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Vol. 76/No. 41      November 12, 2012

Mayoral ticket in LA carries
on socialist campaign
(front page)
LOS ANGELES—“We’re taking the handoff from the Socialist Workers presidential ticket of James Harris and Maura DeLuca, and we’re not going to miss a step,” said Norton Sandler in announcing his campaign for mayor of this city in the 2013 election.

Sandler, a longtime socialist leader and production worker in an electrical assembly plant, will be joined in the race by Eleanor García, a party leader and aerospace worker running for Los Angeles Unified School Board, District 2.

On Nov. 10, just days after the presidential election, supporters of the campaign will hit the streets to collect double the required 500 signatures to put Sandler and García on the ballot.

“We’re urging working people and youth from all over the country who supported Harris and DeLuca to join us in campaigning on the streets of Los Angeles to get off to a strong start,” said Sandler. “That includes winning new subscribers to the Militant and readers of books and pamphlets on working-class politics.

“The consequences of the dictatorship of capital fall heavy on working people,” Sandler said. “All the so-called major contenders for mayor—Democrats, Republicans and other capitalist candidates—are actively involved in carrying out assaults on working people.

“This city is marked by rampant unemployment—the greatly understated ‘official’ figure is some 12 percent—and drastic cuts in social programs are devastating the lives and livelihoods of workers, youth and the elderly,” Sandler explained. “Cop brutality and killings by the cops and L.A. County sheriffs are unrelenting.

“The socialist candidates will be explaining the necessity of building a fighting movement that demands a massive government-funded public works program that can put millions to work from one end of the U.S. to the other,” the socialist candidate said.

In announcing her campaign, García pointed out that “California schools are the most overcrowded in the country. Frisk ‘em, send ‘em through metal detectors and sniffing dogs in the hallways, cram ‘em anywhere you can—call it a classroom and an education.

“We get a hearing when we explain boldly that so-called schooling under capitalism is class divided and that for working people it’s nothing but drilling to be obedient to a boss,” García said. “Real education is impossible unless it’s something universal, for a lifetime, and that kind of transformation of learning—in Los Angeles or anywhere else—is impossible without a revolutionary struggle by the working class and our allies that takes political power out of the hands of the capitalist rulers.”

Campaigners who come to Los Angeles in November to support the socialist campaign will also join in going door to door with the Militant in working-class neighborhoods and in sales at local factory gates, García said.

SWP presidential candidate James Harris, himself a resident of Los Angeles, will introduce Sandler as the party’s candidate for mayor as part of the nationwide hookup of election-night gatherings across the country of supporters of “the working class, labor, socialist campaign.”
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