Justice Party (United States)
|Chairperson||Laura Bonham, Jonathan Ruga (co-chairs)|
|Slogan||"Economic, Environmental, and Social Justice for All"|
|Split from||Democratic Party|
|Colors||Blue, and White|
|Seats in the Senate|
|Seats in the House|
|State Upper Houses|
|State Lower Houses|
|Politics of United States
The Justice Party USA is a political party in the United States. It was organized in November 2011 by a group of political activists including former Mayor of Salt Lake City Rocky Anderson as an alternative to what he saw as a duopoly of the two major political parties. One of the major goals of the Justice Party is removing corporate influence and other concentrated wealth from politics.
In December 2011, it became a qualified party in Mississippi, the first state to recognize the party. From a small beginning, 30 persons at the launching event with no TV crew covering it, the party has been able to put its founder, Rocky Anderson, on the ballot in 15 states and secure official write-in status in 15 additional states. It was the fifth largest third party in terms of presidential ballot access in the 2012 presidential election. On 23 October 2012, Rocky Anderson, the Justice Party candidate faced off with other 3rd party candidates Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, Jill Stein of the Green Party and Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party, for a debate moderated by former CNN talk-show host Larry King. They met again to debate on 5 November 2012 this time hosted by Ralph Nader.
Ideology and positions
The Justice Party was created with the motto “economic, environmental, and social justice for all”. The party was designed with the intention of shifting government back to a focus on the Constitution by removing corporate influence in politics.
The Justice Party supports campaign finance reform; and does not accept any corporate funding. The Justice Party supports a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood through Move To Amend. The party is in favor of a financial transaction tax, pro-progressive tax structure and wants to end the Bush tax cuts. They support green jobs and infrastructure programs. The Justice Party wants to bolster social security by raising the cap on payroll taxes. It wants to require that banks work with homeowners to stop foreclosures. It is pro-immigration reform, pro-breaking up large banks, pro-reinstating Glass-Steagall, pro-government funded higher education,and against subsidies to oil and gas companies.
The party is for aggressive climate protection. It is against the Keystone Pipeline; and advocates transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The Justice Party supports a ban on mountaintop removal and wants to strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Justice Party supports a universal single payer health system, an equal rights amendment for women, marriage equality, ending wars of aggression, closing many military bases, reducing the budget, immigration reform, repealing the Patriot Act, protecting and rewarding whistleblowers, and ending the War on Drugs. The party also seeks to prosecute individuals whose illegal conduct led to the 2008 financial crisis.
In the 2012 elections, the party had candidates for the following offices:
- President of the United States - Rocky Anderson, former Mayor of Salt Lake City 43,088 votes (0.03%)
- Vice President of the United States - Luis J. Rodriguez, activist and author from California.
- U.S. Senator for Utah – Daniel Geery 7,444 votes (0.81%)
- Utah's 4th congressional district – Torin Nelson (withdrew)
There are five internal caucuses within the Justice Party that represent the factions of the party. These factions are:
- The Progressive Caucus (Progressivism, Social Democracy): Led by Rocky Anderson, and is the largest faction of the party. Emphasizes equal opportunity and social justice. It has ties to the AFL-CIO, and the Teamsters, and also to state level progressive parties, such as the Oregon Progressive Party and the Vermont Progressive Party.
- The Green Justice Alliance (Green Politics): Led by Luis J. Rodriguez. The GJA has ties to the Green Party of the United States and stresses environmental consciousness. They advocate sustainability, GMO labeling, opposition to fracking and fossil fuels, Food security, alternative energy, and green jobs.
- The Moderate Caucus (Pragmatism, Centrism): This faction is made up primarily of former members of the Republican Party, including John B. Anderson. This caucus stresses middle class issues and pragmatism.
- Liberation Bloc (Left-Libertarianism, Civil libertarianism): The Liberation Bloc is the libertarian wing of the party. This caucus stresses human rights, transparency, reform & equality. They are known to have ties to the Libertarian Party and the American Civil Liberties Union.
- Occupy Justice: This faction is made up of members of the Occupy Wall Street Movement who saw the Justice Party as a machine to unite the various social movements.
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- Official website
- Connecticut Justice Party
- Justice Party of New York
- Justice Party of Pennsylvania
- Justice Party of Texas