, of course, are months off.

You will not give me any information about how these wildly successful ads for Trump are actually doing.

We peasants get no info on how your other fund raising is going.

You know, even when recommending my first book, the National Review crowd always assumed anybody with a Southern accent was an idiot.

I do not want my ads, if they finally come up, to be written by you or one of your heroes.

So it would be better, while we’re still friends, for me to withdraw from our theoretical place on the AFP ticket.

You have no idea what BUGS is about, but our one big goal was to get “White Genocide” and some other terms to go viral.

Once people hear white genocide there’s no going back to a comfortable use of “diversity.”

We have succeeded in our main aims. I thought I might help Trump somehow by using the free speech cowardice of Republicans, but it’s not my problem now.

So best of luck.

You’re fighting the good fight. I just don’t think you’re very good at it.

All the best.

Bob, Tom and Laura.

Second note to Johnson:
I appreciate your dedication, Mr. Johnson, but I spent years dealing with the snobs at National Review and I am just too damned OLD to take it any more.

When Huffington asked Taylor about the Whitaker for President campaign, he said, “I was not awayyah that there WAS a Whitaker for President.”  Your folks are STILL fighting against white genocide.

I hear from the Board every cliché about BUGS, “It’s tiny”– it was US, not YOU, that Trump retweeted. We have had a HUGE impact.  But I hear the sniping, loud and clear.

So this is not a sudden decision.

I went through it several times, especially when Rusher and I forced the Reagan crowd to go for the “Wallace Democrats” vote, which suddenly became the “Reagan Democrats” that all the snobs were always all for.

Buckley for me was “Country and Western Marxist.”

You are a good man, but I simply cannot take this knife in the back and snob attitudes the way I once could.

I’m Too Old to Grovel

I am writing on my seventy fifth birthday, so the reason for my deciding to refuse the American Freedom Party nomination is timely.

One of biggest sacrifices I had to make throughout my life for the sake of power was my dignity. I was always the guy the National Review and Republicans crowd laughed at because I was right at home dealing with what they considered dirty old working people.

Intelligence Ivy Leaguers had the same attitude to my being able to go out in the bush and rally those minorities they loved so much publically.

I did a lot and took that scorn as the price of what I was doing.

If there was a budget, as there often wasn’t, their phone calls took precedence over saving lives, just as trips for AFP Board members’ trips somewhere are great, but my paying a pittance to my staff represents a giant sacrifice on their part.

But I have decided I am just too damned OLD to take this crap anymore.

We went viral with white genocide, then the Party decided that Donald Trump’s campaign might need some more toilet paper, so Mistah Taylor took over the robocalls.

The Huffington Post asked Lord Taylor, “What about the Whitaker for President campaign.”

He replied “I was not awayyah (that’s “aware” to us peasants) that there WAS a Whitaker for President campaign.”

They wanted me to stay on the ticket. They said they wanted me because of my expertise.

Bless their hearts, they wouldn’t know political professionalism if it turned purple and danced in the streets before them.

I understand that the real Lunchioneers on the Board, the ones who can raise money for their groups, want to ditch “white genocide.” They do not raise money using something effective in real power politics.

The real reason they feel they need me is because one candidate has already quit on them this year, and me an Tom going might hurt them.

But, as you can see from Lord Taylor’s familiarity with the AFP’s campaign for me, they really have nothing to lose.

Libertarian Party of California Elects New Regional Representative

From Jill Pyeatt at IPR, April 4th, 2016:

Jeff Hewitt

Mr. Jeff Hewitt was elected as the new Regional Representative for Region 4, which includes California, New Mexico and Nevada, to the Libertarian National Committee. Mr. Hewitt now serves as mayor of Calimesa, CA, and is running for the State Assembly. He has also recently regrouped the Libertarian Party of Riverside.

Jeff Hewitt’s wife, Wendy, will serve as an Alternate At-Large Representative for the Libertarian Party of California. Continue reading

Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Darryl W. Perry Selects Muslim Running Mate

Darryl Perry

CONTACT: Darryl W. Perry
Phone: 202-709-4377                                    NEWS RELEASE
Email: Darryl@DarrylWPerry.com           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Libertarian Presidential candidate Darryl W. Perry selects Muslim running mate Continue reading

Press Release (IPR Exclusive): Jake Leonard Announces Candidacy For 95th Legislative District Seat In Illinois

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Jake Leonard

The following press release was emailed to the IPR Google group email list:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – INDEPENDENT POLITICAL REPORT EXCLUSIVE
March 25, 2016

CONTACT: John Broux, Public Relations

JAKE LEONARD ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR 95TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT SEAT

SPRINGFIELD, IL, March 25, 2016 – During a radio appearance earlier today on News/Talk 970 WMAY in Springfield, Jake Leonard, 29, officially declared his candidacy for state representative in Illinois’ 95th Representative District, which covers all of Montgomery County and portions of Christian, Macoupin and Madison counties. Continue reading