Monday, December 28, 2015

How Can Bernie Possibly Sway Trump Supporters?

28 December 2015

By Matt Baume
The Stranger

"Currently the highest-ranking elected member of Socialist Party USA is Pat Noble, who won an election for the Board of Education in a town in New Jersey...."

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Video Interview with SP Presidential Candidate Mimi Soltysik

17 December 2015

2016 Socialist Party Presidential candidate Mimi Soltysik conducted a two-part video interview for the Rampage Revolution podcast.

Part I:

Part II:

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Look for the Union Label -- The Socialist Party Does

05 December 2015

By Nerissa Young
The Register-Herald (WV)

Edward R. Murrow made television history when his landmark documentary “Harvest of Shame” aired during Thanksgiving more than 50 years ago. It chronicled the plight of migrant farm workers — unemployed veterans who had returned from war, impoverished black Americans and desperate Mexicans.

It showed how the system had failed some of the most vulnerable people in America and pitted out-of-work Americans against “outsider” Mexicans who were just as impoverished.

Someone who watches that film today would see that little has changed for the groups chronicled in it. Maybe its timelessness is the mark of good journalism. Its accuracy today is definitely the mark of poor government.

That’s why the labor component of the Socialist Party USA’s platform is so appealing. . . .

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Interview With Presidential Candidate, Mimi Soltysik

3 December 2015

By Will Chaney
The Monitor (Truman State University, MO) 

As capitalism continues to deteriorate, more Americans are becoming interested in alternatives. This is especially true of young people, who are seeing poor job prospects alongside rising rates of student, credit card, and housing debt. Our conditions allow us to experiment with more radical ideas and attempt to break out of the current dominant capitalist ideology, which discourages critical thought and challenges to the system. According to the Pew Research Center in 2011, 43% of young people now have a positive reaction to the word “socialism.” In Seattle, over 93,000 people voted for a city council candidate Kshama Savant in 2013, who is a part of the Socialist Alternative party. And of course there’s Bernie Sanders, a self-admitted socialist, running for president of the United States. The Left in America seems to be garnering momentum, something we haven’t seen since the 1960s.

One of America’s foundational Leftist political parties is the Socialist Party USA, which is known by many as the party of Eugene V. Debs. Debs, who ran for president throughout the early 1900s, sometimes from inside a prison cell, was very popular among the American working class, receiving votes of over 915,000 people at his peak.

The SP-USA currently has about 900 members, and has been growing since the 2008 financial crash. At the SP’s 2015 Convention, I was fortunate enough to meet presidential nominee, Mimi Soltysik, who has been in the party for five years and is currently the male co-chair (the SP tries to balance gender differences as much as possible, including proportional representation in most of its leadership positions. His running mate is Angela Walker, who ran for sheriff of Milwaukee County as a socialist, receiving votes of over 40,000 people.

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“Town Hall” Interview with Socialist Party USA’s Vice Presidential Candidate Angela Nicole Walker

03 December 2015

By Brooke Shannon
The Socialist

SP-USA members from around the country submitted questions to Brooke Shannon who compiled them into one town hall interview. Angela Nicole Walker provided answers in November 2015; in between national days of action, doing lots of great work, and all around hustling for justice in Milwaukee, WI.

What was it that moved you to become an activist? That is, was there was one specific event or moment where you realized something was really wrong with the world and that you needed to work to change it? – Stephanie Cholensky from Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Angela: I’ve felt that things needed to be changed since I was a teenager, but the thing that actually got me out into the streets for the first time was the year 2000 presidential election. I voted in Florida, where then-governor Jeb Bush gave the state to his brother. The misconduct with the ballots was so epic and so disrespectful that when a trip to Tallahassee to protest and demand a ballot recount was announced, I made sure I went. It was a huge experience for me. Huge.

How/when did you come to socialism and/or the SP-USA? — Paul Garner and Ace Madjlesi from Memphis, TN
Angela: I would say that I’ve been a socialist most of my life. I believe that the things that are best for people should be embedded in the infrastructure of this country, like public schools, public transportation, state parks, city parks, public hospitals, and the like. I’ve never been comfortable with the idea that folks have to compete to get ahead, or that you need to beat out the next person for resources. Socialism appealed to me as a young person, even before I knew what it was, because it ensures that everyone involved is taken care of, and that the goods and services produced by the people are things that benefit the people. I loved that idea then, and I love it now. We can ALL be all right.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

SP VP Candidate Angela Nicole Walker at the #noMPStakeover Town Hall

1 December 2015
The students of Milwaukee Public Schools excel when given the support, time, & tools needed to learn. Our students need community schools, not takeovers! Learn more about Stop the Takeover of MPS at

Watch Angela challenge County Executive Abele