Preparing for the 2024 elections - A call for independent working class socialist candidates in Massachusetts
The working class needs a Workers Party
The capitalist class already has two political parties of their own. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are organizations built to uphold the capitalist system. The ruling class has differences among themselves when it comes to the specific ways that the working class should be exploited but they are united in their commitment to a destructive system that has outlived its usefulness. Until the working class develops a party of our own we will continue to be used and betrayed by parties that rule against our interests.
The working class needs our own independent political organization. We need a workers party that rejects capitalism and fights for a socialist future with the working class in political power. A genuine workers party needs to rely on mass working class support, use election campaigns to expose the true nature of the system, and build power in the streets. The Workers Party of Massachusetts has been taking steps towards building the political organization the working class needs by running independent socialist candidates in the 2020 and 2022 elections. We are now calling on other socialist groups and individuals to join us in preparing to run independent working class socialist candidates across Massachusetts in 2024.
Building a Workers Party at the ballot box and in the streets
Since 2020 the Workers Party of Massachusetts has taken concrete steps to build a serious political organization capable of rising to the challenges we face. Our members and supporters established a Massachusetts political designation which allows people to choose the Workers Party when they register to vote. We have also created a Workers Party Political Action Committee to raise funds and support our endorsed candidates. We ran one candidate for State Representative in 2020 and received 5% (over 1200 votes). In 2022 we ran 3 candidates - Brandon Griffin for State Representative Plymouth 7th, Laura Saylor for State Senate Bristol and Norfolk, and Nick Giannone for State Auditor. These candidates campaigned as open socialists and received a combined total of over 50,000 votes. But the most important aspect of these campaigns was our ability to use these elections to reach people in working class communities who want to get involved and build an independent working class socialist party.
Members of the Workers Party of Massachusetts are also engaged in a wide variety of mass movements and non-electoral organizing activities related to issues that affect the working class. We do not see electoral activity as a substitute for movements in the streets but as a means to unify and amplify these movements. The regular timing of elections provides a platform and constant opportunities to talk about what we want and how we organize to get it. Effective use of electoral politics by socialists can also help prevent working class movements from being co-opted and demobilized by capitalist parties.
Socialist consciousness and political organization in working class communities
Despite the unprecedented rise in the popularity of socialism and the growth in membership of socialist organizations in the United States, our movement’s concrete political impact in working class communities ranges from marginal to nonexistent. There are vast working class suburbs and small cities in Massachusetts where the material conditions call for socialist politics and it is way past time that we answer this call by taking responsibility for organizing the working class into a political force that fights for our own interests. The working class is everywhere; we need working class organizations everywhere.
Revolutionary socialists need to create an organizing model that reaches into working class communities and breaks our political isolation. Running independent socialist candidates can do a lot to establish our presence in new areas and allow us to create local organizations that last beyond the election campaign. Having candidates for office gives socialist groups a reason to go to new places and talk to new people. Elections provide the best opportunity for small political groups to deliver a socialist perspective to an audience of thousands or millions. Independent working class political activity is a bridge that can connect the socialist movement with the masses of workers who would otherwise be left to choose between politicians who represent our oppressors.
The Workers Party of Massachusetts does not believe that we can vote our way to socialism and we are realistic about the limitations of reforms won at the ballot box but we do see electoral activity as an important arena of struggle that can be utilized as a platform to reach the working class. Only the working class in political power guided by socialist principles can defeat the capitalist ruling class and their miserable system of exploitation. In order to win political power we need to use every opportunity to raise working class consciousness and build socialist organizations. Independent socialist electoral activity is the most direct route to achieve both of those goals.
A call for independent socialist candidates in 2024
The Workers Party of Massachusetts acknowledges the contributions of other socialist parties and organizations who we share common interests with and we believe that collaboration on electoral work can strengthen both our own organizations and the overall socialist movement. Our goal is to spread revolutionary socialist politics into working class communities out of the reach of existing organizations. The Workers Party invites all socialist organizations and individuals to adopt this outward looking approach and we encourage everyone to put this approach into action by preparing to run candidates for the Massachusetts Legislature in the 2024 elections.
We believe that participating in elections at the state level is the best entry point for bringing socialist politics to large sections of the working class. Our movement lacks the resources for meaningful participation in presidential-level politics and the non-partisan nature of local elections makes it difficult to use campaigns to build socialist organizations or consciousness. Running candidates for the state legislature allows us to present a socialist perspective on a broad range of issues and give us the experience to build stronger organizations capable of using every level of elections to fight for working class political power.
The Workers Party plans to run another slate of candidates for the Massachusetts Legislature in 2024 and will begin announcing these campaigns in the coming weeks and months. We are also planning to run a candidate for US Senate against Elizabeth Warren. This campaign will offer a revolutionary socialist alternative to liberal capitalism while providing the Workers Party an opportunity to secure official party status by winning at least 3% of the vote in a statewide election. Our party also has a long-term goal of registering 50,000 voters with the Workers Party political designation. This is another means to secure our status as an official party regardless of election results.
Beyond just calling for candidates, the Workers Party of Massachusetts is willing to offer any assistance and share our experiences to help get other socialists on the ballot. We would also like to explore any possibility of cooperation between campaigns that could lay the groundwork for a broader socialist electoral alliance. Our entire movement would gain from the experience of having a variety of approaches to independent socialist electoral activity and we can learn from each other as we move forward together. We ask all socialist organizations and individuals to seriously consider participating in this effort to offer working class alternatives to the parties of capitalism at the ballot box. If you are interested in running as a Workers Party candidate, are part of a socialist organization that is considering running candidates, or are an unaffiliated individual who is interested in running as an independent socialist candidate we ask you to get in touch to start discussing potential ways to collaborate.
Contact the Workers Party of Massachusetts to get involved or for more information: