“Love is an action, never simply a feeling.” bell hooks
On Saturday, October 17th in Milwaukee, WI, the delegates of the Socialist Party USA National Convention put their faith in us to represent the organization and its principles as its Presidential candidates. We are humbled with gratitude and will work hard to deserve that trust. It is with great love and fire that we forge ahead in this campaign.
The campaign’s focus throughout the upcoming year will not be on the candidates. The campaign’s focus will be on you. You are the mother, the father, the student, the worker. You are the community – the community that fights for the breath of dignity as the boot of oppression digs its heel into your throat – and you are the sacred, essential ingredient necessary for liberation. Capitalism and its defenders tremble when contemplating your power. That fear makes us smile, as we are seeing the dawn of a new era of equality, peace, and justice peeking over the horizon. Its light heals our collective wounds. It is the light of socialism.
How will this campaign be able to contribute toward the revolutionary movement? We can start by listening. We will do our best to soothe fears. As those new to the ideas seek guidance in finding movement work to plug into locally, we can use our resources to help them find a home. We can help to connect those currently involved in the revolutionary struggle, working to build new working relationships that sustain. We can offer compassion to the aching backs of the movement. We will not mince words as we attack capitalism. Our goal is not reform. Our goal is not a kinder, gentler, greener oppression.
This campaign is not a photo-op. This campaign is about a revolution, and this is a revolution about a shared love of the planet and its people. It begins with you. You are here for a reason. We are here for a reason. Our unity is mighty. #REV16
With love and respect,
Mimi Soltysik & Angela Nicole Walker