Socialist Equality Party (US)

Defend jobs, wages and benefits! Vote “No” on Chrysler-UAW concessions! Oppose job cuts at GM!

Socialist Equality Party, 28 April 2009

The Socialist Equality Party urges auto workers to reject the mass layoffs at General Motors and the sweeping givebacks being demanded by Chrysler, the Obama administration and the United Auto Workers.

SEP and WSWS hold first of three regional conferences

By Tom Eley, 27 April 2009

On Saturday in Ann Arbor, the Socialist Equality Party, World Socialist Web Site, and the International Students for Social Equality jointly hosted the first of three regional conferences, “The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism, and the Case for Socialism.”

Support D’Artagnan Collier, Socialist Equality Party candidate for Detroit mayor

17 April 2009

The Socialist Equality Party announces today that it is running D’Artagnan Collier as its candidate for mayor of Detroit, Michigan in the August 4th primary elections.

The future of art in an age of crisis

David Walsh, WSWS arts editor, to speak in Virginia

1 April 2009

The International Students for Social Equality and the Socialist Equality Party are hosting meetings in Michigan and Virginia in April.

Special announcement

Nick Beams to speak at WSWS/SEP conferences in US

27 March 2009

Nick Beams, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and leading expert in Marxist political economy, will speak at conferences in the US on “The World Economic Crisis, the Failure of Capitalism, and the Case for Socialism.”

Attend WSWS regional conferences!

Laying the foundations for a socialist movement

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 12 March 2009

The World Socialist Web Site calls on all its readers to attend regional conferences on “The world economic crisis, the failure of capitalism, and the case for socialism.”

David North to speak at California meetings

The world economic crisis and the return of history

9 March 2009

Twenty years ago, with the dissolution of the Stalinist regimes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, political pundits and academics hastened to proclaim “the end of history.” With the Crash of 2008, these illusions have been dealt a stunning blow. A giant question mark has been placed over the very viability of the world capitalist system. History has returned.

ISSE/SEP meetings in the US

The future of art in an age of crisis

David Walsh, WSWS arts editor, to speak in San Diego and Los Angeles

17 February 2009

The International Students for Social Equality and the Socialist Equality Party are hosting meetings in Southern California in February.

ISSE/SEP meetings in the US

A socialist response to the economic crisis

10 February 2009

The International Students for Social Equality and the Socialist Equality Party will host a series of meetings in the US in February and March.

Notes on the political and economic crisis of the world capitalist system

Perspective and tasks of the Socialist Equality Party in 2009

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 13 January 2009

This report was delivered to a Midwest aggregate meeting of the Socialist Equality Party held January 10 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. David North is the national chairman of the SEP. Joseph Kishore is the national secretary of the SEP.

Mary Elise Henehan (1925-2008)

By Helen Halyard, 5 January 2009

On December 16, 2008, Mary Elise Henehan died at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the age of 83. She was the mother of Tom Henehan, a political committee member of the Workers League, predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party, who was the victim of a political assassination carried out on October 16, 1977 in New York City.

SEP holds public meeting on crisis in the auto industry

By Tom Eley, 22 December 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (US) held a public meeting on the crisis in the auto industry at Wayne State University in Detroit on Saturday, which outlined a political strategy for workers to fight plant closures, layoffs, and concessions.

Report to SEP meeting: “Auto workers must resist government-corporate demand for poverty wages”

By Jerry White, 22 December 2008

WSWS reporter Jerry White delivered this report to a meeting called by the WSWS and the Socialist Equality Party to discuss the crisis in the auto industry.

Election Day 2008: The class issues

4 November 2008

While tens of millions of Americans go to the polls, the outcome of the US election is awaited with intense interest by billions of people all over the world. This is not because they view the US president as the “leader of the free world,” a title bestowed by the media on the occupant of the White House. Rather, it is because they know from bitter experience that the American president, as leader of the most powerful imperialist country, is capable of pursuing policies that will wreak havoc in their lives and for the planet as a whole.

Jerry White addresses students at candidates’ forum in Dayton, Ohio

By our reporter, 4 November 2008

SEP candidate Jerry White spoke to high school students at a candidates’ forum in Dayton, Ohio on Monday.

Video: SEP Candidate Jerry White speaks in Chicago

4 November 2008

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White speaks at the University of Illinois-Chicago. White presents a Marxist analysis of the economic crisis and elaborates a political perspective for the working class.

On the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 November 2008

The following report was given by David North, national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party and chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, to a meeting entitled “Socialism and the Future of Humanity” held November 1 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to mark the 70th anniversary of the Fourth International.

“Socialism and the Future of Humanity”— SEP (US) meeting on 70th anniversary of the Fourth International

By Tim Tower, 3 November 2008

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International, the Socialist Equality Party held a meeting at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on Saturday, November 1.

SEP public meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Saturday, November 1

70th Anniversary of the Fourth International: Socialism and the Future of Humanity

27 October 2008

At this landmark public meeting leading members of the Socialist Equality Party will speak on the central questions facing working people and students all over the world.

Plant closures, layoffs mount in US and Europe

By Patrick O’Connor, 18 October 2008

Industrial and manufacturing firms in the US and Europe are sharply curtailing production and laying off workers as world economic growth stalls.

Jerry White in Berlin: “At the heart of the financial crisis lies the historical decline of US imperialism”

By our reporter, 18 October 2008

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke Thursday evening at the Technische Universität in Berlin.

Letters from our readers

16 October 2008

The following is a selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

SEP candidate Jerry White addresses successful meetings in Britain

By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2008

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White addressed successful meetings this week in London and Manchester, England, and Glasgow, Scotland.

SEP public meeting in Sri Lanka

The international financial crisis and its implications for South Asia

15 October 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Students for Socialist Equality (ISSE) in Sri Lanka will hold a public meeting on October 18 to discuss the global financial crisis and its implications for the working class in South Asia and internationally.

The revolutionary implications of the decline of American capitalism—Part 2

By Barry Grey, 14 October 2008

Today we are posting the concluding part of the report delivered by WSWS National Editor Barry Grey to the Founding Congress of the Socialist Equality Party on August 9, 2008. The first part was posted on October 13.

SEP public meetings in Ann Arbor, New York, and California

70th Anniversary of the Fourth International: Socialism and the Future of Humanity

14 October 2008

The world economy is entering a period of crisis on a scale not seen since the Great Depression. The ideological buttresses of the capitalist system are disintegrating, as the miracles of the “free market” are creating chaos throughout the world.

The revolutionary implications of the decline of American capitalism

By Barry Grey, 13 October 2008

WSWS National Editor Barry Grey delivered the following report to the Founding Congress of the Socialist Equality Party on August 9, 2008.

McCain-Palin campaign’s attacks on Obama: a whiff of fascism

Bill Van Auken (Socialist Equality Party candidate for vice president), 10 October 2008

Faced with dwindling poll numbers and an increasingly hostile political environment created by the economy's dizzying downward spiral, the Republican campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin has responded with a virulently right-wing appeal directed to the most politically backward layers in America.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party—Part 11

10 October 2008

Among the political consequences of the dissolution of the Soviet Union was the proliferation of nationalist and separatist movements demanding the creation of new states.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party—Part 10

9 October 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (US) today continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party. The document was discussed extensively and adopted unanimously at the Founding Congress of the SEP, held August 3-9, 2008.

Support the SEP campaign fund!

of Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 9 October 2008

As presidential candidate of the Socialist Equality Party, I appeal to you to donate as generously as possible to the SEP Campaign Committee.

SEP election meetings

The origins and implications of the financial crisis: A Marxist analysis

8 October 2008

Between now and Election Day, Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Bill Van Auken will speak at a series of meetings throughout the country. The candidates will also address meetings in Canada, Germany and Britain.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party—Part 9

8 October 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (US) today continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party. The document was discussed extensively and adopted unanimously at the Founding Congress of the SEP, held August 3-9, 2008.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party—Part 8

7 October 2008

The world capitalist crisis and the escalation of class conflict brought to the surface political problems in the Workers League. The growth of the League in the late 1960s and early 1970s had been based to a great extent on the radicalization of student and minority youth.

SEP election meetings

The origins and implications of the financial crisis: A Marxist analysis

7 October 2008

Between now and Election Day, Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Bill Van Auken will speak at a series of meetings throughout the country. The candidates will also address meetings in Canada, Germany and Britain.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party—Part 7

6 October 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (US) today continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party. The document was discussed extensively and adopted unanimously at the Founding Congress of the SEP, held August 3-9, 2008.

Thirty days to US elections

Obama and McCain agree on Wall Street bailout and war

By Patrick Martin, 6 October 2008

As the US presidential election campaign enters its final month, the candidates of the two major parties have voiced substantial agreement on the most critical issues of domestic and foreign policy.

SEP election meetings

The origins and implications of the financial crisis: A Marxist analysis

4 October 2008

Between now and Election Day, Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Bill Van Auken will speak at a series of meetings throughout the country. The candidates will also address meetings in Canada, Germany and Britain.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party—Part 6

4 October 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (US) today continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party. The document was discussed extensively and adopted unanimously at the Founding Congress of the SEP, held August 3-9, 2008.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party—Part 5

3 October 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (US) today continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party. The document was discussed extensively and adopted unanimously at the Founding Congress of the SEP, held August 3-9, 2008.

SEP election meetings

The origins and implications of the financial crisis: A Marxist analysis

3 October 2008

 Between now and Election Day, Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Bill Van Auken will speak at a series of meetings throughout the country.

SEP brings campaign to American Axle workers in Detroit

By our reporting team, 3 October 2008

SEP candidate Jerry White spoke to workers at the American Axle & Manufacturing plant in Detroit explaining his opposition to the Wall Street bailout being orchestrated by the Bush administration with the full support of the Democrats.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party—Part 4

2 October 2008

 The Socialist Equality Party (US) today continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party. The document was discussed extensively and adopted unanimously at the Founding Congress of the SEP, held August 3-9, 2008.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party—Part 3

1 October 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (US) today continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party. The document was discussed extensively and adopted unanimously at the Founding Congress of the SEP, held August 3-9, 2008.

Public meetings in UK and Germany

SEP candidate Jerry White to speak on crisis of US and world capitalism

1 October 2008

The presidential candidate of the Socialist Equality Party in the United States, Jerry White, will speak at a series of meetings next month in Britain and Germany.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party—Part 2

30 September 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (US) today continues publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party. The document was discussed extensively and adopted unanimously at the Founding Congress of the SEP, held August 3-9, 2008.

The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party—Part 1

29 September 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (US) today begins the publication of The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party. The document was discussed extensively and adopted unanimously at the Founding Congress of the SEP, held August 3-9, 2008.

SEP presidential candidate speaks with workers in Detroit

28 September 2008

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White went with a team of supporters to speak with workers at a crowded farmers market in downtown Detroit on Saturday, September 27. Many spoke with the World Socialist Web Site and contributed to the campaign.

Documents of the SEP Founding Congress: Statement of Principles—Part 2

The Working Class and the Socialist Revolution

26 September 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (US) has begun publication of the documents from its founding Congress, starting with the SEP Statement of Principles. Click here to download a PDF version of the Statement of Principles.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White addresses ISSE meeting at the University of Michigan

By our reporter, 26 September 2008

On September 24, SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke on the financial crisis at a well-attended public meeting at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The meeting was the first in a series of election meetings organized by the SEP.

Evasions, half-truths and lies

Bush demands passage of Wall Street bailout

Socialist Equality Party, 25 September 2008

The Socialist Equality Party emphatically rejects President George Bush’s call, in his televised speech Wednesday night, for a massive bailout of Wall Street.

Documents of the SEP Founding Congress: Statement of Principles

25 September 2008

The Socialist Equality Party (US) today begins publication of the documents from its founding Congress, starting with the first part of the SEP Statement of Principles. The Statement of Principles was unanimously adopted by the Congress, held August 3-9, 2008.

SEP election meetings

The origins and implications of the financial crisis: A Marxist analysis

24 September 2008

Between now and Election Day, Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Bill Van Auken will speak at a series of meetings throughout the country.

Letters from our readers

23 September 2008

The following is a selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

SEP presidential candidate denounces Wall Street bailout

22 September 2008

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate denounces Wall Street bailout and the support for it given by the Democratic Party. Jerry White declares that working people are being forced to pay the debts of the very people responsible for the economic crisis.

No to Wall Street bailout! The socialist answer to the financial crisis

Socialist Equality Party National Committee, 22 September 2008

The Socialist Equality Party and its presidential and vice presidential candidates, Jerome White and Bill Van Auken, unequivocally oppose the plan to bail out Wall Street with hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer funds announced by the Bush administration and embraced by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and the Democratic congressional leadership.

Socialist Equality Party holds founding Congress

19 September 2008

The founding congress of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in the United States, held on August 3-9 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, represents a milestone in the history of the Fourth International and the development of the revolutionary socialist movement.

SEP presidential candidate speaks on financial crisis

19 September 2008

Jerry White, presidential candidate of the Socialist Equality Party, spoke today on moves by the Federal Reserve to bail out Wall Street speculators while workers face deepening hardship.

Socialist Equality Party launches new election web site

By our reporter, 18 September 2008

The Socialist Equality Party in the United States is launching a new web site that will coordinate its election campaign and serve as a center for organizing other party activities. The web site address is www.socialequality.com.

No return to the 1930s! For the public ownership of the banks!

SEP presidential candidate Jerome White, 17 September 2008

The bankruptcy of Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers and the forced take over of Merrill Lynch are the latest demonstrations of the collapse of American capitalism. All the lies and propaganda about the supposed infallibility of the “free market” are now utterly discredited. The people of the US and the world are confronting a financial catastrophe on a scale not seen since the Great Depression.

Reject Obama and McCain! Support the socialist alternative in 2008! Build the Socialist Equality Party!

the Socialist Equality Party, 13 September 2008

The Socialist Equality Party announces today that it has selected Jerome White and Bill Van Auken as president and vice president in the 2008 US elections. White, 49, and Van Auken, 58, have decades of experience in the socialist movement and the struggles of the working class. They are both regular writers for the World Socialist Web Site.