Party for Socialism and Liberation

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Party for Socialism and Liberation is a "newly formed working class party of leaders and activists from many different struggles, founded to promote the movement for revolutionary change".[1]

History

PSL was originally created in 2006, as the result of a split in the Stalinist Workers World Party, a once Trotskyite split-off faction from the older Socialist Workers Party, although their "political line" is almost identical. The San Francisco branch as well as several other members left WWP in 2004. The PSL has since established two national branches in Washington DC and in San Francisco as well as more than 20 smaller branches throughout the US.

2008 National Conference on Socialism

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The Party for Socialism and Liberation held a National Conference on Socialism, December 6-7, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA.[2]

The Opening Plenary introduced conference participants to the Party for Socialism and Liberation, highlighting recent struggles and campaigns.

The Opening Plenary was chaired by Peta Lindsay, PSL- Los Angeles.

Speaking on the plenary were;

The Keynote Plenary featured;

The International Solidarity Session was chaired by Ena Valladares (Los Angeles), Kerbie Joseph (New York City), and Javier Lavoe (New York City) and featured a presentation by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark. Speaking on the plenary were;

Statements were read by Jennifer Zaldana from the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain (PCPE), and the People’s Socialist Party of Mexico (PPSD).

Keywiki observations

Many of the key leaders of PSL were members of the Workers World Party but left during an internal split with the Larry Holmes faction in the past few years. These included Gloria La Riva, Brian Becker, Sarah Sloan, Peta Lindsay and others who will be identified and cross-indexed at a later time.

Interestingly, since the PSL is an openly marxist, revolutionary group, the open participation of Jim Lafferty, a longtime SWP-supporting attorney from the NLG; Ramsey Clark; and Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, now allows one to call them communists or communist sympathizers, or marxist-sympathizers/supporters. The fact that a former U.S. Attorney General is now openly affiliated with the PSL (after decades of affiliations through the WWP fronts of IAC, ANSWER and the Panama Inquiry) seems to have somehow missed getting the attention of the mass media.

The mainstream media had almost no idea who the WWP was during their reporting of the WWP fronts often very large anti-U.S. demonstrations under the names of the People's Anti-War Mobilization, All Peoples Congress, the Center for United Labor Action, and the American Servicemen's Union, from the late 60's thru the late 80's. Then the WWP formed the International Action Center, reportedly created with the help of Ramsey Clark and the larger Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, both of which are still in existence.

How Ramsey Clark got involved with the WWP after having spent over a decade aiding CPUSA and SWP fronts and overseas terrorist groups (in their trials for terrorist acts including murder) will make a great movie if stories about his possibly introduction to the WWP through one of his female legal employees turns out to be accurate.

For those interested in reading the only real congressional study on the history of the WWP from its creation as a split-off faction of the older Socialist Workers Party, see the House Internal Security Committee study entitled "The Workers World party and Its Front Organizations", A Study, Minority Staff, HISC, April, 1974 (Including Index). The "Index" lists the names of many of the present leaders of both the WWP and the PSL including Brian Becker and Larry Holmes.

Once a person has read this study, they will understand the ideological wanders of the once-Trotskyite oriented SWP split-off that became the WWP. Later the WWP again changed, somewhere in the early 1980's, into a more Stalinist/No. Korean-oriented marxist, revolutionary party, and over the following decades, became the newest Stalinist communist party in the U.S., far eclipsing the old Soviet Union/Russia affiliate, the Communist Party USA in their revolutionary rhetoric and street activities.

2010 National Conference on Socialism

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From Nov. 13-14, 2010, the Party for Socialism and Liberation sponsored and hosted the National Conference on Socialism 2010 - "Stand Up & Fight Back" in Los Angeles.

Speakers

Speakers at the conference included:[3]

Awards Ceremony

On Nov. 13, 2010 a special session entitled "Fighters for Justice, Champions of Freedom Awards" was held at the conference. Awards were presented by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark. The Fighters for Justice Award was "presented to political prisoners for their decades of struggle and perseverance before and during their unjust incarceration." The recipients were:[4]

The Champions of Freedom Award was presented to "radical lawyers and longtime leaders in the struggle for justice and equality and against imperialism." The 2010 award recipients were:

References