Students Fight Back Against High Fees At the University of California

By Maureen Smith The six UCSC students who blocked Highway 17 on March 3rd for approximately three hours as part of UC-wide actions against student fees and in solidarity with actions occurring at that time (and continuing) nation-wide against institutional racism and police brutality appeared in court today to plead no contest to their charges.  Three […]

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Another Black Life Is Snuffed Out By The LAPD

By Jim Smith Los Angeles is a city without a heart. It is a city where a young, Black homeless kid can be gunned down at close range, while the cop who took his life is sent home on paid leave. It is a city where developers run the city, including the police commission, and […]

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Vietnam, Viet Nam

By Jim Smith Most of us never even learned how the Vietnamese write the name of their country (Viet Nam), before we lost the war. It was 40 years ago, April 30, 1975, that TV viewers witnessed our Vietnamese lackeys being kicked away from overloaded Hueys as the helicopters fled from the land our rulers thought they […]

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Notes on the Development of Socialism in the United States

By Jim Smith I In 2015, the question of socialism as a political-economic system has emerged due to the loss of confidence in the ability of the capitalist system to meet the needs of the majority of people. On the one hand, the growing concentration of wealth, as noted by Piketty and others has become […]

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Welcome to the Peace & Freedom Party/California Socialist Journal

The Journal of Peace and Freedom is published by members of the Venice Peace and Freedom Chapter. It is not an “official organ” of the Party. Anyone may submit an original article for consideration of posting by the editorial board. Articles should have a left/socialist orientation, and should be political commentary, not news items or announcements. […]

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Why Latino Leaders are Wrong to Stand With Obama on Immigration

By Gonzalo Santos President Obama’s recent decision to delay taking executive action on immigration until after November’s elections, disappointed many immigrant rights advocates, but not Dolores Huerta who is standing by the president on his decision. In this commentary, Dr. Gonzalo Santos, a professor from Cal State, Bakersfield and a local immigrant rights activist shares […]

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Keep Calm and Trust Iraqis With Iraq

(Click on Dahlia Wasfi for more) By Dahlia S. Wasfi On August 1, 1990, I was an 18-year-old college student living at my parents’ home, enjoying my last few days of summer vacation.  I stayed up late, puttering around my room, preparing for my upcoming return to campus for my sophomore year.  My small, flickering […]

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John Haag on the founding of the Peace & Freedom Party

John Haag was a long-time political organizer in Venice California. He coined the name “Peace and Freedom” for the new party in 1967 after a trip to Seattle where he met with members of the Freedom and Peace Party.

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