No support for Trump or Assad!

For International Workers Unity!

Socialist Alternative’s statement Thursday’s attack on Syria.

“While Trump claims that he was moved by the horrible images from Idlib, it is clear that the main purpose of this attack was to distract from his plummeting poll numbers and domestic troubles including the rejection of the Muslim ban by the courts after mass protests and more recently the failure to pass Trumpcare.”

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Vote Cheri Honkala!

For an independent progressive voice in Harrisburg!

Socialist Alternative calls for a vote for Cheri Honkala in the PA197th Special Election tomorrow!

Voters in North Philly’s 197th House District will vote in a special election tomorrow to replace Democrat Leslie Acosta who was forced to step down after pleading guilty to felony embezzlement in 2016. Acosta is the second Democrat in a row to resign the seat due to corruption.

The Democratic Party nominated Freddy Ramirez to run for the open seat but he was kicked off the ballot for not living in the district, leaving Republican Lucinda Little as the only candidate listed on the ballot. This sordid tale of incompetence and corruption has left this heavily Democratic District up for grabs while the hard right is actively  pushing Trumps agenda at a state level. 

At a time when we have been arguing for building the broadest possible united movement to resist Trumps agenda, the Democrats in the 197th are crashing and burning – fielding no less than 4 write in candidates for the seat including the ‘official’ candidate Emilio Vazquez!

Is this a political party we can depend on to defend us against serious attacks on immigrants, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, worker safety, healthcare, pensions, jobs, public services, wages, education, environmental protections and more?

In the middle of this madness there is one independent candidate with a consistent track record of fighting for the working class citizens of the 197th. Green Party member Cheri Honkala is running a write in campaign for the seat. Pledging to use her office to fight the right, but also to advance a progressive working class agenda including a $15hour minimum wage, and linking movement building to winning real reforms.

While Socialist Alternative has some political, tactical, and strategic disagreements with the Green Party – we call for a new party of the 99% that bases itself on the interests of working people – we think that the Greens can play an important role in bringing about a new party, and Socialist Alternative stands ready to help build any and all movements to take on corporate domination of our society.

The need has never been greater to start building a real political alternative to the corrupt pro business parties. At a time when the right wing is on the move, a strong vote for Cheri will send an independent progressive voice to Harrisburg, send a clear message to Washington that we are ready and willing to fight back, and advance the struggle to build a new independent party of the 99%

Cheri’s Program:

  • Food for All
  • Housing for All
  • Healthcare for All –Inclusive of Mental Health
  • Full Living-Wage Employment. $15 an hour!
  • Fund Public Education
  • Allow Immigrants to Stay in Pennsylvania
  • Protect our Water & Land — and Our Children’s Future.
  • Legalize Marijuana and Expungement of Criminal Records
  • Zero-Tolerance for Police Brutality
  • All Public Prisons with Community Input
  • Restore Faith in Our Elections and Voting Systems
  • Pay Equity for Women and Paid Family & Maternity Leave
  • Protect our Water & Land — and Our Children’s Future.
  • Equal Rights and Opportunities for LGBTQIA+ Pennsylvanians

Vote Cheri Honkala!

The People:1 Trump:1

The initial movement to defend immigrants and refugees from Trumps immigration ban executive order was hugely successful in mobilizing 10’s of thousands of people to occupy airports and roadways across the country.  Rulings from Federal Courts injuncting the administration from enforcing the order rapidly followed. 

The response from the Trump administration was to fire the acting Attorney General and to refuse to obey the  Circuit Court injunction! Who’s outside the law now?
Now is not the time to take the movement off the streets and ‘let the system work’!  

We need more than pretty speeches from Democratic politicians who vote to confirm Trumps cabinet picks when the protest  is over. 

We need to keep up the pressure and be prepared to escalate with mass nonviolent civil disobedience  to shut down business as usual! 

We new to move beyond ‘protest’ and work to build real political power independent of the corporate political parties. We need a clear strategy to take on Trumpism and win. We need a Party of the 99%!

The People:1  Trump:0


#NoBanNoWall #PHL

Trump has just experienced his first defeat!

Over the weekend  thousands of working and middle class people piled into airports across the country shouting “Immigrants are welcome here!”

The ACLU and scores of middle class lawyers, and Democratic Party politicians joined this movement and the judiciary have so far sided with it. Even leading Republicans have condemned Trump’s move.

We need to build principled tactical and strategic unity with all forces resisting Trump: 

  • Black Lives Matter!
  • No Deportations!
  • #NoDapl – Green Jobs Now!
  • Defend LGBTQ People, Women, and Workers Rights!
  • 15 And A Union – 15 Now!
  • Defend And Extend Medicare To All!

With 10’s of 1000’s of people moving into struggle and fighting back against this administration’s right wing agenda we can defeat Trump. 

 If you want to join an organization that is engaged in this fight from the ground up that also has a clear analysis of the Democratic Party, independent movement building, and the need to build a new party of the 99% -that takes no corporate money – that will fight for us not the billionaires then check us out: Socialist Alternative 

On January 29th thousands of Philadelphians descended on PHL Intl Airport to say “Let Them In”!!!  Socialist Alternative was there. 

#ResistTrump! #ResistTheRight!

Trump supporters are threatening violence against those exercising their rights to free speech!

Since Trumps election last week there has been an increase in racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, and anti-muslim violence. There have been several assaults in the Philly area and other incidents of physical and verbal threats and vandalism. They are trying to scare us off the streets and silence our opposition to his racist right wing agenda!

Our strength is on our numbers! We are here to say that we will not stand idle! We will not run and hide! We will continue to assemble and march against the fear and hate. We need to keep building our mass mobilizations to build organized resistance to the racist right!

Whose streets! Our streets! Whose City! Our City! Whose Country! Our Country!

http://6abc.com/news/villanova-university-investigating-race-related-assault-on-campus-/1604389/

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/clout/400560361.html

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/11/09/swastikas-trump-graffiti-in-philly.html?via=desktop&source=copyurl

Penn Students in Uproar After Online Post Calling for Lynchings

#ResistTrump!!

Trump Lies! Clinton Cheats! Build The Movement Hit The Streets!

Thousands of us took to the streets last night to put Trump on notice that we are not going anywhere. We will defend our communities and we will keep organizing our political revolution against the billionaire class! 

 
Socialist Alternative put out the call but we were joined by friends and comrades from Reclaim Philly, BLM, DNC Action, Philly.FYI and many others. 
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We have work to do. We need to keep building our movements to #ResistTrump, but we also need to abandon the failed strategy of relying on the Democratic Party and start building a new party of the 99% that takes no corporate $ and fights unapologetically for the working class. No time like the present.