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Green Party Update:
Year in Review
Greens Founding Convention
on McCain-Feingold Bill and Campaign Finance Reform
Socialist Party-USA News:
Socialist National Convention
Party Creates New Non-Profit Foundation
More Nader Response:
Polnachek : Feminist Nader Bashing RebuttedRalph Nader Lashes Back
Scoundrel. Spoiler. Narcissist. This
fall the left warred over whether a vote for Nader was a vote for progress,
a vote in protest, or worse, a vote for Bush. As Gore lost Florida, Nader's
critics charged that his 97,000 or so votes in that state had cost the
Democrats the election. Never mind Katherine Harris, Jeb Bush and his cousin
at Fox news, uncounted African American votes, the Florida courts, and
finally, the U.S. Supreme Court. And never mind Gore himself. No, it all
comes back to Ralph Nader. The Voice asked him to respond. [Read
The Blame Game
Nader wasn't a traitor.
The hysterics among those Democratic liberals and party familiars among
the blabbering classes who accuse Ralph Nader of creating a constitutional
crisis are spouting nonsense. There is no constitutional crisis, only an
election law dispute in one state. It appears that only in two states did
Nader receive votes larger than Bush's margin of victory: New Hampshire
(which would not have changed the electoral college outcome) and possibly
Florida. By Doug Ireland [Read
Party 100th Anniversary [Read
State third parties provide election
excitement of their own. A summary of the showing of major third parties.
By John Nichols [Read
The Real Spoiler
It's time to reform the electoral system. By Steven Hill and Rob Richie [Check it out]
Alternative Election 2000 Coverage
What Mother Jones calls their "guide
to alternative, underreported, and independent news, views, and resources
on Election 2000. Updated throughout the day." [Check
Smashing the Nader Backlash
The liberals and
lefties bashing Nader for (apparently) costing Gore the election are just
wrong, not to mention counterproductive. Nader led the Greens to
some important gains -- but capitalizing on those victories will be a major
challenge. by Marc Cooper [Read
The Two Party Media System
Norman Solomon examines how wonderfully our media
works in excluding third parties from coverage. [read
Hatching a Revolution
story from the Orange County Weekly about how Chapman University student
body president Steve Hatch became a member of the Young Socialist's League
(a subgroup of the Socialist Party USA) and organized the Progressive Student
McReynolds' Socialist Vision Provocative
Capital Times columnist John Nichols looks
closer at McReynolds and concludes that "left-leaning voters who are
already struggling to decide between a lesser evil vote for Gore or an
idealistic vote for Nader probably don't want to know that the most thought-provoking
and personally engaging progressive option may well be David McReynolds."
Greens Run Record Number of Candidates in 2000
Mike Feinstein has once again compiled a national
list of Green Party members running for office. At least 250 candidates
tried luck this year.
California Greens Organize For D2KLA
"At the Green Party of California state meeting
in Berkeley on April 28th-30th, delegates from around the state voted not
hold an otherwise already regularly-scheduled meeting, and instead direct
the party's 108,000 members to come
to LA to participate in the various D2KLA events."
IPPN Holds Fifth National Summit
The Independent Progressive Politics Network held its fifth national summit in Madison this June, attracting around 150 activists from 100 organizations. Activists gathered to discuss third party politics and cooperation between different progressive groups. A recent edition of the Independent Politics News includes these highlights:
Socialist Party candidate for president Dave McReynolds
reflects on recent campaign ups
Presidential Politics a Dead End for Progressives?
Katha Pollit, criticized by many
Nader supporters for her earlier negative comments on his current campaign,
lays out why she thinks a
run for president is the wrong tool for building a movement.
What Happened to Jello Biafra?
Okay, I should have had this up a month ago. Jello Biafra, former lead singer for The Dead Kennedy's, has been urged to run for the Green Party nomination for president, and he appeared on the NY primary ballot. You can read about Jello and his very limited but interesting campaign with the links below.
of Alternative Radio talks
with Ralph Nader about the seriousness of his campaign, the Greens
as potential spoilers, and Nader's narrow focus on corporations, the economy
and the political system (Not too much on that, but he is pushed a little).