On August 21st, the Socialist Party of New Jersey (SPNJ) and Green Party of New Jersey (GPNJ) co-sponsored a "Politics Beyond the Two Party System" event in Oakhurst, NJ. The event was a continuation of the Politics Beyond the Two Party System panel sponsored and run by both parties at the 2016 NJ People's Summit.
Speakers included GPNJ Chair Julie Saporito, SPUSA Co-Chair Pat Noble, Paul Sliker, and Alan Schulman from Democracy at Work. The keynote speaker was Powerline founder Jesse Chen.
Along with speeches and breakout workshops, a mock presidential election was held using various voting methods (single vote, instant runoff voting, scoring, etc.) to show attendees how voting can be more involved and democratic.
Local performer Jim Clerico played during the social hour and the event was finished with a concert by David Rovics.
SP members came out to New Brunswick NJ on the weekend of August 5 - 7 th for the SPUSA Organizing conference. We had two days two days of workshops and a great conference plenary featuring SPUSA Co-chair Pat Noble, SP presidential candidate Mimi Soltysik and Brian Powers from 15Now!
The Indianapolis Socialist Party-USA attended a sizable demonstration against the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council ( ALEC) which was lead by various labor and activist groups. ALEC is responsible for many right-wing bills that targets welfare reform, immigrants, labor unions, and environmental protections. The Socialist Party-USA is proud to have taken a stand against them.