Events

We’re throwing a BBQ!

📷 JMD ART

The Socialist Party of Ventura County will be hosting a community BBQ at College View Park (next to Moorpark College) on Sunday, September 8th @ 2:00 PM.

Feel free to stop on by and spend some time with your local Socialist Party. There will be food, beverages, music, and plenty of discussion. Everyone is welcome, regardless of party affiliation or political knowledge. We’re not here to challenge your Marxist credentials; we’re here to build community (and have a little fun). Don’t forget to bring a friend, and we’ll see you there!

RSVP to this event on Facebook by clicking here.

Statements

In response to the National Action Committee

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On July 19, 2019, the Socialist Party USA National Action Committee (NAC) issued a statement in response to two editorial submissions published by The Socialist. The articles in question voiced support for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the People’s Republic of China, specifically in their struggles against U.S. imperialism. Although the Party’s platform and principles describes itself as a multi-tendency organization, this statement explicitly undermined the anti-imperialist nature of these articles and described them as “in conflict with our core principles.”

Whether or not one agrees with the content of the articles in question, all should agree that the urgency with which this statement was published is somewhat disturbing, as the NAC has rarely issued any other statements in recent months. It appears that the NAC is far more concerned with policing and silencing members’ opinions than engaging with the real political issues of our time. So-called “editorial oversight” of The Socialist has been made a higher priority than supporting organizing efforts and allowing the opinions of members to be heard. This statement from the NAC should be condemned, and it must be made clear that its publication is a misrepresentation of the democratic and socialist principles of our party.

Written by concerned members in support of multi-tendency representation and Party unity. Approved by the membership of the Socialist Party of Ventura County on July 21st, 2019.

Statements

74 years ago, fascism was defeated in Europe

📷 Yevgeny Khaldei

On May 8th 1945, the Allied Forces of the United Nations, led by the “Big Three” powers of the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and the United States, defeated the fascist military alliance known as the “Axis powers” in Europe. This defeat marked the end of the bloodiest conflict in human history, with over 50 million dead throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa alone. The Soviet Union suffered the majority of military and civilian casualties, numbering roughly 27 million people. The gallant efforts of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army led the charge against fascism in Europe toward allied victory, and would go on to secure the continent’s liberty for decades to come.

The onslaught faced by the metropoles in Western Europe also signaled a major defeat for imperialism throughout the world. The end of an era of Western hegemony had begun to take shape, and the European empires of old gave way to new independent and sovereign nations. The devastation and genocide carried out by the Axis powers throughout Europe and Asia would also see the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the transformation of the United Nations (UN) from a military alliance into an international forum for mediation and diplomacy, in order to prevent humanity from ever repeating the atrocities of the past again.

Today, we honor the tremendous sacrifices made by the millions of heroic peoples throughout the world who fought in a united struggle for peace, freedom, and human dignity. We will never forget all of those who bravely took a stand against the crimes of fascist tyranny, and have provided us a framework to usher in a new era of human rights. We owe our lives and liberties to those who sacrificed themselves for these ideals, and we will carry on their legacy.

Approved by the Local Executive Committee of the Socialist Party of Ventura County on May 8th, 2019.

Statements

Today belongs to the working class!

📷 Socialist Party of Los Angeles

While the United States government maliciously recognizes May 1st as “Law Day,” the worldwide labor movement has honored today as International Workers’ Day for over a century. Since its inception by the Second International in 1889, this day has been a yearly celebration of the struggles and victories of the international proletariat. It is a day about promoting the value of people, their labor, and the promise of a better tomorrow.

For many, especially those living in the Global South, it is also a call to demonstrate their resistance and opposition to the countless acts of military aggression and economic discrimination carried out by the U.S. empire.

On this May Day, we ask all our comrades to remember the past struggles that have lead us to this moment in time, and to view the world not just as it exists now, but as it can exist in the future. The national and international political order is changing, and we all have a role to play in building the future that we want to see. Let’s build that future, together.

The Socialist Party of Ventura County stands in solidarity with the international working class and labor movements throughout the world. We will continue building our communities through outreach and education, as part of the unified struggle for a world free from the tyranny of capital and empire.

Happy May Day! Workers of the World, Unite!

Approved by the Local Executive Committee of the Socialist Party of Ventura County on May 1st, 2019.

Endorsements

Rally to demand hands off Venezuela!

📷 Agencia Venezolana de Noticias

Two centuries of U.S. intervention, including recent examples such as Libya and Syria, have demonstrated the death and destruction that follows for the people of every country the empire deems a threat. Whether the governments targeted by the United States are socialist or not, the goals and consequences remain the same: protecting capital, hegemony, and empire, no matter the human cost.

Regardless of how one may personally feel about Nicolas Maduro, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, or the Venezuelan government as a whole, only a fool could possibly believe that the policy goals of the United States in Latin America are “humanitarian.” The Socialist Party of Ventura County (SPVC) categorically rejects any and all attempts by the United States, its allies, or its proxy states to intervene in the political affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

On Saturday, March 16, the ANSWER Coalition and CODEPINK will be staging a rally in Pershing Square, Los Angeles at 2:00 PM to call for an end to U.S. aggression, sanctions, and coups against Venezuela. The SPVC fully endorses this demonstration of international solidarity, and calls for everyone who opposes the brutal history of U.S. regime change to show up and demand HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!

For more details, click here to view the event on Facebook.

Approved by the Local Executive Committee of the Socialist Party of Ventura County on March 5th, 2019.

Statements

Solidarity with our teachers on strike!

📷 Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

The Socialist Party of Ventura County stands in absolute solidarity with the ongoing strike being conducted by United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA).

For far too long, educators have been devalued and deprioritized, while wealthy capital interests seek to profit from an already underfunded public education system. Financial cutbacks have taken their toll on both students seeking a decent education, and on educators who often must provide their own materials in order for their students to succeed. The situation is only getting worse with the introduction of charter school initiatives and for-profit educational programs.

This is no way to administer a public school system or develop a sustainable educational environment for the future of our children. The privatization of public education in Los Angeles and throughout the United States should be deeply concerning to everyone, especially the millions of working-class people who depend on a publicly funded education in order to pursue a better future for themselves and their loved ones.

We will always stand by our students and our teachers. We will always stand for free and universal public education. We will always stand for equality and opportunity in the face of privatization and austerity.

Approved by the Local Executive Committee of the Socialist Party of Ventura County on January 14th, 2019.

Party News

Season’s greetings (& meetings)

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To our members, comrades, and followers celebrating (or surviving) the holiday season, the Socialist Party of Ventura County wishes you all the best. We would also like to take this opportunity to share our deepest condolences for the many folks out there who are still recovering from the violence and destruction our community has endured throughout these past few months. The loss of life and property wrought by the Borderline shooting and wildfires, not to mention the disappointing election results that will continue to leave thousands without necessary medical care or housing, has been absolutely devastating. As we continue to push forward, remember that in addition to friends and family, you can always reach out to the Socialist Party or the many other fantastic local activist organizations for support. Solidarity is more than just a buzzword.

Next, we would like to inform everyone that due to the overall hectic nature of this time of year, we will not be having a general meeting for the month of December. If you or your organization has anything important to discuss, never hesitate to contact us and we’ll respond as soon as we are able to. And finally, we’d like to remind our supporters that we’ve recently launched a Patreon so that we can expand and improve our organizing efforts. If you’ve got a few spare bucks and would like to help out the cause, consider giving it a look. One-time donations are also available for those who are interested.

Thank you to everyone who stands alongside us in our common struggle for justice, and we’ll see you all again in January.