Socialist Equality Party 2012 US Presidential Election Campaign

Illinois Democrats concoct pseudo-legal justification for cutting public employee pensions

By Alexander Fangmann, 9 February 2015

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will argue before the state Supreme Court that Illinois is entitled to use its “police powers” to overturn the state constitution.

The SEP vote in the 2012 elections

By our reporter, 16 November 2012

The workers and youth who voted for the SEP made a class-conscious decision to support a socialist alternative to the two big business parties.

SEP campaigns on US Election Day

By our reporting team, 7 November 2012

The Socialist Equality Party campaigned during Election Day, speaking to workers across the country about the need for an independent political party of the working class.

The class issues in the 2012 elections

By Joseph Kishore, 6 November 2012

The Socialist Equality Party calls on all its supporters in the US to cast a vote for SEP candidates Jerry White for president and Phyllis Scherrer for vice president in today’s election.

SEP candidate Phyllis Scherrer campaigns among Brooklyn College students

By our reporting team, 6 November 2012

Socialist Equality Party vice-presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke to students at Brooklyn College Monday about the need for socialist policy for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“The two parties are both beholden to Wall Street”

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 November 2012

Workers and young people discuss with the World Socialist Web Site the issues raised by the conference “Socialism and the 2012 Elections” in Detroit.

SEP Midwest regional conference advances socialist alternative in 2012 elections

By our reporter, 6 November 2012

The Socialist Equality Party held its Midwest Regional Conference, Socialism and the 2012 Elections, on November 4 at Wayne State University in Detroit

SEP candidate Phyllis Scherrer campaigns among NYC workers in aftermath of hurricane

By Sandy English, 5 November 2012

Socialist Equality Party vice-presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke to workers and young people in Lower Manhattan on how the devastation of Hurricane Sandy showed the need for a socialist program.

Resolution of the SEP Conferences

Build the Socialist Equality Party!

5 November 2012

This is an edited version of a resolution passed at the Socialist Equality Party regional conferences in California and Michigan.

SEP candidate Jerry White speaks to Chrysler workers in Detroit

By a WSWS reporting team, 3 November 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White and a team of supporters spoke to Chrysler workers at a campaign rally Friday afternoon.

A socialist policy for the victims of Hurricane Sandy

By Jerry White (SEP candidate for US president), 2 November 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White issued the following statement in response to Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath.

How to vote for SEP candidates Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer

1 November 2012

Voters in states and counties with a combined population of 85 million can vote for the Socialist Equality Party candidates for president and vice president or cast a write-in vote that will be counted.

SEP conferences in California outline the socialist perspective in the 2012 elections

By our reporters, 31 October 2012

This past weekend, the SEP held regional conferences in Los Angeles and Berkeley, California. This coming weekend, conferences will be held in New York City and Detroit.

SEP campaigns for November 3 regional conference in New York City

By Sandy English, 30 October 2012

SEP supporters campaigned over the weekend in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx, the second-largest private housing development in the US.

SEP campaign teams win support for Detroit regional conference

By a WSWS reporting team, 29 October 2012

SEP campaign teams have visited schools, workplaces and markets in the Detroit area over the past week, winning support for the November 4 Midwest regional conference, Socialism and the 2012 Elections.

The issues facing teachers in the 2012 elections

Statement by Phyllis Scherrer, SEP US vice presidential candidate

By Phyllis Scherrer (SEP US vice presidential candidate), 26 October 2012

The following statement was issued by Phyllis Scherrer, the Socialist Equality Party vice presidential candidate in the 2012 elections. Scherrer is a teacher in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.

Auto workers and the 2012 elections

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

25 October 2012

The following statement addressed to auto workers was issued by Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president.

After the US presidential debates: The political issues facing the working class

By Joseph Kishore, 24 October 2012

The American people are presented with a “choice” between two candidates who have, in the end, no significant political differences.

Workers and students discuss upcoming SEP conference in Los Angeles

By our reporters, 24 October 2012

The WSWS spoke to workers and students in Los Angeles about the regional conference of the Socialist Equality Party on October 27.

Jerry White speaks on austerity and war at Monroe County Community College in Michigan

By our reporter, 20 October 2012

The SEP presidential candidate discussed the economic and political issues that will confront the working class and youth after the election.

In Ithaca, New York appearance, Phyllis Scherrer responds to presidential debate

By our reporter, 19 October 2012

Phyllis Scherrer, vice presidential candidate for the Socialist Equality Party, addressed a public meeting in Ithaca, New York Wednesday night, highlighting the questions the second presidential debate ignored.

Jerry White speaks at University of Michigan on post-election war threats

By our reporter, 18 October 2012

White presented an overview of the social, economic, and military context of the presidential elections and fielded wide-ranging questions from the audience.

Phyllis Scherrer discusses social crisis with students and workers in upstate New York

By Steve Filips, 18 October 2012

SEP Vice Presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer speaks to workers and students in Syracuse and Ithaca.

Jerry White interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio

17 October 2012

Jerry White, the SEP candidate for president, spoke about the purpose of the campaign and the lessons of the Wisconsin protests.

US meningitis outbreak: A deadly product of deregulation

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

By Jerry White, 16 October 2012

The fungal meningitis outbreak can be traced directly to the profit-motive of the corporate entity implicated and the lack of government oversight of drug manufacturing.

Jerry White addresses Toronto meeting

By our reporter, 15 October 2012

The Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, addressed a lively meeting attended by some thirty workers and youth in Toronto, Ontario.

Attend the SEP regional conferences!

By Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 13 October 2012

Whatever the campaign rhetoric about “fundamental philosophical differences,” both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney speak on behalf of the financial and corporate elite that rules America.

Wall Street vs. workers—the class gap widens

By Jerry White and SEP candidate for president, 11 October 2012

Wall Street pay and profits have hit record levels since the 2008 crash.

Socialist Equality Party gains ballot status in Louisiana

By Tom Hall, 10 October 2012

The Socialist Equality Party successfully completed its bid for ballot status in the state of Louisiana.

Jerry White addresses workers and students in New York City

By our reporters, 9 October 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White concluded an East Coast campaign swing with a meeting in New York City on Sunday.

Phyllis Scherrer caps tour with meetings in Chicago and Milwaukee

By our reporters, 8 October 2012

Over the past week, SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer has spoken at meetings in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Illinois and Wisconsin.

US SEP presidential candidate Jerry White to speak in Toronto

By our reporter, 8 October 2012

Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election, will be the featured speaker at a public meeting in Toronto next Sunday, Oct. 14.

Well-attended SEP election meeting at Oberlin College

By our reporters, 6 October 2012

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White spoke to a lively and well attended meeting at Oberlin College on Thursday.

Jerry White talks to firefighters about Detroit water workers struggle

By our correspondent, 5 October 2012

SEP presidential candidate White talked about the significance of the strike at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, and the need to broaden the struggle throughout the working class.

A special message from SEP presidential candidate Jerry White

3 October 2012

In this video, Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party's candidate for president in the 2012 election, reviews the campaign so far and asks for your support.

Scherrer wins support in Pittsburgh

By Samuel Davidson, 3 October 2012

Members of the Socialist Equality Party campaigned in Pittsburgh over the weekend and won a strong response from workers and students as they promoted their upcoming meeting.

SEP candidate speaks with striking Detroit city workers

By a reporting team, 1 October 2012

Jerry White, the SEP candidate for US president, spoke with striking workers at the Detroit water and sewerage treatment plant.

SEP candidate Jerry White to participate in online Q&A forum Tuesday

1 October 2012

On Tuesday, October 2, Jerry White will participate in an online forum on the Internet site Reddit, answering questions about his campaign and the program of the SEP.

Jerry White speaks to workers and students in Virginia

By our correspondents, 29 September 2012

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White addressed a meeting at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Thursday.

SEP presidential campaign comes to Virginia

By our correspondents, 28 September 2012

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality campaigned in northern Virginia for a meeting Thursday with presidential candidate Jerry White.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White speaks in South Carolina

By our reporter, 27 September 2012

Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for president, spoke at a public meeting held at the University of South Carolina in Columbia on Tuesday. The meeting was well attended by students and members of the community who were enthusiastic about a genuine alternative to the two big business parties.

SEP presidential candidate speaks to Ford Canada workers

By Shannon Jones, 25 September 2012

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White travelled to Windsor, Ontario Sunday with a campaign team to speak to Ford Canada workers voting on the concessions-laden contract negotiated by the Canadian Auto Workers. The four-year agreement accepted all of the major take-away demands of the auto companies including an expanded two-tier wage structure, cuts to pension, the elimination of cost of living allowances and a freeze on wages.

Phyllis Scherrer discusses SEP campaign, Chicago strike at California meetings

By our reporters, 24 September 2012

Socialist Equality Party vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer concluded her West Coast tour with a meeting in Huntington Park, in Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles workers speak on social crisis

By an SEP campaign team, 24 September 2012

Prior to Saturday’s meeting in Los Angeles, Scherrer and SEP supporters campaigned among working class and youth in the area.

Vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer speaks in San Diego

By our reporters, 20 September 2012

Phyllis Scherrer began her West Coast campaign by addressing a meeting of workers and students at San Diego State University.

SEP vice-presidential candidate campaigns in San Diego

By our reporters, 19 September 2012

The Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for vice-president, Phyllis Scherrer, campaigned in San Diego this week, the first of a series of cities she will visit on the West Coast.

SEP candidate Jerry White speaks to transit workers on Chicago teachers strike

By Bryan Dyne, 18 September 2012

Socialist Equality presidential candidate Jerry White campaigned among transit workers and firefighters Monday, discussing the significance of the Chicago teachers strike.

SEP candidates discuss fight to defend education with Chicago teachers

By our reporters, 17 September 2012

Socialist Equality Party presidential and vice presidential candidates Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer campaigned among striking teachers in Chicago over the weekend.

Chicago teachers: Reject the contract betrayal! Broaden the fight to defend jobs and public schools!

Statement by Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White

By Statement by Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White, 15 September 2012

The following statement is being distributed at a rally Saturday of Chicago teachers called by the Chicago Teachers Union.

Talk by socialist candidate evokes lively discussion

Jerry White reports on international tour in Detroit

By Shannon Jones, 14 September 2012

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White spoke on his recent tour of Europe and Sri Lanka at Wayne State University Wednesday, evoking a lively discussion.

“The conditions for students are horrible”

SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer speaks to Chicago teachers

By an SEP campaign team, 13 September 2012

During her second day of campaigning among striking Chicago teachers, SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer continued discussing the political issues of the strike.

SEP vice presidential candidate discusses political issues with striking Chicago teachers

By an SEP campaign team, 12 September 2012

In discussions with striking Chicago teachers Tuesday, SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer addressed the political issues in their struggle.

SEP campaigns at Lawrence, Massachusetts textile strike commemoration

By Mike Ingram, 11 September 2012

SEP supporters campaigned at a festival in honor of the 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts

SEP (US) presidential candidate speaks at Berlin Humboldt University

By our correspondents, 10 September 2012

On Saturday, Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White addressed an audience of 170 at the historic Humboldt University in Berlin.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White reports on visit to Sri Lanka

By Jerry White, 8 September 2012

Jerry White reviews his discussions with workers in Kegalle during his recent trip to Sri Lanka.

Jerry White discusses with workers and students at London meeting

By our reporters, 8 September 2012

US Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White participated in a lively discussion following his report to a public meeting in London, England, Thursday.

SEP US presidential candidate addresses London meeting

By our reporter, 7 September 2012

Socialist Equality Party US presidential candidate Jerry White addressed an attentive audience of more than 60 workers, retirees, students and youth in London Thursday evening.

US Presidential candidate Jerry White addresses Manchester audience

By our reporters, 6 September 2012

US Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White spoke at a well-attended meeting at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester, England Tuesday evening.

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White begins England tour

By Julie Hyland, 5 September 2012

Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate in November’s US presidential elections has arrived in England on the second leg of his international tour.

SEP supporters campaign for ballot access in Louisiana

By E.P. Bannon, 4 September 2012

A campaign team visited cities across the state in order to solicit the support needed to place SEP candidates Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer on the ballot in November.

Cortland, New York residents and youth discuss poor working conditions

By Bryan Dyne, 3 September 2012

Supporters of the SEP presidential campaign spoke to residents and youth in Cortland, New York about their working conditions and future prospects.

Jerry White concludes visit to Sri Lanka with meeting in Galle

By our correspondents, 1 September 2012

Socialist Equality Party (US) presidential candidate Jerry White concluded his tour of Sri Lanka on Thursday with a meeting in the southern port city of Galle.

Sri Lanka: US SEP presidential candidate speaks in Kegalla

By our correspondents, 31 August 2012

The candidate’s speech provoked an important and lively discussion in the question-and-answer session.

SEP campaigners in Detroit discuss attacks on jobs, public education

By our reporters, 31 August 2012

Supporters of SEP candidates Jerry White for president and Phyllis Scherrer for vice president recently won support for the socialist campaign at Detroit’s Eastern Market.

US SEP presidential candidate speaks with Sri Lankan plantation workers

By our correspondents, 30 August 2012

Visiting presidential candidate Jerry White discussed the necessity for the unity of the American and Sri Lankan working class.

Stockton workers support SEP presidential campaign

By Karl Eisner, 30 August 2012

Socialist Equality Party campaigners spoke to farm workers in East Stockton, California.

US SEP presidential candidate declines to meet LSSP

29 August 2012

The WSWS publishes a letter from the Lanka Sama Samaja Party in Sri Lanka and the reply by US presidential candidate Jerry White.

Wisconsin board approves ballot access for SEP candidates

By our reporter, 29 August 2012

Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board has approved placing Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer on the state’s ballot in November, reversing an earlier recommendation from the board’s staff.

Lively discussion with US presidential candidate at Colombo meeting

By our correspondents, 28 August 2012

The questions pointed to an understanding among workers and youth that the political situation in Sri Lanka is intimately bound up with broader international processes.

SEP candidate campaigns among Chicago teachers

By a campaign team, 28 August 2012

SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer and a campaign team spoke to Chicago teachers at an informational picket outside of a middle school.

Sri Lanka: Colombo public meeting hears US SEP presidential candidate

By our correspondents, 27 August 2012

US presidential candidate Jerry White addressed a well-attended meeting in Colombo yesterday.

US SEP presidential candidate begins international tour

By our correspondents, 25 August 2012

Jerry White received a warm welcome from the Sri Lankan SEP on his arrival in Colombo yesterday.

SEP wins support in Wisconsin ballot status fight

By Niles Williamson, 25 August 2012

A team of SEP supporters campaigned with the vice-presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer at the Milwaukee Area Technical College in West Allis, Wisconsin. This was the first day of classes and the students were eager to discuss the campaign.

Sri Lankan SEP campaigns for US presidential candidate’s meetings

By our correspondents, 24 August 2012

Sri Lankan workers and youth expressed keen interest in the US presidential candidate’s tour.

Workers should defend teacher tenure!

By Phyllis Scherrerr and SEP candidate for vice president, 24 August 2012

Three million teachers return to public schools across the country for the 2012-2013 school year under conditions where the destruction of public education is a top bipartisan priority spearheaded by the Obama administration.

Colombo press conference announces US SEP presidential candidate’s visit to Sri Lanka

By our correspondents, 23 August 2012

Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s US presidential candidate, will address public meetings in Colombo, Kegalle and Galle.

More letters supporting ballot status for the SEP in Wisconsin

23 August 2012

Readers of the World Socialist Web Site and supporters of the democratic rights of the Socialist Equality Party continue to write to the Government Accountability Board, the Wisconsin state government agency that will decide whether to place the SEP candidates on the ballot for the November 6 presidential election.

SEP launches bid for ballot access in Louisiana

By our reporters, 22 August 2012

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party are campaigning this week in Louisiana to put the party’s candidates, Jerry White for President and Phyllis Scherrer for vice president, on the ballot.

Video: An appeal from SEP presidential candidate Jerry White

21 August 2012

In this video, Jerry White, the SEP's candidate for president, appeals for support for the last two and half months of the election campaign.

A renewed appeal for support in Wisconsin ballot effort

By Jerry White and SEP candidate for president, 20 August 2012

As the presidential candidate of the Socialist Equality Party, I urge all supporters of the SEP campaign to send letters and messages to the Government Accountability Board, the Wisconsin state government agency that will decide whether to place the SEP candidates on the ballot for the November 6 presidential election.

SEP vice presidential candidate speaks to temp workers in McKeesport, Pennsylvania

By Samuel Davidson, 18 August 2012

SEP candidate Phyllis Scherrer along with a team of supporters campaigned this week in the former steel town of McKeesport, about 10 miles south of Pittsburgh along the Monongahela River.

Wisconsin officials reverse decision and recommend SEP candidates be placed on ballot

By our reporter, 16 August 2012

Wisconsin election officials are now recommending that presidential candidate Jerry White and his running mate Phyllis Scherrer be placed on the ballot for the November 6 election.

SEP campaigns in Pittsburgh against cuts in social programs

By a campaign team, 15 August 2012

SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer spoke to workers and young people about the elimination of the General Assistance Program in Pennsylvania.

More letters on effort to keep SEP off Wisconsin ballot

15 August 2012

We publish here more letters sent to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board in response to efforts to disqualify signatures gathered to place SEP candidates on the November ballot.

Hands off anti-Wall Street protesters

By Jerry White and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 14 August 2012

Last month, the FBI launched a series of raids at the homes of anti-Wall Street protesters in Portland, Oregon and Seattle and Olympia, Washington.

Letters denounce effort to keep SEP candidates off Wisconsin ballot

13 August 2012

Published here is selection of letters sent to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board in response to efforts to disqualify signatures gathered to place SEP candidates on the November ballot.

Oppose the anti-democratic attempt to keep SEP candidates off the Wisconsin ballot!

By Socialist Equality Party, 11 August 2012

The SEP calls on supporters to send letters to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board in protest against the anti-democratic efforts to prevent Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer from appearing on the November ballot.

Workers denounce effort by Wisconsin officials to exclude SEP from ballot

By Niles Williamson, 10 August 2012

Workers and youth throughout Wisconsin have spoken out to denounce the politically motivated attempt by election officials in Wisconsin to exclude the SEP from the November ballot.

Wisconsin officials move to exclude SEP candidates from ballot

By our reporter, 9 August 2012

In a politically motivated attack, election officials in Wisconsin have moved to prevent the Socialist Equality Party candidates for US president and vice president from being placed on the November ballot.

SEP presidential candidate to tour Britain, Germany and Sri Lanka

8 August 2012

Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, will be speaking over the coming month at a series of meetings in Britain, Germany, and Sri Lanka.

SEP speaks to workers in Anaheim about election campaign and police violence

By a campaign team, 7 August 2012

A team of campaigners for the Socialist Equality Party spoke to workers in Anaheim, California and handed out copies of a statement by presidential candidate Jerry White.

Saginaw, Michigan residents speak on police killing

By an SEP campaign team, 6 August 2012

Saginaw residents spoke to Socialist Equality Party supporters at the site of a July 1 police killing. Six officers shot homeless man Milton Hall 46 times.

SEP Candidates submit signatures to gain spot on Wisconsin ballot

By Niles Williamson, 4 August 2012

On Friday Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidates for president and vice president, personally submitted over 3,200 signatures to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board in Madison.

Interview with Jerry White: “We are running to give voice to the working class”

3 August 2012

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke with Matt Stannard of the Political Context podcast about the program of the SEP and the experiences of the campaign so far.

Bankers veto debt relief for distressed homeowners

For a socialist program to stop foreclosures!

Statement by Jerry White, Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president

By Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 2 August 2012

The acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency has rejected any reduction on the crushing levels of debt owed by American homeowners.

SEP campaign team visits striking Caterpillar workers in Joliet

By our reporters, 31 July 2012

The presidential and vice presidential candidates of the Socialist Equality Party, Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer, visited striking Caterpillar workers on the picket line in Joliet, Illinois on Monday afternoon

Widespread support as SEP concludes Wisconsin petition drive

By Niles Williamson and Nicholas Russo, 30 July 2012

In just eight days the Socialist Equality Party’s campaign to gain access to the presidential ballot in Wisconsin has garnered more than 3,000 signatures.

SEP ballot drive in Wisconsin surpasses signature requirement

By our reporter, 28 July 2012

In the course of seven days, campaigners in Wisconsin have gathered more than the 2,000 signatures required to put Jerry White and Phyllis Scherrer on the ballot.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White speaks in Ypsilanti, Michigan

By our reporter, 27 July 2012

Jerry White spoke Wednesday at a campaign meeting in Ypsilanti, Michigan attended by local students, workers and their families.

Police violence in Anaheim: The class issues

Statement by Jerry White, SEP candidate for US president

By Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 26 July 2012

Police brutality is directed at all sections of the working class, white, black, Hispanic, Asian and immigrant.