LA Times: “Inspired by Seattle and turned off by Trump, People’s Party looks for a national stage”

Organizers of what could become a new U.S. political party will gather in Washington, D.C., this weekend to decide whether to work within the Democratic Party for reform or launch their own progressive movement called the People’s Party, with Bernie Sanders as their preferred presidential candidate.

While the outlines of what the People’s Party might look like are still unfolding, organizers have already found a working model for guidance and inspiration — in Seattle.

The Seattle Peoples Party quickly established itself over the summer as a viable political alternative when its first-ever candidate seemingly came out of nowhere to mount a nail-biting finish in the city’s mayoral primary last month.

Nikkita Oliver, 31, a Seattle attorney, community activist and novice candidate, reluctantly agreed to run for mayor representing the Peoples Party. She quickly became a force in the race with a platform erected on the needs of women, people of color, the LGBTQ community and the financially pressed

Though she came up short, finishing third in a crowded primary behind two Democrats, engineer Cary Moon and former U.S. Atty. Jenny Durkan, she drew 31,000 votes and lost by 1,200. Moon and Durkan will square off in November.

Full story at The Los Angeles Times

3 thoughts on “LA Times: “Inspired by Seattle and turned off by Trump, People’s Party looks for a national stage”

  1. Gene Berkman Post author

    The first People’s Party was organized in 1892. Up through 1900 it was the most significant challenge to the post Civil War two-party system. It declined rapidly, with national Chair Marion Butler switching to the Republican Party and endorsing Theodore Roosevelt in the middle of the 1904 campaign.

    In 1972 a number of state-wide left parties came together as The Peoples Party, running Dr. Benjamin Spock for President. The California Peace & Freedom Party and the Vermont Liberty Union Party were the most substantial parties affiliated with The People’s Party, which lasted through the 1976 campaign. The California and Vermont parties are the last remnants of the modern People’s Party.

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