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The North Star Interviews Mimi Soltysik

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(The following was originally published in The North Star.)

Why run for president now?
Mimi: As a revolutionary organization in the United States, it’s not as if the media is regularly banging down our door for interview requests. That changes a bit during the general election. And, for obvious reasons, there’s an added interest in the socialist/radical perspective this time around. So, why not use that interest and the media coverage we might receive to offer a bottom-up, community-focused, revolutionary perspective? Why not use that interest and coverage to support an effort that seeks to facilitate community/local involvement in movement-oriented work throughout the country? We understand and acknowledge that it might look and sound a bit different from what folks expect, and we think that’s okay.

Has your campaign done any outreach with Bernie supporters? What’s that like?
 Mimi: In the sense that there are Bernie supporters who are our neighbors, co-workers, fellow students, yes. Frequently. And in those environments, the outreach has been pretty positive and there is reason to think that outreach will lead to relationships that extend beyond November. It’s a bit different than working to intervene within the Sanders campaign, to steer it in a particular direction. To us, this is about the dialog and the relationships that might develop throughout and beyond the election.

IVN: Interview, Bernie Sanders Isn’t The Only ‘Socialist’ Running For President

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(The following was originally published in IVN.)

What follows is my interview with Socialist Party USA presidential candidate, Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik. Soltysik previously ran in California’s 62nd Assembly district in 2014.

AJ: What is the motivation for running for an office, especially on a presidential ticket?

Mimi: I think we can acknowledge that a general election offers some pretty unique media opportunities for a radical socialist organization like the Socialist Party USA. Given the inclusion of Sanders and his use of “democratic socialism” throughout his campaign, it makes sense to use those opportunities to introduce different voices into the dialogue. In our case, we can use those opportunities to shift the focus from D.C. politics to the local level. The kinds of changes the people and the planet need will not happen in D.C. and a POTUS candidate certainly isn’t going to deliver those kinds of changes. This revolution will be led by the people, [at] the community level. So, using this platform, we can connect folks who are interested in the ideas to one another. When folks reach out to the Campaign, we can help to plug them into movement work in their communities.

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Buddyhead: Soltysik/Walker 2016: An underground socialist campaign meant to stir shit up

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(The following was originally published in Buddyhead.)

The 2016 Presidential campaign has been a highlight of traditional and social media and has brought forth a lot of debate about the current political system. But as most of us reading this probably already know, it’s the same old bullshit story over and over again. Calls for actively supporting the oppressive apartheid state of Israel while at the same calling for peace by denouncing the Iraq War is a hypocritical lie that both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders spout.

I feel like most of us would like to be part of a society where we know our work is directly helping the well-being of our communities versus just doing some shit job and wasting countless resources so someone can wildly profit off of our labor.

If the system is staying the same it doesn’t matter who the president is, the crucial things that need to change won’t. We already know where capitalism gets us. The working class feels the consequences. So changing the system would be the only thing with a strong enough effect to counter the damages caused by our socially divided, profit-based society.

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Washington Times: The Socialist Party USA and the Party for Socialism and Liberation have a say on Bernie Sanders

(The following was originally published in the Washington Times. )

As a presidential hopeful, Sen. Bernard Sanders unapologetically describes himself as a “democratic socialist,” prompting much discussion among press and public about the candidate’s political pedigree. But wait. Mr. Sanders has also attracted the attention of some other socialists, like the New York-based Socialist Party USA, where the motto is, “Let’s build a future worthy of our dreams.” They too have a presidential candidate in mind for 2016. That would be Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, who has a thought or two about Mr. Sanders.

“What I see is a candidate who’s running on the Democratic Party ticket. To me, Sanders sounds more like a progressive Democrat/social Democrat. I don’t see him putting forth a socialist proposal. I’m not seeing him talk about workers owning the means of production. I don’t see imperialism as a part of any socialist platform, period. So I think that there are some very fundamental differences,” Mr. Soltysik recently told The Socialist, the party’s official publication.

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Red Party endorses Mimi Soltysik for President

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Angela  Walker and Mimi Soltysik

From the Red Party website, January 17, 2016:

America’s uniquely long election season is now swinging into gear – with the Iowa caucuses only a month away, the contest to determine who will be the next CEO of world imperialism will be officially underway. And despite the vapid, narrow, thoroughly cash-fueled nature of the process, despite hostility communists have to the office of the monarchical presidency, the general election presents an opportunity for the left. As we wrote last year1: Continue reading

Dean Capone: Answering Political Problems With Force

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(Dean Capone is a candidate seeking the Socialist Party USA’s presidential nomination for 2016. The following was originally published on his campaign website.)

Socialism, by definition, is an internationalist world view. The cause of erasing class and economic inequalities and social injustice – while empowering freedom for all peoples – is a global prospect, not confined to borders of nations.

It’s the view of this campaign that the United States – especially a democratic socialist United States has a both an opportunity and responsibility to export hope that a future world will turn back the mistakes of the past.

Yes, the first step is in the re-calibration of its own economic and social policies – aims this campaign and the Socialist Party USA take seriously.

That said, in addition to the economic and social realities of establishing a new domestic and global future, there is also the plain fact that the United States, as the world’s pre-eminent power, also has the responsibility to confront and correct its own – and the capitalist world’s – failed past.

It’s almost impossible to ignore that the geopolitical issues in the Mideast have continued to dominate world affairs, not only since 9/11, and not only since the breakup of Empires that began with the close of World War I, but for centuries.

The particular rise in extremism in the past 40 years – as ‘hard line’ orthodoxy has taken root in not only some portions of Islamic society, but among all groups (including American conservatives), has uprooted the cradle of human civilization itself.

This campaign believes that the use of force to eradicate brutally reactionary groups is sometimes required in a capitalist or transitory society, so long as the end game is not mere oil mongering or profiteering – but the creation of a new paradigm from the ashes of failure.

In contrast to others on the American ‘left’, or even with our own party, this campaign believes that the eradication of the Islamic State and its self-proclaimed ‘caliphate’ is justifiable. In, given its current standing in global affairs, the United States has a responsibility to take this action. Complicit also in the rise of extremism as a political gambit, the respective nations of the region must also recognize their own responsibilities and take united action to confront such threats.

However, it’s also the view of this campaign that an exclusively military response to this or future extremist uprisings will also fail, continuing a vicious cycle of nearly permanent war.

Rather than continuing the perpetuation of grave errors made a century ago – as western empires already on the wane wrangled competitively for mandates  – the United States, the UN, and all nations of the region must now begin to address the core geopolitical issues that fuel these crises.

If Socialism honors and defends the right of self-determination of individual ethnic, religious and cultural ‘nations’ in the context of a globalist worldview, then this campaign must therefore stand for the devolution of ‘nations’ that exist only as a result of century-old backroom dealings.

The responsibility of eradicating a present extremist threat is serious and valid. And, so is self-determination for the national and ethnic groups held together under the yoke of false boundaries.

This campaign supports self-determination, peace, social justice and true democracy. These objectives are possible, so long as they are applied – once the dust has settled on today’s crisis – toward all in the region. Not under a failed status quo of a world long-since vanished.

If this means Iraq partitioned into new nations of Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites, so be it. If this means Jews and Palestinians sharing a single, secular state that respects the right of each other to exist and prosper, so be it. If this means (by extension), a free Tibet and a Uighur nation, so be it.

The old ways are tired and do not work. They lead only to incessant war and threat. A world outlook based on universal justice must replace lines on a map drawn a century ago.