Search Home About the LP Join Contact Us Email Updates Subscribe to: PARTYBUILDER email updates South Carolina Labor Party Founding Meeting September 23, 2006 Email this Page Sign up for Email Updates Join the Labor Party! Renew your LP membership! The Midterm Elections: A Return to Politics as Usual An analysis of the midterm elections by National Organizer Mark Dudzic (click here) South Carolina Labor Party Founding Meeting Union members and activists officially created the South Carolina Labor Party on Saturday September 23, 2006 by adopting a constitution, bylaws and statement of principles. South Carolina AFL-CIO president Donna Dewitt and South Carolina State professor Willie Legette were elected co-chairs of the new state party. Nineteen local unions, the state AFL-CIO and the Charleston and Columbia central labor councils endorsed the founding meeting. Activists central to the ballot access campaign joined union delegates in an all-day meeting to adopt a structure and an organizing strategy geared to participating strategially in the 2007 and 2008 elections. A post-meeting, public celebration of the founding featured remarks by National Organizer Mark Dudzic and UNITE-HERE Vice President Noel Beasley and was attended by members of the Interim National Council. Finally, workers in South Carolina have their own voice at the ballot box! This marks an exciting new stage in the history of the Labor Party and in the history of workers' efforts to create a political voice in this country. South Carolina offers unique opportunities as well as challenges to confront the issues facing working people (see "The Case for South Carolina"). The real work of building a strong, effective, well-financed party is now ahead of us all. Click here for ways you can help. Election Commission Validates SCLP Petition for Ballot Line! On Thursday September 14, the South Carolina elections commission officially certified the South Carolina Labor Party as an official political party in the state. This victory is the result of the dedication and hard work of activists from every corner of the state who gathered the signatures needed to meet the requirement of 10,000 certifiable registered voter signatures. It has the potential to change the face of politics in South Carolina and maybe, just maybe, in the country as a whole. Petitions Submitted to state Elections Commission On July 11, organizing committee members Willie Legette, Donna Dewitt and Linda Houck submitted 16,500+ signatures to the state election commission. Voters from every county in the state signed the petition. "This was a major hurdle, but we cleared it with a healthy cushion to spare because of the commitment and dedication of the South Carolinians who see the need for a clear working class politics in the state," says Willie Legette, professor of political science at SC State University. "Now we can turn our attention to broadening and deepening our statewide base and building a strong, fighting organization that can enter the electoral arena on our own terms." Upon submission of the signatures in July, Donna Dewitt, president of the SC AFL-CIO, said "I am excited that we have submitted the signatures and am encouraged by the enthusiastic reception from union members and from the general public. And it especially means a lot to me as a trade unionist that the campaign is generating support all across the country. We are well on our way to being the first state in the nation where workers can vote for a real party of our own." "We are deeply indebted to the hundreds of unions and individuals who answered our call for financial support. We need to continue to raise substantial funds to see the party-building process through to completion and to solidify a deeply rooted South Carolina Labor Party that will be strong enough to contend seriously, says National Organizer Mark Dudzic. This will take hard work and great care, but all of us involved in this process, from both the national party and the Palmetto State, are more excited than ever about the potential of what we're doing." Click here for more about the South Carolina initiative and to learn what you can do to help. Labor Party Tenth Anniversary Ten years ago, in June 1996, trade unionists and activists from around the country convened in Cleveland, Ohio to found a labor party. National Organizer Mark Dudzic reflects on the anniversary and where we go from here. Read the statement. South Carolina Campaign - Front Page of Orangeburg Times and Democrat! (click here) New Labor Forum article by Mark Dudzic In "Saving the Right to Organize: Substituting the Thirteenth Amendment for the Wagner Act" Mark Dudzic assesses labor's recent strategies to overcome restrictions on labor's ability to organize and to bargain effectively. Click here for a pdf of the article as well as responses by Larry Cohen and Joshua B. Freeman. The Debate Continues: A Revitalized Labor Movement Needs a New Vision of Politics Read Mark Dudzic's statement on the future of the labor movement.(click here) Where We Stand on the Issues Facing Working People Click here to read the Labor Party's Call for Economic Justice Statement Against War in Iraq Click here to read the Interim National Council's statement - February 2003 LPPress Archives FAQs DJDI Privacy & Security View Cart LABORPARTY PO Box 53177 Washington, DC 20009 Tel: 202.234.5190 Fax: 202.234.5266 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright © 2002-2006 Labor Party. All Rights Reserved.