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Summary of Campaign Platform

  1. Abolish the U.S. war machine now!
  2. Immediate conversion to 100% renewable power: sun, wind, geothermal and micro-hydro! Keep all fossil fuels in the ground!
  3. Jobs for all at top union wages!
  4. Quality health care, education and housing for all as basic rights!
  5. End the racist, slave labor for profit prison-industrial complex!
  6. Immediate amnesty, legalization and equal rights for all immigrants. End the racist, Islamophobic “War on Terror!”
  7. Abolish all racist, sexist and homophobic discriminatory laws and practices!
  8. Defend civil liberties! Abolish the “national security” state!
  9. For a democratically-planned socialist economy where the banks, basic industries and all natural resources are the collective property of working people – the 99 percent – and democratically operated for human betterment not the individual profits of the one percent
  10. For working class political action independent of and against the twin parties of capitalism

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About the Candidates

President

Jeff Mackler has spent a lifetime fighting for the working class and social justice. He is a veteran opponent of U.S. imperialist wars and interventions, and a leading environmental and social justice activist. From the Vietnam era until today, he has organized and chaired many huge rallies against U.S. wars. He is a founder of the Northern California Climate Mobilization, and has played a major role in organizing Bay Area climate change protests.

A former teachers union leader, Mackler was the organizer and longtime elected officer of the AFT and CTA locals in Hayward, Calif. He is the director of the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, and the author and editor of close to 25 books and pamphlets on labor and social history, politics, civil liberties, and economics. Mackler was Socialist Action’s candidate in California for the U.S. Senate in 2006.

Vice President

Karen Schraufnagel is a member of Socialist Action’s National Committee and organizer of its Twin Cities branch. She is a founder of Minnesotans Against Islamophobia, and is active in the anti-Zionist Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and the animal rights, antiwar, and environmental movements.

News About the Campaign

Socialist Action candidate fights for Connecticut ballot status - By ERNIE GOTTA The Connecticut Secretary of State’s office is threatening to rule Iraq War veteran Fred Linck, the Socialist Action candidate for U.S. Senate, off the ballot. Dozens of petitions are still in the hands of town clerks (likely containing hundreds of uncounted signatures), and a cursory examination of a sample of counted signatures…
Socialist Action candidate calls for solidarity with U.S. prison strike - By FRED LINCK Below are remarks by Socialist Action Senatorial candidate Fred Linck to an Aug. 25 Connecticut rally in solidarity with the national prison strike. Organizers reported in the first days that incarcerated people in 17 states had joined the strike—risking severe punishment for their effort. Some were engaged in refusals to work, in…
Connecticut socialist turns in over 10,900 signatures for U.S. Senate bid - HARTFORD, Conn. — On Aug. 8, volunteers for the campaign to elect Fred Linck turned in more than 10,900 signatures to the Secretary of State to secure a ballot line for U.S. Senate in the November elections (7500 are required to qualify). Fred Linck is an antiwar Iraq veteran, a climate justice activist with 350…
Socialist candidate Fred Linck speaks on electoral politics - The campaign to elect Socialist Action candidate Fred Linck to the U.S. Senate is gaining steam. At press time, supporters have gathered over 2500 signatures to get him on the November ballot in Connecticut. On June 2, supporters collected 440 signatures at the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Hartford, Conn. Especially popular was the demand…
Marxism & the social reproduction of labor: Exploring the roots of women’s oppression - By LISA LUINENBURG When I became a mother three and a half years ago, I began to feel my oppression as a woman in capitalist society more acutely. All of the endless demands on my time began to add up—the sleepless nights, the feedings, child care, cooking, housework, errands and laundry around the clock. And…
Socialist candidate Fred Linck speaks at UConn - By CHRISTINE MARIE “Karl Marx once said that there must be something rotten in the very core of a social system which increases its wealth without decreasing its misery.” With these words, the Socialist Action candidate for U.S. Senate from Connecticut, Fred Linck, began his April 28 talk to a roomful of students at the…
Women strike worldwide on International Women’s Day - By ANN MONTAGUE Women in over 50 countries took part in the Women’s Strike on March 8. The first reports came from Rome, which was essentially shut down as 20,000 women participated in protests that started at the Colosseum and continued through the streets, blocking traffic and shutting down public transportation. In Argentina there were…
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Vote Socialist Action on November 8 - By MARK UGOLINI We’ve all been witness to an incredible barrage of election coverage by the corporate-controlled media. Anyone close to a television screen or an internet news site has been bombarded by endless hours of mostly meaningless banter. We have been subjected to polling data hype; gossip and innuendo of all kinds; fear-mongering campaign…
Minneapolis rally protests use of sheriff’s deputies in Standing Rock attack - By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL and JOHN SCHRAUFNAGEL — MINNEAPOLIS — Close to 1500 people protested on Friday, Oct. 28, outside Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek’s office. The protesters were angered by the use of Hennepin County deputies and equipment brutalizing Indigenous people and their allies at Standing Rock. Sheriff’s departments from across the Midwest have been…
A socialist joins the 2016 presidential debates, Part II - By BRUCE LESNICK This is the second part of an expanded debate in which socialist “Sydney Solidarity” squares off against the candidates of the ruling rich, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Part I of the debate, which appeared earlier on this website, dealt with economic matters. In this segment, the moderator, Lester Holt, asks the…
A socialist joins the 2016 presidential debates, Part I - By BRUCE LESNICK Usually the U.S. presidential debates are more about personalities than politics. The phony Commission on Presidential Debates, deeply in the pocket of Democratic and Republican parties, serves as a fig leaf to mask the shamefully narrow discussion that passes for democracy in “The Greatest Country On Earth”™. But living in the 21st…
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U.S. leftists leap into Democratic Party swamp - By JEFF MACKLER Out of the starting gate real quick came Bernie Sanders, self-proclaimed champion of a U.S. “political revolution” and “democratic socialism.” Sanders’ initial dark horse image was quickly abandoned as the corporate media quickly granted him equal time, as soon as he affirmed that he was running as a Democrat in Wall Street’s…
Socialist Action presidential tour wins new support - By RON CARMICHAEL In a series of East Coast debates and public forums from Sept. 15-26, Jeff Mackler, Socialist Action’s 2016 presidential candidate, spoke to enthusiastic audiences about the relevance of revolutionary socialist politics today. Mackler’s tour included public meetings in New York City, Albany, Boston, Providence, Hartford/New Britain, and Philadelphia. In the course of…
  New Wave of Racist Cop Killings Spark Outrage - By MARK UGOLINI — UPDATED, Oct. 6 — The deeply racist character of police operations in Black communities is again on display with four more horrific murders by cops occurring within just 15 days of each other. The latest victims are Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla.; Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C.; Alfred Olango in…
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Native people fight to stop Dakota pipeline - By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL Karen Schraufnagel is the Socialist Action candidate for vice president of the United States in 2016. The indigenous-led fight is heating up to stop the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline that has been devastating sacred native burial grounds. Resistance continues to grow at the Sacred Stone and Red Warrior camps, undeterred by…
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