How to Vote for Bernie Sanders

MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT! Hundreds of thousands of Americans, in New York, Arizona, and elsewhere, have been denied their right to vote, either by design or accident. Follow these steps to make sure you can vote for your candidate, Bernie Sanders. (This information is for California voters only. Every state has its own requirements. For information on other states, go to:

First of all, CHECK YOUR PARTY REGISTRATION STATUS. Instructions vary by county. All counties are listed at:

IF YOU ARE REGISTERED DEMOCRAT, you will receive a Democratic Party ballot and can VOTE FOR BERNIE on June 7 or by mail, no sweat.

IF YOU ARE REGISTERED AS “NO PARTY PREFERENCE,” you can request a Democratic Party ballot from your County Election official or poll worker, and VOTE FOR BERNIE.

IF YOU ARE REGISTGERED AMERICAN INDEPENDENT, GREEN, LIBERATIAN, OR PEACE AND FREEDOM, or you are not registered, you will need to re-register by May 23, which you can do online at: You have two options:

OPTION ONE: (simplest) Register Democrat. You will automatically receive a Democratic presidential ballot, no sweat.

OPTION TWO:  (a two-step process)

Step One: Check the box that says: “No, I do not want to disclose a political party preference.”

Step Two: You must request a Democratic presidential ballot from your county elections office, or the poll worker at your polling place. For official information, see the CA SOS website at:
No Party Preference Information: Voting in Presidential Primary Elections:

Whichever option you choose, be sure to check your registration status after a week or two, following the instructions above.

The deadline for registering for the June 7 primary is May 23, but it’s better not to wait. Given what’s happened in New York and elsewhere, it’s best to re=register asap, so you’ll have time to correct any problems.

NOTE: College students may vote EITHER at their home or college residence, BUT NOT BOTH!

BEWARE: Some voters who think they are registered independent, and therefore eligible to make a choice between Clinton and Sanders, actually aren’t. They may be one of the nearly half a million Californians registered in the American Independent Party, a minor party founded by the infamous segregationist, then-Alabama Gov. George Wallace in his 1968 run for the presidency. A Los Angeles Times poll of a sample of those registered in the American Independent Party found three out of four thought they were registered as independents, not members of the party founded by the infamous segregationist. Among those who said they were fooled were celebrities Sugar Ray Leonard, Demi Moore and Emma Stone. Unless they change their registration, they will be able to cast a primary ballot only for an American Independent Party nominee.

AFTER YOU VOTE ON JUNE 7, be sure to register back into the Peace and Freedom Party, or whatever party you choose (unless you like being a Democrat). You will still be able to vote any candidate you want in the November General Election.


Bernie and Beyond

Here’s a link to my 26 page paper,  “Bernie and Beyond: A Socialist Perspective on the Sanders Campaign,” which concludes:

We might prefer that some other figure, such as Gloria La Riva of PSL or Jill Stein of the Green Party, were receiving the kind of mass support and media attention that Sanders has earned. But that is not a choice we get to make. In the real world, Sanders deserves socialist support in his campaign for the Democratic nomination and beyond. No one knows what a Sanders presidency would be like, but we all know what the usual suspects will give us. and Beyond-2015-10.pdf



Justice for Pedie

I’m preparing a statement on this. Will post it soon.

Meanwhile, check out these links:



Statement in Support of the South Central Farmers in Los Angeles
by Eugene E Ruyle, Peace and Freedom Party Candidate for
California Assembly, 15th District (East Bay Area)
(denied place on November ballot due to undeemocratic electoral laws, so that only candidates of the two war-addicted, pro-capitalist corporate parties will appear)

For twelve years, from 1994 to 2006, the South Central Farm was an oasis of ecological diversity in the industrial wasteland of South Central Los Angeles, The 14 acres were farmed by about 350 families, mostly immigrants from Mexico and Central America, who grew an estimated 100 to 150 species of plants for food, herbal medicine, and spiritual uses. This diversity led UCLA to establish an agricultural research station there.

However, in spite of widespread support for the urban farm, the City of Los Angeles sold the land to developer Ralph Horowitz, in a closed door session in 2003. The movement to Save the South Central Farm included such celebrities as Joan Baez, Leonardo DiCaprio, Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah, Julia “Butterfly” Hill, Ron Kovic, Dennis Kucinich, Ralph Nader, and Willie Nelson. Although supporters had raised enough funds to purchase the land for more than he paid, Horowitz refused to sell. On July 5, 2006, he ordered the farm bulldozed amidst protest and acts of civil disobedience. For the last eight years, the land has remained vacant, although developer Horowitz wants to move a garment factory and three trucking centers to the site. Last August, dozens of Farm supporters jammed a City Planning Commission meeting and demanded the EIR before development could begin. That turnout forced the City to reassess its position and require an Environmental Impact Report and public comment.

Until tomorrow, Thursday, July 17, 2014, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission is asking for public comments on the environmental impact of the development plans. To see sample letters and send an email to the Planning Commission in support of preserving green space for the Central Alameda neighborhood, CLICK HERE:

The South Central Farm is not alone. It is only one of the efforts to protect urban space in California from wanton development. Here in the Bay Area, we have Occupy the Farm, fighting to protect the Gill Track Farm in Albany from UC development plans. For more info and to sign a petition, CLICK HERE


  • Restore and protect air, water, land and ecosystems.
  • Outlaw destructive practices such as clear cutting, fracking, mountaintop removal, tar sands extraction, and offshore drilling.
  • Promote conservation and develop solar and other renewable energy to replace nuclear power and fossil fuels.
  • End environmental racism: no toxic dumping in anyone’s back yard.
  • Massive development of public transportation available free or at nominal fares.
  • Promote an environmentally sound agricultural system which meets human needs and protects farm workers’ labor rights and standard of living. No genetically engineered organisms in food production.



Shut Down the War Machine

Guaranteed Jobs with Decent Incomes for All

Free Education & Health Care for All

Defend Our Personal Freedoms & Political Rights

Protect & Restore Our Mother Earth

Election Results, June 2014

Election Results for our candidates:
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

As usual, in the normal function of our corrupt, undemocratic electoral system, the real winner was corporate America, but our efforts were not in vain.

The GOOD NEWS is that nearly 200,000 Californians voted for the socialist candidates of the Peace and Freedom Party.

As of June 11, the vote totals for our candidates are as follows:

For Governor, Cindy L. Sheehan, our Peace and Freedom Party candidate, received 46,607 votes, 1.2% of the total.

For Lieutenant Governor, Amos Johnson, our Peace and Freedom Party candidate, Peace and Freedom Party, received 35,504 votes, 0.9% of the total.

For Controller, Laura Wells, the Green Party candidate endorsed by Peace and Freedom, 206,709 votes, 5.6% of the total.

For Treasurer, Ellen H. Brown, the Green Party candidate endorsed by Peace and Freedom, received 240,336 votes, 6.5% of the total.

For Insurance Commissioner, Nathalie Hrizi, our Peace and Freedom Party candidate, received 189,589 votes, 5.2% of the total.

In the 12th Congressional District (San Francisco), Frank Lara, our Peace and Freedom Party candidate,received 2,108 votes, 1.9% of the total.

In the 34th Congressional District (Los Angeles), Howard Johnson, our Peace and Freedom Party candidate, received 3,261 votes, 11.3% of the total.

In the 15th Assembly District (Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond), Eugene E. Ruyle, our Peace and Freedom Party candidate, received 2,163 votes, 3.5% of the total.

Note that these totals will change as the count continues. You can check the latest figures at the Secretary of State’s website <;

Peace and Freedom Party also endorsed a number of write-in candidates. When these results become available, they will be posted on the Peace and Freedom website.

It is encouraging to see greater cooperation between our Peace and Freedom Party and the Green Party. Peace and Freedom endorsed two Green candidates, Laura Wells for Controller and Ellen H. Brown for Treasurer, while the Green Party of Alameda County endorsed Nathalie Hziri for Insurance Commission and Eugene Ruyle for State Assembly. There is a great potential for a Red-Green (and Black) alliance of disaffected people to challenge the domination of corporate capitalism.

But the most encouraging news from the election is the performance of Nathalie Hziri, our candidate for Insurance Commissioner, who receivedio over 189,000 votes, or 5.2% of the vote. This means that Peace and Freedom will most likely remain on the ballot for four more years.

This, however, depends on a bill currently moving through the state legislature (AB 2351), which would help the smaller parties overcome some of the negative effects of the Top Two voting system. Voters did not intend to disqualify these smaller parties from the ballot when they voted for Proposition 14, but that’s what it does. AB 2351 would be a crucial first step in fixing that problem by changing the qualifications for ballot status. For more info on AB 2351, see Ballot Access News

The BAD NEWS is that California had a less than a 20% voter turnout. Many Californians no doubt saw no reason to vote when your choices are Tweedledum and Tweedledummer. Some might think that such apathy is a good thing, but not when there is a socialist alternative.

The truly UGLY NEWS is that, because of Top Two, only candidates of the war-addicted, pro-capitalist Democratic and Republican Parties will appear on the statewide ballot this fall. This is a giant step backward for democracy in California.

Gene Ruyle
Peace and Freedom Candidate
In the Kick-Ass 15th Assembly District
Including Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, and more


End Tuition in California



Speech for East Bay Democracy for America Candidates Meetup
Rockridge Public Library in Oakland
Thursday, May 22, 2014 7 PM
by Eugene E Ruyle, Peace and Freedom Candidate
for California Assembly, 15th District


Thank you for inviting me to the East Bay Democracy for America Meetup. My name is Gene Ruyle, it’s a silent “Y” so it rhymes with cool. I’m the guy from the Peace and Freedom Party, the only working class, socialist, and feminist party in this campaign. There was a time when people looked to the Democratic Party for progressive social change in America. We think of FDR and the CIO, the WPA, the Sit-Ins, the Wagner Act, and Social Security. But that was a long time ago, before even I was born.

Let me tell you a story. We have the greatest University in the world, right here in the 15th Assembly District. When I graduated from UC Berkeley in 1963, I paid $150 a year in fees, no tuition. This meant that even with my minimum wage job, I could pay for my education by working two or three hours a week.

Now, tuition is over $13,000 a year — never mind non-essentials like books and food. What happened?

Well, Ronald Reagan happened. Reagan was elected Governor in 1966 with two slogans: “send the welfare bums back to work” and “clean up the mess at Berkeley.” Reagan proceeded to destroy a century of tuition-free higher education in California and started charging tuition in 1968. Since then, it’s been a bipartisan affair of annual tuition hikes for students.

My point is not that the Republicans Are Bad News—we all know that. My point is that the Democrats didn’t stop him. They didn’t stand up and say” “NO. This is the People’s University. You can’t charge tuition.” That’s what FDR would have done. That’s what Pat Brown would have done. Instead, the Democratic Party joined the Republicans in sticking it to the students of California.

So it’s left to the little Peace and Freedom Party to stand up for working class students, and say

“End Tuition in California!”

And I know the politicos are going to join with the bureaucrats and say, “Oh, we can’t do that. Budget Cuts, you know . . . “

Well, the whole purpose of my campaign is to say can do it, and it’s not exactly rocket science. Here’s How:

End the Wars and Tax the Rich

That’s how we get free education, free health care, affordable housing, and everything else workers need in our beautiful state.


Full free high quality public education
from pre-school through graduate school,
with lifelong learning and retraining.
Cancel existing student debt

From the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education in California

It is recommended that the Regents of the University of California and the State Board of Education reaffirm the long established principle that state colleges and the University of California shall be tuition free to all residents of the state.

Shut Down the War Machine
Guaranteed Jobs with Decent Incomes for All
Free Education & Health Care for All
Defend Our Personal Freedoms & Political Rights
Protect & Restore Our Mother Earth


Support Fast Food Workers Strike 5-15-14



Statement in Support of Global Fast Food Workers Strike
by Eugene E Ruyle, Peace and Freedom Candidate
for California Assembly, 15th District

Every worker deserves fair wages and the right to organize, so please join me in supporting striking fast food workers and allies from 36 countries and 150 U.S. cities, calling out some of the world’s worst corporate behavior and exposing widespread wage theft. In the wake of new reports showing an industry with the largest pay gaps between CEOs and workers, the fast food workers are demanding change: $15 an hour for workers and a union.

Here’s their schedule in Oakland for this Thursday, May 15, 2-014:

5:30 AM Meet at ACCE Oakland Offices 2501 International Blvd
10:30 AM Meet at the Library in Downtown Oakland, 135 14th St.
(check for latest updates at:

As a working class, socialist, and feminist party, Peace and Freedom has always supported the rights of working folks to organize and strike for better pay and working conditions. Here’s what our PLatform has to say:


Double the minimum wage, and index it to the cost of living
Guarantee the right of all workers to organize and to strike
Forbid striker replacement
Socially useful jobs for all at union pay levels
Equal pay for equal work, and for work of comparable worth
A 30-hour workweek with no cut in weekly pay – Longer paid vacations
A Universal Basic Income with full social benefits as a basic human right
Tax the income and assets of the rich to meet human needs.

As a retired union member (my dues are still taken out of my pension check), I am proud to see my brothers and sisters uniting in dozens of countries across six continuents. For me, it brings to mind the words of the Wobblies:

From the Preamble to the Consitution of the Industrial Workers of the World (1905)

The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people while the few who make up the employing class have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the Earth and the machinery of production, and abolish the wage system.

Abolition of the wage system, of course, means abolition of capitalism. Under capitalism, workers are wage slaves, lucky if they can find work to support themselves and their families. With socialism, workers are guaranteed jobs and decent incomes, with affordable housing, pensions, free health care, and free education.

So, let’s join with the fast food workers of the world, and in Oakland, our slogan should be,



May 12, 2014


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