Monday, April 14, 2014

SP Candidate Mimi Soltysik to Participate in CA State Assembly Candidates Forum

14 April 2014

Socialist Party candidate Mimi Soltysik will be participating in a candidates forum hosted by UCLA and Loyola Marymount University on Wednesday April 30, at 6pm.  The forum will be held in Loyola Marymount's Roski Dining Room and will feature all candidates running in this year's race for California 62nd district State Assembly seat. 

The event is open to the public with registration available here. The Facebook event page for the candidates forum can also be found here.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Interview with 2014 SP California State Assembly Candidate Mimi Soltysik

7 April 2014

By Jen McClellan
The Socialist 

"JEN MCCLELLAN: What does it mean to be running as a socialist? (What do you hope to accomplish?)

MIMI SOLTYSIK: Initially we (as in the L.A. Local and the Ventura Local folks that frequently participate in the L.A. Local affairs) wanted to use the campaign as another way to talk to the community about democratic socialism. We’re using the campaign to bring new members into the local and to help with local projects. We initially had to consider “can we even get on the ballot?” And now that we’re on the ballot, it gives us another round of opportunities to get down with the community about democratic socialism, to hear from them about what they face, what their feelings are about their working conditions, education, the environment, and things like that. It has enabled us to broaden a dialog with the community, and we are learning a lot.

JEN MCCLELLAN: Have you ever done anything like this before?

MIMI SOLTYSIK: I worked with the Socialist Party’s presidential campaign in 2012 but I wasn’t the candidate. That experience was more about looking at things on a macro level because that was a national campaign. This feels a bit more intimate because the people that we have these discussions with, engage with, and establish these relationships with, tend to be neighbors; so it is a bit different.

JEN MCCLELLAN: So this campaign is more about the experience and less focused on winning?

MIMI SOLTYSIK: We’re just trying to add another contribution toward the advance of the socialist movement. We try to use every tool we can to do that, and that can include an electoral campaign. We understand that we’re not going to fight toe-to-toe with our big-moneyed Democratic Party and GOP challengers who are going to outspend us 200 to 1. We may use some more unorthodox tactics, perhaps guerrilla tactics to narrow the gap. We are certainly being realistic about what we’re up against and who the challengers are.  I was really inspired by Pat Noble’s campaign in 2012, and at the end of the day, if we can learn some new things locally, and develop closer relationships with the community, that’s fantastic!

JEN MCCLELLAN: I’ve noticed since I have begun telling people (co-workers, professors, fellow students, members of other leftist groups) the SPUSA is running a candidate it seems they’ve begun taking us more seriously. Why do you think that is?

MIMI SOLTYSIK: So many people have a familiarity with the electoral process, and this is another reason we chose to run an electoral campaign. This is a language that is widely understood, in my opinion. So part of it is involving ourselves in a relationship that people are already comfortable and familiar with. Flatly rejecting electoral politics is, to me, somewhat like saying, “I don’t care about going to where people are at.” It would be like choosing to pull yourself out of touch with what people know. So it makes sense to me that people would take socialism or the SPUSA more seriously when we talk about something they’re more familiar with. There’s a built in dialogue because they understand the language of an election. . . ."

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SPUSA National Secretary and U.S. Senate Candidate quoted on CNN's Michael Smerconish Program

1 April 2014

SPUSA National Secretary and 2012 U.S. Senate candidate Greg Pason was quoted on CNN's Michael Smerconish Program on April 1, 2014 in regard to the Socialist Party's position on Obamacare.

A video of the segment is available here (fast forward to 2:00 minute point). 

Socialist Party Wins New Jersey Case

1 April 2014

By Richard Winger
Ballot Access News
"On March 19, New Jersey election officials agreed to let voters register into the Socialist Party, and to keep a tally. The party will then be able to obtain a list of its registered voters. The party had sued to obtain this outcome. The state agreed, without the need for a judge to make a decision. The lawsuit had been filed July 1, 2013, and is Noble v State, Mercer County Superior Court, c-86-13. Six other minor parties also have voter registration rights in New Jersey. In all six instances, the parties had to sue the state...."

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