Wednesday, July 16, 2008

PSL completes Iowa petitioning effort

The Party for Socialism and Liberation has completed its petitiong in Iowa, collecting over 1,900 signatures in a state that requires 1,500. According to the latest release on the matter, petitioners recieved generally positive response during their drive:

Members of the Chicago branch of the PSL made weekend trips to Iowa City, Des Moines, Waterloo and Davenport to collect signatures.

The message put forward by PSL volunteers—that an alternative is needed to the program of war, racism and exploitation shared by the two dominant capitalist parties—was well received in Iowa. Many young people were eager to get involved in some way and were in agreement with a political program of peace, jobs, equality, health care, housing and socialism.

In every city where the PSL petitioned, there were dozens of people who expressed interest in a genuinely independent and fighting campaign.

As IPR noted earlier, the PSL’s presidential candidate Gloria La Riva recently visited Iowa together with Chicago PSL activists to participate in the sandbagging efforts there last month. The majority of the petitioning was done in May, prior to the regional floods.

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