John Parker

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John Parker speaking at the Workers World Party National Conference on November 18 2017


John Thompson Parker is a member of the Workers World Party in Los Angeles California. John Parker has run several times for various political office. John Parker is the "West Coast coordinator" of the Workers World Party front group: the International Action Center.

John Parker has described himself: "I'm not only a socialist, I'm a communist."[1]

2018 Peace and Freedom Party slate/California

Vote the Peace and Freedom Party Slate: ☻ Gloria La Riva for Governor ☻Nathalie Hrizi for Insurance Commissioner ☻ Jordan P. Mills for Congress 49th District ☻ Gayle McLaughlin for Lieutenant Governor ☻ John Parker for U.S. Senator ☻ C.T. Weber for Secretary of State ☻ Kevin Akin for State Treasurer ☻ Mary Lou Finley for State Controller.

Background

From a GoFundMe page[2] raising money for John Parker's 2018 Senate Campaign:

"This is Parker's second run for US Senate. In 2016 he garnered 38,000 votes in the Primary. His campaign will highlight and encourage the Black Lives Matter movement and build solidarity - especially for Black and Brown peoples who face the brunt of state-sanctioned murders by police. The campaign will also expose how U.S. war and the economic war of austerity and imperialist trade policies are all part of the war here against working and poor people and fuel the racist attacks on the immigrant community.

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"Parker was the Workers World Party presidential candidate in 2004. He ran for US Senate from California in 2016. He is the initiator and author of a Los Angeles ballot measure, which - if approved by the voters - would’ve made the minimum wage in the city of Los Angeles $15 per hour immediately. This ballot measure, endorsed by the United Teachers of Los Angeles, forced the Mayor and City Council to finally respond to the tremendous movement of union activists and other workers by raising the minimum wage in L.A.– however slowly – to $15.
"As a leading national anti-war and anti-imperialist activist, Parker, who is also the West Coast coordinator of the International Action Center, has been part of delegations with Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark to Palestine, Sudan, Iraq, and Iran and has helped organize demonstrations to defend all countries targeted by U.S. imperialism. Including North Korea. Parker has done volunteer work in Cuba and has fought to end the U.S. blockade of Cuba - renewed by the Obama Administration - a punishment against a socialist country for its achievements in health care, education, and especially in building international solidarity with targets of imperialism.
"Parker was only 18 when he organized his first union election--at a small steel plant in New Jersey. He worked at a variety of other jobs, including teaching at a public school in Newark. After moving to Los Angeles with his family in 1998, he became a leader in the anti-war movement and worked hard to mobilize anti-war forces to be in solidarity with the growing immigration movement and the 80,000 grocery workers on a strike/lockout against three giant southern California food chains. For this the International Action Center received an award from the United Food and Commercial Workers."

Manifesto

"Thanks for viewing all. I'm not only a socialist, I'm a communist - and here's why. The less than 1% who run this country, the financial and industrial monopolies, own the factories, machinery and land used for production of our most vital needs, like energy, food, etc. In other words they own the means of production. This is how they control this country and the politicians from president to city council. This gives them the power to poison the water in Flint, Michigan with lead (GM), or here in Vernon CA, pollute 10,000 homes with lead in the soil (Exide Technologies), causing permanent and irreversible brain damage to especially children, and get away with it. That's just two relatively small examples compared to the destruction of peoples and our entire planet with wars and global warming. As senator I would work towards putting the ownership of the banks and major industry into the hands of the people so that WE can determine our future, not the less than 1% who warm our planet and kill our children. But, that cannot be done just through an electoral struggle - it takes a movement of the people which I have much experience in helping to build.

2016 Workers World Party Platform

John Parker Endorsement; Campaign Information

From the "about" section of John Parker's YouTube video regarding his candidacy:

"This is why I'm part of the Workers World Party election platform with Monica Moorehead for president and Lamont Lilly for vice-president, because we have a different view than Bernie Sanders about the main contradiction holding back our society - and that is the private ownership of the means of production. So, everything we do, even in fighting for reforms must help towards building the perspective of the need to gain public ownership of the means of production and empowering our class toward taking control from the less than 1% (the ruling class). And we're also excited about the Bernie movement in terms of the people who are energized to fight against capitalism. So, since I'm running for senate and although I'd rather you vote for Monica Moorehead, you can vote for me and also support Bernie Sanders. In fact, we're hoping the Sanders supporters will join our campaign in actions against the police, for jobs etc that will be taking place up to the November elections. Hope that answers your question about my politics. The most important thing is to unite against a common enemy, even if we don't agree on tactics or solutions down the road - lets join forces to build a movement against police terror, racism, the theft of wealth from our working class while building solidarity with all sectors of our international working class by opposing drones and all forms of u.s. imperialst (sic) wars and proxy wars - thanks again for the comments - jp"

WWP Presidential candidate

The national leadership of Workers World Party met in New York on May 23 2004 to select party candidates to run in that year's presidential election.

Representatives from party branches around the country gave their unanimous approval--and a cheering, standing ovation--to a proposal from the Secretariat of the National Committee that the candidates for president and vice president, respectively, be John Parker of Los Angeles and Teresa Gutierrez of New York.

Parker went to Sudan and visited that country's main pharmaceutical plant after it was demolished in 1998 by a U.S. missile strike. He has been to Iraq and seen the terrible effects of sanctions on the people there, especially children. He also did solidarity work in Cuba in 1997 with the Venceremos Brigade.

John Parker was only 18 when he organized his first union election--at a small steel plant in New Jersey. An African American, he has worked at a variety of other jobs, including teaching at a public school in Newark. After moving to Los Angeles with his family several years ago, he became a leader in the anti-war movement there and helped organize and chair several large rallies against the U.S. war in Iraq, sponsored by the ANSWER Coalition. He then worked hard to mobilize anti-war forces to support the 80,000 grocery workers on a strike/lockout against three giant southern California food chains.[3]

2010 WWP National Conference

poster for the conference

The 2010 National Workers World Party Conference was held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13 - 14, 2010, and had the tagline, "2010 National Workers World Party Conference".[4]

Second Plenary: First Panel-- The Capitalist Crisis and Role of the Working Class
Chair: Andre Powell; Speakers: Sharon Black, Phebe Eckfeldt, Martha Grevatt, Monica Moorehead, John Parker, Betsey Piette and Dante Strobino

John Parker was a Workers World Party National Committee member and Los Angeles branch organizer, .[5]

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