Freedom Party of New York (2010)

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Freedom Party of New York
LeaderCharles Barron
IdeologyBlack leftism
Black nationalism
Minority rights
Left-wing populism
Left-wing nationalism
Political positionFar-left[1]
Colors  Black

The Freedom Party of New York is a party founded in 2010 by a former Black Panther Party member and New York City Councilmember Charles Barron on a black progressive platform.[2]


2010 election[edit]

Barron founded the Freedom party in protest of the Democratic ticket for the 2010 New York gubernatorial election. Barron was upset that Andrew Cuomo and his ticket where all White Americans, as such, the Freedom party ran an all African American ticket. Barron stated that excluding white people from the party was not racist, as he believes in a "post racial society." He also stated that the party was the realization of the independent African American party dreamed of by Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey.[3] The party also claimed to be a spiritual successor to the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which similarly issued an all black slate of candidates in opposition to the white only slate of Democratic Candidates for the 1964 Democratic National Convention.[1][4]

The Party's ticket consisted of Councilman Barron for Governor, Eva Doyle, a Buffalo Criterion journalist, for Lieutenant Governor and Ramon Jimenez, a Harvard educated lawyer from the South Bronx known for his racially sensitive cases, for Attorney General.[5] The party claimed to have gotten over 45,000 signatures from all 29 congressional districts in the state, far more than the 15,000 needed to get on the ballot, however, this was short of the 50,000 to become a registered party,[4] and Councilman Lew Fidler expressed doubts that the signatures where legitimate.[6][7]

Workers World, the Marxist-Leninist newspaper of the Communist Workers World Party endorsed Barron and the Freedom Party, calling them "a break from the imperialist Democratic Party that politically strangles poor and working people."[1] The Buffalo News reported that the Freedom Party was seeing enthusiasm in urban voters from Buffalo, Rochester, and New York City.[8] The party finished sixth out of seven candidates in 2010, with Barron receiving 24,572 votes.[9]

Later history[edit]

The party held an official founding convention February 13–14, 2011 in New York City, adopting a platform of "structural transformation of the political and economic system that included: An equitable redistribution of wealth, progressive taxation, free education from pre-k to post baccalaureate, jobs, reparations, housing, political prisoners, women’s rights, support for youth and seniors, end to police brutality and deadly force, and clean and renewable energy." At the convention, "Borough Coordinators" for all of NYC's boroughs, except Staten Island, where named, and Assemblywoman Inez Barron gave a speech.[10]

The party's website's domain expired in 2012.[11]

Barron would continue to attempt to grow the party, namely running Michael K. Lloyd for New York City Public Advocate in 2013. He was decried for his efforts to continuing to build the Freedom Party by Councilman Lew Fidler, stating that his efforts to build a rival party that would split the Democratic voter base was grounds for Barron to be expelled from the Democratic Party.[12]

Michael K. Greys was the party's nominee in the 2013 New York City mayoral election. He finished in 11th place out of 15 candidates on the ballot with 690 votes. The party did not field a candidate in the 2014 gubernatorial election.[citation needed]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Millies, Stephen. "Support the Freedom Party!". Workers World. Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  2. ^ Lisberg, Adam (2010-06-18). Charles Barron, upset at all-white Dem ticket, running for gov as head of all-black Freedom Party. New York Daily News. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  3. ^ Chung, Jen. "Councilman Charles Barron's Freedom Party Bid For Governor". Gothamist. Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  4. ^ a b Geoffery, Ginger. "Freedom Party Fills a Void in Governor's Race". WKBW-TV. ABC. Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  5. ^ "Freedom Party Candidates 2010". Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  6. ^ Katz, Celeste (August 16, 2010). Councilman Lew Fidler: If Andrew Cuomo Won't Challenge Charles Barron's Petitions, I'll Find A Way Archived August 18, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. The Daily Politics (New York Daily News). Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  7. ^ Chung, Jen. "Charles Barron May Be On The State Ballot". Gothamist. Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  8. ^ McCarthy, Robert J.; William, Deidre. "New party enters governor's race". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  9. ^ "General Election Results". New York State Board of Elections. December 13, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
  10. ^ "VICTORIOUS FREEDOM PARTY CONVENTION". Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  11. ^ "". Internet Archive. Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  12. ^ Campbell, Colin. "Charles Barron Does Not Have Lew Fidler's Vote". The New York Observer. Retrieved 6 August 2023.