Sunday, October 21, 2007

Antiwar Activist Nominated on Third Ballot at Party's National Convention in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Antiwar activist Brian P. Moore of Spring Hill, Florida, was nominated for President of the United States at the Socialist Party USA national convention in St. Louis late Saturday afternoon. The 64-year-old Moore, a former independent candidate for the U.S. Senate, defeated longtime party activist and author Eric Chester of Massachusetts, a retired economics professor, on the convention's third ballot to win the party's nomination. Stewart A. Alexander, a longtime civil rights activist from Murietta, California, was tapped as Moore's vice-presidential running mate. Alexander was the Peace & Freedom Party's candidate for lieutenant governor of California in 2006.

A graduate of Mission San Luis Rey College in California with a Master's degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University, Moore once studied in a Franciscan seminary before joining the Peace Corps in 1969. As a Peace Corps volunteer and later working for a non-profit agency, Moore was heavily involved in community development and infrastructure projects in some of the poorest neighborhoods of Bolivia, Panama and Peru. Conversant in Spanish and familiar with Brazilian Portuguese, he later helped design and implement several public health projects in other Latin American countries. He also raised $3 million for a de-worming project that successfully protected more than one million children from parasitic infections in some of the most poverty-stricken areas of Brazil, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.

No stranger to long-shot political campaigns, Moore waged several unsuccessful bids for mayor and city council in Washington, D.C., and twice ran for the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's fifth congressional district. Last year, he polled 19,695 votes as independent antiwar candidate against Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican challenger Katherine Harris. During that campaign, he called for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney and traveled to Cuba to underscore his opposition to the four decades-long U.S. embargo against that island nation and to learn more about that country's national health care system and its economic development programs.

A founder and chair of the Nature Coast Coalition for Peace & Justice, an antiwar group founded in 2002, Moore has been a persistent critic of U.S. military involvement in Iraq. In accepting the Socialist Party's nomination, the Florida gadfly said that he will make the immediate and total withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and opposition to a potential attack on Iran central themes of his campaign. "Stopping the war is our highest priority," he said. "More than a million Iraqis, including tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children, have died in this tragic and misguided debacle, not to mention more than 3,800 of our own men and women — and for no legitimate reason," added Moore.

The Socialist nominee also favors public-financing of elections to lessen the effects of corporate influence in American politics and to help usher in a multi-party system. Citing a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, Moore stressed that he will also focus on the widening gap between the rich and the poor in the United States, a disparity greater than at any time since the 1920s. "The wealthy have benefited tremendously from the recent boom in the financial markets, while the working poor in this country are struggling more than ever just to make ends meet," said Moore, whose party's economic program includes guaranteed jobs, housing, and health care for every American.

Moore is also seeking the California-based Peace & Freedom Party's nomination and will compete against longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader — a man who endorsed Moore's Senate campaign last year — and several others in the party's February 5 presidential primary.

Back to Main Page



Anti-War Demonstrations Continue Despite Public Support; Congress Fails to Respond to Popular Opinion to Leave Iraq

Antiwar Movement is Dying---May Need to Show Sympathy for Iraqi Freedom Fighters, Along With American Military

Spring Hill, Florida: Thursday, July 26, 2007: Antiwar activists from the NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will demonstrate against the Iraq War this coming Saturday morning, July 28th, from 9 to 10 AM, at the corner of Forrest Oaks Blvd. and U.S. Highway 19 (Commercial Way) in Spring Hill, Hernando County.

While two-thirds of Americans oppose the war in Iraq and want the troops home, "the antiwar movement seems to be dying in America," says Brian Moore, Chair of the NCPJ Coalition.

The local peace activist says an opinion is growing amongst antiwar people, and national publications like the Nation magazine, who are quoted "if you are going to sympathize with the US soldiers, who are fighting a war of aggression, then surely you should also sympathize with the soldiers who are fighting for their own homeland." In addition to expressing concern for US soldiers and Iraqi civilians, Moore concludes then "surely we should also see as victims those soldiers who are fighting for their homeland and their freedom, and for their resistance to those who are invading their own country."

Alexander Cockburn, a columnist for The Nation, reminds his readers that there are many evident reasons why direct solidarity with resistance fighters is not evident in today's Iraq war. Conversely, there was a connection with resistance fighters in the Vietnam antiwar effort and also in the Central American anti-intervention movement, but not Iraq, writes Cockburn. The Nation writer blames the Patriot Act, a handful of new presidential orders, the Military tribunal act and the recent national security agency declaration----all authorizing "savage legal reprisals" toward any group or individual in the United States with any detectable ties or relations with Iraqi resistance movements.

Moore quotes Cockburn as saying that the absence of a military draft weakens the antiwar movement, along with being distracted from the antiwar effort by conspiracies about 9/11, global warming or the upcoming presidential race of 2008. Cockburn says "the bulk of the antiwar movement has become "subservient to the Democratic Party and the agenda of its prime candidates like Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama and John Edwards, all of whom are now soft on the war and its funding, with two of the three having voted for the war as early as 2002.

Local Peace Coalition Chair Moore declares that "Despite the Democrats' victories in 2006, and now holding a majority in congress, 3,000 Iraqi's continue to die each month, along with American soldiers." Moore says his antiwar colleagues have to "raise the bar despite the legal risks now involved in our own country." He adds, "We have to show new courage in light of the personal and legal threats by our government to our freedoms and to our constitutional right to dissent in America."

Monday, December 31, 2007


Nuclear Proliferation Threat Can Only Be Resolved by U.S. De-Nuclearization, Outlawing of WMD's and End to Weapon Sales---Not Bombing of Country's Facilities

Spring Hill, Florida, Monday, December 31st, 2007, — Socialist Party USA Presidential Nominee Brian Moore released the first statement of his U.S. presidential campaign today, commenting on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan on Thursday, December 27, 2007.

Moore is the only official political party presidential nominee in the nation, as of this date.

The Socialist Party candidate said Ms. Bhutto's death called attention to the "issue of the security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons" and whether the world can be reassured that such materials and technology will "remain in safe hands during any transition of power."

Socialist Moore criticized the U.S. government's ambivalent foreign policies, vacillating nuclear proliferation rules and embargos and blatant support of American corporate weapon sales as the cause for such global insecurity. Moore says that America's greed and self-interest "only encourages nuclear weapon instability and proliferation threats," despite the U.S.'s frantic "Johnny-come-lately" actions to keep Pakistan nuclear weapons out of the hands of anti-American groups or new governments should President Musharrif's regime topple.

Presidential candidate Moore said the U.S. government "should have thought about these dangers beforehand" to its war on terrorism, to its efforts in establishing democracy in Pakistan and in controlling the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology! The candidate accused the U.S. of "turning a blind eye to Pakistan's clandestine nuclear buildup as far back as 1972" based on recently de-classified U.S. documents.

Moore further blamed the U.S.'s "favored treatment" of Pakistan's arch enemy, India, and Israel, by supporting the U.S.'s own economic interests and weapons deals "at the expense of Pakistan."

Comparing the socialist Party's platform on the vital issues of nuclear proliferation, Moore said the Socialist Party's nuclear proliferation policies contrasted sharply with Washington's past and present policies, thereby highlighting the consequences of the two opposite economic systems. The socialist Party USA has called for unconditional disarmament, the international outlawing of all weapons of mass destruction and an end to U.S. arm sales throughout the world. Moore urged a "more even-handed and balanced approach" in its ties with India and Pakistan "instead of political expediency and economic self-interest."

Presidential candidate Brian Moore went even further in his statement saying that the United States needs to "make a monumental push for global nuclear disarmament" as the only solution to finally halting nuclear threats to the world. "We must de-nuclearize our nuclear stockpiles," Moore emphasized.

Moore said that President Bush saw Musharraf's leadership as the "protector of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal." However, Moore said "that is the crux of this dilemma" facing the U.S. "The U.S. has no one to blame but itself," the presidential candidate emphasized. He blamed the U.S. 's nuclear and arm sales throughout the world as putting the global community "in a very vulnerable position."

Moore reported that U.S. military intelligence in 2000 estimated that Pakistan's nuclear arsenal "may be as large as 100 warheads." Pakistan's nuclear weapons development program is "based primarily on highly-enriched uranium," only obtained on the black market from external sources. On the otherhand, Pakistan's arch enemy, India, produces its nuclear warheads from plutonium production, which is developed internally in the country.

Moore referred to his own work experiences in South America in the health care field and exposure to mineral mines spanning three decades. During his two years in Bolivia in 1987 and 1988, he visited the mineral mines in Potosi, Bolivia, high up in the Andes mountains. Since the 1500's the mines in Potosi produced gold and silver for Spain, and later tin. However, most recently, Bolivia has reactivated its mines, in part, for uranium production for nuclear material development. While Moore was touring the Potosi mines, a Chinese contingent from its' government and the private sector passed him by in the mine's long tunnels, which Moore reported in a newspaper article for a Washington, DC weekly community in 1987.

Moore also became familiar with other mine operations in Peru, Chile and Peru during his Peace Corps stint from 1969 to 1972 and later on in 1985, 1987 and 1988 in Bolivia; and then in Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala in the l990's.

Moore concluded that China's key role in Pakistan's nuclear development from the 1970's through the 1990's was reflected in part from his personal experience of observing the Chinese's mine explorations in Latin America during some of those same time periods.

The U.S.'s "hot and cold application of sanctions" against Pakistan were always contingent upon America's political needs at the time, thereby "contributing to Pakistan's vulnerability today," Moore said.

Moore further reported on the large sale of F-16 airplanes to Pakistan by American corporations, with the most recent contract in September, 2006, for 36 aircraft, worth $5 billion, aiding in the expansion of Pakistan's vehicle capacity to carry and deliver nuclear warheads.

Moore said that "America wants it both ways"---supporting the sales of weapons ...while turning a blind eye to nuclear development "when politically convenient." Moore writes "this is what has gotten the U.S., and the world, in trouble." He states that America's inconsistent and duplistic policies have "fostered anti-American feelings, the birth of more terrorists and created bigger threats to our own national security and to global peace." The Socialist Party presidential nominee says the same "Pakistan condition can be applied to the Iraq War situation as well."

Moore continued that Pakistan's uncertainty in its relation with the United States was best exemplified when the United States prepared to launch an attack on the Afghan Taliban after 9/11. This caused Musharrif to redeploy its nuclear arsenal to "at least six secret new locations," out of fear that the U.S. would conduct military strikes against Pakistan's nuclear assets despite the U.S.'s claim to the contrary.

Presidential Nominee Moore concluded that the U.S.'s solutions to its self-imposed weapons sales and nuclear proliferation dilemmas is to "destroy a country's nuclear capabilities," despite its involvement in the country's early buildup. Moore pointed out that the U.S. is threatening to bomb Iran, North Korea, and even Pakistan; as well as supporting Israel's recent bombing of Syria's suspected nuclear facilities and in other Middle East countries.

Socialist Party Presidential Nominee Brian Moore compares the stark contrast of how two different economic systems operate when it comes to nuclear warfare, and obviously concludes that the socialist system, while stark, is "utterly and wholly clear" as to what is better for the world and mankind.


Return to Main Page

News Release
Monday, January 7, 2008


Democratic Process Not So Easy For Minor Party Candidate Moore---Several Miles from New Hampshire Border Where Major Party Candidates Campaign Effortlessly

Brattleboro, VT, Monday, January 7, 2008, — Socialist Party USA Presidential Nominee Brian Moore was threatened with arrest Sunday afternoon by Brattleboro (Vermont) Police officers for petitioning in a supermarket parking lot to qualify on the presidential primary ballot of the Liberty Union Party of Vermont. The primary is scheduled for March 5th.

The manager of Hannaford Supermarkets in Brattleboro repeatedly ordered Moore, in a hostile voice, to leave the large mall parking lot because it was private property and owned by the store. Moore and his three colleagues stood their ground and refused to leave claiming they had a constitutional right to participate in a democratic process in a public area so that he could be a qualified presidential candidate in Vermont.

Two City of Brattleboro police cars, containing a lieutenant and a Sergeant Mike Gorman, arrived on the scene within minutes and ordered Moore and three of his petition colleagues "to leave or they would get a trespassing order, and would arrest us if necessary," Moore stated. Peter Diamondstone, an attorney and a leader of the Liberty Union Party in Vermont, and one of Moore's colleagues doing the petitioning, informed the officers that they had a constitutional right for such actions.

The officers decided to telephone State Attorney Dan Davis's office to determine the proper procedure. The petitioners, at Moore's request, were allowed to continue seeking signatures while the police and store manager waited for the chief law enforcement office of Vermont to make a decision. A last minute return call from the State Attorney Dan Davis's office saved the day for the Socialist Presidential candidate and his team. The petitioners continued on and finished the weekend with close to 500 signatures---halfway toward their goal of 1,000 signatures of Vermont voters, which is due Monday, January 21st, 2008, in the Vermont Secretary of State's Office.

Many of the shoppers Moore spoke with in the parking lot were from New Hampshire, several miles away, and thus could not sign his petition. Democratic and Republican presidential candidates were campaigning simultaneously as the Moore group petitioned, as close as 7 miles away, in the Town of Moreland, New Hampshire, and Keene, NH, which is 14 miles from Brattleboro. Moore observed "How ironic that these closeby major party candidates are campaigning effortlessly, while minor party candidates face obstruction after obstruction, in many states, just to gain ballot access." Moore hopes to gain access to 20 state ballots for the November General election. Moore says "Our political system is undemocratic and unfair, and biased in favor of the status quo and a two-party system."

Two pictures show police confronting Moore and Diamondstone; then police inform Moore (also back to camera) of State Attorney's decision to support our right to petition (store manager is to right of group).


Return to Main Page