Independent Labor Party Sweeps Ohio Local Election PDF Print E-mail
Written by David May   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 15:46

ilpohioRevealing another crack in the fragile foundation of the two-party system, voters in Lorain County, Ohio elected 24 Independent Labor Party candidates in local elections in December, out of 26 who ran. The election result was completely ignored by the major media outlets. Why? Because it shows that when offered an alternative fighting for the working class majority, with the numbers and resources of the unions behind to make it a viable option, working people will respond.

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To Howard Dean on Leaving the Democrats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joe Lang of the Twin Cities CMPL   
Monday, 17 June 2013 15:35

Mr. Dean,

Your recent announcement that you may have to become an independent if the Obama administration’s sequestration budget gets passed sent an uproar through the news community and blogs across the internet. This bit of news has not gone unnoticed by those of us at the Campaign For a Mass Party of Labor (CMPL). We are of the belief that the two major parties are far more interested in the interests of big business, and believe the facts speak for themselves...

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CMPL Supporter Tom Trottier's Contribution to the Labor Party Blog PDF Print E-mail
Written by CMPL   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 15:23

CMPL logoI thank brother Dudzic and sister Isaac for their very thoughtful perspective on the past effort to build the Labor Party and would like to offer a few thoughts to add to this discussion.

In order to win political power, a labor party must have as its base the entire labor movement or a least a very significant part of it. However, this does not exclude the fact that a “non-mass” labor party, provided it has some support from sections of the labor movement, could play an important educational role and help to build support for a mass party. This would mean the party would have to engage various political and social movements and would need to run candidates in some elections. We might not expect to win at first, but we could use the campaigns to build broader support as workers (both in and out of unions) could hear a different political perspective to the two big business parties. What might start as protest votes could be built into something larger in some areas. As the party grows, the dead-end of the present policy of the labor leaders would mean more debate opening up in the unions among the rank and file about what labor should do in elections.

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Labor Party Time? A New Blog Initiated by Former Officials of the Labor Party PDF Print E-mail
Written by CMPL   
Sunday, 23 December 2012 08:40

KC Labor PartyThe Campaign for a Mass Party of Labor is thrilled to see a broadening of the discussion on the need for a U.S. labor party with the launching of this new blog. With "lesser evil" austerity bearing down on the American working class, the need for such a party has never been more urgent. Labor Party Time? is a forum to discuss and debate the need for an independent political party for working people and the prospects for a renewed labor party effort given the state of the labor movement in the United States. The experiences of the Labor Party, founded in June 1996 as a new political party of, by and for working people, serve as the basis for the discussion.

Labor Party Time? Not Yet a contribution by Labor Party National Organizer Mark Dudzic and Secretary-Treasurer Katherine Isaac chronicles the successes and failures of the Labor Party movement and analyzes the impact of the effort, the reasons for its decline, and its lessons for today. Join the discussion by posting comments to the Labor Party Time? analysis or to the responses by Labor Party activists Jed DoddDonna DewittChris TownsendBill Onasch, and Les Leopold. The CMPL will contributing to this discussion in the coming weeks.

 
Labor Party Time? (A Contribution to the Discussion) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark Dudzic & Katherine Isaac   
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 00:14

Labor Party Founding ConventionWe republish here an article by Mark Dudzic and Katherine Isaac, both active in the Labor Party in the 1990s and early 2000s (as National Organizer and Secretary-Treasurer respectively). It gives an overall picture of the movement for a labor party in the 1990s, and the conditions that contributed to the party's formation. The article correctly points out the need for an independent political party of the working class and the need for such a party to be based on the resources of the labor movement. As the authors explain: "We would be hard-pressed to identify a period of U.S. history where the need for a labor-based political party was greater than it is now." The CMPL couldn't agree more!

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