Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Vote for the Revolution: An Interview with Presidential Candidate Mimi Soltysik

29 September 2015

By Walter Beck
Omnibus Journal

Sometimes my life takes a strange turn, one Saturday night after a day of mandatory overtime at work, I found myself with a pint of Scotch, two packs of cigarettes, and nothing to really mix with them properly. So my savage political addiction and base journalistic instincts took over and I ended up interviewing a Presidential candidate. I know, it’s weird. What follows is the raw uncut transcript of a whisky-tipped journalist and a truly Revolutionary presidential candidate…


Socialist Party to Convene in Milwaukee

29 September 2015

By Lisa Neff
Wisconsin Gazette

The Socialist Party USA is returning to its roots — in Milwaukee.
The party’s national convention takes place Oct. 16–18 at the Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, 926 E. Center St., Milwaukee. Organizers have reasons for choosing Milwaukee beyond tourism amenities and discounted rates on rooms or airfare.

The party has messages to deliver about Milwaukee and Wisconsin politics. An organizing statement says, “The city of Milwaukee has been taken over by neoliberal policies that have turned Milwaukee into something completely unrecognizable to the way it once was.”

The statement continues, “The state of Wisconsin as a whole has been taken over by an extremist right-wing Republican Party, led by Scott Walker, succumbing to nihilism on jobs, state economy and public education, housing, health care, LGBTQAI and women’s issues. This is why we socialists are coming to town.”
Organizers wanted to convene in a city that was once a hotbed of socialist activity....

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Bisexual Visibility Week: Excerpt from 'Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out!' on the 25th Anniversary of Its Publication

25 September 2015

By Binyamin Biber
The Huffington Post

"Frustrated in my unrequited love, but not feeling rejected, I went off to the University of Iowa. There I met Karen, who accepted my love and my "bisexuality" (I finally knew that Elton John and I were not alone in the world). Karen and I joined the Socialist Party USA and several other campus and community activist groups, learning more about heterosexism and liberation as we grew together...."

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Elijah Manley, Teenaged Presidential Candidate From Fort Lauderdale, Will Campaign in New Hampshire

25 September 2015

By Jess Swanson
Broward Palm Beach New Times

"At first, Manley expected to be able to campaign only locally. But he says that after a New Times article came out earlier this month, he’s received an outpouring of support from Manley supporters across the country. Now, after a small influx of campaign contributions, he plans to travel to Wisconsin next month for the Socialist Party’s national convention and then, in November...."

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Mimi Soltysik: “Kick Capitalism’s Ass”

14 September 2015

By Mari P-A
The Red Vine

Last year, this paper carried an interview with Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, a Socialist Party USA candidate for the California State Assembly. Now he’s seeking the SPUSA nomination for its presidential campaign. I spoke with him on behalf of The Red Vine:

What is your message to supporters of Bernie Sanders, or even the Green Party’s Jill Stein, who see those campaigns as a more realistic avenue to build some kind of anti-corporate politics?

They are of course free to lend their efforts to whichever direction or whichever candidate they feel worthwhile. I have an opinion, of course, about the value of working to overthrow capitalism by focusing on D.C. The overthrow of capitalism will not be determined by who gets your presidential vote. It can and will happen as we strengthen our local focus. I don’t mean to imply that the candidates you mention are, however, focused on destroying capitalism. When supporters of any candidate are willing to have a discussion about socialist revolution, I’ll be there with a friendly smile, prepared to talk strategy and tactics. So many are doing fantastic work in spreading the revolutionary message, and they are finding better ways to deliver that message, better strategies for engaging in a healthy and productive dialogue with the people. I might sound optimistic when I say that many elements of the U.S. Left are headed in the right direction, but I truly believe that.

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