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January 01, 0001

In her plea to Greens to nominate David Cobb, Medea almost makes a convincing argument for why Greens should support David Cobb and his “giving something to the Democrats in exchange for nothing” strategy (otherwise known as the “safe state” strategy). However, in doing so Medea, and many of the professional liberals like her, essentially suggest that we should betray our core vision, and cede whatever political power the Greens may have in exchange for some mythical coalition building that the Green Party’s professional liberals think will emerge during the course of the 2004 election campaign.

The truth is that we will build the Green Party, build successful coalitions, and create sustainable change moving us closer to the world we want.

March 01, 2004

Our position is not that third parties in principle do not have a right to take part in the political process and field a presidential contender; but that in the present lousy situation, such an effort would do more harm than good. Sunil and Josh explain...

President-select George Bush and his coterie of neocon-artists is arguably the American Left’s best organizer. After all, the Bush regime’s drive to invade Iraq brought some 15 million protestors to the streets of cities all over the world before the war began, a display of dissent hitherto unseen in history. A plethora of international polls and surveys reveals Bush to be the most detested political figure today.

January 01, 0001

from The Nation

On October 29, 2002, George W. Bush signed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). Hidden behind its apple-pie-and-motherhood name lies a nasty civil rights time bomb.

First, the purges. In the months leading up to the November 2000 presidential election, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, in coordination with Governor Jeb Bush, ordered local election supervisors to purge 57,700 voters from the registries, supposedly ex-cons not allowed to vote in Florida. At least 90.2 percent of those on this "scrub" list, targeted to lose their civil rights, are innocent. Notably, more than half--about 54 percent--are black or Hispanic.

January 01, 0001

[Christopher Phelps and Stephanie Luce are editors, and Johanna Brenner an associate editor, of Against the Current. All are members of Solidarity.]

Two electoral paths will be taken by those left of center this year, and all the spilled ink in the world won't affect the choices.

Appalled by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the USA Patriot Act, wholesale destruction of the environment, contempt for democracy, blurring of lines of church and state, erosion of reproductive rights, right-wing stacking of the judiciary, and tax bonanzas for the rich - appalled, in short, by the most reactionary administration in U.S. history - many on the left this year will vote for Kerry and against Bush, simply to repudiate, if only symbolically, the conservative juggernaut.

January 01, 0001

"Antiwar, did you say antiwar?"

Collecting signatures for Nader in Detroit

I have been standing by workplaces, grocery stores, schools, and street corners for nearly 40 years, passing out literature and collecting signatures for causes. It's something I enjoy; I like learning what working class people are thinking and feeling; I like sharing my thoughts when I'm not at work and don't have to worry about being disciplined or fired. It's an activity that has sustained my confidence in the future.

Collecting signatures to put Ralph Nader on the ballot as an independent candidate has been no exception.