Working Families Party

6 10 2009

48456045I have read the platforms of almost every political party known in the USA (You should try doing the same someday because it really gives you an education.), but I can honestly say that I missed this one. Even though it’s only 10 years old, you would think that it would have been more visible when I was doing my party research.

Anyway, while I was looking for a picture of Ms. Bertha Lewis for my earlier post today, titled “ACORN Fights Back”, I found a pic with her in front of a banner for the Working Families Party. It naturally got my interest because I had never heard of their party before today. I also had some interest in knowing if Ms. Lewis had any connections to them. Something tells me that there is a very close connection, but sadly I cannot find it… yet.

Strangely enough, this party sounds almost as if it was designed by Obama himself. A few years ago I would have said they resemble a Socialist Party, but the new and improved Socialist Party in the USA has been re-inventing itself by using terms like “Democatic Socialism”. Read it and see what you think.

Guess who the Working Families Party supported in the last presidential election. The graphic below is a hint, it was copied directly from their website.

ballot-sidebarFrom the Working Families Party “ABOUT” page…

The Working Families Party (WFP) is New York’s liveliest and most progressive political party. Formed by a grassroots coalition of community organizations, neighborhood activists, and labor unions, we came together build a society that works for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected.

We fight to hold politicians accountable on the issues working- and middle-class families care about, like good jobs, fair taxes, good schools, reliable public transportation, affordable housing, and universal healthcare.

Why vote Working Families?

Voting Working Families means voting your values.  It means taking a stand and sending a message about the world you want to see.  One with an economy that works for everyone, where politicians put working people before CEOs, and where basic rights like access to healthcare or time off to take care of a sick family member are upheld.

From the Working Families Party “ISSUES” page…

The Working Families Party is fighting for a more just world.

One where the economy works for everyone. One where politicians are held accountable to working people, instead of big-money backers. One where all of us, no matter where we come from, can find a good job, get healthcare when we need it, afford a home, send our kids to good schools, and have a secure retirement.

Working Families Party stand on “Immigrant Rights” on the “ISSUES” page.

For centuries, New York has been a destination for immigrants from all over the world. Immigrants brought with them dreams of a better world and a better life for their families. Through their hard work and sacrifice, immigrants have been a major source of our state’s prosperity and cultural vibrancy. The Working Families Party believes that immigrants have contributed enormously to America, and they should be welcomed, treated with dignity, paid fairly, and offered a path to becoming full participants in our society.

The Working Families Party believes, despite occasional frictions, that the economic interests of native-born and immigrant workers are fundamentally the same. We all want an economy that works for working people; one with family-supporting jobs and affordable, quality healthcare for everyone. We all want politicians to look out for us, not big-money contributors.

Accordingly, the Working Families Party resists policies which unfairly target vulnerable groups, and supports those that bring our diverse state closer together:

  • Legislation to extend to farmworkers, most of them immigrants, the same rights under labor law as other workers.
  • Legislation ensuring that legal immigrants are eligible for the social services their tax dollars help pay for, including Food Stamps and programs for the homeless.
  • Legislation requiring public agencies and private businesses to accept appropriate identification issued by foreign consulates (”matriculas consulares”) in place of a New York-issued photo ID.
  • The Working Families Party can practice what’s called ‘fusion voting’, which has been outlawed in most states…

    What’s “fusion” voting?

    The Working Families Party is a third party with a twist, fusion voting.

    Fusion voting lets one party (like the WFP) “cross endorses” the same candidate as another party. The votes from each party are tallied separately, but then combined for that candidate’s total. It gives voters a way to “vote their values” by voting for the party of their choice without spoiling an election.

    And it lets third parties like the WFP demonstrate support for the issues we’re fighting for. When votes on the WFP’s ballot line help a candidate we’ve endorsed win, we can hold that politician accountable to working people. Big business has plenty of money and power. Fusion helps us even the score.

    Once common everywhere, fusion is now only legal in New York and a handful of other states.




    2 responses

    6 10 2009


    Working Families Party sounds like a more up-front straight-talking (about what they really believe and want) version of the Democratic Party!

    6 10 2009

    This line-“We all want politicians to look out for us, not big-money contributors.”-Definitely looks like a left wing Ideal.

    Am I wrong, or are they not saying they want Lying politicans to look out for them instead of them looking out for themselves and telling politicians to do as they say?

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