On Saturday, October 18, members of the Memphis SP-USA joined Memphis United and the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center for The People's Conference on Equal Justice at Lemoyne Owen College in Memphis. The conference featured workshops and discussions on Ferguson, private prisons, and grassroots organizing.
Members of the Memphis local presented workshops on grassroots organizing, effective canvassing, and lady justice. Ace Madjlesi, co-chair, led a discussion on incarceration of women, which led the call to end shackling laws for incarcerated mothers giving birth in Tennessee. Co-chair Bennett Foster and Paul Garner taught students and community members how to strengthen grassroots movements, while secretary Brooke Shannon gave workshop-goers the tools they will need to coordinate their own door-to-door canvasses
Art Goldberg of the Working People's Law Center dropped by the L.A. Local to share stories detailing his involvement in the Free Speech Movement. You can catch Art in the film "Berkeley in the Sixties" and on the streets in Los Angeles every Friday as he protests U.S. military
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St. Louis Party members Barbara Stelmar, Marcus Wildhaber, Calvin Curtiss and Logan Wyatt attended the March for Justice to Kiener Plaza on October 11th 2014. Over 3000 people marched to indict and convict Darren Wilson, who brutally murdered Mike Brown on August 9th, and against a system that allows institutional racial oppression and police brutality to go unchecked.
The St. Louis Local stands in solidarity with those rising up against a system which exploits them and condones the murder of people of color everyday. We hope to help continue building the movement here in St. Louis and will be out standing with our brothers and sisters of the St. Louis community until justice is served and the will of the people is met.
This week members of YPSL tabled the semesterly "Club Rush" event at Moorpark College. Members worked together to create a totally eye catching booth, manned for 3 hours each day by advocates for socialism and anarchism. Armed with an array of informative and entertaining literature, YPSL carried on various conversations and debates with passerbys and got over 20 new sign ups for the club this semester.
The Socialist Party of Michigan, an affiliate of the Socialist Party USA, has rented a billboard for the next month on I-75. The sign is just south of Detroit as one enters the city. Socialism as a concept has increased in popularity over the last few years, and this billboard is our attempt to make citizens, voters, and working people aware of their social and political alternatives.
Northern New Jersey members organized a vigil against the use of drones for war and surveillance on October 3rd in Montclair. The event was organized in conjunction with the Socialist Party's Campaign Against Military Drones, international "Keep Space for Peace Week" and Code Pink's day of action against drone warfare