Jerry White calls for workers and youth to build a genuine socialist movement, after the predictable failure of Sanders’ effort to reform the Democratic Party

DETROIT – June 21, 2016 – As Bernie Sanders wraps up his campaign and prepares to endorse Hillary Clinton, Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White calls on workers and young people to break with the Democratic Party and support the SEP’s fight to build a genuine socialist movement of the international working class.

You can view his video statement at

Jerry White, US labor editor for the World Socialist Web Site, is the SEP candidate for president of the United States. His vice presidential running mate is Niles Niemuth.

In his statement, White says: “Millions of workers and young people in the U.S. are looking for an anti-capitalist alternative. Sanders would like people to believe that the Democratic Party can be transformed into a party of working people. The Democratic Party is a party of Wall Street and the Pentagon and it will remain so.”

The SEP campaign will reach workers and youth who are looking for an alternative to big business politics. It is about organizing workers and young people in the US ⎯ joining their brothers and sisters worldwide ⎯ to prepare for struggles against the threat of world war and the growth of social inequality.

Many people are beginning to ask: What is socialism? Our campaign will answer this question. The election program of the SEP is centered on these demands:

  1. Oppose US militarism! Stop the drive to World War III!
  2. Put an end to poverty and social inequality!
  3. Defend democratic rights! No to government spying and police violence!

Candidate bios

Jerry White, 56, is the US labor editor of the World Socialist Web Site. He joined the Workers League, the predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party, in 1979, while working at United Parcel Service and attending the City University of New York. For nearly four decades, as a writer and activist, White has played a major role in the struggles of the working class. He was the SEP’s presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012.

Niles Niemuth, 28, was raised in a working-class family in Wisconsin and became a member of the SEP during the 2011 mass protests against budget cuts imposed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Niemuth joined the staff of the WSWS after completing his master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, where he specialized in African-American history. Niemuth has written extensively on US social conditions, working-class struggles and the government’s assault on democratic rights.

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