On NATO expansion and funding war in Ukraine

On NATO expansion and funding war in Ukraine

On January 12, Sacramento played host to the NATO Expansion – NO! Peace in Ukraine – Yes! Community Forum co-sponsored by Peace Action, the Labor ...

It’s Not Just Six Republicans: Abolish the Supreme Court!

It’s Not Just Six Republicans: Abolish the Supreme Court!

This article is an opinion piece written by a frequent Peace &Fr eedom Party voter. While many of us agree substantially with the content, the...

Transgender rights vs. the forces of fascism

Transgender rights vs. the forces of fascism

The following is a transcript of the talk given by Cassandra Devereaux at the June 3rd edition of the weekly Suds, Snacks & Socialism forum. ...

Peace & Freedom Party wants you!

Peace & Freedom Party wants you!

Do you want to become an active member of the Peace and Freedom Party? Did you miss the chance to run for PFP Central Committee in the March 3, 20...

PFP at Brown Berets National Gathering

PFP at Brown Berets National Gathering

On Saturday, June 24, folks from the Sacramento Peace & Freedom Party tabled at the yearly Brown Berets National Gathering in the city’s South...

PFP members remind government lab of nuclear weapons danger

PFP members remind government lab of nuclear weapons danger

Anti-nuclear weapons activists gathered at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory on August 4 to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Augus...

PFP Positions on Legislation, 2023-2024

PFP Positions on Legislation, 2023-2024

The Peace and Freedom Party has taken/will be taking positions for or against a number of bills in the 2023-2024 session of the California legisla...

Flyers and Pamphlets of the PFP

Flyers and Pamphlets of the PFP

Seeking the basics of Peace & Freedom Party’s stands on key issues? Want to help spread the word about PFP? Check out a few of the party’s pa...

PFP Joins ProRep Coalition to promote Proportional Representation

PFP Joins ProRep Coalition to promote Proportional Representation

The ProRep Coalition, a multi-organizational nonprofit, has formed to promote a California ballot initiative for the 2026 general election that wo...

Labor on the Move: Prospects and Challenges – a Suds, Snacks & Socialism forum

Labor on the Move: Prospects and Challenges – a Suds, Snacks & Socialism forum

Peace & Freedom Party’s co-sponsored Suds, Snacks & Socialism monthly forum series at the Starry Plough Pub in Berkeley (3101 Shattuck Av...

Support the Peace and Freedom Party

Support the Peace and Freedom Party

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PFP stands against sham indictments of APSR, APSC leadership: Party chair

PFP stands against sham indictments of APSR, APSC leadership: Party chair

The Peace and Freedom Party of California State Central Committee condemns the recent federal indictments of four leaders of the African Peoples S...

Elections & Campaigns

03-Jul-2023 By DavidL

PFP Joins ProRep Coalition to promote Proportional Representation

The ProRep Coalition, a multi-organizational nonprofit, has formed to promote a California ballot initiative for the 2026 general election that would establish proportional representation in legislative elections.  Peace and Freedom Party is a founding member of the c

Legislation

22-Mar-2023

PFP Positions on Legislation, 2023-2024

The Peace and Freedom Party has taken/will be taking positions for or against a number of bills in the 2023-2024 session of the California legislature; the party is also watching the progression of several other bills

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The Peace and Freedom Party, born from the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s, is committed to socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism, racial equality, and internationalism.

The opening sentence of the Party platform has provoked questions such as, “Why are you for socialism?” or “What is socialism?” The answer is not simple, because the Peace and Freedom Party is a ‘multi-tendency’ party.” People from different organizations, as well as those without other affiliation, can be members of the Peace and Freedom Party.

We asked members of the PFP to provide their definition of socialism, both to answer the question and to illustrate the range of opinions within the party and the Socialist movement in general. Below runs the fifth short essay in our continuing series, “What is Socialism?”

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Providing for human needs is an essential feature of a socialist system, but achieving socialism entails a lot more. Some capitalist countries have free education, healthcare, and childcare. Their workers enjoy long vacations and adequate break time. Such governments are called “welfare states,” although their workers organized to achieve a decent standard of living and created the wealth to fund them.

Under capitalism, industries, resources, and financial institutions are privately-owned and run from the top down. To survive, capitalist enterprises must constantly increase profits. As companies become more intertwined in the global marketplace, the profit-driven system’s demands clash with efforts by the workers to sustain their gains.

Capitalist exploitation of people and resources go hand in hand with military invasions, disrupting societies worldwide. And the market cannot seriously address the environmental consequences of reckless development, despite attempts like “cap and trade.”

Under socialism, the whole society is owner (or caretaker) of natural resources, industry and institutions. All are equal members and take part in a democratic system which provides for basic needs and respects the rights of all. We need a change of consciousness and a lot of cooperation to create a socialist society, but it is imperative.

–written by Marsha Feinland

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Statements from the PFP Party Chair

30-Apr-2023

PFP stands against sham indictments of APSR, APSC leadership: Party chair

The Peace and Freedom Party of California State Central Committee condemns the recent federal indictments of four leaders of the African Peoples Socialist Party and the

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