Rocky Anderson won the California primary of the Peace and Freedom Party yesterday! Rocky received 43.4% of the vote, with his two competitors receiving 30% and 26.5%. The party’s nomination will ultimately be determined at its convention August 4th and 5th.
The Peace and Freedom Party was founded in 1967 on the principles of peace, workers’ rights, democracy, ecology, feminism, and racial equality. These are issues Rocky Anderson has fought for throughout his career as a lawyer, community activist, mayor and Executive Director of High Road for Human Rights.
As mayor of Salt Lake City, Rocky became internationally recognized as an effective advocate for civil and human rights, sound environmental policies to stop global warming and spur the economy, and opposition to the Iraq war and other illegal projections of US military power. Under his leadership, Salt Lake City’s operations were some of the “greenest” in the nation. He fought relentlessly for environmental, economic, health care, and civil justice for all. He decided to run for President because the two dominant parties and their candidates primarily serve the interests of wealthy donors rather than the public interest.
In 2008, Ralph Nader was the nominee of the Peace and Freedom Party. Nader has thrown his support behind Rocky Anderson.
In December of 2011, Rocky Anderson co-founded the Justice Party. Gaining ballot access is a long and very expensive proposition. At present, Anderson is on the ballot in Utah and Mississippi as a candidate of the Justice Party and in Oregon as the nominee of the Oregon Progressive Party.
While his campaign contributions are still limited to $100, he has started a separate account to raise funds specifically for ballot access. Individuals can donate up to $2400 for this initiative. Details are available at voterocky.org.