John Parker, a lifelong socialist and activist from Los Angeles is on the California primary ballot running for U.S. Senate, representing the Peace and Freedom Party.
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This is Parker's second run for US Senate. In 2016 he garnered 38,000 votes in the Primary. His campaign will highlight and encourage the Black Lives Matter movement and build solidarity - especially for Black and Brown peoples who face the brunt of state-sanctioned murders by police. The campaign will also expose how U.S. war and the economic war of austerity and imperialist trade policies are all part of the war here against working and poor people and fuel the racist attacks on the immigrant community.
Parker's senate campaign will not be measured by winning or losing, but by how well it amplifies the issues most critical to our multi-national working class, and especially people of color, LGBTQ, women, disabled and others facing special oppressions who make up our class. Promoting solidarity, trust and unity within all the sectors of our working class is essential in order to build the political force necessary to make real change. This campaign will expose the true nature of capitalism as it rots in its imperialist stage and encourage its demise. No longer should profit dictate that youth be warehoused in jail, or denied quality education and jobs, while it continues to callously calculate the rate of return on war – all under every Democratic and Republican administration.
The elections of 2018 are exposing the fact that many people, fed up with capitalism in decay are showing a greater willingness to take a look at socialism. It is therefore a great opportunity to build on that curiosity and hope and push the fight for real socialism here in the belly of the beast. Your contribution can help make that happen!
Parker was the Workers World Party presidential candidate in 2004. He ran for US Senate from California in 2016. He is the initiator and author of a Los Angeles ballot measure, which - if approved by the voters - would’ve made the minimum wage in the city of Los Angeles $15 per hour immediately. This ballot measure, endorsed by the United Teachers of Los Angeles, forced the Mayor and City Council to finally respond to the tremendous movement of union activists and other workers by raising the minimum wage in L.A.– however slowly – to $15.
As a leading national anti-war and anti-imperialist activist, Parker, who is also the West Coast coordinator of the International Action Center, has been part of delegations with Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark to Palestine, Gaza, Sudan, Iraq, Syria and Iran and has helped organize demonstrations to defend all countries targeted by U.S. imperialism. Including North Korea. Parker has done volunteer work in Cuba and has fought to end the U.S. blockade of Cuba - renewed by the Obama Administration - a punishment against a socialist country for its achievements in health care, education, and especially in building international solidarity with targets of imperialism.
Parker was only 18 when he organized his first union election--at a small steel plant in New Jersey. He worked at a variety of other jobs, including teaching at a public school in Newark. After moving to Los Angeles with his family in 1998, he became a leader in the anti-war movement and worked hard to mobilize anti-war forces to be in solidarity with the growing immigration movement and the 80,000 grocery workers on a strike/lockout against three giant southern California food chains. For this the International Action Center received an award from the United Food and Commercial Workers.
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