Socialist Workers Party

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Template:TOCnestleft The Socialist Workers Party is a communist political party in the United States that publishes the weekly newspaper, The Militant, that dates back to 1928. They are covert members of the Trotskyite "Fourth International" based in Paris. The SWP also maintains Pathfinder Press, which publishes titles by SWP leaders like James P. Cannon, Farrell Dobbs, Evelyn Reed and Jack Barnes as well as by Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Malcolm X and Che Guevara.[1]

Its' youth arm in the 1960s and 70s was the Young Socialist Alliance YSA. The printing house for SWP publications was known as Pathfinder Press.

One of the few congressional studies on both the SWP and YSA was the 50 page publication by the House Internal Security Committee (HISC) entitled "Communists in the Trotsky Mold: A Report on the Socialist Workers Party and the Young Socialist Alliance", HISC, 92nd Congress, 1st Session, 1971, SubDoc No. 66-782, 1971. The other HISC and Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, Sen. Judiciary Committee hearings were:

Both publications contained rare, original documents from and about the SWP, especially its' covert, illegal relationship (i.e. membership) with the "Fourth International based in Paris, something a Missouri judge totally ignored during the SWP's COINTELLPRO lawsuits against FBI surveillance.

Socialist Workers Party Candidates for Office

The following is a list of individuals who ran on a Socialist Workers Party ticket in recent years:[2]

  • 11/08/2016 US President - Popular Vote Alyson Kennedy Lost 0.01% (-48.18%)
  • 11/08/2016 US Vice President Osborne G. Hart Lost 0.00% (-56.69%)
  • 08/02/2016 WA Governor - Blanket Primary Mary Martin Lost 0.74% (-48.55%)
  • 11/03/2015 Mayor of Philadelphia Osborne Hart Lost 0.52% (-84.85%)
  • 11/03/2015 Philadelphia City Council At-Large John Staggs Lost 0.33% (-15.59%)
  • 04/28/2015 DC Council Ward 4 - Special Election Glova Scott Lost 0.49% (-42.13%)
  • 11/05/2013 New York City Mayor Daniel Fein Lost 0.07% (-73.08%)
  • 11/05/2013 New York City Public Advocate Deborah Liatos Lost 0.52% (-82.85%)
  • 11/05/2013 New York City Comptroller John Studer Lost 0.20% (-80.23%)
  • 06/25/2013 MA US Senate - Special Laura Garza Lost 0.00% (-54.80%)
  • 04/09/2013 IL District 2 - Special Election John Hawkins Lost 0.00% (-70.84%)
  • 11/06/2012 US Vice President Alyson Kennedy Lost 0.00% (-61.71%)
  • 11/06/2012 US President - Popular Vote James E. Harris Lost 0.00% (-51.06%)
  • 11/06/2012 US Vice President Maura DeLuca Lost 0.00% (-61.71%)
  • 11/06/2012 IA - District 03 David Rosenfeld Lost 1.62% (-50.59%)
  • 11/06/2012 NY District 13 Deborah Liatos Lost 2.87% (-87.87%)
  • 11/06/2012 MN US Senate Frank Forrestal Lost 0.00% (-65.23%)
  • 11/06/2012 MN District 05 Tony Lane Lost 0.00% (-74.46%)
  • 11/06/2012 PA US Senate Osborne Hart Lost 0.00% (-53.69%)
  • 11/06/2012 IL - District 07 Dennis Richter Lost 0.00% (-84.64%)

Congressional Record Articles on the SWP/YSA

In the mid-1970's, Rep. Larry McDonald (D-GA) began to insert into the Congressional Record scores of articles his staff wrote about communism in America and around the world. Among them were a series devoted solely to the Socialist Workers Party, its youth arm, the Young Socialist Alliance (YSA), and it fronts and activities. Below is a listing of many of those inserts. The page numbers listed for many of them are from the online retrieval service known as "HeinOnLine" and differ from the original pagination found in the Congressional Record. An attempt will be made to provide both when possible.

  • "Trotskyism and Terrorism: Part X - Socialist Workers Party Structure and Ideology"

C.R. HeinOnLine, Sept. 10, 1976, 122 Cong., pages 29792-29794; C.R. pages, "Extension of Remarks" -

SWP newspaper The Militant Staff and Writers

KW is putting in this section lists of SWP/Militant leaders/writers from issues collected over the years. Some of them will show up in the late 90's and the 2000's as key leaders/members of Trotskyite "Socialist" split-off organizations including "Socialist Worker" and the "international Socialist Review" and similarly named publications.

Issue of "The Militant, November 3, 2003

Published weekly except for one week in January, July, September and December: The Militant, 152 West 36th St., #401, New York, New York, 10018, 212-594-1014; Fax: 212-594-1018. Website: "Signed articles by contributors do not necessarily represent the Militant's views. These are expressed in editorials."

Writers for this issue include:

  • Harry Ring - one of the oldest members of the SWP and literally a founding member
  • Paul Davies - London, "In Review" column about a film "The Magdalene Sisters"
  • Lalu Hanuman - London, England Letters (to the Editor)
  • Sam Manuel
  • James Vincent
  • Joel Britton - one of the oldest SWP members from the 60's
  • Wendy Lyons - Southgate, California column, "Wendy Lyons is a kill floor worker at Farmer John and a member of [[UFCW Local 710)

Pathfinder Press/Bookstore

A celebration of their publication of "Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution: Writings and Speeches of Ernesto Che Guevara" was to be held on Sunday, December 6, 1987 in Manhattan, New York City, sponsored by the Pathfinder Bookstore, 79 Leonard Street, NYC, NY.[3] Speakers for the event were listed as:

Solidarity with Sept. 24 FBI Raid Activists

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression lists Socialist Workers Party as one of the organizations that has issued a statement of solidarity in support of the activists raided in the September 24, 2010 FBI Raids.[4]

Solidarity with North Korea

Larry Holmes, Workers World Party’s first secretary, led a three-person, party delegation to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the end of July, 2013. The DPRK was celebrating the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

According to Holmes: "We were not the only ones from the U.S. There was a delegation from the Socialist Workers Party. Progressive attorneys Ramsey Clark and Mara Verheyden-Hilliard were there, as was the ANSWER Coalition. [5]

SWP fronts

Socialist Workers Party fronts.

Ever since its formation in 1937 as a split-off from other "socialist" organizations, the Socialist Workers Party and its youth arm Young Socialist Alliance (YSA), mastered the technique of setting up "front" organizations that they controlled but which were perceived by an unknowing and often uninformed public, as being independent "issue" groups.

The SWP's ability to suck in non-communists, including many members of Congress, to sponsor, support and even talk at their front operations, has been an untold story by most of the media with the major exceptions of Human Events weekly, "The Pink Sheet on the Left" and its successor, "The American Sentinel."

Listed below are both major and minor SWP fronts with information about them and public sources/documentation that reveal these organizations true masters.


  • CODEL- re election rights
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A lot of previously unseen information about the SWP/YSA and its ties to the Trotskyite Fourth International, as well as about their fronts, can be found in the publications of the House Committee on Un-American Activities HCUA and its successor, the House Internal Security Committee HISC, as well as in the definitive study by the Senate Subcommittee on Internal Security SISS, of the Senate Judiciary Committee, "Trotskyite Terrorist International", SISS, July 24, 1975.

The SWP often set up political organizations to support their candidates for both local, state and federal (Congressional) elections, too many to list. However, a few had so many "sponsors" or "endorsers" listed that it is worth having them reproduced at KW to show just "who" was supporting the SWP/YSA and their candidates.

In the SWP newspaper The Militant of November 26, 1971, Page 4, a full page notice was published about the [{Women for Jenness & Pulley]], the SWP's presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates for 1972. The notice was put out by the Socialist Workers '72 Campaign Committee. The full text of this item is reproduced below, along with the names of "endorsers", listed by state, along with any self-provided organizational identifications. Keywiki will provide additional identifications whenever possible, after the printed identification.


"Linda Jenness]] is the first feminist to run for President of the United States in this century. She and her running-mate, Andrew Pulley, are active supporters of the sruggle for women's liberation. Linda Jenness' campaign is helping to build a powerful, independent movement of women to fight for our rights. She is the only presidential candidate who has actively supported the November 20 demonstrations in Washington D.C. and San Francisco for the repeal of all anti-abortion laws, no force sterilization, and no contraception laws.

The platform of the Socialist Workers candidates include the following planks on women's liberation:

  • Abolish all anti-abortion laws; no forced sterilization; no contraception laws.
  • Free child care centers available at all times to be controlled by those who use them.
  • Pass the Equal Rights Amendment; enforce Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act; all protective laws beneficial to women should be extended to cover men as well.
  • The billions of dollars wasted on war and destruction should be used to build child care centers, abortion clinics, hospitals and decent housing for all; immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Southeast Asia.
  • Support the struggles of women of all oppressed nationalities -- Blacks, Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Native-Americans, and Asian-Americans-- for their human rights. Support the struggle of the oppressed nationalities for liberation and for control of their own communities.
  • An end to laws and discrimination against gay women and men.
  • For a crash program of government-funded research to develop safe and effective abortion and birth-control methods. Abortion and birth-control devices should be free to all women who want them.
  • Review the cases of all women prisoners by a commission of their peers; abolish all laws which victimize women, such as laws against prostitution.

We endorse the Jenness-Pulley ticket as a positive alternative to the Democratic and Republican Parties, although we do not necessarily agree with all of the planks of the Socialist Workers party platform. We invite you to join us."

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