Jerry White, 56, has been active in the socialist movement for nearly four decades. White was raised in a working-class family in Queens, New York. In 1979, he joined the Workers League, the predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party, while working at United Parcel Service and attending the City University of New York.
White was won to the Trotskyist movement—and its perspective of world socialism—at the age of 19. From then on he dedicated his life to the fight to resolve the crisis of revolutionary leadership in the working class.
The 1980s was a period of sharp economic decline, which prompted the ruling class to embark on a policy of class war at home and militarism abroad. After moving to Detroit, White played a leading role in the Workers League’s fight to mobilize the working class against union-busting and plant closings. This meant a struggle against the betrayals of the AFL-CIO, which worked to sabotage struggles and keep workers tied to the Democratic Party.
As a journalist for the party’s newspaper, the Bulletin, he reported on the struggles of coal miners and workers in the auto, steel, airline and other industries. In 1990, he wrote Death on the Picket Line: The Story of John McCoy, which chronicled the life of a fourth-generation coal miner murdered by scabs in West Virginia.
In the 1990s and 2000s, White represented the party in several election campaigns. He was the first presidential candidate of the newly formed Socialist Equality Party in 1996. In 2008, White opposed Barack Obama and John McCain. As the SEP candidate, he traveled throughout the US and Europe to explain the significance of the September 2008 financial crash and the need for workers to develop their own socialist response to the crisis.
In 2012, White ran against Obama and Mitt Romney in the presidential elections, announcing his campaign on the picket lines of locked-out Cooper Tire workers in Findlay, Ohio. As part of the campaign White traveled to Germany and Sri Lanka to fight for the international unity of the working class against the growing danger of war and the relentless attacks on jobs and living standards by the transnational corporations.
Over the last four years White has played a central role in the struggles of the working class, including the workers inquiry sponsored by the SEP into the Detroit bankruptcy, the 2013 strike by New York City school bus drivers, the walkout by oil refinery workers and rebellion of autoworkers against the UAW in 2015 and the 2016 Verizon strike.
Statements by Jerry White
Over 100 workers, youth, professionals, housewives and members and supporters of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Sri Lanka, attended a public meeting in Colombo addressed by Jerry White, the presidential candidate of the US SEP, via the Internet on Sunday evening. The meeting was organised by the SEP and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) in ...Read More
Socialist Equality Party candidates for president and vice president, Jerry White and Niles Niemuth, have held a series of widely-attended meetings on the West Coast and in New York over the past several days. The meetings are part of a tour culminating in the November 5 conference in Detroit, Socialism vs. Capitalism and War.
Jerry White addresses San Diego meeting
On Wednesday, White ...Read More
Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s (SEP) candidate for president in the 2016 US elections, continued his campaign last week with two meetings in Toronto. The city is Canada’s largest and its most important economic, cultural and political hub, with a millions-strong working class that hails from every corner of the globe.
During his visit, White and SEP supporters also campaigned ...Read More
Socialist Equality Party US presidential candidate Jerry White spoke with Canadian autoworkers at Ford’s Oakville Assembly Plant just outside of Toronto on Friday afternoon. White spoke with the autoworkers, currently engaged in a battle over a new labor contract, about their struggle, the significance of the US elections and the dangers of an escalation of US military violence around the ...Read More
Workers at Libbey Glass in Toledo, Ohio discussed their strike, now in its second week, with Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White and WSWS reporters on Wednesday. The workers walked out October 12 after decisively rejecting a company offer that included higher payments for health care insurance, work rule changes, and forced overtime, as well as an inadequate pay ...Read More
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White brought a campaign team to New Orleans, Louisiana this week. A major port city at the mouth of the Mississippi River, New Orleans is a cultural hub of the southern United States. The city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and parts of the city have never been rebuilt.
White speaking at Tulane debate viewing
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As the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US president, I denounce the continued government indifference towards the residents of Flint who have been poisoned with lead. I also want to express my solidarity with the working-class families and health care experts who defied intimidation and brought this issue to national and international attention.
It is now clear that Flint is not ...Read More
Shift change at FCA Windsor Assembly Plant
Socialist Equality Party (US) presidential candidate Jerry White spoke to Canadian Fiat Chrysler (FCA) workers in Windsor, Ontario Monday and called for a united struggle, by Canadian, US and Mexican autoworkers against the transnational auto giants. Some 6,000 workers are employed at the FCA Windsor Assembly Plant, which builds mini vans.
Many workers stopped to ...Read More
On Thursday, September 29, Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White spoke before a broad audience of students, workers and members of the community at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) in Annandale.
Located in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., NVCC is the largest community college system in the United States. The outlying suburbs of Washington, D.C. are a center ...Read More
The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and International Youth and Student for Social Equality (IYSSE) in Sri Lanka are conducting an extensive campaign for the forthcoming Colombo public meeting on the US elections. Entitled “The threat of world war and the US presidential election,” the event is on October 30 and will be addressed by US SEP presidential candidate Jerry White ...Read More
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth will appear on the Louisiana presidential ballot. This accomplishment followed efforts of SEP members in Louisiana, who traveled throughout the state’s six congressional districts to get the required electors.
The SEP is not attempting to get on the ballot in other states, most of which have enormous hurdles—often ...Read More
Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president Jerry White addressed enthusiastic audiences this week at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Both meetings sparked intense discussion, questions and interest in the party’s election campaign and its history.
“There are well advanced preparations for war,” White told both meetings, “but no one is telling the ...Read More
Socialist Equality Party (SEP) US presidential candidate Jerry White spoke with autoworkers at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) minivan assembly plant in Windsor, Canada on Monday afternoon. The campaign visit came just hours before the contract expiration for some 23,500 General Motors (GM), Ford and FCA workers at factories across Canada.
Canadian workers were surprised to meet a candidate for US ...Read More
As the presidential candidate of the Socialist Equality Party, I denounce the decision of the US Commission on Presidential Debates to exclude Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein from the first presidential debate scheduled for September 25 at Hofstra University in New York.
Regardless of our political differences with the Libertarians and Greens, we unequivocally ...Read More
Flint’s Mott Community College was the venue on Thursday for a broadcast forum of third-party and independent candidates for US president. The Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate, Jerry White, participated, along with seven other candidates, five of whom were independent.
In addition to White, participants included: Robert Dionisio (United Party USA); John Johnson (Independent); Lynn Kahn (Independent); Lloyd Kelso (Independent); Scott ...Read More
The strike by nearly 5,000 nurses at Allina Health hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota has entered its second week.
The struggle has reached a critical juncture. Nurses have demonstrated their determination to beat back Allina’s attack on their healthcare benefits and dangerously increase their workloads. In the face of the company strikebreaking operation and slanders by the corporate-controlled ...Read More
Striking nurses at Allina Health Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota gave a warm welcome to Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White when he visited their picket line on Sunday afternoon. White expressed his solidarity with the striking nurses and explained how the fight to defend the right to health care required a socialist alternative to the for-profit health ...Read More
With two months to go until the US presidential elections, the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) began its speaking tour for Jerry White and Niles Niemuth, the SEP’s candidate for US president and vice president. White traveled to Chicago, Illinois to speak on “Socialism and the 2016 Elections” Thursday night. The candidate held a successful meeting at the University of Illinois ...Read More
It is now two months until the US presidential elections, but it is not necessary to wait until November 8 to foresee what the American people—and the population of the world—will confront, regardless of who wins. Whether it is Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump who occupies the White House, the next administration will be one of war, economic ...Read More
Dozens of students and workers watched a live broadcast of the Socialist Equality Party’s US presidential candidates at Humboldt University on Friday. Jerry White and Niles Niemuth spoke via videoconference from Detroit. They delivered speeches and answered questions of those present.
Jerry White and Niles Niemuth address meeting of the IYSSE
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) advertised the ...Read More
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White spoke to workers Monday at the annual Labor Day parade in downtown Detroit sponsored by the Detroit Metropolitan AFL-CIO. As in years past the event served as a campaign vehicle for the Democratic Party, in particular Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Attending this year’s parade was Clinton’s husband, former president Bill Clinton, who marched ...Read More
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White took his campaign to a Detroit-area auto factory Thursday to speak to workers about the critical issues raised by the 2016 election, including the mounting threat of war, the growth of social inequality and attacks on democratic rights.
White received a warm response from workers. Many expressed disgust with the choice between the fascistic ...Read More
The police have murdered yet another unarmed youth in an American city. This time 18-year-old Paul O’Neal, who had recently graduated from a Chicago high school, was hunted down like an animal in a South Shore neighborhood and fatally shot in the back by cops.
As the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US president I condemn the slaying of O’Neil and ...Read More
Behind the backs of the American people, President Obama has ordered US military jets to bomb Libya even as the White House ratchets up its military intervention in Syria.
As the Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, I denounce these criminal actions that are causing more death and destruction in countries that have already suffered horribly from years of US ...Read More
By SEP (US) candidate for president Jerry White—
Bernie Sanders’ ringing endorsement of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention Monday night was an exercise in deceit and cynicism aimed at painting the candidate of Wall Street and the Pentagon as a champion of ordinary working people.
Listening to his servile remarks, one might be forgiven for asking why Sanders ran against ...Read More
By SEP Presidential Candidate Jerry White --
Residents of West Virginia are facing an immense cleanup and reconstruction effort in the aftermath of the flash floods that killed at least 23 people and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes, bridges and roads. As of Tuesday, hundreds were living in emergency shelters, 7,000 remained without power, and health officials were warning of ...Read More
By SEP Presidential Candidate Jerry White --
Wednesday’s speech by Hillary Clinton in Raleigh, North Carolina makes it clear the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential candidate, if elected in November, would escalate the anti-worker economic agenda of the Obama administration that has already created the greatest levels of social inequality in modern American history.
Since clinching the nomination, Clinton has sought to assure ...Read More
As the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US president, I urge all workers, in the US and internationally, to oppose the planned closure of the Carrier heating equipment plants in Indiana, which threatens the jobs of 2,100 workers.
Workers must take up this fight themselves. Bitter experience—from the closure of the GM and Navistar plants in Indianapolis and hundreds of others ...Read More
The WSWS Verizon Strike Newsletter is holding an emergency call-in information meeting on Sunday, May 29 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time. To participate, call 213-416-1560 and enter PIN 581 991 086#. To participate in the meeting, call 213-416-1560 and enter PIN: 581 991 086# at 7:00 pm Eastern Time on Sunday.
After 10 days of secret talks in Washington, DC overseen by ...Read More
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White and vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth campaigned among autoworkers at the Fiat Chrysler Warren Truck Plant outside Detroit Thursday, receiving a warm response.
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White campaigning at the Chrysler Warren Truck Plant
SEP campaigners distributed the latest edition of the World Socialist Web SiteAutoworker Newsletter. The Newsletter carried a lead article on ...Read More
Detroit is a central battleground in a national and international class war. The corporations and the banks, represented by Obama and the Democrats and Republicans, are taking everything. But workers are beginning to fight back.
Battelfield Detroit election meeting
The Socialist Equality Party calls on all workers and young people to attend this meeting, and help to unite all sections of the ...Read More
In recent weeks, an increasing number of workers in the United States have been engaged in strikes, lockouts, contract rejections and other struggles. Social inequality is at historic highs, and workers are suffering the longest period of wage stagnation since the Great Depression, producing a radicalization that is in its initial stages.
According to President Obama, life has never been so ...Read More
Locked out workers at the Honeywell Aerospace plant in South Bend, Indiana discussed their struggle with Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US president, during his visit to their picket line Saturday. The 317 workers, who produce brakes and wheels for commercial and military aircraft, were locked out May 9 after they voted by a nine-to-one margin to ...Read More
The strike by 39,000 Verizon workers in the eastern United States is at a crossroads. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are currently meeting behind closed doors with Verizon executives and Obama administration officials. They are working on a rotten agreement and trying to figure out how they can get it past ...Read More
Since the beginning of the year, southeast Michigan has been a center of working class opposition to government and corporate attacks on living standards and basic rights, with sickouts by Detroit teachers and demonstrations by Flint residents against the lead poisoning of their water supply. Despite the efforts to silence and intimidate workers—including Obama’s cynical “everything will be fine” visit ...Read More
As the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for vice president of the United States, I declare my solidarity with the more than 1,500 Detroit Public School teachers now engaged in sick-outs that have closed 94 of the city’s 97 schools for a second day in a row.
The protest follows the provocative announcement by DPS Emergency Manager Steven Rhodes that there is ...Read More
President Barack Obama, according to an interview published in the New York Times this week, is “frustrated” that Americans are not convinced by his administration’s declarations of an “economic recovery.” According to the Times article, Obama feels “vastly under-appreciated” by the US population for all the work he has done for them.
I doubt that the president is so naïve, but ...Read More
Socialist Equality Party candidate Jerry White addressed a meeting at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Tuesday. White spoke on the topic: “The Great Unmentionable: War and the 2016 US Elections.”
The Cambridge meeting was part of a weeklong trip by White and his supporters to the East Coast, with stops in Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts, ...Read More
Socialist Equality Party (SEP) presidential candidate Jerry White and campaign supporters visited several picket lines in Manhattan and Queens, New York on Sunday, discussing with workers the issues at stake in their battle with the giant telecom company.
The five boroughs of New York City are home to nearly 9,000 out of 39,000 Verizon workers who struck company operations throughout the ...Read More