Clifford "Cliff" W. Thornton, Jr. (b.January 16, 1945; Hartford, Connecticut) is an American drug policy reform advocate and Green politician serving as one of the seven current (as of November 2007) co-Chairs of the Green Party of the United States.
In 1995, Thornton founded www.Efficacy-online.org, a non-profit organization, to educate the world about drug policy reform.
Thornton retired from Southern New England Telephone Corporation, in Connecticut in 1997 where he was a middle-level manager.
Thornton ran for Governor of Connecticut in 2006. He was the first African American candidate to appear on the General Election Ballot for Governor of Connecticut.
In the last five years,2003-2008 Thornton has spoken to over 400,000 people on drug reform in some 750 venues all over the US, Australia, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand. Thornton also has completed over 400 hundred radio shows and numerous television spots on drug policy reform as it relates to health, race/class and economics. He is described as "America's foremost anti-Drug War African American activist" by Amherst College's online newspaper. Thornton also speaks on education, and health care.
Thornton and his wife Margaret now live in Glastonbury, Connecticut. He has five daughters and two granddaughters. Thornton, an Army veteran, earned a bachelor's degree in Marketing from Waterbury's Post University in 1986.
- Efficacy, Mr. Thornton's drug policy reform site.
- Eliminate Tuition! 2006 campaign commercial
- Free Higher Education 2006 campaign commercial