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Anderson Endorses Unified Platform!
The Democratic Party ran away from the term "Liberal" in the 1980s, allowing big-screen cowboy and "great communicator" Ronald Reagan to demonize "the L word." Ever since, they've gone with "progressive."
But now a man who fled the Democratic Party to found a new alternative is saying, "Whoa."
Rocky Anderson, a two-term mayor of Salt Lake City (2000-2008) who left the Democratic Party last year -
calling it "a gutless, unprincipled party, bought and paid for by the same interests that buy and pay for the Republican Party " - has added his voice to the growing chorus of candidates and organizations endorsing the Unified Progressive Platform.
JOINS STEIN, RICHARDSON, CAVLAN
The statement of truly Progressive principles - as opposed to the "small p" progressivism of neoliberals - has also been embraced by presumptive Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein; Darcy Richardson, who managed Eugene McCarthy's presidential campaign and this year opposed Barack Obama in several primaries; and Michael Cavlan, who will oppose Amy Klobuchar for U.S. Senate in Minnesota on the Open Progressives ticket.
Fresh off his Tuesday victory in the California Peace and Freedom Party's primary, Anderson continues building his fledgling Justice Party, which he co-founded last year.
"I seek to work with any and all third parties to unify under one banner against the Democrats and Republicans," Anderson told the NPA via e-mail. "I seek to create a broad-based movement, comprised of not only 'progressives,' but everyone who shares the fundamental commitment to get corrupting money out of politics, end the wars, insist on fiscal responsibility (including major cuts in the military budget), provide health care for all, and commit to a clean energy economy."
The Unified Platform was created to bring together the too-often disparate groups and individuals seeking to foster real and lasting social, political, and economic reforms which mirror and deepen those achieved in the country's first Progressive Era.