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Announcement :: DNC : Education : Environment : Environment : Environment : Environment : Gender : Human Rights : International : Labor : Organizing : Politics
Socialist Candidates Speak in Providence 9/24
23 Sep 2004
Modified: 12:38:08 PM
6:30-8:30 p.m. WORKERS WORLD PARTY CAMPAIGN RALLY at the Black Box Theatre / New Met School (Public St., Providence -- directly across from CCRI entrance).
On Friday, Sept. 24, residents of Providence will have the opportunity to hear Workers World Party presidential candidate John Parker and vice-presidential candidate Teresa Gutierrez, as well as LeiLani Dowell, Peace & Freedom Party candidate for Congress in San Francisco, at a series of 3 events in Providence.

* 3 p.m. PRESS CONFERENCE at Brown University's Winkle Gates (corner of College and Prospect Streets) where they will be joined by local political leaders to address the University's unique opportunity to facilitate reparations for African-Americans.

* 4:30-5:30 p.m. KICK-OFF RALLY FOR MILLION WORKER MARCH ORGANIZING IN RHODE ISLAND at Providence Federal Building

* 6:30-8:30 p.m. WORKERS WORLD PARTY CAMPAIGN RALLY at the Black Box Theatre / New Met School (Public St., Providence -- directly across from CCRI entrance).

The candidates will address the question, "Will voting for Kerry or Bush stop imperialist wars abroad, racism and rising poverty at home?" All three are uniquely qualified to speak on the topic as community activists, anti-war leaders, workers and people of color.

"While government statistics show that the ranks of the poor and uninsured swelled again in 2003, Senator Kerry has chosen to engage in a hypocritical debate with President Bush over his military record during the criminal U.S. war in Vietnam," says presidential candidate John Parker. "And while the Bush junta carries out war crimes against the heroic Iraqi resistance, Kerry had the nerve to slap his supporters in the face -- again -- saying he would have voted to invade Iraq even knowing there were no weapons of mass destruction."

"The growing movement for a Million Worker March in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 17 is an important move in the direction of independent class-struggle politics in the labor and progressive movements, and a healthy antidote to the Anybody But Bush syndrome," says vice-presidential candidate Teresa Gutierrez. "We support this development wholeheartedly and are working hard to build the march. At the Sept. 24 rally, people will have the opportunity to learn more and become an organizer for the MWM."

"We are reaching out with the message that workers, the poor, people of color, women, the lesbian/gay/bi/trans community, immigrants, youths and students,rank-and-file soldiers, prisoners, and all who are oppressed need their own party -- one that fights for them and truly represents their interests," adds LeiLani Dowell, a WWP youth organizer running for Congress on the Peace & Freedom ticket. "Our campaign is spreading the word that the struggle for socialism is alive and well -- that another world is possible -- a world where people's needs come before capitalist greed."

Following the Providence rally, Parker, Gutierrez and Dowell will carry their message across the country, to 5 New England cities, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington on the East Coast, Buffalo, Detroit and Chicago in the Midwest, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego in the West, and Richmond, Atlanta, Houston, Raleigh and other cities in the South.

The Parker-Gutierrez ticket has achieved ballot status in a number of states including RHODE ISLAND and Washington. One of the main themes of their election campaign is to expose the prejudicial barriers that third party candidates have to try to overcome to get on the ballot in all 50 states. Activists across the country are organizing write-in campaigns on behalf of John Parker and Teresa Gutierrez.

WWP CANDIDATES' PROFILES:

JOHN PARKER, Workers World Party's presidential candidate, is a co-coordinator of the Los Angeles Million Worker March and of the Los Angeles International Action Center. He was part of fact-finding delegations to the Sudan and Iraq to expose U.S. war crimes in those countries subsequent to bombings. He reported on these trips back to activists in the U.S. John organized community solidarity and support for the 70,000 striking grocery workers who'd been locked-out of their workplaces last year in southern California. John was arrested during a civil disobedience action in support of these workers.

TERESA GUTIERREZ, Workers World Party's vice-presidential candidate, has been a leader and organizer of many struggles supporting people's movements in Latin America. She has organized and participated in delegations to Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela, and Haiti. She is a national organizer for the Free the Cuban Five campaign to liberate Cuban patriots who are being held as political prisoners in the U.S. Teresa has long been in the forefront of those supporting the Cuban revolution here, in support of the gains made for the Cuban people, and standing against U.S. aggression and embargo. Teresa is also a strong fighter for immigrants' rights here in the U.S.

LEILANI DOWELL is the Congressional Candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party in San Francisco , as a representative of Workers World Party. She is a 26-year-old Lesbian, an organizer with Queers for Peace and Justice and is a founding member of FIST-Fight Imperialism,
Stand Together. Leilani has participated in solidarity delegations to El Salvador, Colombia, Venezuela , Cuba and most recently, Haiti. Just recently, Leilani was out in the streets protesting the Bush Administration's occupation and war crimes in Iraq during the Republican National Convention.
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WWP Campaign Committee - RI
401-726-2922
See also:
http://www.workers.org/
http://www.vote4workers.org/

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