Category: News (June)

Presidential candidate Forum in Santa Cruz on April 14

When: Saturday, April 14 at 7:00pm
Where: The New RCNV, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz ( MAP )
What: Peace and Freedom Party presidential candidate forum
Sponsor: Santa Cruz County Peace and Freedom Party
Contact: use this contact form or call 831-688-8692
Cost: admission is free, donations to support the national Peace and Freedom Alliance are encouraged

There will be time for questions and discussion with the four candidates. Please go to for information on the following participants in the forum:

  • Stewart Alexander, nominee of the Socialist Party U.S.A.
  • Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson, nominee of the Justice Party
  • Stephen Durham, nominee of the Freedom Socialist Party
  • Peta Lindsay, nominee of the Party for Socialism and Liberation

The Peace and Freedom candidate for U.S. Senate, Marsha Feinland, will also speak.

Presidential Candidate Forum in Los Angeles on April 22

The Political Party of the 99%: The Candidates and Issues.

Peace and Freedom Party presidential candidates and U.S. Senate candidate will present their ideas and answer questions. All four candidates for President, and Senate candidate Marsha Feinland, have confirmed that they will participate. Reception follows forum.

When: Sunday, April 22 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Peace Center West, 3916 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City ( MAP )
What: Presidential and U.S. Senate candidate forum
Sponsor: Los Angeles County Peace and Freedom Party
Contact: call 323-960-5036
Cost: free (donations accepted)

Durham Added to the Ballot, Lindsay Still Excluded

On February 28, Secretary of State Debra Bowen added Stephen Durham to the list of generally recognized candidates in the June 5 presidential primary. Now Peta Lindsay is the only candidate still excluded from the Peace and Freedom Party ballot.

Referring to the joint press conference and rally scheduled for February 29, Peace and Freedom Party State Chair C. T. Weber wrote:

… the Secretary of State added Stephen Durham to the list of generally recognized candidates. He was sent a letter today announcing Debra Bowen’s ruling. That will change the focus of the demonstration to putting Peta Lindsay on the ballot. I still think that we need to move forward with the media alert. FSP [Freedom Socialist Party] can claim victory but won’t be satisfied until Peta Lindsay is placed on the ballot. I think PSL [Party for Socialism and Liberation] must pursue a writ of mandate or other legal actions as possibly the only way to force Debra Bowen to put Peta Lindsay on the ballot.

Earlier in the afternoon a staff member in the Secretary of State’s office gave this explanation in an email to a reporter:

Since the list of generally recognized candidates was released on February 6, Stephen Durham mailed a Statement of Candidacy to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) postmarked on February 6, which was received by the FEC on February 10. Therefore, his name has been added to the list of generally recognized candidates: generally-recognized-president-2012.pdf.

Freedom Socialist Party Plans to Sue Over Exclusion of Presidential Candidate

This press release was prepared by the Freedom Socialist Party. The Peace and Freedom Party is a co-sponsor of the press conference and rally on February 29.


February 27, 2012

Contact: Doug Barnes (206) 985-4621, (206) 326-9771

For release: Immediately

Socialists protest exclusion from California primary

When California Secretary of State Debra Bowen released the names of presidential candidates to be listed on the ballot for the June 5 state primary, she omitted two of four candidates submitted by the Peace and Freedom Party (PFP) electoral coalition: Stephen Durham of the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) and Peta Lindsay of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL).

The decision met with immediate objections from all three parties, who demanded that Bowen reverse course and add the names to the list, as she is legally required to do. Thus far she has refused and the Freedom Socialist Party is pursuing a legal challenge.

Tell Bowen to List All the Candidates, February 29 in Sacramento

The Peace and Freedom Party will confront the Secretary of State here Wednesday for omitting two of the party’s candidates from the presidential preference primary ballot. Supporters are expected to carpool to Sacramento from different parts of the state.

When: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at 10:00am
Where: Secretary of State Building, 1500 11th Street, Sacramento (MAP)
What: Press conference and rally
Sponsors: Peace and Freedom Party, Freedom Socialist Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation

At the press conference, The Freedom Socialist Party will announce plans to sue Secretary of State Debra Bowen to reinstate Stephen Durham to the Peace and Freedom Party presidential primary ballot. Speakers on behalf of the Peace and Freedom Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Freedom Socialist Party, National Lawyers Guild, Radical Women, the L.A. March 4th Committee to Defend Public Education and Social Services and others will also testify to growing public support for socialists on the ballot.

After a short rally, protestors will deliver petitions to Bowen’s office that demand she immediately reinstate Stephan Durham and Peta Lindsay to the Peace and Freedom Party presidential ballot.

Statement for June 5, 2012, Presidential Primary Election Voter Information Guide

The following statement was submitted to Secretary of State on February 16 for inclusion in the statewide Voter Guide, mailed to every registered voter before the June 5 election.

The Peace and Freedom Party is a working-class party in a country run by and for the wealthy and their corporations. We should not have to sacrifice our health, our livelihoods and our planet for our bosses’ profits. We can tax the rich, whose wealth is entirely created by workers, to pay for the people’s needs. We favor:

  • Decent jobs and full labor rights for all.
  • Free education for all from preschool through the university.
  • Free health care for everyone.
  • Good services for disabled people.
  • Bringing all troops home now.
  • Ending all discrimination.
  • Full rights for immigrants.
  • Real democracy and fair political representation.
  • Restoring and protecting the environment.

As long as our system puts the wealthy first, we will suffer war, police brutality, low wages, unsafe workplaces and pollution. We advocate socialism, which we see as the ownership and democratic control of the economy by working people. If we join together to take back our industries and natural resources, we can work together democratically and cooperatively for the common good, rather than being slaves to the rich and their corporations.

Vote for those who will fight for what you need, the candidates of the Peace and Freedom Party.

Peace and Freedom Party of California
P.O. Box 24764, Oakland, CA 94623
(510) 465-9414, (916) 422-5395, or (323) 960-5036

List All Candidates for Peace and Freedom Primary

For 36 years, the California Secretary of State has listed the all of the candidates on the ballots for small party presidential primaries. However, in this presidential election, Debra Bowen, California Secretary of State, has excluded two of the Peace and Freedom Party’s four candidates. She also excluded some of the American Independent Party’s candidates from their primary ballot. [Note: an earlier version of this article said “Libertarian Party” rather than “American Independent Party”. We regret the error.]

For more information, see this press release.

We call on Secretary of State Bowen to list all four of our declared presidential candidates–Stephen Durham, Stewart Alexander, Peta Lindsay, and Rocky Anderson–on our primary ballot.

Click here to sign the following petition:

To Secretary of State Debra Bowen: List all the declared candidates for the Peace and Freedom Party presidential nomination--Stephen Durham, Stewart Alexander, Peta Lindsay, and Rocky Anderson--on their primary ballot.

Please sign the petition Click here:

Thank you.