- Socialist Alternative (US)
Socialist Alternative is a
Trotskyistorganization in the United States. It is the US section of Committee for a Workers' International(CWI).
Socialist Alternative publishes a bimonthly newspaper called "Justice".
Boston, Massachusetts, Socialist Alternative publishes a bimonthly newsletter called "The Boston Organizer".
Socialist Alternative considers the formation of a mass workers party to be integral to the development of the working class movement. This position is influenced by the history of Socialist Alternative's sister organization in England and Wales, which reached its peak in the
1980swhile operating as a tendency within the Labour Party (UK). Socialist Alternative contends that unlike Europe, no mass workers party has ever existed in the US, and that this has restrained the development of a healthy working class movement.
Socialist Alternative was originally named Labor Militant (it shared this name with the CWI's England and Wales section). Labor Militant was founded in 1986.
Labor Militant intervened in the Labor Party during the party's formation and early period. It was influential in the New York Metro Chapter of the party. Labor Militant members argued that the Labor Party should vigorously run candidates against Democrats, whereas the national leadership of the Labor Party wanted to take a more cautious approach. Labor Militant accused the union bureaucracy of fraud in New York Metro Chapter elections to prevent the running of candidates against Democrats. The dispute ultimately resulted in the Labor Party national leadership closing the New York Metro Chapter, effectively expelling most Labor Militant supporters.
Labor Militant/Socialist Alternative gave critical support to the candidacy of
Ralph Naderduring the 1996, 2000, and 2004presidential elections. Members played a particularly prominent role in the 2004 campaign since most other left groups had adopted the "Anybody but Bush" position (effectively supporting John Kerry). Other Trotskyist organizations have criticized Socialist Alternative's support for Nader's campaign on the basis that Nader is not a socialist, that he has relatively right-wing positions on immigration, and claims that he is a bourgeoiscandidate.
Boston City Council
In 2007, Matt Geary ran for City Council in
Boston, Massachusettsas a Socialist Alternative candidate. He received 3,025 votes (2.41%) in a plurality-at-largeelection in which each voter could cast up to four votes. [- City of Boston. http://www.cityofboston.gov/elections/currentelections/default.asp.]
Socialist Alternative has been very active in opposing the
Afghanistanand Iraqwars. In 2004 Socialist Alternative members initiated Youth Against War and Racism (YAWR). YAWR works mainly in highschools, and has been at the forefront of counter-recruitmentactivism in several cities.
In 1996 five members were expelled who then formed Labor's Militant Voice.
A grouping around
Carlos Petronifused with Socialist Alternative in 1999 constituting the Class Struggle Faction, but then split in 2002 and formed the Left Party.
* [http://www.socialistalternative.org Socialist Alternative (US)]
* [http://www.socialistalternative.org/justice/ Socialist Alternative's bimonthly newspaper "Justice"]
* [http://www.votegeary.com/ Matt Geary Campaign]
* [http://www.yawr.org/ Youth Against War and Racism]
* [http://www.laborsmilitantvoice.com/ Labor's Militant Voice]
* [http://www.leftparty.org/ Left Party]
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