On the November 4th 2008 General Election Ballot!
Dear Constituents of Michigan’s 1st Congressional District,
As a life-long Michigan resident who has lived, worked, learned and taught all around our state for more than half a century, I know the struggles facing Northern Michigan workers. From rising healthcare costs to lower wages and lost jobs, from lack of educational opportunities to lack of public transportation, from the effects of imperialist war on workers here and overseas to overt attacks on our democratic rights and civil liberties, I know the struggles that Michigan workers face because I also continue to face them along with you. While some candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties will pay lip service to these issues this election year, neither party’s candidates will substantively address them or provide an alternative to the capitalist system from which they take root. This is because the Democratic and Republican parties rely each and every election year on the financial support of the very same corporate oligarchy which creates and profits from our hardships.
As a Socialist Party candidate running free from the puppet strings of big business, such an alternative, based on workers’ democracy, through social ownership and workers’ control, is exactly what I aim to provide. We can create a solution to these problems and create a society that works for the working majority, but success will require a decisive and consistent break from our bosses’ political parties. Success will also require the widespread support and unity of working people across every sector of our society. If you also believe the current times reflect an urgent need for such an alternative, then I encourage you to read my Platform and consider getting involved in the campaign, whether by volunteering or speaking to your neighbors, family or co-workers. Another Michigan and world are possible!
THE SOCIALIST PARTY strives to establish a radical democracy that places peoples’ lives under their own control; where working people own and control the means of production and distribution, through democratically-controlled committees and assemblies; where full employment is realized for everyone who wants to work; where workers have the right to form unions freely, and to strike and engage in other forms of job actions; and where the production of society is used for the benefit of all humanity, not for the private profit of a few. We believe socialism and democracy are one and indivisible. The working class is in a key and central position to fight back against the ruling capitalist class and its power. The working class is the major force worldwide that can lead the way to a socialist future – to a real radical democracy from below.
The Socialist Party fights for progressive changes compatible with a socialist future. We support militant working class struggles and electoral action, independent of the capitalist-controlled two-party system, to present socialist alternatives. We strive for democratic social revolutions — radical and fundamental changes in the structure and nature of economic, political and social relations — to abolish the power now exercised by the few who control the economy and the government. The Socialist Party is a democratic, multi-tendency organization, with structure and practices visible and accessible to all members.
GREEN PARTY: Ten Key Values:
1. Ecological Wisdom 2. Social Justice 3. Grassroots Democracy 4.
Nonviolence 5. Decentralization 6. Community-Based Economics 7.
Feminism 8. Respect for Diversity 9. Personal and Global Responsibility
10. Future Focus. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________