Socialist Party of California

Socialist Party of California
Senate leader None
House leader None
Founded June 30, 2011
(Originally January 1, 1973)
Headquarters 2617 S. Hauser Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
Ideology Democratic socialism, Socialist feminism[1]
National affiliation Socialist Party USA
Colors Red

The Socialist Party of California (SPCA) is a socialist political party in the U.S. state of California. Founded in the early 1900s, it has been the state chapter of the Socialist Party USA since being re-chartered in 2011.

Socialist Party of America affiliation

The Socialist Party of California was affiliated with the Socialist Party of America for most of the twentieth century. Author Upton Sinclair was a four time candidate for office, including the United States House of Representatives in 1920, United States Senate in 1922 and Governor of California in 1926 and 1930.[2]

In 1972 the Socialist Party of America changed its name to "Social Democrats, USA" by a vote of 73 to 34 at its December National Convention,.[3] Renaming the Party as SDUSA was meant to be "realistic" as the Party had not run a presidential candidate since the 1956 elections.

Socialist Party USA affiliation

The following year, 1973, the Socialist Party USA was formed out the core members of the Debs Caucus. The Socialist Party of California was ultimately reorganized under the Socialist Party USA banner. The chapter's membership increased during the presidential election of 2008 under the Vice Presidential nominee and 2012 Presidential nominee Stewart Alexander. In June 2011, the Party was re-charted under current State Chair Mimi Soltysik. The Party hosted the October 2011 Socialist Party National Convention, which was held in Los Angeles.[4]

The Socialist Party of California operates with locals in the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Notable members


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
  2. Leader, Leonard (Winter 1980). "Upton Sinclair's EPIC Switch: A Dilemma for American Socialists". Southern California Quarterly. University of California Press. 62 (4): 361–385. JSTOR 41170900.
  3. Anonymous (31 December 1972). "Socialist Party now the Social Democrats, U.S.A." New York Times. p. 36. Retrieved February 8, 2010.
  4. Hobbs, John (May 15, 2012). "Socialism, American Style: L.A. Comrades Look To 2012 Election". Retrieved 23 October 2016.


  • Shaffer, Ralph E. "A History of the Socialist Party of California", University of California Berkeley, 1955
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