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Camejo Endorses Nader

Draft Camejo for President
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

Peter Camejo has officially said he will not seek the Green Party nomination for President and advocates that the Green Party endorse Ralph Nader. We at therefore urge Greens to support the following statements:

1. The Greens Should Be in the Forefront of the Nader Campaign Coalition
2. The Green Party National Convention Should Endorse the Nader Campaign
The 2004 Nader for President campaign is developing as a broad coalition drawing support from across the political spectrum. In a March 24 letter to the Steering Committee of the Green Party of the United States, Ralph Nader wrote that he would welcome Green Party participation in the coalition and endorsement of the campaign:

"Should the national Green Party decide to endorse my candidacy and have its members focus their efforts on state and local races, then State Green Party ballot lines and the participation of Greens in a variety of ways would be mutually helpful."

The signers of this statement agree with the above and are advocates of sustaining the effective, longstanding alliance between Ralph Nader and the Green Party. Nader's letter expresses a similar sentiment:

"I intend to use the platform of my candidacy to advance many Green values and issues and will also encourage serious state and local Green Party candidates across the country. Together, in many ways, we can expand the challenge to the corporate governments and their political party proxies ... We need to work synergistically."

Nader's willingness to champion the cause of the Green Party by running as our presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000, at a time when we were just beginning to get organized, enormously helped our growth. The 2000 campaign established the Green Party in many states as the leading alternative party in the minds of voters and the press.

This year the Nader campaign has the potential to unite those who want take a strong stand against the cash register/big money politics that are undermining public life in the United States. It would be a lost opportunity if the Greens were to ignore the national coalition forming around his campaign or to be viewed as running against Nader.

He will be the only high-profile candidate advocating:

* an end to the US occupation of Iraq;
* large cuts in the military budget;
* single-payer health insurance;
* a living wage and labor rights reform;
* repeal of NAFTA and GATT/WTO;
* creation of jobs through rebuilding of public infrastructure;
* tax system reform (ecological and progressive taxation);
* open debates and full public financing of elections;
* Instant Runoff Voting and proportional representation;
* replacing nuclear power and foreign fossil fuel dependence with domestic renewable energy sources.

A Green Party candidate would also speak out on these issues, but as Greens approach our Milwaukee convention we find that there is not unity within the party for a candidate who could mount a serious challenge in the presidential arena. It will be the Nader campaign playing that role this year. If the Green Party is not a participant in the campaign coalition, the electorate will find it hard to understand why not. On the other hand, if Greens are its most prominent activists, many of those drawn to alternative politics through the campaign will find an organizational home in the Green Party.

Ralph Nader, uniquely, has the ability to shake the foundations of the two-party system. Having been our standard bearer in 1996 and 2000, he is identified with the Greens in the public's mind. The appearance of Nader's name on as many State Green Party ballot lines as possible would be mutually beneficial. Therefore, the undersigned advocate that the Greens make a decision in Milwaukee to endorse the Nader campaign. This - along with focusing on state and local races - is our best option for unifying and growing the Green Party in 2004.


The following Green Party 2004 national candidates have indicated agreement with the above statement:

Sheila Bilyeu, DC
Peter Camejo, CA
Carol Miller, NM
Lorna Salzman, NY