Socialist Action (US)

Socialist Action is a Trotskyist political party
Political party
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 in the United States
United States
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. It publishes the monthly Socialist Action newspaper, has a youth affiliate called Youth for Socialist Action (YSA), and is associated with the Fourth International.


Socialist Action was founded in 1983 by a group of veteran socialist activists who state that they were expelled from the Socialist Workers Party for defending the ideas of Permanent Revolution
Permanent Revolution
Permanent revolution is a term within Marxist theory, established in usage by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels by at least 1850 but which has since become most closely associated with Leon Trotsky. The use of the term by different theorists is not identical...

, class independence, and continued support for the reunified Fourth International
Reunified Fourth International
The Fourth International is a Trotskyist international. In 1963, the majorities of the two public factions of the Fourth International, the International Secretariat and the International Committee, reunited, electing a United Secretariat of the Fourth International...


Electoral campaigns

Socialist Action has run candidates for elected office on a number of occasions. It views electoral campaigns as a way to promote socialist politics, as well as to advocate on behalf of issues that the organization is promoting. As a result of legal challenges, Socialist Action does not have to disclose who the financial supporters of its election campaigns are because of demonstrable government harassment of past socialist candidates.

Socialist Action is the only Trotskyist group in the U.S. that has gotten a member elected to public office. SA member Adam Ritscher was elected to the Douglas County Board of Supervisors in Northern Wisconsin
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 in April 2006. Other examples of Socialist Action election campaigns are Jeff Mackler's 2006 write-in campaign for U.S. Senate in Northern California
Northern California
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 and Sylvia Weinstein's 1988 campaign for San Francisco
San Francisco, California
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 Board of Education, in which she won 21,000 votes. In 2010, Socialist Action ran Christopher Hutchinson for the Connecticut's 1st congressional district
Connecticut's 1st congressional district
Connecticut's 1st congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Connecticut. Located in the north-central part of the state, the district is anchored by the state capital of Hartford....

. Hutchinson gained 955 votes or 0,42%.

Political work

Socialist Action has gone through a variety of splits and fusions over the course of its history. Currently it is actively involved in a wide range of social justice movements in the United States. SA members are in leadership positions in a range of groups that make up these movements, such as the National Assembly to End the U.S. Wars & Occupations, the United National Antiwar Conference, the Climate Crisis Coalition, the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Lynne Stewart Defense Committee, Grassroots Immigrant Justice Network, and a number of trade union
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Socialist Action has its national office in San Francisco. It also publishes various books and pamphlets through its publishing arm, Socialist Action Books.

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