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The Democratic Primary: Big Stake for the Green Party

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Candidate for the Green Party nomination for President, Sedinam K.C. Moyowasifza-Curry
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The Green Party is hoping it's time in the sun is coming. It may come sooner than many think. Or it may never come. Much will depend on who wins the nomination of the Democratic Party.

If the establishment of the Democrats has it's way and Secretary Hillary Clinton wins the party's nomination, it could not only be to the advantage of Donald Trump, but to the most developed left wing party in the country -- the Green Party of the United States.

Much may depend not only on who the wins the nomination, but how. The more that supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders feel that their candidate has been treated unfairly, and that the leadership of the Democrats is resolutely and immovably against him, the more likely his supporters are going to take a long hard look at the Green Party. If Sanders pulls off the political upset of the century (or perhaps any century) and wins the nomination of the Democrats, then that opening will not be there for the Greens; and the party could face its most difficult election ever.

Most Greens, though not all, think that Sanders' army of volunteers and supporters are a much better fit for the Green Party than they are for the Democrats. They argue that the platform of the Greens has much in common with that of the Vermont Senator. Its strong commitment to social justice, an anti-war and non-interventionist foreign policy, reducing the military budget, civil rights, legalization of marijuana, and transitioning to renewable energy sources to combat global warming, make it a natural fit for Berners.

The Green Party is positioning itself to recruit Sanders' supporters who become disaffected from the Democrats. Dr. Jill Stein, the leading contender for the nomination of the Green Party for President, believes that the Green Party is ready to carry into the General Election the struggle for the "political revolution" which has inspired so many.

Stein sent an open letter to Sanders on April 21, praising him and requesting that he contact her to, "... explore an historic collaboration to keep building the revolution beyond the reach of corporate party clutches..."

Stein followed her letter up with a tweet that read, " #SuperTuesday culminates the DNC sabotage of its latest revolutionary. Join us @BernieSanders in building a party where revolution can grow."

Some of Sanders' supporters, including quite a number of his most fervent, are urging Bernie to keep running in the General Election if he doesn't win the Democrats' nomination. Sanders is being urged to run as an independent, or a write-in candidate, or on a Green Party ticket with Stein. There are a number of petitions circulating on the internet and there is a concerted campaign called "Bernie or Bust" in which his supporters are urged to sign a pledge to either write-in Bernie or vote Green Party.

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Jonathan Nack has been a journalist and activist since 1984. He resides in Oakland, California.
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