15 February 2016
By AJ Segneri
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