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Freedom Socialist Party Then and Now
Freedom Socialist Party Then and Now
Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Sarah Scott for Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women - MLK 2015
Sarah Scott for Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women - MLK 2015
Published: 2015/01/27
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women at the Women
Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women at the Women's March on January 21st, 2017
Published: 2017/01/25
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Freedom Socialist Party Commercial
Freedom Socialist Party Commercial
Published: 2015/05/22
Channel: Twinz0123
Final Speech by Stephen from Freedom Socialist Party
Final Speech by Stephen from Freedom Socialist Party
Published: 2014/06/30
Channel: Fanzine Detektor
Tribute to the Founders of FSP - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Tribute to the Founders of FSP - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Published: 2011/12/28
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Race Panel, Christina Lopez - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Race Panel, Christina Lopez - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Published: 2011/12/29
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Freedom Socialist Rap
Freedom Socialist Rap
Published: 2014/03/03
Channel: Jasmine Miller
Socialist Party of America - Split of the Left Wing
Socialist Party of America - Split of the Left Wing
Published: 2011/12/27
Channel: socialisteducation
Public Education Panel, Toni Mendicino - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Public Education Panel, Toni Mendicino - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Published: 2011/12/28
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Why I Joined FSP
Why I Joined FSP
Published: 2013/09/26
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Stephen Durham, Freedom Socialist Party Los Angeles
Stephen Durham, Freedom Socialist Party Los Angeles
Published: 2014/05/26
Channel: Los Angeles Press
BARR SHEEHAN 2012
BARR SHEEHAN 2012
Published: 2012/08/04
Channel: Col. Richard Hunter
2013 May Day Celebration
2013 May Day Celebration
Published: 2013/08/05
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Radical Women’s Christina Lopez at Seattle May Day 2017
Radical Women’s Christina Lopez at Seattle May Day 2017
Published: 2017/05/10
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Freedom Socialist Presidential Candidate Stephen Durham
Freedom Socialist Presidential Candidate Stephen Durham
Published: 2012/06/08
Channel: Joe Friendly
International Secretary
International Secretary's Report - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Published: 2011/12/28
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Tamara Turner - Thoughts & Reminiscences
Tamara Turner - Thoughts & Reminiscences
Published: 2017/06/17
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Christina López: Freedom Socialist Vice President Candidate Speaks Out
Christina López: Freedom Socialist Vice President Candidate Speaks Out
Published: 2012/05/07
Channel: Doug Barnes
Generations Panel, Norma Gallegos - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Generations Panel, Norma Gallegos - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Published: 2011/12/28
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Stephen Durham - One Hemisphere Indivisible: A Revolutionary Socialist Perspective
Stephen Durham - One Hemisphere Indivisible: A Revolutionary Socialist Perspective
Published: 2014/07/12
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Generations Panel, Merle Woo - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Generations Panel, Merle Woo - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Published: 2011/12/28
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Standing Rock Unionists speak out
Standing Rock Unionists speak out
Published: 2016/12/06
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Public Education Panel, Nancy Kato - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Public Education Panel, Nancy Kato - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Published: 2011/12/28
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Freedom Socialist Party en la campana free Nestora NYC
Freedom Socialist Party en la campana free Nestora NYC
Published: 2014/09/22
Channel: Fanzine Detektor
Generations Panel, Jed Holtz - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Generations Panel, Jed Holtz - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Published: 2011/12/28
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Jose on Nestora struggle, LA Freedom Socialist Party Convention,
Jose on Nestora struggle, LA Freedom Socialist Party Convention,
Published: 2014/06/19
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Freedom Socialist Party member in Washington 6 ene 15
Freedom Socialist Party member in Washington 6 ene 15
Published: 2015/01/09
Channel: Mexicanos en la ciudad de New York
Race Panel, Emily Yamasaki - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Race Panel, Emily Yamasaki - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Published: 2011/12/29
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Labor Resolution, Steve Hoffman - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Labor Resolution, Steve Hoffman - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Published: 2011/12/28
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Public Education Panel, Muffy Sunde - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Public Education Panel, Muffy Sunde - Freedom Socialist Party National Convention 2010
Published: 2011/12/28
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Standing Rock Youth: "It
Standing Rock Youth: "It's war here"
Published: 2016/11/29
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Nestora Salgado Protest Seattle
Nestora Salgado Protest Seattle
Published: 2013/12/11
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Freedom Socialists take on a world to win, a planet to save
Freedom Socialists take on a world to win, a planet to save
Published: 2014/06/01
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Ayotzinapa en NY yosoy132ny and Freedom socialist Party 26 oct 2014
Ayotzinapa en NY yosoy132ny and Freedom socialist Party 26 oct 2014
Published: 2014/10/27
Channel: Mexicanos en la ciudad de New York
Socialist Stephen Durham for President: May 1 Los Angeles
Socialist Stephen Durham for President: May 1 Los Angeles
Published: 2012/06/20
Channel: Doug Barnes
Socialist Party, L.A. Freedom School: Capitalism & Austerity - Gene Warren
Socialist Party, L.A. Freedom School: Capitalism & Austerity - Gene Warren
Published: 2015/05/13
Channel: Red Talks - Los Angeles
Interview with Stephen Durham- Freedom Socialist Presidential Candidate
Interview with Stephen Durham- Freedom Socialist Presidential Candidate
Published: 2012/11/06
Channel: fellowmessengers
Ayotzinapa NY Freedom Socialist Party 26 Dic 14
Ayotzinapa NY Freedom Socialist Party 26 Dic 14
Published: 2014/12/27
Channel: Mexicanos en la ciudad de New York
Defeating Socialism in One Easy Step
Defeating Socialism in One Easy Step
Published: 2014/10/20
Channel: The Jason Stapleton Program
The Corporate Campaign to Wreck Public Education - Duci Thomas
The Corporate Campaign to Wreck Public Education - Duci Thomas
Published: 2014/06/07
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
Freedom Socialist 2012 Presidential Campaign announced at Rainier Valley Parade
Freedom Socialist 2012 Presidential Campaign announced at Rainier Valley Parade
Published: 2012/08/21
Channel: doreen mcgrath
Socialist Welcomes Illegal Aliens Into America
Socialist Welcomes Illegal Aliens Into America
Published: 2014/07/10
Channel: The Alex Jones Channel
2012 Presidential Debate Of Alternative Parties
2012 Presidential Debate Of Alternative Parties
Published: 2012/04/23
Channel: jeff4justice
Freedom Democratic Socialist Party Promo Video
Freedom Democratic Socialist Party Promo Video
Published: 2013/04/11
Channel: Phil Jones
THE GREATEST SOCIALIST FREEDOM FIGHTERS - MNAKA
THE GREATEST SOCIALIST FREEDOM FIGHTERS - MNAKA
Published: 2011/07/14
Channel: SIALKOTMNAKA
Revolutionary Feminism, a Discussion with Dr. Sam Solomon
Revolutionary Feminism, a Discussion with Dr. Sam Solomon
Published: 2015/09/22
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
One Nation Working Together Rally Seattle - Gina Petry
One Nation Working Together Rally Seattle - Gina Petry
Published: 2011/12/28
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
The Power of Union Caucuses to Spark Labor Militancy - Henry Noble
The Power of Union Caucuses to Spark Labor Militancy - Henry Noble
Published: 2014/07/31
Channel: Freedom Socialist Party
What is SOCIALIST FEMINISM? What does SOCIALIST FEMINISM mean? SOCIALIST FEMINISM meaning
What is SOCIALIST FEMINISM? What does SOCIALIST FEMINISM mean? SOCIALIST FEMINISM meaning
Published: 2016/11/09
Channel: The Audiopedia
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Freedom Socialist Party
Chairman Doug Barnes
Founded 1966 (1966)
Headquarters Seattle, Washington
Newspaper "Voice of Revolutionary Feminism"
Ideology Feminism
Trotskyism
Communism
Revolutionary socialism
Political position Far-left
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The Freedom Socialist Party is a far-left socialist political party with a revolutionary feminist philosophy that emerged from a split in the United States Socialist Workers Party in 1966.[1] The party views the struggles of women and minorities as part of the struggle of the working class. The SWP's Seattle branch, with support from individuals in other cities, split off from the SWP over what it described as the SWP's entrenched opportunism and undemocratic methods. The current National Secretary of the FSP is Doug Barnes.

History[edit]

New Freeway Hall, Columbia City, Seattle, Washington, party headquarters.

The immediate forerunner of the FSP was the Kirk-Kaye tendency within the SWP was led by Dick Fraser (Kirk) and Clara Fraser (Kaye) who were at the time husband and wife.[2] At the time Richard Fraser was seen as the central leader of the tendency due to his development of the theory of revolutionary integrationism. In addition to their distinctive position on civil rights, derived from the theory of revolutionary integrationism, the tendency also took a position that was more sympathetic to China than was the norm in the SWP, in part this being due to the alliance between the Kirk-Kaye tendency and the looser tendency of Arne Swabeck and Frank Glass.

Political differences, as articulated by the soon-to-become FSP, included what was characterized as the SWP's uncritical support of the black nationalist views of Malcolm X, SWP's orientation toward the labor aristocracy, its opportunism in the anti-Vietnam War movement, and its dismissive attitude toward the emerging feminist movement. The nascent FSP advocated the class solidarity of black and white workers, called for a greatly expanded understanding of and attention to women's emancipation, and urged the anti-war movement to support the socialist, anti-colonial aims of the Vietnamese Revolution.

The FSP became a pole of attraction for Seattle leftists opposed to the SWP's internal politics and established a home at Freeway Hall.[3][4][5] The party formed Radical Women with the dual goal of building a radical feminist organization and teaching women the organizational and leadership skills they were often denied in male-dominated organizations.[6]

Ideology[edit]

The FSP is politically Trotskyist. FSP leaders Clara Fraser (1923–1998) and Gloria Martin (1916–1995) built on the socialist analysis of women's oppression to create a Leninist party that is "socialist-feminist" in ideology and practice.[7][8] The party views the liberation struggles of women, people of color and sexual minorities (such as gay people) as intrinsic to working class revolt, and it looks to these specially-oppressed sectors of society to provide revolutionary leadership. Women comprise a predominant part of the party leadership. Overall, membership is very diverse and is composed of all genders and races. The party characterizes its National Comrades of Color Caucus as offering the party's diverse ranks of people of color and opportunity to work together as a team to grow as leaders and provide direction for the party's work in people of color movements.

Strategy[edit]

The party has frequently supported united front efforts on a number of issues and often helps other socialist groups get on the ballot, while simultaneously running its own candidates for office.

The United Front Against Fascism (UFAF)—founded by the FSP, but also including a broad coalition of the Left, the LGBT community, labor unionists, feminists, people of color, Jews, and civil libertarians—took the lead in mobilizing against neo-Nazis in the Pacific Northwest.[9][10][11][12][13][14]

Freeway Hall in Seattle's Northlake neighborhood was for many years the FSP headquarters.

The party has branches in a number of U.S. cities and a sympathizing section in Australia. The Freedom Socialist is produced six times a year. Red Letter Press publishes books and pamphlets for the party. The FSP is affiliated with Radical Women, which is an autonomous socialist feminist organization. In 2003, Red Letter Press and its managing editor, Helen Gilbert, were the target of a complaint to the Federal Election Commission by the campaign committee of perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche. LaRouche alleged that Gilbert and the FSP publishing house, which had issued a pamphlet by Gilbert critical of LaRouche's ideology and political history[15] were in violation of campaign finance laws. The FEC found LaRouche's complaint to be without merit and dismissed it.[16]

In 2004, Jordana Sardo, party organizer in Portland, Oregon, ran for the Oregon House of Representatives in Oregon's 45th House district, earning 8.74% of the vote.[17] Other FSP campaigns have been run in New York, Washington state, and California.[18]

In 2012, the party ran a write-in presidential campaign with candidates Stephen Durham for U.S. president and Christina López for vice-president.[19][20] The ticket received 117 votes nationwide.[21][22]

In the 2016 election, FSP critically endorsed Jeff Mackler of Socialist Action for president.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander, Robert. International Trotskyism, 1929-1985: A Documented Analysis of the Movement. Duke University Press, 1991, p. 936.
  2. ^ Sheppard, Barry (2005). The Party: The Socialist Workers Party, 1960-1988, Volume 1. Resistance Books. p. 104. 
  3. ^ Crowley, Walt (2010). Rites of Passage: A Memoir of the Sixties in Seattle. University of Washington Press. pp. 21–22. 
  4. ^ Winslow, Barbara (2007). "Primary and Secondary Contradictions in Seattle: 1967-1969". In Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Ann Barr Snitow. The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women's Liberation. pp. 227, 230–231, 235–236. 
  5. ^ McKay, Ian (2005). Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada's Left History. Between the Lines. p. 242. 
  6. ^ James, Edward T., Janet Wilson James, Paul S. Boyer. Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume 5. Harvard University Press. p. 414. 
  7. ^ Love, Barbara J. (2006). Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975. University of Illinois Press. p. 158. 
  8. ^ Ware, Susan; Stacy Braukman (2005). "Martin, Gloria". Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume 5: Completing the Twentieth Century. Harvard University Press. pp. 414–415. 
  9. ^ Kubelbeck, Amy (Aug 4, 1990). "Groups Of Gays Protest Picnic". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  10. ^ Lacitis, Erik (1991-07-16). "An Ax To Grind -- When It Comes To Skinheads And Nazis, Loggers, Gays Unite". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  11. ^ Angelos, Constantine (1990-05-19). "Rice, Citizens Groups Join To Declare Seattle Won't Tolerate Hate Crimes". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  12. ^ Gough, William (Dec 8, 1991). "A Gathering Of Neo-Nazis -- Encampment Draws Protest". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  13. ^ Reang, Putsata (Oct 2, 1996). "Supremacist Guilty In Klan Scuffle -- Federal Way Man Broke Free- Lancer's Camera". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  14. ^ Wilcox, Laird (2002). "Who Watches the Watchmen?". In Jeffrey S. Kaplan, Heléne Lööw. The Cultic Milieu. Rowman Altamira. pp. 334–335. 
  15. ^ Helen Gilbert, "Lyndon Larouche: Fascism Restyled for the New Millennium," [1]
  16. ^ "COMPLIANCE CASE MADE PUBLIC". Federal Election Commission. November 4, 2004. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 
  17. ^ "OR State House 45 Race - Nov 02, 2004". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  18. ^ "Enthusiastic support puts radicals on the ballot in four states," Linda Averill, Freedom Socialist, October 1998, http://www.socialism.com/drupal-6.8/?q=node/1224
  19. ^ Durham/Lopez campaign website, http://votesocialism.com/
  20. ^ Ballot Access News, January 29, 2012, "Freedom Socialist Party Nominates its First National Ticket".
  21. ^ The Green Papers "Votes for Stephen Gaylord Durham".
  22. ^ Ballot Access News "New York State Posts Final 2012 Election Returns Tally; Presidential Vote Increases by 400,332 Votes".
  23. ^ Cornish, Megan (October 2016). "America First: Revival of a fascist ideology". socialism.com. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 

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