Sunday, November 6, 2016

Third Party Presidential Candidates running in the upcoming Election: Presidential Candidate: Edmidio Soltysik

6 November 2016

By Shari Boiskin
Eastside Online (NJ)

Sick of exploitation based on your sex, gender, race, ethnicity, social class or sexual orientation? Frustrated by the restraints and injustices created by capitalism? Interested in forming a new social and economic order based on community involvement in production, distribution and governance? Want the voting age to be lowered to fifteen? You’re in luck – there’s a party that caters to your needs: the Socialist Party USA. Even better, they have a candidate running for president: Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik.
Soltysik, born in Reading, PA, was educated at Troy University in Alabama and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Before accepting the presidential nomination from the Socialist National Committee, he worked as an activist for and co-chair of the Socialist Party. 

The Socialist Party USA has a Democratic Socialist Agenda under which it “strives to establish a radical democracy that places people’s lives under their own control — a non-racist, classless, feminist socialist society where working people own and control the means of production and distribution through democratically-controlled public agencies, cooperatives, or other collective groups.”
Because Soltysik is a Democratic Socialist, he does not believe in vanguardism – the belief that the most politically savvy and class-conscious members of the proletariat should rise up to create organizations to help guide the masses toward revolutionary politics and serve as manifestations of proletarian power against enemies. He also doesn’t believe in democratic centralism – a Leninist philosophy in which the policy of the political party is centrally decided upon and thus binding for all members. 

In essence, what Soltysik believes is that a radical democratic change is needed to create a more egalitarian and fair society. He has a few ideas of how that could be accomplished....

Thursday, November 3, 2016 Interview with SP Presidential Candidate Mimi Soltysik

 03 November 2016

By Mark Hill

"Bernie Sanders' campaign briefly got America -- mostly its 18-year-olds who could vote for the first time and its 65-year-olds who hated them for it -- talking about socialism. But for all the discussion of his "radical" policies, Sanders still wants to reform capitalism -- the Socialist Party wants to overthrow it. Their goal is a complete restructuring of society, or in their words, "a new social and economic order in which workers and consumers control production and community residents control their neighborhoods, homes, and schools."

Socialism, like prohibition, was once a powerful force in American politics (over 1,000 socialists were elected to various offices in Eugene Debs' day), but has since waned to a fringe. Socialist Party USA was founded in 1973, and got 4,430 votes in 2012. They compete with many, many other socialist and communist parties for attention, because if there's one thing socialists truly love, it's holding lifelong grudges over the interpretation of something Trotsky once scribbled down on a cocktail napkin.

The Socialist Party calls for a move to an economy based on need rather than profit, a vast reduction in American military power, free education, government healthcare, major environmental reforms, improved animal rights, a 30-hour work week, and other transformative policies. Their candidate is 41-year-old Mimi Soltysik, who holds a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's in public administration, has extensive experience as a community organizer working with programs like clothing drives for human trafficking victims, and spent over a decade playing in a band, the last of which is most obvious if you look at him."

Why, briefly, should our readers consider voting for you?
"We're actually telling folks that, as opposed to looking to candidates to provide the solutions to the problems, they should look to one another. Socialism isn't something that can or should be implemented from the White House. It's a movement led by the workers, by the community, by the people."

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Our Back Pages: When a presidential candidate spent election night in Milwaukee

2 November 2016

By Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"On election night 1976, the presidential candidate for a political party with historic roots waited out the returns in Milwaukee by playing a game of chess.

That night, Nov. 2, 1976, Frank P. Zeidler, Milwaukee's former mayor and the candidate for president on the Socialist Party USA ticket, didn't really expect to be in the winner's circle as he met with supporters at Turner Hall....

Zeidler's candidacy was the first under the Socialist Party banner in 20 years. Since then, Socialist Party USA has run a candidate in every presidential election cycle except 1984's, when the party endorsed the Citizens' Party candidate. (Mimi Soltysik and Angela Nicole Walker are on the party's 2016 ticket.)...."

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

It’s Liberation…A Conversation with 2016 SPUSA VP Candidate Angela Nicole Walker

29 October 2016

By Autumn Minery and Bryer Sousa
The Socialist

Bryer: Welcome Angela and thank you for being here. If you’d like to introduce yourself, that would be great. Of course, you are Mimi Soltysik’s running mate, the Vice Presidential ticket for the Socialist Party USA. But to be able to represent SPUSA, you must have engaged in quite a bit of activism during your life?
Angela: Yeah, my name is Angela Walker; I am a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin where I currently live. I have served as the Legislative Director for the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998. I served the union for two years and was also a member of Occupy the Hood…[W]e were able to get a lot of linking between the unions and tried to make sure that they kept touch with other unions and organizations; grass roots organizations that were doing really important work. So I did that for a few years. Then in 2014, I ran against David Clark here in Milwaukee County as an independent socialist at the time, and we all pulled 21% of the vote… as an unknown, broke socialist…
Bryer: You pulled 21% of the vote?
Angela: Yeah, and I say “we,” because it was a collaborative effort. I was a working class candidate and the others who were working on the campaign were working class members as well. But 67,000 something people out of 350,000 in the county put their bets on an unknown broke working class candidate, who was explicitly socialist, so I thought that was pretty dope.
Mimi and the SP watched that campaign, which was unknown to me, but it was a big deal, apparently. Evidently, it got people really excited about it, so when he was considering this run for President, he called me.
Bryer: That’s quite the story. Especially because you were able to bring around a collective of working class individuals. That being said, what does ‘socialism’ mean to you? That is, where did you get the inspiration to lean towards socialism? Was it an American intellectual? Was it working class people?
Angela: For me, it’s working class people. I mean, my family is all working class folks and they’ve practiced socialism without ever calling it that. So I’ve been exposed to socialist ideas my whole life. Nothing new. For me it just makes sense. We are talking about people primarily in black and brown communities that have been so horribly affected by capitalism (and the violence that is brought about) in so many ways. People are ready to embrace concepts that we know that are explicitly socialist, but also…it is just common sense. I mean, if you’re having an issue with housing and affordability and things like that in your area, and if people can pull their resources and go in on one of the many abandoned buildings in our community, and then turn that into a co-op which works to get people not only housed, but housed at a rate they can afford, why wouldn’t you do that? Why wouldn’t you talk about that? You know, at the time of Fight for $15, why are we not talking about worker ownership of the workplace? It makes sense. You know there is this issue of ‘deserve;’ who deserves living wages? Everyone does! I don’t care if you scrub toilets for a living…you deserve a living wage, and you deserve a say in how your workplace is run. You should be up in arms. Such things make sense to me.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

SP Presidential Candidate Mimi Soltysik Interviewed on CounterPunch Radio

27 October 2016

By Eric Draitser 
CounterPunch Radio 

"This week Eric welcomes to the show presidential candidate from the Socialist Party USA Mimi Soltysik to discuss his campaign, the importance of movement-building, and the state of the Left in 2016. The conversation begins with a discussion of the SPUSA's campaign, and the central question for every non-establishment party: Why bother running a presidential campaign at all? From there Eric and Mimi discuss how the Left might consider moving forward as the US and the world face the daunting challenges of war, economic crisis, and ecological meltdown. They touch on a wide variety of issues from the viability of the Green Party as a vehicle for revolutionary change to the necessity for non-electoral solutions in local communities and much more. Don't miss this episode of CounterPunch Radio."

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Never Trump? Can't back Clinton? Here are Texans' other choices for president

25 October 2016

By Hannah Wise
Dallas Morning News

"Emidio Soltysik, a political activist from Los Angeles, is the Socialist Party's write-in candidate for president. Soltysik, 41, writes on the party's Facebook page that his campaign is not about earning votes, ballot status or raising money. Instead, it will be "primarily focused on the unique media opportunities that are presented during a general election."

He writes that even if Bernie Sanders, a Democratic socialist, were elected, it would not be enough. Soltysik argues that to be elected, a candidate has to make so many concessions that they would be beholden to special interests and would be "completely unfit to govern once taking office."

The party's platform, according to its website, "stands for the abolition of every form of domination and exploitation, whether based on social class gender, race/ethnicity, age, education, sexual orientation, or other characteristics...."

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Third parties and what they stand for

23 October 2016

By Kathleen Gray
Detroit Free Press

"Socialist Party: Cut the military budget by 50%; enact  single-payer health care for all; raise the minimum wage; support free college tuition and a graduated income tax; set retirement age at 65 and enact rent control on all rental units; abolish the National Security Agency, FBI and Department of Homeland Security.

Presidential Ticket: Former national co-chairman of the Socialist Party USA, Emidio (Mimi) Soltysik, and labor organizer and former bus driver Angela Nicole Walker."

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