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Peace & Freedom Party
Transcript of Peace & Freedom Party
1966- Three men for the Peace and Freedom Party ran for U.S House
1968- They got the ballot in California for the first time with over 105,000 voters
Soon after, 13 other states put them on their ballots as well
August 17 through August 18 1986- First meeting where President and Vice President candidates were picked to go run representing the PFP, Eldridge Cleaver was nominated for President candidacy
There was a diversity of people who followed PFP, including artists, activists,and libertarians
1986- First election was held with the PFP as a third party and over 105,000 votes nationwide were collected
1970- Running for Attorney General, Marge Buckley received 2.8% of the populations votes which guaranteed a spot for the PFP on the ballot until 1974
Through the 1970's- The California PFP kept running local elections
1972- The People's Party nominated Benjamin Spock as a President candidate who was a democratic socialist and anti-war activist
1976- Later they nominated Margaret Wright, the founder of Women Against Racism
Main Goals & Achievement Hopes
PFP is very intent on respect and equality in the USA
They want everyone to respect and support each other's sexual preferences
For everyone to be more open about beliefs and the way people think
They want the country to be very peaceful, not about war, and spreading that to other countries by making the US an example
Take good care of the Earth
PFP are very dedicated socialism, democracy, ecology, feminisim, racial equality, and internationalism
“ A world of freedom and peace where every community retains its cultural integrity and lives with all others in harmony. “
The Peace and Freedom Party assumes that their idea of a perfect society is based on these concepts but a lot of people might not completely agree with them because they feel if everything was equal then there would be no point in living whatsoever, or they wouldn’t have anything to strive for.
This assumption implies that the U.S. should be a place where we are all equal and should live together in peace.
Roles Played & Elections
During the 20th century, the Peace and Freedom Party just introduced themselves to the political world, 1968 exactly
They were a new third party that would try to make it on state ballots
They would usually get less than 2.5% of the nations vote, keeping in mind they were only on 14 state ballots
There were some years were they were guaranteed to be on the ballots of those states and some years were their people who were running for candidates were not
Since the beginning of this party in 968, there have been a little over 400 candidates that ran for the PFP
The candidates did not always get that many people precentage wise to vote for them but it still was something, that precentage would not vote for a different party
So they did not have that much of an impact on the elections
PFP VS Democratic and Republic Parties
This party might not earn the same amount of vote as the democrats or the republicans because a lot of people don’t agree with their ideas to make this a more perfect society
Politicians from this party are against war, and anything that isn’t equal for everyone, a lot of people might not agree with this and think that they should put a lot more importance into other things
This party is not as widely known as the Democratic or Republican Parties and might not get as much media so they do not get a chance to get all their ideas out to everyone.
The Peace and Freedom Party was started because of the Democratic Party and how they supported the war in Vietnam but a group of people did not agree with this. These people formed the Peace and Freedom Party to protest against the war.
Daniela Ramos, Joislyn Garcia, & Anna Szantruczek
1998- Lost ballot status because did not reach a minimum 2% votes cast in California
2003- Gained spot on ballot back
August 2004- A Native American activist Leonard Peltier was chosen to be the next President candiate for PFP
Between 2004 and 2006- Lost ballot status again
2006- Regained ballot status and two candidates from PFP received over 2% votes so their status was guaranteed for the next four years
August 2 to 3 2008- Ralph Nader won the votes for President candidate for 2008 elections
August 6 2008- Nader got on the Iowa and Utah ballots as PFP candidates because they had enough votes. Since the 1970's, "...this was the first expansion beyond California."
They shape leadership because they are trying to stand for many things that others do not agree with
For example they have tried to stop different wars even though many at the time didn't agree with it
They are trying to change the way others believe and that shows leadership, that is leadership
You can see that they do not get to lead as much as the big Democratic and Republican leaders because the PFP do not have that many followers
We view the leaders in the USA as very powerful and strong willed when looking at the leaders of the PFP who are also strong willed but do not have that much power
Candidates & Number of Votes
Eldridge Cleaver & Douglas Fitzgerald Dowd and others
Benjamin Spock & Julius Hobson
(People's Party) 78,759
Margaret Wright & Benjamin Spock
(People's Party) 49,013
Maureen Smith & Elizabeth Barron
Sonia Johnson (Citizens Party) & Emma Wong Mar
Herbert G. Lewin & Vikki Murdock
Ronald Daniels & Asiba Tupahache
Marsha Feinland & Kate McClatchy
Leonard Peltier & Janice Jordan
Ralph Nader & Matt Gonzalez
116,385 (in California and Iowa only)
Roseanne Barr & Cindy Sheehan
67,323 (on the ballot in California, Florida, and Colorado plus write-ins)
***directly cited from Wikipedia**
Strengths & Weaknesses
The peace and freedom party is equal to everyone no matter their social status, raise, believes, or gender, etc.
Also they believe in honoring all native american tribes, and support any sexual orientations, and undocumented workers making people want to vote for this political party because they want to have equal rights like everyone else.
This political party disagrees with the use of weapons, all military forces, and want to eliminate all nuclear and chemical bombs, leaving the U.S. unprotected in case of any terrorist attacks or wars.
The peace and freedom party also disagree with the death penalty and want to eliminate electoral college, which a lot of people would agree with.