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SPUSA members and supporters from the North East joined thousands of activists at the Peoples Climate March in New York City. Members from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts took part in the "Strike Climate Change" continent and distributed ecosocialist and climate justice literature.

The Party also hosted a post rally reception at the AJ Muste/ WRL Building, including a presentation from Charles S from the Northern NJ Local and music by Rostafa (video 1) (video 2)

 
 
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The L.A. & Ventura County Locals occupied Wilshire x Vermont today at the  demonstration. Great turnout and division of labor -- we had folks on signs, petitioning and flyering. Many thanks to Mimi, Hana, Craig, Rustin, Kerry, Michael, Gabe, Scott, Larry, Nick, Jose, Rene and Bryan for kicking ass today!!!

 
 
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On Fri., September 19, Enactus, a student group at Hillsdale College organized a genuine debate featuring clearly different world views about dealing with poverty. National Review has called Hillsdale College a "citadel of American conservatism", so Enactus had to search a bit for a representative of the left.  They found Adam Adrianson, State Chair of the SP of Michigan, who arranged  to find them a speaker for the point of view little considered at Hillsdale.  Rea Hederman, VP of the Buckeye Institute,
formerly with the Heritage Foundation presented the conventional free-market approach to dealing with poverty.  He was opposed by our own Vice-Chair, John Strinka, who presented a Socialist view on the subject.

To begin, Strinka began by observing that the "poor" are not a special class that present a policy "problem", but instead are any of us under constrained circumstances.  With that as a foundation, he explained that Socialists empower all people through direct democratic control of the means of production, and indeed, all major institutions of society.  This came as a surprise to many of the students who were expecting a defense of bureaucratic, statist solutions.

About 100 undergrads turned up to listen to the debate on a bright, sunny, beautiful end of summer afternoon, which was remarkable in itself.  They were rewarded by a thoughtful discussion of very different worldviews and their policy implications, with none of the simplistic reduction and talking over each other that pass for policy discussion on mainstream media.

 
 
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On Saturday, September 13th, members of both the Socialist Party L.A. and Ventura Locals filled the Los Angeles office to attend Professor Kevin Anderson's presentation, titled "Rethinking Socialist Humanism after Poststructuralism and Postmodernism." A lively discussion with Professor Anderson followed the presentation and the L.A. Local asked Professor Anderson if he would consider returning for a future Freedom School. After the discussion, the group joined Professor Anderson for a late dinner (which ran into the early morning hours) in West L.A.

 
 
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In Indianapolis, as in cities across the country today, low wage workers took to the streets to make their case for a living wage. Organized under the banner of "Fight for Fifteen" in Indianapolis, fast food and health care workers demonstrated in front of a corporate-owned McDonald's at 38th and Post this morning. The Indy local (Gilbert Kuhn and John Strinka are clearly visible in the channel 8 footage) joined in solidarity with the workers. At the culmination of the rally, demonstrators flooded Post Road, blocking traffic. About 10 workers were removed from the roadway by Indianapolis police. This was the largest yet in a series of ongoing demonstrations since last summer bringing attention to the plight of low wage workers in the area.

Media: http://www.wthr.com/story/26447708/2014/09/04/indy-fast-food-workers-protest-for-higher-wages