Final word about the State Assembly campaign. We are soooooo happy at the moment. In a district of 466,000 and 246,000 registered voters, we pulled 2.5 percent of the vote (725 total votes) with a message that pulled no punches in its call for revolution. In a campaign that saw candidates spend over one million dollars, we were able to pull this off spending just a couple grand and making many of …the mistakes that you might expect from a first-time campaign. We were outspent by 200 to 1 by the winner (she received over $59,000 from big oil), who ended up with 16 times our vote total. This was our first time as the L.A. Local trying something like this, and we learned a lot. Yes, we made mistakes – mistakes that we will correct. What we learned will not only help us with future electoral campaigns, but it will help to guide our strategic planning as we continue to organize our work. Feeling really inspired! This capitalist machine WILL crack. I don’t mean to imply that it will crack solely through the ballot box. The ballot box is, in my opinion, just one of many approaches and strategies we can choose. But we do know that one out of forty voters in the 62nd district chose to cast a vote for socialism! In a day that saw the Socialist Party USA charter a new local in North Carolina and saw its membership grow in CA, I think that we can send another message to capitalism’s cutman: pack a lunch because Team Capitalism is going DOWN!