The 2016 SEP US Election Campaign

SEP and IYSSE public meetings

The election of Donald Trump: The political issues facing workers and youth

18 November 2016

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding meetings throughout the country on the origins and implications of the US elections.

Socialism vs Capitalism and War conference

SEP candidate for West Virginia House of Delegates Naomi Spencer speaks on the social crisis in Appalachia

12 November 2016

Spencer reviewed the experience of her campaign in one of the poorest areas of the country, which has been devastated by mass unemployment, the drug and suicide epidemic and government indifference.

Socialism vs Capitalism and War conference

SEP’s vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth reviews lessons of the Sanders campaign

11 November 2016

Niemuth called on young people and workers who backed Sanders to join the SEP and fight to build a genuine socialist movement against social inequality and war.

SEP candidate Jerry White on Trump's election victory

By Jerry White, 10 November 2016

Millions of workers and young people are shocked and outraged at the election of Donald Trump. How is it possible that this billionaire demagogue and reality TV star, who personifies everything that is rotten and backward, will occupy the highest elected office in the country?

Trump wins US presidential election

By Patrick Martin, 9 November 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump defeated his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in a stunning upset and debacle for the Democratic Party.

SEP candidates speak with voters at the polls in Michigan

By our reporters, 9 November 2016

Jerry White and Niles Niemuth spoke with workers about their thoughts on the candidates and what is to come after the elections.

Socialism vs Capitalism and War conference

The global crisis and the danger of world war

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2016

The following report was given by IYSSE National Secretary Andre Damon to the “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War” conference held November 5 in Detroit.

The idiot speaks: Slavoj Žižek endorses Donald Trump

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2016

Slavoj Žižek, the darling of the academic pseudo-left, continued his open embrace of right-wing politics by endorsing the fascistic Republican candidate for president.

The nightmare election campaign staggers to its end

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 8 November 2016

The contempt felt toward the two candidates expresses a deeper alienation from the entire structure of official capitalist politics.

SEP candidate Jerry White addresses Socialism vs Capitalism and War conference

8 November 2016

In his remarks at the SEP conference in Detroit, White outlined the basis of the SEP election campaign and called for an international socialist movement of the working class against war.

Broad turnout for “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War” conference in Detroit

By Kate Randall, 7 November 2016

The conference mapped out a strategy for building a new antiwar movement based on the fight for socialist internationalism in opposition to the two parties of big business and war.

Attendees at SEP anti-war conference speak on war danger, US election

By a WSWS reporting team, 7 November 2016

Workers and young people attending the conference “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” held November 5 in Detroit, said they were impressed by the presentations and encouraged by the fight against war being conducted by the Socialist Equality Party and the IYSSE.

WSWS to live-stream commentary on 2016 election

7 November 2016

Socialist Equality Party candidates Jerry White and Niles Niemuth will provide live commentary and video statements throughout election night on the WSWS Facebook page.

SEP holds meetings in Illinois in lead-up to November 5 anti-war conference

By our reporters, 4 November 2016

Niles Niemuth, the SEP US vice presidential candidate, addressed workers and students at meetings held in Rock Island and Chicago, Illinois, over the last week.

Build an international movement against imperialist war!

By Socialist Equality Party, 3 November 2016

The conference this Saturday in Detroit, Michigan, “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” will outline a political strategy for building a socialist movement of the international working class against the danger of a Third World War.

New York Times promotes war hysteria over Estonia

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2016

The Times piece amounts to war propaganda, echoing the hysterical claims of the Baltic states that a Russian invasion is imminent and glorifying the legacy of Nazism.

US SEP presidential candidate addresses Sri Lankan audience

By our correspondents, 31 October 2016

Yesterday’s meeting in Colombo unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the socialist anti-war conference to be held by the US SEP in Detroit on November 5.

SEP candidates hold successful meetings in run-up to November 5 anti-war conference

By our correspondents, 29 October 2016

Jerry White spoke before more than 100 students at San Diego State University, while Niles Niemuth addressed a meeting of nearly 40 at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

SEP presidential candidate speaks in Toronto on struggle against war

By Dylan Lubao, 25 October 2016

Jerry White addressed audiences of students and workers in Canada’s largest city on the need to build a global, working class-led movement against war.

The 2016 elections and the dead-end of “lesser evil” politics

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2016

Republican Donald Trump is a billionaire demagogue seeking to lay the basis for a fascistic movement; Hillary Clinton is the representative of Wall Street and the military-intelligence apparatus.

SEP presidential candidate speaks to Ford workers in Toronto

By our reporters, 22 October 2016

Jerry White spoke to Ford Canada workers at the Oakville assembly plant, the center of opposition to the concessions agreement being pushed by the auto union, Unifor.

Ohio glass workers discuss strike with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 October 2016

Workers in the second week of their strike against the multinational glass maker are determined to resist further attacks on working conditions, health insurance and pay.

War and the 2016 US elections: SEP candidates launch final election tour

20 October 2016

In the two weeks before the US elections, Jerry White will be giving meetings in Canada and the US West Coast, and Niles Niemuth will be traveling throughout the Midwest.

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate denounces US escalation of Iraq War

By Jerry White, 19 October 2016

Jerry White, the SEP candidate for US president, condemns the escalation of US military violence and calls on workers to attend the November 5 conference “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War.”

SEP campaigners speak with Huntington, West Virginia residents

By our reporters, 19 October 2016

Huntington residents spoke with SEP candidate Naomi Spencer about the US elections, poor social conditions, and the need for an independent political movement of the working class.

US SEP Presidential Candidate Jerry White to speak at two meetings in Toronto this week

18 October 2016

White’s campaign is directed at mobilizing workers in the US, Canada and around the world against war and social inequality and the capitalist system in which they are rooted.

SEP vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth speaks at election meetings in South Dakota

By our reporter, 18 October 2016

The meetings in Rapid City and Pine Ridge Reservation were the first SEP meetings to be held in the state, and the latter was the first held on an American Indian reservation.

The great diversion: Democrats focus on sex scandal as conflict with Russia escalates

By Andre Damon, 15 October 2016

Behind the scandal-mongering that dominates the presidential election campaign, the United States is weighing a major military escalation against Syria and Russia.

Live online forum Friday at 7:00 pm Eastern Time

The political crisis in the US and the 2016 presidential elections

14 October 2016

In an online forum at 7:00 pm Eastern Time at fb.com/sepus, WSWS Editorial Board Chairman David North will introduce Patrick Martin in a discussion on the state of the US elections.

The November 5 conference, “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” and the building of a new movement against imperialist war

By Eric London and Joseph Kishore, 12 October 2016

Despite the extreme dangers facing the population of the entire world, outside of the International Committee of the Fourth International, there is no organized movement against imperialist war.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White campaigns in New Orleans

By our reporter, 12 October 2016

White campaigned in New Orleans, Louisiana this week, and on Monday held an election meeting at Tulane University attended by more than 50 students.

The class issues exposed by Hurricane Matthew

By Niles Niemuth—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US vice president, 8 October 2016

Poverty, combined with the lack of adequate infrastructure and planning, has resulted in the deaths of more than 800 in Haiti and at least 4 people in the US, while disrupting the lives of millions.

Live online forum with SEP presidential candidates

One month until the US elections: the political issues facing the working class

5 October 2016

On October 7, at 7:00 Eastern Time, SEP candidates Jerry White and Niles Niemuth will join SEP National Secretary Joseph Kishore to discuss the state of US politics one month before the election.

One year since the official acknowledgment of the Flint water crisis

Billions for infrastructure and health care not war!

By Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 5 October 2016

The Socialist Equality Party fights for the only viable program to address the disaster inflicted on the residents of Flint, Michigan.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White visits Windsor

Growing opposition from Canadian autoworkers to Unifor-backed sellout contracts

By a WSWS reporting team, 4 October 2016

FCA Canada workers warmly greeted White and stopped to discuss their contract battle as well as the broader political questions raised by the US elections.

SEP Presidential candidate Jerry White speaks to students and workers in Northern Virginia

By Alex Gonzalez and Nick Barrickman, 4 October 2016

White spoke before an audience of students, workers and members of the community at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale about the dangers of war.

SEP Vice Presidential candidate Niles Niemuth speaks about the presidential debate and the danger of war

By Niles Niemuth, 1 October 2016

The American ruling class is preparing a massive escalation of war to be carried out under either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

“I’d say it’s the worst election ever”

US autoworkers speak out on war, inequality and the 2016 elections

By Eric London and Thomas Gaist, 26 September 2016

In working class cities, suburbs and rural towns across the United States, the hatred for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump is palpable.

SEP presidential candidates to be on the ballot in Louisiana

By our reporter, 26 September 2016

The accomplishment followed efforts of SEP members in Louisiana, who traveled throughout the state’s six congressional districts to get the required electors.

Jerry White speaks in Detroit and Ann Arbor

SEP presidential candidate warns of war dangers

By a reporting team, 24 September 2016

The meetings in both Ann Arbor and Detroit sparked intense discussion, questions and interest in the party’s election campaign and its history.

SEP candidate restored to ballot in West Virginia

By our reporter, 23 September 2016

On Thursday, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against plans by the Secretary of State to remove Naomi Spencer and other independent candidates from the ballot.

“An antiwar movement has to start in every country”

Pittsburgh students and workers discuss war and the 2016 elections

By Zac Corrigan, 22 September 2016

SEP vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth campaigned in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he talked to students and workers about the 2016 elections and the danger of war.

US SEP Presidential Candidate Jerry White to speak in Montreal this Saturday

22 September 2016

White’s campaign is directed at mobilizing workers in the US, Canada, and around the world against war and social inequality and the capitalist system in which they are rooted.

SEP candidate files motion for restraining order against West Virginia Secretary of State

By our reporter, 21 September 2016

On Tuesday, Naomi Spencer, the SEP’s candidate for West Virginia House of Delegates, filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to halt the distribution of ballots.

SEP presidential candidate speaks with Canadian autoworkers about contract battle

By our reporters, 20 September 2016

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White visited the Fiat Chrysler plant in Windsor, Canada to fight for the unity of autoworkers on both sides of the border.

SEP vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns in Pennsylvania

By Evan Winters and Zac Corrigan, 20 September 2016

Niemuth and a campaign team spoke to workers and young people in the impoverished Pittsburgh borough of Wilkinsburg, where the last high school was closed earlier this year.

SEP candidate files lawsuit to restore ballot status in West Virginia

By Naomi Spencer—SEP candidate for West Virginia House District 16, 20 September 2016

West Virginia is seeking to remove the SEP candidate from the ballot even though she completed all requirements for independent candidates outlined on the Secretary of State’s own web site.

“The US has one of the most undemocratic electoral systems in the world”

SEP candidate denounces exclusion of Libertarians, Greens from debates

By Jerry White, 19 September 2016

The US Commission on Presidential Debates is excluding the Libertarian and Green Party presidential candidates, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, from the first presidential debate.

SEP candidate Naomi Spencer denounces “decertification” by West Virginia Secretary of State

By Naomi Spencer – SEP candidate for West Virginia House District 16, 19 September 2016

Naomi Spencer, the SEP’s candidate for West Virginia House of Delegates, issued this statement after being informed that her name is being removed from the ballot.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White denounces war, advances socialist program at third party forum

By our reporter, 17 September 2016

White participated in a radio forum of third-party and independent presidential candidates held at Flint’s Mott Community College.

Socialism vs. Capitalism and War

The SEP and IYSSE schedule November 5 antiwar conference in Detroit

By The Socialist Equality Party, 15 September 2016

The purpose of the conference in Detroit is to politically mobilize workers and young people against the war policies of US and world imperialism, which threaten to escalate into a nuclear Third World War.

Online meeting with SEP presidential candidates to begin at 7:00 pm US Eastern Time

15 September 2016

The live stream of the meeting can be accessed here and on the SEP's Facebook page, fb.com/sepus.

West Virginia Supreme Court rules against independent petitioner

By Naomi Spencer—SEP candidate for West Virginia House District 16, 15 September 2016

The ruling may disqualify seven other candidates across the state who petitioned to get onto the ballot.

Brooklyn workers and young people speak to Socialist Equality Party election campaign

By Sandy English, 14 September 2016

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party campaigned in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant over the weekend.

The state of emergency in France and the intensification of the class struggle in Europe

PSG election meeting in Berlin-Wedding

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 14 September 2016

Terrorism is being used as a pretext to attack the democratic rights of the working class.

Pittsburgh nurses express support for striking Allina nurses in Minnesota

By Evan Winters, 13 September 2016

There is widespread support for the Minnesota nurses and the fight to defend the right to healthcare.

Minnesota nurses strike at critical juncture

By our reporting team, 13 September 2016

As 4,800 Allina Health nurses enter the second week of their strike, the outcome of the critical struggle depends entirely on the initiative of rank-and-file workers themselves.

SEP presidential candidate discusses elections with striking Minnesota nurses

By our reporting team, 12 September 2016

Allina Health nurses on strike for two weeks discussed the political issues in their struggle with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White Sunday.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White kicks off fall campaign with meeting in Chicago

By our reporters, 10 September 2016

White spoke to workers and youth about the expansion of war, the growth of social inequality, and the need for a socialist political leadership to guide the struggles of the working class.

Two months until the US elections: The political issues facing the working class

By Joseph Kishore, 9 September 2016

Whether it is Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump who occupies the White House, the next administration will be one of war, austerity, repression and violence.

SEP US presidential candidates denounce war drive at Humboldt University meeting in Berlin

By our correspondents, 6 September 2016

Dozens of students and workers watched a live broadcast from Detroit of SEP presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White speaks to workers at Detroit Labor Day event

By Shannon Jones, 6 September 2016

White attacked the alliance of the trade unions with the pro-war campaign of Hillary Clinton, and advanced an internationalist socialist political perspective for the working class.

The most unpopular candidates in American history

By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2016

The contest between the militaristic Clinton and the fascistic Trump has alienated tens of millions from the corporate-controlled two-party system.

Socialism and the 2016 elections

Socialist Equality Party campaign launches fall election meetings

5 September 2016

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth will be speaking at meetings throughout the country. We invite readers to contact the SEP to organize a meeting in your area.

SEP West Virginia candidate Naomi Spencer speaks on heroin epidemic

By Naomi Spencer, 5 September 2016

Overdoses, alcoholism and suicide are leading causes of death for young and middle-aged workers nationwide. Appalachia and the “rustbelt” of the Midwest are among the worst hit regions.

Mobilize the entire working class in the Twin Cities

Defend the striking Allina nurses!

By Ron Jorgenson, 5 September 2016

4,800 nurses at five hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area begin a strike today to defend their health care benefits and oppose dangerous patient-to-nurse ratios.

“I don’t think there’s a whole lot we can do unless some type of revolution kicks off”

Socialist Equality Party campaigns in Aurora, Illinois

By our reporters, 31 August 2016

SEP campaigners visited Aurora, once a major industrial center, and now the second largest city in the state, to promote Jerry White and Niles Niemuth’s presidential campaign.

West Virginia Supreme Court to weigh independent ballot access

Ruling to impact independent candidates statewide

By Naomi Spencer - SEP candidate for West Virginia House District 16, 27 August 2016

The case is a microcosm of the undemocratic maneuvering that goes on in American politics, largely out of sight of the public.

“There is going to be a civil war in this country”

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White campaigns at Detroit auto factory

By a WSWS reporting team, 26 August 2016

An SEP campaign team encountered widespread hostility to the establishment candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and openness to a socialist alternative.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White on impact of “Welfare Reform”

24 August 2016

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White issued this statement on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of "Welfare Reform," signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996.

“Obama has only helped the wealthy”

SEP campaigners speak to residents in Washington, DC about social crisis and the US elections

By our reporters, 22 August 2016

SEP campaigners spoke to workers in a section of the city that has been plagued by rising homelessness, poverty and efforts at gentrification.

Socialist Equality Party vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth condemns US-backed war in Yemen

19 August 2016

This statement was given in response to the ongoing assault on Yemen by Saudi Arabia, including the destruction of a Doctors Without Borders Hospital this week.

ATI workers speak to SEP campaigners

By Evan Winters, 18 August 2016

ATI workers expressed interest in the SEP's presidential campaign and disgust with establishment candidates Clinton and Trump.

SEP campaigns in Leechburg and Brackenridge, Pennsylvania

By Evan Winters, 18 August 2016

Residents spoke out against low-wage jobs, dwindling retirement benefits, ballooning student loan debt, and big-business presidential candidates with nothing to offer.

Facebook livestream

SEP US vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth discusses the police killing in Milwaukee

17 August 2016

SEP US vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth spoke in a live interview with WSWS reporter Andre Damon about the class issues behind police violence.

The real issues in the 2016 US elections

By Patrick Martin, 15 August 2016

Regardless of who wins in November, the ruling class is preparing a vast expansion of militarist violence and an intensification of the assault on the social and political rights of the working class.

Stop the war drive in Syria and Libya! Workers of the world unite against war!

By Jerry White, 4 August 2016

Behind the backs of the American people, President Obama has ordered US military jets to bomb Libya even as the White House ratchets up its military intervention in Syria.

Socialist Equality Party campaigns for ballot status in Louisiana

By Tom Hall and Aaron Asa, 4 August 2016

Throughout the state, campaigners found widespread disaffection with the political establishment and interest in the party’s socialist program.

After the conventions, Democrats attack Trump from the right

By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2016

The Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party are seeking to use their Republican opponent Donald Trump as a foil for legitimizing their deeply unpopular program of militarism and war.

SEP candidate for West Virginia House District 16 files petitions

By our reporters, 1 August 2016

On July 28, Naomi Spencer, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for West Virginia House District 16, submitted well over double the required number of signatures to get on the ballot.

After the Democratic and Republican conventions

For a socialist alternative to the parties of austerity and war!

By Socialist Equality Party, 30 July 2016

In the face of an immense economic, social and political crisis, neither Clinton nor Trump has anything to offer but austerity, war and the continued assault on democratic rights.

“We should have socialized medicine in the United States”

Video: Socialist Equality Party campaigns in San Diego, California

By our reporters, 28 July 2016

Workers in the Encanto neighborhood of San Diego expressed frustration and contempt with the two presidential candidates being put forward by the Democrats and Republicans.

Sanders heaps praise on the “billionaire class’s” chosen candidate

By Jerry White—SEP (US) candidate for president, 27 July 2016

From the beginning the Sanders campaign was a political trap to corral social opposition and contain it within the Democratic Party.

Video: Workers discuss social crisis in Philadelphia on eve of Democratic National Convention

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 23 July 2016

Workers and young people spoke with Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, Jerry White, about social inequality in the city.

Video: SEP vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth speaks with workers in upstate New York

21 July 2016

Niemuth visited Rochester and Syracuse, New York and spoke to residents about the conditions in the region and their thoughts on the 2016 presidential election.

New York City workers discuss police killings, inequality with SEP candidate

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 20 July 2016

On the second anniversary of the police killing of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, workers spoke with Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate about the class divide in America’s largest city.

Video: SEP Vice Presidential candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns in Erie, Pennsylvania

19 July 2016

Niemuth spoke to workers and young people about the defense of public education.

Video: SEP Vice Presidential candidate Niles Niemuth campaigns in Pittsburgh

By Niles Niemuth, 18 July 2016

Niemuth spoke to workers and youth in Pittsburgh, a historic center of steel production that has been hard-hit by the economic crisis.

“We are suffering, struggling, and they’re getting richer and richer”

SEP campaigns in south Chicago area

By our reporters, 18 July 2016

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party campaigned for presidential candidate Jerry White at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, a shopping center and a transit station Saturday.

SEP candidate Niemuth discusses attacks on public education with Erie residents

By Evan Winters, 16 July 2016

SEP (US) vice presidential candidate spoke with residents of Erie, Pennsylvania about social inequality, the US election and recent threats to end public education beyond eighth grade in the city.

SEP candidate for vice president takes socialist campaign to western Pennsylvania

By our reporter, 14 July 2016

SEP vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth took his campaign to an area that has been economically devastated over the past three decades by layoffs in the steel industry

Supporters of SEP presidential campaign achieve write-in ballot status in Kentucky

By Naomi Spencer, 14 July 2016

Voters in the state of Kentucky who write in Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White on their ballots November 8 will have their votes legally recognized.

The predictable and pathetic end of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Patrick Martin, 13 July 2016

The Sanders campaign has provided a major political lesson to millions of young people and workers attracted to his call for a “political revolution” against the “billionaire class.”

Video: West Virginia coal miners discuss social crisis with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White

By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 9 July 2016

Southern West Virginia, which holds a special place in the history of the class struggle in the US, is today mired in depression-like conditions.

FBI rejects criminal charges against Clinton in email investigation

By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2016

The decision clears a last major hurdle to Clinton’s becoming the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.

Obama campaigns with Hillary Clinton at North Carolina rally

By Tom Hall, 6 July 2016

The speeches by Clinton and the current president continued to press the shopworn portrayal of the Democratic Party as a defender of the “middle class.”

The Fort Bragg baseball game, American militarism and the Fourth of July

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president, 5 July 2016

Sunday’s baseball game at the Fort Bragg military base was intended to manipulate the celebration of the American Revolution in order to promote militarism and war.

Video discussion from West Virginia: SEP candidates Jerry White and Naomi Spencer

5 July 2016

On July 4, SEP US presidential candidate Jerry White and West Virginia House of Delegates candidate Naomi Spencer broadcast a discussion live on Facebook.

Hillary Clinton interviewed by FBI in email investigation

By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate was accompanied by five lawyers for her three-hour interview.

Socialist Equality Party candidates talk with West Virginians angered over lack of federal aid for flood victims

By our reporter, 4 July 2016

In the aftermath of the flash floods that killed at least 20 people and destroyed thousands of homes, the Obama administration is providing only a pittance in federal aid.