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Clark & Dean: Two Measures of American Desperation

By: 
Sunil K Sharma and Josh Frank
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

Enthusiastic support for front-running Democratic presidential contenders Wesley Clark and Howard Dean from liberals and some progressives reveals the dismal state of oppositional politics in America.

Anarchists for Bush?

By: 
A Venesky
Date Published: 
January 01, 2007

As the prospect that John Kerry will be the Democratic nominee for President grows, it seems many Americans have again succumbed to the politics of fear — this time, of another Bush term. (That’s not to underplay the appalling mass media trashing of a certain spunky centrist from Vermont.)

Don’t get me wrong, the "anyone but Bush" argument does carry heavy weight. There’s certainly evidence suggesting Kerry intends to safeguard abortion rights, and somewhat improve workers’ conditions — though his wife is a million-dollar shareholder in Wal-Mart, America's largest, most notorious employer.

On the environment, known as his strongest issue, Kerry's criticized the Bush administration for its inaction on the Kyoto Agreement.

Run, Ralph, Run!

By: 
Alex Hogan
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

Ralph Nader is currently meeting with small groups of Greens and other supporters of his 2000 presidential campaign across the country to explore the possibilities of a 04 presidential bid. While many of his former supporters are encouraging him to once again throw his hat into the ring, others have been outspoken in their advice for him to sit this one out.

Green Party Options After Nader

By: 
Alex Hogan
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

Last week I was encouraging Ralph Nader to join the 2004 presidential race, defending him against his many critics. Who knew that I needed to add at the end of "Run, Ralph, Run", that he needs to do it on the Green Party ballot? Last Friday, not only did Nader announce that is he not seeking the Green Party nomination but that he is considering running as an independent, an option that I consider to be disastrous to both Ralph and the Green Party. There is no way Ralph can pull off any kind of campaign with out the grass root support of Green Party members, not to mention use of the party's ballot status. And an independent Nader campaign will split the party, not in any major way to be sure, but enough to slow its momentum and drag local chapters into bitter fights.

The Avocado Declaration

By: 
Peter Camejo
Date Published: 
March 01, 2004

INTRODUCTION

The Green Party is at a crossroads. The 2004 elections place before us a clear and unavoidable choice. On one side, we can continue on the path of political independence, building a party of, by and for the people by running our own campaign for President of the United States. The other choice is the well-trodden path of lesser evil politics, sacrificing our own voice and independence to support whoever the Democrats nominate in order; we are told, to defeat Bush.

The difference is not over whether to "defeat Bush" - understanding by that the program of corporate globalization and the wars and trampling of the Constitution that come with it - but rather how to do it.

Camejo Endorses Nader

By: 
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 draftcamejo.org 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.

Why I am Running as a Green

By: 
David Cobb
Date Published: 
March 01, 2004

As someone who is actively campaigning to earn the Green Party’s nomination for President of the United States, I want to acknowledge that the unelected and illegitimate current occupant of the White House is a problem. In fact, he is a big problem. But he is not THE problem. The real problem is the social, political, and economic system that is literally destroying the planet, driving the engine of empire on behalf of transnational corporations, and creating an unjust, oppressive and unsustainable world with the plunder.

Green quest

Folks, the social, political, and economic system is the problem, and the Green Party stands ready and willing to work with you to challenge it!

The Matt Gonzalez Insurgency

By: 
James Tracy
Date Published: 
March 01, 2004

On December 9, 2003, centrist Democrat Gavin Newsom beat Green Party candidate (and member of the Board of Supervisors) Matt Gonzalez in a closely contested run-off election for Mayor of San Francisco. The election held implications for urban electoral politics across the nation. San Francisco’s liberal political establishment – an assortment of labor unions, community groups and Democratic clubs were openly split at the prospect of a Green Party upset.

For progressives, the choice was transparent. Gonzalez brought to the ballot box not just his candidacy, but also a ballot measure which successfully established a municipal minimum wage of $8.50, which equals a two to three thousand dollars annual raise for low-wage workers.

Running On Empty

By: 
Norman Solomon
Date Published: 
March 01, 2004

Ralph Nader plans to announce this month whether he’ll be running for president in 2004. Some believe that such a campaign is needed to make a strong political statement nationwide. But if Nader does run this year, what kind of support – in the form of volunteers, resources and votes – could he reasonably expect?

Results of a nationwide survey, released in late December, provide a stark look at the current inclinations of people who’ve been part of his electoral base.

Nader/Camejo

By: 
Ted Glick
Date Published: 
January 01, 0001

from www.dissidentvoice.org

What an emotional rollercoaster the Green Party Presidential nomination contest has been! What a fascinating development, Independent Ralph Nader choosing Peter Camejo, the 2002-03 Green Party California gubernatorial candidate and, as the AP reported, who "ran for president as the Socialist Workers Party nominee in 1976," as his Vice-Presidential running mate, doing so despite his often-expressed and carried-through on plans to reach out to disaffected Republicans, conservative independents and what's left of the Reform Party!

It is clear to me that a primary reason Nader did so was because he realized that there is a very real possibility that he will not be endorsed in Milwaukee this coming Saturday.