Maryland voters will now be able to select candidates on their ballots who affiliate with a newly approved Socialist party for the first time in decades.
The state board of elections recently certified “The Bread and Roses Party,” a self-declared socialist group, which permits the new party to participate in local, state and national level elections beginning in 2020, according to a Fox News reporton Tuesday.
The Maryland State Board of Elections has certified a new socialist party called Bread and Roses. t.co/wH1rUY6P3t
— WJZ | CBS Baltimore (@wjz) January 18, 2019
University of Maryland professor Jerome Segal founded the party and called it “a new kind of socialism.”
Segal cited the meaning of “Bread and Roses” in his failed Senate bid as a Democratic candidate last year, calling the phrase his “campaign banner” and citing the phrase’s use by female textile workers who protested in 1912.
“Bread basically means A Decent Society, one in which basic human needs are met, even for the poor,” Segal explained on his Senate candidacy website. “Roses means something else. Something not attained through higher pay. It speaks to the more complex needs of people, even beaten-down immigrant workers in 1912.”
The party was qualified after securing 15,000 signatures on a petition they delivered to the Maryland Board of Elections.
Its website touts socialistic ideals and terms, which it says it uses to communicate “that we have new ideas with respect to public policy, that we are not wedded to big Government, and that we seek to develop a new political culture that is experimental and modest rather than dogmatic with respect to predictions of actual consequences of any effort to build a better world.”