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Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

Steve Argue elected to Santa Cruz County Peace and Freedom Party Central Committee, declares, "Time to clean house".
Santa Cruz Peace and Freedom Party Central Committee Elections

By Steve Argue

Elected to the Santa Cruz Peace and Freedom Party Central Committee are: Jennifer Gosk, Michael Smith, Shushannah Akin, Maureen Smith, Joe Williams, Steve Argue, and a seventh write-in candidate (either Bernard Klitzner or Lucien)

It is a tactic of the political scoundrels who support the capitalist system and the Democrat Party, such as Mike and Maureen Smith do, to frame their political attacks against the left with the assertion that their real problem is with the activist’s personal conduct. On such shaky foundations lies are manufactured in an attempt to discredit the comrade (me). Why? Because they know that they would loose in a debate that deals with the real political issues involved.

So what are the politics?

Mike Smith is an unapologetic former police officer for the bourgeois state. Time after time he gets up in front of the City Council during oral communications and introduces himself as a retired “peace officer?. As such he is spreading illusions in the murderous and racist armed thugs that protect the capitalist class and at the same time discrediting the good name of the Peace and Freedom Party.

It is my position that either being a cop or being an unapologetic former cop for the bourgeois state should be immediate grounds for expulsion from any leadership body of the Peace and Freedom Party. Beyond all other political questions this a matter of basic security for our comrades.

In addition to being a former “peace officer? Mike Smith takes the side of the police against comrades and other activists facing repression from the local police.

Mike Smith was one of the few dissenting votes in the Santa Cruz Bill of Rights Defense Committee when they voted to support the defense cases of Matt Hartogh and Steve Argue when we were arrested for having a political table up for more than an hour. After these endorsements for local political rights were made, Mike Smith worked behind the scenes to overturn the decisions, convincing leading members of the group that they would not get what they wanted from the City Council if they continued to hold this position.

As a result, the position of support for our cases was overturned; The Bill of Rights Defense Committee never got what they wanted from the City Council; and I was forced to either leave the Bill of Rights Defense Committee or to preface every statement I made about my arrest with a statement that what I was saying was not the position of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

The political support Mike Smith and Maureen Smith have shown for police repression in Santa Cruz is of course tied to their support for the Democrat politicians who run the city. Ed Porter, one of the politicians who wrote and passed the law against political tables being up for more than an hour, was endorsed by County Central Committee members Mike Smith and Maureen Smith in the name of the Peace and Freedom Party despite my protests, and despite a democratic decision made by the County Central Committee to do otherwise. Ed Porter was local chair of the Democrat Party at the time of the Smith’s so-called Peace and Freedom Party endorsement.

In addition to Mike Smith’s support to the local police in carrying out political repression, and Mike and Maureen Smith’s undemocratic decisions to give Peace and Freedom Party support to the capitalist Democrat Party, Mike and Maureen have repeatedly publicly slandered my good name.

Before Mike Smith helped force me out of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee I was invited onto a television program called Voices from the Village to speak against the Patriot Acts as a representative of the Peace and Freedom Party. I informed the producers of the show that I could not speak on behalf of the Santa Cruz Peace and Freedom Party, but I’d be happy to speak as a member of the State Central Committee. The Smith’s got word of this and adamantly asserted that I had no Peace and Freedom Party credentials at all. Despite the Smith’s intervention, program producers expressed concern in what they were told, but told me they knew me better than the Smith’s and allowed me on the program to speak for Peace and Freedom. Despite the Smith’s sabotage, the program went very well and I can make video taped copies available to people who may be interested.

The Smith’s assertions came at a time when they had not even been attending State Central Committee meetings for years and were way behind in their dues. In addition they came at a time when the Smith’s were also refusing to hold local meetings as the local Party chairs.

These public assertions against me (lies) that I in no way represent the Peace and Freedom Party and that I have misrepresented this fact continued with their mailing of Mike and Maureen Smith to Peace and Freedom Party registrants asserting that I do not represent the Peace and Freedom Party.

Doing what is right as well as telling the truth are two political principles that are alien to the Smith’s. The behavior of these two “comrades? is a public embarrassment to the Party, an obstacle to effective action, and a security threat to all political activists. At one time certain social democrats became known as State Department socialists for their support for the Vietnam War. Allowing the Smith’s to continue their operation may well earn us the title of police department socialists. I move for immediate expulsion.

Sincerely, Steve Argue
 
 


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Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

This is NOT news, but a diatribe of personal attacks. It should, IMHO, be hidden from the newswire.
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

No this is news of a political party that will no longer be a pillar of status quo repression.
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

"As such he is spreading illusions in the murderous and racist armed thugs that protect the capitalist class and at the same time discrediting the good name of the Peace and Freedom Party."

Glad to see you were able to put aside the rhetoric. Could you please include 'capitalist running dogs' in your next screed? Thank you.
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

Response to "i"

Personally I don't really fully understand the phrase, "capitalist running dogs" or as I think I've heard it, "running dogs of imperialism". Perhaps this phrase sounds funny to us because something was lost in the translation.

Perhaps the sentence you picked from my writing sounds funny to you because you aren't used to hearing people who pull no punches and just tell the truth.

I will only include "capitalist running dogs" in my writing if the Indy Media peanut gallery critics stop acting like cowards and start using their real names.
 

peanuts

personally, i don't care that much about the real names of people. However, it would be really nice if people actually took some time to think about their comments, instead of just selcting one sentance by the orignal poster, and then adding some pointless comment about it.

i received a letter in the mail from the Peace and Freedom Party a week ago - just before the march 2 elections.

i think the letter was pretty stupid.

it gave a few recomendations of which way to vote, yet these recomendations were not even explained.

the rest of the letter went on to distance the (local) Peace and Freedom party from steve argue.

why dedicate half a letter to trashing steve argue?

let me rephrase that.

why dedicate half of a Peace and Freedom endorsement letter to the trashing of steve argue?

lets use indy media for news.
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

"Perhaps the sentence you picked from my writing sounds funny to you because you aren't used to hearing people who pull no punches and just tell the truth."

Truth? What is is an opinion. When you recognize that fact you might be able to engage in a meaningful dialogue.

"I will only include "capitalist running dogs" in my writing if the Indy Media peanut gallery critics stop acting like cowards and start using their real names."

You know exactly what phrase I'm referring to. I would post my name on the internet too if I had the same self-promotional interests that you have in mind. Why don't you post your home phone # too?
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

“i?, Just because I hold an opinion that you seem to disagree with, does not mean that my opinion is not objective fact or “truth?.

Even unpopular opinions are often objective fact. As Galileo was forced to renounce his discovery that the Earth revolved around the sun, Galileo still knew his opinion was the truth. Today in U.S. politics minority opinions are just about the only place where we can find truth. You sure won’t find the truth very often in the corporate press, and if you do, it is only because you’ve learned to read between the lines.

In this society it is often the lies of the corporate press that are held up as the standard for what is objective truth. I fully reject these notions.

So it sounds like “i? wants me to back up positions (actually not, but lets pretend he/she does).

I say that cops are “Murderous and racist armed thugs that protect the capitalist class.? Across the country the “Stolen Lives? project has documented the police murders of thousands of unarmed unthreatening people. A disproportionate number of these people were people of color, poor, or both, as are a disproportionate number of those who face other police abuses including frame-up in capital punishment cases.

Police terror is also often directly political. against those who challenge injustices or capitalist rule itself. From the systematic police murders of 39 Black Panther Party members around 1969 and 1970 to the recent violence against anti-globalization protesters in Miami and anti-war protesters on the docks in Oakland, to the violence cops have used over and over against picket lines to break strikes.

It is an objective fact that cops will not club a company CEO over the head to end a strike. Yet many workers have endured that violence carried out by what I factually called the “armed thugs that protect the capitalist class.?

Where as the cops are paid mercenaries fighting against the interests of the working class, the role of cops in society is the direct opposite of that of that of the Peace and Freedom Party. We take the side of workers on strike, the side of the ghetto masses fed up with police violence, and the side of the poorest of the poor that are subjected to numerous police abuses by the Santa Cruz City government.

Locally, in the past, Mike and Maureen Smith have run the Santa Cruz Peace and Freedom Party in the opposite direction of what the Party is all about, and the fact that this has changed, and the fact that they can no longer claim they are in charge, I think this is news.
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

Steve,

How much of your time, money, and effort have you spent thus far fighting with those who now control the SCP&F party? How much of our time and attention have you spent, getting us to read about it?

Dont you see? Not only have they taken control of the SCP&F party from you, now they've got you wasting your resources fighting them on that front instead of fighting for the issues the party stood for.

They've diverted you into ineffective irrelevancy.

By the way, if you're anti-capitalist why do you copyright your postings? Surely information, the most ephemeral of any resource, should be free?
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

1. "Not only have they taken control of the SCP&F party from you." They have not taken control of the Party, but quite the opposite is the case.

2. "They've diverted you into ineffective irrelevancy." Fixing the SCP&F is not the only issue I'm working on, and I don't think that the issue is irrelevant.

3. I copyright information only for purposes of avoiding its misuse. People can use articles I write, they just need to ask permission.
 

Fuck Copyrights = Fuck Capitalism

Do you want people to redistribute your stories, articles, and web writing widely, as long as they give you credit?

Do you mind if people copy your stuff, so long as they don't make money off it?

Do you like the idea of other people making new works based on yours — provided they offer those derivations back to the public on the same terms?

Do you want to help create and have access to a pool of royalty-free writing?

Then visit the Creative Commons website.

Here is the info specific to Writers' and Bloggers'

So Steve, how about marking your articles as 'creative commons'

Really, how can you support 'Intellectual Property Rights'

"Intellectual property rights are theoretically intended to provide recognition for all products of the mind, such as inventions, music, or books. However, the recent wave of trade agreements have established intellectual property rights provisions that are biased towards protecting and compensating corporate-sponsored activity."
-- from Global Exchange
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

"Property rights provisions that are biased towards protecting and compensating corporate-sponsored activity." Obviously this doesn't apply to my work.

I stand by what I stated earlier, "I copyright information only for purposes of avoiding its misuse. People can use articles I write, they just need to ask permission."

I should, however, add: Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of my articles for non-commercial purposes, but changing them in any way is not allowed. I ask that I be asked when they are used for commercial purposes.
 

distro

Don't worry, Steve, NOONE, except the bland, predictable communist rags will be using your writing for distribution. It just ain't that good.
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

Actually, my articles have been published in a large number of publications. Most of these papers are not communist. In addition I have gotten paid for the publication of my articles in commercial papers.

Here is a partial list of where my articles have been published (often more than once): The Pulse, The Partisan, The Organizer, The Industrial Worker, Street Spirit, Worker's World, The Militant, The Green Press, The Young Socialist, The Blast!, and Socialist Action. In addition my articles on Afghanistan were translated into German and distributed in Germany after September 11th. Philadelphia Concerned Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal have prominently displayed an article on Mumia on their website. Anti-death penalty groups have also used my articles on James P. Anderson and Mumia Abu-Jamal. My various articles have gotten prominent display on Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Portland, Santa Cruz, and other Indy Medias. In addition my articles are always distributed on Liberation News, both on Riseup and Yahoo, where there are about 800 subscribers.

I knew that my response to copyright questions would set me up for "Don't worry, Steve, NOONE, except the bland, predictable communist rags will be using your writing for distribution. It just ain't that good." Now I suppose I'll be accused of bragging and self- promotion for defending myself.
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

"Now I suppose I'll be accused of bragging and self- promotion for defending myself. "

heh heh heh now THAT was good Steve, you do have a sense of humor afterall!
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

This is an interesting comment string. I am not a P&F party member, but I read Steve's earlier posting about the mailer before election day. However, I think it's telling that in an election of "vote for 7" with six people running, he still came in dead last. It would only be funnier if write-in candidates received more votes. It seems that wherever he can't win or succeed, it's because of the capitalist system and the man putting him down. Only Steve would accuse P&F party leaders of being tools of the imperialistic domination...
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

It is tiring responding to hostile people who are not paying any attention.

I did not come in dead last. I came in 6th out of seven seats open and 8 candidates running with no campaigning for myself (except the last minute posting on IndyMedia) after I found out that I was being attacked in a last minute mailing specifically aimed against voting for me sent to all Peace and Freedom Party members. This mailing against me had to have cost over $2,000.

"Only Steve would accuse P&F party leaders of being tools of the imperialistic domination." Mike and Maureen Smith are not real leaders of the Peace and Freedom Party, they are discredited state wide and they actually are tools of the local government and Democrat Party (therefore U.S. imperialism), sorry to bum your high.
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

Jerry, I didn't see you elected onto the Peace and Freedom Party Central Committee like Steve Argue was. Maybe we will respect you if you actually go out and do something yourself.
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

I live in London and subscribe to Liberation News. Steve Argue sometimes sends us news of Santa Cruz so thought I'd have read of your site. I am shocked to see the abuse being thrown at Mr. Argue. Jerry, do you think this Peace and Freedom Party not capable of "being tools of the imperialistic domination"? Have you noticed our Labour Party and Blair's support for war?
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

It does seem odd that the only local P&F candidate for office, Joe Williams, did not score higher in the county central committee race (one would assume that with more "publicity" he would have been higher). But my point was that it was a race where no one had to NOT vote for someone- if 10 people were running, at least three of them could not get your vote, by definition. But in a race where every P&F member could vote for every single person and still write someone else in, it's telling that a good majority chose to withhold their votes.
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

To my memory from election night the highest vote getter on election night was Jennifer Gosk getting the votes of about 50% of Peace and Freedom Party registrants. All other candidates got less than that. I think a variety of factors were involved from voters deciding not to vote for candidates they did not know all the way to voters having negative opinions of who they did not vote for, probably with some voters in-between favoring some candidates enough to do bullet ballots. I wouldn’t read too much into it.
 

Re: Time To Clean House In The Peace and Freedom Party

In addition there were 8 candidates running for seven seats, so those who favored two write-ins had to withhold their vote from one on the ballot.
 

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