Jerry White greets autoworkers in Warren, telling them: “You should support my campaign to back a genuine socialist alternative”

Detroit – May 27, 2016 — Jerry White will be speaking this week to autoworkers, teachers, youth and residents of the Detroit metro area before holding a campaign meeting Tuesday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at Wayne State University, General Lectures, Room 150.

At a campaign stop in Warren, White and SEP vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth greeted Chrysler workers. One worker told White: “It’s a dictatorship. They are going to make us vote for the people they want, who will do what they say. At the end of the day it is all lipstick and rouge. There is nothing there for us.”

White responded, “The working class needs a political party of its own. Workers should not be forced to vote for the lesser of two evils, but have a positive alternative that genuinely represents their interests. That is why Niles and I are running in the elections, to advance an independent program for the working class.”

“I like him,” she said. “We need a party that is just for us.”

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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