Members of the L.A. Local were part of the Ecosocialist Los Angeles Conference organizing committee, and many others from the Local attended and participated in the Conference. Roughly three hundred people attended from a wide array of organizations on the Left, and most all engaged in a
wonderful display of unity and friendship. Speakers included Jill Stein, Scott Tucker, Chris Williams, Kimberly King, and many more. The L.A. Local, having established new allies throughout the organizing process, will continue to play a role in the developing ecosocialist movement in California.
Members of the Memphis SP have been at work, leading two crucial budgetary campaigns through the Memphis Bus Riders Union (MBRU) and Homeless Organizing for Power and Equality (HOPE). Over the summer, MBRU organized over 200 riders to attend public hearings on proposed transportation cuts. This and other MBRU actions stopped major gutting of local bus lines and restored over $1 million in public transportation funding. SP members also worked to secure $240,000 in budgetary designations for homelessness services. With the local budget season over, SP members in Memphis continue to organize with MBRU and HOPE, while looking forward to new campaigns under the SP banner.
On September 7th, the Los Angeles Local hosted the first of its Freedom School series. Comrades from around Los Angeles and Ventura came out and listened to multi-media presentations covering Eugene V. Debs, Norman Thomas, Howard Zinn and the perception of U.S. involvement in international conflict, and the role U.S. socialists have played in revolutionary movements worldwide. As always, the SoCal folks managed to blend a warm and inviting element into the program, and we hope to see even more in attendance at the next program, tentatively scheduled for early November.
Socialist Party members joined the Monmouth and Ocean County Local at the Red Bank Street Fair on Sunday as part of our outreach campaign. SPNJ Secretary and Red Bank Regional school board member Pat Noble was joined by SP write-in Gubernatorial candidate Maynor Moreno as well as Northern NJ members Andrea and Greg Pason along with local volunteers