Thursday, August 10, 2006

SPUSA National Organizing Conference a Success

Thanks to all who came out to the SP USa National Organizing COnference in Detroit, MI on the 5th and 6th.

Photos can be foudn here: http://sp-usa.org/conference/nocpics.html

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Socialist Summer 2006

SOCIALIST SUMMER 2006

The Socialist Party's National Committee voted unanimously to kick off our 2006 Socialist Summer Campaign on June 3, 2006 with the following activist campaigns:

Alliance for Fair Food/ Immigrant Workers Rights: The Socialist Party has endorsed the Alliance for Fair Food and will work to support immigrant worker struggles. Socialist Party youth and student members are encouraged to support the Student Farmworker Alliance and their anti-McDonalds actions on campus. We expect affiliates to focus on the Alliance for Fair Food campaign, but encourage work on other immigrant worker struggles

Anti-Recruitment: Socialist Party affiliates and members are encouraged to coordinate anti-recruitment and counter-recruitment actions this summer and fall. We ask affiliates to join existing coalitions or to set up new coalitions where none exist. The Party's Youth Commission will help organize this work.

New Orleans Solidarity: Socialist Party affiliates and individual members have been active in NOLA work, solidarity and education campaigns since Katrina. Members have volunteered at groups like the Common Ground Collective, and some are in New Orleans right now. We encourage members to help organize Common Ground Solidarity Networks, host a speaker from one of the NOLA organizations or help spread the word about the struggle in NOLA and especially the hard-hit Lower Ninth Ward.

Resources are available from the National Office and via the Party’s website, and all campaigns will be part of our August 2006 National Organizing Conference in Detroit.

Alliance for Fair Food/ Immigrant Workers Rights:
http://sp-usa.org/campaigns/immsolidarity.html

Anti-Recruitment: http://sp-usa.org/campaigns/antirecruit.html

New Orleans Solidarity: http://sp-usa.org/campaigns/NOLAsolidarity.html


We Need Your Help
The NC directed the National Action Committee to select 2 conveners for each of these campaigns, and we are now asking for members to volunteer do this.

Conveners will be expected to:
1)Help coordinate campaign work among affiliates
2)Convene monthly phone conferences and keep the National Office
up-to-date on campaign accomplishments and progress.
3)Conveners will also be responsible to helping organize campaign related
workshops at our National Organizing Conference this August (in Detroit).

If you are interested is taking on this responsibility, please contact me ASAP at natsec at sp-usa.org. The NAC will have to select these conveners soon.

We also ask each affiliate to select a point person on each of these campaigns, so we can pass on materials, updates and info. on actions and get regular updates to the convener and National Office.

A Summer Tradition
Socialist Summer has become a tradition in the Socialist Party. It’s a way to keep our affiliates in touch during the summer, build momentum toward our National Organizing Conference and keep youth and students in-touch and ready to organize going into the 2006/07 school year.

Please help us on these campaigns, and consider a contribution toward the work of the Party.

You can make a contribution at: http://sp-usa.org/contribute.html
You can renew your dues at: http://www.sp-usa.org/joinus/paydues.html
You can register for, make a contribution to, or take out an ad in the
journal of the National Organizing Conference at:
http://www.sp-usa.org/conference/

You can also send your contributions to: SP USA 339 Lafayette St. #303 NY, NY 10012

I look forward to working with all of you over the Summer of 2006.

In Unity,

Greg Pason
National Secretary, SP USA

Sunday, April 30, 2006

May Day 2006

On May 1st walkouts at schools and workplaces across the US will take place in solidarity with immigrant communities under attack by Congressional legislation. These walkouts invoke the powerful tradition of May Day - the socialist celebration of international working class solidarity. Once again US immigrants are taking a leadership role in the struggle for social and economic justice, just as they did at the birth of May Day in Chicago a hundred and twenty years ago. The Socialist Party USA joins in the celebration of May Day and condemns the Democratic and Republican Parties for militarizing our borders and failing to protect the rights of all workers. Callous and ineffectual immigration policies are exacerbating racism in the US and creating an underclass of super-exploited workers, all in the service of corporate profits. The Socialist Party furthermore rejects assimilationist policies and attitudes which marginalize and criminalize the diverse heritages of immigrants and people of color.

Experience teaches us that only militant industry-wide labor action can challenge corporate power and win better wages, hours and working conditions. Nevertheless, the global inequalities that compel migrants to seek risky, back-breaking, low wage labor in the US cannot be resolved within the constraints of modern capitalism. In the tradition of May Day we call for the abolition of capitalist systems of ownership and trade, and the creation of a truly democratic society where production fulfills human need, not profit. In a world riddled with war and underdevelopment, we also add racism, militarism and imperialism to the list of global cancers which must be uprooted as prerequisites to peace and justice.

Join the Socialist Party at May Day actions across the country.
América: Ningún ser Humano es Ilegal * America: No Human being is Illegal

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Amherts, Mass.
Monday May 1- Great American Boycott
Meet at UMass Amherst Student Union at 11am
March to Amherst Common for 12-2pm rally
In Solidarity with the National Campaign for Immigrant Rights
Contact 413-687-0399 or may1stcoalition@gmail.com
-Co-sponsors: Western Mass May 1st Coalition, Latinos Unidos, GROW, CRISP, C.A.H., La Causa & Chicano/Chicana Studies Amherst College, TakeBack UMass, UM-A ALANA Caucus, and the Tom Mooney Socialist Party Local.

Ann Arbor, MI
Monday May 1- Join members of the Socialist Party of Michigan at thw May Day parade in
support of immigrant workes at the Diag in Ann Arbor at 12:00PM. The Diag is located at the corner of East
University Ave. and South Univesity Ave. For info. contact Matt at slnaphtali@yahoo.com

Bergen County, NJ
Monday May 1- Join member of the Northern New Jersey local at the following events:
12 Noon: Picket the office of Rep. Scott Garrett in Paramus NJ.
1 - 2 pm: Flier in support of immigrant workers and against xenophobic Bogota NJ Mayor Steve Lonegan and his "Minutemen" supporters. Bogota, NJ.
4 pm: Join activists from Food Not Bombs at Anderson St. Park, Hackensack to distribute free vegetarian food and support the buy nothing day pledge.
For info on any of these actions e-mail Greg at gpason@sp-usa.org or 201-803-7574

Boston , Mass.
Monday May 1- May Day Rally in Defense of Immigrant Rights
4 pm: Rally on Boston Common,
Planning meeting: Wednesday, April 26th, 6:00 PM
33 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA Encuentro Cinco- 5th Floor
Posters are also available at: http://bostonmayday.org

Brattleboro, Vermont
Monday, May 1- Join the Tom Mooney (Western Mass) and Brattleboro (VT) Local at the 23rd annual
May Day/International Labor Day Celebration on the Brattleboro Common.
3:15 - 5:30pm. May Pole, Haymarket Commemoration, balloon creations by clown Robin Zegge. Free hot dogs and drinks. Booths by labor unions and community groups. Soap box. For more information, Haymarket Bicentennial Committee at 387-4060.
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6 - 8pm, Labor Forum and Free Community dinner at Brattleboro Union High School featuring local union representatives moderated by Tim Johnson of WTSA. Keynote speech by Congressman Bernie Sanders. For more information, Windham, Windsor and Bennington Central Labor Council at 257-4462.

McAllen, Texas
Monday May 1- Join the Rio Grande Valley Locla at the May Day/ Latinos Day of Action Rally.
6:30 pm at Archer Park in McAllen, TX Speaker to include Socialist Party USA Co-Chair Raul Cano. flier

New Haven, Conn.
Monday May 1- Join members of the Central/Eastern Conn. Local and the Art & Culture Commission at the 20th Annual New Haven May Day Festival. http://www.maydaynewhaven.org/

New York, NY
Monday May 1- Join members of the NYC Local at Union Sq. (14th St near B'way, N/R/W, 4/5/6 or L to 14th St-Union Sq). @ 4pm Info. akitazine@yahoo.com

Monday May 1- Join members of the NYC Local at a March to the United Nations condemning torture and demanding Justice for Those Imprisoned at Guantánamo
schedule
10:00 am Interfaith Prayer Service, 777 UN Plaza
11:30 am Press Conference, 777 UN Plaza
12 Noon March to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations
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FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE: Please contact Matt Daloisio, 201-264-4424, Daloisio at earthlink.net or Frida Berrigan, 347-683-4928, Frida.Berrigan at gmail.com

Sunday, April 09, 2006

4/10/06: Actions to support immigrant workers

On April 10,2006 thousands of immigrant rights activists and immigrant workers will take to the streets in rallies across the U.S. Please join us.

Check out the SP USA April 10th website at: http://sp-usa.org/campaigns/a102006.html

Standing with our Companer@s Statement by Raul Cano, SP USA Co-Chair:
http://sp-usa.org/statements/companeras0410.html

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

3rd Anniversary of the Ivasion of Iraq- Troops Out Now!

The Socialist Party opposed the invasion of Iraq from the start and continues to do so. We call for removing all U.S. troops now, since the United States did not have a legitamate reason to invade Iraq in the first place.

On the weekend of March 18th, we call on all locals and all members to join one of the many anti-war actions happening across the U.S. We also call on locals to organize legislative actions outside of the offices of thei local congress peopel demaing TROOP OUT NOW.

Local actions can be found on the website of United for Peace & Justice (www.unitedforpeace.org)

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Socialist Party Locals will take part in events across the US on Martin Luther King Weekend.

Some Materials to use:

Anti-Poverty Booklet (AFSC) :
http://www.afsc.org/economic-justice/sos/documents/LWResources.pdf

SP USA MLK Jr. Flier
http://sp-usa.org/literature/mlking-flyer.pdf

UfP&J Leaflet
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/downloads/King_leaflet_2006.pdf

UfP&J Posters
http://unitedforpeace.org/downloads/King_Posters_2006.doc

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Celebrate International Human Rights Day with the Socialist Party USA

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY W/ THE SOCIALIST PARTY USA

December 10, 2005 will be the 57th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Socialist Party affiliates across the United States will host, sponsor and/or take part in actions supporting the Declaration's call for:
".. the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control." and also that "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" and "...the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests."

On December 10th we will be in the streets and at union halls and community centers supporting workers rights, immigrant rights and the right to have our basic needs met.

Please join us at these and other events:

Greenfield, MA: Join the Tom Mooney Local of the Socialist Party at the Greenfield International Human Rights Day Rally and Speak Out.
11 AM Greenfield Town Common Info: susandor@crocker.com

Jacksonville, FL: Join the Jacksonville Local at a rally sponsored by the North Florida Central Labor Council AFL-CIO.
Meet at CWA Union Hall at 10:30 AM for a rally then take the bus to the AFL-CIO march/rally in Orlando. SP contact: atleeyarrow@hotmail.com

Morristown, NJ: : Join the SPNJ at the Walk for Human Rights and Dignity for Immigrants.
10 am- start from Morristown Train Station. contact: info@njsocialistparty.org or 201-803-7574

Staten Island, NY: Join SP NYC members at a rally to stop this immoral and illegal war and the government's use of torture.
12 Noon at Congressman Vito Fossella's office, 4434 Amboy Rd., Staten Island NY contact: tmgood@socialistpartyusa.net

Also check out :
Complete list of AFL-CIO sponsored actions at: http://www.aflcio.org/joinaunion/voiceatwork/calendar.cfm?state=all

Walk for Immigrant Rights Contacts
El Paso, TX: Fernando Garcia 915.577.0724
Houston, TX: Augustina Juarez 713.935.0608
San Diego, CA: Christian Ramirez 619.213.4114
San Jose, CA: Jose Sandoval 408.203.1696

Please also consider a contribution to support the Party's work for social justice and economic democracy by sending a contribution to the Party at 339 Lafayette St. #303 NY, NY 10012 or contributing via PayPal at http://sp-usa.org/contribute.html