Socialist Equality Party (US) 2020 election campaign

University of Michigan graduate students take a stand for life against profit

By Joseph Kishore - Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 11 September 2020

Opposition to the resumption of classes at the University of Michigan is part of a broader struggle of workers against the homicidal policy of the ruling class related to the pandemic.

Supreme Court refuses to hear SEP challenge to Michigan ballot access denial

By Kevin Reed, 9 September 2020

The SEP’s three-month legal campaign for ballot access in Michigan came to an end on Friday with the state proceeding to the production of the ballots with the names of Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz excluded.

SEP submits emergency application to the US Supreme Court in Michigan ballot access case

By Kevin Reed, 1 September 2020

The SEP 2020 presidential campaign has appealed to Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court associate justice responsible for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a final effort to overturn the unconstitutional Michigan ballot access laws.

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals denies SEP challenge to restrictive ballot access laws in Michigan

By Joseph Kishore—SEP Presidential Candidate, 25 August 2020

Joseph Kishore, Socialist Equality Party (SEP) candidate for US President, issued the following statement in response to the ruling on Monday by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

The socialist answer to the paltry $600 million Flint settlement

By Joseph Kishore—SEP Presidential Candidate, 24 August 2020

Only through the development of the class struggle can the working class make right the years of bipartisan social crimes against the working class of Flint, Michigan.

Colin Powell at the Democratic National Convention: Democrats prepare administration of militarism and war

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 19 August 2020

The second day of the convention featured remarks by Powell, a leading architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and a video highlighting Biden’s “unlikely friendship” with arch warmonger John McCain.

The Biden/Harris campaign and the dead-end of “lesser evil” politics

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 17 August 2020

As the US election enters its final stage, enormous pressure is being brought to bear to convince workers and youth that the only way to oppose Trump is to support Biden and Harris.

The selection of Kamala Harris and the degradation of American politics

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 13 August 2020

There is something incredibly degrading and shameful about the whole process, testifying to the intellectual and cultural collapse of American politics.

The politics of oligarchy: Federal appeals court blocks SEP challenge to anti-democratic ballot access laws in California

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US President, 8 August 2020

The response of the ruling class and its state to the SEP's legal challenge has been determined by one political motive: Keep socialists off the ballot!

SEP candidates file brief replying to Governor Whitmer in Michigan ballot access appeal

By Kevin Reed, 4 August 2020

The brief replied to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s claim that April’s right-wing anti-lockdown protests in Lansing means the SEP candidates should have recognized that it was safe to gather signatures.

Elon Musk discovers Das Kapital

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 29 July 2020

In a tweet Monday afternoon, Tesla CEO Elon Musk provided his summary of Marx’s great work on capitalist political economy: “Das Kapital in a nutshell,” Musk wrote, is “Gib me dat for free.”

Stop Trump’s coup d’état! Mobilize the working class against authoritarianism and dictatorship!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 27 July 2020

The Trump administration’s deployment of paramilitary forces throughout the United States is a major escalation of the attempt to organize a coup d’état in advance of the November presidential elections.

California judge rules that SEP candidates must collect physical signatures during pandemic or be excluded from ballot

By Kevin Reed, 22 July 2020

Federal District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee handed down a ruling on Tuesday against the lawsuit filed by the SEP, which argues that California’s ballot access laws are “effectively impossible” to satisfy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SEP candidates Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz respond to California state officials in ballot access lawsuit

By Alan Gilman, 17 July 2020

In a set of court filings Wednesday, the SEP candidates refuted point by point the arguments made by California state officials in an effort to keep them off the November ballot.

Democratic California Governor Newsom argues that allowing SEP candidates on the ballot would cause “frustration of the democratic process”

By Isaac Finn, 14 July 2020

Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz are suing California for enforcing a 200,000-signature requirement. Yesterday, the candidates appealed a Michigan judge’s ruling against them to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Michigan Governor Whitmer argues SEP candidates should have petitioned for ballot status during the peak of the pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 30 June 2020

Democratic Party defendants in the lawsuit filed by the SEP against ballot access requirements in Michigan have responded by arguing that supporters of Kishore and Santa Cruz should have endangered their lives and those of the public by collecting voter signatures.

Socialist Equality Party challenges undemocratic ballot access laws in Michigan

By Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidates for president and vice president, 20 June 2020

The lawsuit is part of the SEP’s fight against an undemocratic electoral system that is designed to prevent any opposition to the two parties of the ruling class, the Democrats and Republicans.

SEP candidates Kishore and Santa Cruz file federal lawsuit challenging ballot access laws in Michigan

By Socialist Equality Party (US), 19 June 2020

Michigan’s ballot access requirements for independent candidates for president and vice-president force the SEP to collect tens of thousands of physical signatures, which is impossible during the global coronavirus pandemic.

SEP launches petition to appear on the presidential ballot in Illinois

17 June 2020

Supporters of the SEP are fighting to gather 5,000 electronic signatures to place Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz on the ballot for the general election in November.

Hundreds of thousands stage multiracial demonstrations against police violence in a powerful show of working-class unity

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 30 May 2020

Mass demonstrations of workers and youth of all races, triggered by the brutal murder of George Floyd, are an expression of tremendous social solidarity. It is not a question of black against white, but the working class against the rich.

Oppose the Trump administration’s deportation of 1,000 immigrant children!

By Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidate for US vice president, 23 May 2020

International laws and statutes that once offered special protections for immigrant youth seeking asylum have been made a dead letter by the Trump administration.

No to the anti-China campaign! For international solidarity against the pandemic and capitalism!

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for president, 22 May 2020

The SEP rejects the chauvinistic attacks by the Trump administration and Democrats aimed at shifting responsibility for the mass death due to the coronavirus pandemic from the American ruling class.

The killing of Ahmaud Arbery

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 12 May 2020

The killing of Arbery by a former police officer and public investigator must be seen in the context of the unending wave of police killings in the US, which claim more than 1,000 lives every year.

Governments worldwide respond to COVID-19 by saving profits, not lives

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 12 May 2020

The ruling elite’s efforts to enforce a return to work—and impose a massive restructuring of class relations to pay for the bailout of Wall Street—will encounter enormous opposition from the working class.

Depression USA

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 9 May 2020

The social desperation of millions of people in the United States is being used by the ruling class to compel a return to work amidst the expanding coronavirus pandemic.

Deemed essential, US farmworkers face wage reductions, zero protections from COVID-19

By Norissa Santa Cruz, 8 May 2020

Farmworkers lack access to basic medical care and suffer from significantly higher rates of diabetes, hypertension and health conditions such as heart disease and environmental cancers due to long exposure to pesticides.

The Trump administration’s war against society

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 6 May 2020

Amidst the expanding coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration is implementing a socially criminal “open up the economy” policy that will result in hundreds of thousands of deaths.

The coronavirus pandemic fuels the class struggle

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 30 April 2020

The response of the ruling class and capitalist governments to the coronavirus pandemic is producing a growing wave of walkouts, sick-outs, demonstrations and other forms of social unrest.

The Great Wall Street Heist of 2020

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 28 April 2020

2020 will go down not only as the year of the coronavirus pandemic but also as the year of the greatest act of thievery and plunder yet perpetrated by the corporate and financial oligarchy.

“Back to work” campaign in the US will lead to surge in coronavirus deaths

By Joseph Kishore, 24 April 2020

The American ruling class is attempting to rapidly resume production and send workers back to work. If this policy is carried out, countless thousands more people will get gravely sick or die.

SEP (US) Presidential candidate Joseph Kishore to participate in IYSSE (Australia) online meeting tonight

20 April 2020

Nick Beams and Socialist Equality Party (Australia) assistant national-secretary Cheryl Crisp will conduct a conversation with Kishore, the SEP candidate for president of the United States.

Sanders tells supporters: It is “irresponsible” not to campaign for Biden

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 17 April 2020

As in 2016, but now under much more explosive social and political conditions, Sanders is exchanging his “political revolution against the establishment” for the thin gruel of “lesser evil” politics.

Sanders endorses Biden: The “political revolution” that never was!

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 14 April 2020

Sanders’ endorsement of Biden is the shabby outcome of his campaign, the entire purpose of which was to prevent social and political opposition from breaking free of the Democratic Party.

Trump’s “war against society”

An interview with Joseph Kishore, Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president

By Zac Corrigan, 11 April 2020

Zac Corrigan spoke with Joseph Kishore, SEP candidate for president in the 2020 US elections, about the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

As social struggles mount over coronavirus pandemic

Bernie Sanders ends campaign, calls on supporters to back Biden

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 9 April 2020

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders formally ended his campaign for president on Wednesday and called on his supporters to back former Vice President Joe Biden.

For emergency action against the destruction of jobs! Full financial and social support for all working people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic!

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 3 April 2020

All sections of the working class must be fully compensated for the economic consequences of the pandemic.

Rideshare drivers speak out on working conditions during coronavirus pandemic

By Shuvu Batta, 21 March 2020

“I can’t stop driving for even a day because I can’t afford my bills. It’s a form of slave labor.”

CIA veterans endorse Biden for president—and so does Tulsi Gabbard

By Jacob Crosse, 20 March 2020

The nominally antiwar congresswoman joined more than 80 former spies and intelligence agents in offering her “full support” to Biden.

Bernie Sanders draws his campaign to an end: The political lessons

Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 19 March 2020

For the second time in four years, Sanders has diverted popular hostility to the capitalist system back within the framework of the corporate-controlled two-party system.

Sanders begins campaign to drag his supporters behind Biden

By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2020

Sanders’ 10-minute speech on Wednesday, after which he took no questions, effectively conceded the Democratic nomination to the former vice president.

Sweetwater teachers and students protest impending mass firing of teachers

Norissa Santa Cruz – Socialist Equality Party candidate for vice president of the United States, 11 March 2020

Teachers, students and parents in California’s Sweetwater school district demonstrated outside a school board meeting.

San Ysidro, California high school students walk out to oppose attacks on public education

Joseph Kishore – Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 7 March 2020

On Friday, March 6, hundreds of students at San Ysidro High School in San Diego, California walked out to oppose budget cuts and attacks on public education.

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate speaks with University of California strikers

By our reporters, 5 March 2020

Joseph Kishore spoke with striking grad students this week at UC Santa Cruz while SEP campaigners interviewed strikers and supporters at UC campuses in Los Angeles, San Diego and Irvine.

The political lessons of Sanders’ Super Tuesday defeat

By Eric London, 5 March 2020

Biden’s victory shows once again it is impossible to transform the capitalist Democratic Party into a vehicle for socialist politics.

Workers must defeat the strikebreaking by the Democrats!

Stop the firings of University of California grad students!

Statement of Socialist Equality Party (US) Vice Presidential candidate Norissa Santa Cruz, 29 February 2020

Janet Napolitano, the UC president and Obama’s former director of Homeland Security, has fired 54 striking grad students for daring to fight for living wages and affordable housing.

The Trump administration’s incompetent and criminally negligent response to the coronavirus outbreak

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US President, 29 February 2020

The disastrous state of preparedness for the coronavirus is the product of decades of ruling class policy that has subordinated the most basic social needs to war and the endless accumulation of wealth.

SEP US presidential candidate Joseph Kishore: “Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning!”

Joseph Kishore - Socialist Equality Party US presidential candidate, 26 February 2020

The Socialist Equality Party opposes Assange’s extradition to the United States. We demand immediate freedom for Assange and for whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

David North and Joseph Kishore address international online audience in Socialist Equality Party town hall election meeting

By Socialist Equality Party (US), 25 February 2020

Watch the recording of the successful campaign kick-off town hall meeting streamed to workers and supporters around the world.

999 JK video on Assange

24 February 2020

Mobilize the working class to defend the grad students at University of California-Santa Cruz

Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP vice presidential candidate, 20 February 2020

The conditions facing the graduate students are the conditions of an entire generation.

SEP (US) announces speaking tour featuring presidential candidate Joseph Kishore

Socialism and the 2020 elections: the international class struggle and the strategy of world socialist revolution

Socialist Equality Party (US), 18 February 2020

The Socialist Equality Party (US) will hold meetings across the United States featuring presidential candidate Joseph Kishore and vice presidential Candidate Norissa Santa Cruz.

Stop all anti-immigrant raids! Abolish ICE and CBP! For a socialist policy of open borders!

Norissa Santa Cruz – Socialist Equality Party candidate for US vice president, 17 February 2020

The Trump administration’s deployment of militarized police forces to cities throughout the country is aimed at terrorizing immigrant neighborhoods and is a warning to the entire working class.

Trump’s “Blue Collar Boom”: Myth vs Reality

By Tom Hall, 15 February 2020

The reality of American social life is very different than the fantasy of a “blue-collar boom” which Trump delivered during last week’s State of the Union address.

999 Sanders and the Democratic Party

15 February 2020

Growing class conflict in the US and the resurgence of socialism

By Joseph Kishore—SEP national secretary and candidate for US president, 13 February 2020

The expansion of the class struggle is the essential factor underlying the shift to the left among workers and the growing interest in socialism.

Trump gloats over impeachment, but popular opposition mounts to his administration

By Andre Damon, 7 February 2020

While Trump has emerged victorious over his factional enemies within the state, he heads a crisis-ridden government despised by broad sections of workers and young people.

Trump emerges strengthened after Democrats’ impeachment debacle

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 6 February 2020

From the beginning of the Trump presidency, the Democrats have worked to channel mass popular opposition to Trump behind their own right-wing, militarist agenda.

SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore addresses IYSSE election campaign meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 1 February 2020

The meeting reviewed the growth of working class struggles throughout the world and the need for an international program and perspective.

John Bolton and the “national security” impeachment

By Patrick Martin, 30 January 2020

While the Democrats embrace the war criminal John Bolton, the Republicans portray the president as essentially above the law, an elected dictator.

“The time is now to fight for genuine socialism and an end to capitalist exploitation”

SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore opens 2020 campaign with address to students and supporters in Michigan

By our reporters, 29 January 2020

There is a clear alternative facing the American and international working class, Kishore said at the meeting, capitalist barbarism or international socialism.

Socialist Equality Party to run Joseph Kishore for president, Norissa Santa Cruz for vice president in 2020 US elections

27 January 2020

The alternative confronting the working class is clear: capitalist barbarism or international socialism. The Socialist Equality Party, in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International, will use this campaign to advance the struggle of the working class against capitalism. Sign up today to get involved!